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Lockdown DIY Tips: How to Make Satin Bonnets

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Satin hair bonnets are headcovers made with satin fabric to protect the hair and retain its moisture. They are perfect for those with natural hair as the satin fabric helps in reducing friction and preventing the damage you would have brought to your hair while you toss and turn in your sleep. This then makes it important to own one or at least know how to make satin bonnets for personal or business purposes.

Some ladies do not like to wear satin hair bonnets because of the heat it emits especially when the weather is hot but the heat is as a result of the fact that satin hair bonnets are designed to keep enough moisture in the hair especially if you always apply products on your hair before retiring to bed. With good ventilation around, there is no reason you shouldn’t wear satin bonnets. Since the lockdown for COVID-19 is still ongoing, you just may not be able to go out and buy a bonnet knowing how very much beneficial it is. In view of this, this article will show you some easy steps on how to make satin bonnets while you remain indoors. Before we proceed to that, let’s take a look at the types of hair bonnets available and if you aren’t still convinced about having a satin bonnet, as you read you’ll see reasons you should wear one.

Types of Hair Bonnets

1. Single-sided Satin Hair Bonnets

These hair bonnets are usually made with a single silk or satin fabric. Most single-sided satin hair bonnets are pocket-friendly. You can always contact Sharon to get beautiful single-sided satin bonnets.

2. Reversible Satin Hair Bonnets

These are hair bonnets that can be worn in and out unlike the single-sided ones. The satin fabric used in making reversible hair bonnets can be of different colours. The important thing is for both colours to be beautiful enough to be worn in and out. Imagine knowing how to make satin bonnets especially the reversible one. You’ll definitely be rocking it with pride. You can always flaunt one part a particular week and turn to the other side another week and if one side gets dirty, you can as well switch to the other side easily. Gorgeous Bonnets is one place where you can shop beautiful and durable reversible bonnets.

3. Ankara Hair Bonnets

These are hair bonnets made with Ankara rather than satin. You can make use of any leftover Ankara fabric you have in making for yourself a beautiful hair bonnet or simply shop from Sharon or Gorgeous. Ankara hair bonnets are fun as you can always choose what prints or patterns you want your bonnet to be.

Why You Should Wear a Satin Hair Bonnets

1. It Keeps Your Hair Hydrated

Satin hair bonnets help keep your hair hydrated by retaining its moisture. Unlike cotton which dries up the hair completely, satin helps your hair look fresh always and prevents breakage. If your hair is natural, you must have noticed your hair quickly loses moisture. Wearing a satin bonnet prevents your hair from drying out quickly whether you’re a naturalista or not.

2. Cost-Effective

Rather than investing too much in different hair products, investing in satin hair bonnets will prove more cost-effective as satin bonnets retain moisture from the hair products you put in your hair. That is, if you apply coconut oil on your hair overnight, you wouldn’t have to apply again the following night if you have your satin bonnet on. They are also pocket-friendly depending on the type you want and when you know how to make satin bonnets you’d have no reason not to wear one.

3. Your Hairstyles Last Longer

Wearing a satin bonnet prevents your hair from getting rough quickly. Be it ponytail, yarn braidsweaves, Ghana weaving, curly or wavy hair, etc., your hairstyle tends to last longer when you wear a satin hair bonnet.

4. Prevents Split ends

One major cause of split ends is lack of moisture in the hair. Wearing a satin bonnet helps in reducing friction and locks in moisture in your hair thereby preventing split ends. It also prevents tangles and frizz that occur when you toss and turn in your sleep.

5. Less Frequent Washing of Pillowcases

There’s usually oil in the hair when you newly have your hairdo and when you rest your head on your pillow, these oil end up staining your pillowcase. Wearing a bonnet prevents this and makes it needless for you to wash your pillowcases all the time.

6. Makes You Stylish at Night

Rather than the regular hair nets, hair bonnets, whether silk or Ankara, make you look really stylish even in your sleep. There is nothing completely wrong in being a fashionista round the clock.

Now you have six good reasons you should wear a satin hair bonnet. Let’s proceed to how to make satin bonnets. Remember you have all the time to master the procedures as we all practise self-isolation away from the Coronavirus.

How to Make Satin Bonnets

Knowing how to make satin bonnets can help you increase your economic value in two ways — by selling the bonnets to those who love them and by saving the money you’d have used in getting for yourself. To get started on how to make satin bonnets, the following materials are needed:

  • One yard of satin
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine/ Needle and thread
  • Tape Measure
  • Chalk
  • Safety Pin
  • Office Pins

Steps on How to Make Satin Bonnets

1. Measure Your Head

Use the elastic to measure around your head to know where you want the bonnet to sit. Then cut out your elastic using the measurement of your head.

2. Cut Your Fabric

Get two pieces of satin placed together or fold your satin into double folds making sure that the inner part faces you while the shiny part faces inward. Use the scissors to cut your satin fabric into a circle that is about 20 inches in diameter. To do this, measure 10 inches from one edge of the fabric with the tape measure and trace a circle around it with the chalk while keeping one end in a place. When you are done cutting, you’ll have two pieces of circular fabrics.

2. Hem the Fabric

Use your needle and thread to stitch the edges of both circles. To hold the fabrics close to each other so you don’t make a mistake while you stitch, pin them together with the office pins. If you can use a sewing machine, run a seam on the fabric otherwise, stick to freehand sewing. Be sure to leave a small opening where you’ll be able to turn the shiny part of the satin out.

3. Stitch Again

After turning out the shiny side, measure one inch from the edge and trace another circle then run a stitch where you traced the circle.

4. Insert the Elastic

Pin the edge of the elastic to the safety pin to make it easy for you to pass it through the bonnet. The elastic has to be the same measurement with the circumference of your head. While passing the elastic, be sure to hold the other end firmly as you push the end with the safety pin in. When you are done passing the elastic, stitch both ends of the elastic. If you want, you can close the opening you left earlier.

With these simple steps, your satin hair bonnet is ready to be worn. For better understanding on how to make satin bonnets, watch this tutorial video embedded below.

If you become a pro at it, you can go ahead to turn it into a business where you make and sell satin bonnets once the lockdown is over. I hope this article served you and brought a new skill to your doorstep. Let me know in the comment section below if you enjoyed learning how to make satin bonnets.

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