Allure March 3, 2023



The 15 Best Silk Pillowcases to Upgrade Your Beauty Sleep


Smoother hair is just a night's rest away with these silky-smooth bedding essentials from Brooklinen, Hill House Home, Kitsch, and more.

Waking up with perfectly smooth skin and hair sounds like a myth reserved for the realm of fairytales or rom-coms. In real life, we typically roll out of bed with weird grooves etched across our faces and hair that's suspiciously less shiny than it was the night before, which is a clear indication that it might be time to invest in one of the best silk pillowcases on the market.

Happily, more and more beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands like Slip, Brooklinen, and Kitsch are reimagining their product lines to develop pillowcases, made with mulberry silk (the highest quality available on the market) and specifically designed to target the biggest beauty concerns plaguing us at night, like fine lines and frizzy hair.

Rex Jimieson, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, previously told Allure that he recommends "a silk scarf around your hair at night or [using] a silk pillowcase to prevent friction on the hair." Friction, he noted, is one of the main reasons for "manual damage" that leads to split ends and breakage — especially for damaged and/or color-treated hair — down the road.

Dermatologists also back the potential benefits of silk pillowcases. "Night is the best time to repair skin, so it makes sense that so many innovations are happening right now in this field," says Rebecca Kazin, MD, board-certified dermatologist and Director of Clinical Research at Icon Dermatology and Aesthetics in North Bethesda, Maryland. "Since we spend up to one-third of each day asleep [ed. note: if we're lucky], why not make the most of these hours?" We can't help but agree — if we're going to invest in our skin care, we might as well invest in sleep accessories that'll help us get enough shuteye to make the most of our favorite retinol serums and night creams.

With that in mind, we rounded up some of the best silk pillowcases to help you get a feel for just how transformative it can be to swap out the old cotton pillowcases and bedding you've been rewashing for years now. Well-rested skin, sleek hair, and better sleep await.

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Bedsure Satin Pillowcase

One of our top picks is Bedsure's Satin Pillowcase, which has a jaw-dropping 268,000 reviews on Amazon, 73 percent of which are five-star reviews. And the price is super easy on your wallet since they're made of 100 percent polyester satin — and you get two pillowcases at that. If that doesn't convince you, the top reviewer says: "All I know is I shower and style my hair at night and after sleeping on these, my hair looks freshly blow-dried the next morning."

Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Brooklinen might be home to some of the best bed sheets on the market but this 100 percent mulberry silk pillowcase from Brooklinen is luxurious in all the right ways. It's one of the best cooling pillowcases ever, thanks to its 22-momme count and envelope closure that allows for airflow, and helps keep both your hair and skin smooth. If you're in need of a self-care boost, pick up a silk eye mask from the brand, too. Trust us, you'll always end up waking on the right side of the bed.

Kitsch Satin Pillowcase

One of our favorite hair accessory brands entered the hair-care game with a cute blush satin pillowcase designed with 100 percent satin polyester, so you can wave goodbye to frizz-causing friction and tangles.

Quince 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Quince's forté is affordable, 100 percent pure mulberry silk offerings, so you can rest assured that the brand's Silk Pillowcase is worth the $40 investment. As its name suggests, this pillowcase is crafted out of pure, buttery-soft Mulberry 22 momme silk that's gentle on your skin and hair. Each pillowcase comes in two sizes (queen/standard or king), has a zipper closure for a snug, wrinkle-free fit over your pillow, and can be machine-washed.

P.S. In addition to bedding, the brand also has an impressive assortment of silky wardrobe essentials that feel as luxurious as they look (and won't cost a dime over $100).

Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcase

Some silk pillowcases are so deliciously slippery that the pillow contained within them can slide right out at night, but not this hypoallergenic wonder. In addition to being cool and pleasant to the touch against both skin and hair, Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcases are outfitted with a hidden zipper, to make sure everything stays put while you snooze.

EcoTools Satin Pillowcase

You may be familiar with EcoTools from the brand's budget-friendly array of makeup brushes and tools, but its under-$10 Satin Pillowcase is worth checking out, too. This queen-size option is silk-free for vegans and latex-free for sensitive skin types so just about anyone can enjoy it. It's also worth mentioning that this jaw-droppingly affordable, high-quality pick is machine-washable.

