Silk pillowcase for wrinkles

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ATLANTA — ATLANTA—Bedhead is real, it is horrifying, and the search for answers has led many people to silk or satin pillowcases.

It’s no doubt happened to you. You hit the pillow looking like Sleeping Beauty but wake up looking more like Cruella De Vil.

A viewer messaged 11Alive’s Why Guy on Facebook to ask if silk is actually helping in preventing a wild case of bedhead, and if so, why?

Asbery Wilkerson, chairman of the cosmetology department at Atlanta Technical College, says a silk pillowcase can reduce “conflict” while you sleep.

“Your hair is covered in cuticles that are like fish scales, or bark on a tree,” says Wilkerson. “When the cuticle layers are raised, that’s when you have conflict.”

Wilkerson tells us that when you treat your hair with certain chemicals, the cuticles of your hair can lift and separate from the hair shaft. Shampoo that’s high in PH can cause the cuticles to lift.

If you sleep on a cotton pillowcase, the rough surface can pull at those open cuticles. It allows moisture to escape, leading to dry, brittle hair and bedhead.

The smooth surface of a silk or satin pillowcase lessens the conflict. There’s no tugging on the cuticles, allowing them to close without going wild.

“Sleeping on a silk pillowcase helps reduce breakage and frizz,” says Erin Walter of Probeauty.org. “Silk doesn’t rough up your hair like a traditional cotton pillowcase.”

You can find silk or satin pillowcases for reasonable prices. If you don’t want to go that direction, you could always wear a silk or satin scarf to bed.

Or, maybe you like waking up in the wild.

Beauty sleep is real—no matter which way you cut it, in order to look and feel our best, we simply need to catch those ZZZs. It is essential that we give our bodies enough time to reset, especially since we know cell turnover primarily happens at night! Although there are a number of fancy creams and potions you can slather on your visage to help maximize skin regeneration while you sleep, there’s another product on the market that has taken the beauty world by storm: silk pillowcases.

For those who don’t know, silk pillowcases are just that—pillowcases made entirely of silk which are said to help prevent wrinkles and even breakouts, help skin stay hydrated, and regulate body heat. While lesser quality silk abounds, a proper silk case should be 100 percent Mulberry silk. The momme, or weight of the silk weave, should range from 19 to 22. Prices will range from $30 to $90 per piece, which leads us to wonder: Are they worth it?

We chatted with two skin care experts to find out.

So, What’s the Deal?

First off, we’re going to give it to you straight: as much as we’d love to say silk pillowcases are the end all be all, it’s not quite that simple. There’s no definitive scientific evidence that silk pillowcases can stop your acne breakouts or prevent wrinkles for good, according to Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Founder & Director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology at the George Washington University Medical Center.

But that doesn’t mean you should dismiss silk pillowcases entirely. Silk can be a great option for someone with sensitive skin, and it can be much easier on the skin that cotton pillow cases, Dr. Tanzi explains.

In fact, as an alternative to traditional cotton, silk is pretty superior. According to Laura Dyer, PA-C atDr. Amy Wechsler Dermatology in New York City, cotton pillowcases can actually draw in moisture from your hair and face (think of all the products you apply right before bed!), potentially drying out your skin and irritating it.

“The moisture pulled into the pillow can also draw in allergens and bacteria, causing damage and reactions to your hair and skin,” she explains. “Sleeping on a silk surface means less moisture will be taken from your skin and hair.” A silk surface also reduces the friction between your skin and hair against the pillow, which can result in less breakage when it comes to your hair and potentially less opportunity to cause skin irritation or reactions while sleeping.

Can They Help Stop Breakouts?

Maybe. “First of all, any product you put into your hair during the day, will likely end up on your pillow,” Dyer says. And, whatever is on your pillow will thus likely end up on your face, she adds. “Hair products can contain harsh ingredients and can be oil or silicone based, all of which can cause inflammation and breakouts,” she says. And if that moisture is getting pulled into your pillowcase and you’re sleeping on your face, inflammation and breakouts might occur.

Makeup and sweating at night are also possible causes of breakouts, says Dr. Tanzi. “Make sure you wash your face well before bed and keep your room cool when sleeping to reduce sweating and the resulting clogged pores,” she explains. Bottom line: Whatever is on your pillow has the potential to get on your face—especially if you’re a side or stomach sleeper—regardless of your pillowcase of choice. But, your pillowcase fabric might still play a role for some!

