Investing in silk pillowcases isn’t just a home decorating decision. In fact, sleeping on silk is said to be one of the best things you can do for your skin and hair. Sleeping on genuine, 100 percent mulberry silk—a supremely smooth, breathable fabric—can reduce the friction that leads to bedhead, wrinkles, and more. And, because silk’s natural fibers are temperature regulating, these pillowcases stay cool—even for sweaty sleepers. With considerable effects on hair, skin, and overall sleep quality, there’s no wonder beauty enthusiasts everywhere are making the switch.
Like most things, not all silk is created equal. The highest quality you can buy is mulberry silk, so you can expect to see a lot of it on this list. It’s ideal because it’s the softest and the most durable, which is key for those with a strict pillowcase-washing routine.
Byrdie Tested & Approved
Ultimately, our favorite silk pillowcase is Slip’s Pure Silk Pillowcase. It scored high ratings across the board and even helped our tester eliminate the cause of pesky blemishes. If you value material, the Parachute Silk Pillowcase has the most momme (the metric that measures the weight and softness of silk) and is an absolute dream to sleep on.
There’s no shortage of silk pillowcase options available, so to take the guesswork out of selecting the right one for you, we handpicked 35 of the most popular silk pillowcases and asked our testers to try them out every night for two weeks. After sleeping on the pillowcases and washing them in the washing machine, we asked our testers to be brutally honest about their thoughts. Testers judged each pillowcase based on feel, skin texture, hair texture, care, and overall value. The highest-rated products made the list. Keep reading to discover the best silk pillowcases of 2022, according to Byrdie testers.
Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase
Slip’s Silk Pillowcases are the gold standard for a reason: They’ve been scientifically tested and refined over the span of 10 years to reduce frizz, tangles, and bedhead, as well as improve your skin’s overall health from the moment you pop it on your pillow. From night one, our tester was pleased with the performance of the pillowcase. Most notably, she said that by switching to the Slip pillowcase, her pesky breakouts diminished “greatly,” and her frizzy, easily tangled hair was smooth upon waking up and was “easier to brush through.” At 90 dollars, it’s more expensive than some other options on the market, but if you look at it as an investment for your skin and hair, our tester believes it’s worth it.
Price at time of publish: $89
Momme: 22 | Colors: 15 | Wash Instructions: Machine wash, Hang dry
What Our Testers Say
“I have very sensitive skin and normally have breakouts at the bottom of my cheeks. I never thought it could be from my pillowcase, but since switching to the Slip case, those breakouts and bumps have diminished greatly. I was surprised by this change.” — Maggie Sperduti-Matesevac, Tester
Parachute Silk Pillowcase
Highest quality momme
Requires extra effort
Boasting 25 momme mulberry silk—the highest quality silk on the market—the natural fibers in Parachute’s silk pillowcase provide optimal airflow, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Our tester can vouch for how great it feels, sharing that its breathable nature made her feel good about putting her cheek on the pillow the whole night. Though she didn’t notice a difference in regards to wrinkles (she said she’d need a Botox pillow for that), our tester noted that she woke up with her skin feeling really clean. The fibers actually prevented sweat and oil from developing overnight, even in a summer heat wave. You need to put in a little extra effort to clean this pillowcase (the brand suggests hand washing or machine washing cold on a gentle cycle in a mesh bag), but that ensures it lasts a long time—and you get your money’s worth.
Price at time of publish: $89
Momme: 25 | Colors: 2 | Wash Instructions: Hand wash, or machine wash cold on gentle cycle, Hang dry
Best for Bedhead
Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
Snug envelope closure
Helps promote shiny, smooth hair
Easy to care for
Tend to toss and turn? If so, chances are you’re all too familiar with bedhead. Harsh fabrics like cotton tend to cause frizz, breakage, and tangles as you flip and flop in your sleep, making for an unruly result come morning. Though it’s not the end of the world, the extra time it takes in the morning to tame (or re-style) your hair adds up. Our tester was pleased with her experience using the Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase. She loved waking up each morning to smooth, beautiful hair as opposed to “a knotted mess.” In fact, she said it made getting ready for the day significantly easier. One thing she wasn’t a huge fan of: She found the material thinner than she’d prefer (the white was see-through on her colored pillow), but she said it made for an easy clean.
