Sleeping on silk pillowcases is an incredibly luxurious experience. And while they may be an investment upfront, they can make the world of a difference for your hair and skin.
From a hair standpoint, silk is softer and less absorbent than cotton, which means it's less likely to dry out your strands. "Silk allows the hair to move easily over the pillowcase without friction, thereby keeping its style in place,” Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a New York City dermatologist, previously told Well+Good. “It also allows the hair to keep its natural oils and prevents frizz and dehydration."
Sabrina Porsche, a hairstylist based in Los Angeles, swears by silk pillowcases. And sometimes when her hair is really acting up, she'll sleep on silk sheets just in case she doesn't spend the entire night on her pillow.
"I use silk pillowcases as well as scrunchies and eye masks," says Porche. She typically sleeps with a bonnet at night to retain her style, but when her boyfriend is over, she ditches the bonnet and relies on her silk pillowcase. "I don't ever want him to see my hair wrapped—at least not yet, we haven't gotten there yet." She says sleeping with a silk pillowcase keeps her style "pretty much the same. I'm not a wild sleeper and I pretty much sleep on one side, so I'll wake up and it'll keep my hair preserved."
Silk's less-absorbent qualities also offer benefits to your skin. “Cotton pillowcases can potentially absorb moisture and hydration from skin and hair leaving the skin dehydrated and increasing the appearance of fine lines,” says Dr. Nussbaum. “While there is no scientific evidence, decreasing the friction between the skin and the pillowcase could also potentially minimize fine lines.”
While satin pillowcases are a more cost-effective option, if silk pillowcases are within your budget, they'll give you the full hair and skin benefits and honestly feel so much better.
Shop 17 of the best silk pillowcases
Made from 100 percent mulberry silk, these pillowcases from Nest Bedding are also infused with argan oil and aloe vera to keep your hair smooth and shiny while you sleep. This case is available in two colors: pearl (pictured) and stone; and two sizes: standard/queen ($69) and king ($79). It is washer and dryer safe.
Most silk pillowcases come in solid colors. Brooklinen allows you to have some fun with a mix of fun prints and gorgeous solid options. They’re made from 100 percent pure mulberry silk.
Made by Lily Silk, this pillowcase is made from 100 percent charmeuse silk. If you’re looking for a ton of color options, Lilu Silk is the way to go. It offers 12 solid color options and three patterns. Each option is available in three sizes: standard, queen, and king.
Get both a pillowcase and an eye mask with this set from Casper. Both are made from 100 percent mulberry silk. You can choose a pillowcase in size standard ($119) or king ($139).
Get two 100 percent silk pillowcases with this set from Sunday Citizen. It’s available in two colors: latte (pictured) and pearl white; and in two sizes: standard ($170) and king ($210).
Add a delicate pop to your bedding with these 100 percent mulberry silk pillowcases. They’re available in five demure colors including pink (pictured), ivory, blue, white, and silver.
Get both a pillowcase and eyemask with this set from Allied Home. It’s available in three sizes: standard ($130), queen ($137), and king ($154). It comes in four colors: silver (pictured), ivory, navy, and rose.
If you want your pillowcase to be versatile, try this option from Night. One side is made from 100 percent mulberry silk while the other is made from 100 percent rayon. This is perfect if you sleep with a partner who prefers a different type of pillowcase but you still want them to match. It’s available in two size: standard ($50) and king ($60); and three colors: gunmetal (pictured), white, and champagne.
Explore lots of colors with this 100 percent mulberry silk pillowcase from Fishers Finery. It’s available in 11 colors in queen ($38) and king ($40).
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