Growing up, I lived for a silk press, with a standing appointment with my hairdresser each two weeks. Then, in fact, I acquired older, went to school, and experimented with totally different hairstyles (afros, weaves, braids, shaving my head). But lately, I’ve been within the temper for a silk press after not placing warmth on my hair for nearly three years.
One of probably the most annoying issues about silk presses was wrapping my hair after which going to sleep just for my scarf to come back off. Or wanting a glossy blunt look and strolling out the salon paying homage to my Easter Sunday press and curl once I was youthful. Or, pin curling my hair too tightly and getting the identical coiffed impact.
Another factor: my hair all the time turned too oily after a couple of days or did not look as recent, which brought on me to maintain placing warmth on it to maintain it good. Which then would lead to ruining my curl sample.
This time round, I’m embracing imperfection and flexibility and set on getting the glossy, piecey, blunt look that matches with my fashion. Some of my hair muses: Zoe Kravitz, Laura Harrier, Tavi Gevinson, Solange Knowles, Anabelle Dexter-Jones
Thanks to my two hairstylists, Shelby Samaria (the Global Styling Director for Bread Beauty) and Mikaela Smith, I’ve been in a position to get my silk presses wanting exactly the best way I need them.
Here are some suggestions I acquired from them to share with you!
Find a Hairstylist Who Understands Your Hair
I requested Shelby particularly about the way to not appear like Easter Sunday; she laughed as a result of she, too, might relate. Please increase your hand for those who’ve been a sufferer of getting your hair curled too tight!!!
“It’s important to look for a stylist that aligns with your taste, style, and aesthetic,” says Shelby (Which is how I discovered her!). “Ask for sleek and bodied, but not oily straight hair. Applying any hair oils or heavy products to freshly washed hair is no! There will be no longevity for the style, and that happens often.”
Tips for getting what you need:
1. Always point out how you like your hair to maneuver and settle.
- Always have a sensible reference on standby. For instance, take one photograph reference with an identical hair texture to yours and one other photograph with the hair motion you need.
Keep Heat Limited
The black lady urge tao re-flat iron your hair. Heat injury is why many people did the “big chop.” I’m right here to let you know that you could keep a silk press with out getting warmth damaging your hair.
You ought to preserve reapplying warmth at house extraordinarily restricted, however for those who should, Shelby recommends protecting your sections clear and uniformed and solely passing via every part one time, solely as soon as every week. She additionally says to keep away from flat ironing proper earlier than mattress, as you are simply going to sleep in your hair and redo within the morning. At the identical time, Mikaela recommends placing your flatiron on the bottom warmth setting.
Maintaining Your Silk Press
*At Night: *
I used to be as we speak years outdated once I realized you do not have to wrap or pin curl your hair at evening to keep up the fashion. Instead, Mikaela taught me the significance of satin sleep or Flexi rod rollers to get up with my hair intact with free waves. She says: “Make loose braids or soft twists, wrap them with the satin rollers, and secure them with snag-free elastics or velvet or silicon pins.” Alternatively, she advises pulling your hair again in a free chignon, securing it with a hair claw clip, tying your hair with a silk scarf, or forgoing it for a silk pillowcase.
I often do a mixture of each. First, I’ll clip the again of my hair, after which the entrance items I’ll put within the rollers. If you do not need to keep your waves, Shelby recommends wrapping your hair with a paddle brush (She’s a fan of the big Aveda picket paddle brush) and rubber prong clips (keep away from something steel) to carry it in place. And then tying with a silk scarf and voila! (My tip: I put a bonnet over my scarf if I’m scared it would slip off).
*During the Day: *
Instead of carrying my hair out all day, I often preserve it again in my hair clip (which may be very 90s and cute) in the course of the day. Then, I take it out when I’m going out to dinner with buddies, a celebration or assembly, and so on. It’s how I keep my silk press for at the least two weeks, and in addition, not everybody will get to see me as a baddie, okay!!! And, if figuring out, Mikaela recommends carrying a sweatband (to maintain these edges intact). Shelby says you may need to skip a couple of fitness center periods to keep up these roots and keep away from pulling your hair right into a ponytail too quickly (because it’ll create an undesirable crease). For some motive, I do not sweat in my head, and for that, I’m blessed.
Products (and Other Things) To Invest In
Mikaela recommends investing in an excellent dry shampoo to assist keep quantity within the latter days of the fashion. She additionally recommends an anti-humidity spray, which is life-changing. It helps to maintain down frizz with out the product buildup, particularly in case you are courageous sufficient to put on a silk press throughout NYC summer season.
Shelby suggests placing a light-weight oil in your ends to refresh the hair mid-week and showering with two bathe caps to guard the hair from moisture.
I’ve lately invested in a wand roller, which is less complicated to refresh your curls with than a flatiron. And, we will not overlook silk pillowcases, silk bonnets, silk scarves, and silk ponytail holders.
Embrace Different Hairstyles
Once your hair is previous the purpose of refreshing with dry shampoo or warmth manipulation, it is time to have enjoyable! Shelby recommends braid-outs with hair lotions to realize a gentle, full-bodied wavy texture. Some of her different favourite hairstyles to strive:
- Sleek low ponytails (add extensions for the drama)
- High buns with cute equipment
- Gelled child hairs
Happy silk urgent!! Please let me know you probably have any suggestions that I ought to strive! X