Price at time of publish: $59
Momme: 22 | Colors: 7 | Wash Instructions: Hand wash or machine wash cold on gentle cycle, Hang dry
What Our Testers Say
"The Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase was buttery soft, gave my skin and hair a boost, and helped me sleep better, too." — Leigh Weingus, Product Tester
Best for Curly Hair
Hillhouse Sisi Silk Pillowcase White
Kind on delicate hair
Won’t cause frizz or breakage
Pretty color selection
Some colors can be see-through
Along that same vein, those with curly hair live in a constant state of waking up with bed head. And, unfortunately, running a brush through your hair to clean things up is close to impossible—it’ll probably only make matters worse. With the right pillowcase, however, you can control and protect your hair from going haywire. Enter: Hill House Home’s Sisi Silk Pillowcase. According to our tester, who has delicate curly hair, not only is the pillowcase “exceptionally soft,” but it also blows the other pillowcases she’s tried out of the water. She swears that the buttery fabric is significantly softer than anything else she’s used in her specific anti-hair loss routine and that she “feels confident” in her hair when she sleeps on it every night. And, in true Hill House fashion, the colorways are beautiful and hard to choose between. Just keep in mind that the lighter shades skew transparent, and you might see the seams of your pillow through them.
Price at time of publish: $85
Momme: 22 | Colors: 7 | Wash Instructions: Hand wash cold, Hang dry
What Our Testers Say
“At $85 I believe this is on the pricier end of pillowcases we’re testing, but after feeling the quality of what the extra investment can get you, I’m never looking back. I would gladly purchase another one of these and recommend them to all of my friends. After all, we spend a third of our lives sleeping!” — Lydia Price, Tester
Best for Acne
Fishers Finery 19 Momme Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
Gentle on existing breakouts
Can get wrinkly
It goes without saying that a good night’s rest can do wonders for your skin’s overall health. But did you know silk pillowcases can help manage acne? By eliminating the rough, irritating, and bacteria-ridden surface you normally sleep on, many people have been able to find a major difference when it comes to breakouts. Not only does the gentler, less abrasive material offer a smoother sleep, but its breathable, natural fibers are less likely to anger existing breakouts and make them appear more inflamed. Our tester, who has acne-prone skin, has been a longtime supporter of silk pillowcases but mentioned that this pillowcase from Fishers Finery is “way softer and much more breathable” than any of the other options she’s used. Although it’s not a cure-all (especially if your acne is hormonal), it may help keep your skin from looking extra irritated. Keep in mind that even if you follow the cleaning and care directions properly, you may find that your pillowcase is super wrinkled. Try laying it flat to dry if this happens.
Price at time of publish: $39
Momme: 19 | Colors: 11 | Wash Instructions: Hand wash or machine wash lukewarm on gentle cycle, Hang dry
Best for Wrinkles
Celestial Silk 25 Momme Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
Helps prevent creasing
High momme count
No matter if you’re a side sleeper or a stomach sleeper, you’ve probably noticed pillowcase creases on your face at one point or another. As double board-certified plastic surgeon Konstantine Vasyukevich, M.D. explains, cotton pillowcases tend to hold a lot of friction and tension throughout the night, causing tugging and creasing on your skin. Over time, he says, this can contribute to the formation of wrinkles. But don’t worry;, silk pillowcases can help. “A silk pillowcase minimizes the opportunity for wrinkles to form since the surface is smooth and allows your face to glide over it rather than crease up against it,” he explains. The Celestial Silk pillowcase features a high momme count, which can be even more helpful in preventing the formation of sleep-induced wrinkles. Our tester noticed that her wrinkles didn’t appear as deep after sleeping on the pillowcase for a few weeks. Though it’s not going to completely halt the skin’s natural aging process, it can eliminate some of the tugging and smushing. Keep in mind, though, that it’s delicate, so it requires special care when washing. But at 45 dollars, our tester swears it’s a great product to stock up on.
Price at time of publish: $40
Momme: 25 | Colors: 25 | Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, Hang dry
Best for Hot Sleepers
SLPBABY Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin
Tames hair friction
Sweaty sleepers, listen up: A silk pillowcase might be the key to better sleep. Since silk has the benefit of being temperature regulating and insulating, it can help keep you cool (even in hot weather). This silk pillowcase from SLP Baby is among the best when it comes to keeping hot sleepers comfortable. Our tester, who says she runs hot, loves the cooling effect that the pillow has. She said she especially loved that she no longer had to toss and turn in search of a cool side of the pillow. And, thanks to the fabric’s smooth finish, she noticed less creases in her skin come morning. It’s worth mentioning that in order for the pillowcase to look brand new after washing, the directions recommend ironing for a few minutes. It’s not a huge dealbreaker, but our tester found it to be a “downer” for sure.
