12 Best Silk Pillowcases for Smoother Hair & Skin

Few things are as soul-crushing as going to bed with a fresh blowout only to wake up with a rumpled mess of frizz. Chances are a night of particularly deep sleep has wreaked havoc on your hair at least once before, but the best silk pillowcases can help you avoid crazy bedhead in the future.

Aside from keeping your hairstyle intact, the smooth texture prevents hair breakage caused by friction (something that can happen with regular cotton pillowcases). What’s more—sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help prevent wrinkles, so bringing them into your bedroom could have a positive impact on your hair and skin, and who doesn’t want that?

Why should you use a silk pillowcase?

Derived from domesticated silkworms, silk pillowcases are naturally hypoallergenic, so they prevent build-up of dust mites, fungus, mold, and other allergens. Silk pillowcases also tend to be good heat regulators, which means no flipping your pillow over to the cold side every 20 minutes. But the main draw to silk pillowcases is the potential hair and skin benefits.

As mentioned above, delicate silk won’t cause fine lines that rougher materials, like cotton, are believed to contribute to, and they can actually help make your skin care products more effective. “They keep your products from escaping from your skin, so you can really ensure they are penetrating,” says celebrity facialist and La Mer global skin care adviser Georgia Louise. Last (and perhaps most importantly), they lessen the amount of breakage you get from moving around on your pillow while you sleep, making for smoother, healthier hair.

What’s momme, and how much of it do I want in my silk pillowcase?

Momme refers to the density of the silk and indicates the quality of the material. Think of it like thread count—where more threads mean extra durability, making for a more luxurious experience. A 12 to 19 momme count is perfectly fine, while 25 is top of the line. A 25 momme variety is going to be significantly more dense than 22 or 19 momme—and far more expensive. If it’s your first time buying a silk pillowcase, one with momme in the teens will get the job done. Really looking for a splurge? Pick an option that’s at least 22 momme and made with mulberry silk, which is basically the equivalent of Egyptian cotton. The fibers are longer and more uniform, so the fabric is smoother and will hold up through more washes.

What are the best silk pillowcases?

Great, we’ve convinced you. There are plenty of silk pillowcases out there, and we’ve tried many of them. In an effort to upgrade your beauty sleep, we asked our editors to test the best silk pillowcases out there and report back with their favorites. Read on to find out which brands made the cut.

19 Best Holiday Gifts for Sisters 2019

She’s one of the people you can always count on, no matter what. Even when you want to pull each other’s hair out, you know she’s got your back (and probably your hair tie on her wrist). A sister is like having a built-in best friend. And it doesn’t matter if she’s older or younger, biological or not, the two of you have gone through a lot. So, naturally, you want to wow her with a gift she’ll actually love.

Whether she’s a fashion buff, a budding chef, a skin care enthusiast, or a world traveler, we’ve rounded up the 19 very best gifts for sisters. Because it’s time to thank her for all she’s done for you (or, at least to make amends for all the times you “lost” her favorite shirt).

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Is Toilet Paper Irritation Causing Your Infections, Cuts & More? | Glamour

While suddenly discovering your vulva or vagina is puffy, painful or swollen is never a fun experience, it is a pretty normal one. Could it mean you’re allergic to toilet paper?

There can be a lot of reasons why swelling or irritation happens: An infection, injury, or even intense sex. And yep, experts agree that toilet paper can also cause some of these issues. “Toilet paper can irritate your vulva and your vagina, especially if you have sensitive skin,” says board-certified ob-gyn Pari Ghodsi, M.D. Michael Ingber, M.D., a urogynecologist at The Center for Specialized Women’s Health, agrees, noting that toilet paper actually can cause all kinds of infections if you don’t use it properly.

Don’t freak out—odds are you’re already using toilet paper in a very safe, effective way. We asked the experts what below the belt issues toilet paper is most likely to cause and what to do about them.

Allergic Reaction

Technically, you can be allergic to certain chemicals, like fragrance, used in your toilet paper. This can cause a case of vulvitis, a condition which often shows up as itching, burning, redness or swelling. If you notice these symptoms after using a new type of TP (especially if it’s scented) switch brands.

Yeast Infections

This is a common reason to avoid scented toilet paper. The chemicals used to create the fragrance can disrupt the normal pH of your vagina and lead to a yeast infection, says Jessica Shepherd, M.D., an assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. If you think your toilet paper might be the cause of repeat infections, switch to a hypoallergenic type, Ghodsi recommends.

Microcuts

Yeah, wiping too roughly or with a harsh toilet paper can create little cuts on your vulva. “The tissue in that area is very delicate, so you should make sure you’re not being too rough when you wipe,” says Shepard. These microcuts can lead to irritation, swelling, and even an infection if they’re not treated appropriately, Ingber says. That’s why experts also recommend that you dab instead of wiping whenever you can.