What About Wrinkles?

Fighting wrinkles happen to be the silk pillowcase’s main claim to fame. Many on the market claim that the silky slip will help decrease skin creasing, tugging, and pulling and thus help keep wrinkles at bay. Heck, there’s surely something to that $80 price tag, right?

Sadly, there is no hard and fast evidence that silk prevents wrinkles. According to Dr. Tanzi, it’s actually your sleep pattern that is far more important than the material you’re sleeping on when it comes to wrinkle talk. “If you are sleeping on your left side, you will have more wrinkles on the left side of your face,” she says. “With skin aging and sun damage, skin doesn’t have the same elastic properties, so when it’s squished into one position, over time it starts to wrinkle and they will stay.” If you’re really concerned with preventing wrinkles while you snooze, Dr. Tanzi says it’s best to sleep on your back and not put too much pressure on either side of your face.

Should You Get One?

Think of silk pillowcases as skin care supplements—not the ultimate solution but able to provide some benefit. Silk pillowcases can be more comfortable and easier on the hair (waking up tangle-free is kind of amazing!). When it comes to your skin, silk could definitely help with hydration (a bigger factor for some than others). There is no one-size-fits-all answer, though.

To really aid your skin, stick to a dermatologist-approved skin care routine, make sure you’re removing all makeup before bed, and use safe, non-irritating products. Silk pillowcases are just the cherry on top for an already established skin care routine!

Photo Credit: Alex Mazurov

Three Reasons Why a Silk Pillow Case Is Good For Your Hair

There are many reasons as to why you should choose a silk pillow case instead of a traditional cotton pillowcase. Over the recent years, silk pillowcases have gained increasing popularity not only as a beautiful and opulent addition to your bed, but also as a beauty product for healthy and great looking hair. Here are the top three reasons why a silk pillow case is good for your hair:

Silk Pillow Cases are Breathable

You spend a lot of time on your pillowcase at night. There is no other material that your hair is in contact with for so long as that of your pillowcase. Therefore, the properties of the material used in your pillowcase are very important for beautiful and healthy hair. The moisture-wicking property of silk is one of the features that make silk pillowcases a good investment in the beauty of your hair. Silk can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in moisture – which in your case is perspiration – and still remain dry. Moisture will be wicked away from your hair for a comfortable sleep and keep your hair looking great longer.

Silk Pillowcases are Non-Irritating

Cotton pillows have a coarser texture that can cause your hair to break and tangle, matt, and get frizzy as you toss your head or rub it against the pillowcase every night. Unlike cotton, a silk pillowcase is made of perfectly smooth fibers. This means that sleeping on a silk pillowcase will cause no mechanical irritation to your hair. More importantly, silk fibers have a very similar structure with that of the human hair, containing 97% amino acids and 3% waxy and fat fibers. This helps reduce hair damage, such as split ends.

Silk Pillowcases have No Chemicals

Among the many wonderful properties of silk, you can include its chemical-free composition. Our 100% mulberry silk is produced in a controlled environment with no chemical exposure. While cotton pillowcases are produced from chemically treated crops, the silkworms that produce Manito silk are fed with mulberry leaves that don’t use any pesticides or other chemicals to grow. This means that your hair will be healthier and happier when you sleep on a silk pillowcase.

Your pillowcase is one of the most important parts of your bedding as it stays in contact with your hair and skin for long hours. What more appropriate material to use for your pillowcase than silk, the most luxurious fabric on the planet? A silk pillowcase is a great investment that can offer you healthy, smooth looking hair, soft and hydrated skin, a comfortable sleep, and, of course, a luxurious feeling that no other man made material can match.

Browse Manito’s collection of beautiful silk pillowcases here.

When my sister told me silk pillowcases were healthier for hair than cotton ones, my ears perked up through the tangly mop atop my head. I was intrigued, as sleeping happens to be the majority of my hair care routine.

I’ve always had a lot of hair. When I was little, the women at Supercuts used to call everyone over to give it a feel. “This is crazy,” they’d all marvel. “Where is it all coming from!?” (There’s more than meets the eye.) I’ve been apologizing to hair stylists for over a decade for requiring more time and product than their respective schedules and inventories could handle. They’re always asking assistants to get more foil (again) or apologizing to the next client.

