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Why Silk pillowcases are better for curly hair than Satin?

In this article we explore and compare pure Mulberry silk pillowcases vs a satin pillowcase for curly hair. Read on to learn more about the effects and benefits of a pure mulberry silk pillowcase not just to protect your curl but also for better sleep.

The Ultimate Guide: Why silk pillowcases are a curly hair essential

Why sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase?

As a curly-haired individual, you're likely familiar with the endless search for the perfect haircare products and accessories to tame your tresses.

Have you ever considered a silk pillowcase for your curly hair may be the secret to unlocking your hair's true potential?

In this comprehensive guide to the best pillowcase, we'll delve into the wonders of silk pillow cases for curly hair and why they should be an integral part of your haircare routine.

The smooth texture of silk and satin reduces friction and preserves curls. Before diving into the benefits of silk pillow cases for curly hair, it's important to understand the difference between silk and satin to understand that they do not have the exact same benefits.

Silk explained

Silk is a natural protein fibre produced by silkworms, while silk satin) is a synthetic material made from polyester or nylon. Also known as silk protein or sericin, Silk Amino Acids are protein molecules that bind silk fibres together for silkworms, hence, the name. Silk protein has over 18 different amino acids within it. Though they share a similar smooth texture, silk and satin pillowcases exhibit some key differences such as Breathability.Silk is more breathable than satin, allowing for better temperature regulation during sleep.

Which is better: Silk vs Satin?

There are a few reasons why silk pillow cases are better for curly hair. They offer a range of benefits for curly hair, including:

  1. Less frizz
    The smooth surface of silk pillowcases reduce friction, which prevents hair from tangling and forming frizz. It also does not create static like a Satin pillowcase does.
  2. Moisture retention
    Silk's natural properties help maintain your hair's natural oils, preventing dryness and breakage. To see the real difference it is best to sleep on silk at night continuously for a couple of weeks.

  3. Gentle on hair
    Besides less friction, silk is soft and a gentle fabric does not cause damage to delicate hair strands, making it ideal for to protect the curl and textured hair types.

  4. Naturally temperature regulating
    Silk pillowcases are thermoregulating which means on a cold day they keep you a tad bit warm and on a hot day they keep you cool. Satin lacks this quality and you will sweat, a lot.

Satin pillowcases

Some satin fabrics have a small percent of silk blended in it. However most modern 'satin fabric' is made of synthetic fibres. The type of silk fabric used will reflect the quality and price. Satin fabric is traditionally known and recognised for its glossy appearance, similar to silk however is a cheaper option.

Satin: The static problem

While satin pillowcases may appear to be a viable alternative to the very best silk pillowcases and cases due to their smooth texture, they can cause static electricity in your hair, which is not ideal for curly hair types.

How does static electricity arise?

Hair often gets static when sleeping on satin which is made of polyester. Things become static when they give off or receive electrons from other materials, which makes them electrically charged.

For example, hair gets a positive charge when you sleep on a satin pillowcase, because the hair gives off electrons. Positive charges repel each other, causing your hairs to stand apart to avoid each other.

In other words, the reason for this is that a satin pillow top, being a synthetic material , is prone to generating static electricity. When your hair rubs against the satin pillowcase, electrons transfer between the two materials, leading to an imbalance of charges. This imbalance can cause your hair to become static, resulting in frizzy hair and flyaways.

Why a pure silk pillowcase is better than a satin pillowcase?

In contrast, silk pillowcases do not generate static electricity, or frizzy hair as they are made from a natural protein fibre and are breathable unlike satin. This makes Mulberry silk pillowcase an excellent choice for curly hair, as it not only prevents frizz but also keeps your curls smooth and intact.

Cotton pillowcase

Cotton is a natural fiber most commonly used in bedding however in comparison to other fabrics is an absorbent material. A cotton pillowcase absorbs 27 times its weight in moisture which makes it a breeding ground for dust-mites and bacteria. Besides this it dehydrates your hair often causing bed head, frizziness and roughness which causes split ends.

Cotton pillowcases aren't great for skin either

Cotton being hyper absorbent strips the skins natural moisture leaving it dehydrated, rough and prone to accelerated ageing and formation of wrinkles and sleep creases. However, cotton is a cheaper material and so many brands that are targeting a budget shopper would go int for a satin or silk pillowcase with a cotton underside. Some also have hidden zippers as it saves the amount of fabric but these zippers tend to affect the durability of thee fabric after regular machine washes. In this case, a pillowcase with a hidden zipper are better dry cleaned.

