The Problem with Fake Silk
So what’s so bad about the durags on the market? A lot! For one, synthetic material is mass-produced overseas (usually in China), which significantly reduces quality. Next, standards and regulations in these manufacturing environments are typically non-existent, so the use of highly-toxic chemical dyes is rampant. Think about the fact that you will be putting a durag on your body and any potentially harmful chemicals used to make the product could possibly seep into your skin.
Another major issue is the overall quality of synthetic materials like satin, faux silk, and “silky-silk.” These products are cheaply made and it shows. The fabric lacks flexibility, has rough seams, and the loose stitching makes them prone to rips and tears. One of the biggest complaints of low-quality satin or faux silk durags and scarves is that they aren’t made to last. There are also tons of negative reviews of these cheaply made durags and scarves for problems such as durag ties that are too short, seams that easily unravel, and runs in the fabric, similar to snagged pantyhose. In addition, these bargain-basement materials are often thin and, because of that, they tear very easily.