Pillow plays a more important role than ensuring better sleep, its cover or a pillowcase can determine the health of your hair. We have often heard how cotton pillowcases cause friction with hair resulting in hair fall and breakage. As a result, satin and silk pillowcases are recommended but what’s the difference between the two?
Silk is a luxurious fabric and that’s exactly the treatment our hair needs. It’s also a breathable fabric that allows circulation of moisture from the sweat while preventing it from getting trapped at the root of the hair. It minimises the friction between hair strands and fabric and helps retain hair’s natural shine. This minimised friction also helps in preventing split ends, frizz, hair damage, and tangles.
Silk is also hypoallergenic and less absorbent and, thus, prevents trapping of sweat and bacteria that’s usually there on the pillowcases. This is also a great benefit for the skin and its health.
When mixed with other, usually synthetic, fabrics, satin pillowcases turn out to be more flexible than silk or cotton. Simply put, it moves with hair, which reduces friction between pillowcases and hair fibre. It is also breathable and less absorbent.
The major difference between the two lies in their respective cost. Silk is a decadent fabric that’s costlier than satin which is less expensive as it’s often blended with materials. Also, satin pillowcases are accessible and easier to clean, even at home. However, if you decide to go with silk, make sure you double check the quality and don’t mistakenly buy a dupe one!
As long as you get one of the two, you’re on the safe side. It also depends on hair type and length. While both silk and satin have the same benefits, silk pillowcases are also great for skin, and suit all hair types, especially curly and textured hair.