UTIs

It might seem weird that the stuff you use to clean urine off can also cause a UTI, but here’s the deal, per Ingber: The female urethra (the spot where pee comes out) is short, and bacteria don’t have to travel far to get into your bladder. When you wipe from back to front, you can push fecal particles, which can contribute to a UTI, forward and into your urethra where they can travel up to your bladder and cause an infection. That’s why Ingber (and most doctors) recommend wiping from front to back, which keeps that bacteria in the back where it should stay.

Puffiness

A lot of toilet papers have fragrances, dyes, and other chemicals that can irritate your skin and cause you to puff up or notice a swelling, says Ingber. And, he points out, if your toilet paper is white, it may contain bleach, which can bother your vagina. Excessive wiping can also cause you to puff up, Ghodsi says. If you notice swelling, one option is to try a softer toilet paper.

If you notice your vagina is having issues like any of the above and you recently changed toilet paper brands, the first step is to stop using the new one, says Ghodsi. If the problems persist, it might be time to visit your doctor—she can prescribe something to help with the symptoms and look into whether something else more complex than your toilet paper brand is the culprit.

27 Celebs Who Are Definitely Stocking Up On Matching Family Pajamas for the Holidays

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There’s a chill in the air and a frenzied, Pumpkin Spice Latte–wielding crowd dismantling the Elf on the Shelf display at the mall. And that, friends, means that the holidays are just around the corner. It also means that RIGHT NOW is the time to stock up your matching family pajamas—before everyone in Hollywood beats you to ’em.

If you haven’t noticed, every December, the A-list goes into hibernation. There are fewer celebs on the red carpets, rows sit empty at awards shows, and the paparazzi camped out in front of every LA Starbucks start taking photos of each other when days pass without a reality star in sight. Because they’re all at home, sipping hot chocolate in their matching family pajamas.

I can hear you thinking, “Celebrities don’t wear matching family pajamas. They wear Yeezys and thousand-dollar dresses and diamonds.” But I dug through the darkest corners of Instagram to find 27 posts that say otherwise—photos that prove that celebrities are snapping up the best matching family pajamas while the last thing you bought was a sad desk salad. Let’s review.

Gabrielle Union

OCTOBER 27, 2019

Gabrielle Union wore matching white-on-white with daughter Kaavia last year for baby’s first Christmas. But given how hard the mother-daughter duo went on Halloween we’re expecting a strong matching family pajama game this year.

Serena Williams

SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

Serena Williams’ whole Instagram is basically a testament to the fact that her family would beat yours in a matching family anything competition, 365 days a year.

APRIl 9, 2019

I Tried Eyebrow Lamination, and I’m Obsessed: Brow Lamination Review

Before brow sculpt. My brows were full, just a little messy. 

Bella Cacciatore 

How does brow lamination work?

Again, in the simplest terms, Brow Lamination is essentially just perming your brow hairs, and if you’ve had a lash lift, it should feel like a pretty similar process. The major difference (aside from the obvious location of the perming solution) is that with the brow treatment you can keep your eyes open, which is great for someone like me who gets anxious during lash extensions or lifts.

Letting the straightening solution get to work.

Bella Cacciatore

After a quick consultation, Richards applied a keratin infused-straightening solution to my brows, and brushed them straight up. This solution coaxed the curl out of my brow hairs so they lay flat. After wrapping my brows in plastic wrap for about seven minutes, she repeated the process with a setting solution to you guessed it, set the brow hairs into their new shape. While she applied this solution, she meticulously brushed them up into the fluffy shape. “I like the brows to come out silky smooth, I’m obsessed with it,” she told me while painting the solution on each individual hair. She usually finishes the service off with a tint, but because my brows are already dark, we skipped it. The whole process took around 30 minutes end to end, and was super pleasant. At Envious Lashes, Brow Sculpt costs between $175-250 (depending on the tint), but the price for the treatment can vary from salon to salon (be careful of any deals that seem too good to be true).

Who is it best for?

“Anyone that is looking to improve their natural brows is a great candidate,” says Richards. “It’s perfect for those looking to add volume, and a more defined arch, as it makes the brow area appear larger and fuller.” While Richards recommends this service for anyone looking to beef up their natural brows, as well as get that “snatched” Instagram brow look (think Bella Hadid), I would personally say this is better suited for people whose brows are on the thinner side. To be totally honest, the first night I got the service I was a little overwhelmed by my new brows, as it literally doubled their thickness, and they were pretty full to start with. That being said, the service is suitable for all hair types, so if you’re down, there’s no reason it won’t work for you, but those who have over-plucked their brows would be particularly thrilled with the results.

