About a year ago, I went through my college-educated-black-girl-in-an-urban-setting rite of passage and decided to go natural.
For a good three weeks, I chain-read every single guide to natural and curly hair that the Internet could offer me. After spending nearly all my waking hours staring into the unnatural glow of my computer screen, I emerged with two significant pieces of knowledge: first, an awareness of how it takes next to nothing for me to intensely covet someone else's hair, and second, an introduction to the existence of silk/satin pillowcases.
Now, if you dare to enter my room, the first thing you'll notice is the silky-smooth state of all the pillows on my bed. See, according to the naturalhairbloggers (in my head it's all one word), silk and satin are supposed to be great for your hair.
As it turns out, curly hair dries out easily, and cotton is often the moisture-sucking culprit. So the typical advice is to sleep with a satin or silk hat.
I've tried that before, but apparently I toss and turn like crazy while I sleep (imagine how much fun I am to cuddle with), because on nights when I wore a sleep bonnet, I would always awake to find it strewn in some random corner of my room. So when I heard the term "silk pillowcase," my interest was immediately piqued.
Here's what the naturalhairbloggers didn't tell me: Sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase is one of life's most simple and relaxing little pleasures. It's like laying down on a breath of cool air; like your face and hair are getting secretly moisturized while you sleep, so that when you wake up you feel more refreshed without doing anything. It's 10 times better than your dry, boring, regular cotton pillowcases.
And despite everything I said earlier, they actually help more than just your hair!
I'm talking skin, people. Beautiful, soft, skin. This morning when I woke up morning and looked in the mirror, I immediately liked what I saw. Who does that?
I give all credit to the pillowcases. The silk/satin is great for your skin. It causes a lot less stress than cotton, keeping the delicate skin on your face softer and more elastic. A beauty routine based on just sleeping is one that I can definitely jump on board with.
Plus, since silk doesn't draw moisture out like cotton, it helps to make sure lotions and creams that I put on my face before going to sleep are better absorbed. I've observed that my skin has been noticeably smoother when I wake up in the mornings.
These pillowcases also ensure that you don't have to deal with that uncomfortable experience of waking up late, dashing off to work in a hurry, and discovering once you've got there that your face is covered in so many creases that you look like a tic-tac-toe board. (Or maybe that just happens to me?)
Regardless, I think the best thing about these pillowcases is something less tangible. Every time I sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase, I wake up feeling luxurious, like the only thing on my schedule for the day is to shop at expensive stores, maybe make an appearance at a huge and important event, eat at a few five-star restaurants, then elegantly flop back onto a goose-feather mattress and sigh while someone fans me and feeds me ripe, green grapes.
I'm just an everyday girl, but I like waking up feeling like I'm amazing because I deserve indulgence. We all should feel like that every morning, you feel me?
You can pick up these pillowcases from most beauty supply stores, like Sally, or ones that specialize in "ethnic" (ew to that word) haircare. Or you can be lazy like me and just order it from Amazon. (Pro hint: Satin and silk pillowcases are both good for your hair and skin, but the former costs less and is therefore more suited to cheapfaces like me).
So who's with me? Anyone else in the silk or satin pillowcase fan club?