Why is my silk Press Puffy?
Here's why: If the hair is dehydrated and the environment is humid, the hair will try to grab onto any moisture it can. This will cause swelling in the hair and the silk press won't last as long.
If your hair is poofy after you straighten it, chances are your hair is dry or damaged. You can help ward off the puffiness by adding moisture to your hair through conditioning treatments or other moisturizing products.
- Use Touch-Up Cream. ...
- Use Frizz-Fighting Hairspray. ...
- Spray Some Water. ...
- Use a Silk Pillowcase. ...
- Use Your Flat Iron Mindfully. ...
- Careful with Your Hairbrush. ...
- Use Dry Shampoo. ...
- Does frizzy hair mean damaged hair?
To keep your strands bouncy and silky, avoid using too much product, which will cause the hair to look weighed down. Try your best to avoid getting any moisture in your hair. The smallest amount of moisture and/or humidity in the air will have your freshly silk pressed hair looking frizzy and puffy.
Le'Ana McKnight of West Hollywood's Stylist Lee Studios, says, “One can receive a silk press every three to four months to maintain the health of their hair and to retain length without heat damage.” I spoke to McKnight and trichologist Sophia Emmanuel to find out more about the process.
After you get done washing, conditioning, and applying your moisturizer and styling products, let your hair be. Towel dry your hair gently. While air drying is the best option to prevent poofiness, the next best thing you can do is towel dry your hair gently.
The primary reasons why your hair won't stay straight after you straighten it are (1) your flat iron wasn't hot enough, (2) you overloaded your hair with product, (3) you need a trim, and (4) your hair wasn't dry.
Friction and heat are major causes of frizz, so avoiding blow-drying and towel-drying can help to prevent your hair from getting frizzy. To help the hair cuticles dry flat, try tying your hair in a loose bun or braid as it dries. This will keep the strands lying flat and prevent flyaways and frizz while it dries.
The process completely changes the texture of natural hair. “The term 'silk press' comes from a process popular when I started my career called silking the hair,” says Dailey Greene, hair stylist, colorist, and owner of H2 Salon in Brooklyn, New York. Ideally, your strands will revert once wet.
How Do You Maintain a Silk Press? Here's the good news: after all that, Zemura says that your silk press can last “with proper care” up to two to three weeks.
Can you flat iron after a silk press?
If you find you need to touch up just a small section of your silk press, Hardges recommends using a blow-dry styling brush on low heat to re-style any areas that are reverting. "A flat iron or curling can be used in a last ditch effort," she explains. "But be sure to use a heat protectant and a low heat setting."
Don't Add Any Additional Oils Or Products To Your Hair
Your hair has all the oil it will need once you have silk pressed the hair. You don't need any hair gloss, growth serums, additional edge control. Additional oils and products will weigh your tresses down causing your hair to become limp and lifeless.
Keep the flat iron temperature under 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and if you want a more bone-straight finish, opt for a titanium flat iron rather than ceramic. The reason being, the plates of titanium flat iron heats the hair from the outside-in, creating a smoother and silkier appearance.
It doesn't matter how straight your stylist got your hair; it will revert if it comes into contact with water. If you're wearing a silk press, stay away from water. Avoiding water includes the shower as well.
The downside of a silk press
Heat damage occurs when keratin (hair strands) is melted by the heat applied, causing hair to become permanently altered in shape (usually straight), never returning to its natural curl pattern. Heat of around 215-235 C is likely to cause keratin to melt.
Silk presses can range anywhere from $60 to $100, but can cost even more based on things like the state of your hair and your stylist's skill level.
Advantages of a Silk Press are longer lasting straightness, especially if your hair is more resistant… but more direct heat so more damage. So if your hair isn't usually resistant to straightening, then the traditional Dominican Blowout (no flat iron) would be best.
Your hair is fluffy because it is porous...
This occurs when the hair fibre's cuticles, which usually form a protective barrier, are lifted so much so that the hair absorbs humidity but cannot retain moisture. This is the complete opposite to healthy hair which has smoothed down cuticles.
When our locks are dry, any humidity around makes the scales open since the hair seeks moisture. So, the outer cuticle bristles up and swells as the tresses absorb moisture from the environment, and this results in frizz.
wash your hair and don't blow dry it because the hot air makes hair frizzy. Just let your hair dry by air drying. The other technique of making hair lay flat and fall down is applying a hair gel. another one is applying a hair spray and brush it down, and finally use a hair straightener.
Why does my hair puff up when it dries?
"Humidity is moisture in the air: it breaks the hydrogen bonds, causes the hair to swell a little bit, and that means the hair becomes wavy or frizzy when it dries in its new shape."
Hair straightener, with its heat, makes the hair strands lose its moisture. Then, hair start to absorb moisture from the air. This lifts the cuticles and creates frizzy hair.
When you use a flat iron on wet or even just damp hair, your hair is sandwiched between super-hot plates that dry and shape your hair in a matter of seconds. This can damage your hair even more than heat-styling already can and isn't something you can expect heat protectant to fix.
To get rid of puffy hair, apply a small amount of hair oil, like argan or coconut, starting at the ends and working your way towards the roots. Or, use an anti-frizz spray to lock your hair in the style you want it. You should also look for shampoo and conditioner made for curly or dry hair.
If it's not damage because you trimmed off damage then it is probably either that your hair needs more moisture (moisturizing shampoo, conditioner, masks, leave-in conditioner), or that you have curls that are struggling to come out. Dry brushing curly or wavy hair will make it puffy and frizzy.