Does Silk Have Hair And Skincare Benefits? Here’s What Happend When I Tried It
As a beauty girl, I cannot help but actively look out for products that are best for my skin and hair especially since my job requires me to try new products every now and then and this often leads to immense damage to both my hair as well as my skin. And for the longest time, silk pillowcases, eyemasks, bedsheets and scrunchies have been touted as beauty products that have an array of beauty benefits. And let’s be honest, out of 24 hours in a day, we spend 6 to 8 hours in bed, sleeping. That’s like one-third of our lives, hai na? But being the critical person that I am, I felt the need to actually try silk products before going out and cheering on for them.
Now, before I go on and share my experience with you, allow me to give you some background about my hair as well as my skin. I’m one of those beauty girls who love experimenting with their hair. A few months ago, I went all out and coloured my hair purple followed by blue and now it’s a shade of wine. In other words, my hair had to undergo a harrowing experience with bleach treatment followed by harsh hair colour. While I did try to give it whatever relief with hair spa and colour protectant shampoo, conditioner and serum, there’s only so much that can help undo the damage. So, with all that chaos, my hair often acts out and looks frizzy and unkempt. My skin, on the other hand, is a whole different can of worms. Being a beauty writer may sound fun but it comes with downsides. In order to share credible information and guide the readers in the right direction, I have to try a range of different products and actively change my skincare regime every month or so. As fun as trying new products sounds, it’s not so much fun when your skin protests against it. Breakouts, dry and flaky skin and dullness are some of the most common problems I face on a daily basis.
With all the hair care and skin care benefits of silk, I decided to give it a shot and see if it really does benefit my skin and hair. Silk is believed to prevent wrinkles, hydrate hair and skin and make the less frizzy. It’s also considered to be a naturally hypoallergenic and prevents acne while regulating the temperature of our hair and skin. Considering the hair care benefits it provides, I’ve been using silk scrunchies for a while now so, I decided to add a 100% Pure Mulberry Silk pillowcase from Dame Essentials to the mix and here’s what happened.
I switched my usual cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase for a month to see if it actually does help my hair. While I cannot say for sure if it has worked any benefits for my skin but it has worked wonders for my hair and there’s questioning that. Because silk does not absorb all the natural moisture and oil, it allows our skin and hair to remain hydrated and healthy. But more importantly, silk is a smooth material and therefore it prevents friction between the hair and the pillow. With all the tossing and turning that we do in our sleep, our hair gets tangled in the pillowcase and leads to frizziness and knotting but that’s not the case when you switch to a silk pillowcase. The same goes for a scrunchie. Using a silk scrunchie can reduce hair fall and breakage as it reduces friction. In other words, I did not wake up with my hair all over the place. Surprisingly, I did not have to brush the knots out of my hair and smoothen them with a serum in the morning before heading out. I practically woke up with my hair smooth as ever, just like the actresses in films and television shows.
Considering the smooth texture of the silk pillowcase, it also managed to prevent breakage. It wasn’t uncommon for me to wake up and witness hair breakage thanks to the cotton pillowcase and all the tossing and turning in bed. When we move around in our sleep our hair tends to get knotted which often leads to breakage but that does not happen when we use a silk pillowcase. Having said that, it’s important to note that silk cannot prevent or reduce hair loss. If you’re struggling with hair loss, chances are that there are other things at play. In conclusion, let me leave you with a quality piece of beauty advice. Silk is not the ultimate hair care or skincare solution but it DOES help in improving your skin and hair quality. I haven’t noticed any substantial skincare benefits but TBH, skincare benefits take much longer to show up. Moreover, I don’t wake up with lines on my face which was often the case with cotton pillows. My breakouts have also reduced but with all the changes in the products, I cannot give you a concrete answer on if silk is the reason. But in terms of hair, silk is definitely the one thing that we all need to add to our daily routine.