Japanese hair straightening is a treatment for turning your frizzy, unruly hair into permanently straight, smooth, glossy mane.
Sounds too good to be true? After being burned by the hair straightening treatments that left much Japanese hair straightening to be desired, and the recent scare with toxic ingredients involved in Brazilian hair straightening, you are understandably skeptical. However, Japanese hair straightening do lives up to the hype!
Shiseido Crystallizing Straight Treatment is a brand name for the most popular, and arguably the best, hair straightening system developed in Japan. If you decide to go for for this procedure, ask your stylist for this one for the best results.
Japanese hair straightening involves chemically relaxing your locks using a lye or calcium-based hydroxide solution. Your hair will first be separated into sections, then each section will be washed with the clarifying shampoo to remove the residue and prepare the hair to take on the solution. The solution is applied to the scalp and all the strands, then rinsed out completely, and in the end the hair is blow-dried and flat ironed. That should leave your hair looking completely straight and smooth, but the procedure can be repeated if needed.
The whole treatment can take several hours, depending on the hair length and thickness, but the results are well worth the wait.
You are not allowed to wash or wet your hair for the next 24 to 72 hours.
Like all straightening procedures, this hair treatment can too cause some damaging. Therefore it is not recommended using it on already damaged, chemically treated hair.
However, after your hair is permanently straightened with Japanese hair straightening, you can ditch your flat iron for quite some time. This technique actually changes the structure of your hair, so it stays straight permanently. That is, until the hair grows out or you cut it off.
Japanese straightening is not cheap, but you will save on straightening products for at least the next six months. You will remain frizz free in humid or rainy days, and your mane will become healthier, softer, and fresh and clean looking, because this technique seals the moisture into your hair.
How can you know that this procedure is right for you? Find a reputable salon that performs Japanese hair straightening, where you will receive a pretreatment to tell if it is suitable for your hair type.