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Silk? Satin? Polyester?- Pillow Cases

By January 27th, 202117 Comments

Silk? Satin? Polyester?- Pillow Cases

A reader asks:

I have what may seem like a really silly question. As far as pillowcases and hair ties are concerned, is polyester as effective as silk or satin? I have satin pillow cases but I’ve had the hardest time finding satin hair scarves (besides the ones that only cover the top portion of your head and ties around the back). Nonetheless, I found some scarves that “look” like satin but say ‘polyester’ on the tag. I’m not sure if this questions is appropriate for since it’s more about fabric info than hair! I’ve read a few forums on the website but it seems no one really knows for sure!

Click HERE to learn about the characteristics of the most common ‘shiny pillow case’ materials!

What’s your pillow case and scarf made of?


  • OrganicBloom says:

    Silk, I have pillow cases by dreamsacks–I love them! Also, for those who like silk scarves like I do-I've seen many at thrift and consignment shops and there is this site too I don't have one but was thinking about sending one to a college student so she can look cute and still protect her hair!

  • butterfly3000 says:

    For full head scarves, go to a fabric store like JoAnn's, Hancocks or even the fabric section of Walmart. Pick out your preferred design of satin or silk fabric and have them cut a 24" x 24" piece for you. Just make sure its a fly design if you have a spouse that dislikes scarves. And keep it washed.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hello All,

    Target has satin pillow cases for $5. I use to sleep in a satin bonnet but I am loving the pillow case. I haven't had a problem with my skin yet. I've been sleeping on the pillow case for about a month now. Much better.

  • L Jameson Co says:

    I just wanted to let you all know that I make childrens handmade clothing, and Im also a mother to a biracial child and have discovered how hard it is to find satin/charmeuse pillowcases for kids or adults, So I will be making some of my own…You can check my blog for more info:

  • Anonymous says:

    Silk is a type of raw material, a fiber or whatever. Satin is a finish. Check the wikipedia entry for satin.

  • Anonymous says:

    I bought a satin pillow case about two months ago from sally's. and i have to say i'm loving it. I get so hot when I sleep with something on my head so it's been great to get rid of the bonet. the only thing is I twist my hair up at night so its still not a sexy look.Now I have the chose of either looking like cellie from the color purple with my twists or aunt jamimah with the scarf or bonet lol. If the oil from your hair is breaking your face out with the pillow case then aren't you using to much oil?

  • Anonymous says:

    I really prefer a silk scarf when sleeping because the natural fibers being very similar human hair make it very gentle on the hair and it allows the hair to breath unlike polyester or synthetic fibers. Yet, it's nothing like cotton, where it removes moisture from your hair, but it holds it keeps it in. Also,the oils from your hair actually gives silk scarves a longer life. The only thing with silk scarves is that you have to be really gentle caring for it. Hand wash and no harsh soaps.

  • Anonymous says:

    I recently cut off my sister locks and now wear a twa. When I wore a scarf to bed (which was rarely) it was silk, but I don't recall where I bought it. However, I HATE wearing a scarf to bed and so does my hubby. I understand the protective concept, but can't I just use satin pillowcases instead?

  • Anonymous says:

    You can have a satin scarf made of polyester. Satin refers to the weave, not the fiber it's made of. Most satin pillowcases, clothes etc. are polyester. Satin bonnet works just fine for me!

  • Malisia says:

    You should check out They specialize in silk scarve, bonnets even silk-lined hats. I plan on purchasing a bonnet for my daughter and myself.

  • Jamila Reddy says:

    I have a satin pillowcase and a satin bonnet, both from Wal-Mart. I love them!

  • Anonymous says:

    Where can i find a good bonnet and pillow case?

  • Passion says:

    My scarf and pillow cases are satin.

  • He's Faithful says:


    Yes, I have had some skin trouble when I sleep w/loose hair on a satin pillowcase too many nights in a row. I have to stay consistent with the bonnet and use the pillowcase as a backup. Otherwise my skin becomes problematic.

  • kimmie0810 says:

    I've been wanting to switch from a bonnet to satin pillowcase so that my hair isn't so smooshed. But I'm concerned about the oils from my hair getting on my pillow case and then on my face causing breakouts. My skin is BESERK so I try very hard to keep my hair covered & to change my pillow cases every other day.

    Has anyone else noticed that their skin has suffered from sleeping with loose hair?

    I might start just tying down around the edges & see if that works.

  • DvaAuNaturel says:

    Also forgot to mention that I also use satin bonnets from the BSS. Now I need to check and see if they are blended with anything else now that I've read this post.

  • DvaAuNaturel says:

    Silk scarves. Satin pillowcases.

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