When black women want long flowing hair without the use of harsh chemicals, their go-to technique is the silk press. Silk press hairstyles have been a mainstay in African American fashion since the 1920s. Beauticians would use a metal comb, heated by a stove, to straighten the curl pattern of African American hair. Silk presses give you the ability to have hair that will gracefully flow in the wind, while also keeping your natural curl pattern. The model in these images is wearing a silk press natural hairstyle from Lisa Motley, a professional hairstylist from Alter Ego Salon in Columbia, SC.