Getting a custom made silk sleep cap! Any recs?

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Hi all,

There is a woman who makes gorgeous silk/satin bags with concealed drawstrings, and fine attention to detail. It occurred to me that these very characteristics are the very skills needed to make a great silk sleep cap. So I wrote to her and she said she'd be happy to do it. And it would cost less than other places that sell pre made silk ones!

I can choose everything…. the fabric I want, elastic/drawstring hybrid or other method of closure, the thickness of the material, whether it's a single layer or double layer of cloth. Currently I have a cheapie satin sleep cap and it's become clear to me that a silk sleep cap would give me true 2nd day hair.

She's going to make me a prototype and then we'll do a final one. So, especially for those of you who own silk sleep caps, what would you recommend? If you could customize everything to you, what would you choose? How thick should the silk be, and should it be single or double layered? Any advice? TIA, and I'll let you all know how it turns out.
Is the woman you are using local to you? Or, does she have an online store?

I am awaiting the arrival of my first silk cap (in my quest to regain definition of curls) so I do not have any advice.
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She isn't local to me. She does have a page with samples of her work (the bags she makes that is… when she's done with my cap I assume she'll have pics of that too). I could PM her info if you want. That's exciting you're getting your first silk sleep cap. I'm curious to know what you think. Everyone seems to really love them and get 2nd day hair. So I'm excited to get mine!
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I promise I'm not stalking you, you just have a lot of posts that interest me Does she have a website? I'm considering eventually getting a silk sleep cap since right now I'm using pillow cases, they usually end up falling off while I'm sleeping.
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I want to get permission to post her webpage, but meanwhile I can PM it.
Thanks, that would be great
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For second day hair: Pineapple + Plopping


I PM'd you. So after I get my cap, assuming I have permission I can post a pic of it here. Is elastic/drawstring hybrid the way to go, do y'all think?
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I want to get permission to post her webpage, but meanwhile I can PM it.
We're allowed to post names of websites, just not direct links, as far as I know. For example, we can say "get your hair analyzed at GooseFootprints etsy shop" but not post a link to the actual shop page.
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I want to get permission to post her webpage, but meanwhile I can PM it.
We're allowed to post names of websites, just not direct links, as far as I know. For example, we can say "get your hair analyzed at GooseFootprints etsy shop" but not post a link to the actual shop page.
Thanks, good to know! I also feel I need permission from the business owner, especially if I was going to post her name. But PMs should be fine I think. I will wait to hear back from her before I post anything publicly with her info.

Anyway this is exciting. I feel ridiculously spoiled. Hopefully my hair will begin to look that way.
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I PM'd you. So after I get my cap, assuming I have permission I can post a pic of it here. Is elastic/drawstring hybrid the way to go, do y'all think?
Apparently elastic bands stay on better but can rub your hair more or create dents, and if you have a string, you can tighten it as much as you want, so if you have a hybrid then you would probably get the best of both worlds.
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For second day hair: Pineapple + Plopping


Yes, could you pm me her name/site?

Only because it was actually hard to fins a cap that was primarily silk vs. non-silk types of satin.
Leigh
3a mixed with 2C???
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Low Elasticity


As I Am Cleasning Pudding
As I Am Leave in Conditioner
Aquage Molding Mega Gel

Currently working for summer dews in GA and FL:
As I Am leave in + Target Curls Cream Brûlée applied and styled soaking wet.
Second day: Cream Brûlée with touch of Aquage Molding Mega gel and water.
PM'd you.

Also, do any of you lovely ladies who have silk sleep caps know the approximate width of the silk? I imagine it needs to be thick enough to hold up in the wash and protect the hair, yet thin enough to let the air circulate. Are they single or double sided? Any info appreciated!
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Also, do any of you lovely ladies who have silk sleep caps know the approximate width of the silk? I imagine it needs to be thick enough to hold up in the wash and protect the hair, yet thin enough to let the air circulate. Are they single or double sided? Any info appreciated!
I don't have a sleep cap, but I use a cotton pillow case for plopping (since it is smooth, it doesn't give me frizz), so the thickness is the same as a regular pillow case. I sleep on it when my hair is wet, and my hair is only a bit damp in the morning, but still looks dry enough to leave the house if i want.
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Current Products:
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  • Gelatin as a gel + protein treatment
Techniques: Scrunching + Plopping Overnight

For second day hair: Pineapple + Plopping


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Also, do any of you lovely ladies who have silk sleep caps know the approximate width of the silk? I imagine it needs to be thick enough to hold up in the wash and protect the hair, yet thin enough to let the air circulate. Are they single or double sided? Any info appreciated!
I don't have a sleep cap, but I use a cotton pillow case for plopping (since it is smooth, it doesn't give me frizz), so the thickness is the same as a regular pillow case. I sleep on it when my hair is wet, and my hair is only a bit damp in the morning, but still looks dry enough to leave the house if i want.
Is the pillow case like T-shirt cotton, or just 100% cotton pillow case?
Leigh
3a mixed with 2C???
Coarse-Medium Texture
Normal to low Porosity
Low Elasticity


As I Am Cleasning Pudding
As I Am Leave in Conditioner
Aquage Molding Mega Gel

Currently working for summer dews in GA and FL:
As I Am leave in + Target Curls Cream Brûlée applied and styled soaking wet.
Second day: Cream Brûlée with touch of Aquage Molding Mega gel and water.
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Is the pillow case like T-shirt cotton, or just 100% cotton pillow case?
It's a 100% cotton pillow case. It feels smoother than a t-shirt, so I used that.
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  • Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars
  • Dr. Mercola Revitalizing Conditioner (also as leave-in)
  • Gelatin as a gel + protein treatment
Techniques: Scrunching + Plopping Overnight

For second day hair: Pineapple + Plopping


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I PM'd you. So after I get my cap, assuming I have permission I can post a pic of it here. Is elastic/drawstring hybrid the way to go, do y'all think?
Apparently elastic bands stay on better but can rub your hair more or create dents, and if you have a string, you can tighten it as much as you want, so if you have a hybrid then you would probably get the best of both worlds.
I find elastic gets uncomfortable sometimes. It can press on my ears or give me red lines when I wake up in the morning. I like drawstrings.

I know you already have someone to make you one, but for anyone else looking for a sleep cap, Silky Cocoon on etsy makes wonderful, long sleep caps. They are great because they don't squish my curls.

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I PM'd you. So after I get my cap, assuming I have permission I can post a pic of it here. Is elastic/drawstring hybrid the way to go, do y'all think?
Apparently elastic bands stay on better but can rub your hair more or create dents, and if you have a string, you can tighten it as much as you want, so if you have a hybrid then you would probably get the best of both worlds.
I find elastic gets uncomfortable sometimes. It can press on my ears or give me red lines when I wake up in the morning. I like drawstrings.

I know you already have someone to make you one, but for anyone else looking for a sleep cap, Silky Cocoon on etsy makes wonderful, long sleep caps. They are great because they don't squish my curls.
Ooh, those look nice! Actually that is helpful info because I can get her to model the cap off anything I see. I'm going to show her that model too.

Thanks for all your input guys.
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Silly question, but how do these caps work, do you have to tie your hair or can you just put it on making sure all the hair is in even if not tied?
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Silly question, but how do these caps work, do you have to tie your hair or can you just put it on making sure all the hair is in even if not tied?
I combine pineapple technique when I wear my cap. It helps me when I remove it not to pull any strand.

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I can't pineapple, so I just put my hair in it. THere seem to be two styles, a longer one where your hair stays in its natural shape, and a shorter one which is like a plop.

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