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#SilkySeries: The Pros and Cons of Silk Press

Sources: elitehairlounge

We’re on a silky journey, uncovering all the intel on the sleeky, shiny hairstyle that’s got us all in a silk-wrap, the one and only, silk press. Last week, we shared our first article that unpacked what a silk press is and how it’s done. You can read that here:

In this article, we will be sharing the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision, so let’s get started!



Temporary Straightening

Unlike chemical straightening, a silk press is temporary and allows you to enjoy the benefits of straight hair without a permanent commitment.

Heat Exposure

The use of heat tools can lead to heat damage if not done carefully. It's crucial to use heat protectants and ensure the tools are at the right temperature for your hair type.


After a silk press, you can revert to your natural curls once you've had your fill of the straight look.


The effects of a silk press are temporary. If exposed to humidity or moisture, your hair may revert to its natural state sooner than desired.

Smooth Finish

A well-executed silk press results in a smooth, silky finish that showcases the length and health of your hair.

Risk of Breakage

Excessive manipulation and heat application can lead to breakage, especially if the process is not done gently.

Safely Navigating the Silk Press Journey:

Preparation is key: Deep condition your hair in the days leading up to the silk press to ensure it's adequately moisturised.

Use heat protectants: Apply a quality heat protectant before blow-drying and flat ironing to create a barrier between your hair and the heat.

The perfect method for flat ironing: Ensure your flat iron is not too hot, and use a slow and steady technique. Don't go over the same section repeatedly.

Choose the right products: Use lightweight serums or oils to add shine without weighing your hair down.

Limit frequency: Avoid frequent silk pressing to minimise the risk of heat damage. Aim for once every 4-6 weeks or as needed.

Silk presses, when done correctly, can be a transformative styling option for Type 4 hair. If you do decide to get one, be sure to show us!

Love MPL, the Hair Doctor.

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