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If you've never heard of a silk wrap, you're definitely not alone! So what is a silk wrap and how to silk wrap your hair? A relatively new hair treatment technique, silk wrapping involves wrapping dry hair (using saran wrap) with a bit of moisturizer and a shine spray under a hooded dryer. The goal of a silk wrap treatment is to give relaxed hair that flat iron, silky, and shiny look after just one treatment.
Silk wrapping can actually also apply to nails, where you apply a piece of silk fabric onto a broken nail to mend it!
What is a Silk Wrap?
The reason why the silk wrap is so popular is because it doesn't damage the hair like other hair treatments that use a ton of heat. Getting straight hair using the hair wrap method is easy, safe, and a natural alternative to using harsh chemicals and intense heat.
For those with natural hair that has been pressed, the treatment will work the same but will also reduce the volume, for a flatter style. You can silk wrap your hair straight after roller setting to smooth the hair out. If you have natural hair that has been straightened smooth, a silk wrap can be used a week later to make the press last longer and keep its shape.
How to Silk Wrap Your Hair
The technique of silk wrapping is not at all hard to do, and will give you some pretty awesome results without spending a fortune or damaging your hair!
The process of straightening natural, curly hair can be a daunting one, and can also differ from person to person. Those with naturally thick and curly hair, can greatly benefit from silk wrapping. It's something that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Oh, and did we mention how much money this can save you? The answer is a LOT! So instead of spending your hard earned dough at the salon, spend it on something more worthwhile!
The Process of Silk Wrapping:
- Before starting, make sure your hair is completely dry. If hair is relaxed, roller set first, or, if natural, follow your usual routine of straightening your hair.
- Grab about a dime-sized amount of your moisturizer (preferably a heat protectant one to prevent heat damage). Rub into your hair concentrating on ends. Use a comb to distribute evenly throughout your hair.
- Brush the hair into a smooth wrap and do not use any pins as this may give you creases in the end. If need be, spray a light layer of an oil sheen spray.
- Apply the saran wrap over your hair, and make sure that it's firmly secured.
- Blow dry your hair for about 10 to 20 minutes.
- Remove the plastic wrap and comb out the wrap.
- Your hair should be silky smooth and straight!
Depending on how processed or curly your hair is, you may need to repeat this process several times to ensure straight, silky hair. Use the lowest heat setting as not to burn your hair, and always ensure that you use a heat protectant cream.
You might be wondering, is silk wrapping safe for those wavy or straight hair? Although not highly recommended, you CAN silk wrap hair if you already have straight or wavy hair. This method is more so for those with naturally curly hair. If you just want to achieve really straight hair with tons of shine, you can definitely use this!
A few very IMPORTANT things to consider when silk wrapping:
- Be very careful when blow drying your hair. Because you're applying heat to the saran wrap (which is made out of plastic), you must be really careful not to get too close to the scalp. The last thing you'd want is for the plastic to melt into your hair. Can you say nightmare?!
- Don't overdo it. Don't let the heat on for too long. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, blow drying times may vary. Check the dryness of your hair consistently to make sure you're not burning your hair. Over drying can cause hair breakage, dryness, and can also lead to hair loss.
- Use a good quality hair moisturizer. We recommend Alikay Naturals Moisturizer Rich Hair Parfait which is a cult favorite of those with kinky hair. It has the ability to to enhance shine, help straighten, and is known for its amazing manageability properties. Additionally, it's also made with all natural ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, and argan oil. These all work together to soften, smooth, and hydrate dry, parched hair. Check out 14 other moisturizing products for coarse, thick hair!
- Know what works for you and what doesn't. Unfortunately, what may work for others, may not work for you, and vice verse. So if you try to silk wrap and it doesn't work for you – don't fret! It may be just that your hair won't take to the process, but thankfully the Internet is filled with hundreds of natural at-home hair remedies which you can try!
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