Silk pillowcases and silk hair wraps for sleeping have garnered oodles of attention as of late due to the proven benefits of silk for hair and skin quality. Indeed, luxurious silk makes the best pillowcases for hair, and has almost-magic qualities that make it the ideal fabric for pillowcases and hair wraps. Here are the top 7 reasons why you should be sleeping on silk.
What Makes Silk Special?
Silk is a luxurious, natural fabric with incredibly unique properties. Made from the cocoons of silkworms, silk has been around since at least 3630 BC (5,650 years ago!). Since its creation, many more qualities of silk have been discovered. Silk is not only gorgeous to look at (so shiny…), it’s also considered one of the most long-lasting and durable fibers on the market. Additionally, silk is so soft and supple that the word "silky" is actually synomous with silk!
Because of its desirable qualities and ultra-luxurious feel, silk has a rich, culturally significant history. This opulent fabric was originally worn only by the Emperor of China and Chinese nobility. As time went on, silk production blossomed and this natural fiber with royal origins became well-loved world-wide.
Benefits of Sleeping On Silk
1. Silk is Ultra Soft
This one is a no-brainer! A silk pillowcase will give your head a smooth, comfy area to catch some Zzzz’s. The unparalleled softness of silk will feel amazing against sensitive skin. This is a great benefit for those undergoing chemo, as chemotherapy puts your body through so much physically, and a sore or sensitive scalp is, unfortunately, all part of this equation.
2. Silk Is Gentle and Protects New Hair Growth
When you are growing out your hair, sleeping on silk is a necessity. The smooth surface of silk allows your hair and head to slide flawlessly across the fabric without catching. No friction = Healthier Hair. Friction from a cotton or synthetic pillowcase can lead to breakage of any fragile new hair coming in or existing hair on the head. Silk pillowcases offer a sleek surface for your head to rest on, giving you a nearly friction-free sleep space. This is especially important for any women growing their hair back post-chemo, as this hair can be easily prone to breakage.
3. Mulberry Silk is Hypoallergenic
As silk is spun from the cocoons of silkworms, the thread is naturally designed to keep the silkworms safe from predators such as dust mites and other antigens. This means the luxurious fabric will prevent the build up of fungus, mildew, mold, or dust mites that live in house-hold dust to keep you sleeping more soundly. No need to say "achoo!"
4. Silk Regulates Body Temperature
It might sound crazy, but this miracle fiber actually has the power to make us feel cool when we're hot, and warm we're cold! This is because silk fabric is known for holding temperature well, keeping you comfortable all night. Silk is also an incredibly breathable fabric, perfect for stopping any overnight sweating or feeling overheated. For those with hair loss from chemo, cancer, or alopecia, using a silk pillowcase or silk headwrap can help balance out the temperature of your scalp.
5. Your Curly Hair will Thank You
Calling all curly girls! If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, a silk pillowcase or headwrap can help make curls defined, less frizzy, and much less tangled! The secret is silk's friction-free surface. Sleep on silk, and your curls will be eternally grateful.
6. Say "Bye-Bye" Acne
Silk is less absorbent than other fabrics, leading to less skin oil absorption into your pillow case. In other words, sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help prevent acne because it stays fresher and more oil-free than cotton.
7. Wrinkles Who?
Once again, the friction-free surface of silk wins! Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can tug at and catch on your skin causing -GASP- wrinkles! The smooth surface of silk pillowcases doesn't tug on the delicate skin of the face, so it helps to prevent wrinkles. This makes using a silk pillowcase super beneficial, especially if you are a front sleeper.
What is the Best Silk Pillowcase?
With so many silk pillowcases on the market, it can be hard to know which one to buy. Here are a few tips to help you make the right pick:
Price - Because of the way silk is produced, it is considered a luxury product and it can be a bit expensive. Be wary of silk pillowcases with prices that are too good to be true, as they are likely made of thin, lower quality silk, or are not made from pure silk. At the same time, there is no reason to over-pay. When you buy silk pillowcases that are priced at $85-$120+, you are not just paying for the silk, you are also paying for marketing, packaging, and a brand name.
Check the Mommes- Mommes or mm ranks the quality of the silk. A high quality silk pillowcase should have a minimum 16 mm, and the higher the mm the better. We recommend choosing a pillowcase with 22 mm for the most high quality, premium pillowcase available. It will be softer and last longer than silk pillowcases with a lower mm.
Look for Mulberry Silk - There are several different types of silk, but mulberry silk is the purest, highest quality silk available. Look for silk pillowcases that specifically say they are made from 100% Mulberry Silk.
The Cardani Silk Pillowcase is made from pure mulberry silk with a 22 mm. It's a luxury quality pillowcase at a very fair price point. We've slept on, washed and thoroughly tested this pillowcase and are happy to report that it's a game changer. It is currently available in three chic colors. Click here to get this pillowcase.
Silk Hair Wraps for Sleeping
If you're looking for a silk head wrap for sleeping to protect your hair, we recommend The 100% Pure Silk Headscarf. This lightweight, high quality scarf is available in tons of fun prints and colors and only costs $24.99-$25.99, so you can get a couple to match your PJs!
How to Wrap Hair with a Scarf for Sleeping
We suggest tying your scarf turban style to sleep to keep it out of your face and prevent bulkiness while you're snoozing. Watch the video below for step by step instructions on how to wrap hair for sleep. Before wrapping, you can also spritz hair with a leave-in conditioner to add extra moisture, and/or twist or braid the hair to keep it neater overnight.
Have you ever tried a silk pillowcase or silk sleeping head wrap? Let us know in the comments below!