It doesn’t matter how long or how short your hair is, if you want it to thrive, a certain level of investment is required. There are the baseline products, like shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner. From there are more tailored picks, like an everyday styler or hot tool. Among these and the techniques you practice day to day, hair care can admittedly feel like a full-time job. However, before you try replicating the 20-step routines touted by vloggers who may not even share your curl pattern, identify the smaller habits you can begin at a moment’s notice.
One of them is adding silk or satin to your bed or hair accessories. By now, you’ve probably been told that both fabrics are a godsend for your mane, but do you know exactly why? While cotton can absorb moisture, silk and satin do the exact opposite. The smooth fabrics actually retain your hair’s natural oils and allow the strands to lie on top of it without causing friction and, ultimately, a tangled mess. Plus, there’s just something about a silk or satin accessory that instantly elevates an otherwise basic ensemble to new heights.
And there you have it: a small change that reaps big benefits, like more hydrated, healthy and easy-to-style hair. Before you pick up a frumpy bonnet from the beauty supply, check out 11 satin- or silk-lined products that are easier on the eyes (but still get the job done). They may just inspire a newfound love for hats and scarves, just in time for winter.
Originally published October 2018. Updated November 2018.
Silke 'The Dita' Turban
We're in love with the color combinations of each 100-percent-silk turban in this collection.
$57.44 at Silke London
Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined Cap
We never leave our house without this brand's satin-lined beanie; especially if our hair is wet!
$16.80 at Grace Eleyae
Forever 21 Satin Floral Baseball Cap
Athleisure, but make it high fashion.
$14.90 at Forever 21
Pretty AnntoiNet's Denim Apple Hat
If you're partial to the oversized look, this cotton cap with silk charmeuse lining is definitely your speed.
$32 at Pretty AnntoiNet's
Silke Hair Ties
These pure-silk headbands won't leave indents once you've taken out your ponytail or bun.
$35 at Neiman Marcus
Drybar Slumber Party Silk Pillowcase
Extend your blowout or freshly washed curls by resting your head on this 100-percent-natural silk fiber pillowcase.
$45 at Sephora
L. Erickson Silk Scarf Headband
Complete your look with a pop of silk charmeuse that'll feel as good as it looks on your styled strands.
$38 at Nordstrom
Grace Eleyae Baseball Cap
Fun fact: The brand also makes a line of stylish turbans, scrunchies, and our personal favorite: a good old-fashioned baseball cap!
$22.37 at Grace Eleyae
Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase Set
Yes, the set is marketed for its benefits to the skin, but hear us out. The magic ingredient in these pillowcases is copper, a mineral long regarded for its properties that aid in blood circulation throughout the skin. And in case you forgot, underneath those hair strands is a scalp, which means that part of the body also benefits.
$60 at Sephora
Soft wool on the outside and silk on the inside. Keep it cute and protect your strands simultaneously. We can't think of a better invention.
$64 at Layd
Ruby Sampson Faux Suede Satin-Lined Headwrap
This epic suede and satin fabric reminds us of the iconic Erykah Badu during her "Baduizm" era. We need this in our closet ASAP.
$38 at Ruby Sampson
Slip Silk Pillowcase
100-percent mulberry silk is used to make this luxe-looking pillowcase, offered in an array of colors.
$85 at Sephora
Violet & Wren Pleated Floral-Print Silk Turban
This 100-percent-silk turban comes equipped with an elastic panel, so you don't have to worry about it slipping off.
$85 at Moda Operandi
adidas Originals Satin Cap
Elevate your athleisure ensemble with this forest green version of the classic baseball cap.
$26 at Macy's
Donna Pillow Satin Rollers
OK, so these are the cutest, but when you want heat-free curls, these satin-lined rollers won't tug at your strands like the foam ones.
$4.99 at Target