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Mini Natural Hair Chronicles: At Home Silk Press

We’re back and without the humidity in the air, I decided to treat the mini natural to a deep conditioning, argan-oiled at home silk press. The first time I tried this, was during her Kindergarten graduation ceremony and I have learned that the same as my hair and all other naturals, humidity and pressing hair do not go hand in hand.

Over the past few months, I told you guys how I’ve been struggling with mini me and her eczema on her scalp. With the awkward winter warmth, it didn’t get any better. I’ve started washing it twice a week – pray for me and our drama. Although, I’ve seen some change, it’s still an issue.

I recently have gone back to seeing a stylist myself and during my own hair treatment, I asked her some questions about my mini natural hair and the silk press process. Here is what I did:

Prepoo/Wash/Condition:

Started her silk press process by first doing a prepoo with a mix of coconut oil and conditioner. After a few minutes under the dryer, she played around the house letting the scalp continue to penetrate the oils from the coconut oil and the conditioner. Next steps involved washing with a clarifying and then moisturizing shampoo, finally deep conditioning her hair. Already, focusing on her scalp, I noticed a huge difference. Most of us produce so much oil from our hair in addition to what we add to our hair, that we seldom have issues. For those that have eczema, I’ve found that it’s the opposite…at least for mini me.

Mini Silk press

Blowdry:

Ordinarily, I would just put big braids in the mini natural’s hair and tackle it the next day. Today, I wanted to relax on Sunday – and that’s exactly what I did. lol
Protecting her hair with OGX Moroccan Smooth Perfection Blow Out Cream, Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare 4-in-1 combing crème and argon oil, I sectioned her hair and got to blow drying. After each section, I twisted the strands and pinned it in place.
Mini Silk Press

After the warm setting of the hair drying was done, I removed the pins to examine the scalp, just to make sure I didn’t have any issues or concerns. There were none.
Mini Silk Press

Mini Natural Silk Press:

Using a Gold n Hot flat iron, at the temperature of 300-350, I proceeded to take small pieces of about six sections and carefully straightened my mini me’s natural curls to straight long strands. Not focusing so much on the scalp, I managed to straighten her whole head and get a fine tooth comb through without any snags. Her hair but most importantly her scalp was clean and clear of any dryness or breaks in the skin.

Why I really decided to do a mini natural silk press?
Mini Silk Press
When I visited the hair salon, I knew I had split ends, it never occurred to me till that day as I watched hair fall to the floor that mini me may have split ends too. So here it is…so I got those extra sharp shears and got to clipping.

The End Result to the Mini Natural Silk Press:
Mini Silk Press

What do you think? Did I do a good job creating a silk press on my mini natural?

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Kara
    January 15, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Your mini me’s hair looks great! The trim made it nice & healthy looking and the silk press got it straight & shiny. I know the eczema struggle so I feel your pain. Great job!!

    • Reply
      Type 4 Naturals
      January 15, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you so much. I will be washing it this weekend. Hoping I did everything right and her curls come back and her scalp remains ok. Thank you for reading!

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    J. Kristina
    January 18, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Chamomile essential oil works great for eczema. It’s gentle and a little goes along way. You can also try doing a rinse with the tea to help. I have been toying with the idea of straightening my hair I may try a silk press.

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      Type 4 Naturals
      January 18, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Oh. I haven’t heard of chamomile essential oil. I’ll have to try it out. Thank you. Update: her curls came back. I was so excited. lol and only one dry patch.

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    LaShon Renee
    January 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I’ve been toying with the idea of straightening my hair also. Unlinke like mini natural I don’t have a mom to do it for me so I keep cringing at the thought of the long involved process. Lol

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      Kat
      January 19, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Awe it is a long process. And I get it the goal is to have straight hair today but curls tomorrow. Lol You can always take a Saturday and do the wash/deep conditioning and then Sunday flatiron. Not so many hours all at once. If you do it, send us pics!

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    Latoya
    March 28, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I definitely need to do this with my mini-me. She has eczema and split ends as well. If only I was in NY. We’d be going to Kat’s hair salon for natural mini-me’s. ?

    • Reply
      Kat
      March 28, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Lol Toya!! You can do this or take her to a salon watch them do it and then you can apply the same techniques later. ?

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