The Best Satin and Silk Bonnets to Protect Your Natural Hair

Satin and silk Bonnets have offered hair protection for hundreds of years. Unsurprisingly, silk and satin bonnets offer some of the best protection for natural hair. Here at Wakuda, we have a great selection of silk bonnets and satin bonnets that are handmade by black-owned businesses.

In this article, we’ll cover the main reasons why satin and silk bonnets are good for protecting your natural hair before rounding up some of our favourite bonnets you can find on Wakuda.

Benefits of Wearing Satin and Silk Bonnets

If you’re fed up with waking up early in the morning to spend ages doing your hair, then bonnets are for you. Silk and satin are hands-down the best materials for protecting your natural hair and here’s why:

  1. Less dryness

Materials like cotton tend to absorb moisture, which is the opposite of what your hair needs. Satin bonnets are helpful because they don’t absorb moisture, which keeps your hair feeling fresh and reduces the chance of breakage.

  1. Less frizz

Moving about at night causes friction between your hair and the pillow. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a particularly energetic sleeper, chances are you’ve woken up plenty of times with some untameable frizz. Well, silk bonnets act as a barrier between the pillow and your hair, thereby reducing frizz.

  1. No need for ponytails

How do you keep your hair out of your face when sleeping? Ponytail? Hairband? Most methods put tension on your scalp, meaning you can wake up with a headache from hell. Silk and satin bonnets not only offer hair protection, but they keep it out of your face without putting unnecessary tension on your scalp and follicles.

  1. Cost-effective

The handmade bonnets we sell aren’t expensive anyway, but investing in one is a great cost-saving measure in the long run. More than anything, you won’t have to use as many products to de-frizz and untangle your hair (not in the morning, anyway) so you should notice the cost benefit relatively quickly.

As you can see, there are several important reasons why silk bonnets and satin bonnets are beneficial for natural hair. But if nothing else, they simply make keeping your hair under control much easier.

Does Satin or Silk Bonnets Matter?

If you’ve been doing research into choosing the right bonnet for hair protection, you might have wondered whether there’s any difference between silk and satin and whether this matters.

The main difference between them is that silk is all natural while satin can be either a silk weave or other fibres. Satin will usually be synthetic, whereas silk is always natural.

This means that satin is always the less expensive option because there’s less production time involved.

But when it comes to the best product for hair protection, there’s not loads of difference. High-quality satin, such as that found in our sellers’ handmade bonnets, will offer just as much protection as silk.

The Best Handmade Bonnets by black-owned businesses

At Wakuda, we have a range of excellent handmade bonnets in both satin and silk. Here are our top picks from black-owned businesses that’ll offer you the best hair protection at the best prices.

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  1. Reversible bonnet (Large)

As the name suggests, this bonnet from Jaiyee Collections is reversible, giving you two colours to choose from. 

It has an elasticated rim that will fit comfortably on your head, keeping your hair in place, without using unnecessary tension.

Satin bonnets typically have a shiny side and a dull side, but both are suitable for use on your natural hair.

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  1. Reversible bonnet (small)

Also from Jaiyee Collections is this reversible bonnet in small. Its size makes it suitable for kids to use for hair protection too.

It has an elasticated band that’s ideal for keeping your hair in place while you sleep. Importantly, it should sit just below your hairline so it doesn’t create any friction.

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  1. Reversible bonnet (jumbo)

This reversible bonnet is ideal if you have lots of hair because it’s just that extra bit bigger than the large one listed above.

As with the others from Jaiyee Collections, it’s double-sided – blue and navy. It’s made from satin, which has all the same benefits of silk but is simply less expensive.

It’s ideal for hair protection while sleeping because its elasticated band holds it in place comfortably. In fact, you’ll barely even notice it’s there!

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  1. African Print Double Layer Satin Bonnet

If you’re looking for a vibrant silk bonnet, this is the one for you. It’s covered with an African print and is lined with satin.

The benefit of using double-layered satin bonnets is that it reduces friction even further because the bonnet has another layer to rub against, meaning there’s plenty of fabric between your hair and the pillow.

One of the best features of this bonnet is that it has an adjustable band. You’ll find a toggle at the back, and so even though it only comes in regular size, you’ve still got plenty of adjustability.

In fact, this regular sized bonnet can be used for children aged 3 and up. The seller, Creative Alia, also offers a bulk discount when you buy two or more.

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  1. Toddler’s African Print Double Layer Satin Bonnet

Creative Alia also produces a toddler’s version of their African print satin bonnet. This size is suitable for children aged less than 3 years, but still has the adjustable elastic band for improved fit.

It’s double lined using a super-soft satin and the outer layer features a randomly selected African print. No matter what you get, you can guarantee it’ll be beautiful.

As with the regular size option, there’s a bulk discount when you buy two or more.


Hopefully one of the satin bonnets above is the perfect choice for you. Buying from Wakuda means you’re supporting black-owned businesses when choosing one of their handmade bonnets.

Whichever one you go for, at least you know you’ll be getting the best hair protection you can while you sleep. 

Why not browse the rest of our store to see what other great products we sell?

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