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asian parents often tell their children not to sleep with their hair wet. is there actually any scientific reason for this?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: There is no scientific data about "sleeping with wet hair" that I am aware of. Since hair is not alive, the inside of one's body doesn't communicate with the hair that is beyond the follicle (the body doesn't know if someone is a long-haired person with wet hair, or a short-haired person wearing a wet shirt). However, the wet pillows, sheets, and mattress might be more prone to bacteria and fungi.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Looks like a rat's nest in the morning, and hard to comb!

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