After posting my silk pillowcase on Instagram stories (mainly just to say that I was excited for the best time of the day: bedtime) I was really surprised by the number of questions I got in response. Many people wondered if silk pillowcases really did make a difference, was it what I’d consider a “haircare essential”, and did it cost me an arm and a leg.
Well, I’m here to tell you: Yes, it improved my hair. Yes, it’s a beauty absolute essential. And no, it doesn’t have to be crazy expensive.
In fact, the silk pillowcase I have is this one from Sally’s Beauty – and it only cost me $10!
Years ago, I had a pretty major hair “whoopsie”. I had gone in for a few highlights and well, the hairstylist forgot I was there and left for her break and my hair got absolutely fried. I kept asking other stylists for help but they kept saying oh she’ll be back to check on you – until finally, someone realized that nope, she definitely wasn’t coming back.
The bleach completely ruined my hair, I had to cut a bunch off and even after hacking off 4 inches my hair was still gummy and damaged. It was a nightmare.
It was during this time that I began to look into solutions for my newly damaged hair. I began using hot oil treatments, trimmed my own hair frequently (or, “dusted” the ends of my hair as it’s called in many haircare forums), did scalp massages daily, avoided heat and styling tools, made my own DIY deep hair conditioner, and finally one day I invested in a silk pillowcase.
Within the first few months, I noticed a huge improvement in my hair. I would wake up with less knots and tangles, and I felt like it wasn’t breaking as much. Of course, I was taking a lot of steps at that time to ensure my hair wasn’t breaking, but it did seem like my silk pillowcase really was that one thing that made everything work even better.
Since then, I haven’t gone without one – unless I am on holiday, at which point I definitely notice that my hair takes a turn for the tangled and knotted.
This time when I go to Greece for 3 weeks, I am going to try to remember (Siri – set reminder for…) to pack along my pillowcase.
When I travel, I already find that my hair gets a bit dry from more time in the sun, increased washing, and frequent dips in the ocean – salt water is drying AF! Packing along my silk pillowcase just seems like one easy way to protect my hair while traveling.
Silk Pillowcase Benefits
– It will reduce hair breakage. Since silk pillowcases offer more slip, your hair won’t rub as much as you turn in your sleep which means you won’t tear and tug at your hair as much as you would with a typical cotton pillowcase. This will help prevent breakage.
– Your hair won’t be as tangled. Since your hair will slip more easily with a silk pillowcase, it won’t rub and get tangled as easily as it would with a normal pillowcase.
– They will make your blowouts / stylings last longer. Since your hair won’t rub and knot as you sleep, your freshly styled hair will be able to last longer.
– Silk pillowcases are also said to have skincare benefits and prevent wrinkles since they don’t cause as much friction as cotton pillowcases.
While this may not make or break your hair (actually, it will help your hair not break) – it is just one easy step you can take to keeping your hair as healthy and strong as possible.
I personally feel if you lighten your hair like I do, then this is just a good thing to implement into your haircare routine to help reduce the damage and breakage after bleaching your hair – I mean, hasn’t our poor hair been through enough?
Do you guys consider a silk pillowcase an essential? Comment and let me know!