Japanese hair straightening is a popular way of permanently straightening hair that originated in Japan in the 1990’s. It promises to turn wavy, coarse, or curly hair into pin-straight locks by treating the hair with chemicals which break the protein bonds in the hair that give it its shape. This process is also known as “thermal reconditioning” since it also uses very special flat irons that heat to precise temperatures to complement the work of the chemical solution. This straightening process first became popular in the United States in New York City in the early 2000’s.
This permanent hair straightening process has many benefits such as a sleek, frizz free look. The greatest benefit is likely to be time saved each day on not having to fight to dry, wavy or curly hair with a blow dryer and brush. Hair that has been straightened by thermal reconditioning is much quicker to dry. It requires very little attention out of the shower, giving you a professional look with minimal effort. You are also saved from the hassle of fighting frizz from humidity or physical activity.
How It Works
The Japanese hair straightening process is extensive, taking at least 3 to 4 hours. It can take up to 8 hours depending on the length, thickness, and condition of the hair being treated. The key to this method of hair straightening is the special solution that chemically alters the bonds (disulfide/cystine) which give shape to the individual strands of hair. This allows for the hair to be permanently straightened.
Due to the risks involved with the process (you are making a permanent change to your hair, or at least to the hair that is on your head at the time of the procedure), please contact us for a consultation before scheduling your appointment for thermal reconditioning. This is a crucial step as not all hair types can be helped by this technique.
Hair Styles that Will Benefit the Most
Certain types of hair will benefit the most from Japanese hair straightening, and some types should not even consider the process. In general, this procedure is a good fit for those with loose curls or wavy hair who are tired of using a flat iron every day. Your hair should be at least 5-6 inches long before being considered as well. If you have recently had your hair colored, bleached, or relaxed, be sure to tell us as these processes affect the health of your hair. Moving forward with the Japanese hair straightening process will require extra care and consideration. We may recommend another straightening procedure altogether.
Touch ups are typically needed anywhere from 6 to 9 months later depending on the amount of curl in the new growth. These should take less time than the original visit and cost significantly less as well.