I recently visited my amazing hairdresser and friend Lee Skeggs, owner of Stylus in Sydney's Inner West. Lee knows about hair - so I listened when she told me I needed a silk pillowcase. This was new to me, I trust her and decided to try out, not before checking out a few facts though.
Did you know we spend a third of our lives in bed? This means by the time we're 60, we will have slept for an average of 20 years, hopefully with most of it on a comfy pillow and bed!
It's been researched that traditional pillowcases like cotton don't move when we sleep, tugging at our skin and hair. Pillowcases made from pure silk will turn back the clock assisting with anti-aging, skin renewal and beautiful hair because your head and face glides whilst you sleep whilst locking in the moisture.
Yes I was shocked when I saw a $50 price tag for one silk pillowslip however, when you think about how much we spend on looking after our skin and hair, investing in a silk pillowcase is next to nothing really.
So, how is silk good for your skin and hair exactly?
Cotton draws moisture from your hair, drying it out whilst contributing to pulling your hair, making it broken and thin whilst creasing your skin. Not something you'd dream of really.
According to a recommended silk pillowcase maker, silk breathes. €It's a natural temperature regulator, so it's cooler in summer and doesn't sweat like satin and other man-made imitations. It's also hypoallergenic and doesn't create static electricity the way satin does. Satin may feel nice and soft in your hand, but after an 8 hour sleep your hair and facial skin can really feel the difference.€ They do warn it's addictive and recommended for use 8 hours daily for maximum results€¦
Some advice form the experts:
Dr Warwick Nettle, FRACS, from Sydney's Silkwood Medical suggests (in Madison Magazine) investing in silk pillowcases such as Anti-Ageing, Anti-Crease Silk Pillowcases.
New York Celebrity dermatologist Patricia Wexler, M.D., (in US allure magazine) warns about repetitive motion damage from side-sleeping and counsels that sleeping on a silk pillowcase can discourage facial crinkling because of it's slippery texture.
Dr. Sobel (New York Magazine's top dermatologist five years in a row) gives this anti-ageing advice: Sleep on silk sheets. Long the secret of film divas, silk pillowcases prevent facial skin from creasing during the night. Silk allows the skin to glide along the pillow so the face rests comfortably without placing pressure on creased skin, effectively "ironing" in wrinkles.
Mary Lupo, M.D., Tulane University advises "silk pillowcases cause less friction when you move around at night" and includes this tip in a program of hair rehabilitation. Less friction means less tangling and pulling which in turn, means less hair loss and better bed-head.
Stylist Ellin LaVar (InStyle, HAIR MAKEOVER, March 2006 edition) tells whether your hair is straight or curly, high quality silk pillow cases reduce friction, so your trip to the hairdresser lasts longer. Silk keeps straight hair straighter and blow-drys last longer.
Silk is a natural remedy.
Whilst man has spent decades trying to copy silk with synthetic products like satin, nothing has ever come close to providing the health benefits of the real thing. The main component of silk is natural protein fibre, derived from Bonbynx Mori larva, or the €silk worm'. What begins as a secretion becomes a super-fine thread, which is harvested and spun into silk.
For the past two weeks I have tried and can tell you straight from the camels mouth it's true, the silk pillowcase has made my hair and skin amazing. Thank you to my beautiful friend and hairdresser Lee and to the silk worms for making the silk. I love you x