‘Wrecked my hair': The bed linen to avoid at all costs if you want ‘very thick healthy' tresses over the age of 50

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Choosing the right bedding could help keep your hair in good nick

Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 18/04/2024

- 15:37

Your pillowcase could be doing more harm than good to your hair, a beauty influencer has warned

The thickness and shine of hair are determined partly by genetic makeup, but our environment has a lot to answer for, too.

In a YouTube clip titled ‘Get very thick hair after 50’, a content creator named Schellea shared the tools that have helped her achieve glossy locks in her golden years and cautioned others about using linen bedding.

“I bought a beautiful set of linen pillowcases and sheets, and after about a month of sleeping on the pillowcases, all the hair at the back got kind of ripped,” she told her viewers. “I had all those flyaways at the back.

“I realised this must be because the linen is kind of harsh, it’s textured and it’s been rubbing against my hair. That wrecked the back of my hair where my ponytail was."

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Schellea swears by using natural ingredients for thicker hair


To protect her locks from further damage, Schellea invested in a silk pillowcase, which causes less friction during sleep.

“I bought the silk pillowcase and yes, it is so much better for your hair,” Schellea quipped. “If you blow dry your hair and sleep on a silk pillowcase, your hair will be smoother the next morning, for sure. 100 per cent it works.

“Another thing for hair is a silk pillowcase. I hear people say silk pillowcases are great for wrinkles but I don’t find that, my wrinkles are exactly the same. I do agree the silk is more gentle on the skin, which is great.”

According to the influencer, natural ingredients like biotin also helped to achieve a thicker and fuller head of hair.

“Biotin is B7, and the body needs B7 to build to help work on the proteins to convert so that your hair can grow,” the content creator said.

“When we’re depleted in vitamins due to stress and due to poor nutrition that is why our hair falls out."

Schellea, who has been using the supplements for about eight months, confirmed that “biotin works, it really does”.

“Secondly I use collagen every single day,” the content creator added. Not only does the supplement reduce oxidative stress, but it also provides the building blocks of protein.

Schellea used to get her hair trimmed every six weeks, but she noticed drastic growth after reducing the frequency of her haircuts to every 12 weeks instead.

“I stopped doing it every six weeks and got it trimmed every 12 weeks. That made my hair grow much quicker. I didn’t get split ends because I’m using [...] nutrition.”


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It comes as Annamaria Kalebic, a 52-year-old beauty influencer, recently shared three lifestyle changes that made a difference to the quality of her hair as she entered menopause.

In a clip shared on TikTok, the content creator credited collagen builders, protein intake and heat-free treatments as the most influential factors.

“Although I’m 52 and going through menopause my hair has never looked and felt better,” said Annamaria. “It is the thickest I have ever known [...]. I’ve always thought of myself as having a fine hair.

“Honestly, when I tied it today I thought ‘where is all this hair coming from?’. I think it’s down to [...] three things."

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