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The Best Pillowcase for Curly Hair: How To Care for Curls Overnight
The Best Pillowcase for Curly Hair: How To Care for Curls Overnight

Key takeaways:

  • Silk pillowcases reduce frizz and hydrate curly hair better than cotton.

  • Silk is smooth and soft, preventing breakage for curly hair that's prone to damage.

  • Quality mulberry silk is best—avoid synthetic satin which isn't as beneficial.

  • Blissy makes the best silk pillowcases for curly hair in various sizes and colors.

Silk Pillowcases Are a Curly Girls' Best Friend

A mulberry silk pillowcase is a curly girl's best friend. It's gentle on hair and helps to minimize frizz. It can also help to keep your curls looking hydrated and healthy.

When shopping for a silk pillowcase, look for one that is made of 100% mulberry silk. Avoid pillowcases that are blended with other fabrics, as this can cause your hair to snag and break.

Read on to learn the beauty benefits of mulberry silk pillowcases.

pillowcases for curly hair

Silk Pillowcases for Curly Hair Can Reduce Frizz

If you have curly tresses, then you know the struggle of trying to keep your ringlets smooth and frizz-free. Split ends and morning bed head can also be a problem.

But the good news is, no matter your curl pattern, a pure mulberry silk pillowcase can help keep your hair looking its bouncy best.

Did you know: Mulberry is the finest type of silk in the world.

Reducing friction is the key to classic curls

Real silk fabric is made from a protein-based natural fiber that comes from silkworms. Because it is so smooth and soft—unlike cotton or synthetic satinit works to reduce friction that causes frizz and breakage.

no frizz smooth ringlets

The Problem With Cotton for Curls

The beauty benefits of silk don't end at keeping hair frizz-free. Since it's an affordable option, most people sleep on a traditional cotton pillowcase.

But cotton is a highly absorbent fabric, which means that during the time you sleep, it is slowly absorbing moisture from your hair as well as your hair products.

Even the highest quality luxurious Egyptian cotton will sap the moisture from your hair.

cotton pillowcase equals bad hair day

Did you know: A cotton pillowcases are not the best pillowcases for curly hair.

Cotton pillowcases aren't great for skin either

Sleeping on a pillow case that's full of your natural hair oils along with your hair products can wreak havoc on your skin (especially sensitive skin and breakout-prone skin).

The Best Pillowcase for Curly Hair Keeps Hair Hydrated

Quality silk pillow cases on the other hand are not absorbent like cotton. So they won’t absorb moisture from your hair overnight. In fact, silk fibers are moisture-retaining and help lock in your hair's natural oils while you sleep. This can help to reduce frizz and keep your curls looking hydrated. This is what makes silk pillowcases the best pillowcase for curly hair. 

woman using pink silk pillowcase for curly hair

A pure silk pillowcase protects curls from breakage

In addition, silk is a natural protein fiber that is less likely to cause breakage than other fabrics. Because it's extremely soft and smooth, your hair will gently glide over your pillowcase as you shift around in your sleep.

Curly long hair is especially at risk of breakage, so it's even more important to switch out your cotton pillowcase for a silk quality one to protect it from damage.

So, if you’re looking for a way to protect your curls from breakage while you're getting your beauty sleep, a mulberry silk pillowcase is the best pillowcase for curly hair.

Did you know: A silk pillowcase will protect hair from damage by reducing friction. 

How To Care For Your Curls Overnight

Now that you know the true best pillowcase for curly hair, let's discuss how to take care of your curls while you sleep!

First, make sure that you are using a silk pillowcase. Next, either weave your curly locks into a braid and secure with a silk skinny scrunchy at the bottom of the braid for a wavier look. Or, loosely wrap your hair on top of your head into a bun and secure with a regular or oversized silk scrunchie. 

This will protect your hair from damage and maintain your curl pattern. 

blissy silk scrunchies for curly hair

Did you know: You should not brush curly hair. Do makes sure to comb it when it's wet! 

How Does a Silk Pillowcase Work on Curls?

One of the main reasons silk pillowcases are the best pillowcases for curly hair is that they help to reduce frizz.

When you sleep on a silk pillowcase, your hair glides across the fabric instead of getting tangled or matted down. This helps to keep your curls looking smooth and defined—even when you wake up in the morning!

What About Satin Pillowcases?

Unless the pillowcase is being sold as "silk satin", it is not the best pillowcase for curly hair. Satin refers to a woven fabric made from a synthetic material like polyester, nylon, or rayon.

The main difference between silk and satin is the weave. Silk is a natural protein fiber that is woven into a fabric like charmeuse, while satin is a synthetic fiber that is woven in a similar way.

say no to synthetic satin

Did you know: Not all satin is silk and not all silk is satin! 

A satin pillowcase doesn't compare to silk

A synthetic satin pillowcase is less expensive but is not the best pillowcase for curly hair. It will not convey the same benefits as silk pillowcases for curly hair. This is because it's a natural protein-based fiber, which contains amino acids that are nourishing for your tresses while synthetic satin does not.

A quality silk pillowcase will last you much longer than a cheap satin pillowcase, so in the end, a quality mulberry silk pillowcase is worth the investment.

Further reading:

Other Tips for Keeping Your Curls Looking Their Coiliest!

  • Wrap your curls in an oversized scrunchie at night to protect your ringlets from losing their curl pattern.
  • Sleep with your hair in a loose bun on top of your head secured with a silk scrunchie.
  • Shampoo less often. Curly hair is naturally dryer than straight strands, so washing it too often can strip it of its natural oils causing frizz and breakage. Washing every few days is best for most curlies.
  • Use sulfate-free shampoo and other products. Sulfates are drying and will make your curls brittle and frizzy.
  • Don't brush your curls. Comb your hair while it is wet, but once it is dry and has established its curl pattern, do not brush it. This will cause bushiness and breakage.

woman shampooing

Where To Find the Best Silk Pillowcases for Curly Hair

When shopping for the best pillowcase for curly hair, look for a 22-momme mulberry silk pillowcase. Avoid blends, as they do not offer all the benefits of a pure silk pillowcase and will not be as effective.

Blissy makes the best silk pillowcases for curly hair. Blissy silk pillowcases are made out of hypoallergenic fabric, are machine washable, and have a hidden zipper that makes them look neat and tidy on your pillow.

Ready to give your natural curls the best care possible? Get the best pillowcase for curly hair with Blissy! 

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