Permanent Hair Straightening: What, When and How?

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Women love to have long, beautiful, shining and straight looking hair. In order to get this, they try different things, and permanent hair straightening is one of them. Before opting for hair straightening permanently, know what it means-

What is Permanent Hair Straightening?

Permanent Hair Straightening removes your wavy curls permanently using chemical treatments to give you Straight flowing hair without using a styler daily. Though there are several ways of doing this, the following 2 steps are integral to this process:

a. Salons first use a sodium based product on your hair to break the Kertain structure and make it more manageable.

b. Secondly, an oxidant that helps to neutralise the keratin action is added to set the fibres of your hair in the desired shape.

How much does Permanent Hair Straightening cost?

Usually costs around Rs.4000 – Rs.6000 based on the Salon and the Brand of your choice. While Loreal treatment may be costly, they usually last longer.

Types of Permanent Hair straightening:

Permanent hair straightening is again split into different kinds depending on the technique involved. They give you the same silky straight locks but just in different ways!

  • Keratin treatment
  • Japanese straightening (thermal reconditioning)
  • Chemically straightened hair

Keratin treatment or the Brazillian straightening technique

While we have no idea why we call it the Brazillian technique, we can assure you that this one of the most sought after methods of hair straightening these days.
This treatment basically add a coating of keratin on your hair shaft which leaves you with silky straight hair. Whence most hair straightening techniques especially the permanent ones are damaging to your hair on the long run, this technique is a lot safer. The keratin reduces the frizz and makes your hair straight. It is also a lot safer to use on chemically treated and even damaged hair.
While most people call this permanent, the truth is that it only lasts for 6 months. The advantage however is that the hair comes back to its original structure gradually, instead of having just one or two inches of going crazy on you. This can also be done repeatedly with no worries and in all honesty this is the one treatment that gives better results on repeated usage! Atleast we now know why it is the most preferred of late.

Japanese Straightening or Thermal reconditioning

This is a technique that employs both chemicals and heat. So yeah you should really discuss this thoroughly before committing to it.
In this procedure, a chemical is applied for about 15 to 20 mins to break the bonds of the hair. After this the hair is subjected to extreme heat to restructure the bonds into a straight type. This is then again treated with chemicals to lock in the bonds and protect the hair.
This technique however, does not have 100% results, You need to have the right hair type for this to work. Those with this hair type have had extremely great results that have only required touch ups but those who don’t seem to have very mixed reactions to it. It is also important to keep in mind that this procedure is not done on hair that has been subject to chemical treatments before. Also this can be done in many different ways, meaning the chemicals employed are varying and it is best to discuss it with a specialist at length before deciding on which one you want to go with.

Chemical Straightening

This is also known as the hair relaxing technique.
Now with this technique it is all about breaking the bonds rather protein bonds in the hair. When the right number of bonds are broken then the curly or wavy hair becomes straight. This is the principle behind it. This however, needs the professional to be very careful and also experienced in this matter.
You need to test to see the right combination for if too many bonds are broken your hair will go limp and at the same time if the sufficient number isn’t broken then the hair doesn’t straighten out. So this is a fairly tricky procedure to opt for.
Permanent straightening is a very expensive procedure of course and that is why companies have come up with so many at home kits for it! The market for permanent hair straightening products at home is just so very large that it is golden opportunity. While these kits don’t give bad results, keep in mind that this is a very precisely timed process and mistakes can be very dangerous. At a salon, you will get customized and experienced care which you can’t give yourself. So think about it well before you decide.

Permanent hair straightening side effects:

  • Mix of straight and curly hair when the hair is growing.
  • Repetition of the process to retain the look.
  • Excessive dryness and fizziness.
  • Can cause itchy scalp, dandruff and other related problems.
  • Damage to the hair texture.
  • Hair fall, split ends and loss of natural shine.

