Do you know the difference between silk and satin? This post will explain silk vs. satin for hair and skin and which helps you retain more moisture.
I conducted two product reviews for AdoraBellaBaby and with each review, there were comments about price point. I definitely heard your comments and concerns so this post is a response to your questions.
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AdoraBellaBaby uses 100% 19mm mulberry silk charmeuse milled and dyed in the USA. Note, the term mulberry refers to a type of silk.
Mulberry silk charmeuse is considered the finest quality silk. While there are other silk scarf vendors with lower price points, they also offer different grade products. As an example, a popular vendor offers habotai silk scarves/bonnets. It is 8mm imported and offers no benefits to the hair. Another popular vendor offers charmeuse satin, which is really a sneaky word for polyester. Therefore, comparing AdoraBellaBaby to certain vendors is not comparing apples to apples. However, when Googling high-end scarves comparable in fabric to AdoraBellaBaby, the price point is the same.
What is Silk?
The silk worms eat an exclusive diet of mulberry leaves during their lives. As the silk worm spins its cocoon, it secretes a gummy substance called sericin into the fibers. The sericin contains 18 amino acids and proteins that can be directly absorbed into our skin and hair. This sericin is often used in beauty products and recommended by dermatologists. Silk fibers are extremely similar in make-up to human hair.
What is Satin?
Did you know, silk and “satin or satin polyester” are NOT synonymous? Satin is nothing more than a descriptive term for the weave of a fabric being shiny and smooth. Polyester satin is a man-made charmeuse type fabric. Many vendors will advertise their items as satin, charmeuse satin, sateen, etc but do not include the word “SILK”. This is often a misleading representation of what they are selling. It makes the buyer believe they are purchasing silk when in fact they are not.
Silk vs. Satin
-Silk is natural and satin polyester is man-made
-Satin polyester may be produced from nylon and polyester
-Silk is stronger and will last longer than satin polyester
-Silk shimmers, satin polyester is glossy and slippery
-Satin polyester does not have the antimicrobial and hypoallergenic qualities of silk
-Satin polyester tends to be “hot” and does not breathe like silk
Thread count does not matter with silk. All silk will have a high thread count due to the fine silk threads. The more important question is “what is the silk’s weight?” Silk weight is measured in units called momme (weight per 100 yards). The higher the momme, the higher the quality the silk is considered (denser the weave). 19-22 mm is considered very high quality. Not all silk is created equal. Vendors often sell silk with flaws or short fibers and a lower weight fabric that they claim is a higher weight. It is a buyer beware market for silk!!!
There are many types of silk weaves (chiffon, dupioni, charmeuse, habotai, etc) which have a very different feel and purpose. Charmeuse is the highest quality and most luxurious silk. Chiffon and habotai are super light and airy whereas dupioni is great for furniture covering, curtains and clothing.
Silk vs. Satin for Hair and Skin
Silk by nature is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, moisture wicking and yet breathable. Silk helps the hair hold onto moisture and oils better than fabrics that does not allow the hair to breathe like cotton and synthetic polyester (satin).
In the world of silk, you truly get what you pay for. Buyers should beware of inexpensive silk prices or deep sale prices. Often these sellers do not have the quality of silk they say they have. Silk is expensive. There is no way around it. It is a natural fiber and labor intensive to produce. It is in high world demand and the yarn is carefully selected and graded by silk buyers prior to being woven. Silk yarn is in world shortage and the prices at wholesale are just plainly high for quality silk. That said, you do not have to mortgage your home to get a lovely piece of silk. Just be savvy.