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All you need is silk

Posted by Kelly Andrews on 27 January 2021

You may have heard, read about and maybe even seen for yourself the wonders of silk for skin and hair. But did you know that results are maximised and hair can become visibly thicker if you wrap it in silk overnight? Read on to discover that the road to thick and luscious wedding-day locks may be draped in silk.

Woman wearing the This is Silk hair wrap in dusky pink How does a silk hair wrap thicken hair?

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase is terribly damaging for hair due to the friction caused by tossing and turning and the absorption of oils from the hair. This creates the tangled ‘bed head’ look in the morning and leads to weak hair, breakage and poor regrowth. Wrapping hair in silk all night prevents this completely.

Using an overnight silk hair wrap, the next morning hair is shinier, smoother and fresh, reducing the need for washing and therefore lessening opportunities for damage to occur (and making blow-dries last longer).

This Is Silk founder Sonal Keay said: “Wrapping hair in silk maximises the health benefits of silk even more than using a silk pillowcase, leading to thicker, healthier hair - and we have proof.”

Liz Smith, a leading trichologist and founder of The Hair Loss Clinic in London said: “Wrapping hair in silk overnight protects and encourages hair growth in a number of ways. We spend a third of our lives asleep, and whilst cotton may seem smooth, on a cellular level it is coarse and abrasive. The cotton fibres grip and tug at individual hair strands, causing damage and loss.

Silk, by contrast, protects delicate new hair from friction and nourishes it with the amino acids silk is made from. This rich nightly protein bath encourages growth. Cocooning hair in silk overnight also keeps the natural hair oils (sebum) within the hair, nourishing it further.”

leopard print This Is Silk hair wrap Why is the This Is Silk overnight hair wrap special?

Some hair wraps and turbans can slip off in the night defeating the object and annoying the wearer. This Is Silk has redesigned its overnight hair wrap for 2021 to adjust securely to any one’s head and stay there comfortably all night. By making the silk thinner the wrap now has two layers, with the shiny silk charmeuse side facing the hair. This Is Silk uses the highest quality 22 momme weight, 100% mulberry silk for optimum benefits - most comparable products use 18 momme silk. The design is retro and stylish and the beautiful colours include Persian blue, damask pink and leopard print.

How does it work?

This Is Silk’s hair wrap (£35.99) prevents the damage that other hair products work to fix. It protects the hair for the most stressful eight hours of its day and actively nourishes the hair from follicle to tip. It protects new hair growth from friction and prevents breakage of established hair.

Cocooning hair in silk overnight means that the natural oils the scalp works hard to produce (and which have evolved specifically to nourish hair) remain where they ought to be - within the hair. It is this conditioning element which makes new hair growth resilient and strong.

Our beauty editor, Kelly, says: "I was excited to try this as reading up on the benefits of silk, I felt that the problems it combats are just the ones that I've been struggling with. I have particularly fine hair, so waking up with bed head and battling knots, taggles and the refusal of strays to lay flat is a constant annoyance.

"It took me a couple of nights to get used to wearing it, and I can tell you that I didn't look anywhere near as glamorous as the lady in the picture! But who cares when the benefits to my hair were already clear to see the next morning. It was already much smoother and I noticed that I was seeing less frizz and flyaways so the look of my sleek pony was much, well, sleeker.

"Adding to the benefits outlined by the brand, I actually have my own to add: I usually go to bed with my hair in a pony and clips as I can't bear it down while I sleep. The hair wrap allows me to take it down, brush it out and still keep it out of my way when I rest my head, which can surely only be a good thing for the condition of my hair. Two birds, one stone. I look forward to seeing how prolongued use thickens my hair.

"So, if you're looking to improve the condition of your hair in the run up to the big day, or simply care for it to ensure it's in its best shape for your hair stylist, give this a try."

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