4 Reasons Your Pillowcase May Be Damaging Your Hair

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Have you been waking up in the morning with dry, frizzy and tangled hair? If the answer is yes, you might want to take a closer look at your pillowcase.

Most people sleep on cotton pillowcases, but they can contribute to ongoing hair problems, including:

1. Knots

Often the rough cotton fibers of your pillowcase prevent your hair from sliding around easily, resulting in a tangled mess when you wake up in the morning. Snarled hair takes longer to style and yanking on your roots with aggressive brushing can pull some of your hair out and lead to breakage.

2. Damaged Hair

As you’re tossing and turning at night, your hair is rubbing against the cotton fibers of your pillowcase, which can cause your hair to break. Repeated breakage can ultimately make your hair look thinner overall.

3. Frizzy Hair

To avoid frizz, it’s especially important to dry your hair before going to bed. Wet hair can create even more friction against your pillowcase while you sleep.

4. Dry Hair

Cotton pillowcases are known to absorb the oils from your hair and skin, which can leave them dry, brittle and prone to breakage.


The good news is all these problems are easily addressed by switching to a silk pillowcase. Silk allows the hair to slide around on your pillow effortlessly, so you wake to smoother hair. This luxurious fabric also helps your hair retain its moisture, since it’s not as absorbent as cotton. If you really love your cotton pillowcase and aren’t ready to make the switch, just wrap your hair in a silk scarf to keep it protected when you’re sleeping.

You might be tempted to blame your pillowcase if you’re noticing hairs on your pillow in the morning. But, there is no evidence that pillowcases cause or contribute to hair loss. However, hairs on your pillow can be a sign that you’re starting to lose your hair.

When it comes to hair loss, the sooner you act, the more options you may have. Learn more about the causes of hair loss and what you can do about it by scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of our hair loss experts today.