When I put my hair in a ponytail, it sticks straight out of my head like a tree trunk; I break hair ties constantly. It requires nearly a palmful of shampoo to wash and over 12 hours to air dry. It’s also fairly coarse and prone to knotting. It took me years of blow-drying and straightening (oh, the hours) before I settled on bi-annual keratin treatments and a beauty strategy that essentially starts and ends with sleeping. It’s all I can handle.

Here is my routine in full:

1. I wash my hair at night a couple times a week with New Wash (that’s it — no conditioner), preferably before 9 p.m. so that it’s mostly dry by the time I get to work the next day. Then I sleep on it.
2. Most mornings, I add Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil to the ends to make it feel piece-y.
3. On days two/three/four, I utilize B&B Pret-a-Powder dry shampoo.

The products are all orange by chance.

I’m lucky that I aesthetically prefer messy, unkempt hair — I’d be in real trouble if I died for Blake Lively’s situation — but I do sometimes worry that mine’s so sloppy it calls my hygiene into question or just generally looks gross. Here it is, freshly clean, after sleeping on a cotton pillowcase:

And behind the scenes…

Looks a bit frazzled. This is typical and begs the Q: Is cotton for suckers? What about those cotton commercials featuring a shiny-haired Zooey Deschanel on a bike? Was it all a lie?

It was time to investigate.

First, I procured a silk pillowcase by Slip. According to its website, Slip is the answer to “a secret that hairdressers and movie stars have known for decades.” (DECADES!) “Cotton grabs your hair and twists it at the root throughout the night, damaging hair and causing bed-head in the morning…Cotton draws moisture from your hair, drying it out,” Slip says. I also got a NIGHT Pillow, which is made of 95% Mulberry silk. Mulberry silk, has “never before been used in bedding and is sourced from couture wedding gown suppliers” (excusez-moi?) and acts as a “delicate treatment to your hair fibers” to avoid “stripping of essential oils and breakage.”

I promptly placed them side-by-side on my bed, felt rich and then told my roommates and cat to steer clear (some of whom listened). I then proceeded to sleep like I imagine Angelina Jolie sleeps. And the next morning? Krista (our photographer) gasped when she saw me. GASPED! Granted, she’s really dramatic and tells everyone they look good all the time and thus is not to be trusted, so thank G for photographic evidence. Here’s how my hair looked after sleeping on a silk pillowcase:

And the back of the bus:

It’s a big difference, right?

(Lucky for our imagery team, I basically wear pajama tops to work — very on-brand for this piece.)

Not kidding though: My hair is visibly smoother and shinier, feels softer and is waving more evenly. It almost looks like I blow dried it, or at least ran a straightener through it for a sec. It’s kind of unreal! The silk pillowcase rumors are true; it’s not just a marketing ploy.

For the messy-haired among us: Maybe give it a try.

Photos by Krista Anna Lewis.

I am a little bit fascinated by Kourtney Kardashian. I mean, we have so much in common! She has three kids, I have three kids. And… that’s about where the similarities end. But I enjoy the natural living advice and beauty tips on her blog. She’s nutty, but the health nuttery I like!

In a recent post, Kourt said she always sleeps on a silk pillowcase, even taking one with her when she travels. What a diva, right?! But the infamous Kardashian sister is correct about the beauty benefits of silk (though it pains me to say it).

Photo from ShhhSilk

Why You Need a Silk Pillowcase

I plunked down $20 (!) for a pillowcase to give it a try. Silk sheets have never been my thing; they’re just too slippery. But a pillowcase is perfect.

Silk’s main claim to fame is helping to prevent wrinkles. The idea is that if you’re a side sleeper the pulling and tugging between your face and the pillow can cause sleep lines and wrinkles, and silk reduces that pressure. Science hasn’t proven that one out yet, but here are 4 more reasons why you need to replace your pillowcase stat.

Silk is naturally hypoallergenic

Silk is hypoallergenic, which is good for allergy sufferers. The fibers have a natural resistance to dust mites, mold and other allergens. You can even go one step further and get a pillow filled with silk fibers instead of feathers to reduce the collection of dust and dander.

Silk helps skin retain moisture

Cotton pillowcases are super absorbent. They pick up dirt and oil from your skin, and when you sleep on the same pillowcase night after night, it can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.

Natural silk pillow cases are less absorbent. Your skin and hair stay moisturized because your pillowcase isn’t absorbing all of the natural oils from your skin.

