Silk or satin
Keeping your hair smooth overnight and prepped for morning styling takes some planning and effort. It also typically requires scarves to wrap your hair and smooth pillowcases to minimize frizz.
But how do you choose the right fabric to protect your hair? Since silk and satin are the two most popular fabrics, we’ll look at the benefits of each and determine which option is best for you and your hair.
Mass-produced silk is made from domesticated silkworms, Bombyx mori, raised on farms. The silkworms, who are in the caterpillar stage of the silk moth, are fed mulberry leaves until they are ready to spin cocoons and enter their pupal stage. Once produced, silk is one of the softest fabrics on the planet. Silk feels extremely luxurious and is incredibly breathable and comfortable, making it an in-demand product. It takes thousands of silkworms to make one traditional silk scarf. This makes silk products extremely expensive.
Surprisingly, satin isn’t actually a type of fabric, but a type of weave. It can be made with multiple kinds of fabric, including rayon, nylon, polyester, and more. One of the most popular forms of satin is a strong weave called charmeuse. Satin is glossier in appearance than silk’s natural shimmer. It’s also much more affordable than silk.
Which Should You Use?
While we love silk, charmeuse satin provides the best of both worlds. It’s soft on your curls, reduces friction from other fabrics like cotton, and it keeps all of your hair’s natural oils in place. It’s an affordable way to keep your hair moisturized, frizz-free, healthy, and gorgeous!
We recommend using charmeuse or silk scarves and pillowcases to keep your curls poppin’ and healthy!