Waking up with perfect hair may be a lot easier than you think. The trick? Sleep on a silk pillowcase for hair. Swapping out your cotton pillowcase for a silk one is just one way to have stronger, healthier-looking hair. When added to a hair healthy routine that includes proper nutrition from your diet or Viviscal hair growth† supplements, a silk pillowcase can leave your hair more hydrated and shinier in the morning.*
Why a Silk Pillowcase Works for Hair?
Most people sleep on cotton pillowcases. Unfortunately, cotton pillowcases are not the best for our hair. Cotton fibers are very absorbent. During the night, they pull the moisture from hair, leaving it dry, frizzy and prone to breakage.
Cotton also pulls on the hair at night, causing friction to the hair cuticle and twisting hair at the root, which can lead to damage and a bad case of bedhead in the morning. If you’ve ever woken up with your pillowcase covered in hair, you know exactly what we’re talking about.
Silk, on the other hand, is naturally smoother and won’t rub against your hair at night. Since its fibers are less absorbent, silk pillowcases will also help your hair retain more moisture overnight. The result? You’ll wake up to shinier, healthier-looking hair without bedhead.
Just as cotton pillowcases pull moisture from your hair, they can do the same for your face. So switching to a silk pillowcase not only has benefits for your hair, but your skin as well!
If you don’t want to give up your cotton pillowcase, you get some of the same benefits of sleeping with a silk pillowcase by wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before bed.
How to Choose the Best Silk Pillowcase for Hair
The silk pillowcase trend is growing in popularity, and manufacturers have taken notice. So there are now lots of lesser-quality silk pillowcases for hair on the market.
When shopping for a silk pillowcase, look for one that’s made of 100% mulberry silk with a momme (the unit of weight for a silk weave) between 19 and 22. A high-end silk pillowcase can cost as much as $90. If you’re on a budget, satin pillowcases offer many of the same hair care and skincare benefits of silk pillowcases, but with a lower price tag.
Other Hair-Smoothing Tips
While sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help keep hair smooth and hydrated, it’s best used in conjunction with some other hair-healthy practices:
- Wash hair 2-3 times per week, and always follow shampoo with a conditioner. Washing hair too often can cause it to dry out. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo gently cleanses hair, to help keep hair hydrated and healthy.
- After conditioning your hair, rinse hair with cold water. Cold water seals the hair’s cuticle, leaving hair shiny by locking in moisture.
- Your scalp produces natural oils to hydrate your hair. But too much oil can make hair look greasy. Brush your hair with a boar-bristle brush to help distribute your scalp’s natural oils from your roots to your ends. While there’s no need to brush your hair 100 strokes each day, a healthy hair brushing will make your hair look shinier and keep knots at bay.
- Healthy hair is shinier hair. Use a daily hair growth† supplement like Viviscal to strengthen hair from the inside out. With nutrients like biotin, iron, zinc and a proprietary complex called AminoMar™, Viviscal tablets feed hair follicles to promote thicker, fuller hair growth†.*
Sleeping with a silk pillowcase is definitely a great way to improve your hair. When coupled with other hair-healthy habits (like taking Viviscal twice daily), your hair’s natural condition should improve over time.*
†Existing hair growth