I remember always sleeping with a silk pillowcase as a child. Instead of having a “blankie” I had my buttercup silk pillowcase (and yes I took it everywhere with me too). I’m not sure why I gravitated away from the practice. Maybe my mom getting rid of my beloved buttercup, silky, pillowcase was too traumatic and I blocked the whole idea out! (She’s never been a sentimental keeper of our childhood stuff). Nevertheless when I started consulting about skincare and haircare it was a no brainer to go back to sleeping with the silk pillowcase and it has been game-changing for my hair and skin. There are actually some incredible beauty benefits, from anti-aging to acne prevention to actual 3rd day good hair days. Here are the 5 main reasons why you might think about switching to the luxury of silk.
They help prevent frizz
The silk fibers decrease the friction between strands and the pillow case. I have naturally frizzy hair and because I’m using Monat to decrease hair fallout the less friction the better! My new hair growth can also be a little unruly because the strands aren’t long enough to weigh themselves down. Any friction and I wake up with those new growth hairs standing straight up all over my head (picture finger in the light socket look. It ain’t pretty!) Silk pillowcases work wonders for all kinds of hair types and textures as they keep the cuticle layer of the hair intact. Since switching back to silk, I’ve slept better, my hair is shinier, and it’s less prone to breakage.
They help with prevent wrinkles
While there is no scientific evidence, decreasing the friction between the skin and the pillowcase could potentially minimize fine lines. Cotton pillowcases can potentially absorb moisture and hydration from skin and hair leaving the skin dehydrated and increasing the appearance of fine lines. Oh and btw, the best in-bed protection against wrinkles is sleeping on your back.
They help with prevent acne/breakouts
Product buildup on cotton pillowcases can allow for acne-causing bacteria to fester and transfer back to your skin. Silk helps the skin stay hydrated as opposed to cotton which is an absorbent material.
They extend your hairstyle
Drybar knows their stuff when it comes to hair and how to keep your hairstyle looking good as long as possible, which is probably why they launched their own line of 100 percent natural silk pillowcases.
Total sidebar (pun intended): We don’t have a Drybar in Portland and I’ve been toying with the idea of opening a franchise. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
There are few things better than waking up with your flawless blowout or hour-long curling session from the night before perfectly intact. Silk helps hair keep its natural oils which prevents frizz and dehydration. It also allows the hair to move easily over the pillowcase without friction, thus keeping its style in pace. We like that.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out the professionals’ suggestions:
My personal favorite and the pillowcase I currently use is the Alaska Bear – Natural Silk Pillowcase. It’s hypoallergenic, 600 thread count, 100% Mulberry Silk and doesn’t break the bank. It has a hidden zipper which I love because 1. The pillowcase doesn’t slip off which is annoying and 2. Your hair doesn’t get caught in the zipper and you don’t wake up with a zipper imprint on your face. Win-Win!
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