You just received a gorgeous silk press and now your wondering, “How long can I keep my hair looking this silky and bouncy?”
If your hair was properly cleansed, moisturized, and straightened during the styling process – a silk press should last between 7-10 days. But you’ll also have to put in a little work to keep it looking fab!
Here’s 5 Maintenance Tips On How To Make Your Silk Press Last:
Maintenance Tip #1: Wrap It Up
When you’re not in a setting that calls for your hair to be free-flowing…KEEP YOUR STRANDS WRAPPED morning, day, and night to prolong the life of your silk press.
Securing your hair underneath a silk scarf, satin wrap, or in protective doobie wrap (like the one Rihanna rocked with confidence at the 2013 American Music Awards) not only creates movement memory so that your hair falls beautifully every time you let it down, but keeping it wrapped shields your mane from environmental factors like wind, humidity, or harsh weather which could ruin the body and shine of your silk press.
Not quite sure how to wrap your hair…Watch this easy tutorial of Award Winning Stylist, Crystal Nwokia, demonstrating the task.
Maintenance Tip #2: Avoid Thermal Tools Or Keep Heat Settings On Low
Resist the urge to use thermal tools to maintain the life of your silk press. As you probably know, using heat on your hair daily (especially if the temperature is too high) will only leave your hair looking fried and frazzled – and that’s not the look we’re going for.
Instead, pin-curl your hair at night to maintain the body and beauty of your curls without the use of heat.
Simply take each curl and pin-curl the section with a hair pin or prong-clip. Repeat until the entire head is complete and secure with a bonnet.
In the morning, remove all pin-curls. Finger-style or brush curls into desired style.
If you absolutely insist on using a heating tool to refresh your curl pattern, be sure to use a heat-protectant and keep heat below 325 degrees.
Maintenance Tip #3: Use Minimal Product
To keep your strands bouncy and silky, avoid using too much product, which will cause the hair to look weighed down.
A few drops of Silk Essentials before you wrap your hair in the evening will do the trick to ensure it’s moisturized.
Then if needed (keyword being IF), a light mist of Design Essentials Reflections Liquid Shine in the morning to give you a rejuvenating sheen.
Maintenance Tip #4: Get Into Design Essentials Agave & Lavender Blow Dry & Silk Press Collection
Try our NEW Agave & Lavender Blow Dry & Silk Press Collection. Whether your relaxed or natural, this easy-to-use 4 step collection allows anyone handy with a blow-dryer and flatiron the ability to thermal style without worrying about damaging your hair’s natural curl pattern.
Maintenance Tip #5: Avoid Humidity & Excess Moisture
If you’re natural you probably know by now that reversion is no joke and the smallest amount of moisture and/or humidity in the air will have your freshly silk pressed hair looking a hot mess. Which is why you MUST, we repeat MUST, use products that fight against humidity during the styling process to help reduce reverting and swelling.
Try Design Essentials Bamboo & Silk HCO Leave-In Conditioner or Agave & Lavender Moisturizing Blow-Dry & Style Primer before blow-drying and Silk Essentials Thermal Straightening Serum or Agave & Lavender Thermal Protectant Creme prior to flat-ironing. These professional products will prep your hair for a flawless silk press, guaranteed to last. But it’s important to note, no silk press will last in high humidity environments (like beach destinations, deserts, saunas, indoor pools…you get our drift), no matter what!
So there you have it, 5 maintenance tips to keep your silk press looking salon fresh for at least 7-10 days! Abide by all 5 and we promise you won’t be disappointed.