Even with all the overnight face masks and hair masks that are available these days, waking up with perfect skin and hair has always sounded to me like a load of BS. That was before my friends — my curly haired friends especially — started raving to me about the benefits of satin and silk pillowcases. Funny thing is, I’ve been hearing about these pillowcases, specifically designed to combat wrinkles and frizz and their benefits for years. Women have sworn to me that they leave you with a smooth complexion, no funky pillow creases, and silky, soft, and shiny curls. But my stubborn ass was never convinced enough to actually get one.
Before switching pillowcases, flat frizzy bed hair was becoming a consistent problem. So much so, that morning retouches just weren’t cutting it anymore. I found myself having to wash or at least soak my hair in the shower and restyle practically every morning to banish frizz and maintain definition. Sure, my curls were soft and defined afterward but wetting my hair every single day — especially during the colder months — meant rocking wet hair for most of the day because air-drying was taking hours and who has time to diffuse? My curls themselves looked good but overall my hair now lacked volume and appeared flat — not exactly the curl look I was going for.
I started to grow frustrated until one of my friends asked what my curly nighttime regimen was. “I don’t do the pineapple and I don’t sleep with a satin bonnet,” I said. “I’ve never slept with things on my head or in my hair before and I don’t think I’d be able to adjust to that very well. I toss and turn like a mad woman.”
My friend suggested getting a satin pillowcase. I could continue to sleep with my hair down and not only would my curls be less dry, tangled, and frizzy in the morning but my skin would love it too. I figured what did I have to lose?
One day after taking a stroll at my local Target, I decided to purchase my first satin pillowcase. I’ve always been a fan of Kristin Ess’s products so I picked up the Kristin Ess Frizz Reducing Satin Pillowcase & Hair French Pin. I’ll admit though because I don’t like sleeping with my hair up, I didn’t use the French pin that’s supposed to help preserve curls.
After a week of sleeping with a satin pillowcase, I instantly noticed a difference. I was no longer waking up with frizzy hair, so I was able to go days without washing or soaking my hair. In fact, the more days I went without washing the fuller and more voluminous my hair would look. So far I’ve found that day 2, day 3, and even day 4 tend to be my best curly hair days. By day 5 I usually have to wash.
As for my skin — no more annoying pillow creases in the morning. I’ve always noticed less redness on my cheeks (I struggle with mild rosacea especially during the winter) which makes sense considering satin pillowcases tend to be hypoallergenic and gentler on sensitive skin.
Will I ever go back to sleeping with a regular ol’ cotton pillowcase again? Probably not. In fact, I plan on expanding my satin pillowcase collection very soon.