WHAT IS A SILK PRESS + HOW TO PREVENT HEAT DAMAGE

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A silk press is simply a temporal hair straightening process which requires blow drying hair in sections before going over with a flat iron (preferably Chi or Ceramic) for a smooth even finish. Products specifically designed for ‘silk’ straightening (usually indicated on label) must also be used.

This process is believed to yield best results especially when straightening naturally curly, coily and kinky hair with little or no damage while leaving the hair light and bouncy instead of weighed down and oily like traditional press systems.

Despite the overall safeness of this method, many curly haired women have suffered heat damage through this process as they neglected certain steps during the straightening process.

Want to prevent heat damage during straightening process? Here are 5 steps to follow:

1. CLEANSE

Ensure that hair is properly clarified, conditioned, detangled and moisturized before embarking on the silk straightening process.

Out of Clarifying shampoo? Apple Cider Vinegar or Baking Soda mixed with water are cheap and effective methods to clarify hair after shampooing.

2. DEEP CONDITION

For extra dry hair, try deep conditioning hair for 15-20 mins before beginning the straightening process, as properly conditioned hair is less likely to suffer heat damage.

3. SILK PRODUCTS

Products specifically created for the silk straightening process must be used for maximum results. Related Article: 5 Best Temporary Hair Straightening Products For Curly Girls

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*Recommended: (From left- right) Chi Silk Infusion, Bio-Silk Silk Therapy and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

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*Based on readers reviews (left-right) Supersilk Professional Fortified Silk Amino Acid Professional Smoothing Solution and Supersilk Professional Silk Amino Acid Professional Solution

4. HEAT PROTECTION

Don’t forget heat protectant serums and sprays.

No heat protectant serum? Try light weight natural products such as Shea butter, Jojoba and Coconut which contain heat protecting properties.

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5. SEEK A PROFESSIONAL

Visit a hair salon or seek the services of a professional when trying out this process to avoid preventable damage to your hair.

Why do this?

Hair stylists are better experienced with the different hair types and textures, heat and product requirements and would most likely know what’s best for yours.

Have you tried the Silk press method? Do do you have any other tips on how to prevent heat damage to natural hair?

5 BEST TEMPORARY HAIR STRAIGHTENING PRODUCTS FOR CURLY GIRLS AND NATURALS

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Style versatility is important for most curly girls as many love the flexibility that comes from wearing hair in different styles. One of such ways is to spot the sleeked back/straightened look similar to those with naturally straight hair.

This however poses a problem, as most naturals would love the ability to switch in-between styles without permanently altering their textures intentionally (with relaxers) or unintentionally (via heat damage).

Now that this problem has been identified, we have come up with our list of the best reversible straightening product for you.

Here are our top 5 picks:

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1. Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Blowdry Cream
Price: $25 (N4,200)

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2. Ojon Super Sleek Hair Straightening System
Price: $39 (N6,500)

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3. Mixed Chicks Straightening Serum
Price: $26 (N4,300)

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4. Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Hair Straightening System
Price: $32 (N5,300) via Olori.com.ng

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5. Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System
Price: $16.70 (N2,750) via Olori.com.ng

**Based on consumer ratings and reviews.
*Prices may differ

QUICK TIPS
1. Do not forget to apply heat protectant spray to hair (where not included in products) before straightening or blow drying to prevent heat damage.

2. Keep in mind that this list is highly hypothetical (based on customer ratings not actual trials by our team) and you may have to try more than one of these products to get your desired results.

3. Follow instructions to the ‘T’ as specified on products for best results as some of the ingredients in this products do not work well with others not included in the brand lines.

Have you tried any products on this list? Please share your experiences.