Benefits of Silk - Casualbox Japan Blog

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Not only does silk look beautiful and make the average joe look like royalty, Silk has many benefits that surprisingly a lot of people haven't heard of before. We have a wide range of pure silk headwear, so let me tell you a little bit about why silk's a great investment.
Kind to your hair and skin
Silk is the most hypoallergenic material out of all materials. 
Dust mites, bacteria, mold and other allergens that are found in many materials, silk is naturally resistant to. Not only this, Silk has little to no chemical exposure. Why? Silk worms are bred and raised in captivity, so there is no need for pesticides to protect the little silk workers from predators. Other materials on the market are usually produced from chemically rich crops, which are not only bad for your hair and skin, but extremely dangerous to those working on these farms.
The proteins in silk (sericin and fibroin) are similar to those present in your hair and skin, improving and encouraging hair and skin health. The smooth surface of Silk lets your hair move freely, preventing a build up of static while wearing your silk beanie. It also helps reduce split ends too!
Slouchy Silk Beanie
Long lasting
Silk if cared for properly can last decades compared to its cheaply made material counterparts. It does not crease easily, so tucking it neatly away in your bag wont ruin the shape of your silk head wear.
However, there are some bad habits that people have that can ruin the strength of silk. Over exposure to strong sunlight can break down the silk fibers, perspiration can stain white silk and if left without washing when dirty can attract insects which eat the silk.
Silk Slouch Beanie
Easy to care for
Silk can be hand washed or put into your washing machine on a gentle wash with cold water. If you do choose to pop your silk headwear into the washing machine and you have a top loader, take care as they tend to be rough on delicate materials even on a gentle wash. So be sure to use a wash bag if using a washing machine is absolutely necessary. When removing your silk from the wash, do not use a dryer. Gently roll up your silk beanie in between a folded dry towel and squeeze gently before letting it hang dry indoors.
Fun facts
To produce 1 kg of silk, 3000 silkworms must eat 104 kg of mulberry leaves!
It takes about 5000 silkworms to make a pure silk kimono. No wonder kimonos here in Japan are handed down generation to generation, as the standard price of a silk kimono starts at about ¥300,000 or about $2700USD for a complete set.
Strong as steel in tensile strength, Silk is the strongest natural fiber known to man.
Silk Slouchy Beanie
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