Do you have curly hair, but are tired of dealing with styling or straightening it all the time? Have you ever considered permanently straightening it?

Then this new permanent straightening technique from Japan may be for you. There are many different names for it; Thermal Reconditioning, Japanese Straightening, Ionic Retexturization, Straight Perm, Thermal Restructuring, and Japanese Straight Perm, just to name a few. But no matter what name you call it, it is quickly becoming a growing trend in America.

What Is It?

This permanent straightening technique is designed to make all kinds of curly, frizzy, or wavy hair 100% straight without damaging your hair that much. When you use a flat iron on your hair, it straightens it, but only temporarily. Japanese straightening will make your hair straight permanently. However, only hair on the surface is affected by this. The roots will still grow out curly, but when this happens, you can stop by your salon to get your hair touched up, and then the roots will be straight too.

How Long Does It Last?

As previously stated, the hair that has had the Japanese hair straightening technique applied to it will stay straight permanently (unless you cut your hair off). However, the roots will always grow out curly, not straight. You can go to your local salon for a touch up, but depending on how fast your hair grows, you will have to go in every 6 months (possibly longer if your hair grows slowly).

What Kind of Hair Works with the Treatment?

Unless you already have straight hair, basically any hair type will work well with the Japanese hair straightening treatment, no matter what kind it is. It is probably a good idea to consult your hair stylist at your salon first though, just to make sure it will work for you.

If your hair was previously permed or had color put into it, it will depend on what chemicals were used and how much your hair has been through (i.e. how much coloring, highlighting, or relaxing you have done to it).

The benefit is that your hair will be 100% straight and you can style your hair in many different ways that you can’t with curly hair.

Will I Still Need to Blow Dry My Hair?

Unless you want to get moisture out of your hair fast, the answer is no. It will take much less time than if you had curly hair, since it only takes 4 to 5 minutes as opposed to 45 minutes.

How Much Does It Cost?

While there are many benefits to getting this treatment, it definitely is not cheap. It can cost anywhere between $300 to $1000 to get it done. This all depends on how much the salon charges for doing the treatment. So it is a wise idea to look around first and ask several different salons how much it would cost if you went to them to get it done. The reason it is so expensive is because Japanese hair straightening treatment is very difficult to do, and takes a long time, usually 3 to 6 hours straight to get done. It might even take longer, depending on what your hair is like. However, if your stylist claims different, they are wrong and you could be getting bad quality service, which can end badly for your hair.

What Makes It Better than Other Straightening Treatments?

The difference is that other relaxing techniques need many harmful chemicals to work, and these chemicals can corrode your hair to the point where it is impossible to do anything else to it. They don’t really do anything for your hair except damage it, and your hair ends up feeling coarse and straw like. Not only that, the curl comes back after a brief time anyway, so it ends up being useless. But this technique is not like that, and always works for multiple hair types.

Jane Park