For glamour pusses everywhere – this is the beauty accessory you never knew you needed, but which will soon have you wondering how you lived without it for so long.
SILKE London has been quietly creating a storm on the hair and beauty scene with its desirable and colourful hair-wraps and turbans that work to protect hair while you sleep.
Founded by Maria Sotirou, a London hairstylist who was inspired by the hair wrapping traditions of her Caribbean heritage (those with mixed and afro hair often ‘wrap’ it at night with a scarf to protect curls and waves from damage) – she came up with the concept of the ultra-chic, 100% silk wraps that work as hard as they look good.
Beautifully soft, and comfortable to wear, you pop it on when you go to bed and it works to cocoon hair – so friction (which can damage your locks) is minimised and frizz is eliminated. After discovering that her hair was becoming damaged, mostly at night, she started to cover it at night, and then had the thought that silk, with all its pampering properties, was the best fabric to protect it.
“Each and every night, we toss and turn against abrasive and moisture absorbent bed linen, that damages our hair cuticles and causes them to break,” she says. “This nightly friction is the cause of slow growth, thinner hair, frizz, bed head and split ends – standing between us and glorious hair days.”
New for A/W 17 and adding to the rainbow-hued collection of wraps that have already been a runway success, comes the new Kate – a gorgeous midnight blue-navy, which also comes in its own special edition gold-foil box. While I am attracted to the jewel colours of The Poppy and The Isla (as a bit of a magpie, they look so desirable to me) it is actually The Kate that is the most sophisticated of the line-up, in the deepest, indigo blue. It is old-style, yet modern. Timeless yet perfectly of the moment.
Once you put it on, you instantly feel like you are transformed to a Greta Garbo-esque character and feel like you should be wafting around in a silk negligee and mules with feathers on (or maybe that’s just me).
That bonus aside, this REALLY does work a treat on hair, especially locks that are prone to frizziness. So when you rise in the morning, hair looks shiny and soft, with no fly-away ends and brittleness banished. Throw away your conditioners and your taming sprays, and welcome to the age-old practice of hair wraps (cigarette holders and mules, optional)