Hair straightening is something you should look into if you are tired of frizzy and curly hair and want to have locks that are easy to manage and look sleek and glossy. Most hair salons now offer straightening treatments that turn frizzy, curly or wavy locks into a smooth sheet of perfect hair, which is both easier to handle and gorgeous to look at. Before going for straightening, you should know what your options are. Read on to find out.
Non-chemical straightening, or the blow-out
Okay, so this isn’t technically a straightening method, but it might be useful for those of you who have slight to medium waves in your hair. If you don’t want to use chemicals, then the good old blow-out is a great option. Your stylist will simply wash and dry your hair straight, and the style would stick until you wash it. The only disadvantage of this method is that the straight hair is not long-lasting, and the process makes your hair vulnerable to breakage from heat.
Keratin straightening, or the Brazilian method
Keratin treatments are now the most popular hair straightening methods in the market. Keratin is a naturally occurring substance in the hair and is partially what your hair is made of. The treatment was created with the idea that the keratin would break down existing structural bonds in your hair, thus making them straight, and that this straight-effect could be sealed into the hair using heat. Keratin treatments are often mixed with chemicals such as formaldehyde that help the protein bond to your hair. Newer treatments are using chemicals other than formaldehyde as the bonding agent for a more gentle treatment.
Keratin can also be used to smoothen frizzy hair if used as a diluted solution, an option that many women who would like smooth waves are requesting at salons. Keratin treatments generally last for 3-6 months depending on the treatment. They also require the use of appropriate products after treatment, because strong chemicals may undo the treatment completely.
Japanese straightening methods also rely on heat and chemicals, but unlike keratin, the chemicals vary for each sitting. The Japanese straightening method requires a specific blend of chemicals to be combed into the hair to break hair bonds, and then uses heat to straighten the hair. Different hair types respond differently to different mixtures of chemicals, so a good stylist is likely to spend a long time ascertaining what your hair is like before suggesting this method.
As Japanese straightening is based in chemicals, it cannot be done to hair that has already been chemically treated, or colored. However, the advantage of the treatment is that it is a bit more permanent than the Keratin treatment, and keeps your hair smother and straighter for longer.
Chemical straightening treatments
Chemical straightening treatments use only chemicals to break the bonds in the hair, and they are permanent. The only touch up that you might need is at the roots, occasionally. While this is a popular method, it has to be done carefully because timing is very important. If opting for this method, make sure that you only do it at a salon with an experienced professional.
All these methods for hair straightening are proven to work, and offer different benefits. They all, however, get the job done in terms of straightening. Go to the salon today to figure out which method will suit you best!