Silk And Satin Scarf For Natural Hair
Know Which One Is Right For You
Understanding the differences between silk and satin scarf for natural hair will save you a lot of time and money. Silk and Satin can look the same, feel the same, but they are not the same, AT ALL. This is a topic that many people are not very knowledgeable of. Both are beneficial in their own ways. The thing is you have to know when they should be used for your natural hair care routine to get the results you are looking for. They both serve a purpose and you have to chose which is right for you.
First, I want to make you aware that silk and satin scarf for natural hair both have their pros and cons. For starters, silk is a type of material. Silk is known as “the queen of the fabrics”. Which is why it is the perfect choice to use for your bedtime scarf, to protect your hair at night. It originates in China and is produced from a silkworm. The worm is fed mulberry leaves and as it matures the worm spins a cocoon.
Silk is produced in over 20 countries. Some of these countries include Asia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt and Madagascar. The industry that produces silk from silkworms is called sericulture. When shopping for silk always remember that it is a fabric versus satin which is a type of weave pattern.
The Satin weave pattern that we are most familiar with is charmeuse. But there are several other weaving patterns which are Antique, Baronet, Crepe, Duchess, Messaline Polysatin, Slipper Satin. Satin gives fabric that shiny, soft lustrous surface on one side and has a duller surface of the opposite side. The appearance is very similar to silk. This is why is can be difficult to determine if the fabric you are purchasing is silk or polyester/satin/charmeuse. One way to tell is to ball the fabric up in your hand. If it wrinkles than it is most likely not silk. Silk does not wrinkle unless it is left in the same position for a while.
The Pros For Silk And Satin Scarf For Natural Hair
Silk really is a great fabric. It is a relief for skin irritation. Silk contains antimicrobial properties which helps with eczema and other skin conditions. Antimicrobial helps the skin to stay clear and free of any unwanted irritations. In addition, silk helps to decrease the skins loss of moisture. It is a much better option for those who have sensitive skin. As for hair, silk keeps it silky, smooth and moisturized. If you purchase a hair bonnet or hair scarf to wear at night, be sure that it is 100% silk. A silk scarf will retain the moisture in your hair. Silk is expensive because the benefits are much greater. Remember you get what you pay for!
Unlike the cheap beauty supply store scarfs that are polyester satin, dry your hair out and only gives you the look of real silk. Polyester soaks all of the moisture out of the hair and it will become dry and brittle…whoa! Polyester is designed to soak up moisture (hence the reason workout clothes are made out of polyester). It serves it purpose but no good for natural hair care. This is very important for natural hair as it tends to dry out much quicker than other hair textures. You want to do everything possible to retain as much moisture as you can.
Maximize Your Results Using Silk
When using a silk scarf for your nighttime routine, it is best to add some type of hair butter to your thirsty hair strands. Moisturize your hair at the beginning of the week and notice how well the silk scarf will lock the moisture in. The is the beauty of using silk for your natural hair care routine. When I use my silk scarf, I don’t need to moisturize my 4c hair for at least 4-5 days. Yes! it is that awesome. I like to use our Whipped Shea butter and Cocoa butter blend. I recommend anyone with natural hair to try out these ingredients. Trust me, you won’t regret it.