Are you looking for a smooth, sleek look, but you don't know where to start? Maybe silk pressing might be for you. In this beginner's guide, we'll walk you through the basics of silk presses, from the tools you'll need to the step-by-step process. By the end of this blog post, you'll be well on your way to mastering the art of silk pressing.
Introduction - Silk Press 101:
A silk press is a hairstyling technique that uses a flat iron to straighten and smooth out natural or relaxed. hair. Unlike traditional straightening techniques, a silk press aims to leave your hair looking silky and glossy. It's a great way to achieve a slick, elegant look without using harsh chemicals.
Tools You'll Need:
- Flat Iron - it's important to invest in a high-quality flat iron that allows you to adjust the temperature settings. We recommend anything digital or with a dial.
- Heat Protectant - heat protectants are a key component for protecting your hair. You can spray it before you blow dry/flat-iron your hair to shield it from heat damage.
- Shampoo & Conditioner - make sure to choose products that will help moisturize your hair and are designed for your hair type.
- Blow Dryer - the way you blow-dry can make or break the outcome of your silk press. Make sure to find one that can evenly dry your hair or that comes with an attachment.
- Wide-Toothed Comb or Paddle Brush - these can help detangle or straighten your hair.
- Clips - this just helps keep your hair organized in sections so it's more manageable.
Preparing Your Hair:
Proper preparation is crucial to make sure your silk press comes out correctly.
- Wash and condition - find products that are suitable for your hair type.
- Detangle gently - detangle it gently by starting from the tips and working your way up. This is to minimize any damage/breakage.
- Apply heat protectant - apply a good heat-protectant to your hair to minimize any damage.
Mastering the Silk Press Technique:
Now, let's get into the step-by-step process of silk-pressing:
- Section your hair into manageable sections. For example, you can separate it into four quadrants (two sections up top, two sections in the back) and divide those sections into smaller ones.
- Use a quality blow-dryer. We recommend blow-drying in sections and focusing more on your root. The best way to blow-dry effectively is to stretch your hair out as you dry it so it elongates fully.
- When flat-ironing, separate your hair into thin sections and run the flat-iron down slowly (not too slowly though!). You can also do the "comb-chase" method.
- Comb-Chase Method - a process of running a fine-toothed comb or brush down the length of each section in front of the flat-iron.
- Be mindful of the temperature you're using. Make sure you're choosing a temperature that fits with your hair type. Someone with fine hair won't need to go up to 410 degrees in comparison to someone with coarser hair.
- Once straightened, you can smooth out your hair by running a paddle-brush through it.
- Maintain your silk press by wrapping it up at night. This video is a great resource if you're struggling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sntpZdqDgA8
- Be cautious of humidity or rain. This can cause your hair to revert back.
Silk presses can seem daunting at first, but with practice and the right tools, you can achieve a beautiful hair style that can turn heads. Remember to be patient and gentle with your hair because heat styling can cause damage if it isn't done correctly. With this beginner's guide, you're well on your way to mastering the art of silk presses. Happy styling!