Japanese Hair Straightening: Everything You Need to Know
Imagine having razor-straight hair no matter the conditions. Picture yourself with silky, straight locks on the most humid day — in the Florida wetlands. Think of hair that makes even Demi Moore jealous.
You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, that will happen when pigs fly or if I become a superhero.” Actually, you don’t have to be superhuman to have perfectly straight hair all the time. But you do have to try Japanese straightening.
A Magic Wand for Your Unruly Locks: The Japanese Straightening Process
Also called thermal conditioning, Japanese straightening can permanently straighten loose, medium, and bulky curls. Kinky curls don’t respond so well — sorry, Carrot Top.
The process begins with a stylist soaking your tresses in a solution. Those chemicals snap the bonds that give your hair that frustratingly curly, wavy, or frizzy look.
After that, your stylist will apply a neutralizer to freeze your new found straightness into place. Even on rainy days. Even at the beach. Even in the steam room at the spa.
Now the Fine Print…
Don’t worry — upkeep is pretty straightforward. Your first appointment can take up to eight hours, so you want to make sure you don’t undo the process in the first few days.
For three days after your first treatment, you won’t be able to get your hair wet or do anything kinky. Well, kink-inducing, we should say. That means no ponytails, no braids, and no hat-wearing.
Once that adjustment period is over, your hair will stay permanently straight until it grows out, no matter what. That includes heat-styling, such as curling irons and hot rollers. Touch-ups will take up to four hours, FYI.
When you go for your treatment, remember to spill all the gory details of what you’ve done to your hair in the recent past. The straightening chemicals tend not to play nicely with bleach and some hair color, so don’t keep secrets from your stylist.
Ready to tame those tresses once and for all? Make an appointment at Bell’ Arte Studio.