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If you're looking to protect your natural hairstyle, hair bonnets are a staple to have in your arsenal. These sleep caps keep your curls luscious, defined, and hydrated while helping to protect hair from split ends and shield against frizz by reducing friction between your hair and your pillow while you sleep. While solutions like silk pillowcases can help, bonnets go the extra mile by fully encasing your hair, keeping friction to a bare 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.
Both silk and satin will do a great job protecting your spirals, but there are a few key differences between the materials:
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 pillowcases. These have been tested for smoothness and moisture-wicking benefits, durability, comfort level, and more. We know what goes into silk and satin products to help your hair be at its best.
Below, we gathered some of the best hair bonnets 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: