The 14 Best Silk Press Products of 2023

With picks from Pattern, ghd, Aveda, Slip, and more

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Best Silk Press Products

Byrdie / Michela Buttignol

A trip to the hair salon was a right of passage for young Black girls in the ‘90s and 2000s. But since then, there’s been an influx of hair care brands making it easy to recreate the shiny silk press look from the comfort of your own bathroom. “Until now, there haven't been any convenient tools for non-hair experts to recreate the look at home, so it’s something Black girls have had to do,” Kimberly Kimble, hair expert and stylist to celebrities like Beyoncé and Zendaya explains. “Luckily, with new innovative tools and hair treatments, the process can be made simpler at-home.”

Final Verdict

We love the Pattern Blow Dryer, which has multi-use attachments that lock in place and works at a safe temperature and can be used when styling curly and straight hair, alike. We also love the  ghd Platinum Styler Flat Iron, a fantastic hot tool that’s pre-set to a healthy heat to ensure you don’t fry your tresses.

From a wide range of products to the endless amount of resources readily available thanks to the Internet, there are a myriad of ways that you can safely straighten their hair without damaging your curl pattern in the process. While a regular visit to the salon is always best to ensure your hair is as well taken care of, with the proper technique alongside an arsenal of products (think, quality flat iron, deep conditioner, an anti-frizz serum, strengthening oil, etc.) your DIY silk press can last just as long and look (almost) as good as it would post appointment

Just ahead, Kimble breaks down the process, offering readers tips and tricks to getting a healthy and well-behaving bouncy blowout. Keep reading for the best silk press products currently on the market. 

Best Shampoo

Ouai Detox Shampoo

Ouai Detox Shampoo

Sephora

What We Like
  • Cruelty-free

  • Well suited for all hair types

  • Increases shine

  • Mild scent

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Clean hair is the first step in perfecting an at-home silk press, and Ouai’s detox shampoo has the power to get the job done. Its silky smooth formula helps remove the product built up on the scalp in between washes, without stripping hair of natural oils—giving you the clean slate needed for your ideal iron out. The light floral scent is a nice finishing touch.

Type: Shampoo | Key Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Conditioner

Ceremonia Cupuaçu & Castor Deep Hydrating Conditioner

Ceremonia Cupuaçu & Castor Deep Hydrating Conditioner

Sephora

What We Like
  • Clean formula

  • Sulfate free

  • Works on all hair textures

  • Decreases frizz

  • Great for dryness

  • Safe for colored hair

What We Don't Like
  • Strong earthy scent

Beloved by the natural community, Ceremonia’s deeply hydrating conditioner is a great way to treat your hair, especially before (and after) putting heat on it. Its clean formula is great for moisturizing all hair textures, eliminating frizz in the process. 

Type: Conditioner | Key Ingredients: Aloe vera, castor oil, Cupuaçu | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Anti-Frizz Product

Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade

Aveda Brilliant Pomade

Aveda

What We Like
  • Repels moisture to prevent frizziness

  • Lightweight satiny formula

  • A little bit goes a long way

  • Cruelty free

  • Paraban, sulfate, and phthalate free

What We Don't Like
  • Can weigh down hair

If you’re looking to prevent your silk press from swelling as a result of the weather, Aveda’s anti-humectant pomade comes highly recommended by Brooklyn-based stylist Marq of H2Salon. Apart from suggesting his regulars add it to their haircare collection, he also uses it on his clients as a finishing touch after each visit.

Type: Styling product | Key Ingredients: Castor seed oil | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Straightener

ghd Platinum+ Styler - 1" Flat Iron, Grand-Luxe Collection

ghd Platinum Styler Flat Iron

Dermstore

What We Like
  • Single-pass styling

  • Heats up quickly

  • Snag free

  • Increases shine and reduces heat damage

What We Don't Like
  • Pre-set temperature

Ghd’s platinum flat iron truly has it all. The highly-coveted hair tool heats up to a healthy 356-degrees in 20 seconds. It has a sleek gold exterior and a 1-inch barrel that’s just as great for creating bouncy curls as it is perfecting your at-home silk press. We love that it comes with a heat resistant, protective plate guard to prevent you from getting burned while using it. 