Silk naturally also contains amino acids that are easily absorbed into the skin. Silk amino acids are used in formulating shampoos and conditioners as well as moisturizers and body lotions because they create a protective barrier and preserve moisture. The amino acids bond with the keratin in your skin to help it regenerate as you sleep.

Silk protects your hair

My favorite thing about a silk pillowcase is avoiding morning ‘crazy hair.’ With super short hair, I often wake up with it standing straight up, which my kids love. When you toss and turn at night, the friction created on regular pillowcases can damage the hair follicle. That leads to less shine and more frizz.

Silk fibers are also similar in structure to your hair. This helps keep the hair smooth as it moves across a silky pillowcase.

Silk keeps you cool

Silk naturally regulates heat, which helps you maintain the correct body temperature. It doesn’t conduct heat, so if you want to keep cool at night on hot days, go with silk. On the flip side, it retains heat during cold weather.

1. Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Pillowcase // Compared to cotton pillowcases, silk doesn’t dry out your skin and hair, and dermatologists recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase to reduce wrinkles.

2. Slip Silk Pillowcase // This luxurious, hypoallergenic sham protects delicate facial skin and hair from the scratches, creases and tugs caused by standard cotton, reducing split ends and ensuring a night of restorative beauty sleep.

3. LilySilk 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase // Inexpensive yet effective in treating common sleep-related facial and hair problems, the mulberry silk pillowcase is the easiest way to turn your everyday sleep into a rejuvenating journey of comfort.

4. Manito Silk Filled Pillow // Your silk filled pillow will remain cooler throughout the night, resulting in a more comfortable and restful sleep.

5. Tayyakoushi 100% Silk Pillow Cover Set of 4 // This flower print set is a pretty addition to your living room or patio.

6. Fishers Finery Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase // Recommended by Good Housekeeping magazine, the mulberry silk pillowcases from Fishers Finery come in a wide range of colors to fit any home decor.

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a stack of beige colored silk pillowcases

Keep your face healthy. Your face has more contact with your pillowcase than any other fabric. So, if you want to keep your face looking refreshed, your choice in pillowcase is very important. You can learn more about how silk pillowcases help keep your face looking refreshed, healthy and glowing below.

Help your skin retain moisture. Silk helps keep moisture close to your skin and will help your skin stay more hydrated than many fabrics on the market. Sleeping on silk is great option for helping your skin maintain its natural moisture. Save money on expensive moisturizing creams by retaining more moisture in your face to begin with, by sleeping on silk pillowcases.

Reduce your chemical exposure. We constantly come into contact with chemicals, but you can reduce that chemical exposure during your night’s sleep. Silk is produced from domesticated silk worms that are bred and raised in captivity. They have no predators to defend against and are pampered throughout their life, helping to produce a fine silk fiber with little chemical exposure. In contrast, many fabrics on the marketplace, are produced from chemically intensive crops that require pesticides, herbicides and other chemical treatments before making it to your bed sheets. So when it comes to luxury bedding, this is one of those cases where less really is more.

It’s naturally hypoallergenic. Some of silk’s hypoallergenic properties include a natural resistance to dust mites, fungus and mold, in addition to many other allergens.

Silk can be beneficial for your skin and hair. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help your skin stay healthy and smooth and can help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. If you’re only going to invest in one piece of silk bedding to start with, the silk pillowcase provides a lot of benefit for the cost.

It’s a true luxury experience. Sometimes we treat ourselves to a massage, a relaxing day at the beach or a quiet evening in the bathtub. Whatever your escape, laying your head to rest at night on a silk pillowcase is the perfect way to end your day. There is no better feeling then the soft, smooth and luxurious feel of silk against your skin when you go to bed at night. It is truly like having a massage every night.

Reduce bed head and split ends. Are you tired of waking up in the morning and having hair that looks like you just stuck your finger in a socket? Sleeping on luxury silk pillowcases will help keep that bed head under control. The natural properties of silk, including its smooth surface, can help reduce friction on your hair which often causes damage, like spilt ends. For your hair, it truly does pay to sleep on a silk pillowcase.

a pair of white silk pillowcases

They’re easy to care for. While a Charmeuse silk dress may require some special handling, LovaSilk pillowcases are made from a heavy 19 momme weight silk that can be machine washed. So you don’t need to worry about going to the dry cleaner, just pop it in to your washer and you’re good to go. For complete care instructions, see our guide to caring for your silk products.

