Are Silk Pillowcases Worth It?

are silk pillowcases worth it?

Silk and satin pillowcases have been super trendy for the past year. I’ve seen so many people talking about silk pillowcases, so naturally… I had to try them out for myself. If like me, you’ve wondered whether silk pillowcases are worth it, give this blog post a read before making your decision!

What are the supposed benefits of silk pillowcases?

Because silk is an extremely soft fabric, silk pillowcases are meant to be a lot more gentle for your skin and hair. People who consistently use these pillowcases claim that their skin is softer, their hair gets less damaged, and that they even prevent wrinkles!

These are huge claims for just a piece of fabric! Is this possible?

Although silk doesn’t have anti-ageing properties, in theory, these claims are possible. Because this kind of material is less absorbent than standard cotton or cotton blend pillowcases, silk pillowcases may be less drying to your skin overnight. Cotton is quite an absorbent fabric (which makes it great for clothes), but it is true that it can absorb your skin’s oils overnight. Using a silk pillowcase could help avoid this!

Also, silk pillowcases cause very little friction on the skin and hair. This will also help contribute to skin health by reducing skin irritation and hair breakage.

These sound great in theory, but did I find these results when I tested them out? Keep reading to find out!

Silk vs satin

Let’s be real, silk pillowcases aren’t cheap. They’re quite a luxury item, and a lot of us just can’t afford to spend £50 on a pillowcase!

I totally understand that, and I’m in the same boat! But that’s where satin comes in. Satin is the synthetic counterpart to silk, which is made from natural material.

Although satin is not quite as soft and durable as silk, the two fabrics are very similar. If you can’t afford silk, don’t worry! Just use a satin pillowcase or scarf, and wrap that around your former pillowcase.

I personally have been using a satin scarf for the past 6 months or so in this way.

Did this pillowcase work for me?

YES! While using my satin pillowcase, I have seen huge differences, from one day to the next. I noticed improvements in two areas: my skin and my hair.

When it comes to my skin, my face feels so much more nourished and soft when I wake up now compared to before, when I was using cotton pillowcases. I never realised how much of my skincare my old pillowcases were stealing! Before, my skin would feel a bit stripped and dry in the morning, but this has greatly improved. This isn’t a magic pill for dryness, but I do notice an effect. I have combination skin (oily t-zone and dry cheeks), and the pillowcase has definitely helped my dry areas of the face.

I noticed a dramatic difference when it comes to my hair. I have afro-Caribbean hair, and this type of hair is particularly prone to dryness. I’ve always had a lot of hair breakage, particularly on the top and front of my hair, and I would always wake up to lots of broken hair on my pillowcase.

I was really surprised when I started using my satin pillowcase because this hasn’t happened since I started using it. Not once! My hair texture is now a lot softer and my curls can form more easily because there is less damage.

All these effects are great, but my main motivation for continuing the use of this pillowcase is how it protects my curls. I never realised before, but the friction caused by cotton pillowcases was responsible for my curls getting frizzy overnight. Now, when I wake up, my curls are still intact!

Are they worth it?

It totally depends on how much money you can afford to spend, and if you struggle with dry hair or skin. If you do, you will really enjoy the effects of a silk pillowcase. I think these are amazing for those with dryness because they are less aggressive than other fabrics such as cotton.

I would especially recommend it to people with curly hair, because it will help your curls last longer in-between hair washes. I know that a lot of black people already use silk/satin headwraps to protect their curls. The effect is no joke!

If you are looking for this type of effect, then silk pillowcases are totally worth it. But, if you don’t have the money to spend on silk, look for satin! I would say these are totally worth it, without hesitation, because they’re just so much more affordable.

If you don’t use animal products, you might prefer satin anyway, as usually they are made of synthetic materials, such as polyester.

Overall, I have really enjoyed the switch over to satin. I honestly don’t miss cotton at all! I love the silky soft feel of the satin against my face 😊


Silk and satin pillowcases are such hyped products, but I’m super glad I tried them out. I hope you give them a go if you’re curious. If you’ve already given them a go, please share your thoughts below!


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