Cotton sheets and pillowcases can strip the hair of natural oils and can leave the hair susceptible to breakage. Silk (or satin) hair bonnets and scarves can be worn at night to protect the hair and keep it in place. Women of African descent are particularly vulnerable to hair dryness as their natural oils have difficulty reaching their ends due to their curl pattern. We encourage the use of a bonnet, scarf, or pillowcase made satin and silk to protect your tresses.
Equivalent to Wearing Pajamas…
With all of that being said, if you are not wearing a scarf or bonnet for cultural or religious reasons, please stop wearing it in public. It is the equivalent to wearing pajamas and it is a trend that needs to end. Generally speaking the United States is a free country and you can wear whatever you want. But if you choose to go out in public with a bonnet on, you will get stares. You may even have your picture taken or end up on the internet. It simply isn’t proper etiquette. And people will notice.
If you are ever struggling with a bad hair day, don’t fret. We all have them. Opt for a hat. You can either throw a baseball hat on or something more stylish like a fedora. This is always a better option than a hair bonnet when heading out the door.
Have you seen women wearing hair bonnets or scarves in person? How do you feel about it? Let us know in the comments.