The name of the game for healthy hair is adequate moisture. Not too much, no too little. Satin is not a moisture absorbing material like cotton and many other popular fabrics. Satin allows your hair and skin do what it does best: produce protective moisture to keep itself healthy and strong.
Using satin protects your hair from the moisture absorbing materials, as well as harsh weather and harsh conditions like harsh sunlight, snow, dry heat, freezing winds, hair dye, heat from straighteners and blow dryers and anything else that dries your hair out.
Satin does not produce anything to heal your strands, but it is a protective barrier that provides the perfect environment for your own hair to heal, restore and revive itself.
Satin is a method for making fabric. It's a type of textile weave that creates a glossy fabric, and is created with silk, polyester, wool, nylon, cotton, and/or rayon. In everyday conversation, satin is used to describe specific types of fabric.
The process of making true satin is very specific. First, bring four threads that run vertically (called warp strands) to the surface of the fabric. The warp strands will "float" over a single thread that runs horizontally (called a weft strand). This method lets large areas of the thread reflect light, which makes the fabric glossy on one side.
To make the satin shiny on both sides, called double-faced satin, use two sets of warp strands.
There are many types of satin. The differences depend on what materials the fabric is made from. Here's a list of satins to satisfy your curiosity:
Charmeuse satin is a luxury man-made fabric, created from silk or finely woven polyester. It is of medium weight, has no fillers such as acetate and/or nylon, and is very easy to wash. Take this satin with you when you travel, because it doesn't wrinkle! Like other satin it will prevent split ends.
Usually made of cotton, sateen is created using one vertical thread woven over two or more horizontal threads. It has many of the health benefits that satin has, but is not as smooth as the charmeuse satin.
This satin is made with a combination of silk and synthetic fibers. It's a heavy, stiff fabric. When you get lost in fantasies of walking down the aisle, or renew your wedding vows, most likely you'll be wearing Duchess satin, as it's great for wedding dresses.
This satin is treated with a coating of wax to make it extremely shiny. It's also stiff. This is the kind of satin used in ribbons.