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Monday, December 30, 2013

Can You Be Too Young For A Silk Press?

How young is too young for a silk press?  I think that when a child is at least four years old and has plenty of hair, she will be fine.  The client I had today had a ridiculous amount of hair.  She is only seven but the amount of hair she had actually made it harder for you to see her face.  She is a young lady mixed with African-American and Caucasian and her mother didn't really know what to do with her hair.  She wasn't ready to do anything permanent like a relaxer, and she thought a keratin treatment was too expensive, so we decided on letting her get a silk press.  Take a look at her before picture.

As always, the ponytail fooled me.  I had no idea what I was in for!  As I mentioned earlier, her mother didn't really know what to do for her hair so she mostly pulled it up in a ponytail and left it that way.  The only problem with doing that, especially on naturally curly hair is that the hair sheds at least 120 hairs per day, even if it's not being combed.  While her hair was still in a ponytail, it was still shedding but since it was not being combed out the shed hair had nowhere to go.  This resulted in tons and tons of tangled and matted hair.  Lucky for me, she was not tender-headed but I still took it easy while detangling.  To avoid this, her mom would need to comb the entire ponytail everyday.  But when you have two kids, a husband, a job, this thing called life happens and sometimes it seems like there is just not enough time in the day so I completely understand how easy it is to just comb that hair up in ponytail and leave the hard work to the professionals!

I started by shampooing her hair really, really good first.  I used Silk Hydration by L. Jones Clarifying Shampoo.  Next I conditioned the hair, let it sit for about three minutes, then rinsed completely out.  After that I applied Silk Hydration by L. Jones Leave-In Conditioner to the hair and began detangling.  It works great to help manage the hair better and also adds an extra layer of conditioning to the hair as well.  Her hair was tangled so bad that I could not even part it, I just had to take sections with my hand and detangle them section by section.

Take a look at her in the mirror. Can you see her face??
After I got the hair about 90% dry I applied a little oil before blow drying to 100% dry.  After that came the easy part of actually pressing it out with the flat iron.

As I began to flat iron, my client got so excited that she immediately began touching and feeling her hair.  Once done, I trimmed her ends and told her to make sure to sling her hair!

Her mom knows how to wrap her hair up at night which is the only thing she will need to do to keep this up.  She does not need to add anything to the hair or anything like that.  This silk press will last until she gets her wet again.  I don't recommend going past two weeks.

My client loved her hair, she couldn't stop smiling, so my work was done!  It took me about a little over two hours to finish her hair only because it was so tangled.  If she comes on regular basis, or at least once per month, it wouldn't take as long on future visits.


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