It has been the practice of many women over the centuries to wrap their hair just before bed as part of a haircare routine. While fabric scarves are sometimes used for this purpose, hair bonnets, also called nightcaps or sleep caps, have become the preferred headwear for slumber. They're easier to use and come in a range of exciting designs.
Although they're used more commonly by people with kinky, coily, relaxed hair or dreadlocks, bonnets can actually be useful for all hair types, be it curly, wavy, or straight! And while there isn't a dearth of products online, finding the best may be a little daunting. Whether it's a satin or a silk bonnet you want, this article will simplify that task and offer recommendations from Amazon, eBay, ASOS and John Lewis.
When looking for a bonnet, there are a few things to keep in mind. Primarily, the considerations you make should be geared towards preserving your hair from damage. We'll delve into the basic points below.
In order to avoid damage to your hair, it's important that the bonnet you use does not strip it of moisture and weaken it. The ideal bonnet retains your hair's natural oils to keep your lovely barnet bright and healthy! The most popular ones are silk and satin fabrics.
For those who might prefer a natural fibre, it's best to choose silk, which has been a popular symbol of luxury across the world. Despite its similar appearance to satin, silk isn't a weave, but a protein spun from the larva of silkworms.
A more arduous and time-consuming process goes into the production of silk, and as a result, it tends to be more expensive than satin. Since the process of making silk is all-natural, the end product is usually odourless and hypoallergenic.
Not only will pure silk not irritate your hair or cause allergic reactions, but the fibres are also insulating to keep you warm through those cold winter nights. And while they aren't loose and porous, they're still breathable enough not to leave you feeling uncomfortable during hot weather.
Satin is a textile weave twisted with varying degrees and types of yarn. It produces a smooth, lustrous sheen that is unique. Though it's slippery, it isn't as soft as silk because it's man-made, most commonly from polyester blends, and the organic smoothness of silk is one that is difficult to replicate!
However, since satin is easier to produce than silk, it's largely available and much more affordable, so it's perfect for those that are not willing to spend so much on a bonnet. Besides, satin is a lot easier to maintain than silk which often requires careful attention, and satin can be machine washed, too.
As a rule of thumb, it's best to keep away from all moisture-wicking fabrics. Moisture-wicking fabrics are constructed with yarns that remove liquid from the hair, leaving it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. These include synthetic fabrics like nylon.
The structure of nylon is such that the weave is loose, resulting in moisture seeping through rather than being retained, thereby causing your hair to dry up rapidly, especially when it comes into contact with a cotton pillowcase which absorbs the oils seeping through from your hair.
So you also want to avoid, for your bonnet, any material that is absorbent. And for that reason, wool and cotton bonnets are a no-no. Though wool may keep your head warm, it's actually both moisture-wicking and absorbent which spells double trouble for you!
More so, the rough fibres of cotton and wool hair bonnets are obstructive and prevent your hair from sliding freely in the bonnet. While you toss and turn during sleep, your hair will get tangled, leaving you with messy knots to deal with when you wake up.
Determine a fitting size by measuring around the top of your head and hair with a measuring tape from one ear to the other, then get a bonnet that is proportional in size. Remember to give some allowance for slack because picking a size of the exact to your measurement will be too tight.
More so, while some bonnets have a short length, others are so long that they extend below the neck to the back. This means if you have braids, dreadlocks or hair that flows past your shoulders and extends to your waist, you can tuck it all in as the extra space at the back of the bonnet envelops it nicely.
Here we rank the best hair bonnets that will prevent that frizzy, irregular texture the next morning. These soft fabric bonnets will let you sleep without worries!
|Size||60 - 100 cm|
|Size||One size fits all|
|Size||56 - 60 cm|
|Size||54cm - 72 cm|
Pure Silk Turban
The Satin Sleep Bonnet
Double-Layer Satin Sleep Cap
Ankara Night Sleep Cap
Satin Lined Beanie Hat
Satin Braid Bonnet
Double Layer Bonnet
Adjustable Sleep Cap
Breathable Satin Sleep Cap
A Luxurious Turban That Protects Hair From Friction
A Simple Bonnet With Ties to Leave No Marks
A Cap That Keeps Your Long Hair Looking Better Longer
A Colourful Bonnet in African Print
A High-Quality Bonnet That Enhances Your Appearance
A Night Cap With a Unique Beanie Design
The Best for Braids, Locs or Twists
A Reversible Bonnet That You Can Wear On Either Side
A Mulberry Hair Wrap With Adjustable Ribbon
A Budget-Friendly Pick That's Lightweight Too
|Size||54cm - 72 cm||-||-||33 cm||56 - 60 cm||One size fits all||-||36 cm||60 - 100 cm||-|
Wondering what else you can do to give your curls the love and care they need to be healthy, frizz-free and beautifully defined? We have suggestions! Follow the links below to find more recommendations, tips and tricks from our archives.
As you set off to explore the world of hair bonnets, we're sure one of our picks will be a great ally for your haircare needs. Regardless of whichever one you prefer, rest assured that all of our top 10 products offer superior moisture-retention capacity, which is the most important thing to keep in mind as you decide.
Author: David Gbe
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