How to Give Bounce to Pressed, African-American Hair

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Giving bounced-to-pressed hair requires you to use the right tools in the appropriate ways. Find out how to give bounce to pressed African-American hair with help from a licensed professional hairstylist in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Stephanie Haynes at Diva Hair Designs and today, I'm going to show you how to press natural hair and make it have body. First of all, before you begin, you want to shampoo the hair with a clarifying shampoo. This will remove any dirt and buildup and any oils that maybe in the hair and then you follow up with a moisturizing shampoo that will add natural oils back into the hair as well as a moisturizing conditioner. That is very important to making sure that the body, that the hair is clear from any debris, dirt or buildup so that it can have a body at the end of the press. After you do that, you dry the hair and then you want to blow dry the hair. It's important to set the client under the dryer to let her hair dry first and then blow dry it so that you won't have as much heat on the hair from blow drying. So, when you blow dry, you're only blow drying it to make it just a little bit more straighter before the press. Here I have a flat iron that I use and when I press the hair, the chemicals that I use are Miracle 7 by, at Sally's; you can purchase it at Sally's. But, you don't want to put a lot of oil or other products in the hair to take away from the body of it. You don't want to weigh it down. So, a setting lotion and a leave-in conditioner which is the Miracle 7 are two products that we can use to give the hair body. It is good to section the hair in small sections to make sure that you get, don't have too much hair in the flat iron when you're ready to press it. Normally, old school we use straightening, but now we use flat irons. It gives the hair the same amount of body. That way, you only have to go through the hair maybe just once or twice, where if you didn't blow dry it, you'd have to go through more. This is a heat resistant comb. It is good to use this hot comb to put underneath the hair, to comb the hair out. Place it underneath the hair and it helps to straighten the hair out from any knots or kinks that might be in the hair and you can get a smooth press. Once again, my name is Stephanie Haynes at Diva Hair Designs in Duncanville, Texas, and I just demonstrated how to do a press and give it body on natural hair.

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