Learn how to Keep Your Silk Press


Rising up, I lived for a silk press, with a standing appointment with my hairdresser each two weeks. Then, in fact, I acquired older, went to varsity, and experimented with completely different hairstyles (afros, weaves, braids, shaving my head). However not too long ago, I have been within the temper for a silk press after not placing warmth on my hair for nearly three years.

Some of the annoying issues about silk presses was wrapping my hair after which going to sleep just for my scarf to come back off. Or wanting a smooth blunt look and strolling out the salon harking back to my Easter Sunday press and curl once I was youthful. Or, pin curling my hair too tightly and getting the identical coiffed impact.


One other factor: my hair at all times turned too oily after a number of days or did not look as contemporary, which triggered me to maintain placing warmth on it to maintain it good. Which then would end in ruining my curl sample.

This time round, I am embracing imperfection and flexibility and set on getting the smooth, piecey, blunt look that matches with my type. A few of my hair muses: Zoe Kravitz, Laura Harrier, Tavi Gevinson, Solange Knowles, Anabelle Dexter-Jones


Because of my two hairstylists, Shelby Samaria (the World Styling Director for Bread Magnificence) and Mikaela Smith, I have been capable of get my silk presses trying exactly the way in which I need them.

Listed below are some ideas I acquired from them to share with you!

Discover a Hairstylist Who Understands Your Hair

I requested Shelby particularly about methods to not appear like Easter Sunday; she laughed as a result of she, too, may relate. Please increase your hand in case you’ve been a sufferer of getting your hair curled too tight!!!

“It is necessary to search for a stylist that aligns together with your style, type, and aesthetic,” says Shelby (Which is how I discovered her!). “Ask for smooth and bodied, however not oily straight hair. Making use of any hair oils or heavy merchandise to freshly washed hair is not any! There will likely be no longevity for the type, and that occurs typically.”

Ideas for getting what you need:

  1. At all times point out how you like your hair to maneuver and settle.
  2. At all times have a practical reference on standby. For instance, take one photograph reference with an identical hair texture to yours and one other photograph with the hair motion you need.

Maintain Warmth Restricted

The black lady urge tao re-flat iron your hair. Warmth injury is why many people did the “large chop.” I’m right here to inform you you could keep a silk press with out getting warmth damaging your hair.

It’s best to preserve reapplying warmth at dwelling extraordinarily restricted, however in case you should, Shelby recommends protecting your sections clear and uniformed and solely passing by every part one time, solely as soon as every week. She additionally says to keep away from flat ironing proper earlier than mattress, as you are simply going to sleep in your hair and redo within the morning. On the identical time, Mikaela recommends placing your flatiron on the bottom warmth setting.

Sustaining Your Silk Press

*At Night time: *

I used to be in the present day years outdated once I discovered you do not have to wrap or pin curl your hair at night time to keep up the type. As an alternative, Mikaela taught me the significance of satin sleep or Flexi rod rollers to get up with my hair intact with free waves. She says: “Make free braids or comfortable twists, wrap them with the satin rollers, and safe them with snag-free elastics or velvet or silicon pins.” Alternatively, she advises pulling your hair again in a free chignon, securing it with a hair claw clip, tying your hair with a silk scarf, or forgoing it for a silk pillowcase.

I often do a mixture of each. First, I will clip the again of my hair, after which the entrance items I will put within the rollers. When you do not wish to keep your waves, Shelby recommends wrapping your hair with a paddle brush (She’s a fan of the big Aveda wood paddle brush) and rubber prong clips (keep away from something metallic) to carry it in place. After which tying with a silk scarf and voila! (My tip: I put a bonnet over my scarf if I am scared it’d slip off).

*In the course of the Day: *

As an alternative of carrying my hair out all day, I often preserve it again in my hair clip (which could be very 90s and cute) through the day. Then, I take it out once I’m going out to dinner with associates, a celebration or assembly, and many others. It is how I keep my silk press for at the least two weeks, and likewise, not everybody will get to see me as a baddie, okay!!! And, if understanding, Mikaela recommends carrying a sweatband (to maintain these edges intact). Shelby says you may need to skip a number of gymnasium classes to keep up these roots and keep away from pulling your hair right into a ponytail too quickly (because it’ll create an undesirable crease). For some cause, I do not sweat in my head, and for that, I am blessed.

Merchandise (and Different Issues) To Make investments In

Mikaela recommends investing in a very good dry shampoo to assist keep quantity within the latter days of the type. She additionally recommends an anti-humidity spray, which is life-changing. It helps to maintain down frizz with out the product buildup, particularly if you’re courageous sufficient to put on a silk press throughout NYC summer time.

Shelby suggests placing a light-weight oil in your ends to refresh the hair mid-week and showering with two bathe caps to guard the hair from moisture.

I’ve not too long ago invested in a wand roller, which is less complicated to refresh your curls with than a flatiron. And, we won’t neglect silk pillowcases, silk bonnets, silk scarves, and silk ponytail holders.

Embrace Completely different Hairstyles

As soon as your hair is previous the purpose of refreshing with dry shampoo or warmth manipulation, it is time to have enjoyable! Shelby recommends braid-outs with hair lotions to realize a comfortable, full-bodied wavy texture. A few of her different favourite hairstyles to attempt:

  • Smooth low ponytails (add extensions for the drama)
  • Excessive buns with cute equipment
  • Gelled child hairs

Joyful silk urgent!! Please let me know when you have any ideas that I ought to attempt! X

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