What is Permanent Hair Straightening of hair??
Woman always love to look beautiful whether we talk about her skin, style or hair. She loves to have a gorgeous look with long, straight, shiny and beautiful hair. Some do have natural straight hair while majority of populous have not-so-straight, somewhat distorted or curly (in many cases) hair. It is not like curls look bad, but, woman have never ending want to make subtle or big changes regarding looks, hair, shades, clothes. It is all part of charm and fashion after all. However, before going for the straitening of hair you should know about few things like aftereffects, frequency, hair care after permanent hair straightening. So, let us cover the process.
“It is an intense process, permanent hair straightening turns your hair completely straight and leaves you with a smooth, silky, glossy appearance to it. Straightening is done by breaking down the hydrogen bonds present in the hair cortex that allows all waves and curls to be removed. Since the restructuring is permanent, it remains on your hair until new strands start to grow which come out as normal.”
Types of Hair straightening
Permanent straightening of the hair has become extremely popular with such styles as pin-straight hair emerging as the modern trend. A large number of this style that first came into existence in Japan where most of the women desired straight hair. While Japanese hair straightening is the name usually used in the USA, UK, and Canada, such terms as re-bonding, thermal reconstruction, Japanese straight perm, and ionic re-texturizing are nothing uncommon.
Here are different types of straightening:
1. Brazilian hair straightening-Keratin Treatment
2. Japanese hair straightening – thermal reconditioning technique
3. Flat iron
4. Chemically treatment
Brazilian Hair Straightening-Keratin Treatment (non-permanent)
Brazilian Keratin hair treatment is the name given to an innovative hair straightening technique that is largely keratin-based and does not involve the use of any chemicals. Damaged hair gets restored and your hair undergoes considerable volume addition. This hair straightening technique is well suited for every type of hair with chemically treated hair producing the best results. This is not really a permanent straightening technique as the effects wear off after around four to five months.
Japanese hair straightening – Thermal Reconditioning Technique
A more permanent hair straightening technique, it involves a chemical application over the entire surface of your hair that breaks down its texture. Flat ironing is done to straighten the hair and a neutralization process is subsequently applied to lock in the texture. The hair cuticles get closed off due to this neutralization process and are prevented from re-curling. This is a pretty expensive treatment and also causes considerable damage to the hair. If you have thin hair density or if you are experiencing hair fall, try to avoid this straightening. Chemicals used in this process may weaken your hair or can be allergic for scalp.
The use of flat iron has become the most common of all permanent hair straightening techniques. This is a cost-effective procedure and can even be carried out at home without any trouble. Frizzy and very curly hair can also be treated with the help of this technique. It has a far more intense effect than some of the other ones mentioned here, though the damage to your hair will also be significant due to the high amounts of heat generated. Though there is no use of chemicals in this process, still, frequent use of heat based straightening can cause dryness in hair permanently. It is recommended to use hair iron if and when needed.
Chemical Straightening using Hair creams
A cost-effective method of hair straightening is the use of hair creams. These are oil-based products that contain ingredients such as lanolin and mineral oil. A good example of such a product would be silicone cream which should be applied on damp hair before combing. The oil contained in the cream helps in keeping the hair straight with the effect lasting till you finally wash it off. A disadvantage of using such a cream is that your hair tends to become flat and greasy.
Which Hair Types are Conducive to Straightening?
Asian or Caucasian hair types are the only ones that can be subjected to straightening. This procedure cannot be used on African hair type which is often regarded as fragile. Hair relaxing is a technique that is more suited for use on African hair types and if you have done a relaxing, you should not go for a straightening as doing these procedures simultaneously can lead to hair breakage.
It is best to get your permanent hair straightening carried out by a professional hair stylist who has the requisite knowledge to help you through the process. You need to keep them informed of any bleaching, highlights, or colouring you may have subjected your hair to in the recent past. While coloured hair can be a candidate for hair straightening, you should give a resting time of two weeks before and after the procedure before using any more colours on your hair.
Side Effects of Permanent Hair Straightening
The blackhead of the permanent hair straightening is that it gives you dull and dry hair after sometime. You may have to face the split ends problems too. Hair fall, loss of natural hair are also the cons of permanent straightening. Many times, you might feel itch in scalp or dryness in scalp. The worst part is that you have to face the mixture of hair, curls from the roots and straight from the end when hair is growing. So be ready for all this.
Well, you are done reading, any productive advice in the end? : Hair straightening done through the use of chemical products tends to make the hair brittle and dry, so, it is always advisable that you opt only for the very best products commercially available. It would also be a good practice to deep condition after every few days to ensure the moisture content is retained. Proper maintenance is key to preventing damage to your hair while ensuring the locks stay straight for good. Eat healthy and apply the suggested oils or ointments on hair and scalp periodically. Follow Do’s and Don’ts (Natural Hair care tips) for generic hair care so after straightening, hair get their needed nutritions and start going strong and healthy.