During my high school and middle school days I ruined my hair trying to figure out the perfect straightening method, despite having a perm. I would wash and blow dry my hair and straighten in small sections, but it never turned out right. Every time I got my hair done at a salon, I always wondered what the secret was to the hairdressers getting my hair so smooth, straight, and full of body.
After watching a ton of YouTube videos and experimenting on my now natural hair, I’ve figured out the process to getting the perfect silk press – one that doesn’t cause heat damage and isn’t stiff and weighed down.
1.) Shampoo and Conditioner
You always want to start off with clean hair before straightening. This will make sure there’s no buildup on the scalp that makes the hair stiff. You can use a clarifying shampoo or your normal shampoo, depending on how dirty your hair is. If you have type 4 hair (especially high porosity) you’ll want to go for moisturizing shampoos so that when you straighten, your hair won’t be dull and brittle.
Same goes for conditioners especially, and though this ingredient is frowned upon in the natural hair community, you may want a conditioner that has silicones like Silicon Mix ($10). This conditioner is a product many Dominican salons use to help get the hair super straight and frizz-free. It coats the strands with silicone and seals in moisture to decrease frizz while leaving smooth feeling hair. This will also help with the longevity of your silk press as it can keep your hair from reverting.
You might also want to do a deep conditioning treatment so that your hair is at its strongest and full of moisture. This will help prevent any possible heat damage.