Is Straightening Hair Time Consuming?

People always want to know if my method of straightening hair is time consuming?  The answer is yes!  It’s a tedious process, but well worth it in the end.  The hair flows better, is softer, silkier and lasts longer for the client.

I know most hairstylists want their clients to come back asap, but I choose the long term approach to keeping my customers happy by giving them gorgeous hair that lasts for 2 weeks and sometimes 3  (as long as they care for it properly).

As I always say, there’s room out here for everyone, so whatever you do…Do it Well and the customers will come.   As always you can check me out on http://www.silkstarr.com.

Can Natural Hair Look and Feel Like a Relaxer?

People often ask me hey is that a relaxer?  Did you put a weave in?  Is that a lacefront?  My answer is always a laughable no.  For some reason people don’t want to believe that you can press the hair, and it have shine, bounce and body.

Normally the ladies that get their hair done don’t want a lot of curl to their hair, but you could make it curly or put more of a bend in it.  The press will hold for about 2 weeks if taken care of properly and looks just like…if not better than a relaxer.  Yes…you too can be silky and FABULOUS!!!  Check it out.

For more info on how to straighten hair go to http://www.silkstarr.com

What do you use to Straighten Hair? Here are the new Tools

My primary tool for Straightening hair is NOT a pressing  comb. A straightening comb is fine if that’s what you want to use…but for me it doesn’t give me the silky, bouncy hair that I like.  Also, straightening combs are made of brass which conduct heat at a high level and also cools quickly so it’s hard to regulate the temperature, which can result in burning the hair.

Now with any heating element you can burn the hair, however with a straightening comb the odds are much higher.  I prefer to use a flat iron.  Not a Chi iron, but a pair of flat irons that go into a ceramic stove.  You must be careful to make sure the irons aren’t too hot, but once they get to the temperature you need it’s very easy to maintain the heat level.

In the below video I talk about the tools I use to straighten hair.

You can see an example of my silky pressed hairstyles at http://www.silkstarr.com

Blow Drying Secrets

When blowdrying ethnic hair there are many ways to do it.  Most people use a comb attachment when blowdrying to ensure that the hair gets straight. I’ve found that using the comb attachment takes away some of the bounce and flow so instead, I blow dry using a paddle brush or a denman brush.

A paddle brush has wide teeth so not only does it help dry the hair, it keeps hair breakage to a minimum.  I don’t use excessive heat when drying the hair either. I use just enough heat to dry the hair.  I don’t try to straighten and dry it at the same time.

I choose to use a layered approach when I work with the hair, blowdrying is just one of many steps I take to get the hair silky, shiny and bouncy.  As a matter of fact blowdrying is the foundation of having a successful hairstyle.

Below is a video I made about the tools I use to blowdry the hair.  You can check out all of my videos at http://www.youtube.com/gigispaowner or my website. http://www.silkstarr.com

Is it Necessary to Cut Split Ends?

This is a sore subject for both clients and hairstylists.  Most clients are under the impression that you should trim your end every 6 months or at best once per year.  Some hairstylists trim the hair every 4 – 6 weeks.  What’s the real answer?

I say, trim the ends when they need to be trimmed.  With all of the styling aids available to the general public and a woman’s quest to have fabulous looking hair everyday by applying heat…the trims may in fact have to be even more frequent due to drying out the hair.

Generally speaking when I press someone’s hair, immediately after the press both of us can see the split ends so there’s no need to have a deep discussion.  They can see that one portion of the hair is silky and beautiful, and the rest of the hair looks like shredded wheat.  If they want all of their hair to look silky it’s a no brainer…get the ends CUT!

Now, I do try to leave the maximum length because sometimes cutting all of the ends would cause the client a lot of anguish, so I’ll opt to complete it over time, but they know that the ends of their hair likely won’t curl very well or won’t hold a curl.  If they’re alright with it, and they agree to come back on a regular basis then I don’t mind allowing some of the ends to stay.

In the below video you can see an example of pressed hair before and after the split ends were trimmed.  Please note all ends were not removed.

Straighten Hair with no Oil or Hair Grease

People constantly ask me about how I get the hair so silky, bouncy and shiny. It’s simple.  I don’t put any oil or grease on the hair.

Oil weighs the hair down, and attracts dirt thus not allowing the hair to flow and bounce.  I’m all about shiny, soft bouncy,  hair so I love  straightening hair, or what I call creating “The Silk”.  It’s really nothing new, but it’s the process I use to get the hair FABULOUSLY silky just like a silk scarf…hence the name.

Check out the below video as an example…Enjoy!

My Hair Is Natural…Will Heat Damage My Hair?

I get this question frequently.  A client has natural hair, they don’t want a relaxer…but they want their hair to be straight.  They want to find a holistic way to straighten their hair, something without chemicals.  I fully understand  this quest, and would love to find or create the product that would do this without any possibility of damaging the hair.  So far neither has happened (at least not to my satisfaction or knowledge).

What’s the alternative?  Well, the only thing I can do is press the hair.  Of course the next question is…is it too much heat?  Certainly there is a such thing as too much heat, but if you ensure that your hair is properly conditioned and use a protectant before you press the hair you will most certainly limit any damage to the cuticle.  Also, let me say this and there’s no good way to say it.  You can’t have your cake and eat it too, meaning you can’t be natural, want straight hair and not use any heat.  If you have overly curly hair, natural hair, or as some would call it nappy hair and you DON”T want to get a relaxer then you must add heat.  It’s just that simple.

Keep in mind if you like to wear your hair in natural styles with your natural curl pattern showing.  IF you press your hair very often,  your natural curls will be altered as the hair becomes trained to the press…meaning you will have less curl, or straighter hair, even when you shampoo it.    Is that good for your hair?  Probably not…for those like me who like straight hair, it doesn’t bother me as long as my hair isn’t coming out.

Of course there will be those who will disagree with the above statement, but I’m OK with it.  As my father would say “there’s a lid for every pot”, my lid just happens to prefer my straight hair.

I’m not saying go crazy with pressing and flat ironing your hair.  There’s a limit to everything.  In fact, I do not recommend you applying heat to your hair except for when you initially press and style your hair.  After that you should wrap it and tie it up with a silk scarf and let the hair naturally fall.  Your pressed style should last for 2 weeks if properly cared for (or if it’s not too humid).

So the answer to the question is heat CAN damage your hair, but YOU have to control the amount of heat you put on your hair.

Hope this helps!  I invite your questions or comments.

Straightening Ethnic Hair

After Pressing Hair

Before Silk Press

My name is Angel Fitch and I specialize in creating Silky, Bouncy, Shiny Hair!  I absolutely love it.

Though I’m impatient in most areas of my life, for some reason I am so patient when I’m straightening hair.  I think it’s because I love seeing the transformation take place, as well as the excitement in the clients eyes as they begin to feel their hair move (for some, it’s the first time ever) or when they see how soft and shiny it is.

My clients call me Dr  Silkalicious because in most cases no one has ever made their hair feel so soft and smooth with no oil applied to the hair.  I’m all about movement and flow with the hair.  I don’t want to have it pasted to my clients scalp.

So my blog will be dedicated to sharing information on how to create, maintain and manage “The Silk”.  That’s my term for it.

Stay tuned…I have a lot of great information to offer.  If you’re impatient, you can  check out my Youtube videos http://www.youtube.com/gigispaowner

Thanks for reading!

Angel