When it comes to hair straightening treatments for curly and natural hair, you might often feel like the options are limited. Plus, most treatments involve the use of strong chemicals that can leave hair feeling dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Did you know some of these hair treatments can change your hair structure permanently? No, we are not trying to scare you. In fact, we are about to introduce you to a new temporary and chemical-free way to straighten your hair. It is called silk press hair treatment and it is quite simple. There’s minimal heat damage and your curl pattern will stay intact. Here’s everything you need to know about silk press hair treatment.
- What is silk press hair treatment?
- How to do a silk press hair treatment
- Step 01: Cleanse with a nourishing shampoo
- Step 02: Detangle and apply leave-in conditioner
- Step 03: Apply heat protectant
- Step 04: Section and blow dry
- Step 05: Apply serum and section again
- Step 06: Silk press hair
- How to maintain your silk press hair treatment
- FAQs about silk press hair
What is silk press hair treatment?
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Okay, we’ve spoken enough about how great silk press hair treatment is, but we know you have a lot of questions. For starters, what is silk press hair? It is a chemical-free hair styling technique for curly, coily and kinky hair types. The treatment involves the use of a blow dryer and flat iron to straighten your hair and give it a silky look. The idea is to use less heat and to give your strands some movement, body and shiny finish, unlike a weighed down look that other straightening treatments often provide. Scroll down to learn how to do silk press hair treatment.
How to do a silk press hair treatment
Silky, smooth hair is easier to get than ever before, that too without the use of chemicals and relaxers. If you are ready to flaunt silky, smooth hair, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get it right.
Step 01: Cleanse with a nourishing shampoo
To begin with the silk press hair treatment, first wash your hair to get rid of dirt, oil and other impurities from the hair and scalp. Use a sulphate-free shampoo with moisturising ingredients that will control frizz, add shine and tame unruly strands. Ensure that your curls are extra-clean, but not too dry. If you feel there’s some oil lingering after the first wash, do not hesitate to apply some shampoo again. Use a moisturising conditioner to condition and soften your hair for the treatment. Conditioners that contain hydrating oils will keep frizz and dryness under control as well as improve the look and texture. Rinse with cold water for that extra shine.
Step 02: Detangle and apply leave-in conditioner
After shampoo and conditioning, the next step is to free your hair of knots and tangles. For this, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb and gently detangle your hair. Do this after you’ve soaked all the excess water with a soft cotton towel or t-shirt. When your hair is still damp, but not dripping wet, apply some leave-in conditioner on it. Remember we are trying to get silk press hair, you will have to add nourishing products to your hair at every step. A leave-in conditioner will coat your strands with moisturising ingredients, thereby controlling frizz and giving it a healthy and shiny finish.
Step 03: Apply heat protectant
Silk press hair treatment is done using two heat styling tools and your hair will be exposed to heat for a long time. To get silky, straight hair minus the damage, you need to spray some heat protectant on your hair. This will minimise the damage and ensure your strands don’t end up looking brittle and dry after the treatment. Since you have curly hair, take smaller sections and spray on it to make sure your hair is properly coated with the heat protectant.
Step 04: Section and blow dry
To begin with the blow drying process, first divide your hair into two even sections. Secure the top half with a hair clip, then split the lower part into two more sections, clip that too. Now put on the concentrator nozzle on the mouth of your hairdryer and start drying your hair with the help of a brush. Start at the roots and go all the way to the tips. Unclip each section of hair and repeat this procedure on all sections until your hair is completely dry. By the end of this step you will have somewhat manageable hair to work with.
Step 05: Apply serum and section again
As mentioned before, the whole idea of a silk press hair treatment is to leave you with silky and shiny mane. For that, you need to add moisture to your hair using different products. After blow-drying your hair take a frizz-controlling, smoothing hair serum and apply it all over. Once your hair is evenly covered, prep it for the next step by sectioning it again. Start by dividing your hair into two sections, then take the bottom section and split it into two. Here you can’t work with big chunks of hair, so take a small part, say about an inch and work with it. Keep the rest of your hair clipped away.
Step 06: Silk press hair
Now for the moment you’ve been waiting, it’s time to silk press your hair. Begin as close to the root as possible. Hold the flat iron on your hair and go all the way towards the ends. Taking small, one-inch sections of hair and flat iron till you get silky straight hair. Make sure to get it right in one or two attempts. Too many passes on one section can cause damage and may also take away the shine. Here’s an important tip to keep in mind. Use a flat iron with titanium plates, they help distribute heat evenly and glide easily on the hair leaving it shiny and smooth.
How to maintain your silk press hair treatment
So, now you’ve achieved a gorgeous and silky mane and you’d want to keep it like that for a few days at least. To ensure all the hard work does not go to waste here are a few tips to follow.
Tip #1: Protect hair at night
The twisting, turning and friction against the pillow can ruin the best of hairstyles. The best way to maintain your silk press hair at night is to pin-curl it. Divide your hair into small sections and roll each section up until you reach the roots, then secure with a bobby pin. Repeat on all sections until you have a head full of pin curls. Cover your head with a silk scarf and go to sleep.
Tip #2: Avoid heat
You may get tempted to run the flat iron again the next day to put it in shape or make it silkier, but we suggest you don’t do that. Applying heat on already set hair can throw off your mane’s moisture levels and make it look stiff and straw-like. Steer clear of any heat for a few days.
Tip #3: Stay away from water
Water is your enemy when you have silk press hair. Stay away from water as well as sweat, of course, sweating is not in your control, but avoid activities that will make you sweat as that returns your strands to its original curly texture.
Tip #4: Take a break from styling products
Just like you don’t need heat styling tools for the next few days, similarly, you don’t need styling products too. If you think that applying more serum or leave-in conditioner will make your mane silky, then you’re wrong. You applied enough products during the silk press hair treatment, anything more will only weigh your hair down.
FAQs about silk press hair
Q. How long does silk press hair last?
A. Usually, silk press hair lasts for about two weeks or for as long as you don’t wash your hair. But even a drop of moisture, that is sweat or water, will immediately revert hair to its natural texture.
Q. How often should I get a silk press?
A. Silk press hair treatment should be done every three to four months to maintain healthy hair as well as retain the length.