Japanese Hair Straightening, also known as Thermal Reconditioning, is a very popular hair straightening technique originating in Japan and introduced to the US in 1997. The process used to smooth out the hair is different from the one used with relaxers. It takes anywhere between two and eight hours depending on the length, thickness and condition of one's hair. Plus, with Thermal Reconditioning (as opposed to other straightening techniques) there is minimal damage to hair for a brilliant job that will last anywhere from six to nine months.
Q: What is Japanese Style Hair Straightening
A: Japanese Hair Straightening is an innovative new technique from Japan to make frizzy, curly or wavy hair straight while preserving the hair's health. In the past, people were concerned that if they straightened their hair, they would damage it significantly, and this was true. It is not true any more. Hair can be straightened much more effectively with the Japanese techniques with much less damage to the hair.
Japanese Hair Straightening typically will improve the hair's feel, softness and shine while making it more manageable!
The Straightening is performed as follows:
Assessing the hair type and condition.
Washing the hair.
Applying protein to the hair, if necessary for the particular customer and hair type. (small extra charge for this procedure, if you don't do this when necessary, you could end up with a less than satisfactory result, the stylist will tell you if this is necessary or not in your consultation)
Applying Solution #1 (this cuts the hair's "Cystine Bonds" - the bonds that hold curl or wave patterns).
Testing to see when the hair is ready to have Solution #1 rinsed out.
Rinsing the hair.
Eliminating some excess moisture in the hair (blow-drying to a certain point).
Ironing the hair in extremely small sections with a special Japanese Straightening Iron that reaches temperatures of 180 degrees Celsius. Don't worry, this will not damage your hair unnecessarily.
Applying Solution #2 to the hair after ironing is completed.
Rinsing the hair and conditioning.
Drying the hair and applying a flat iron to remove excess moisture if necessary.
Q: How long will the Hair Straightening last?
A: Treated hair will remain straight forever and will not become curly or wavy again. New growth that appears in the months following the Straightening will need to be Straightened again. New growth usually needs to be straightened 3 to 6 months after the initial straightening.
Q: What kind of hair is suitable for Japanese Hair Straightening?
A: Most hair types except African, as the hair is too fragile and cannot withstand the heat.
These types include:
Middle Eastern Hair.
All other Hair types.
Q: What will my hair look like after the Straightening?
A: Your hair will be straight, shinier and will feel soft and silky.
Q: Will I still need to blow-dry my hair after Straightening?
A: Sometimes yes, but just to get the moisture out. This usually takes about 4 to 5 minutes instead of 45 minutes! Some people will not need to blow-dry at all. In most cases you will not need to brush.
Q: When I get the new growth retreated, do they do all the hair again?
A: No, just the new growth and the transition between Straightened and new growth is treated. The other hair is protected by using oil or conditioner so the solution will not saturate into the previously straightened hair. If there is still curl or wave in the previously treated hair or more than 4month after previous hair straightening, special solution will be applied, but for a shorter period of time.
crystallizing special solution is designed for treated hair, this will give more protein to your hair to refresh previous hair straightening. also we will iron whole hair again otherwise transition between will have unwanted line.
Note: the retouch is often more difficult to perform, so it is strongly recommended that you go back to the same stylist as before or find someone better if you were not happy with your first straightening!
Q: I have color in my hair, will that matter?
A: Tints and semi-permanent hair color that deposit color are not usually any problem at all. If you have had your hair dyed black, please let your Stylist know as this can sometimes create problems.
Q: Can I get Japanese Hair Straightening if I have highlights?
A: Highlights can be very tricky. When hair is highlighted, usually bleach is involved. This makes the timing very difficult because some hair is lightened right next to hair that is not lightened. Therefore the hair may process fast where highlights are present and need much more time where the hair is dark and unprocessed.. So in order not to over process the light hair, the solution should be rinsed out and the darker, healthier hair may not take. A prior consultation with your stylist is necessary to determine if Japanese Hair Straightening will be a good choice for those with highlighted hair.
Q: What about bleach? Is this O.K.?
A: Not usually. Highlights often contain bleach so it is imperative you see your stylist before the Straightening. They may want to cut some hair from your head and test it to make sure it will work well and there are no surprises. Any good stylist should be happy to perform a test strand.
Q: What about Henna?
A: A test strand should be performed to be sure Henna won't be a problem.
Q: How much does Japanese Hair Straightening cost?
A: Typically from $250-$600 depending hair length, thickness, amount of chemical processing present and of course.
Q: Why does it cost so much?
A: The process usually takes from 3 to 6 hours straight to perform. You may be able to find this service for less, but beware, this is an extremely difficult treatment to perform and those who charge less often are less competent. Liscio or ShiseidoCrystallizing is a very high quality product and the raw cost of this product is also very high, but ensures your hair will not be damaged as badly as other products.
Q: Will I get any breakage as a result of a bad Straightening?
A: It is possible. If the stylist does not know what they are doing, you could get breakage from the service, although it almost never happens with a trained and competent stylist.
FYI - Be sure to find out how many Hair Straightening's your stylist has performed and how long they have been doing it. You certainly don't want to be part of their "learning curve".
Q: When I go back for the re-growth, does it cost less?
A: Not usually. Because the same amount of time is involved with the retouch, often the cost will be the same as the first Straightening. All the hair still has to be ironed even though the solution is mainly on the roots.
Q: What other names are used to describe Japanese Hair Straightening?
A: Japanese Hair Straightening, Japanese Straightening, Ionic Retexturizing, Thermal Restructuring, Rebonding, Thermal Reconstruction.
Q: Why are the old type of relaxers so damaging?
A: Most relaxers contain corrosive ingredients such as Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Lithium Hydroxide, Calcium Hydroxide etc. These ingredients corrode the hair to the point where it is able to be changed to a straight look. These products leave the hair feeling like straw and the curl comes back after an often short period of time.
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