The last time I went to bed without a hair bonnet, I woke up to find my pillowcase covered in hair oil (bad for my skin) and my hair a hot, frizzy mess (bad for, well, me). Not to sound dramatic, but hair bonnets are as essential as oxygen. Wrapping your hair up in a protective cap helps to extend the life of hairstyles, prevent frizz, and retain moisture while you get your Zzzz in. Sleeping without one can dry your hair out, cause breakage, and disrupt your style. Silk or satin bonnets provide all those benefits wrapped up in plush, soft fabric that makes styling your hair the next morning a more seamless process. You can never have too many bonnets, so here are 12 of the best bonnets to keep your hair happy, healthy, and hydrated.
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Best for Short Hair
Sure, there’s no drawstring on this cap, but the band is tight enough to ensure your cap won’t move while you catch your Zzz.
Hair Wrap The Sienna
Designed with silk inside and out, your hair will rest as peacefully as you do throughout the night, and look frizz-free come morning.
Best for Long Hair
Night Cap: Mulberry Silk Hair Extension Bonnet
This ultra-soft bonnet sits comfortably on your head to protect your hair from tension, frizz, and movement throughout the night.
Best for Protective Styles
SL Raw Satin Bonnet with Edge Tie
- Adjustable tie band for reinforcement
- Headband can feel too tight
This affordable bonnet is a must-have solely for its large size (extraordinary for those with thick, long hair) and its tie band. After gathering your hair in the cap, ensure that the bonnet stays put by tightening the tie and sealing it with a bow.
Best for Braids
Sassy Hair Cap Expandable Satin Sleep Cap – Pink
- Lighter colors get dirty fast
This versatile bonnet option is ideal for folks who like to switch up their look. The expandable cap drapes down in the back to fit longer hairstyles like braids, and then folds up and secures in the front for shorter styles.
St. Lucia Cream Satin Bonnet
Glow by Daye’s fan-favorite bonnets come double lined with satin inside the cap to protect your hair and satin on the outside for a comfier sleep.
Best for Healthcare Workers
Emma Surgical Capscrub
Saving lives is no easy feat, and the last thing medical workers should be worried about is flyaways getting in their faces throughout the day. This “capscrub” is much cuter than the disposable ones typically worn by doctors and nurses and is large enough to fit thicker, curlier hair.
Best for Curly Hair
Satin Tie Bonnet
- Adjustable band for reinforcement
Cantu’s option doubles as a headscarf and a bonnet in one. Tie the built-in bandana tightly around your head to protect your edges from breakage and prevent your cap from slipping off mid-sleep.
Best for Long Hairstyles
Jumbo Satin Bonnet Cap for Braids
- Can cover long hairstyles
Sitting down for seven-plus hours to have a protective style installed is stressful enough. Finding a sleeping bonnet with enough room to protect said hairstyle should be the easy part. This super long bonnet alleviates that stress. It crawls down to your mid-back to give your waist-length box braids breathing room and keep them frizz-free.
Best for Travel
Bonnets usually come with just a drawstring, but this one from Vernon Francois trades in the drawstring for two long strings that can be tied around your head for extra support during those restless nights.
Best for Sleeping
Satin Sleep Cap – Blush
Kitsch’s pink satin version with a similar tie mechanism to others on this list is an even fancier alternative to your favorite durag.
For a bonnet that you can wear every day, look no further than Grace Eleyae’s collection of practical headwear. The satin-lined beenie doubles as a sleep bonnet and as an everyday cap that keeps the hair moisturized and protected no matter what.
Is wearing a bonnet good for your hair?
Protection is one of the main methods you should use to preserve your hair’s health. Bonnets are especially good for your hair because they prevent frizz and tangling throughout the night, and protect the hair from breakage and friction.
Which type of bonnet is better: silk or satin?
Both fabrics are great for your hair. The only difference between the two is the price. Silk is a fancier, more expensive fabric, while satin is the more affordable version. Silk and satin bonnets provide the same results but if you want a more luxurious feel, opt for silk.
What bonnets are the best?
You should look for bonnets that are lined with either satin or silk to protect your hair against any tension. Also, bonnets that are designed with a drawstring or tie feature help to ensure the bonnet stays in place no matter what.
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