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10 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Cotton Pillowcases For Your Hair And Skin

Let’s start off with the fact that cotton can absorb up to 60% of its weight in moisture.

Here it is. I woke up one morning around December 2011 and decided that I was due for a hair trim. I’m not sure why the need to go to the hair salon was so strong that morning, but it was; so I got up, took a shower, had something to eat and headed out to look for a hair salon. When I walked in, the hairdresser asked me what I wanted to do and I said, "Get my hair trimmed." About an hour later, I sat on the chair and the hairdresser began to chop off huge chunks of my hair. You all know about that 'trim' right? I looked at her 'trim' and said, “You know what, just cut it all off.” She looked horrified! “What?!” she asked. I repeated my request, "Cut it all off." I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Initially, I tried to take care of my hair like it was business as usual and my hair was like, "Ummm... what do you think you're doing?" It's been just over 6 years since I big chopped and I realise why they call it a journey. I've learned so much about myself through the simple act of cutting my hair off. With my hair gone, it was like I was seeing myself for the very first time. I had no hair to distract me. Every morning I looked at myself in the mirror and just saw... me. I'll admit, it was hard in the beginning. I didn't think I was beautiful. But every morning I found something new to appreciate and love about my bare face. I finally understood what it meant to "grow to love yourself". Once you reach that moment of loving yourself, flaws and all, you’re forever changed and no one can take that away from you. When I had very short hair, the people around me were not very supportive. I was told, "You look like a little boy." But as my hair grew and thrived, they changed their tune. But by then I had already woken up to the fact that I am not my hair. My hair is just another part of me to love. So whenever someone asks me whether they should transition or big chop, I always say what I said to the hairdresser that day. "CHOP IT ALL OFF!" And now you know why.

Take a moment to reflect on that. Crazy, right?

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, satin and silk pillowcases have incredible benefits for both skin and hair. Let’s get into them.

1. Satin pillowcases are softer on your hair.

2. They help to reduce split ends, tangles and knots. The softness of both silk and satin eliminate the friction you get when your hair rubs against a harsher fabric.

3. Satin pillowcases helps smooth frizzy hair and minimizes static.

4. An additional benefit is that satin pillowcases help to keep your hairstyle fresh and new. In other words, your hairdo will look more new in the morning rather than “slept on”.

5. When your hair rubs against harsher fabrics like cotton, it creates friction. Friction, of course creates knots, tangles and breakage. The delicious softness of satin pillowcases eliminate this friction.

But I’m sure you’re curious about the benefits for your skin, and there are so many benefits.


6. First of all, satin pillowcases help to reduces face folds, wrinkles and face creases
7. Satin helps to retain skin moisture, so your skin wakes up feeling fresh. Cotton on the other hand can hold up to 60% of its weight in moisture!


Satin pillowcases also stop skin from aging. That’s because there’s no friction on the skin as you sleep. It allows your pores to breathe and helps to keep your skin soft and supple.

If you have sensitive skin, satin pillowcases are great for you as they’re more soothing.

For oily skin, cotton and other harsher fabrics tend to suck moisture from your skin, causing your skin to produce more oils to compensate. This can leave your skin irritated or cause breakouts.


If you have dry skin, satin pillowcases will help retain moisture in your skin when you wake up, leaving your skin more balanced. Score!

Also, bonus point I just had to add – satin pillowcases change temperature according to the weather: they are warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


If you really don’t want to use a satin pillowcase, then you should definitely think abut using a silk scarf or headwrap at night.

QUICK NOTE: No matter the type of pillow fabric you use, make sure you change your pillowcase every few days. Your skin produces natural oils, not to mention the oils from your skincare and hair-care routine. All this can lead to dirt, germs and product buildup and clog your pores, leading to breakouts.

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