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A silk press is a way of straightening your hair without the use of chemical straighteners. One of your guilty pleasures is watching silk press videos. We know that because the views on our silk press compilations are crazy! After watching them, you might want to get a silk press but you don’t really know how to prepare your hair for this feat. No worries! Whether you’re itching to find out your #lengthcheck or you just want a new look, we have researched all the steps for a bomb silk press.

Step one: Cleanse your hair

After detangling your hair, wash your hair to remove any oil residue, grease or dirt in your hair. Do this twice to make sure that your hair is properly cleansed. You can use a sulphate-free shampoo to thoroughly wash your hair without stripping it of all your natural oils. If you’re not sure of what sulphates are, Check out this post about Sulphates.

Step two: Deep condition your hair

We’re trying to remove as much oil from your hair, but your hair needs moisture for health so grab a good deep conditioner and slather it on!


To stop your hair from further dullness and dehydration, make sure you prep your hair with a good heat protectant to give your hair the extra protective step to ensure that your hair stays healthy. The Mizani Thermastrength Heat Protecting Serum is designed to improve curly hair strength when heat-activated which makes it one of our favourites.

Step four: Blowdry

Blow drying your hair before straightening helps to aid the process of your silk press. Stretch your coils by adding a comb attachment to the end of your blow dryer and comb through the strands as you dry them, starting from the ends and working your way up to reduce tangles and knots.

Step five: Press that hair!

Once all the above steps have been completed, grab your rat-tail comb and handy-dandy flatiron and get to work! Section your hair into very small sections and and pass your flat iron through your section. Note that the larger the section the more passes you’ll have to do, increasing your likelihood of experiencing heat damage. Make sure the heat of your flat iron is no higher than 450F OR 230C to ensure that your hair is not damaged.


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