The 10 Best Satin and Silk Hair Wraps, According to Editor Testing and Experts

Shiny hair incoming.

two women wearing silk hair wraps
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Haircare for natural hair can be demanding and a little overwhelming—what with all the shampoos and conditioners, strengthening and hydrating hair oils, masks, heat protectants, and styling creams on the market. But the results are endlessly rewarding. There's nothing quite like showing off a head full of moisturized, healthy hair, whether you're going completely natural or wearing a stunning protective style. One often underappreciated yet essential product is style maintenance via the best silk and satin hair wraps, which can come in the form of headbands, bonnets, turbans, and more.

These wraps preserve hairstyles, prevent frizz, and lock in moisture. Naana Boakye, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Bergen Dermatology attests, "Silk scarves, bonnets, and silk pillows help avoid hair breakage and maintain scalp health. There are several studies that show that silk allows the hair to retain its natural oils, unlike cotton, and due to its lower friction coefficient, it helps reduce hair damage." Personally, I adore my growing collection of hair wraps, and wearing them has been an absolute game-changer in keeping my curls bouncy and defined.

However, finding the best hair wraps for my curls has involved a lot of trial and error. After testing many options and speaking to professional hairstylists about what to look for, I've finally found the best wraps of all time, for every length, price point, and haircare, goal. Read on for silk and satin hair wraps for your most defined, frizz-free curls yet.

The Best Hair Wraps

Gabrielle Ulubay wearing a pink silk hair wrap

This silk hair wrap from Slip is so comfortable that I often forget I have it on.

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Gabrielle Ulubay wearing a black satin hair wrap

This was my first ever hair wrap, and it still holds up. The band is secure yet not too tight, and my waist-length curls fit easily without getting flattened.

(Image credit: Gabrielle Ulubay)

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Gabrielle Ulubay wearing a tan silk hair wrap

I love wearing this hair wrap to turn a look, but I simply can't wear it to sleep.

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What To Look For in a Hair Wrap


There's a reason why most hair wraps are made from silk and satin. When looking for something to swathe your hair in, soft materials that won't irritate or scratch against the skin are paramount. Whitney Eaddy, expert hairstylist and founder of natural haircare brand Juices & Botanics, notes that silk is "the beauty industry standard for protecting natural hair." She explains that silk is a natural protein derived from silkworms' cocoons, and that its luxurious texture "helps protect against split ends, does not absorb all the moisture found in your hair and scalp, helps maintain thermal regulation, and extends the time in between your washdays."

Professional hairstylist Miguel Luis agrees that silk is the more premium option, but points out that because it's so expensive, satin is a perfectly viable option and is better than nothing. Eaddy explains that, unlike silk, satin is made from synthetic fibers. She says, "Satin refers to the way a fabric is woven, which means that satin fabric can be made of many fabrics, such as cotton or polyester. While it may be smooth and shiny, it doesn’t necessarily have the same superpower as 100 percent silk."


Hair wraps are more than just functional. With all the colors, styles, and designs they can come in, they're also fashion statements. "In modern times, head wraps have become a central accessory for many," Eaddy agrees. "The head wrap, just like with textured hair, is about embracing your hair and style simultaneously."

They can either be worn in the privacy of your own home or as accessories while you're out and about. "Turbans come in many fashionable and chic styles that can also be paired with your favorite outfit," says Eaddy. Try going monochromatic by matching your wrap to the same color scheme as the rest of your outfit, or pick a statement hair wrap for a burst of energy in an otherwise subdued look. She adds, "Head wraps and scarves are extremely versatile. There are endless ways to wrap and tie a head wrap, and many examples and tutorials can easily be found online."


Dr. Boakye says that size, and consequent tightness, are the only factors you should be wary of when buying a head wrap. Not only are tight head wraps uncomfortable, but she says that wearing overly tight head wraps can lead to traction alopecia—as can wearing your head wrap for too long.

Alexandra Lapp wearing a white crew-neck cotton sweatshirt by Gucci, black double layered lace skirt by Zara , the black GG Marmont matelasse belt bag in black, black white striped So Kate pumps by Christian Louboutin, a vintage print silk scarf turban by Gucci, Portugieser watch by IWC and black Celine Audrey sunglasses on May 5, 2018 in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Silk hair wraps are great for sleeping, but they also make stylish fashion accessories.

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Hair Wraps for Hair Health

Hair wraps are often overlooked, seen as either optional or only necessary when preserving a particular hairstyle for the next morning. However, for many people—particularly women with curly hair—silk and/or satin hair wraps are indispensable.

"Traditionally, head wraps have served functional purposes like protecting women's scalps from the sun, sweat, and grime," says Eaddy. "Head wraps protect your fragile strands, reduce moisture loss, help avoid tangles and hair breakage," the expert elaborates, "especially if worn at night while you sleep." For me, this is the biggest benefit: I notice a huge improvement in my curl definition and hair health when I wear my bonnet the night before. Wraps also preserve the natural oils your hair produces, benefitting your hair, scalp, and skin.

If you're trying to grow your hair to Rapunzel lengths, wraps can help with that, too. "Head wraps ensure that your strands are protected from root to tip, allowing for optimal protection, moisture, and length retention," Eaddy explains. In other words, a protective hair wrap can help you achieve your hair goals sooner rather than later.

Hair Wraps for Frizz

By promoting hair health, hair wraps provide quick, visible results—essentially beautifying your hair from the inside-out. The most obvious of these result is the way that hair wraps fight frizz by keeping curls in place while you sleep.

Wearing a hair wrap—especially overnight—can also "help preserve your style at any time of the day or night," Eaddy notes. This makes a wrap the perfect accessory for those who love a low-maintenance hair routine: "After sleeping in a head wrap overnight, you will have a minimal amount of work to do to refresh your style, so it saves you a lot of time getting ready in the morning."

Meet the Experts

Dr. Naana Boakye
Dr. Naana Boakye M.D., MPH, FAAD

Dr. Naana Boakye M.D., MPH, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Bergen Dermatology in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. A graduate of Temple University and George Washington University, she studied epidemiology and takes a holistic approach when treating her patients.

Whitney Eaddy, hair stylist
Whitney Eaddy

Known as "The Growth Guru," Whitney Eaddy is an expert hairstylist who has worked with hundreds of clients around the world. Her mission is to help people (especially women of color) love their natural hair textures. She has founded five haircare businesses, all of which are centered around self-love and self-acceptance.

Miguel Luis
Miguel Luis

Miguel Luis is a professional hairstylist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City. He also works on fashion shoots, television, and in editorial.

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, politics, culture, and fashion at Marie Claire and at publications including The New York Times, HuffPost Personal, Bustle, Alma, Muskrat Magazine, O'Bheal, and elsewhere. Her personal essay in The New York Times' Modern Love column kickstarted her professional writing career in 2018, and that piece has since been printed in the 2019 revised edition of the Modern Love book. Having studied history, international relations, and film, she has made films on politics and gender equity in addition to writing about cinema for Film Ireland, University College Cork, and on her personal blog, Before working with Marie Claire, Gabrielle worked in local government, higher education, and sales, and has resided in four countries and counting. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, and spent two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy.

Deeply political, she believes that skincare, haircare, and sexual wellness are central tenets to one's overall health and fights for them to be taken seriously, especially for people of color. She also loves studying makeup as a means of artistic expression, drawing on her experience as an artist in her analysis of beauty trends. She's based in New York City, where she can be found watching movies or running her art business when she isn't writing. Find her on Twitter at @GabrielleUlubay or on Instagram at @gabrielle.ulubay, or follow her art at