Gisele Bündchen won’t board a plane without hers, Victoria Beckham once took to Instagram to reveal that she uses one every night, Jen Atkin gifts them at any opportunity, and the likes of Cindy Crawford, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kim Kardashian, and Emily Ratajkowski swear by theirs for smoother, healthier hair and younger-looking skin. No, it’s not some new miracle cure or an overpriced beauty cream – it’s a pillowcase.
But we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill cotton pillowcases. We’re talking about the silk variety that can transform tresses and skin while you sleep. How? By reducing friction, absorbing less product, and helping hair and skin retain their natural moisture. This is why it’s officially time to switch to silk.
Banish bedhead and wake up with soft, smooth, frizz-free locks simply by switching to a silk pillowcase. Cotton can dry out hair and cause it to drag and tug across your pillow, whereas silk ensures hair glides effortlessly and gently across the surface without damaging or drying. Your blow-dries will last longer, too.
“If you sleep with your hair loose, your pillow rubs on your hair and damages it. I always use silk pillowcases. I love them,” reveals the region’s most in-demand hair colorist, Nicky Lazou. “I saw a big difference when I switched to silk. I went really blonde once and cut my hair, and felt like my layers weren’t growing because the cotton pillow was rubbing on my hair when I moved in the night.”
Unlike cotton, silk isn’t an absorbent material, so those expensive night creams and lotions won’t end up more on your pillow than your face. In fact, according to the creators of Slip silk pillowcases, they’ll absorb 43 percent less than their cotton counterparts. This also means they let skin (and hair) retain natural moisture, which in turn reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps skin keep its youthful glow and suppleness. Plus, silk is naturally hypoallergenic, making it particularly beneficial for those with sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema and rosacea.
“My biggest thing is a good nighttime routine because most damage is caused while you sleep,” explains celebrity hairstylist Christian Wood. “You wake up and your hair’s like a bird’s nest and you try and pull a brush through it and it’s a disaster! You’ll do the 18 Korean skincare steps before bed, but no one thinks about their hair. I’m obsessed with the Slip silk pillowcases; I’ll only sleep on those. It’s life-changing once you start! I even have the travel pillow that I take on planes. And I know I have a shaved head, but silk is also better for your skin. I never, ever sleep on cotton pillows now – they feel so scratchy to me!”
Seeing as we spend a third of our lives in bed – and that our bodies rejuvenate while we sleep – we’re switching to silk stat. Rest assured (no pun intended) that with these silky saviors, you’ll never wake up with a pesky pillow-creased complexion again. Sleeping Beauty, eat your heart out.