5 Tips for a Silk Press You’ll Love and How To Make it Last

How Long Does a Silk Press Last and 5 Keys to Making it Last Longer
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So what is a silk press?

The professional styling method known as a “silk press” is a non-chemical process of transforming natural-textured hair to a super-softened state, allowing it to be easily straightened through heat-styling.  The silk press method allows natural hair to look like it is relaxed for a short period of time. The natural hair looks very smooth, silky and straight using sufficient heat protectants and a  good flat iron.  However, the benefit of this style is that if done properly,  your hair is natural hair (non relaxed hair)  should revert back after washing it. In this article I will share with you 5 Tips for a Silk Press that You’ll Love and How to Make it Last.

How Long Does a Silk Press Last and 5 Keys to Making it Last Longer

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How long does a silk press typically last?

One of the most frequently asked questions about the Silk Press is how long does it usually lasts. The longevity depends. However, it normally lasts for two weeks. It can sometimes last much longer as long as the hair hasn’t been wet down. If the hair comes into any contact with moisture from water, humidity or sweat, it will begin to convert back to its natural curl.

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5 Ways to Make Your Silk Press Last Even Longer

It’s already a given that we would want our silk press to last for a good amount of time. However as I have mentioned before your silk press will normally last for approximately 2-3 weeks max.

#1 Keep Your Split Ends at Bay

Trim your ends regularly. When your hair has been straightened it’s easier to see those split ends so ensure that your hair is trimmed when you decide to wear it straight.

2. Opt for Flat Curls

Curling those layers of natural curls into bouncy curls will look majestic. Opt for a smooth, flat silk press with a light curl on the ends. It will be easier to maintain and less likely to revert as easily.

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3. Use Less Products 

To keep your strands bouncy and silky, avoid using too much product, which will cause the hair to look weighed down.

How Long Does a Silk Press Last and 5 Keys to Making it Last Longer

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4. Avoid Moisture

Try your best to avoid getting any moisture in your hair. The smallest amount of moisture and/or humidity in the air will have your freshly silk pressed hair looking frizzy and puffy.  In the shower, make sure you wrap your hair with a satin scarf and a shower cap!

5. Wrap Your Hair

If you’re not into the mood of keeping your hair down, secure your strands with a silk wrap. Keeping it wrapped will shield your mane from environmental factors like wind, humidity, or harsh weather which could potentially ruin your hair.

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This article was originally posted on June 4, 2018 and was updated on February 3, 2021. 

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Brandelyn Green is the Founder of VoiceOfHair, a platform to help women of color find the best hair care products, regimens and hairstyles! Since starting VoiceOfHair in 2014 she has grown the social media platform to over 1MM+ on Instagram and Facebook. As a natural who is also a salon goer, she wanted to create a platform where people could find the best products, hairstylists, advice and trends.
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