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Old June 28th, 2006, 02:41 PM   #1
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Satin vs. Sateen

I currently use satin pillowcases but was wondering about getting some sateen as well. Do you know if they are as gentle on your hair as satin? I've never even heard of sateen until recently.

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Old June 28th, 2006, 02:49 PM   #2
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Re: Satin vs. Sateen

Hi, Lori!

I only buy sateen sheets. Sateen is just how the 100% cotton is woven and is nothing like "satin", at all, in my opinion. I adore sateen and completely dislike satin.

I do think that satin, however, would be gentler on the hair and be better for pillow cases. My hair still gets kind of "roughed up" by my sateen pillow cases. I love them so much, though, I'm afraid I won't change my habit.

I wonder if the cotton pillowcases absorb our natural hair oils when we sleep as well as any oiling applied? It just seems like satin wouldn't do this. Hrmmm....
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Old June 28th, 2006, 04:10 PM   #3
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Re: Satin vs. Sateen

Satin is a weave. It's what is called predominantly warp dominated fabric. It's an over 2, under 1 weave. This makes the fabric what we would call "satin". Satin is made of filament fibers such as nylon, silk, acetate, and polyester. If satin is made of a short staple fiber such as cotton, it is called sateen. One definition I found for sateen is "a cotton fabric with a satinlike finish." I know this terminology is confusing.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 04:34 PM   #4
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Re: Satin vs. Sateen

Years ago, before the internet, my best friend and I used to buy discounted silk from Thailand quite reasonably. I can only guess that with the availability of things these days, you might find one of those discount sites and make your own pillowcases. (You don't want silks that are rough such as raw silk, check samples.)
Real silk pillowcases are great.

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Old June 28th, 2006, 08:25 PM   #5
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Re: Satin vs. Sateen

If you're interested in buying silk, this place is certainly reasonable. It offers only white and black fabric, but they sell dyes or you could just pick up a bottle of RIT from the supermarket.

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Old June 29th, 2006, 05:40 AM   #6
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Re: Satin vs. Sateen

I have satin and it works well for me. I too have thought about the Sateen.
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Old June 29th, 2006, 05:58 AM   #7
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Re: Satin vs. Sateen

My sheets set (and pillowcases) are sateen. To me, it feels like a super-soft, silky cotton. Satin on the other hand feels extremely slippery. I don't know if it's better or worse for my hair, but I use sateen b/c when I try to sleep on satin I end up with two problems:

1. My pillow won't stay on the bed. It's so slippery that it ends up slipping on to the floor.

2. My facial skin does not like satin. This may sound weird, but even though it's very slippery, it feels rough against my skin. Strange, huh?

Sateen on the other hand, feels luxurious against my skin and the pillow stays in place.

Sateen is typically more expensive of a material than Satin-- not sure if this has to do with quality or what.
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