Beadhead, tangles, knots, wonky and flattened curls …
A good night’s sleep shouldn’t end up with your head looking like a bird’s nest.
But when you’ve got a frolicking mass of curls, you know it’s inevitable.
Frizzy out of control hair is never going away. It’ll be there every morning staring at you in the mirror – Hello Monica Geller!
That’s where a sleep cap for curly hair can make a big difference.
A sleep cap prevents your hair from rubbing and snagging against your bedding fabric when you’re twisting, turning, tossing, kicking, and whatever the heck you do in your sleep (your husband/boyfriend can elaborate more on that!)
It protects your hair from friction which is one of the main causes of frizz and breakage.
If you haven’t been using a silk cap or bonnet to protect your curls, well now is the time to do it.
We’ve tried and tested a few to pick out the best ones that are super comfortable, luxurious, and great value for your bucks!
So without further ado, here they are:
Best Silk and Satin Sleeping Caps For Curly Natural Hair
The LilySilk stretches with a durable elastic band to provide a perfect fit so that it stays in place while you sleep. There’s no slipping no matter how much you toss around.
Even the most restless of sleepers have given thumbs up for this product’s ability to stay perfectly snug on their head.
Available colors: Taupe, Black, and Ivory.
Hair Types: Curly hair, wavy hair, wigs, straight hair, and dreadlocks.
The SwirlyCurly has a satin-lined interior that keeps your hair moisturized while you’re sleeping. Explicitly designed for natural hair, these satin bonnets can also be used for turban look hairstyles or protecting dreadlocks.
Made with premium satin, it has a no-slip adjustable fit.
Available colors: Black Velvet.
Hair types: Natural hair, afro hair, dreadlocks.
This bonnet is ideal for long curly hair.
It comes in 3 different lengths going up to 25”, making it ideal for dreads, braids, and locs.
When trying this product, the only thing that I can still remember is the luxurious feel of the Mulberry silk charmeuse. So top marks for its excellent quality.
Available colors: Black.
Hair types: Afro hair, dreads, braids, long hair.
This slouchy night sleeping beanie has a silky satin smooth interior and a chic outer lining, which also makes it ideal for hiding your untidy hair when you’re just heading to the groceries.
It has an elastic strap to make sure it doesn’t slip off and an adjustable drawstring to the side.
A pretty decent multi-functional soft sleep cap that can also help you cover up your bad do on those lazy days.
Available colors: Blue, grey, red.
Hair types: All hair types.
This pure silk turban is inspired by the time-tested traditional hair wrapping. It provides a hassle-free non-slip experience throughout the night.
Manufactured with the highest grade of long fiber Mulberry silk and a thickness of 22 momme, it’s an awesome anti-bedhead hair product to try.
Available colors: Pink, black, blue, gold, red, pink, white, grey.
Hair types: Curly, short, fine, and thick hair.
This stretch charmeuse adjustable slap cap is perfect for women who want to keep their hair moisturized and reduce breakage.
It has a comfortable soft interior and a chic design, making it ideal for wearing when you’re out and about. There’s also an optional drawstring to make it adjustable to your head size.
Available colors: Navy blue.
Hair types: All hair.
This silk bonnet is infused with hyaluronic acid and argan oil to help your hair retain moisture and stay hydrated while wearing it.
It’s also reversible, making it wearable on both sides so that you can get more mileage before throwing it in the wash.
Bonus point: It’s hypoallergenic.
Available colors: Pink, grey, white.
Hair types: All hair types. Short and long hair.
This skin-friendly breathable silk hair bonnet is adjustable, stretchable for any head size, and has a low-profile side release buckle.
Of all the satin bonnets we’ve seen, the YaniBest has the most variety of colors to choose from.
It also transforms into a functional beanie hat you can use during your workouts, outdoor walks, or as a daily head-wear when you’re hanging around.
Available colors: Black, blue, brown, purple, red, khaki, yellow.
Hair types: All hair types.
The ZimaSilk is a luxury sleeping headcover designed with a pleated design for a comfortable forehead experience.
It’s made of 100% 22 momme Mulberry silk to keep your hair looking fresh and feel soft to the touch when you wake up.
Throw in a silk pillowcase plus bedsheet; this combo will leave your body and mind drifting peacefully into dreamland no matter how stressful your day was.
Available colors: Ivory, black, navy blue.
Hair types: All hair.
The Alnorm double-layer silk and satin sleep cap keeps your hair in place overnight for an easy morning routine. All you have to do is run your fingers through your hair, and voila! Your curls are set.
It’s adaptable, making it suitable for any head size.
Available colors: Black, blue.
Hair types: curls, locs, braid, long, and straight hair.
How Sleep Caps Work and The Benefits They Provide
I still remember my 10-year-old self sitting on the bathroom floor before school, throwing a massive tantrum, begging my mom not to brush out my wild hair.
It was either I went to school with a few tears and some decent-looking hair or with a massive dreadlock in the back of my head after waking up.
Some days, the dreadlock was quite the conversation starter at school. If those comfy night hair caps had made their way into my life all those years ago, it would have saved both my mom and myself the morning frustrations.
Fast forward now, I can’t see myself ever sleeping without my curly hair night cap because there are so many benefits that make my morning routines easier.
I don’t have to spend ages brushing and styling my hair to get ready.
Here are the reasons why …
Silk and Satin Are Friction Free – They Allow Your Hair To Glide
My silk night cap does an excellent job at protecting my hair from tangling and snagging while I am sleeping.
You see, most of us wake up with a bedhead because we sleep on traditional cotton bedding fabrics, which are coarse compared to silky materials.
This is why you also get the occasional crease marks on your skin when you wake up.
Unlike cotton, silk and satin are delicate and super refined. Plus, they are excellent temperature regulators. Sleeping with a silk or satin bonnet prevents frizz from creeping into your hair while also maintaining an appropriate temperature balance, so your scalp doesn’t sweat.
And the days when your sleep cap is in the wash, you can either buy a spare one to alternate with or simply get a silk pillowcase as a backup.
A Night Cap Locks Moisture In Your Hair
Silk and satin fabrics keep hair moisture locked in overnight for the best results in the mornings.
The smooth material lets your hair glide over instead of getting caught up, therefore irritating to your curls.
That irritation translates to frizz, so being able to prevent any of that from happening is a win-win.
Also, for all the crazy sleepers out there, the elastic piece that goes on your hairline will securely but gently keep the bonnet on all night so you will not have to worry about it slipping off. Hair bonnets are straightforward and easy ways to protect your curls.
A Sleep Cap Promotes Length Retention and Hair Growth
All of the products listed above are excellent morning time-savers, but they also greatly benefit your hair’s health.
Other than preventing frizz, less friction also minimizes damage and breakage to your curls.
For me, at least, I notice that the frizzier my hair is throughout the week, the more intense my detangling routine has to be on wash day. Keeping my curls under control also keeps my brushing/combing to a minimum, which effectively improves my precious curls’ overall health.
By preventing breakage, it also promotes length retention and better growth.
A curly hair sleeping cap is an essential, non-negotiable accessory for those with textured hair.
Finding the ideal sleep cap made of gentle fabric that will protect your hair is truly so important. I strongly suggest investing in one that is silk or satin lined.