Japanese hair straightening is a technique for straightening hair permanently that has been growing in popularity of late. You may have heard it referred to as Thermal Reconditioning, Japanese Straightening or by the names of the Japanese hair straightening systems used like Yuko or Liscio. For many people, the results are nothing short of astounding. This article will provide you with a basic overview of the process and help you decide if the treatment is right for you or not.
The Japanese hair straightening treatment involves the use of a chemical straightener and a high heat flat iron. Your hair is first washed with a clarifying shampoo then rinsed and thoroughly dried. A chemical solution is added to one small section of your hair at a time then rinsed out. Each section is then blow dried and flat ironed. This procedure is repeated until you are left with straight, lustrous hair.
Depending on the length and amount of curl to your hair, the Japanese hair straightening process can take several hours. The process is also quite pricey. It is not uncommon when undergoing this treatment to spend six to eight hours and five hundred to seven hundred dollars.
Following your treatment, you will have to keep your hair from getting wet for seventy two hours. You will also need to keep your hair protected from sun damage and moisturized so your stylist may recommend a conditioner or other product to provide some protection from UV rays. The result is permanent, so only new growth will need to be treated again but you will probably not require a follow up visit for six months or possibly longer nor should you have to pay as much money as you did for your initial treatment.
While the Japanese hair straightening system is effective, it is not for everyone. First, the high cost can be prohibitive. Even if you can afford it, your stylist may advise against it as the process is less effective for thicker, rougher hair. Any sort of chemical treatment is damaging to hair so if your hair has previously been chemically treated your stylist may recommend that you try another treatment.
For those of us with curly hair or who spend too much time straightening our hair ourselves with a flat iron, a permanent method of achieving straight hair such as the Japanese hair straightening treatment sounds very appealing. The process is time consuming, costly and may not be right for you. It is unquestionably effective, however, so if your goal is sleek, straight hair you should consult a stylist who offers the treatment and go for it.