When you think about ways to bring out and protect your style, using a bonnet probably isn’t going to be the first thing that pops into your mind. The truth is, bonnets are not just for older church ladies! These versatile caps have been protecting heads and setting trends since the Middle Ages.
Still, trying to figure out how a bonnet would fit into your style? If so, keep reading to find out more about the bonnet’s history and exactly how they can make a difference in your personal style!
Brief History of the Bonnet
The coverings we know as bonnets have been around since sometime in the Middle Ages. Throughout their existence, bonnets have been associated with a large variety of headgears. In general, the bonnet head-covering style has traditionally been tied under the chin with a string and wouldn’t cover the wearer’s forehead. Typically, the back of the head would be covered.
The word bonnet originates from France, where it was used to describe a certain type of material. Throughout the centuries, the bonnet has been used by men, women, and children from all social and financial backgrounds.
In the 18th century, well-to-do women would wear bonnets as a type of informal fashion while at home. The head coverings would remain primarily reserved for elite upper-class women until around the 19 century. At this point, bonnets became much more associated with female servants and workers.
Bonnets would continue to evolve in purpose over the years. They have been used to keep the sun off of babies’ heads, a staple for women in some religions, and as a way to protect hair during the night.
A Trendy Covering
Fashion is fluid and ever-changing; it often finds its muse in the unlikeliest of places. Unique and varied trends emerge that shape both fashion and culture. The past decade has seen a number of styles come and go.
One trend known as normcore saw the rise of wearing extremely generic clothes that blended and melded the wearer into just another number made to blend in. Health goth would follow and see the use of drab single color sports clothing with a mix of clean, fetish style clothing.
As time went on, influencers and social media stars began to emerge. Everyone online seemed to be obsessed with blatant self-promotion. A post-modesty fashion trend would soon emerge. The style was Miuccia Prada’s jab at this self-absorbed culture.
Among the most unlikeliest fashion trends to emerge has to have been 2015’s bonnetcore. It is precisely what it sounds like; wearing bonnets. The term bonnetcore was first used by digital artist Molly Soda in Paper magazine. The artist posted a pic of herself on Instagram wearing a bonnet. The style would soon be adopted by several major influencers, artists, and designers. The bonnet had become cool!
Keep Your Hair Safe While Sleeping
Childbirth and the effects of aging can be murder on hair. With time hair is drained of nutrients and weakened. Hair can become so fragile that sleeping on it unprotected can cause damage and hair loss. Luckily, there is a way to guard against this!
Using satin or silk bonnets is a great way to protect your hair while you sleep. Let’s take a look at a few ways bonnets can help keep your hair beautiful!
Save Your Style
Getting your hair styled isn’t cheap. And nothing is worse than going to bed and waking up with your hair completely undone in the morning. If you use a satin or silk bonnet, you will be able to protect your hair from the friction caused by tossing and turning in bed all night. Keeping your new hairstyle protected and lasting longer!
Keeps Moisture In
Nothing is more damaging for your hair than dryness. Dry hair can cause an itchy scalp, frizzy hair, and leads to split-ends and hair loss. A big cause of dryness is your pillow. Think of it like a sponge soaking up valuable moisture from your hair at night. A good satin or silk bonnet will keep your head off that sponge, pillow, and full of moisture.
Avoid the Frizz
Frizz is caused by friction drying out your hair overnight. If this continues long enough, you will end up with split-ends, or worse, breakage and hair loss! Using a bonnet reduces the dreaded night friction that causes so much trouble.
Few things are able to stand the test of time. Most trends and fads fade as quickly as they begin. It’s the simple bonnet that has stood throughout the ages. Young, old, rich, and poor; bonnets have and will continue to be a staple of style and fashion for years to come!