Recently, the popularity of silk pillowcases has exploded as more and more of us are recognising the visible benefits of simply switching our pillowcases from cotton to silk.
Silk pillowcases might seem initially like a confusing alternative to the cotton pillowcase, but dermatologists and senior hair stylists alike have been raging about the positive impact this simple change to silk will have on your hair and skin.
If, like me, you have battled with frizzy, Hagrid-esque hair for most of your life, you will probably find that investing in hair oils or supplements provide only a temporarily taming solution. What many people fail to realise, is that when they are sleeping on cotton, they are literally in bed with the enemy!
Unless it’s a Thursday night, any night of the weekend and possibly even Monday night, most of you will be spending 9+ hours a night with your hair scattered across cotton bedding. Whilst you sleep, little do you know, your cotton pillowcase acts as sponge. It hoovers up your hair’s moisture and the expensive hair oils/treatments you spend hours applying. So many of us are opting for fancy hair treatments and bank-breaking hair products to get thick, luscious locks, but failing to cash out for hair-loving silk pillowcases which doesn’t absorb it all.
So, if you are suffering from any of these common hair complaints, it’s highly likely that it has something to do with the type of pillowcase you sleep on:
Do cotton pillowcases cause dry hair?
Cotton is a natural absorbent, meaning you can kiss goodbye to your bougie hair oils and masks, as these will likely be absorbed into your cotton pillowcase as you sleep. Cotton not only absorbs hair products, but it can also absorb your natural hair oils, leaving hair parched and prone to breakage.
Do cotton pillowcases cause frizzy/untamable hair?
You might be getting a restful sleep, but your hair is not having a chilled time on a cotton pillowcase. As you toss and turn, the friction caused by the cotton fibers in your pillowcase irritates the hair shaft and gives hair a frizzy appearance. You are also more likely to wake up with tangles in your hair due to the constant friction.
Do cotton pillowcases cause split ends?
Unlike SILKCASE, which is made of soft protein fibers, cotton fibers are quite harsh on the hair. As you sleep, friction is created by hair strands rubbing against your pillowcase and this can seriously damage hair fibers.
Do cotton pillowcases cause hair not to grow?
As mentioned before, by drying hair out and leaving it prone to breakage, cotton pillowcases can eventually cause hair thinning. Repeat breakages and split ends will cause hair to drastically thin out without regular trims.
Do cotton pillowcases cause greasy hair?
As cotton pillowcases absorb your hairs natural oils, your scalp can go into overdrive, producing more oil than your hair actually needs and making it greasy. It’s tempting to then over-wash hair if it gets greasy easily, but this dries hair out even more!
Introducing the SILKCASE
In the age of ‘self-care’, it's incredible that more people have not switched up their pillowcase to silk. The benefits of silk for hair and skincare have since been confirmed by leading professionals, and are swiftly becoming an essential part of any skin and hair care enthusiasts regime.
In particular, silk pillowcases have been scientifically proven to improve the appearance of our hair by:
● Keeping Hair Smooth - silk is made of frictionless protein fibers that allows your hair to slide effortlessly around your pillow whilst you sleep.
● Maintaining Hair Moisture - silk is far less absorbent a material than cotton, allowing your hair treatments to stay put at night.
● Improving Hair Health - because silk is frictionless, it prevents hair breakages and split ends from forming, and allows hair to grow thick and healthy.
● Reducing Greasy Hair Days - silk is a natural temperature regulator, meaning that it reduces the chance of your head from sweating at night. Due to its low absorbency, silk does not absorb essential hair oils and cause an overproduction of oil.
Whilst silk pillowcases might be more expensive than its cotton alternative, this one time purchase absolutely saves you your time and hard earned money.
Hair damage caused by the long-term use of cotton opposed to silk pillowcases is responsible for some eye-watering trips to the salon and causes many of us to fork out on hair treatments that are ultimately being absorbed into your bedding! Never mind the frustration of hair that does not seem to grow or frequently snaps off.
For the faux blondes amongst you, there is even more reason to invest in silk pillowcases as once hair has been bleached, it is often fragile, porous and struggles to contain moisture.
Great hair deserves a great rest, and the answer is undeniably SILKCASE!