Satin Pillowcase

Dear CurlySuzy: I have what may seem like a really silly question. As far as pillowcases and hair ties are concerned, is polyester as effective as silk or satin? I have satin pillow cases but I’ve had the hardest time finding satin hair scarves (besides the ones that only cover the top portion of your head and ties around the back”>. Nonetheless, I found some scarves that “look” like satin but says ‘polyester’ on the tag. I’m not sure if this questions is appropriate for since it’s more about fabric info than hair! I’ve read a few forums on the website but it seems no one really knows for sure!

Dear Alicia: There is a lot of confusion out there about this issue. I will try to be as clear as possible.

  1. Satin is a weave, not a fabric. A satin weave has no visible interlacing pattern. That is what makes satin smooth and shiny.
  2. Polyester, acetate and silk are used for a satin weave.
  3. Silk is the natural and most expensive fabric used in a satin weave. Silk thread is very smooth and produced by the silk worm.
  4. Polyester is a synthetic fabric that is used in a satin weave that is more affordable. This fabric does not breathe as well as silk.
  5. Acetate is another synthetic fabric that is used, but the quality might be compromised.

The next issue is a charmeuse satin weave. This type of satin weave is softer and lighter in weight.

  1. The front side of the fabric has a satin finish whereas the back has a dull finish. It can be made of silk or a synthetic polyester.
  2. Silk charmeuse is more expensive. It is softer and more delicate.
  3. Polyester charmeuse is cheaper and can often withstand machine washing, but it doesn’t breathe as well as silk.

In making your choice between silk or polyester satin, the the issues to consider are price and durability. I hope this helps. Please email me if you have any questions about all of this.

The pillowcases we sell are a charmeuse satin polyester. They come in a variety of colors and are very durable.

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