Why Should You Sleep on Silk?

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Wondering why everyone is so caught up on sleeping on this wonder fabric? Well, let’s break this down for you. Sleeping in silk has a whole host of benefits for your hair, especially if you have a hair type that your stylist can only describe as problematic.

What is silk? 

Silk is the fine thread with which a silkworm spins its cocoon. The silkworm pupates in its cocoon and emerges 20 days later as a moth. The thread which is produced by the spinning glands of the silkworm is the finest and strongest natural fibre in the world.

Because of this, Sleeping in or on silk will make a big difference, because silk, unlike cotton, is a smooth fibre which won’t rub your hair up the wrong way.  



Below are some of the many reasons why sleeping in silk is the best choice.



Silk is a hypoallergenic fabric, which is great news if you suffer from allergies, asthma or skin conditions. It naturally repels dust, mould, and other airborne allergens, as well as being a less than ideal environment for dust mites. The reduction of dust mites can have a direct effect on the quality of sleep to those who suffer from dust mite related allergies.

Silk has an amazing ability to help our skin reabsorb moisture through the naturally occurring amino acids within silk. Absorbing moisture that has been lost during the day while sleeping will aid in rejuvenating the skin throughout the night. This is hugely beneficial to sufferers of both Eczema and dry skin. 



Cotton can dry out your hair, and cause it to knot and frizz. Cotton may feel soft to the skin but its weave actually grips and tugs at individual strands, causing damage and breakage, split ends and more. The effects of continuous contact with cotton pillowcases can tangle hairstyles, and cause bedhead. Silk, however, will work with your hair not against it, keeping it naturally soft, moisturized and tangle-free.   Hence why our products are made with 100% pure silk


Moisture Wicking 

Silk doesn’t absorb moisture; however, it does draw moisture away from your skin to ensure the excess moisture in your hair is removed. This ensures your hair remains dry and with reduced grease in the morning. 

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Breakage Prevention 

The smoothness of silk reduces thinning of the hair and split ends, encouraging new and existing hair growth. The anti-static qualities in the silk fabric can also prevent your hair from knotting. Moreover, the cling-free properties of silk can extend the life of your blow dry by two days, and prolonging the benefits of treatments like keratin straightening, and keep your curls looking soft and bouncy. If you wear extensions, Silk wrapping will help ensure your extensions aren’t tugging at your roots and ensuring they don’t get tangled. 

Luxurious Feel 

Sleeping on silk feels good. I don’t think there is anything more luxurious than slipping into high-quality silk sheets and falling asleep on a silk pillow.

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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.