Who doesn’t want to sleep their way to better hair and skin? So when we heard about this 100% mulberry silk pillowcase that is meant to improve everything from your hair to your skin — and even your gut — we had to give it a try.
The idea behind it is that silk pillow cases contain fibres more similar to your hair. This should result in less hair damage, such as split ends, knots and tangles. At the same time, it’s supposed to help your hair retain moisture and regulate your scalp’s sebum production — so moist without being oily.
Silk also breathes better and doesn’t clog your pores. It’s hypoallergenic and resists various allergens like mould, fungus (super eww) and so it’s good for everyone but in particular, people with allergies. It also isn’t supposed to damage your skin at night because it reduces sleep creases and also helps the skin retain moisture.
With all this in mind, three of us decided to “sleep on the job” and figure out whether it really works. To be fair, we only tested the pillow for about a week so perhaps we didn’t give it a fair go. But here’s what we thought anyway:
Karen, Associate Editor:
I mean this picture was obviously more about the hair since I took it with makeup on (vain lah). My hair is quite dry from bleaching and dyeing so I was curious to see whether this pillow would make a difference.
I know it’s silly but I wanted to make sure my hair got as much contact as possible with the pillow. Skin too! But I have to be honest, because I put pretty thick cream on at night I was a bit paranoid about the pillow case getting all greasy and gross. It seemed alright in the end.
I guess my hair looks a bit shinier…I really think it has more to do with how often you wash your hair and less about the pillow though! I took the before and after shots about five days apart but maybe this pillow is more of a long-term investment.
Update: It’s been almost a week now and my hair does feel nicer. But I’m not sold on the silk to be honest. I don’t think I’m made for these atas materials.
The night before: When I sleep, I am less Sleeping Beauty, and more like that girl out of The Ring. I contort my body into a weird shape and kind of moosh 2/3 of my whole face against the pillow. It is not good for my neck, nor my skin I can imagine, so I was super excited to try this pillow.
Post-pillow: In the morning
Cons: I woke up with crease marks on my face still, so I’m not sure it’s preventing wrinkles.
Pros: Judging by the shine to my face (and for the record, I have decreased the contrast so you are not blinded by the human light-bulb), I would assume it’s definitely helping retaining moisture though!
Hidayah, Senior Digital Writer (doesn’t usually take selfies)
When I first removed the pillowcase from the box, it was soft as silk (well, it is silk). But after washing it (because I’m not gonna let it touch my skin unwashed), it wasn’t as soft, although I followed the instructions and even used the “delicate” setting on my washing machine.
“Why you should always switch on the lights when taking a photo.”
One thing I noticed, is that I have trouble getting up in the morning, and I’m not sure if it’s because the pillowcase makes me sleepy or that I’m just tired.
OK, how much does this pillowcase cost again? Because I saw no difference in my hair nor my skin even though it claimed to have a lot of benefits. Granted, I’ve only used it for two days, but nope. I did have a breakout two days ago, right before using the pillow, and my skin improved the next day, but it could also be because of the Nexcare acne patches that I swear by.
The pillow is also supposed to support a healthy gut, supporting its regular rhythms which match those of your circadian rhythms (your sleep patterns). I’m not sure any of us found it particularly better for our digestive systems, but maybe this just needs a lot more time. For now, it’s a little hard to say whether the pillow case or maybe just some better hair and skin products will really benefit you.