Satin Bonnet or a Satin Pillowcase: Does It Matter?

satin bonnet or scarf

It doesn’t matter if you’re relaxed or natural, protecting your hair at night is very important. If you’re like me, there are days where sometimes you forget your scarf or bonnet. Thankfully there’s an alternative to having to wrap your hair— the satin pillowcase.  Can a satin pillowcase be as effective as a bonnet or scarf?  Here are a few pros and cons to help you decide which is best for you and your hair.


Keeps hair in place.   No wild hair days. The bonnet helps keep your hair nice and neat which makes it a lot easier to refresh and fluff in the morning.

Cuts down on frizz.  There is less friction between your hair and the pillow which can create frizz.

It isn’t cute. I know there are some of you out there that feel like no matter how many rhinestones, cute colors, or designs you put on it; it’s still not the most attractive thing to put on. (Don’t all attack me at once, if you love your bonnet more power to ya!)

Your hair can’t “breath”. This is especially noticeable in warmer climates/summer months. If you sweat a lot, chances are your scalp sweats too and the bonnet prevents the sweat from evaporating and your scalp drying.

It’s hard to get all your hair into the bonnet.  If you have a lot of hair, it can be hard to find a bonnet large enough to fit all your hair inside. Even the extra-large bonnets can be too small for some.

It comes off at night.  Are you a wild sleeper? No matter how tight your bonnet is you wake up only to find your bonnet mixed in between the sheets. Annoying right?


You don’t have to wear the bonnet.  Come home from a long night and just ready to knock out? No need for the bonnet, your satin pillowcase has got your back.

Dual purpose. Not only is it good for your hair it’s better for your skin. No more weird lines on your face after a long nights rest.

It’s sexier than the bonnet. Let’s face it. Your partner may appreciate the bonnet free you more. Yes, he loves every part of you but some parts less so than others. Learn how to preserve your sexy!

Tangles. Because your hair is loose it can get tangled throughout the night, especially if your hair is long.

Not as comfortable:  Satin’s smooth glossy surface may look luxurious, but it isn’t as comfy as cotton. Its slippery texture can be a bit irritating when you’re trying to sleep and your head keeps sliding off the pillow.

Although I’ve tried both options, I prefer the satin bonnet.  I like the feeling of having my hair nicely tucked away at night.  No matter which one you choose the key is to protect your hair; it’s all up to you how you do it. So which do you prefer?

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