Price at time of publish: $26
Momme: 19 | Colors: 26 | Care instructions: Hand wash, Hang dry
What Our Editors Say
“My hair has been less frizzy with this pillowcase. I tried sock curls a few times and usually, the friction causes them to look rough at the roots. When I slept on this pillowcase with the sock curls, I noticed that my hair was way smoother.” — Shannon Bauer, Senior Commerce Editor
Best for Hair Extensions
Grace Eleyae Charcoal Silk Pillowcase
Eliminates friction and pulling
Can lose its luster if not cared for properly
Protect delicate tresses by sleeping on this silk pillowcase from Grace Eleyae. By protecting against friction, the soft material gives hair the slip it needs to move around freely, therefore avoiding breaking or tugging on extensions. And, since the pillowcase is designed envelope style (it closes without a zipper), you won’t have to worry about hair snagging on clunky hardware. According to our tester, who has high-maintenance glued-in hair extensions, this pillowcase helped mitigate the chaos she normally experiences when she wakes up. She described her hair as “knot-free” with no frizz or tangles in sight. Just keep in mind that if not cared for properly (aka machine washed with cold water on gentle and hung dry), it can lose some of its luster and shine over time.
Price at time of publish: $68
Momme: N/A | Colors: 7 | Care instructions: Machine wash cold on gentle, Hang dry
Overall, our favorite pillowcase is Slip’s Pure Silk Pillowcase. Not only did it help our tester feel better about her skin, it’s easy to care for and makes going to sleep feel like a treat. Those seeking the highest quality silk should consider the Parachute Silk Pillowcase, since it has a momme count of 25 and is the softest silk can get.
Other Options We Tested
Kitsch Satin Pillowcase
This pillowcase is satin, but it’s still a great budget pick. Despite not being 100% pure silk, it performs well: Hair isn’t a frizzy mess, skin isn’t riddled with creases, and it stays cooler than cotton. Testers found it super soft, and thanks to a zipper closure, it’s easy to secure onto pillows. Since they’re so much more affordable, I personally stocked up on a bunch and put one on every pillow I own. Take it from me, if you’re interested in making the switch from a cotton pillowcase and don’t want to dish out the big bucks on a silk pillowcase just yet, the Kitsch option is a great starting point.
How We Tested
Byrdie editors did extensive research on silk pillowcases, taking expert recommendations and consumer reviews into account before choosing 35 to test out first-hand. Each tester considered each pillowcase’s feel, value, and care instructions, as well as the look and feel of their hair and skin after use before deciding on a rating from one to five. Those with the highest scores made the list. All tests were performed in The Lab, our Manhattan product testing facility.
What to Look for in a Silk Pillowcase
When considering the silk pillowcase options, you should be aware that each has a number of mommes—aka the metric used to measure the weight of silk. The higher the number, the softer the pillowcase will be. The average number is 19 (like the Fishers Finery Mulberry Silk Pillowcase), but it can go as high as 25 (like the Celestial Silk 100% Silk Mulberry Pillowcase).
Before purchasing a silk pillowcase, it’s important to know that caring for one can be a little more complex than just tossing it in the wash with the rest of your laundry. It depends on the pillowcase you choose (so be sure to read the specific instructions for the one you buy), but, generally, you’ll have to hand wash or use the washing machine’s gentle cycle to clean your pillowcase. When it comes to drying, air drying—either hang drying your pillowcase or laying it flat to dry—is best.
Like beds, pillows come in different sizes—standard, queen, and king. To ensure you get the most out of your silk pillowcase, be sure to check the size of your pillow and buy the appropriate size. Otherwise, a pillowcase that’s too small won’t cover the entire pillow, and, conversely, a pillowcase that’s too large might slip off.
How should you wash silk pillowcases?
You should wash silk pillowcases according to the manufacturer's instructions. Each pillowcase has different directions, so be sure to check yours before throwing it in the wash. Because the material is so fine and delicate, chances are the directions will recommend hand washing your pillowcase and then letting it air dry.
Are silk pillowcases beneficial for skin and hair?
According to Shereene Idriss, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and founder of Idriss Dermatology, and creator of #PillowtalkDerm, silk pillowcases are great for your skin and hair for a number of reasons. “Silk absorbs less moisture than cotton, in turn keeping your skin hydrated. This is beneficial for those that live in dry climates or during the winter season,” she explains. “Additionally, silk is a better option for those that take skincare seriously since serums won’t soak into your pillowcase.” Vasyukevich, a facelift expert, agrees that silk pillowcases offer a ton of skincare benefits, especially after procedures (like a facelift or Botox), adding that the softer fabric helps preserve the face’s structure and shape. Silk is also smoother and more gentle on hair, which Idriss says limits the amount of friction and frizz.
How often should you change your pillowcase?
The short answer: Three to four times a week. “I believe that changing your pillowcase more regularly will make the most difference in your skin,” Idriss says. “I use one side of the pillowcase one night, then flip it over the next night, then toss it in the wash. Your skin will thank you for it!”
Why Trust Byrdie
Caitlyn Martyn is an experienced writer in the beauty industry and product tester specializing in cosmetics. She has been a writer at Byrdie since 2022, where she covers all things beauty. She has tried several silk pillowcases, including some on this list from brands like Brooklinen, Slip, and Fishers Finery.