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Every Saturday, my grandmother used to send me to the hair salon to get a press and curl as a young girl. At that time, the beautician used a straightening comb and pomade to get my hair straight.

Today’s hair salons are trading the traditional Press & Curl method with a silk press for today’s natural clients to get chemical-free hair that radiates a healthy shine, have a lot of body movement, and is light and silky.

The products used are for treating and protecting the natural hair structure without weighing it down.

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What Is A Silk Press

The Silk Press is a modern-day press and curls typically performed on curly or coarse hair to give a straight, shiny, silky and soft, finish without the use of chemicals. The products used provides the hair with a lot of body and movement.

The term is a play-on-words from the results “silk” because your hair will appear smooth and shiny like silk and “press” because of the use of the flat iron and hot comb in some cases.

Essentially, the style utilizes a flat iron and a few other techniques that get afro-textured hair very straight without chemicals.

More and more people, especially those with natural hair, turn to the silk press to enjoy the benefits of relaxed hair without chemicals.

Silk Press Process

Natural hair is perverse and resistant, and the stylist will use a series of products to strengthen and moisturize that keeps the hair healthy and then heat tools to smooth the curls.

Step 1: Cleansing


Hair is cleaned with a mild clarifying shampoo to get rid of any product buildup and residue.

I like to wash the hair twice and follow up with a moisturizing shampoo for the final wash.

Step 2: Deep Condition


Deep conditioning strengthening treatment is applied to your hair, and you will sit under the hairdryer or steamer for 15-20 mins.


I will then rinse you and use cold water in the final rinse to seal the cuticle.

Step 3: Blow Dry


A leave-in conditioner followed by a heat protectant spray is applied to maintain moisture and protect your hair.


I use a round brush and section the hair off to stretch the hair while drying it.

Step 4: Trim


A silk press with split ends really will defeat the purpose of the previous steps used to create healthy hair.


A trim a necessary part of the process.

Step 5: Press


I use more lightweight heat protectant, and a little less than a dime size of serum before a flat iron is applied to press your hair into silky straight locks.

Will Silk Press Damage Your Natural Hair

It is best to get a silk press done by a licensed professional rather than do it yourself at home.


Protective products are used to minimize heat damage.


But keep in mind that if you frequently curl or straighten your natural hair, your curl pattern will eventually alter.

How Long Will A Silk Press Last


2-4 weeks if you maintain your hair well and don’t let it get wet.

How To Care For Your Silk Press


Wrap your hair before applying a silk scarf at night to protect your hair from split ends, retain moisture, and preserve your style.


Your shower steam can also be a threat. Keep the moisture to a minimum, and wrap your hair with your scarf with a plastic cap on top.

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