It’s super easy.

Similar to a lash lift, there’s barely any maintenance for brow lamination. “It’s best to have really overgrown brows waxed or shaped two days before the service,” says Richards, but other than that there’s no prep required. Like any perm, she recommends avoiding getting your new brows wet for 24 hours, and to condition them with a lash serum like her Luxuriating Conditioning Serum daily. If you’re a bit overwhelmed by how long your brow hairs are, Richards recommends getting them shaped to your liking, just give your skin a few days in between treatments.

Bella Hadid Says Victoria’s Secret Never Made Her Feel ‘Powerful’

It’s not all that rare to see Bella Hadid, one of the highest paid models of her generation, in lingerie. But at the Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris on Friday, she admitted that she never felt comfortable until walking in Rihanna’s epic Savage x Fenty show this September. “That was the first time on a runway that I felt really sexy. Because when I first did Fenty, I was doing other lingerie shows and I never felt powerful on a runway, like, in my underwear,” she said per WWD.

Hadid, who has walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret three times, shared that she’s struggled with mental health issues for years. “For a while I just didn’t want to talk about it, and I’ve gone through a lot in the past few years with my health,” she said. “I feel guilty for being able to live this incredible life, have the opportunities that I do, but somehow still be depressed. It doesn’t make sense.”

Her point is powerful and important: Mental health issues like depression and anxiety don’t discriminate. Success doesn’t make you immune.

“I would cry every single morning, I would cry during my lunch breaks, I would cry before I slept. I was very emotionally unstable for a while when I was working 14-hour days for four months straight as an 18-year-old,” she said. “I think I just wanted to breathe a little bit. And so it kind of put me in a spiral.”

Last month, in honor of World Mental Health Day, Hadid alluded to struggling with her mental health to her followers on Instagram. “Being kind and protective to yourself and your energy is something I’ve learned to be helpful. When the world feels like it is collapsing around you, you are allowed to ask for help,” she wrote. “You do not have to deal w/ your mental state alone.”

At the panel on Friday, the 23-year-old model shared that she’s in a better place—and that she wants to help destigmatize mental health issues. “I feel like I would be doing a disservice to myself if I didn’t speak about something such as mental health, because that’s pretty much what I’ve been going through for the past five years very intensely,” she said. “Now we’re here and we’re good, but it took a while.”

Parenthood Is Expensive: Here’s How to Prepare Your Budget

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It’s no secret that having children is expensive. But the actual numbers can still come as a shock. On average, middle-income parents in America will spend more than $230,000 to raise a child, from birth to age 18. And that number doesn’t include the expense of college (which typically costs more than $100,000 over four years). It’s a tremendous undertaking.

Of course, cost alone shouldn’t stop you from having children. It just means that you’ll want to think strategically about how becoming a parent will affect your finances and plan accordingly. This week’s guest on She Makes Money Moves is the mother of a one-year-old son. She and her husband would like to have more children, but they’d also like to purchase a home and save for retirement. To help her figure out how to do that—without going broke—Barry welcomed Shannon McLay, founder & CEO of the Financial Gym, onto the podcast. Here, McLay breaks down how you should prepare to pivot to parenthood.

Plan as far ahead as possible

When Financial Gym clients first start working with us, we’ll ask them what their short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals are. Most people have a really clear idea of what their short-term goals are (stop living paycheck-to-paycheck, build up savings and pay down consumer debt) and even have a vague idea of their long-term goals (retire some day). But medium-term goals are often very gray and murky. Especially when it comes to working with single women in their 20s and 30s. We’ll ask them if they intend to get married and have a family in the future. They usually respond with “I’m not even dating anyone…but yes, eventually.”

We often forget that life goals equal financial goals, and making the decision to become a parent comes with some serious financial implications. Do you think you’ll want to freeze your eggs? Do you work in an industry that could offer maternity leave, or are you self-employed and would need to fund it on your own? If you ran into infertility problems would it be important for you to take further measures like IVF to have a baby or would you want to adopt? The sooner you start thinking about the possible routes you may want to take, the more prepared you’ll be mentally and financially when the expenses come up. (Of course there are many cases where parenthood is impossible to plan for far in advance. So in those instances, we recommend sitting down and mapping out a budget early into your pregnancy.)

Decide on childcare options

The next step is to consider what types of childcare options you have available to you and how you’ll afford them. We always suggest that future parents calculate the monthly expense of having a child and set that amount aside, depositing it in a baby fund. This helps them save up the upfront costs of becoming a parent and gives them time to incorporate the cost into their budget so it’s not so much of a shock when the child arrives. For example, infant daycare is about $1,000 a month. You can feel confident that you can afford daycare if you can effectively save $1,000 a month towards your baby fund.

