Why are silk pillowcases good for hair

Why are Silk Pillowcases Good for Hair?

Why are silk pillowcases good for hair?

Reduces friction against hair while sleeping at night. .

  • Reduces friction against hair while sleeping at night. Silk is very smooth and the weaves are much tighter then you will find with other textiles. This means your hair will have: Less split ends, Less broken hair strands, Less pulling and stress on hair roots.

Silk absorb less of your hairs natural oils or your hair care products like conditioner.

  • Your body produces natural oils that help your hair to stay healthy. Every day however your hair comes in contact with different conditions which damage this natural defense. With most people spending 7-8 hours a night sleeping on a pillowcase, it is vital to protect your hairs natural oils by not sleeping on fabrics that suck these oils out of your hair like a sponge.

Silk has less chemicals then those often found in other textiles like cotton, polyester and rayon.

  • Silk is a natural textile woven from the protein chains making up the silk worms cocoon. These silk worms are raised in captivity and feed harvested mulberry leaves to ensure the finest silk fabric can be created. This environment is free predators, meaning less need for harsh pesticides, like those used in cotton production. To separate silk fibers, the cocoon is placed in boiling water to help the single continuous strand to separate into a thread. Compare this to rayon, where the cell walls of various materials are broken down using strong chemicals. From these broken cells, a viscous fiber is spun and the chemicals are washed away (mostly). Polyester is a spun fiber from polymer chains, in other words “oil”; the same stuff that gas is made from and you pump into your car.

Silk reduces the incidence of bed head and helps maintain your hair style longer.

  • low friction helps you keep your hair style longer and reduce the incidence of bed head.

Can I Iron Silk Sheets

Can I iron silk sheets?

Can I iron silk sheetsSilk is a luxury fabric and we are often asked whether you can iron silk sheets. The answer is yes, assuming you take care. We find however that after a couple of washes, silk sheets will often have fewer wrinkles and don’t generally require ironing, assuming you remove the sheets from the dryer quickly and put them away. Still, if you do want to get out some stubborn wrinkles, you can iron silk. Here are a couple of quick tips to keep in mind when ironing your silk sheets.

  1. Use a lower heat setting. You don’t want to be ironing your silk sheets at the same setting as your cotton sheets. Choose a setting on the low side (most irons have a silk setting) and then slowly increase the heat if need.
  2. Keep the iron moving: Never keep the iron in the same place long. Move quickly over the silk.
  3. Iron from the back of the sheet: Always iron your sheets from backside of the silk (the side with the matte finish). This will reduce the chance of damaging the silk.
  4. Clean the iron before you start: Some irons can build up rust and other debris in the steam holes. We suggest you release steam from the iron a few times on some cotton fabric before you start.
  5. Use a clean piece of cotton on top: You can place a clean piece of cotton over top the silk when ironing to reduce the chance of damaging the silk fabric.

With care and a little patience, it is possible to iron silk sheets for a clean result. As always, try out these techniques on your silk bedding in a small section first before proceeding.

mulberry silk pillowcases

Mulberry Silk Pillowcases

mulberry silk processWhat is mulberry silk?

The best quality silk is cultivated, meaning the silk worms are raised in a controlled environment. When we refer to silk as being mulberry silk, we are talking about cultivated silk production with the mulberry silk worm (Bombyx mori) which is feed an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves. When you hear the terms mulberry silk and cultivated silk, the terms are generally interchangeable, as almost all cultivated silk is also mulberry silk.

Why is mulberry silk superior?

The mulberry silk worm consumes a rich diet of mulberry leaves and is considered to produce a stronger, shiner silk fiber than alternative silk sources. This form of silk is naturally white, takes on dyes well and is superior for reeling and weaving into silk textiles. In contrast, wild silk is has natural minerals on the outside which alters the color, is difficult to reel into a strong textile do to random short silk threads, and doesn’t take well to dying.

What makes mulberry silk stronger?

Silk produced from the mulberry silk worm is cultivated without breaking the cocoons long strands of fiber which allows for a stronger and better quality silk. Typical silk fibers can range between 600 – 1,500m in length( 2,000 – 5,000 feet).

What are the top things to look for in a mulberry silk pillowcase?

If you’re looking to take advantage of the various benefits a mulberry silk pillowcase provides, make sure to keep an eye out for the following.

  • Review the style of the pillowcase. Many less expensive pillowcases will have an envelope enclosure on the back. This reduces the amount of silk fabric required to produce the case (thus lowering the cost), but also means you can only use one side of the pillowcase. You may also see cases with zippers or hidden zippers. However zippers reduce the comfort of the pillowcase and are not needed to keep your pillow in place. A classic, side entry pocket is generally the preferred choice.
  • Consider the weave of silk you’re interested in. Mulberry silk pillowcases can come in a variety of weaves, but most often they are Charmeuse, Satin or Habotai weaves. Each has their own benefits and drawbacks, but usually the Charmeuse weave is preferred over satin or habotai by most individuals.
  • Quality of the stitching. Many less expensive pillowcases use single stitch seams and have little to no overlap with the pocket encloser. Better quality mulberry silk pillowcases will have double stitch seams and deeper pockets.
  • Quality of silk: As with most textiles, there are various qualities of silk fabric on the market and not all silk is created equal. Make sure you purchase your mulberry silk pillowcases from a source that is reliable and backs up the quality of their product. In addition, look for pillowcases that are 19 momme weight or higher. If no momme weight is listed, you should look elsewhere.