Long story short, you need one.

By Melanie Rud
Updated March 17, 2021
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We get it—for non-believers, a silk pillowcase can seem like somewhat of an unnecessary luxury, one worth skipping. But really, it's worth thinking about it as an invaluable addition to both your haircare and skincare routine, since sleeping on silk has some pretty great benefits for both. "Sleeping on silk is a secret that women with textured and curly hair have been using for years to keep styles like braids and blowouts preserved without frizz," says Rashuna Durham, professional hairstylist and Amika Pro Educator. 

Now, the trend has caught on with the masses. "Silk's smooth texture makes hair glide over it without any friction, which means you'll be less likely to wake up with frizzy hair or tangles, whereas cotton can snag hair and create a nest of tangles overnight," says Durham. In short, no matter whether you have thick, strands or fine, delicate ones prone to snarls, you'll see the benefits. That means less tangles and bedhead come morning.

Silk pillowcases also help keep your hair hydrated, an especially major pro for those with dry, brittle strands. "Cotton is more porous than silk, so traditional pillowcases absorb moisture from your hair, while silk leaves it where it belongs—in your hair," explains Durham. 

And guess what? All of the above benefits apply to your skin, too. Smooth silk glides across your skin without tugging or pulling, both things that can ultimately lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin and, ultimately, wrinkles. 

According to Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, silk pillowcases can help prevent sleep creases, essentially the "smushing" of your skin into the fabric. Those lines we wake up with are called 'crush wrinkles' from sleeping on our side/face, and they take a toll on skin over time. Not only will silk not tug at your face, it won't pull much-needed moisture from your complexion. That makes them great for anyone with dry skin (or for use in dry winter months).

"Silk pillowcases are an especially good choice for those with sensitive skin because the fabric is lightweight, breathable, and non-irritating," adds Dr. King. "In fact, silk dressings are sometimes used for burns and severe eczema because of these properties." In related news, it's also naturally hypoallergenic, a boon for those with allergies.

Sold on silk? These are a few favorites that I swear by for smoother, shinier hair.

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1 Best for frizzy hair: Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase

$89, sephora.com

Arguably one of the better-known options out there, there’s good reason why this pick has legions of devoted fans. It uses one of the highest-grade silks available, no toxic dyes, and is made via a specific process and standards that took 10 years to develop. It comes in both king and queen sizes, in an array of pretty colors, with both zipper and envelope closures. And don’t miss the brand’s eye masks and scrunchies, both made of  the same luscious silk. 

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2 Best for silk newbies: Lunya Washable Silk Pillowcase

$88, lunya.co

For those who are hesitant to give up their standard cotton pillowcases, or maybe just want to keep their options open, this pick offers the best of both bedding worlds. One side boasts a supremely smooth silk, the other, an ultra-soft cotton. Both fabrics are hypoallergenic and machine washable.

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3 Best for neck support: Night Pillow

$150, amazon.com

Quick, when was the last time you replaced your pillow? Yeah, we thought so. If you’re ready for a replacement, make it this guy. The memory-foam pillow is ideal for all types of sleepers, and it comes with a TriSilk pillowcase, a comfy combo of 95 percent silk and 5 percent spandex. Bonus: The black hue combats light, acting like a built-in sleep mask, too.

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4 Best for allergy sufferers: The Silk Lady Silk Pillowcase

$42, amazon.com

Silk pillowcases are also a great choice for those with allergies, as it’s naturally hypoallergenic, but this option really takes the cake. The silk used comes from a moth that’s fed chopped mulberry leaves, and lives in a pollution-free environment to boot. It’s also OEO-TEX certified, meaning it’s free from harmful chemicals. We like that it has a natural, matte finish as well, ideal for those who don’t love the super shiny look.

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5 Best affordable pick: YANNIBEST Silk Pillowcase

$22, amazon.com

This Amazon fan favorite checks all of our silk pillowcase boxes. It’s made from 21 momme silk (a measurement of weight) that feels equally as luxurious as many pricier options. (To that point, this is one of the most wallet-friendly silk pillowcases out there.) There are three different sizes available, as well as a rainbow of various colors and patterns to choose from, making it easy to find the perfect match for your bedding.

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6 Best for anti-aging: Blissy Silk Pillowcase

$70, blissy.com

Another one of the better-known options available, these pillowcases are handmade 22-momme, pure mulberry silk and are both eco-friendly and non-toxic (yet still machine washable). Available in three sizes and plenty of colors, the rave reviews on these truly speak for themselves.

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7 Best for sensitive skin: MYK Pure Natural Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

$30, amazon.com

Breaking news: Not all types of silk are created equal. Mulberry silk is widely considered to be the highest quality available—making the affordable price tag on this option all the more impressive. Free of chemicals and dyes, it’s another great choice for those with sensitive skin, and is also machine washable, always an added plus.

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8 Best for long hair: Grace Eleyae Silk Pillowcase

$75, graceeleyae.com

Completely zipper-free, we like this choice if your hair is super prone to snagging—after all, the last thing you want is for it to get caught on a zipper closure. It comes in four neutral colors, as well as a fun marble print. (Though FYI, only in a full/queen size.) Be sure to check out the collection of accompanying silk headbands and turbans, too.