It’s a great value. There is no other fabric on the planet that is more luxurious than silk, and there is no part of your luxury bedding set that is more important than the pillowcase. When you purchase a silk pillowcase, you are getting the best quality fabric on the planet for the most critical part of your sleep experience. What other small investment can you make that will have so much impact on your skin and hair over a long period of time–and for less than a $100?

Ref: Elizabeth Shimer Bowers (20 Jul 2012) 7 Surprising Benefits of Silk. www.everydayhealth.com; Jen Adkins (20-Dec-2013) How to Get Rid of Crows Feet, Interview with Dr. Neal Schultz skincare.about.com

Do Silk Pillowcases Prevent Wrinkles? 6 Reasons Experts Want You to Make the Switch

Silk pillowcases have become increasingly popular amongst beauty and wellness fanatics — and for a good reason. With a multitude of benefits, silk pillows are the skin, hair, and wellness product you didn’t know you needed. That said, there are some questions surrounding the impact silk pillowcases can have on the skin, especially when it comes to wrinkle prevention.

To get to the bottom of it, we tapped an expert to find out why dermatologists recommend silk pillowcases over any other. Find out what they had to say, plus the best silk pillowcases for hair and skin, ahead.

Silk has a multitude of hair and skin benefits. | WichitS/Getty Images

Silk pillowcases are hypoallergenic

One reason to switch to silk is its hypoallergenic properties. “Silk is a hypoallergenic fabric,” says Dr. Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center. “Unlike cotton — which can have highly allergenic properties in it — silk doesn’t, which means less redness, eye-watering, and congestion if you’re allergic.”

In addition to the more obvious side effects, allergies can have an impact on the skin, too. Sleeping on a silk pillow can help keep puffiness and other allergy skins symptoms at bay.

They can benefit those with Eczema

Did you know dust mites are one of the most common causes of eczema? According to Dr. Talakoub, it’s true. Silk doesn’t naturally attract dust mites, which means switching to a silk pillowcase might help those affected by eczema.

It helps with moisture retention

When it comes to skin care, moisture retention is huge. Not only does it help promote supple skin, but it can also keep wrinkles at bay. “Silk doesn’t trap moisture the way cotton does which allows your products to stay on your skin and doesn’t get absorbed into the pillowcase,” says Dr. Talakoub.

Silk is ideal for sensitive skin

Those with sensitive skin might seriously benefit from switching to a silk pillowcase. “Silk has very little friction thereby decreases the abrasion of the skin,” says Dr. Talakoub. “Particularly for those who have dry, irritated, sensitive skin the silk doesn’t rub against or irritate the skin,” she adds.

Also, the moisture retention benefits of silk pillowcases can also benefit sensitive skin. Because moisture can help soothe dry, irritated skin, the fact that silk doesn’t absorb moisture or soothing products can help keep sensitive skin comfortable.

Silk prevents frizz

While it might not be a deal-breaker for anti-aging, the damaging effects cotton has on hair is worth mentioning. Bedhead is more than just messy, unkempt hair — it’s a culprit of dry, damaged strands, too. Because silk doesn’t absorb moisture like cotton and doesn’t cause friction, silk pillowcases can have a positive impact on hair, too. Making the switch to a silk pillowcase can lead to a softer, smoother, more manageable mane.

Do silk pillowcases prevent wrinkles?

In addition to the above benefits, silk can also have a major impact on aging skin. While silk pillowcases don’t exactly prevent wrinkles, they are a better option than cotton alone, as the fabric doesn’t create friction and helps prevent abrasion of the skin. Also, it helps retain moisture, which can be beneficial in wrinkle prevention. According to Dr. Talakoub, “The amount of good REM sleep you get is the best way to avoid wrinkles.”

The best silk pillowcases for hair and skin

Ready to make the switch but not sure where to start? Up ahead we share the best silk pillowcases for hair and skin.

The Hollywood Silk Solution

Price: $45

The Hollywood Silk Solution pillowcase is one of the most affordable and effective silk pillowcases on the market. With three shades to choose from — pink, white, and caramel — the must-try pillowcase can help reduce the look of sleep creases, bedhead, friction, and extend the life of your blow out for the ultimate “I woke up like this” feel.

