Satin Vs. Silk: Is One Material Better For Your Hair?
Getting a good night's sleep is key to having glowing skin and healthier hair, because — as Michael Breus, Ph.D. points out — your hair follicles receive necessary nutrients from the blood flow. Celebrity hairdresser Darrick Keith recommends switching from a cotton pillowcase to silk or satin, especially if you wake up with frizzy and tangled hair.
One of the main differences between silk and satin is that silk is much more luxurious, and its price ranges from $30 to $90, but that doesn’t include the extra cash you’ll need to wash it. Silk has a breathable fabric that doesn’t absorb or trap oils from your face or hair, so you’ll wake up with shiny, less damaged hair.
Like silk, satin is breathable and doesn’t absorb your hair’s natural oils, but satin pillowcases are much cheaper and only cost $8 to $20. Satin is made of a combination of materials like polyester, rayon, and cotton, so it can be washed in the washing machine, and Good Housekeeping recommends trying Bedsure Satin Pillowcase.
Satin and silk are both hypoallergenic and will cause less hair damage, but hairstylist Keith says silk may be the better option since it has “a bit more slip,” and hairstylist Cheryl Bergamy agrees. Silk is cooling and luxurious, but if you don’t feel like splurging on a silk pillowcase, satin will still help you wake up with smoother hair.