How to Do a Silk Press on Natural Hair

How to do a silk press on natural hair? I got you!

If you have natural hair, you know that achieving a straight, silky look can be a challenge. But don’t worry you can now achieve it with a silk press.

A silk press is a popular styling technique used to straighten natural hair without using chemicals. 

It’s a great way to achieve a sleek and polished look while maintaining the natural texture and health of your hair. 

If you’re curious about how to do a silk press on your natural hair, we’ve got you covered! 

We’ll take you through a step-by-step guide on how to achieve a stunning silk press on your natural hair.

Step 1: Start with Clean and Conditioned Hair 

Before starting any styling process, you need to ensure you start with clean hair. 

Shampoo and condition your hair as usual. Then apply a leave-in conditioner to provide extra moisture.

Step 2: Detangle Your Hair

Using a wide-tooth comb, gently detangle your hair, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots. 

This will reduce breakage and make the silk press process smoother.

Step 3: Apply Heat Protectant

To protect your hair from heat damage, apply a heat protectant spray throughout your locks. This will also help to ensure a smooth and even silk press.

Step 4: Blow Dry Your Hair

Using your blow dryer, begin to dry your natural hair until it’s about 80% dry. 

You can opt to use a round brush or a paddle brush while blow-drying your hair to help achieve a smoother finish. 

Take your time to ensure your hair is fully dry before moving to the next step.

Step 5: Divide Your Hair into Sections

Divide your hair into small sections, using hair clips or elastic bands, to make the silk press process easier. 

Starting from the nape of your head, work on one section at a time, slowly straightening it with a flat iron.

Step 6: Straighten Your Hair with a Flat Iron

Using a high-quality flat iron, begin at the root of your hair and slowly glide it downwards toward the tips, making sure to smooth out any curls or kinks. 

Remember to be patient and work slowly through each section, applying pressure only when necessary.

Step 7: Apply Hair Oil or Serum

After straightening each section of hair, apply a small amount of hair oil or serum to the lengths and ends of your hair. 

This will add shine and moisture to your tresses, leaving them looking sleek and polished.

Step 8: Finish with a Holding Spray

To ensure your hair stays straight and sleek throughout the day, finish off your silk press with a holding spray. This will provide a long-lasting hold while preventing frizz and flyaways.

Step 9: Maintain your silk press

To maintain your silk press, it’s important to protect your hair while you sleep. 

  • Use a silk or satin pillowcase or bonnet to prevent friction and tangling. 
  • Avoid excessive sweating or moisture, as this can cause your hair to revert back to its natural texture. 
  • To refresh your silk press, you can use a light touch-up with your flat iron or blow dryer as needed.

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