Silk Press, what exactly is it? The silk press is the modern day Press-and-Curl, a temporary sleek and straightened and/or thermal curl for the Naturalista! Think, a relaxed look with out the chemicals of a relaxer.
The silk press is a favorite amongst women with natural hair who wants to achieve a temporary straight or loose curl look. Therefore opting for a silk press which doesn't involve any permanent changes due to chemical processing. The silk press is achieved by thoroughly washing the hair, deep conditioning or applying a treatment to properly moisturize the hair, then blow dried straight, trim or cut if needed, followed by pressing the hair with a flat iron, finished off by styling with a curling iron.
Before and after silk press on 4c natural short hair
The silk press will cost anywhere from $80-$280 depending on the thickness and length of your hair, as well as the stylists experience with silk presses on natural hair.
The silk press should not destroy your natural curl pattern nor is it meant to last for more than 2 weeks, as your hair will eventually revert to its natural state due to moisture in the atmosphere, natural oils from your scalp and product build up over time. However the silk press is a great option for those who'd like to temporarily wear their hair straight, loosely curled or just check the process of their hair growth (a "length check").
Before and After: Back-view of Silk Press
Extra tips for a fabulous silk press:
Learn more about my special techniques on how I achieve a flawless silk press while maintaining the health of the hair, and ensuring a 2 week wearability.