When The Satin Bonnet (or Scarf) Is Not Enough
So, just how can you protect your strands and retain moisture at night when the satin scarf or bonnet is not enough? Here are a few ideas:
1. For added protection, sleep on a satin pillowcase. If your scarf or bonnet happens to slip off at night, your satin pillowcase will become the next line of protection against dry, frizzy, snagged hair. Even if your scarf or bonnet stays on at night, sleeping on a satin pillowcase on top of that can do wonders for retaining moisture in your hair at night.
2. Purchase a better quality satin scarf or adjustable bonnet. Not all satin scarves and bonnets are created equal. Some are constructed from very thin and poor quality fabrics and threads. What is considered a good quality satin? Well, first let me explain that the word "satin" is used to describe the type of weave. There are "satin" polyesters and "satin" silks, for example. Among the polyesters, "charmeuse satin" (or, sometimes called "satin charmeuse") is a smoother, better quality weave for the hair. Purchasing a "charmeuse satin" scarf or bonnet is a good investment. Also, look for adjustable bonnets (as opposed to purely elastic ones) for better stay at night.
3. Better yet, get a silk scarf or silk adjustable bonnet. If you can afford to do so, silk is a much better material for the hair than polyester. When searching for silk scarves or bonnets, look for those that say "charmeuse satin" (or, sometimes called "satin charmeuse"). This type of weave is the most luxurious of all the weaves. Again, look for adjustable bonnets (as opposed to purely elastic ones) for better stay at night.
4. If you suffer from dry hair, turn on the humidifier. The humidifier can provide extra vapor in the air thus creating a moisturizing environment for your hair while you sleep.