Curly hair types and their unique needs

Understanding your hair type or natural curls is crucial in choosing a best pillowcase for curly hair which ranges from 2a to 4b, with each type exhibiting different characteristics:

2a: Loose waves
2b: Slightly more defined waves
3a: Loose, large curls
3b: Tighter, voluminous curls
4a: Coiled curls with a visible S-pattern
4b: Tight, densely packed coils

For those with wavy to tightly coiled hair (2a to 4b), the silk pillowcases provide the ultimate solution for managing frizz, maintaining moisture, curl pattern and protecting your hair's delicate structure.

What are the other beauty benefits of sleeping on a silk ?

Besides soft, more manageable and frizz free hair, the other beauty benefits of silk include being good for your skin. Sleeping on silk keeps your skin soft and adds hydration at night. It's non-absorbent nature helps retain moisture and maintains natural oils in your skin keeping it radiant. Being naturally hypoallergenic it is also calming for those with sensitive skin.

Best silk pillow case for curly girls

A Grade 6A Mulberry Silk Pillowcase is paramount in its quality to those from other grades or types. Silk is measured in momme (like cotton has thread count). The ideal momme for a pure silk pillowcase is between 22-25 (25 momme being thicker and more silk per inch). In fact a 25 momme has 30% more silk per square inch compared to a 19 momme pillowcase.

How to care for your pure Mulberry silk pillowcase - A step-by-step guide

A silk pillowcase is a luxurious addition to your haircare routine and deserves special attention to ensure its longevity and continued benefits.

Follow these care instructions adapted from Mayfairsilk's washing guidelines to keep both skin and your silk pillowcase in top condition:


  1. Preparation 
    Turn your silk pillowcase inside out and place it in a mesh laundry bag to protect it during the washing process.

  2. Machine wash
    Use a gentle cycle with cold water (30°C / 86°F maximum) and a gentle, pH-neutral detergent specifically designed for silk. Silk fabric does not necessarily need to be machine washed always and can be hand washed too. Hand wash your silk pillowcase using cold water and silk-friendly detergent.

  3. Avoid harsh chemicals 
    Do not use bleach or other harsh chemicals, as these can damage the silk fibres and reduce the pillowcase's lifespan.


  1. Gentle drying
    After washing, gently press the water out of your silk pillowcase on a clean cotton towel.
    Do not twist or wring it, as this can cause damage to the delicate fibers.

  2. Air dry
    Lay the pillowcase flat on a clean, dry towel, and allow it to air dry away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Or reshape and hang to air dry.
    Do not use a tumble dryer, as the heat can cause shrinkage and will damage the silk.


  1. Iron settings
    If necessary, iron your silk pillowcase using the lowest heat setting on your iron while it is still slightly damp. Alternatively, use the delicate setting if your iron has one.
  2. Protective barrier
    Place a clean, thin cloth between the iron and the silk to prevent direct contact and potential damage to the silk fibres.


  1. Storage location
    Store your pillowcase in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight when not in use.

  2. Folding
    Fold the pillowcase gently and avoid placing heavy objects on top of it to prevent creasing and damage to the fibres. By following these care instructions, you can ensure your pillowcase for curly hair remains luxurious and beneficial for your curly hair for years to come. Proper maintenance will preserve the silk pillowcase for years to come.

Essential curly hair accessories: silk hair ties

Silk hair ties or scrunchies are a must-have accessory for curly-haired individuals. These gentle, non-damaging hair ties help keep curls in place while preventing breakage and reducing tension on the hair shaft.

Consider investing in high-quality silk hair ties that gently glide off without tugging to compliment your silk pillowcase for an all-around luxurious and beneficial haircare experience.

Silk pillowcases for curly hair can reduce frizz

In conclusion, mulberry silk pillow cases offer numerous benefits for curly hair, including reducing friction, frizz and split ends. It helps with better moisture retention, and a gentle touch for delicate hair strands.

While satin pillowcase may seem like a more affordable option, it can create static electricity and is not as effective in maintaining the health and beauty of your curls. By investing in a high-quality pillowcase, you'll provide your curly hair with the luxurious care it deserves, ensuring your locks remain healthy, bouncy, and full of life.

The best silk pillowcase for curly hair keeps hair hydrated

Mayfairsilk offers a wide range of 25 momme pillowcases which have won 'the best silk pillowcases' award by RSVP Magazine. They are hand cut by artisans and have a matte finish. See the full range of Mulberry silk duvet covers, sheets, pillows and full bed sets.

" I have long curly hair and have been sleeping in silk for over a decade . Mayfairsilk offers a 30 day sleep guarantee for their pillow slips that includes a full refund which was what tipped me over to try them. I could feel the difference in the texture of pure silk pillowcase with its matte finish as soon as I received my package. After a night of sleep on this divine material it there was no doubt that these are the best silk pillowcases- the highest quality in the UK. "- Amanda W.

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