Using a silk or satin pillowcase is one of the simplest things you can do to benefit your hair. I use one myself and I love it - so on this page I'm going to explain why!
There is a subtle 'roughness' to cotton, which tends to create friction between your hair and the pillowcase. This friction can cause breakage and can be an issue if, like mine, your hair is particularly fragile and brittle.
So - quite simply - it is gentler on your hair.
In my experience, this makes itself apparent in several ways:
And if all those benefits weren't enough, the smoothness of a silk or satin pillowcase makes it kinder on your skin, too. It helps you avoid a face full of creases when you wake up and is believed to help prevent the formation of wrinkles!
Some people attribute the benefits of silk or satin pillowcases to absorbency. They say that cotton absorbs the moisture from your hair and skin, leaving them dry, whereas silk and satin do not. Whilst this may be true of polyester satin, silk is actually a very absorbent natural fabric, yet it still leaves the hair feeling soft. My view, then, is that it's the reduction in friction that's so very beneficial to the hair.
A popular misconception is that 'satin' is a kind of fabric. It isn't.
Instead the term 'satin' describes a type of weave, which is smooth because it has no visible interlacing pattern.
Originally, all satin was made of silk, but these days you can buy both silk satin and polyester satin.
You may also come across a 'charmeuse' satin, which is a particularly luxurious, very finely woven type of satin. Charmeuse can be made with silk, or with a man-made fabric like polyester.
I have tried polyester satin and found that it caused static in my fine hair - absolutely the last thing I need!
I find natural silk to be breathable, with a luxurious, soft texture I truly enjoy sleeping on.
If you think you might prefer polyester, then try looking for a charmeuse polyester satin, which is closer to silk in texture. Cheap polyester satin can be very slippery and is much more likely to cause static.
Remember that - unless stated otherwise - silk or satin pillowcases tend to be sold in packs of one.
Then please do leave your comments below - I'd love to know the type you prefer, and why!