With nothing but space, opportunity, and countless times I’ve walked in front of a mirror in my house, the current pandemic has had me learning my hair all over again. Much so, after giving myself 2 curly cuts (and learning why I’ll never do that again,) various protective style attempts, and local beauty supply store closings, I decided it was time to revamp my old recipe to a bomb silk press.
Thanks to the Design Essentials Agave & Lavender Blow Dry & Silk Press System, I was able to perfect a press with products that are both power packed and PURPLE! See my step by step process to the new and improved “YASSSSS SIS!” silk press below!
One new tip I discovered is to use products separate from my wash day routine. While I still strongly stand by Camille Rose for my curly needs, Design Essentials Agave & Lavender Collection is specially formulated for silky, smooth styles. It’s fortified with intense ingredients, including agave extract, soothing lavender, nourishing mango butters, and much more, designed to soften, condition, and strengthen, naturally. I purchased this from Ulta Beauty for about $30 while their products were buy one, get one free.
I start with shampooing my hair with the Moisturizing Hair Bath and conditioning with the Detangling & Moisturizing Conditioner. The shampoo is sulfate-free but still lathers, which I love!
Pro Tip: ALWAYS start with CLEAN hair
Next, it’s time for a much quicker blow job…*wink*
After towel drying my hair for a few minutes, I divide my hair into 4 sections, shake up the Blow-dry & Styling Primer to activate all the indulgent ingredients, and spritz onto each damp section.
Using the high setting on my Revlon 2-in-1 Hair Dryer Styling Brush, I blow it out section by section. In the past, I shied away from turning up the heat. However, this system gives superior thermal protection to shield my hair from damage and breakage. The best part is the combination of the blow drying brush and the styling primer cuts the process in half! My hair glides right through and I don’t have to worry about giving myself those “What’s Love Gotta Do With It” arms. All love to my Leo sis, Angela Bassett, though! 💪🏾
Pro Tip: Don’t blow dry on soaking wet hair. Damp hair is optimal.
I split my hair up into 5 sections this time and apply 3 pumps of the Weightless Thermal Protectant Serum to each. Section by section, then piece by piece, I take my flat-iron along with a small tooth comb chasing behind it and follow through to the end of each piece until my entire head is complete. With simply one pass, each piece is LAID with a little curl to add a little bounce to the ounce. I finish up by lightly applying Style Factor’s Extra Strength Edge Booster in Purple Crystal to my baby hair, just for finesse.
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 luxurious shine.
Design Essentials also offers a Thermal Protectant Crème, suggested for dry/course hair types, as an alternative to the serum, if that’s your preference.
As a former hair transitioner and someone who has suffered from excessive heat abuse in the past, I still practice tons of tips on properly straightening hair used in my silk press post, including:
- ALWAYS start with CLEAN hair because flat-ironing your hair with buildup of oils and products can result in you frying your hair. Products that ensure 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 340 degrees.
- LESS is MORE when it comes to heat, trust me.
Any final thoughts to how I laid my hair lusciously in lavender? Lay it on me in the comments below!