Slip Silk Pillowcase

Price: $85-$105

A cult-favorite among many beauty lovers, the Slip Silk Pillowcase is another must-try for anti-aging and beyond. Made from 100% silk, the luxury pillowcase helps create 43% less friction than conventional cotton pillowcases and alleviates some of the pressure on the delicate facial skin. Also, it’s gentle on the hair, making it easier to get up and go in the mornings.

Drybar Slumber Party Silk Pillowcase

Price: $45

If you’re looking for a silk pillowcase designed specifically with hair in mind, look no further. The Drybar Slumber Party Silk Pillowcase is not just gentle on the skin, it’s gentle on hair, too. Unlike cotton pillowcases, this silk pillowcase can extend the life of your blowout, prevent frizz, and protect against the damaging effects sleep has on the hair.

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Can Sleeping On a Silk Pillowcase Prevent Wrinkles?

A quick Google search will bring up a number of silk pillowcases all promising youthful, line-free skin. Fiona Stewart, co-founder of cult silk pillowcase brand Slip, states this is for good reason. Fiona says, “sleeping on a silk pillowcase can reduce friction, which can help reduce stretching and tugging on delicate facial skin. Which is beneficial as skin ages, loses elasticity and sleep creases become more pronounced and longer lasting.”

SLEEP CREASES = WRINKLES?

However, is it true that sleep creases can become permanent over time? Dr John Mahony, board member of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia thinks so. While there isn’t substantial scientific evidence proving that making the swap from our beloved cotton or polyester pillowcases to silk ones will guarantee us a host of beauty benefits, he is certain that a number of vertical lines on the face can arise due to sleeping on our side. “Sleeping on our side compresses the skin towards the mid-line, resulting in creases; and because silk pillowcases create less friction between the skin and the pillow, it is thought that making the swap is less likely to create these wrinkles.”

IT’S ALL IN THE POSITION…

Which is why our sleeping position matters. Dr Mahony advises that the prime position to reduce wrinkles when sleeping is on our back. Although for many, this position is actually hard to achieve. “Sleeping on one’s back is thought to be the best position to maintain in order to reduce wrinkle risk, but of course maintaining such a position is problematic and can in turn be related to snoring and sleep apnoea.”

THE VERDICT

Therefore, while silk can help reduce wrinkles, there are many more factors we should be wary of when we get our shut eye. Dr Mahony advises us to consider our pillow shape too, as “pillows shaped to reduce their compressive effect on the cheeks have been tentatively demonstrated to reduce the formation of sleep lines.” However, he adds that even if we add a silk pillowcase to our skincare regime, we must never forget that skin ageing is multifaceted and is something that requires multiple actions to handle. “One strategy cannot substitute for another. So, a silk pillowcase may help, but cannot substitute for other skin care strategies.”

‘Will Sleeping on a Silk Pillow Stop Me Losing My Hair?’

Author: Leonora

Name: Jon

Question: My girlfriend bought herself a silk pillowcase because she read it was good for her hair – should I get one too? Would it stop me from losing my hair? I am 24 and starting to thin on top.

Answer: Hi Jon. Whilst sleeping on a silk pillowcase is said to help to prevent wrinkles and is gentler to hair than cotton weaves, it will not stop hair loss.

Many women use them to help to prolong their hairstyle or blow dry between washes as the smooth surface of silk, or satin, pillowcases means that the hair glides over it. The texture of cotton, linen or poly-cotton weaves, can be more coarse in comparison.

Although this is nothing to worry about in terms of damaging your hair, they can ‘ruffle’ hairstyles slightly overnight by prickling the surface of the hair shaft. This can sometimes make the hair appear fluffy so women, particularly those with intricate hairstyles such as braids, may choose to either wrap their hair in a silk or satin covering before going to bed, or sleep on a smooth pillowcase to preserve their style.

The texture of your pillowcase will in no way affect Male Pattern Baldness which is the most likely cause of your thinning hair.

Male hair loss occurs when the testosterone by-product DHT attacks the hair follicles, causing them to gradually weaken. As the follicles deteriorate under the skin, this causes the classic, visible signs of thinning – whether on top, at the crown or as a receding hairline.

The type of pillow you use will have no bearing on this but there are clinically-proven male hair loss treatment options available. These work by combating the root cause of this type of shedding in order to prevent further hair loss and actively promote regrowth.

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