Why Silk Pillowcases Are Good For Natural Hair

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Considering a silk pillowcase for your hair? Read our blog on why it’s a must-have for any naturalisa.

Sleeping on silk is very good for your natural hair because it helps your hair retain its moisture, unlike cotton pillowcases which may well be absorbing this moisture, which can leave your hair feeling dry and more prone to tangles (not to mention its great for your skin too).

Did you know your scalp produces its own moisture for your hair? Sebum is the natural oil produced by your sebaceous gland. These glands are attached to your hair follicles and produce this natural lubrication into the follicular duct, which pushes it to the surface of your skin. Sebum helps to protect your scalp and hair,  keeping them healthy, waterproofed and moisturized. Due to the hair pattern of natural hair, this sebum often has trouble penetrating the lengths of your hair. Adding your own moisture to the lengths and ends of your hair is a great way to help with this, but if you are sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, you are undoing all the hard work.

Cotton is one of the most absorbent materials which means it can absorb the natural oils which your hair produces and any that you add yourself.  One of the most common issues with natural hair is moisture retention. Without moisture, natural hair becomes dry and brittle causing it to break.

Here is a list of reasons silk pillowcase is good for natural hair:

Silk Pillowcase Pros:

  • Natural Fibre
  • Smooth Texture
  • Soft
  • Made from Protein
  • Good Insulator


  • Prevents Breakage –Your hair is at its strongest when moisturised,  because it has elasticity which means it is less likely to break when manipulated during styling. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase means your hair retains moisture and is less likely to break.
  • Reduces split ends – Hair grows from the roots to the end, so the end bit is the oldest part of your hair. Over time due to manipulation, styling or just age, your end starts to spilt especially if you toss and turn when you sleep – this can also be bad for your ends. Silk fibres are smooth and flat which means it glides with your hair instead of against it reducing friction and reducing the risk of it splitting when you sleep.
  • Reduces frizz and bed hair – Once again because of silk’s super smooth texture, sleeping on silk means your hair glides over it resulting in less friction and snagging. You are less likely to wake up with your hair mussed up thereby prolonging your style saving you hours of detangling in the morning.
  • Great for the environment – Silk is a natural fibre that biodegrades and can be recycled which means it is great for the environment. So why not save the plant as you protect your hair.
  • Comfort – If you have natural hair you have probably heard that sleeping without hair protection is a massive no-no! However, sleeping with something on your hair can be uncomfortable or generate heat depending on the weather. Silk is not only luxurious and soft, but it’s also a thermoregulator – keeping you cool when it is warm and warm when its cool making it incredibly comfortable to sleep in.


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.