Waking up in the morning with perfect hair is the stuff of dreams. Especially if you’re bald. But seriously, as you toss and turn during the night understandably it can have an effect on our hair, the all too common frizzy bedhead is what usually greets us in the morning. Believe it or not your choice of pillowcase can have an effect on just how bad that bedhead gets. So is it that pillowcases of one material are better than another when it comes to hair care, and specifically are linen pillowcases good for your hair and its health? Well let’s find out!
Linen is hardy, easy to care for, very breathable, as well as antibacterial and hypoallergenic. Linen is immune to mould, fungus and dust mites, making it a good choice in the beauty sleep stakes. It is the breathability of linen and its temperature-regulating that prevents sweating and the extraction and transfer of the hair’s natural oils onto the pillow. This can be the case with cotton pillowcases, robbing the hair of much needed minerals and essential oils, creating split ends which linen pillowcases actually guard against.
Linen prevents you from overheating in the warmer summer months, but it has superb insulating qualities for the colder winter months. The texture of linen stimulates the skin and the circulation, which again has positive effects on hair health.
Silk pillowcases are often touted as good for hair and also good for skin, that can be true, but they are also high maintenance. Silk really needs to be dry cleaned and it can be easily damaged. There are also many silk or satin effect pillowcases on the market claiming benefit to both hair and skin, but you can take price somewhat as an indicator of quality and be sure to check what they’re actually made from. Many of these are made from cheap synthetic materials as opposed to natural fabrics, and synthetic fabrics offer poor breathability and will very likely make you sweaty during the night.
Whether your pillowcases are linen or otherwise, how you care for them is important. Regular washing will ensure they say in tip top condition. And the longevity of our linen means they will stay in tip top condition for a very long time, getting more sumptuous every time you wash them. Our linen pillowcases come in a wide range of beautiful colours, you can check them out, and the matching duvet covers.
Beyond your choice of pillowcase, there are many other things you can do to protect and be kind to your hair when sleeping. Such as brushing your hair before bed, if you’ve had a bath or shower before bed, make sure your hair is not still wet when you go to bed and apply a serum. Irrespective of type of hair, hair wraps have increased in popularity over the last number of years as has the overnight use of deep conditioners which have the whole night to work their magic.