Casaluna Standard Solid Silk Pillowcase

Made with 100 percent silk, this Casaluna Standard Solid Silk Pillowcase is soft to the touch, and its lightweight feel won't weigh you — or your hair — down. The European-style closure successfully conceals the ends of the pillow (instead of leaving the sides of it wide open, like traditional US-style pillowcases) so that it looks tidy and stays in place through the night. Choose from eight colors, like this gorgeous, golden-toned Warm Brown hue (shown above).

ShopBedding Luxury Satin Pillowcase

Another affordable Amazon choice is the ShopBedding Luxury Satin Pillowcase. New York-based board-certified dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, previously told Allure that skin creases that you get with regular pillowcases are "caused by the skin crunching against a pillowcase and breaking down collagen and elastic tissue," which over time and repetition causes wrinkles. Satin pillowcases thereby reduce that "crunching" effect.

At just $8, you really can't beat this price point. And, to sweeten the deal, this option comes in a whopping 26 colors and patterns — so you can stock up without breaking the bank.

Parachute Silk Pillowcase

Parachute is beloved for its line of ultra-soft linen sheets, so it was only a matter of time before the dreamy bedding brand launched one of the softest pillowcases we’ve ever laid our eyes (and heads) on. Ever the design-oriented, Parachute's 25-momme mulberry silk pillowcase sets itself apart with a hidden side flap for a tidier overall appearance. As with most options on this list, Parachute's care instructions state that hand-washing your silk pillowcase with cool or cold water is best to keep it in tip-top silky shape.

Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase

Even if you've only gotten a few hours of shut-eye, this best-selling Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase can help you fake a full eight hours every night. It also promises to help with wrinkles, bedhead, and sleep creases — and comes in almost a dozen colors. Pair your pillowcase with a corresponding Slip silk scrunchie (an Allure editor favorite) and sleep mask for an entire relaxation set that screams "luxury."

Amazon Basics 100% Mulberry Silk Sleep Set

Put your Prime benefits to good use by grabbing the sleep-enhancing Amazon Basics 100% Mulberry Silk Sleep Set. This $30 duo includes a velvety standard-size 19 momme Mulberry silk pillowcase along with a matching oversized silk eye mask so sleepers can snooze away in total luxury. 

Blissy Pillowcase

The only drawback to silk pillowcases is that they're often only sold in the color white. Blissy's, on the other hand, has the widest variety of colors comes and patterns (31, to be exact) to match your decor to a T. Shop everything from mauves to tie-dye to a Marilyn Monroe-inspired option. Another bonus? Every pillow is OEKO-TEX certified to ensure the material is free of common chemicals and irritants.

MYK 100% Natural Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

This MYK pillowcase is made with 100-percent, 24-momme Mulberry silk thread count, which is one of the most durable, strongest types of silk in the world — not to mention the fact that it's hypoallergenic and a game-changer for hot sleepers. The result? Healthy, bedhead-free hair for years to come. Plus, it comes in nine color options, ranging from basic black to beautiful baby pink.

P.S. MYK also has a dual-sided pillowcase that's topped with pure mulberry silk and is designed with a cotton underside. It's partly to keep the luxury of silken pillowcases within reach for savings-savvy customers, and partly to avoid sheet slippage as you settle in. Genius.

Casper Silk Pillowcase + Sleep Mask Set

Need the perfect gift for the sleep-deprived loved one in your life? Look no further than Casper's Silk Pillowcase and Sleep Mask Set, which comes in standard and king sizes. Bonus points if you know they're already (trying to) snooze on a cozy Casper mattress.

Hill House Home Sisi Silk Pillowcase

Named after the "famously long-haired Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) of Austria," Hill House Home's Sisi Silk Pillowcase is constructed with mulberry silk and a sophisticated piping design, so it's a major upgrade from your usual cotton pillowcases. And did we mention it also comes in a few gorgeous, cottagecore-inspired floral designs like the one above? As well as seven other colors, if you want something more classic.