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Thursday, August 7, 2014
How Long Does A Silk Press Last?
How long does a silk press last?
One of the most frequently asked questions that I get about silk presses is on how long does a silk press 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 flat iron is used (and not just any old flat iron, I'm talking about a REALLY good one like this), and the hair is not stuck to the head but gives a more silky feeling, hence the name "silk press"(for more details on what a silk press is, click here).
Women with relaxed hair can not get a silk press because their hair is already straight (unless you stretch your relaxers out and want your new growth to match your relaxed hair). The whole point of doing a silk 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.
How long does a silk press last?
Now to answer the question of how long does a silk press last. A silk press will last until you shampoo/wet your hair again which is normally around two weeks. 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, or 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 you can do to a silk press without using chemicals that will make it last longer. If you are wanting it to last for a while, you may consider a Brazilian Blowout, which lasts up to three months. To see the difference between a silk press and a Brazilian Blowout (not a Dominican blowout), click here.
How long does a silk press last?
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. As a matter of fact, she was trying to make her silk press last as long as she could, and the only way to do that is to not shampoo the hair. 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 (see how to wrap here) with a satin scarf to maintain the straight look and I recommend that you do not continue to put more heat on it.
silk press on natural hair using by l. jones products, that is curled instead of straight
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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?ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Can you get a silk press on short hair?ReplyDelete
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?ReplyDelete
You could do either. In the future, try wrapping it while you run to help your roots stay flat.ReplyDelete
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?ReplyDelete
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.Delete
I had my hair pressed out to blend with a weave nw it won’t turn back to it natural curls and it has been a month! Can I do anything? I washed a few times already but only the root is natural and the ends are dead straight!Delete
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????ReplyDelete
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.Delete
I got a silk press 2 days ago now my edges are transitioning back to its normal state, what should I do?ReplyDelete
Try edge control then tie them down with your silk scarf. If you sweat around the edges they will revert back quicker..Delete
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. ��ReplyDelete
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...Delete
How frequent should you get a silk press?ReplyDelete
Can a silk press stop breakage? Or what type of products to use to stop it?ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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?ReplyDelete
Sounds like you may have some heat damage. You'll basically have to either transition back or do the big chop.Delete
When getting an silk press do they put in any oils in hair??ReplyDelete
I have plans out one night this weekend and every time I flat iron it, it just puffs right back up. So will it stay straight if I go get a silk press?ReplyDelete
This will be my first silk press but I washedmy hair and put hair lotion on my hair should I wash again before the silk pressReplyDelete
Your stylist will shampoo it for youDelete