It is this friction-less property that also benefits anyone suffering from hair loss. Most people in this position will be familiar with waking up with hairs on the pillow and seeing their hair lining woolen or cotton hats when they take them off. The friction-less nature of a silk lined hat prevents this and prevents breakage of weaker hairs in the same way as a silk pillowcase does at night.
Silk production originates in China where the secret to its production was a closely guarded secret for hundreds of years. The wealthiest and most powerful in China wore silk clothes and slept in silk linen. This love of silk was not only as a statement of wealth but also reflected an early understanding of the anti aging properties of silk.
The ancient Chinese believed that sleeping on silk prevented wrinkle formation and that unlike other fibres silk did not tear out hair over night reducing hair loss in those with thinning hair.
Interestingly modern research has now shown that in addition to be friction-less silk can actually adhere to the keratin in both our skin and our hair (1). By doing so it creates a protective film on the hair that helps keep the hair healthy and strong.
In addition to reducing frizzy hair and benefiting hair loss silk lined caps also may benefit a variety of other conditions on the scalp
Silk is anti bacterial and anti fungal reducing smells from sweating (2).
Wearing silk may also benefit those suffering skin conditions. Several scientific trials have shown that silk can be useful in preventing and controlling atopic dermatitis and atopic eczema (3,4,5).
There are multiple reasons for choosing to wear a silk lined hat. Whatever your reason make sure the lining is genuine silk. A lot of synthetic substitutes are being passed off as silk currently and it is very hard for the untrained eye to tell the difference. Unfortunately your scalp will know and will not gain all the benefits of genuine silk. Look for Mulberry silk of at at least 19 momme if you want the hat to last as thinner silk can wear quickly.
Look out for the White Lotus silk lined cap. It is a modern baseball style cap in a range of fashionable colours. Importantly despite the high quality it contains no labels or marks to indicate it is any different to other caps in case you dont want your friends to know you are concerned about your hair and scalp.
Silk is a sustainable and renewable resource that can be of great benefit to your hair and scalp. Why not try one out today?
White Lotus Silk Cap
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- Sarovart, S., Sudatis, B., Meesilpa, P. et al. (2003). The use of SERICEN as an antioxidant, antimicrobial for polluted air treatment. Rev.Adv.Mater. Science, 5, 193-8
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16684435, Curr Med Res Opin. 2006 Apr;22(4):739-50. Efficacy and safety of silver textile in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD). Juenger M1, Ladwig A, Staecker S, Arnold A, Kramer A, Daeschlein G, Panzig E, Haase H, Heising S.
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17346297 Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2007 Jun;18(4):335-8. Epub 2007 Mar 7. Action of a silk fabric treated with AEGIS in children with atopic dermatitis: a 3-month trial. Koller DY1, Halmerbauer G, Böck A, Engstler G.