22 Best Makeup Brushes on Amazon for $20 or Less

Anyone who loves makeup knows a good product formula will only get you so far. No shade toward finger blending, but in order to tint, contour, and highlight your face like a pro, you need the right tools in your corner (or, beauty bag).

A quality brush will help your makeup go further, but you shouldn’t have to shell out hundreds to get a good one, at least, not if you go to Amazon. Some of the best makeup brushes on Amazon fall around $20 or less, and the rave reviews will be enough to make you smash the add to cart button. We perused the site to track down all of the best affordable brushes it has to offer, and there was no shortage of promising packages. We narrowed the list down to 22 top-rated options, including reviewer quotes that explain what all the fuss is about. Get ready to upgrade your vanity with one (or a few) of Amazon’s very best budget-friendly brushes, ahead.

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Kat Dennings on Hulu’s Dollface: ‘I Know Firsthand About Losing Yourself in a Relationship’

Kat Dennings is in the middle of a 16-hour road trip from Los Angeles to Santa Fe with her best friend when she calls me. “It’s our first road trip together, so this is a historic moment,” she says. “We’ve always wanted to do it, so we’re fucking doing it.”

It’s the beginning of many firsts that Dennings, 33, is taking on since wrapping her long-running CBS sitcom, 2 Broke Girls in 2017. In addition to starring as the lead in Hulu’s new series Dollface, she’s also an executive producer. “I hoped to EP on whatever the next show I was after 2 Broke Girls ended because I wanted to have more of a hand in the product,” she explains. “I was looking for a character that was totally different from Max.”

She found it in Jules, a down-to-earth 20-something who realizes that she’s lost herself in her relationship. While Jules is nothing like sarcastic Max, Dennings says the one through-line in both shows is the chemistry between her co-stars, on and off-screen. “I loved that with 2 Broke Girls you’re watching real friends and real chemistry, and I think that really came through. It’s the same thing with Dollface.”

But while most shows about friends center on romantic relationships and getting the guy or girl, Dollface takes the opposite approach. Jules has just been dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Jeremy, and realizes she doesn’t have much of a support system without him. She neglected her girlfriends (played by Shay Mitchell, Brenda Song, and Esther Povitsky) over the years, and now she must work to get them back. They’re reluctant, and for good reason.

Kat Dennings with Shay Mitchell and Brenda Song

Aaron Epstein/Hulu

It’s a situation that Dennings says she related to her in her early 20s.”I fell for a guy and lost myself in the relationship,” she says. “It’s very relatable to everyone and not just women. So I felt like I could tell that story from experience. It wasn’t a place that I liked going back to, because it was just like a shitty time, but I felt like I did this, I knew what it was like, and maybe it will be cathartic somehow.”

As both producer and star, it was important for Dennings and the team to show the unglamorous side post-breakup, starting with her wardrobe. “I really didn’t want to wear high heels, I didn’t want to wear tight stuff. I wanted to dress more like a regular person because it didn’t make sense to me where Jules is at,” Dennings says. “I wanted her style to reflect how she felt, which is all over the place and ill-fitting. That’s how I dress—I’m wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt and a sports bra right now.”

Nike Is Dropping a Shoe Designed Specifically for Doctors and Nurses

Typically, when a new pair of Nike shoes is announced, there’s a big name athlete like Serena Williams or LeBron James attached. But the company’s latest design is not necessarily fitness focused, but instead targeted at “everyday heroes” like doctors, nurses, and home health aides.

According to a company press release, nurses walk an average of four to five miles and sit for only one hour during a 12-hour shift. That’s a serious amount of work for shoes to live up to. Enter the Nike Air Zoom Plus, which was created for men and women who spend a lot of time on their feet at work. “The fit, cushioning, and traction systems work together to secure the foot in all hospital conditions,” the company says.

The Nike shoes, which were tested at the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, are designed to be easy to take on and off, but also “comfortable for long stretches of standing and versatile enough to support the hurried movements required in emergency situations.” The sneaker is inspired by a clog (a popular footwear choice for people in the medical field, as you may have noticed at your last checkup). The Air Zoom plus is a less clunky alternative that’s also boosted with Nike’s Zoom Air heel technology typically reserved for the brand’s most high-performing athletic shoes.

The shoe pros that they are, Nike also thought about the special conditions one encounters in a hospital environment that you wouldn’t on, say, a basketball or tennis court. Since workers may encounter spills, they added a coated toe box to the shoe. Because hospital floors are smooth and can be slick, there’s a special traction pattern on the sole. And of course, they look great. Even if you don’t work in a hospital, they sound pretty fantastic—especially if your job also requires you to spend a lot of time on your feet.

The release sends a powerful message: Nurses and doctors deserve to be just as well taken care of as the world’s top athletes.