I Swear by Silk Pillowcases for Healthy Skin and Hair—13 That Deliver Results

Over the last few years I've got every single one of my friends and family hooked on silk pillowcases. After discovering the benefits of these pillowcases myself, I don't think I've ever gone a night without sleeping on one (yes, I even bring my own silk pillowcase on holiday with me). They truly are that good. However, it's not just because they're comfortable. What I love about these pillowcases is actually how they benefit my skin and hair. Intrigued? I thought so.

I first invested in a silk pillowcase as I found I would go to bed with beautifully blow-dried hair but wake up with it literally all over the place. No matter if I used a hair mask the night before, I would always wake up to dry, messy hair that just wouldn't behave the way I wanted it to. After reading a little bit about silk pillowcases and the benefits they can have for your hair, I decided to give one a go, and I'm not lying when I say my hair has never looked better.

I've also noticed a huge difference in my skin, so I reached out to Fi Stewart, founder of silk-pillowcase brand Slip, to find out exactly what a silk pillowcase can do for your hair and skin, and what to look for when shopping for one. Keep on scrolling for all the info…


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What Benefits Does a Silk Pillowcase Have?

"Sleeping on silk is a great expert beauty tip and a long-time beauty secret," says Stewart. "Silk pillowcases can help to reduce frizz and tangles and maintain your hairstyle from the night before. However, the benefits go beyond hair. Silk pillowcases can also help with skin hydration, texture and smoothness, and can improve the appearance of fine lines." 

If you're wondering how they do this, it's all about the material. Stewart explains that silk reduces friction on the surface of your skin and hair that can be caused by cotton pillowcases. This friction can stretch and tug the skin and cause hair tangling, but sleeping on silk will reduce this. Not only that, but cotton pillowcases can absorb more of your nighttime skincare and hair products, meaning they aren't working as hard as they should. Again, by sleeping on silk, your moisturisers and hair oils should stay exactly where you want them.

What to Look For in a Silk Pillowcase

"Not all silk pillowcases are created equal," explains Stewart. "Watch out for toxic dyes and false claims of momme, which refers to the silk weight and thickness." Once you've found a good one, it's important to take care of it the right way. Stewart recommends handwashing and dry-cleaning only. However, some brands are machine washable on certain settings, so make sure to read the label. 

Stewart also recommends using a pH-neutral liquid detergent and/or fabric softener. "Silk is a natural fibre, and washing in a solution that’s too acidic or alkaline can cause it to harden in a single wash. If you can't find a detergent that specifies pH level then just go for one that specifies silk," she advises. 

The Best Silk Pillowcases to Shop Now:

1. Slip Silk Pillowcase

2. The White Company Silk Pillowcase

3. M&S Silk Pillowcase

4. Silk Works Silk Pillowcase

5. Espa Silk Pillowcase

6. Drowsy Silk Pillowcase

7. John Lewis Silk Pillowcase

8. Slip Patterned Silk Pillowcase

9. Lilysilk Silk Pillowcase

10. Blissy Silk Pillowcase

11. Mayfair Silk Pillowcase

12. Cultiver Silk Pillowcase

13. Soak & Sleep Silk Pillowcase

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow.

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.