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The Best Press Ever!!

By:  NaturaLeah On:  May 02, 2012 0 Comments

Ok…So, it was also my ONLY press ever, but I still stand by the claim that it’s the best ;-)

Hi ladies!  I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from us at Living No Lye.  We appreciate all of your continued support during our absence.  As always, we encourage you to continue to share your experiences on your natural hair journey.  So, keep ‘em coming!

Today I wanted to just share my (and Sasha’s) first press.  Of course, I went to my favorite natural hair stylist, Dana, with Elliptical Naturals.  And as usual, she did not disappoint!  Take a look…

This is how I looked when I walked into the salon (I’ve been loving the side puff lately)

Then, Dana started working her magic.  First, she washed my hair and conditioned (gotta love that hot towel under the dryer :-) ).  This is a picture of Sasha in her full glory!  Watch out Foxy Brown…

I tried to snap a picture of the products she used to start the flat-ironing process. Sorry about the glare, but there’s a list after the picture.

(From left to right: Design Essentials HCO Leave in conditioner and Blow Drying Lotion, Design Essentials Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum, and Kay Vel All Natural Creme Press)

Tip #1: Dana said a little bit of the Kay Vel Creme Press protects the hair from humidity.  It definitely worked!!

Here are the results…

After Blowdry

After Flat Iron

The finished product!!

Tip #2Dana says the key to a great press is healthy hair, which leads to Tip #3…


I was very happy with the results.  This was my first hard press since being natural (BC’ed Dec 4, 2010).  I decided I’m going to get it pressed once a year.  I have to say, it completely changed my look.  I kept it for a week.  It could’ve lasted longer, but I missed my fro!!  I started to get a little bored with it straight.  Although, I tried some creative styles during that week.

Kudos to Dana Augustine for her hair artistry!

Keep it growing ladies.  Show us your before and after press pics!!

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