When it comes to hair straightening treatments, it can get overwhelming with deciding where to start. Here I have the basics about the top three hair straightening treatments currently out there to help you get the general idea of which direction to go in so you can decide on the perfect hair straightening treatment for you.
The first and most commonly known hair treatment we’re going to look at is a Keratin treatment. You start out the process by shampooing and blow drying your hair. The Keratin solution is then combed through your hair with a brush or comb and left to sit for approximately 20 or so minutes. Your hair is then rinsed and blow-dried one more time before it is styled. This treatment will typically last you for at least 3 or 4 months. If you choose this route, be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo to ensure that the treatment lasts as long as possible.
Another common but more extensive treatment is going to be hair “rebonding”, also occasionally referred to as “Japanese straightening”. It is best suited for people who have extremely unmanageable curls who want an end result of board straight hair. What happens is the bonds of your hair are broken down by different chemicals and then certain neutralizers are introduced to help reconstruct your hair bonds. By doing this, the bonds that already exist in your curly hair are broken down and then the hair becomes straight. This is because new bonds are created to rebuild the overall structure of your hair to make sure it sticks. The solution is then typically rinsed out and the hair is shampooed and conditioned. It can take a couple of hours depending on the texture and thickness level of your hair. You have to be careful though because of this method if used without proper research and caution, can be damaging to your hair. There is also a pretty standard upkeep routine. It includes not being able to wet your hair for a couple of days and also putting your hair up in any way for up to 72 hours to avoid putting dents in your newly straightened masterpiece. This method is going to be considerably more permanent than keratin or your other average hair smoothening treatments.
The final treatment we’re going to discuss is a hair smoothening treatment. This option is somewhat similar to keratin but rather than using keratin, a different cream is used to create a smoother result. It is typically suggested for people who have wavy hair or a bad case of frizz in their naturally straight hair. It provides an overall smooth and shiny appearance without alerting people that you’ve used a noticeable treatment on your hair. The only major setback is that it doesn’t last that long. But if you wish to have natural looking straight hair which doesn’t look like you took a straightener to it for three hours, this is ideal for you. It’s the perfect combination of natural looking straight hair without the commitment of a permanent hair straightening treatment.
The final option we’re going to discuss is the Keratin treatment. It tames and softens all your unruly locks . You start out the process by shampooing and blow drying your hair. The Keratin solution is then combed through your hair with a brush or comb and left to sit for approximately 20 or so minutes. Your hair is then rinsed and blow-dried one more time before it is styled. This treatment will typically last you for at least 3 or 4 months. If you choose this route, be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo to ensure that the treatment lasts as long as possible.
The most important thing to remember when considering any hair straightening treatment is that there is always a risk of damaging your hair. These treatments all use chemicals that if not used in moderation will seriously fry your hair. Remember to not use a heavy hand once you approach your hairline as those are delicate baby hairs. Also, remember that your hair stylist can go in depth with you and suggest which of these treatments would best suit your hair texture and style. You can even ask them to test a sample area of your hair to see how it will respond to the chosen treatment. Just remember that regardless of what you choose, any hair straightening treatment is going to be a commitment and you should always do adequate research beforehand to make sure you go about it in the safest way possible.