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.

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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.

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Silk vs. Satin Pillowcases

Silk vs. Satin Pillowcases

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What’s the difference between silk and satin pillowcases.

Often we get asked: What is the difference between silk pillowcases and satin pillowcases? To start, you need to understand that this question is a little misleading. Silk is a fabric produced from the silk worm, whereas satin is a fabric weave. In truth, many different fabrics can use the satin weave, including silk. That being said, when people ask this question, what they often mean is: What is the difference between Silk Charmeuse Pillowcases and Polyester Satin (silk) Pillowcases? These are the two types of pillowcases you are most likely to come across on the internet, especially in reference to hair and skin care.

Natural vs. Manmade: To start, it is helpful to understand the difference between polyester and natural silk as fabrics. Satin silk from polyester is a manmade fabric produced from polymers. This satin silk from polyester is essentially a fabric created from oil and has the same chemical composition as plastic bottles. Silk, in contrast, is spun from the natural silk protein filament produced by the silk worm when forming its cocoon. Each silk fiber is produced from 3-5 of these silk filaments which are subsequently spun together to produce silk fabric in an assortment of momme weights.

A very different feel: Polyester silk and natural silk also have a very different feel against the skin. Polyester silk satin is slippery with a clearly distinct texture which you can feel. Natural silk in contrast is softer in feel and the Charmeuse weave affords a more subtle reduction in friction.

Benefits for your skin and hair: Both polyester satin silk pillowcases and natural silk pillowcases provide benefits to your skin and hair through reduced friction. This reduces split ends in your hair, pulling on your facial skin and both diminish crease wrinkles in the face. However, because silk is a natural protein, it also provides additional benefits. Silk pillowcases are often recommended by dermitologists to be benefical to your skin and hair Natural silk is a very good thermal insulator, helping you to stay cooler during the summer months and warmer during the winter months, which supports healthy skin. Last, silk is naturally hypoallergenic and is resistant to mold, mildew, fungus and dust mites.

Inexpensive vs. luxury: Perhaps the most obvious difference between polyester satin silk pillowcases and natural Charmeuse silk pillowcases is the cost. As a manmade fabric, polyester is easy to produce in large quantities from a relatively inexpensive source (Oil and recycled plastics) and as a result it’s generally cheap. Silk on the other hand is a luxury product and is very expensive to produce, since supply is limited and the process to harvest and spin silk is complex and labor intensive. This is one of the reasons the silk trade has more in common with precious metals and gem stones (such as being sold by weight) then other fabrics on the market.

Hopefully this article has helped to shed some light on this often asked question about the differences between silk and (polyester) satin silk pillowcases. If you’re interested in investing a pair of silk pillowcases, checkout our links below. We are confident that you will be pleasantly surprised by the luxury and comfort our pillowcases provide and you will never go back to sleeping on plain old pillowcases again.