I hear often people around me prefer my hair when it’s big and wild as opposed to when it’s straight because it shows my personality, but there are sometimes when a girl needs to LAY IT DOWNNNNNN.
Since my college days, I’ve introduced myself to the art of DIY silk presses, for times when I wasn’t able to see my hairdresser, or afford her. Years later, I’ve mastered slaying it at home. So much that make people double-take and ask me, “BIHHHHHH did you get a relaxer?!” Relax Ma, it’s all in the technique. If you’ve been wondering what keeps these edges on fleek and my style on sleek, see how I whip my hair with this silk press process that’ll make people scream “YASSSSS SIS!”
First things first, I start with my wash day routine.
I pre-poo by applying coconut oil to my hair. Depending on my day I let it sit overnight or at least an hour before washing. Then come wash time, I shampoo with Camille Rose’s Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse, condition with Camille Rose’s Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard, use Camille Rose’s Algae Renew Deep Conditioner to deep condition for an hour with a heated conditioning cap and follow-up with their Coconut Water Leave-In Treatment.
Pro Tip: ALWAYS start with CLEAN hair
Next, it’s time for the blow job…*wink*
I use Chi’s Silk Infusion as my heat protectant, applying a quarter-sized amount and working it throughout my hair when it’s damp. (My hair’s really thick, I need more than a dime-size)
Using a medium frequency and low heat setting on my blow dryer, I use the tension method to blow it out section by section. I’ve found using the tension method to be the easiest when blow-drying my hair. It’s the safest method by not over manipulating your hair and is less likely to ruin your curl pattern.
Pro Tip: Don’t blow dry on soaking wet hair. Damp hair is optimal.
Then, it’s time for the ultimate slayage with my flat-iron.
I divide my hair up into super small sections as I go along and apply my Silk Infusion as heat protectant for each section.Piece by piece I take my flat-iron along with a rat-tail comb with small teeth chasing behind it and follow through till the end of each piece until my entire head is complete. I add a little curl to the end of each section with my flat iron and then shake them out once I’m finished to give it a little extra bounce.
Pro Tip: Serums are the best product to use on you hair during a silk press. They’re more likely to leave your hair lightweight and give it that shine.
As a former hair transitioner and someone who has suffered from excessive heat abuse in the past, I’ve learned so many tips on the proper way to straighten my hair. Including:
- ALWAYS start with CLEAN hair because flat-ironing your hair with buildup of oils and products can result in you frying your hair. And ALWAYS deep condition, keeping your hair moisturized is a major key.
- ALWAYS make sure your flat-iron is clean from any former residue from the last time.
- Different textures respond to heat differently. NEVER use more than 450 degrees Fahrenheit, your hair will burn…simple. What works best for me and my flat iron is setting it at no more than 325 degrees.
- LESS is MORE when it comes to heat, trust me.