If you’ve ever gone to bed with a snugly wrapped du-rag and the confidence of Queen Bey, but woken up sans du-rag with the fury of a super villain, you're not alone. For those of us with curly, coarse, or naturally kinky hair, wrapping it up nightly takes serious time and self-discipline. Sleeping on silk pillowcases, however, will give you a break from the commitment and allow your hair to breath, which can stimulate hair growth. Personally, I’ve found that silk pillowcases help preserve my protective styles when my headwrap suspiciously unravels in my sleep, while also keeping my fragile hair protected from dryness and breakage.
Silk pillowcases also offer some notable skin benefits. Silk is naturally non-absorbent and antibacterial, whereas cotton absorbs moisture, product residue, and bacteria. As Laura Dyer, PA-C at Dr. Amy Wechsler Dermatology points out in an interview with Verily, applying skin products before bed will be more effective a less absorbent fabric like silk. Satin or silk pillowcases won’t cause as much friction, either, making it ideal for people with sensitive skin as it'll help avoid irritation. Also, sleeping on a silk pillowcase will eliminate those pesky lines and marks that so many of us often wake up to (aka, the dreaded pillowface).
With silk pillowcases, you'll feel like royalty and wake up looking flawless. Once you experience the difference for yourself, you'll never want to go back to crunchy cotton. Below are three great options to get you started.