Friday Favorite: Silk Pillowcases for Face and Hair

A lifetime ago (well actually it was just last year but it was when I only had one good arm to blog with so it felt like a different lifetime) I had a series called Friday Favorites. I’d feature just one product or brand and write why I loved it so much. No sponsored posts, no brands offering the item for free, I wrote because I was a raving fan and wanted to share with you too. I think it’s about time to start this series back up again!

Silk Pillowcases for Curly Hair and Skin

You’ve likely read in some women’s magazine that you should sleep on a silk pillowcase because it prevents creasing of your skin and hair. That it is a must for women with frizzy or curly hair, and can prevent wrinkles. But does it REALLY work? And come on, silk can’t be thrown in the washer and dryer with the rest of the bed linens, is such a pillowcase worth the laundry effort?

This summer I was trying to coax out my curls and bought a satin pillowcase from Amazon, reading it would help. Machine washable and available in a bevy of colors to fit any décor (I chose a dark teal), the price was less than a hair product binge at CVS.

I don’t really know if the satin helped my hair because the polyester pillowcase was so hot, I’d get all sweaty and uncomfortable and when I woke each morning I’d find the pillow on the floor (usually covered by a very happy and comfortable sleeping dog). I’m one of those who needs a cool pillow and prefers to sleep with one foot peeking out from the covers and maybe even the window open. A poly satin pillowcase was utter torture, I’d rather have frizz. When the temps dropped, I brought back out the satin pillowcase and it still was too hot and slippery for me.

Each Christmas, I make my list of items I wouldn’t usually purchase myself and this year I added a 100% silk (not polyester or another synthetic material) pillowcase. And my sister bought me one, this one specifically.

I am so very much a convert. I know you didn’t want me to admit that, because it IS a bit of a PITA to launder, but it’s so good it inspired me to bring back this Friday Favorites series. I’ve been using it for almost three months and I’ve noticed:

  • Bedhead isn’t half of what it used to be (see before… as for after just believe me it’s not nearly as bad!). Before the pillowcase, if I went to sleep with a bit of product in my hair I woke looking like that Instagram photo. Now, I have been known to do a bit of finger or wood-bristle strategic brushing and be on my way. So yeah, more time laundering but less time getting ready in the morning.
  • Curls are better. My hair is naturally curly, but it’s fine and doesn’t hold the curl. I can have Shirley Temple ringlets at bedtime and wake looking like Kip Winger. With the pillowcase I end up looking a bit more like Sammy Hagar AKA something that can be fixed with a spray bottle or a curling iron.
  • Face is happier. Have you ever woken and seen the creases of your pillow pressed into your face? It’s adorable when Emerson stumbles into our room in the morning with that, but it’s not adorable when it happens to my face, which doesn’t bounce back as quickly. Well no more with this pillowcase. No matter how hard I sleep or for how long, no creases.
  • It’s nice and cool. It’s cooler than 100% cotton and far cooler than microfiber, polyester satin, or any other synthetic or blend. It dissipates my body heat better, and I don’t have to keep flipping it during the night.
  • It's not as slippery.  Unlike the poly satin, the silk pillowcase doesn't slide out from under my head when I am sleeping.
  • It’s a good replacement for me. I get up before Karl almost every morning. I go downstairs and let out Cindy, eat breakfast, do some blogging, maybe exercise. I come upstairs… and Karl is spooning the silk pillow. Every morning, he grabs the pillow and uses it as my replacement. He says it feels a lot like me – soft and silky. Whatever floats his boat and keeps him sleeping through my hairdryer works for me!

As for the dreaded laundry… I put it in a lingerie bag inside-out and wash it with other delicates on the Gentle Cycle of the machine, and then hang dry. No it doesn’t look as pristine as it did when I got it Christmas Day, but it’s still strong and in one piece and gets the job done. It may be the pillow I hide behind others when I make my bed, but it’s one I’d buy again in an instant. I can’t wait to see how it works this summer when my curls are in full effect!