Post care:

  • With so many products used on your hair, restore health and nutrition by eating healthy and having lots of water.
  • Use only recommended products as recommended by the stylist.
  • Avoid scrubbing hard with towel.
  • Follow the specified rules by the stylist and make routine salon visits.
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Hey I am Debolina. A complete nut-case and a wild-child if you may, I love keeping the child in me alive, and my daughter helps me do that all the time! A crazy working mom and also trying my hand at everything while I can, content-writing,designing, avid reader,book reviewer, fashionista, makeup blogger, avid blogger, photographer, wannabe guitarist, traveler.
  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/keerthanamalhotra/ KeerthanaMalhotra

    thanks nice article… :)

    • yukta

      thnks ya……

  • sukanya

    Is this really safe?

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/anuhya/ anuhya

    Which brand should I prefer for Permanent straightening?

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/anuhya/ anuhya

    And how many months will the Straightening effect last?

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/debolinarajagupta/ Debolina Raja Gupta

    Anuhya: These usually last for about a year, and of course, as and when new hair growth happens, there’s always a discrepancy in the texture of hair. The hair at the roots may be wavy or curly (depending on what you natural hair is) and starting right below that will be completely straight…..

    The Pro-Keratin treatment also lasts for about a year, but one good thing, it also adds shine to new hair thats growing!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/debolinarajagupta/ Debolina Raja Gupta

    Sukanya: Using too many products on your hair is not really safe, but if you know what you want and go to a trusted hair salon that uses renowned brands, you should be in safe hands.
    Don’t go for too many treatments in too short a time though, that can really harm the hair texture!
    Take care :-)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/debolinarajagupta/ Debolina Raja Gupta

    KeerthanaMalhotra: Thanks a lot dear :-) glad you liked it

  • olivia

    Hair straightening does affect the hairs texture and damages it. But if its taken proper care of without using too many products and keeping it always hydrated always by conditioning it regularly with mild creamy products, it would reduce the frizziness or dryness. People who already have dry hair should avoid getting into straightening and heating.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/simrin/ Simrin

    Hey debolina:) very informative article!

  • sunandhasai

    Very informative article debolina:) hair straightening does effect hair a lot, i have seen girls who opted for permanent straightening and eventually over the period they hair started getting dried up and frizzy!

  • Ess Sid

    Very informative Debolina. I had natural soft wavy hairs. But due to some serious health issues I was put on steroids for 6 months. Now my hair is extremely curly. I want to go in for hair straightners.. What do you advise?

  • sujata

    what is the charge of hair straight in parlour.

  • Humaira Malik

    Debolina, thanks for informative
    article. I want to have your suggestion please. i had done Hair relaxing /
    loreal hair extenso 2 months ago… At first, my hair looked very beautiful…
    but now from last one week, my hair are becoming frizzy n curly from some part,
    full of dandruff (my hair was not that much frizzy before having extenso / hair
    relaxing treatment) i am so worried now what to do as i dont want to opt the
    option of repeated procedure of hair relaxing. Please suggest something that my
    hair comes to orginal shape. I would be thankful. Waiting to hear from you.

    • bhumi

      hey same roblem i had…… plz tell me what u do for ur problem???? so i wl do……

    • suba chandra

      take hair spa .i too hav the same problem.taking regular spas can protect your hair from extra damages and frizziness

    • premgeetha

      use Himalaya hair fall control shampoo and intake food also important take coconut milk weely twice as a drink,then put hair mask with egg ,1tsp olive oil,honey it gives best out put try it

  • disha

    hi may i do oil massage on my hair after doing permanent straightening ?

  • Rati

    I have a curly and semi wavy hair texture which i want to make straight now as i’m tired of carrying anymore.This article really helped me to decide how to approach for a permanent straightening.So Thank you

  • Anna

    Will it make my hair grow slower if i chemically straighten it?

  • raya

    hi Debolina , I apply henna on my hair regularly coz I have white hair, I would like to go for keratin, is it advisable. I really do not wish to chemically color my hair as I have sever hair fall. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz advice me. Thank you so much