What is a Silk Press ?
A Silk Press is a great natural alternative to relaxer. It is an updated version of the traditional Press and Curl method. Idea for the woman that does not want to use a chemical treatment to straighten their curly or wavy hair, a Silk Press is recommended.
The Silk Press is achieved with the use of Ceramic and/or Marcel irons.
In traditional Press and Curl services hair pomades, oils and heavy products were used and would often coat the hair and weigh it down and leave the hair with little body and no movement in the hair. Through education and the understanding of natural hair textures, I have upgraded the traditional Press and Curl Method and now I'm able to give today’s natural client the option to maintain chemical free silky smooth hair with the best Silk Press service in Philadelphia.
Our Silk Press service includes: Shampoo, w/Conditioner, Blow dry, Press and finishing style.
It gives hair the look and feel of relaxed hair with body and movement and allows the natural hair to remain natural and still be shiny, straight, bouncy, silky, and soft. Service includes: Shampoo,Conditioner,Blow dry, Press and finishing style.
What to Expect During the Silk Press Process
I start by giving you a detoxifying deep cleansing shampoo ,followed by sulfate free shampoo and moisturizing conditioning. NOTE: to achieving a successful Silk Press service a clarifying shampoo is used. Natural hair needs to be deep cleansed in order to remove any product buildup, dirt, oil etc.
Conditioning is key. I replenish the moisture balance in the hair with a 5-10 minute moisturizing conditioning treatment. Deep conditioning is available at additional cost.
Prior to Blow-drying the hair I lock in the moisture with a leave in conditioner and a silk infused heat protector.
Then I blow dry the hair smooth with a paddle or comb attachment section by section with a hand-held blow dryer and prepare it for your desired style.
After the Blowout I Silk Press the hair with temperature controlled ceramic flat irons.
*I Silk Press the hair straight from root to tip.
* If curls are desired I Use ceramic curling irons to heat the hair into the desired curl pattern.
In some cases the ends of the hair need to be trimmed to give the hair a more clean and polished look. This is available as a add-on service.
Can a Silk Press cause damage to the hair over time?
No. If done correctly, the hair will not be damaged. I will also say that hair has memory. Once you continuously straighten the hair the natural curl pattern will loosen; this is not damaged hair. The heat has loosened the natural curl pattern of the hair.
*PLEASE NOTE: Hair that requires extra time due to length, texture, density, or condition may incur additional charges.
My Silk Press services are named after specific product/brands used during shampooing and conditioning but the technique and execution is always same.
Hair conditioner is made of only a few ingredients but it’s the cationic surfactants that do most of the work. At one end of every cationic surfactant molecule is a positive charge that binds to the negative charge of a hair strand. The attraction is so strong that the surfactants completely surround the strand and cover the cuticle flakes, like a customized hair envelope. The small amount of acid in the conditioner makes the cuticle flakes fall tightly against each other and hair feels smooth again, even after you rinse the conditioner out.
Rinse-out conditioners are applied to the hair after shampooing. They are allowed to stay in the hair a short time (say 30 seconds to a couple of minutes) then rinsed. After being rinsed thoroughly, they make the hair easier to comb, frizz-free, soft feeling, reduce static charges, improve shine, and protect hair from future damage.
Under the microscope, hair strands are flaky-looking. These “flakes” are dead skin cells overlapping to form a cuticle layer that protects the fragile inner layers of a hair strand. Light reflects off this cuticle layer, giving hair its natural shine. The average person has between 120,000-150,000 hair strands and they look their best when the overlying cuticle flakes lay tightly against one another. When hair begins to look frizzy or limp, it means the cuticle layer is being worn down and the overlapping cells are no longer lying snugly flat.
What type treatment is right for you.
Now that your cuticle layer is shattered and wide open its time to decide which treatments are best for you.
Chemically treated hair must be treated differently then hair that is in a virgin state, take note if you color your hair but wear your hair in "natural styles"... your hair has been chemically altered
and is no longer "VIRGIN".
So here's the deal... in order for that color to become permanent, that relaxer to smooth out the curls or for that perm to give you the spirals of life they all do one thing ---Shatter that cuticle wide open. When these products are used properly and professionally the hair is almost back to normal. Keeping the seal on the envelope is now important. Reconstruction maybe for you if you need to build up the proteins removed during your chemical processes, These treatments are normally in liquid form for more intense absorbing action, and should not be used excessively because over use can create hard brittle hair. If you love the heat you need to moisturize and protect those cuticles and a creamy protein or keratin base treatment will be best for your hair strands. Natural hair also will need the extra moisture from a deep conditioning treatment containing some absorbing oils like Aragon and Almond oils. Fine and thin hair needs love too, try a product that builds body and adds volume to the strands.
Let a professional suggest the proper treatment, more then likely he or she will have access to top quality high grade products that are not available from your local drugstore.
If your anything like the average American women you may have indulged in or will have experienced some type of sexual activity. Did you know that these things affect the overall quality of your natural hair and beauty.
Did you know Sex can be a beauty treatment?
Hormones not only control our sex drives and overall sexual performance and experiences, they also have a direct link to the ultimate condition of our hair, such as "testosterone", which is a hair killer to much will cause hair loss and even male pattern baldness, or estrogen the beauty hormone.
While having sex, a woman's body doubles the estrogen level, and this makes her hair shine and the skin becomes softer.This hormone not only control our sex drive, but they also affect the way our hair looks.
In addition to increasing your hormone levels, a healthy sex life also has a number of other physiological impacts that can impact your hair growth. A healthy sex life serves to reduce stress levels. The actual act of having sex is, of course, enjoyable and it’s commonly-accepted as a stress-relieving activity. And as anyone who has researched hair growth knows, stress is a significant factor that can exacerbate hair loss because:
・ The body’s blood vessels and capillaries constrict during times of stress, resulting in poor blood flow to the scalp.
・ Stress activates neurotransmitters and hormones that interfere with hair growth.
Don't be afraid to sweat out that hairdo!
Sweating while having sex cleanse the skin pores, making the skin brighter and decreasing the risk of developing dermatitis.
Sex increases blood circulation, which helps pump oxygen to our skin resulting in a brighter appearance. Hence: that after-sex glow.
Sex boosts our natural collagen production, which staves off age spots and sagging.
Sex improves circulation, gives the body the moisture it needs to stay healthy. Translation: no more dry skin.
Furthermore, having sweaty sex is like a facial for your skin.
Research has shown that a satisfying sex life results in healthy, luscious hair due to the body's increased ability to receive and metabolize nutrients efficiently ,so if your using any of those suggestions of hair vitamins ,some great sex will increase positive results.
Info sources http://news.softpedia.com/news/16-Reasons-Why-Sex-Is-Good-for-Your-Helath-67663.shtml