Achieve Sleek and Smooth Hair with Silk Press: The Ultimate Guide
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Ever thought about trying a silk press? If so, you're in the right place. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about this fantastic hair treatment. From its origins to its benefits, and even how to maintain it, we've got you covered!
Remember the 'press and curl' technique from the 90s? Or perhaps you've experienced the hot comb treatment? If so, you've already had a taste of what a silk press is. It's a brilliant blend of the right products and hot tools that result in a silky smooth straight hairstyle, even on the curliest of afro hair.
Gone are the days of the hot comb and the sizzling oil slick. Today, we have advanced products that make the process much more comfortable and effective. The journey to a silk press starts with smoothing shampoos and conditioners that prepare your hair for the heat. Next, a primer is applied to towel-dried hair, which is then blow-dried straight. To finish, a thermal or glossing product is applied, and the hair is straightened with a styler set at around 200 degrees Celsius.
The longevity of a silk press depends on various factors. Essentially, it's a thorough hair straightening process created solely with heat. If you lead an active lifestyle, your silk press might not last as long as it would for someone who doesn't sweat as much. However, if you're someone who rarely perspires, your silk press could last until your next hair wash, which could be anywhere from a week to a month.
Mimi Koné, the owner of Mimi et Mina, a top salon in West London for Silk Press services, says, "A silk press can usually last 2-3 weeks depending on how well it's maintained. If you're ensuring your hair is wrapped at night and avoiding water and steam, it'll last."
However, if you live in the UK, you might want to carry an umbrella with you because as soon as the elements hit you, your style could be compromised. With the right product, it might withstand a little humidity, but not full-on rain showers.
A silk press is a great option if you have thick or coarse natural hair, but anyone can get one.
This is a subjective question. If you're wary of heat damage, it's not something you should do often as heat can alter your curl pattern and, if not protected, can lead to permanent damage. However, compared to chemical procedures, a silk press is the least harmful way to straighten your hair as a one-off treatment. As Talisha says, "The use of heat is never the best thing for natural hair, but if used correctly, your hair will be absolutely fine. My motto is you can use heat, just don't abuse it."
Silk press is a fantastic way to achieve sleek, straight hair without the use of harsh chemicals. It's a versatile treatment that works well on various hair types, especially thick or coarse natural hair. While it does involve heat, with the right care and maintenance, it's a safe and effective way to transform your look. So why not give it a try? You might just fall in love with your new, silky smooth hair!
Until next time…
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