If you're looking to protect your natural hairstyle, silk and satin hair caps for sleeping are a staple to have in your arsenal. Sleep caps reduce friction between your hair and pillow while you sleep, which keeps curls defined and hydrated, protects hair from split ends and shields against frizz. Hair caps are great for women with extremely dry hair since they help to lock in moisture, says Kiyah Wright, a celebrity hairstylist in Beverly Hills, California. While solutions like silk pillowcases can help, silk hair caps for sleeping go the extra mile by fully encasing your hair, keeping friction to a minimum. Plus, bonnets lock in any products that you use on your hair before bed, which means that they actually absorb into your hair, not your pillowcase.
While the Good Housekeeping Institute hasn't tested silk sleep caps directly, we have tested silk pillowcases and silk sheets, made of both real silk and synthetic satin, for smoothness and moisture-wicking benefits, durability, comfort level and more. That means we know what goes into silk and satin products to help your hair be at its best. Below, we rounded some of the best silk and satin hair caps for sleeping out there loved by online reviewers, including Black-owned brands lauded for natural haircare. Whether you want to protect your tresses with satin or sleep with silk, we have picks that are perfect for every style, length and budget:
BEST OVERALL HAIR BONNET
Glow By Daye Satin Bonnet
Founder Ranay Daye came up with Glow By Daye bonnets to give Black women high quality, well-designed bonnets for protecting hair. With over 1,400 5-star reviews on Amazon, this bonnet is a cult-favorite. "The satin feels great and is comfortable to sleep in," says one reviewer. "I love the drawstring that allows it to adjust to just the right tension."
BEST VALUE HAIR BONNET
Evolve Satin Sunset Bonnet
There's nothing more annoying than securing your strands at night, only to wake up to your sleep cap on one side of the bed and a tousled head of hair that went unprotected at some point in the night. This sleep cap has a wide edge that lays flat against your head all-night long so it won't slip and slide.
BEST SILK HAIR BONNET
LilySilk Womens Silk Cap
In GH Textiles Lab testing, LilySilk's silk pillowcase performed well. This silk brand is a popular choice for everything from bonnets to shirts and is more affordable than many other silk offerings. Its large size makes it ideal for those with fuller or longer hair.