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Silk Pillowcases: A Blast from the Past

We've got something new and exciting in store for you! Have you seen our Silk Charmeuse Pillowcases and Dreamer Satin Pillowcases? While doing some research on these products, we uncovered some interesting facts... It turns out that these products are not so new; in fact, silk and satin pillowcases were a mainstay of women's beauty regimes between the 1950s and the 1970s, an essential item that they couldn't live without.

Before the invention of at-home hot hair tools like curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers, women relied on hairdressers at a salon to get their hair done. They would get their hair washed, styled, and set, in hopes of the hairstyle lasting an entire week until their next salon appointment. The invention of hairspray allowed styles to last up to a week long, and women experimented with curls, updos, and elaborate bouffant hairstyles that they prayed would last the stretch of time.

How did they maintain these hairstyles? For many women, the only option was to sleep sitting up in a chair, or propped up with pillows in bed. Eventually, the silk pillowcase was invented and women rejoiced everywhere.

How do silk or satin pillowcases work? The silky material allows your hair to "slide" around on the case, preventing frizz and tangled strands. Silk pillowcases can also help hair retain its moisture. While cotton absorbs water (think about how a cotton towel sops up wet hair), silk and satin do not absorb water, leaving your hair shiny, smooth, and free of breakage and knots in the morning.

You may not realize it, but sleeping on a satin pillowcase could literally be helping you "save face". Dermatologists have touted the benefits of these products for years; not only does silk have antimicrobial properties (anti-bacterial), but it can also prevent facial lines and premature aging. If you frequently wake up with facial sleep lines, after many years the wrinkles may start to set permanently. Just like with your hair, silk pillowcases allow your face to slide around at night, preventing facial sleep lines.

Want to get your hands on this cult classic, recommended by beauty editors everywhere? We offer both silk and satin options in a rainbow of colours.

Silk Charmeuse Pillowcase

Dreamer Satin Pillowcases