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Permanent Straightening: What You Need to Know

What you need to know before making the commitment.

Have you ever wondered if you should permanently straighten your hair? We know many of us have asked ourselves this very question after getting tired of the state of our hair or just out of sheer curiosity. Some of us have carried through with the process, some are still on the fence and some just let the thought go altogether. For those that are still thinking about permanent straightening, let us help you figure out your choice with some helpful tips. It’s your hair, and you’re free to explore and try out your options. Whether you’re thinking about chemical relaxers or Japanese thermal conditioning, read on to discover what you should consider before taking the plunge.  

What to Consider Before Permanent Straightening

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Many women rather have their hair straight long-term and opt for chemical treatments. Photo credit:

Once it’s done, it’s done

It’s true: Permanent straightening cannot be reversed until new hair regrowth comes in. Once the formula is applied to your hair, you can’t ask your stylist to remove it, the chemicals start to work by entering the cuticle the minute it touches the surface of your hair. Be sure this is something you want for the long term and know that growing your hair out or cutting it off is the only way to press the restart button.

There are many to choose from

Which one is the one for you? Curly-haired girls opt for relaxers to straighten out their hair. Straight-haired gals go for curly perms. Brazilian blowouts or keratin treatments are temporary, as they eventually wash out. For those who want to see what life is like with super straight hair every day, you can choose to try out these options to see how they suit you.

Consider the condition of your scalp

Before choosing to undergo a process like permanent straightening, evaluate the health of your scalp. We can assure that if you suffer from an itchy and dry scalp, this can only make matters worse. An irritated scalp is extremely sensitive and chemical solutions from permanent straightening can cause some irritation, which then also leads to hair loss. Keep your scalp healthy with the use of a shampoo and conditioner that helps alleviate dryness like Clear Complete Care Anti- Dandruff Shampoo and Clear Complete Care Anti-Dandruff Conditioner.

Permanent straightening is a commitment

To keep up with your straight hair, you’ll have to get touch-ups every four to six weeks. Is this something that you can afford? Some of these treatments can cost big bucks. Is this a treatment you can do on your own? Trust us, the process can be quite messy. Are you willing to get the treatment redone? Sometimes many of us can’t sit still for too long, and some of these methods take a lot of time. Ask yourself these questions before making a commitment.

Is your hair color-treated?

As permanent straightening involves the use of chemicals, adding treatment to bleached or color-treated hair can be harmful. This can cause hair to become weakened and brittle, leaving you with strands unable to undergo any other treatments after that point—unless it’s a hair mask for strand recovery, that is. If you decide to take the plunge, be upfront and honest with your stylist about each and any treatment you have had so far to help them analyze your hair accordingly. A good stylist might refuse to conduct permanent treatment methods of any sort on hair that s/he considers way too damaged.

Choose the best stylist

There are some inexperienced stylists out there, so make sure you do your homework. Ask a friend for a recommendation, or do some research on reputable salons. The last thing you want is to walk out the door of a salon with extremely damaged hair. Go to a salon for a consultation, and if you want a second opinion, try another. Just make sure you’ve dotted all i’s and crossed all t’s. This is your hair, this is your look! The goal is to be happy and comfortable with your decision.

Did you find these permanent straightening tips helpful? What did you decide?

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