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Silk or Satin – Which is Better for Hair?

woman in bed holding up strands of her hair in the sunlight

Did you know we spend around 33 years of our lives in bed?

Sounds like we’re all a bunch of sleeping beauties when you break things down like that! 👸🏼

The problem is, all that pillow time means years and years (and years!) of friction, heat and compression on our hair and scalp. All this compounds to frizz, fry and damage our hair, ever-so-slowly each night.

To help keep the ‘beauty’ in your beauty sleep, there are some things you can do to help protect your lovely locks – namely, upgrading your pillowcase to one made from a natural, soft and breathable fiber like silk.

Benefits of silk pillowcases

One of the best things you can do to protect your hair as you sleep is to lay your head on higher-quality fabrics to help reduce damage from heat and friction.

A silk pillowcase will help to:

  • Reduce friction for less breakage, tangles and knots
  • Preserve moisture, for less frizz
  • Define natural texture and shine
  • Keep hair and scalp cooler for less sweat and greasy hair
  • Protect skin for a smoother, wrinkle-free face (bonus points)!
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Difference between silk and satin

Often when we talk about silk, the topic of satin pops up too.

Is one better than the other for helping to keep your hair healthier through the night?

Let’s do a quick number crunch to see whether satin or silk is better for your hair.

Silk versus satin: Who makes a better pillowcase?

Where silk is a natural-protein fiber spun by insects (namely silkworms), satin is a type of weave – which typically contains synthetic fabrics.

silk vs satin comparison chart

    The bottom line

    When it comes down to it, silk is the premium option for promoting healthier hair as you sleep, and so, it’s worth the higher price tag that comes with it.

    With all the time we spend in bed, from deep sleeps to cat naps, we need to do all we can to help keep our locks shiny, hydrated and healthy as we age!

    Happy sleeping, beauty! 🤍