Amazing Hair Benefits of Silk & Satin – Bonnets, Scarfs and Pillowcases

In today’s blog let’s talk about the part of our hair routine that protects our hair mainly at night. When I was growing up, I never used things to tie down my hair. The first time I heard about a satin bonnet was actually when I had relaxed my hair. My hairdresser, at the time, suggested that I start to use such bonnets. I actually dismissed that suggestion because I was not the type of person to commit to a routine when I was younger. Fast-forward to a couple of years of going natural, I started to listen to countless YouTubers who happened to recommend wearing satin bonnets before sleeping. They even suggested that you should consider wearing silk shirts if you’re going to have your hair down during the day.

These recommendations helped me to learn the importance of wearing a bonnet and today I can proudly say, it has become a routine of mine. I can say that I hardly go to bed without some form of silk or satin hair protection.  I honestly believe, whatever your hair type may be, you should consider adding satin or silk into your hair protection routine. A silk pillowcase does not only help your hair, but it can even help with wrinkles and I’m sure we can appreciate that. Today, let’s talk about silk and satin to protect our hair.

Brief History of Silk

Silk is a natural fiber recognized for its luster, shine, strength, and durability. It is said to of originated in china as early as 6000 BC but is produced by many other counties today. Silk is made from the larva of silkworms, especially the bombyx mori species. This process is called sericulture where the larvae feed on mulberry leaves for about 40 days. They then molt several times before spinning into a cocoon made of high protein fluid called fibroin. The silk solidifies upon contact with air. This takes about 2 to3 days. Once the cocoon is formed, it is dropped into a pot of boiling water, effectively killing the pupae. The silk filament is extracted by brushing the cocoon. The raw silk is then woven or knit into a fabric or spun into a yarn. 

It is important to note it takes an average of 2500 silkworms to spin a pound of raw silk. Each cocoon contains about a mile of silk filament, and one thread of silk is made of 48 silk filaments. Different weaving processes result in different types of fabrics.  Silk is luxurious and expensive due to how many silkworms are needed and how time-consuming it can be. 

Brief History of Satin

Satin is made of natural or synthetic fibers and is recognized for its shiny, soft, lustrous surface on one side, with a duller surface on the other side. Satin is said to originate in medieval China, where they used just exclusively silk. The fabric and weaving techniques were both passed along the Silk Road and came to be widely produced across the Middle East. However, today they also use not just silk but, Cotton, Nylon, Polyester, Rayon, Acetate, and Viscose.  The type of fabric used will reflect the quality and price of satin. 

Difference Between Silk and Satin

Silk

  • Natural fabric
  • Made from silkworms
  • Expensive
  • Feels luxurious
  • Hand wash 

Satin

  • Satin is the name of the textile. Weave silk fibers can be used to form satin. It can also be made from other fabrics
  • Synthetic fabric
  • Can be machine washed
  • Silky and soft

Benefits of Silk and Satin for Your Hair

  • Satin and silk allow your hair to retain its valuable hydration as opposed to cotton which sucks up moisture.
  • Reduces frizz and keeps hair straighter for an extended period – thanks to the smooth texture of these materials, it has less frication resulting in smoother, healthier-looking hair.
  • Reduces breakage – The slippery feel of these fabrics will reduce tangles, cutting down on both breakage and detangling time. It also prevents roughing of the hair cuticles on any hair texture.
  • Longer lasting hairstyles – this goes especially for the scarfs since it holds your style in place through the night. It also keeps your hair shiny. 

Bonnets

There are so many brands of satin bonnets in the market. It may be hard to check them all, so I did the hard work for you. I checked for quality, comfort as well as its ability to last on your head during the night. Things you should look for in general is for satin to overlay your edges of your hair since your edges tend to be the most sensitive. You want to make sure it’s taken care and check for the quality of the product. Make sure the product has the characteristics of the material you wish to buy. For example, satin has one side that is shiny while another side is dull whereas silk should be shiny on both sides.

Also, note that some elastic bonnets may lose elasticity. I do recommend you use satin bonnets rather than silk due to the quality and hair preservation. Below are a few that I would recommend.

Satin Bonnets

 1. Grace Eleyae Slap Cap

  • It stays on your head throughout the night
  • Make sure it’s the right size since if it’s too tight, it may cause headaches
  • Great for most hairstyles since it has less mobility once on
  • Has great quality 

2. Hergivenhair Satin Headband

  • Great quality
  • Great for extensions, wigs, and for a lot of types of hair

3. Glow by Daye Bonnet

  • Satin all over
  • Adjustable Drawstring

4. Humble Glow Elite Bonnet 

  • Satin throughout
  • Drawstring to keep it on your head
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Scarfs

1. Senker Silk Scarf

  • Playful baroque pattern
  • 10 colors
  • Comfortable
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2. Evolve Satin Wrap Scarf

  • Affordable
  • Long enough for you to double-tie
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Silk & Satin

Pillowcases

Silk Pillowcases

1. The Hollywood Silk Solution Silk Pillowcase

  • 100% silk on one side but cotton on the other side
  • Machine-washable
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Silk & Satin
Silk & Satin

2. Celestial Silk 100% Silk Pillowcase

  • Made of 25 momme (fabric weight)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Chemical free
  • 22 shades
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Silk & Satin
Silk & Satin

3. Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Pillowcase

  • 14 colors and different sizes
  • Made of charmeuse silk (a specially woven silk that’s extra shiny)
  • Completely Hypoallergenic
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Silk & Satin

4. Blissy Silk Pillowcase

  • Expensive
  • High-quality made from 22-momme mulberry silk (fabric weight)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Very smooth
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Silk & Satin
Silk & Satin

5. SLPBay Silk Pillowcase

  • Bold prints and solid colors
  • Side zipper enclosure that keeps it from sliding off the pillow
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Silk & Satin
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6. Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase

  • Reduces 43% frizz compared to cotton pillowcase
  • Comes in standard and king sizes
  • Pretty neutral colors
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Silk & Satin

7. MYK Pure Natural Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

  • Mulberry silk is the best quality
  • Affordable
  • Different sizes and colors
  • Machine-washable
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8. Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcase

  • 33 different colors and 7 different sizes
  • Hidden zipper to keep pillowcase on the pillow
  • 100% mulberry silk
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Silk & Satin

9. Splurge-worthy: Sleepgram Standard Size Silk Pillowcase

  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Made from 22 momme silk ( fabric weight)
  •  Machine- washable
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Silk & Satin
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