Type: Hot tool

Best Blow Dryer

PATTERN Blow Dryer

PATTERN Blow Dryer

PATTERN

What We Like
  • Multi-use attachments that lock in place

  • Safe temperatures

What We Don't Like
  • Some reviewers note dryer can get hot to the touch

Like all Pattern products, this new blow dryer is designed with those that have coily, curly, and tightly-textured hair types in mind. It comes complete with four multi-use options to ensure your hair is protected regardless of your desired hair style. But when it comes to perfecting your next silk press, the thin nozzle and tooth comb attachments will provide the utmost precision. We love that it comes with a brush, diffuser, wide tooth comb, and nozzle attachments, meaning it can be used when styling curly and straight hair, alike. 

Type: Hot tool

Best Finishing Spray

Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Finishing Mist

Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Finishing Mist

Dermstore

What We Like
  • Tames flyaway hairs

What We Don't Like
  • Can weigh down already oily hair

Created by award-winning stylist Charlotte Mensah as a part of her eponymous haircare line, the manketti oil spray is made to be the final step in your silk press process as a way to combat frizz and flyaways. It has a warm, earthy smell that is noticeable but not overpowering. After applying the mist, be sure to let it dry for two to three minutes to let it set into your hair. 

Type: Styling product | Key Ingredients: Manketti nut oil, ximenia oil, and Vitamin E | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Hair Oil

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil

Ulta

What We Like
  • Promotes growth

  • Strengthens hair

  • Nourishes scalp

  • Smoothes split ends

  • Invigorating sensation upon application

What We Don't Like
  • Can weight down already oily hair

Mielle’s viral product features a cocktail of more than 30 essential oils and nutrients to nourish your scalp. Infused with biotin to stimulate hair growth, the almost always sold out oil can be used daily or less frequently in treatment form. Even better, you can find it at most retailers (Target, Walgreens, Ulta and more) for under $10.

Type: Hair oil | Key Ingredients: Manketti nut oil, ximenia oil, and Vitamin E | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Silk Pillowcase

Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase

4.7
Slip Silk Pillowcase

Sephora

What We Like
  • Wide range of colors

  • Reduces breakage and damage

  • Pure silk

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Difficult to clean

Slip’s silk pillowcases come highly recommended by both dermatologists and stylists, alike. According to Slip, it elevates the concept of “beauty sleep” by reducing the chance of hair breakage, as 95 percent of consumers argue there’s also been a notable difference in sleep lines, wrinkles, and creases.

Type: Silk pillowcase

Best Bonnet

Pattern Satin Cap

Pattern Beauty Satin Cap

Pattern Beauty

What We Like
  • Prevents hair damage

  • Smooth satin exterior

  • Doesn't slip

What We Don't Like
  • Leaves marks on skin

Apart from its extensive collection of products, Pattern is also revered for its line of hair accessories–such as claw clips, scrunchies, and bonnets. The brand’s satin cap in particular is made from two durable layers of black satin with elasticated sides, keeping it placed securely on your head. 

Type: Satin bonnet

Best Hair Scarf

Amazon Stay on Satin Hair Wrap

 Amazon Stay on Satin Hair Wrap

Amazon

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Available at a range of retailers

What We Don't Like
  • Can be difficult if you don't know how to tie it

Protecting your hair while you sleep is an integral part to maintaining a fresh silk press. Wrapping technique aside, what you put on your head to keep your locks in place at night makes all the difference. Thankfully, you can’t go wrong with a classic satin durag or hair wrap, found at your local beauty supply store or this one on Amazon that has more than 1K positive reviews. And if you’re not sure how to wrap your tresses to ensure longevity, there are a slew of creators on TikTok and YouTube that you can refer back to. 

Type: Hair scarf

Best Detangling Brush

Tangle Teezer Naturally Curly Brush

Tangle Teezer Naturally Curly Brush

Tangle Teezer

What We Like
  • Gentle design

  • Detangles while keeping curls in tact

What We Don't Like
  • Can only be used on wet hair

Those with thicker hair know the struggle of finding a detangling tool that actually works. Designed specifically with tighter curls in mind, Tangle Teezer’s brush is great for those with 3C -4C hair. It’s tough on tangles without tearing the hair. 

Type: Brush

Best Hair Clips

Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips

Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips

Sephora

What We Like
  • Alligator haw design prevents slipping

  • Works on wet and dry hair

What We Don't Like
  • Can be delicate

The key to getting a salon-quality silk press at home is precision and sectioning your hair off ahead of straightening will help you be as precise as possible. Available in a four-pack, its alligator jaw design is made to prevent slipping and keep a wide range of hair types and textures in place.

