We find out once and for all.
Are silk pillowcases worth it? Nearly every hair-obsessed woman has wondered this age-old question at some point. Whether you're hoping to grow your hair out longer, beat breakage once and for all, or simply wake up with less frizz and flyaways, many experts have touted the benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase. Naturally we wanted to tap into our own experts and find out once and for all if silk pillowcases really are good for your hair or if this beauty myth needs to be put to bed!
Are Silk Pillowcases Good for Your Hair?
On our quest to discover whether or not silk pillowcases are worth it, we chatted with L'Oreal Professionnel Artist Travis Parker who immediately affirmed the long-time beauty secret. "Silk pillowcases are not just an old-school way to keep your style intact overnight," he says. "They can also help to reduce friction and static between the hair and the pillow when you're sleeping." How does this help exactly?
The Benefits of Silk Pillowcases
It's all about the friction. When we sleep our head naturally rubs against our pillowcase. When that pillowcase is made of a more abrasive fabric, like a wool or a cotton, it can cause friction when we sleep. That friction can translate into something as simple as static or as complex as breakage over time. Silk pillowcases, as Parker explains above, reduce this friction since hair gently glides across the surface instead of rubbing.
Another reason silk pillowcases are good for your hair? Many other fabrics are known to absorb moisture instead of wicking it away. Meaning, your pillowcase can in fact steal a little hydration from your hair overtime, causing it to look dull and lackluster as well as feel dry and dehydrated.
Now, what should you look for if you're going to splurge on a silk pillowcase? First off, look for one that is 100% silk. This helps to ensure there are no additional fabrics in the pillowcase that may end up rubbing against your hair and defeating the purpose entirely.
Want extra protection while you sleep? Apply Inforcer Night Anti-Breakage Serum right before bed to prevent breakage from friction.