- Published on Thursday, 16 April 2015 09:55
Before permanent hair straightening came along, women and men alike faced a losing battle with their hair straighteners and blow dryers. Even with powerful conditioners, the style might hold for a day, but it didn’t last much longer than that. However, with the renaissance of former practices, permanent straightening is the new frontier when it comes to women who are tired of curls.In the world of permanent straightening, you usually have a couple options. These options depend on whether the product is breaking the bonds that give the hair shape, or whether they’re merely molding them for a given period of time.
The highest quality option is thermal reconditioning, often referred to as Japanese hair straightening. Once the formula is applied, the hair locks into the new configuration. However, the process and maintenance are pretty intense. This can take up to eight hours the first time it is done, and touch-ups typically require three to four hours, depending on length. After the treatment, you can’t get your hair wet for the next three days, or do anything that could kink the straightening of the hair. This is going to be the most expensive, and the most restricting when it comes to other hair styles besides bone straight.
With this treatment, you have a choice: get it redone every 6-12 months, depending on your hair, or straighten your roots as your natural hair texture begins growing out again. Although, you will only have to manage this straightening during your morning routine, because the difference in hair texture will only be for the hair that is slowly growing in at your roots.
Another treatment that changes the bonds of the hair is a relaxer. This formula is typically used to soften really course curls, because it uses a strong chemical compound.
Considering the cost, and the limitations placed upon the above styles, many people choose a slightly different option. Brazilian straightening, or Keratin treatments are wildly popular, but only last between two and four months. These formulas merely smooth the surface (like paving over a broken road), rather than completely breaking the bonds. Your hair texture will gradually return because of this. While there are keratin treatments which contain trace amounts of formaldehyde, which could affect your health, there are also formaldehyde-free versions with equal results.
When it comes to hair styles, and hair quality, focus on what you are willing to pay, and the effort you are willing to exert to look your best. Some of these options are provided in an at-home kit, so they’re something you can grab on your way home, rather than sit in a salon all day.
So, the question remains: Which straightening technique is right for you? The answer is it really just depends on what you want, and the level of maintenance you’re willing to put into your hair. There is definitely less maintenance involved with the Japanese straightening technique, and there is a longer period of time between visits to the salon for retouching. However, if you do like your natural hair, and you simply want to have straight hair for a couple of months, keratin may seem more appealing to you. Once those several months are up, your hair will return to its natural texture, and it will be as if nothing was ever done to it.
It is important to note that both of these techniques can be done to colored and seriously curly hair. The ultimate choice is up to you!