Would you like to improve the health of your hair while you sleep?
Sounds like a dream, right?
Silk or satin pillowcases have powerful qualities that can help prevent damage to your hair - all while you get a good night's sleep!
What's the difference between silk and satin? Should you fork out the extra money for silk? Or will satin do the job?
Is it all just a gimmick to sell fancy pillowcases and satin headscarves?
Don't stress! We've prepared this guide to help you understand the benefits of silk and satin, and which is the best pillowcase option for your hair and budget.
What is Silk?
Silk is a naturally-occurring fiber. Most forms of silk can be woven into a material. The resulting fabric is incredibly strong but also soft to the touch.
Considering its exotic connotations, you might be surprised to learn where most silk comes from - the larvae of silkworms!
You heard right. Worms!
Sounds gross? Don't worry, it's not!
According to legend, a Chinese empress first discovered the unique fiber while sitting under a mulberry tree. A mulberry silkworm cocoon fell into her tea to reveal shiny tendrils. The empress was fascinated.
The rest of the world was soon fascinated, too.
While the material was originally reserved for royalty in China, its popularity quickly spread. Silk became a valuable commodity and was traded along an ancient network spanning 4000 milesacross Europe and Asia. These routes are now known as the Silk Road.
Why is Silk Good For Your Hair?
You might have heard that silk is good for your hair and dismissed it as an urban myth. But unlike the silkworm-in-the-tea origin story, there is evidence to prove that silk is good for your hair.
One of these reasons is that silk is not absorbent. Unlike cotton and other common materials, the molecular structure of silk will not absorb your hair's natural moisture. In this way, silk can prevent your hair from drying out and becoming brittle.
Say goodbye to split ends!
Additionally, the smooth texture of silk allows your hair to move naturally on the pillow. This can prevent breakage and split ends, and also help you avoid frizz. The breathable qualities of silk can also prevent the build-up of sweat and grime in your hair overnight.
Silk is also hypoallergenic, meaning it's unlikely to trigger any allergic reactions. If you have asthma or severe allergies, a silk pillowcase is a great way to mitigate any flare-ups. While this doesn't relate directly to your hair, it's a great bonus, nonetheless.
If killing silkworms for the sake of your hair doesn't appeal to you, there's always satin!
What is Satin?
You might be surprised to hear that satin is not a type of fabric. Satin is a style of weaving known for its glossy appearance and soft-to-the-touch texture. Unlike silk, satin is not a natural fiber.
Originally, satin was made out of silk. However, as satin is a style of weaving and not a fiber itself, there are now myriad satin fabric combinations. Modern satin is most commonly some combination of polyester, rayon, or cotton.
Known for its shiny front and stunning drape, satin is surprisingly durable. Most modern forms of satin, particularly the thicker varieties, are wrinkle-resistant. Even the thinner varieties don't wrinkle as easily as some other fabrics.
Silk Or Satin - Which is Better For Your Hair?
As we've discussed, silk is a type of fiber whereas satin is a style of weaving. This means that satin could be made from silk fiber.
However, if you're in the market for a new pillowcase, it's best not to assume that a satin pillowcase is made from silk. Unless the packaging specifies that the pillowcase is made from a silk blend of satin, it's likely the satin is a blend of polyester or rayon.
The primary difference between satin and silk is the price tag. Silk is still a luxury item, making it markedly more expensive than satin. As discussed, silk is also a natural fiber with a range of unique qualities.
However, satin is a great alternative to silk if your budget doesn't quite stretch that far. While satin is not guaranteed to be hypoallergenic in the same way as silk, it still offers a smooth texture that is kind to delicate hair.
Satin also has some perks over silk. Satin is usually machine-washable and, as discussed, it doesn't wrinkle easily.
Why Should You Buy a Satin Pillow Case?
While it might seem strong, human hair is quite delicate. And it often takes a beating.
Constantly wearing your hair up, applying products with harsh chemicals, and straightening or blow-drying can weaken your hair. This damage can be worsened if you often dye or bleach your hair.
Investing in a silk or satin pillowcase is a great way to care for your hair. As discussed, satin has a lot of the same benefits as silk. It promotes shiny, healthy hair and can prevent it from becoming dry and damaged - all while you sleep!
Get a Good Night's Sleep and Great Hair
Would you like shiny, strong, healthy hair?
It's time to take charge of your haircare and invest in a silk or satin pillowcase. A satin pillowcase is a budget-friendly, hassle-free way to care for your hair - you will be caring for your hair in your sleep!
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