Pros & Cons of silk press vs. the flat iron. Compare: Which one lasts the longest, gets your hair straighter, and is the easiest, safest, and fastest to use?
Ok, since I never had to do a silk press on myself, the first time I saw a pressing comb and cordless marcel irons with a stove (like the one in the picture) was in beauty school.
Some of my fellow students were already familiar with the silk press process, and they styled hair with the carefree ease that only comes from years of experience.
The silk press and the hot pressing comb have a fantastic history worth mentioning.
I appreciate our predecessors of cosmetology who were concerned that only qualified professionals use this tool and NOT the untrained consumer who could ruin their hair. Smithsonian
Here we will consider which is best for you?
A traditional silk press vs. the modern flat iron, we explain the Pros and Cons of
Which lasts longer?
Which gets your hair straighter?
Which is the most comfortable and fastest?
Defining The Term "Silk Press"
The term silk press is using a pressing comb or hot comb to straighten, curly, kinky or Coily hair types in their "natural" state. Or that have not been chemically treated and straightened with a relaxer.
The word Silk refers to your hair's appearance after pressed silky smooth.
A silk press is also called a press and curl.
But a press and curl service, not only refers to the straightening process of silk pressing but also to the styling process of using marcel curling irons or another styling tool.
Because of the many advances in hair tools over the past few decades, many now commonly refer to as a silk press, a straightening service done with a flat iron on natural hair where the hair is left silky smooth and practically bone straight.
Silk Press With Pressing Comb (aka Hot Comb)
Conventional pressing combs heat up with a stove or electrical heater; they don’t have precise heat control. That is why experienced professionals are so talented.
A safer alternative is needed, especially if you’re going to try silk pressing your hair at home. The Andis company makes an electrical pressing comb. With 20 Heat Settings, you can get it to just the right amount of heat and Auto Shut-Off for safety.
Nothing straightens hair as well as a traditional silk press. You can get next to the scalp because of the small size of the comb