With more and more women with natural hair seeking ways to straighten it temporarily without the use of texture-altering chemicals, we take a look at the popular silk press treatment.
What is a Silk Press?
It’s an upgraded version of a traditional press where oven tongs or a hot comb are used to press the hair. Back in the day a lot of grease was used that made the hair heavy and limp. Today, straighteners are used and a minimal amount of product. No texture-altering chemicals are involved.
What textures is it best suited?
It's suited to all natural textures but is ideally suited to those with medium to thick hair strands. A word of caution: fine hair reverts a lot quicker and is the most likely to get heat damage with regular silk press services.
Does it run the risk of heat damage?
Those with fine textures run the risk of heat damage over time, but for medium to thick hair it’s fine. In some cases, when the hair is silk pressed too often, the curl pattern can change but this is what we call heat-trained hair rather than damage because the hair can still be very much healthy with regular treatments and trims. Heat-trained hair means the hair will stay straighter for longer as it is resistant to humidity. A one-off press will not cause damage and the hair will return to normal after washing. A silk press is best suited to those who chose to go natural for the body and health of the hair over their relaxed hair.
Can it be carried out at home or is this a salon-only service?
This is definitely a salon service as the heat used requires a professional stylist. If you do this at home you run the risk of heat damage and will not end up with that amazing silky finish.