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Silk, satin, or bamboo: which is the best pillowcase for hair?

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Silk, satin, or bamboo: which is the best pillowcase for hair?

First, let me show you the pros and cons of all three materials below, and then I'll give you my final recommendation.

Bamboo pillowcase

Best bamboo pillowcases are made from the fast-growing bamboo plant. To make the fabric, the bamboo is first crushed into pulp, and then the natural fibers are extracted from the pulp and spun into a yarn. Bamboo is considered a sustainable fabric because the bamboo plant, classified as grass, can grow up to 90cm in just one day!

The advantages of bamboo pillowcases:

  • Bamboo is incredibly soft and is often compared to cashmere. This soft, smooth texture prevents hair from frizzing and tangling at night.
  • Like silk, bamboo wicks away moisture and inhibits the growth of dust mites.
  • Bamboo fabric is naturally cooling and breathable, allowing you to keep that "cool side of the pillow" feeling throughout the night. Goodbye days of quickly greasy hair!
  • Bamboo pillowcases are also incredibly durable, machine washable, and will look brand new even if you wash them repeatedly.
  • Bamboo is naturally antibacterial and antifungal (it fights fungus), which is good news for acne sufferers. In addition, these properties prevent the pillowcases from getting an unpleasant smell over time.

The disadvantages of bamboo pillowcases:

  • Bamboo pillowcases, while smooth and luxurious, are not quite as smooth as silk pillowcases. However, many people also see this as a benefit, as silk pillowcases are often so slippery that they slip around too much while you sleep!

Silk pillowcases

Silk is made from the cocoons of silkworms. Silkworms are the larvae of a specific species of moth. After the silkworms are laid, they are regularly fed mulberry leaves until they drastically increase in size and then spin silk to form a cocoon. These cocoons are then boiled, killing the silkworms. The silk is then carefully unwound and spun into threads. It takes about 2,500 silkworms to produce just one pound of silk. The silk pillowcases are then woven from this thread.

The benefits of silk pillowcases

  • The silk's smooth texture prevents hair from frizzing overnight.
  • There is no doubt that silk also feels luxurious! That is why silk underwear has long been in great demand.
  • Silk pillowcases keep dust mites from living in your pillows. This is good news for allergy sufferers.
  • Silk also inhibits the growth of bacteria, which is why silk pillowcases are also a good option for those prone to acne.

The Cons of Silk Pillowcases

  • Because silk is so difficult to harvest and produce, it is quite expensive. While silk pillowcases have some impressive benefits, you can get the same benefits with other materials, like bamboo, at a lower cost.
  • A silk pillowcase is also difficult to maintain. They need to be professionally cleaned to ensure a long lifespan. Because many experts recommend washing linens weekly, the cost and inconvenience of cleaning a silk pillowcase is a major disadvantage for most people.
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