Rebonded Short Hair: What You Need to Know Before Getting One

Find out if rebonding is the way to go for your short hair. Check out our roundup of pros and cons, plus tips on rebonding aftercare before hitting the salon.

There was a time when getting a rebond was all the rage with women and even some men. It’s an intensive treatment that can really change your look by giving your hair a permanent straightened look, which really does look great when done well. But is it a treatment that you should get for your short hair? Find out with these advantages and disadvantages of getting rebonded short hair.

Pro # 1: Your rebonded short hair will look sleek and manageable.

Rebonded short hair: Asian woman with short straight blund bob hair
With rebonded short hair, you can easily rock a sleek blunt bob haircut. Credit: Shutterstock

If you’ve had unmanageable wavy hair, getting your hair rebonded would allow it to become easier to style. You can even sport a sleek short bob!

Pro # 2: Your hair will look on point almost all the time.

Rebonded short hair Asian woman with bob haircut smiling
Enjoy a good hair day even with minimal styling.

Getting rebonded short hair will easily give you the wash-and-wear hairstyle of your dreams. You won’t even need to do a lot of styling to make it look polished and neat.

Pro # 3: Whatever happens, your rebonded short hair will always look straight.

Woman with short straight hair with bangs wearing sunglasses and a green top outdoors
You can easily bring back rebonded short hair to its sleek, straight glory. Credit: Shutterstock

You can style your hair however way you want to without compromising its straightness. This means that even if you put it in a braid or wear a ponytail, your hair would easily go back to its straight form without much effort on your part.

Con # 1: It causes hair breakage.

Woman touching the tips or her short hair
Rebonded short hair is prone to damage. Credit: Shutterstock

It’s an intensive treatment that makes use of chemicals and intense heat that can take its toll on your hair. When not done properly, you might end up with super dry and damaged hair.

Editor’s Tip: Bring back the beauty of your salon-treated hair with Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It helps repair signs of visible damage, especially after an intensive treatment like hair rebonding.

Con # 2: Hair rebond treatment can be expensive.

woman with straight hair.
Perfectly straight hair can come with a hefty price tag. Credit: Shutterstock

Compared to other hair treatments, hair rebond is one of the pricier treatments and would also follow-up treatments after six or so months. If you skip your follow-up treatment, you’ll end up having wavy hair near your roots and pin-straight hair at the bottom—something you don’t want to happen.

Con # 3: The result can look unnatural.

Rebonded short hair: Woman with straight hair wearing a red top
When not done properly, rebonding can make your hair look stiff. Credit: Shutterstock

Sometimes—and depending on where you get your rebonded short hair—the result isn’t as natural-looking and can even look and feel rather stiff and unnaturally straight like a walis. 

Now that you know the pros and cons of getting rebonded short hair, you can now make a fully informed decision. And if you do decide to get one, go on! Just remember to give your rebonded short hair extra TLC.

1. Moisturize, moisturize!

Asian woman with short hair wearing a light blue blazer
Moisturizing treatments can keep your rebonded hair from looking stiff and dry. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Do as much as you can to reverse the harsh effects of getting your short hair rebonded. Treat your hair every week with a deep moisturizing product to keep it from drying out.

2. Use products that are designed for salon-treated hair

Instead of just using any regular shampoo and conditioner, make sure to use a pairing that works for chemically treated hair. Aside from moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, your rebonded short hair will also benefit from keratin-rich and hair repair products.

Editor’s tip: Nourish your rebonded short hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner. It helps maintain your straight and sleek hair while taming frizz. 

3. Style with leave-in conditioners and serums

Asian woman applying leave-on cream to her short straight hair
A drop of serum or leave-on cream can refresh your hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Your hair could always use a boost of moisture, and leave-in conditioners or serums are the way to go! Make sure to keep one with you wherever you go so you’re always ready when you need that extra gloss and shine.

Editor’s tip: Always keep a bottle of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream with you. It helps make your hair smooth and shiny with just one application. It fights frizz, too, so you get sleeker and straighter hair. 

4. Trim regularly

Rebonded short hair: Woman getting a haircut at the salon
Go for regular trims to get rid of split ends and dry tips. Credit: Shutterstock

Rebonding your short hair can contribute to split and dry ends. Make sure to prevent it from spreading throughout by having regular hair trims every three to four months after your initial treatment.

5. Refrain from heat styling

Asian woman spraying heat protectant on her hair
If you need to iron or blow-dry your hair, don’t forget to spray heat protectant. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Do your hair a favor and just let it breathe for a while, especially right after you’ve gotten it rebonded. Stay away from your flat or curling iron and focus more on nourishing your hair to get that super soft straight hair.

If you’re decided to get a rebonded short hair, just make sure that you’re also willing to go the extra mile in taking care of it in the long run. This would help in getting that more natural and softer looking straight hair that you’ve always wanted.

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