I've seen a million and one beauty articles, Reddit boards, and hair stylists' quotes praising silk pillowcases for curly hair. Apparently, the fabric you sleep on could be making more of a difference than the hair products you use in the shower. "But it's just a wad of fabric," you say. "Why is it such a big deal when it comes from a caterpillar's butt?"
Most people have pillowcases made from cotton, which is one of the most absorbent materials, which is exactly why dishrags are made out of it. During the night, your scalp produces natural oils that are meant to moisturize your strands, but your cotton pillowcase may be soaking it all up instead. This can leave your hair feeling dry and tangled come morning — especially if you move around a lot in your sleep.
Curly hair needs even more moisture than straight hair, because it's harder for natural oils to reach the bottom. And, silk pillowcases can help your hair retain its moisture throughout the night and allow for even distribution. Unlike cotton, which can cause snagging and breakage, silk also helps to preserve your style because of how slippery it is. Plus, it's gentler on your skin, too.
Really, silk pillowcases are a great beauty investment. And these seven are some of the best options for every budget.