Beauty Tips Silk presses and 5 tips to help prevent heat damage [Video]

Silk presses are gradually increasing in popularity as a temporary hair straightening process which involves blow drying hair in sections then going over with a straightener.

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Silk presses are gradually increasing in popularity as a temporary hair straightening process which involves  blow drying hair in sections then going over with a straightener.

It is preferably done with a Chi or Ceramic for a smooth even finish, using products specifically designed for ‘silk’ straightening.

This process is believed to yield best results especially when straightening naturally curly, coily and kinky hair.

This is because, unlike traditional straightening, silk straightening doesn’t use oil or grease, and actually uses less heat to achieve straightness so there is little or no heat damage while leaving the hair light and bouncy instead of weighed down and oily.

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.

This video pretty much shows you how to achieve a perfectly silk pressed look.

Also, here are 5 steps to follow to prevent heat damage during the straightening process.

1. Cleanse

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

If you cannot lay your hands on 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 Product

Hair products specifically designed for silk presses must be used. Some of the products that have gotten the best reviews include Chi Silk Infusion, Bio Silk Silk Therapy and  Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

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.

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.

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.

Please bear in mind that the safest route to healthy curls, coils and kinks is by not using any form of heat styling on your hair. The steps listed above do not completely  guarantee total freedom from heat damage.

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