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:.
- Salons first use a sodium based product on your hair to break the Keratin structure and make it more manageable.
- Secondly, an oxidant that helps to neutralise the keratin action is added to set the fibres of your hair in the desired shape.
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 Brazilian Straightening Technique
While we have no idea why we call it the Brazilian 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! At-least we now know why it is the most preferred of late.
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.
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.