Silk is one of the most luxurious, coveted fabrics in the world – but did you know it can make your hair healthier?
Widely used for producing high-end clothing and home furnishings, silk has been a highly sought after fabric for thousands of years. Oozing elegance, glamour and sophistication, nothing quite compares to silk – but its properties actually extend far beyond its looks.
If you have ever wondered why Marilyn Monroe confessed that she regularly slept draped in nothing but the finest white silk sheets, it is because of the health benefits associated with it.
In fact, this method actually dates back to 3630 BCE in China, where silk was originally developed. Upon discovering the amazing properties of silk, Chinese emperors kept this secret close to their chests as they went about not only wearing, but sleeping in silk and soaking up the added benefits that came with it.
Since then, there has been a wealth of research into this incredible natural fibre, with studies showing that silk proteins can have incomparable benefits to the human body, and are now widely used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.
Before we all start channelling our inner Marilyn Monroe, let’s have a look at some of the key health benefits of silk fabric.
SILK FOR HEALTHY HAIR
You have heard the term ‘silky smooth hair’ - something that we all long for. Funnily enough, this isn’t just a throwaway expression and studies show that silk can actually promote healthier, shinier hair.
Hair stylists recognise that sleeping with a silk hair tie can prevent the risks of hair tangling in the night, which can often lead to breakage as a result. The soft texture of silk allows the hair to slide rather than tangle and knot together, far reducing the damage that can be caused over time.
Further to that, if you’re looking to maintain your hairstyle during the night or form heatless curls, it is widely recommended to sleep in a silk hair tie. According to research, this can slow down the increase of oils in the hair, so you can get another few days out of your style. Plus, because silk is so smooth and conditioning, it does not harm wet hair.
The feedback we get from our fellow Fair Hair Tie lovers, is that they notice hair breaking less and being non-static when wearing the silk hair tie daily.
As we get older, we are tempted to try just about anything and everything that promises to reverse the signs of ageing. However, investing in expensive ‘miracle creams’ may not be quite as effective as investing in a good quality silk pillowcase.
There has been a wealth of research into the cosmetic applications of silk, showing that sleeping on a silk pillowcase can actually prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. The natural cellular albumen found in silk helps to speed up the metabolism of skin cells, ensuring that they are turning over and replenishing at a faster rate which in turn leads to healthier, plumper skin.
One Scandinavian study found that cotton pillowcases can actually increase the likelihood of wrinkles. It’s no surprise, considering frequent tossing and turning in the night is considered one of the biggest cause for creating wrinkles, but the smooth surface of silk reduces the friction between the skin and the pillowcase, therefore reducing the chances of this occurring.
Believe it or not, silk is actually hypoallergenic. The sericin residue in silk is a natural repellent that keeps away dust mites, mould, bacteria and other common allergens. For this reason, not many people are allergic to silk, which makes it very wearable for just about everyone.
It is the ideal choice for those with particularly sensitive skin, as it’s free of any potential irritating added chemicals so it can be worn safe in the knowledge that there’s no risk of causing an eczema flare up, skin rashes or that dreaded stuffy nose that allergy sufferers are all too familiar with.
KEEPS YOUR SKIN MOISTURISED
Suffering with dry, dehydrated skin or hair? Silk is your answer. We are not saying to ditch the moisturiser or conditioner just yet, but sleeping in silk bedding can help to keep skin hydrated during the night and wearing a silk hair tie hydrates hair naturally thanks to the proteins in silk, while slowing down the build-up of oil.
Made with tightly-woven, smooth fibres, the properties of silk allow it to keep moisture close to the skin, so you’re not losing that well needed hydration as you would by sleeping on cotton. This also brings it back to reversing the signs of ageing – happy, hydrated and plumper skin means less wrinkles!
HELPS EASE THE SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE
It seems that silk doesn’t just hold benefits to complexion during the ageing process, but it can actually help to reduce one of the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause – hot flushes. As women age, the natural fluctuation of hormones combined with a lower heat threshold can often cause sudden warmth in the body, but silk can help to counteract this.
Silk is a lightweight and breathable material that is a natural heat regulator, meaning that wearing silk is not only comfortable but cooler, too. Its ability to maintain a cool and consistent temperature throughout the day can help to reduce excessive sweating and therefore slow down the unwanted hot flushes.
Wearing a FAIR HAIR TIE as an accessory around your wrist is a comfortable and chic alternative to metals or other robust materials that might become disturbing throughout the day.
IMPROVES YOUR SLEEP QUALITY
Evidence shows that sleeping in silk bedding and wearing a silk hair tie at night can in fact improve your sleep – and we all know that a good night’s sleep affects almost every aspect of your life.
For those who have problems getting a good quality sleep, it can often be down to what you’re sleeping in. Cotton sheets can irritate the skin, attract dust mites and generally get bunched up in the night – all factors significantly impacting restfulness.
If you wear a normal hair tie during the night, it can be very uncomfortable and drag out your hair as you are tossing and turning at night. Silk hair tie gives enough space for your hair to move around and thanks to its smooth surface, you don’t even feel like you are wearing it.
Combining all of the above benefits, silk bedding and hair ties can quite literally promote that well needed beauty sleep that we’re all longing for.
It is safe to say that all of the evidence points towards the fact that just about anyone would benefit from incorporating more silk into their daily lives. From preventing allergies to helping you age gracefully.
What’s more, silk fibres are one of the strongest natural textile fibres in the world. This means that silk is incredibly durable so when properly cared for, you can expect your silk products to last up to 20 years. We’d say that’s a pretty worthwhile long-term investment! Partial resources from Biddlesawyersilks.