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How To Do A Silk Press On Natural Hair?

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Hey bestie, it’s your Internet BFF, Kaylannk here! Let’s talk silk press. A silk press is a hairstyle that temporarily transforms textured hair to silky-straight using hot tools. 

A silk press is a timeless hairstyle. It gives you a sleek look that you cannot get with water, gel, and a brush. Plus, this hairstyle allows you to accurately check the health of your hair. When your hair is straightened you will be able to see and accurately trim split ends. You will also be able to see and accurately measure the length of your hair. So, I created this guide so that you can experience the benefits of a silk press without causing a lot of damage to your hair.  (Note: When you add heat to your hair, there is a risk of experiencing heat damage).


My Silk Press Essentials:

How To Do A Silk Press At Home? 

Step 1: Cleanse Your Hair: Use a sulfate free shampoo to cleanse your scalp. This step will ensure that you have a great base for your silk press.

Step 2: Deep Condition Your Hair: Before using hot tools on your hair, you should always use a deep conditioning treatment because it helps prevent hair damage that may occur. You can choose to use a protein or moisturizing deep conditioning treatment. You can determine the treatment based on the current state of your hair. Protein treatments help your hair become stronger and more resistant to heat damage. Moisturizing treatments help protect your hair from breakage and reduce frizz. Once you choose your deep conditioner, leave the product in your hair for 30 minutes before you rinse it out with cool water.

Step 3: Apply A Heat Protectant: Applying heat protectant is a step that you cannot skip if you want to avoid heat damage. Heat protectants help prevent heat damage. 

Step 4: Blow Dry Your Hair: Check out my detailed blow out routine here

Step 5: Apply A Light Serum: Apply a lightweight hair serum to your hair to achieve the salon finish. Serums help seal hydration in your hair. (If you have thick hair like me, I recommend you use a pressing oil in addition to a hair serum to extend the life of your silk press).


Step 6: Flat Iron Your Hair: Flat iron your hair using the chaser method to reduce the amount of heat you use. Hold a comb with one hand and the flatiron with the other. Slightly comb your hair starting at the root and place the flatiron on top of the comb. Chase the comb with the flatiron down the section of your hair. With this method, you should only have to do one pass of the flatiron. 

Silk Press Video Tutorial

How Long Does A Silk Press Last? 

A silk press can last about two weeks when properly maintained. 

How To Take Care Of A Silk Press?

Check out my detailed straight hair maintenance routine here

Written with lots of care, 


Your Internet BFF

Check out: What It’s Like Being a ‘Straight Hair Natural’?


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