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Thursday, August 7, 2014

How Long Does A Silk Press Last?

hair that has been silk pressed

One of the most asked questions that I get about silk presses is on how long they last.  Some women have a misconception about silk presses.  A silk press is basically just like an old fashioned press and curl, but updated.  Instead of a pressing comb, a ceramic iron is used, and the hair is not stuck to the head but gives a more silky feeling, hence the name "silk press".  Women with relaxed hair can not get a silk press because their hair is already straight.  The whole point of doing a press on natural hair is to give it the appearance that it is relaxed.  Relaxed women can simply flat iron their hair to get the same look as a natural woman who wants a silk press.



Now to answer the question of the longevity of a silk press.  They will last until you wet your hair again.  So, the next time the hair gets shampooed, the natural curls will come back.  Also, if you sweat profusely in your scalp, get caught in the rain, are outside for an extended period of time while it is humid, your hair will begin to revert back.  That is the nature of natural hair.  There is nothing about a silk press that will make it last longer.  If you are wanting it to last for a while, you may consider a keratin treatment, which lasts up to four months.


I had one client tell me that she did not shampoo her hair for six weeks (don't do this), and that her hair was still straight.  But as soon as she shampooed it, it curled right back up.  So, your silk press, when done correctly, should last about 1-2 weeks.  I do not recommend going longer than two weeks without shampooing your hair.  While your hair is straight wrap it every night to maintain the straight look and I recommend that you do not continue to put more heat on it.


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  1. I washed my hair after one week of having a silk press and my textured did not revert to what it was. It curls, but is not as thick. I this possibly because I washed it before the effects of the press on my hair hadn't had time to start to wear off?

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  2. Your hair should have reverted right back unless too much heat may have been used. In that case it may take a few shampoos for it to go back, if it goes back at all.

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  3. Can you get a silk press on short hair?

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  4. I had a silk press for about three days, went for a run and it immediately popped back to my natural state at the roots. Should I just wet the rest of my hair or should I braid it until I can get a hair appointment?

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  5. You could do either. In the future, try wrapping it while you run to help your roots stay flat.

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  6. I got a silk press in Dec 2015 and continued to add neat two weeks after and now I'm having problems with my hair reverting back. Any suggestions that will help my hair?

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    1. You may have had too much heat applied to make it straight. Keep shampooing every 4-5 days until the curl pattern comes back and refrain from any heat until your curls come back.

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  7. Got a silk press today..I wrapped it up for a nap but of course I sweat in my scalp..so now it's a little puffy..what do I do now????

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    1. When this happens, you can blow dry the roots only, re-wrap as tightly as you can stand it (not too tight) until your roots lay back down. Putting more heat on it is not recommended.

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  8. I got a silk press 2 days ago now my edges are transitioning back to its normal state, what should I do?

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    1. Try edge control then tie them down with your silk scarf. If you sweat around the edges they will revert back quicker..

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  9. I got a silk press last Thursday for my college graduation and I'm finally washing it. All of my hair has not reverted and that that has it's looser than my natural hair texture which is 4b/c. I don't quite mind my texture being a little loser but I scared for the strands that won't coil back up especially since I've shampooed it 4 times now. I did use heat to maintain my silk press since after the first day it began to get puffy. I saw in a earlier post you said to keep washing every week but is there something else I can do to help. I have already been growing my hair for two years and it grows extremely slow so I really don't want to have to cut and start all over. ��

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    1. Using heat to maintain is never a good idea. It is what causes heat damage. Give it more time, if you never see any change you'll have to start over...

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  10. How frequent should you get a silk press?

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  11. Can a silk press stop breakage? Or what type of products to use to stop it?

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  12. I got a silk press 3 months ago.I've washed and washed and washed it but it will not revert back to my natural kinky course texture that it was b4. Is there anything I can do? I've been growing my natural hair for 10 years now! I don't want to have to cut it and start all over!

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  13. I got a silk press 3 months ago! I've washed and washed and washed it but it will not revert back to my natural kinky course texture that I had. Please help...is there anything I can do to get "my" hair back?

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    1. Sounds like you may have some heat damage. You'll basically have to either transition back or do the big chop.

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