Type: Hair clip

Best Dry Shampoo

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

4.4
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

Sephora

What We Like
  • Extends silk press and blowout

  • Absorbs product and oil build up

  • No residue

  • Fresh scent

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Part of ensuring your silk press lasts is ensuring you have items on hand that will make it feel as silky as it did on day one. On that list is a quality dry shampoo to break down oil and product buildup on the spot, without stripping the hair. Invest in the travel size, too, to give your do a refresh while on the go. 

Type: Dry shampoo | Key Ingredients: Starch, glycerin, biotin | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Best Hair Fragrance

Moroccanoil Hair and Body Fragrance Mist

Moroccanoil Hair and Body Fragrance Mist

Moroccanoil 

What We Like
  • Refreshing scent

  • Offers UV protection from harmful sun rays

  • Sulfate and paraben free

  • Multi-use product that can be used on your body, too

What We Don't Like
  • Requires multiple applications

Like dry shampoo, hair fragrance is key in extending the life of your silk press. To keep your hairstyle smelling fresh, Morrocanoil’s mist offers a light, natural scent that’s subtle and won’t weigh your hair down. What’s even better is that it doubles as a body and face oil too, making it totally worth the cost per wear. 

Type: Hair fragrance| Active Ingredients: Vitamin E, argan oil | Byrdie Clean: Yes | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Final Verdict

We love the Pattern Blow Dryer, which has multi-use attachments that lock in place and works at a safe temperature and can be used when styling curly and straight hair, alike. We also love the ghd Platinum Styler Flat Iron, a fantastic hot tool that’s pre-set to a healthy heat to ensure you don’t fry your tresses.

Meet the Expert

Kimberly Kimble is a hair expert and stylist to celebrities like Beyoncé and Zendaya.

What to Look For in Products For Silk Presses

Quality Deep Conditioner

Before hitting the heating tools to get those silky tresses, your hair should be as moisturized as possible. A deep conditioning treatment made for Black hair, especially one doubled up with a conditioning cap, is the simplest way to pack an extra dose of moisture into your hair as you prep for the press.

Hard-Working Heat Protectant

The key to keeping your curls healthy during the silk press process is having a substantial heat protecting serum on hand. By creating a barrier between your strands and the plates of your flat iron ahead of picking up the straightener, you’re minimizing the damage before it happens. 

Temperature-Control Flat Iron

There are many flat irons made with natural hair in mind. This tool is the number one most important part of a blowout for a silky, shiny look, as it is its heat processing that temporarily changes your hair's texture. We love the ghd straightener listed in this roundup because it comes with a safe pre-set temperature.

Oil-Containing Anti-Frizz Product

By using an anti-frizz serum during the styling process, and later if needed, you're taking a proactive step to prevent frizz before it happens. But because Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade is super lightweight, you can also apply it after you’re finished without fear of it weighing your hair down. Chances are you’ll likely need more of it, and more often, in wet and humid weather than in warmer, drier temps. 

Double-Lined Bonnet

From a young age, Black people are taught the importance of donning a sleep cap or bonnet for bed to protect our curls. When it comes to selecting a style, consider going for a double-lined option made from satin or silk to protect your silk press from frizzing or getting tangled overnight.

FAQ
  • What is a silk press?

    Kimble explains a silk press as the process of straightening the hair using a thermal heated comb (or you can press the hair out with a flat iron). It involves starting with a clarifying wash, deep conditioning, drying, and then using a flat iron to achieve a silky look. At a salon, a trim may be involved as well.

  • How do you get a silk press at home?

    Part of recreating a salon-quality look is ensuring you have the right products on hand but Kimble explains that the secret to a really great silk press at home is making sure you have a heat protectant and hair oils that will make the hair silkier and smoother when you are pressing the hair for this treatment.

  • What products do you need for a silk press?

    “In my opinion, the key products I'd recommend to successfully recreate this look would be a good leave-in protectant serum that could withstand the heat from a flat iron,” says Kimble. “Lastly, it's important to have a quality, safe flat iron for this.” 

  • How to keep your silk press shiny and intact?

    According to Kimble, the best way to upkeep a silk press is by protecting the hair overnight with a silk bonnet. She recommends the Double Lined Silky Satin Night Bonnet  from her collection of haircare accessories to keep the hair shiny and smooth for an extended amount of time. 

  • How often should you get a silk press?

    This is a styling method that is best done on occasion, for the sake of your hair's health. It is recommended to get a silk press no more than every 3-4 months. 

Why Trust Byrdie

Shelby Ying Hyde is a Byrdie contributor who writes for Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, The Zoe Report, and more. She considered dozens of silk press products for this story before landing on these expert-recommended options.

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