24 Comments

  1. April 14, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Glad to see your review, since I’ve been looking for a good one! Might be a good present for my mother in law!

  2. PassThePopcorn
    March 15, 2015 / 12:59 am

    And yet again you have won my adoration with a Kip Winger reference 🙂

  3. Kate
    March 13, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    Can you or one of your readers comment at all about acne with a silk pillowcase? I keep having to revert to using a benzyl peroxide face wash, and I wonder if a different pillowcase fabric might help combat whatever is causing the acne. Obviously I use a pillowcase I don’t really care about when I am using the peroxide so that I do not stain my nice cotton set…but maybe the fabric makes a difference. I’m willing to give anything a shot.

    • March 14, 2015 / 1:18 pm

      Curious what others have to say. And don’t know if you know but I’ve seen benzyl peroxide-resistant linens at Target; not sure the fabric for them but I was excited to see it because I know how it stains pillows! 🙂

  4. Darlene B.
    March 13, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    If you ever want to try another 100% pure polyester satin pillowcase; I now have 2 Savvy Sleepers http://www.savvysleepers.com/ pillowcases and LOVE them. NO special laundry detail, I throw them in with the rest of the sheets/pillowcases and into the dryer they go and when they come out… it is pure awesome!

  5. Sadie von Scrumptious
    March 13, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    For those of us on the Craft side of the force, this is also an easy sewing project, using these instructions.
    http://www.howdoesshe.com/silk-pillowcase-homemade-beauty-sleep/
    Now that I know it’s worthwhile, I’ll get sewing! After my own silk sewing projects, I add: use a Microtex machine needle and French seams.

  6. JenniLathrop
    March 13, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    I recently got my long, curly hair cut and have been trying to do the second day hair. Every day I wake up with a halo of frizzies that I can’t seem to tame. Just this week I figured I’d bite the bullet and get a satin pillow case. This came at the perfect time! Thanks for the review!

  7. Carolyn Kerr Varick
    March 13, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation and the link! I’m looking forward to trying them!

  8. Lindsay
    March 13, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    I think my favorite part of this is how your hubby spoons the pillow and that it reminds him of you…that is so cute and so sweet! I’ve been wanting to buy a silk pillowcase for awhile, this post might be the motivation I needed. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Ginger
    March 13, 2015 / 11:11 am

    Good to know! I won’t waste my money on anything less than the real thing.

  10. Sonia
    March 13, 2015 / 8:55 am

    I have curly ethnic hair that always splits and breaks easily. I’ve been sleeping on a poly silk pillow case for years and my ends still splitand my hair is often misshapened when I wake up. I’d give this product a shot.

    • March 13, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      They’re only $25, I’ve spent so much more on random gadgets that haven’t helped. Hope it works for you!

  11. Kasmira Kit
    March 13, 2015 / 8:54 am

    I use a poly satin case. I don’t tend to overheat at night, so the polyester isn’t a dealbreaker for for me. Like silk, I wake up with fabulous hair and a wrinkle free face.

  12. Nancydrew
    March 13, 2015 / 6:55 am

    Now I know what to ask DH for for my birthday! Though an amazing pillowcase over my awesome memory foam pillow will make it REALLY hard to get out of bed…

  13. Beth W
    March 13, 2015 / 6:16 am

    Interesting! This might be something I have to look into. I have naturally curly hair, but I am graying quickly and where the gray hair is really almost white (or, let’s face it, where it would be white if not for my fabulous stylist), my hair just doesn’t like to curl anymore. This was one of my stylist’s suggestions, as well. I wonder if it would help my new-to-me 38 y.o. lady acne that has just cropped up, too?

    • March 13, 2015 / 8:40 am

      I wouldn’t be surprised if it did help. And for $25 it’s likely cheaper than trying a new skincare product!

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