Night caps have recently become a hot topic as a beauty item. However, there are many people who don't know which one to choose, as nightcaps have a reputation for being stuffy even when worn, and the effect is not felt.
As someone who has been using nightcaps for more than three years, if you have a solid understanding of the materials that suit your hair and skin and choose the best one, nightcaps can be a powerful ally for hair care. I'm sure you can feel the smoothness of your hair!
In this article, the author, who designs and develops nightcaps, thoroughly compares the materials and introduces the advantages and points of concern.
What is a nightcap
A nightcap, as the name suggests, is a hat that you wear while you sleep. It was developed over 500 years ago in the West to prevent lice and protect against the cold. In recent years, it has become popular as a beauty/hair care item after being introduced by Naomi Watanabe.
The reason why nightcaps are attracting so much attention is that they reduce the friction between hair and bedding that we have overlooked until now.
For details, see What is a nightcap? How do you wear it? A thorough explanation by the night cap developer! ] is introduced in the article.
synthetic night cap
First of all, I will explain night caps made of synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon. Synthetic fiber nightcaps are available at pharmacies and 100-yen uniform shops, so we recommend them for those who want to get them quickly and cheaply.
The secret to the effectiveness of nightcaps is to prevent friction between hair and bedding. A synthetic fiber nightcap can also fix your hair and prevent friction with bedding, and if you are worried about the out-of-bath treatment sticking to your face and neck , you can prevent it. It satisfies the requirements of a typical nightcap . In addition, many items can be washed in the washing machine in the same way as other laundry.
Next, I would like to introduce some interesting points about synthetic fiber nightcaps. Relatively cheap synthetic fibers, which are not functional fibers, are inferior to natural materials in terms of their ability to control sweat and dampness. In other words, you can't expect much of the effect of absorbing night sweats and escaping stuffiness to the outside. Also, if the chemical fiber touches the skin and causes itching, the weak static electricity generated between the skin and the chemical fiber may be the cause. For those with sensitive skin, I would recommend a nightcap made of natural materials rather than synthetic fibers.
Focus on cost above all else! For those who say, please try a synthetic fiber nightcap after understanding the characteristics.
Advantages and interesting points of synthetic fiber nightcaps
・Inexpensive and easy to obtain
・Easy to clean
・Moisture does not easily escape and gets stuffy easily
・It can cause static electricity, attract dust, and make your skin feel itchy.
Night cap made of natural materials
Next, let's talk about natural materials.
Even if a person sleeps in a comfortable temperature, he or she will sweat about a cup. Silk, which is often used for nightcaps, has excellent moisture absorption and release properties. Cotton also absorbs sweat, although not as much as silk, and releases moisture to the same extent as silk, so natural materials are especially recommended for those who are concerned about night sweats and stuffiness .
I wrote that silk in particular has a moisturizing effect, but to put it more correctly, it is not a moisturizer but a tonic. If it's humid, it will naturally release moisture outside and adjust the humidity. On the other hand, if it is dry in winter or summer due to air conditioning, it will keep the humidity . Another advantage of natural materials is that static electricity is less likely to occur.
The natural material is comfortable not only while you sleep, but also when you wear it all the time. Natural materials are recommended for those who want to use a nightcap for a long time regardless of the season.
Next, I will explain the points of concern about natural materials. This is not just a nightcap, but silk products tend to be expensive. Why are silk products so expensive? One is that silk, which is a natural high-performance fiber, is expensive . From the experience of the writer who develops nightcaps, silk is traded at more than double the price of synthetic fibers and general cotton.
Another thing is that it is very difficult to sew. Special sewing machines and craftsmanship are required to sew thin and delicate fabrics with a sewing machine. For those of us who end up using nightcaps, it is better to pay attention to the delicate fabric and choose hand washing instead of using a washing machine if we want to make the nightcap last longer.
How about a cotton nightcap? It is cheaper than silk and easy to care for when washing. When choosing a cotton nightcap, what you need to check is the texture of the fabric. It's easy to understand if you think of polishing wood with sandpaper, but the finer the sandpaper you use, the finer the finished wood will be. Similarly, silk, which has a fine texture, does not easily damage hair, so it is a major material for nightcaps. Even if it's cotton, it's a good idea to choose a nightcap made of fine fabric, such as glossy satin or broadcloth.
Advantages and Points of Interest of Natural Nightcaps
・It absorbs and releases sweat, so it won't get stuffy and won't dry out easily.
- Resistant to static electricity and less irritation to the skin
・Slightly more expensive than synthetic fiber products
・Silk is especially delicate and requires care
Advice from the author on choosing a nightcap
I have frizzy and tangle-free hair, so I've been looking for a cute and easy-to-use nightcap and have tried many different nightcaps. Here are some tips for choosing a nightcap.
Since synthetic fibers don't suit my skin, I basically chose a nightcap made of natural materials. In the midst of all this, I once regretted the choice of materials. It's the "rubber" that was attached to the night cap. The nightcap I was trying out at the time was made of 100% silk, but the rubber was exposed to keep it from coming off. And rubber is synthetic fiber. In the end, I gave up using that nightcap because the rubber on my forehead didn't fit my skin.
It's a small thing, but if you have sensitive skin, it might be a good idea to check if the rubber does not touch your forehead directly. This is my personal opinion, but I hope you can use it as a reference when choosing a nightcap.
Choosing a nightcap shape
Up to this point, we have explained the materials for nightcaps, but now there are a wide variety of “shapes” for nightcaps to suit different hairstyles. That's why it's hard to know which nightcap suits your hairstyle.
Therefore, we have prepared a chart that shows the recommended night cap for each hair length. Please use this as a reference when choosing the shape of your nightcap.
Bob cut, short cut from the top "shorter than shoulder". For those with middle-cut to long hair, start from around the chest. If you are super long, please proceed from "around the waist"!
The advantages, disadvantages and differences of each type of night cap are "Which night cap suits your hairstyle?" A thorough explanation by the night cap developer! The article explains it in detail.
So far, we have introduced various materials that are suitable for nightcaps. I hope that you have found the material that suits your hair and skin.
Please incorporate a night cap into your hair care and feel the texture of the turtur.
In addition, the author is also particular about fabrics and develops original nightcaps! From the link at the bottom of the article, you can see the special page where you can see the whole picture of ITSUKI. Please take a look.