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For years, I’ve been sleeping on cotton pillowcases and waking up with a case of bedhead — and not in the good model-like way, mind you, but with hair that you can barely get a brush through. I never put together the two could possibly be related until I tried a silk pillowcase.
I had heard about the benefits of sleeping on silk, but only as they related to skin. You’ve probably heard them too: less abrasion from rubbing skin against cotton all night long, less erosion of moisture from the face, less wear and tear, all equating to less wrinkles and breakouts. I finally put together that the same applied to hair as well.
Silk pillowcases are constructed with mulberry silk, which is the fabric often used in wedding gowns. It is extremely soft. Overnight, hair glides over this silken fabric with very little friction, and as friction is what causes hair to tangle, this leaves you with smoother locks.
I tried a slew of silk pillowcases and while some were good, three were absolutely great — nay, they were amazing. Within days, I noticed a difference, and I am definitely sleeping better (I love that the fabric so cool!). Here are the best silk pillowcase options on the market right now.
Celestial Silk Pillowcases
This Celestial Silk pillowcase is a bestseller on Amazon, and it has an unbeatable mid-range price. It's made from long-stranded 100 percent Grade 6A mulberry silk, with 25-momme weight. “Momme” or "mm" is used instead of thread count as a way to describe quality. Most silk pillowcases come in a range of 15-30 momme. The high-grade silk of this pillow ensures that it is luxuriously soft. Thoughtfully constructed, it doesn’t feel junky or cheap either. It also has a nice hidden zipper to hold the pillow in place. The pillowcase comes in a wide range of colors — 18 of them, in fact — so you are sure to find the one that fits well with your bedding. Bonus: The Celestial Silk pillowcase is chemical-free and OECO-TEX certified.
MYK Pure Pillowcase
This silk pillowcase from MYK Pure offers the best of both worlds. Not sure if you’re ready to give up on cotton? Curious about silk but not ready for the investment? Here’s your solution: The MYK Pure silk pillowcase comes with two sides — one of them is top-grade 19-momme mulberry silk sure to go easy on your skin and hair overnight, and the other is 300 thread-count cotton. So with this pillowcase, you’ve got options (and a very wallet-friendly price point). Also, the cotton side helps to prevent your pillow from sliding off the bed at night. Sweet! The MYK Pure pillowcase is hypoallergenic, OEKO-TEX certified, and available in a range of colors. It also comes with a lifetime warranty and is machine-washable.
Slip Silk Pillowcase
The Slip Silk pillowcase is definitely a splurge, but I can attest that it’s worth it. Slip uses the highest-grade long-fiber mulberry silk with a thickness of 22 momme. Its silk is specially designed for just the right amount of shine, thickness, softness, and durability. The company has strict quality control guidelines and will only use non-toxic dyes. The result is a decadently soft pillowcase. The breathable silk is cool to the touch, which helps to prevent you from overheating during the night. I’ve also found that I have less sleep “creases” on my face in the morning when I use it. Slip Silk pillowcases are OEKO-TEX certified, chemical-free, and come in a trendy range of colors.
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