Hey there’s still time to rock that super sleek look before humidity season is in full effect! Watch the before and after video below as I give one of my favorite clients a silk press using ORS Straightening and Strengthening Treatment. I really like the simple process–everything you need is in the box. And even though I am a trained stylist, the average person can certainly do this at home. Be sure to process the hair according to the instructions. This is great for the naturals who want a temporary straight look and for those with relaxed hair who are stretching. The treatment lasts 4-6 weeks, and hair will revert after just one shampoo. Subsequent straightening, however, will be a breeze! A few quick tips though:
- Begin with clean hair. The ORS kit comes with a clarifying shampoo which is great for removing product buildup. You want the hair strands to be able to accept the treatment, and you certainly don’t want hair weighed downed with old gunk.
- Create tension while blow drying. I’ll do a video soon on blow dry technique, but just keep in mind you can get the blow dryer to do most of straightening work for you. I like to use the tension method of blow drying–pulling small sections of hair taught while moving the blow dryer up and down the strands. This ensures that the hair dries in a super straight state with minimum “crinkles” making flat ironing easier. This also eliminates the need for constant brushing during the blow dry process.
- Use small sections when flat ironing. I can’t stress this enough. If you want your press to be silky and stay straight longer, use small sections to ensure even heat distribution and ultimate smoothness.
- Always, always use a heat protectant. Keep those cuticles in tact by protecting them against the heat of the blow dryer and flat iron. This helps prevent heat damage, allowing you to retain your curl pattern and combats dryness and breakage.
Follow these steps and your silk press will be the envy of all your friends!