The pillows you sleep on at night can affect more than just how comfortable you are and how well you sleep—they can also have a big impact on your hair and your skin, too. Yep, you might have a totally killer skincare routine and use all the best hair products out there, but if you're not sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase, you might not be doing enough.
First thing's first: Silk and satin pillowcases are the best thing you can sleep on for your hair, no matter what your hair texture is. Straight, curly, kinky, and anywhere in between, silk and satin is a lot softer on your hair than cotton or other materials that can lead to frizzy strands and breakage.
Anthony Dickey, a hairstylist and owner of Hair Rules salon told HuffPost that "satin pillowcases help to prevent frizzing and roughing of the cuticle on any hair texture and can help to prolong styles."
As far as your skin is concerned, it's all about the texture, too. Sleeping on cotton pillowcases (along with other fabrics) can not only contribute to lines and creases on your face depending on how you sleep, but that same friction that can damage your hair can also cause issues for people dealing with acne. "It can cause lesions to open and spread bacteria to the pillowcase," Seven Brown, a licensed esthetician and owner of Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic, told HuffPost.
Silk and satin, on the other hand, have a much smoother, shinier texture, which means no friction between your hair or your skin and your pillowcase—instead, your hair can sort of glide over your pillow as you catch those Zzzs. No fuss, no muss.
If you're ready to make the switch to a silk or satin pillowcase, check out some of the best options online below, from high-end pure silk (option No.1) and a one-sided silk option (No. 2), to some more affordable satin alternatives. Whichever one you choose, your hair and skin will thank you.
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