Two weeks ago, I made the best decision with my hair, ever. I’ve done Japanese hair straightening (aka thermal reconditioning). “Straight hair” was never in my vocabulary when describing my natural hair. When I was younger it was wavy and somewhat manageable. It didn’t matter then, anyway, because I was a kid. Looking back before puberty, I wish my hair would’ve stayed the calmer wave it was from about ages 6 to 14. Throughout high school, I spent literally hours straightening my hair for it to be perfect for only two days and then redo it all over again. It was a vicious cycle. Even after high school, I continually straightened my hair throughout my semesters of college and summertime. Realizing it was too much to continue doing to myself and to my hair, I did deep research. I’ve tried keratin treatments, Brazilian blowouts, at-home conditioners and nothing has worked besides making my hair super shiny for a day or two. After committing to a more permanent solution, I learned about Japanese straightening. This method straightens the hair by breaking the protein bonds that give hair shape and grows out along with new hair growth. I looked at reviews and countless YouTube videos to see coarse, curly hair turned into the silky, straighter hair I’ve always dreamt of.
This hair procedure isn’t done anywhere. There are many “fakes” out there who do this Japanese straightening with the wrong chemicals and wrong knowledge and guarantee amazing hair for a cheap price. Unfortunately, people who go to those places have an awful experience and end up getting their hair seriously damaged. I was lucky to find a great place with a stylist who took this very seriously. So, if you want to get this done, make sure to know who is doing your hair and previous customer experiences!
The Procedure: I was first taken to get my hair washed. After I was brought back to the chair, they applied the first chemical to my wet hair from root to tip. It was left on for about 15 minutes. After that, I was brought back to wash it out and back in the chair, where it was dried with a blowdryer. At this time, my hair was already noticeably straighter. But, it was not done. After it was dried, a straightener was used to completely straighten it and another chemical was put on and left for another 15-20 minutes. For the last time, back to the sink to wash. Once more, my hair was blowdryed and straightened. To start off my hair more healthier with the treatment, my stylist trimmed my hair and took off any split ends. This was the result:
I would definitely recommend this hair treatment if, like me, you struggled with curls that you cannot tame and spend too much time on straightening! This really changed my life, saving me from hours of straightening and tons of dollars on hair products, straighteners, and salon visits.