Silk Vs Satin pillowcases, which is best?

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Which of these fabrics really will give you better hair and skin days?

A question that pops up often is which is better for your hair, silk or satin pillowcases? Before we get into the nitty-gritty it’s important to remember that while silk is a natural fibre, satin is a fabric weave. So when people ask this, they are usually comparing a silk pillowcase to a polyester satin counterpart.  For the purpose of this article when we talk about satin, we are referring to polyester. To find out more about the difference between silk and man-made fibres such as polyester click here.

Hair

Sleeping on a silk pillowcase will do wonders for your hair. Not only will it help to banish bedhead and tangles, it will help your hair to better absorb the oils produced on your scalp along the lengths. Any oils, creams and treatments will also be better absorbed. It is also breathable, so you will find it cooler on warmer nights. Satin, while also slippery to feel is not breathable, and although it will help reduce frizz and tangles, you may not see benefits as quickly. As satin is usually made from polyester it can also cause static in your hair.

 

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Skin

Silk is a naturally made animal protein fibre, whereas polyester is an industrially produced fibre made from petroleum. As such, silk offers significantly better affinity to the skin due to similar chemical composition. Skin is able to move without friction meaning you will wake up with fewer lines on your face from your pillow in the short term, and in the long term, it will help prevent against wrinkles. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic, which keeps your sleep surface clear of allergens, dust mites and mould aka skin irritants that can cause acne breakouts and aggravate eczema. Satin being man-made doesn’t have this benefit.

 

 

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Feel

Satin and natural silk also have a very different feel against the skin. Satin is slippery with a clearly distinct texture which you can feel. Natural silk, in contrast, is softer in feel and the Charmeuse weave affords a more subtle reduction in friction. 100% silk will not have the slippery feel that satin has.

 

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Cost

For us, nothing compares to natural, 100% silk pillowcases. Although it is more expensive than satin, the benefits of sleeping on or in silk are not comparable with a man-made fibre. From a maintenance point of view, silk is a bit more difficult to wash due to it being more delicate and require more attention, but it only requires hand washing once per week, so it doesn’t take that much time or cost.

Hopefully, we have shed some light on some of the misconceptions between mulberry silk pillowcases and polyester silk/satin pillowcases.  Natural silk is not only more comfortable but so much better for your health and beauty.  We don’t think you will ever want to go back to sleeping on a plain old pillowcase again.

 

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Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.