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How I Prepared My Hair for a Press

I don't recommend it, but I'm not one for styling my hair. I hate the two week in between time before I can jump right into the next protective hairstyle. It's not really protective hair styling if you're not properly taking care of your hair. So, I will never take out a protective style and then 3 days later get my hair pressed. I didn't experience any damage, though. Why? Because the press only lasted a day, and the next day I was happy to quench my coils with much needed water and conditioner. 🙌

After I took out the crochet hair, I applied Shea Moisture Black Jamaican Castor Oil on my scalp and braids. Then I covered with a plastic bag for an hour or so. I then applied Coconut oil with a few drops of Peppermint essential oil, and the braids were super easy to take out, except for the matting around my nape.

The next day I slathered my hair in Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter deep treatment masque. I believe it is these steps that helped those tangles melt right out of my hair, and I didn't experience any breakage! Woo! I don't even know what shampoo and conditioner my stylist used, but my hair was super soft.

Sadly, the press didn't make it a day! There was just too much humidity. Also it doesn't help that I don't know how to baby a pressed style. I didn't wrap it or touch up with additional heat. I didn't let a good press go to waste, though! I dusted my ends and clipped some naughty single strand knots. Oh, I hate those things! 😡 Do you press your hair regularly? What products do you use to maintain the style?

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