Sleeping is one of the best things you can do for yourself, but sometimes it’s not the greatest thing for your hair. All too often you wake up with a nasty case of bed head or frizz.
One of the best ways out of this jam is to slip a silk case over your pillow. They aren’t as expensive as you might think, and their luxuriously smooth and frictionless surface benefits not just your hair but your skin, too.
They’re not quite a cure-all, but they can help you gain the upper hand while beauty-sleeping the night away.
Linen pillowcases may seem completely smooth, but their texture is not. They have tiny ridges and snags that can tug at your hair and create friction or sometimes even static cling. This is why you wake up with annoying frizz, nasty tangles and breakage that leaves you looking anything but chic and sexy when you arise. Silk is, well, silky smooth, and creates none of this resistance to your lustrous locks.
Fewer Wrinkles, Short- and Long-Term
Silk cases also give your skin smooth sailing for the eight hours you spend asleep, without the deep wrinkling and tugging that can create large, temporary creases in your skin and contribute to fine lines and wrinkles over time.
Hydrates Hair and Skin
It turns out those who can feel their expensive skin and hair care products soaking into their cotton pillowcases are onto something! Silk is much less absorbent than linen and is much better at leaving your serums and moisturizers right where you want them, replenishing your strands and skin cells.
Silk pillowcases are available in varying levels of quality and thickness, which do affect the beauty benefits you will reap from them. But you don’t have to shell out for the top-of-the-line silk to get results.
Silk’s equivalent to thread count is “momme,” abbreviated as mm. This is a Japanese measurement of weight, and a higher momme indicates a heavier, more densely woven fabric. Pillowcases rated anywhere from 13 to 19 mm are more affordable and have all the qualities you’re looking for in a silk pillowcase, while the highest-end are rated 22 to 25 mm and will have the smoothest texture and the least absorbency.