Although satin scarves did the trick at night, she didn’t feel comfortable rocking the look while running errands around town. Struggling to find a functional and fashionable solution, Eleyae launched Satin-Lined Caps in 2014 to empower women to conquer the world while looking good.
Most black women are well acquainted with the nighttime ritual of covering one’s hair. Because cotton pillowcases strip moisture from hair, women of curly textures, particularly black women, have used satin for decades to help reduce breakage. “Because it sucks out that moisture, it causes friction,” Eleyae says, “which causes tangles and breakage as we try to comb it out.”
One secret for protecting your hair at night and avoiding a detangling nightmare in the morning is to sleep wearing a silk or satin scarf or bonnet. This applies to any long periods of time when the hair is directly exposed to harsh conditions such as extreme weather and moisture-absorbing cotton and other fabrics.
I saw this first hand in December of 2012 while in Africa. With my fine hair already weakened by the dry Kenyan heat, we went on a six-hour long excursion to the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya. I spent 12 hours (roundtrip) with my head bouncing against a headrest that was composed of materials that basically sucked the moisture out of my already fragile strands. By the time I came back to the States three weeks later, my hair had completely broken off in the middle of my head — the place where my head rested for those twelve hours.
SLAPS provide a solution to that problem. These versatile, stylish caps were designed to combine style, comfort and functionality. The satin lining keeps the hair moisturized, protected, and even tangle-free when resting. The elastic band ensures it stays on your head whether you’re wearing it during the day, or through the night. And the cotton knit exterior allows you to be incognito on those days when you want to be as discreet as possible. (Satin-Lined Caps)