Caring Tips for Your Silk Pillowcases

silk pillowcasesHair care specialists recommend the use of 100% silk pillowcases as sleeping on silk can help prevent thinning of the hair. Cotton may feel soft to the skin but its weave actually grips and tugs at individual strands, causing damage and breakage. The effects of continuous contact with cotton pillowcases can tangle hairstyles. Silk furthermore prevents knotted hair and split ends, it stimulates hydration, giving shinier hair and reduces sebum production which in turn decreases the chance of having greasy hair. Here are a few tips about caring for your luxury silk pillowcases.

Never put a pillowcase in a dryer as the dry air and friction can damage the fabric. To dry silk, first roll it in a towel and press out the excess water. When no longer dripping wet, hang up to dry or dry on a flat surface. Heat sources and direct sunlight can yellow silk, so allow the pillowcase to dry in a cool place. Even in cool air silk can still yellow. To prevent this, iron dry instead.

Mulberry silk pillowcases should only be ironed when damp. If the pillowcase has dried, before ironing, add moisture to it with a damp cloth. Use a low setting without steam and iron on the reverse side. Apply gentle pressure to smooth out the creases.