My hair is not heat trained so when I get it straightened I have accepted it will not stay bone straight for long. However, as long as my roots are straight – even if my ends puff up a little I can still work with it! I can preserve a silk press for up to 3-4 weeks.
The key to preserving silk presses for me is flexi rods and pin curls! When my hair was heat trained and heat damaged (because those two things are not the same), I was able to wrap my hair to preserve it. However, now that my hair is healthier and not heat trained these methods no longer work that well.
Using flexirods and pin curls help preserve my hair and give me volume and body! In about 6-8 sections I use flexi rods to set my hair at night. Or you can use smaller flexi rods of course for a more curly look. The same philosophy applies to pin curls, and I either wear a scarf or bonnet to bed. The next day I take them out, gently combing out the curls till I get my desired look. I made a YouTube video on exactly how I do this, it’s my most viewed video! You can watch that here. I’m so happy about this because it’s such an easy way to great hair. Again pin curls give the same effect and may even be easier to do!
I do not add any product to my hair while my hair is straightened. I don’t add any oils to my scalp or my hair because this would weigh down my strands, create build up on my scalp, and I would have to wash my hair quicker. Flexi rods are one of the natural hair tools every natural should have, see the rest here.
Check out my YouTube channel “Honest Hair Diary” to see how I preserve my silk press! How do you preserve straightened hair?