The hair gods gave us ladies a very wonderful gift when hair straightening was invented. Gone are those bad hair days when we scornfully reach for our hair tie to put our hair up in a ponytail.
Straight hair has been a well-liked hairstyle for women of all ages from all geographic areas since the days of ancient Egypt. Back then, women who wanted frizz-free straight hair used flat iron plates (not only does that sound tedious but a tad scary and dangerous as well). Now, thanks to the advancement of technology, being beautiful just takes a day and lasts for months.
Before we delve into the wonders of hair straightening and hair products, there are two categories of hair straightening. First is the temporary hair straightening, which as the name suggests, straightens hair temporarily– for a day or until the next time you wash your hair. This is perfect for those who love their bouncy hair but every once in a while, during formal occasions like to have sleek straight hair. The other option is permanent hair straightening. Permanent hair straightening requires the aid of treatments and flat iron to remove the waves and curls of your hair. Unlike the temporary kind, this lasts for about six months to a year depending on how fast your hair grows.
Another big difference between the two categories is the price. Temporary hair straightening is cheaper than the permanent one. For temporary straightening, all you need is a heat protectant spray, trusty comb, and your flat iron. No need to fuss if you are new at handling your flat iron as you can turn to your trusted website to show you videos on how to use it. If you don’t have the tools though, you can just go to your favorite stylist and get a blow dry. The process also takes 15 minutes to an hour at most, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Permanent straightening, on the other hand, costs from $150 to $1000 depending on how high-end your salon is and the products they use. This procedure also takes a whopping 5 to 8 hours depending again, on the volume and length of your hair.
So now that we have scratched the surface of hair straightening, let us look into the four different hair straightening methods available for you to choose from.
1. Blow dry
The first temporary hair straightening technique is blow drying. Blow drying does not give you the pin-sleek hair instead it gives off a polished, voluminous and bouncy finish. It is the more preferred and recommended method, as the blower does not apply direct heat on your hair. It can even be used on cold setting.
Before you start blow drying your hair, towel dry your hair and apply hair serum or hair protectant to prevent your hair from further damage and too much heat. For this method, use a roller or paddle brush. Place your dryer at least 6 inches from your hair and keep moving your roller brush down and roll it outwards. Don’t forget to put hair serum afterward to lock that straight and voluminous look.
2. Flat Iron Technique
This is usually the go-to technique of ladies who want to temporarily have the pin-straight hair like those gorgeous shampoo commercial models. The greatest challenge here though is to buy a trusted flat iron. With the countless choices available in the malls, it is hard to know which one works best. Choose a flat iron with ceramic plates and those with temperature controls so you can adjust the heat that touches your hair. Compared to other irons, ceramic ones are gentle on your tresses while giving it a shiny finish. Always remember to apply hair serum or heat protectant serum before starting to flat iron your hair. This procedure can be damaging especially if done regularly as heat is applied directly on the hair.
3. Hair Rebonding
This is probably the most famous and trending hair straightening technique. Rebonding is a chemical hair treatment that leaves the hair straight and sleek. It involves the use of creams, relaxant softener and hair treatment to alter the natural hair structure. So wavy thick haired girls, this is the gift to you from the hair gods. Say hello to thin, silky, pin straight hair that you can wash and wear. However, your new growth hair will not be as straight as your rebonded hair. You will need to go to the salon for another rebonding session. Hold on to your mane though, as this procedure must be done at least once a year as it makes the hair fragile and weak. After getting a rebond, make sure to have a hair care routine ready to revitalize your roots and hair.
4. Brazilian Straightening
Does this have anything to do with Brazil? Well, yes. While keratin treatments are known worldwide, this process actually started in Brazil, hence the name Brazilian straightening.
So what does this do? The protein Keratin is present in hair, skin, and nails which makes the hair silky and smooth. Keratin treatments add keratin layers that nourish the hair shaft. After the solution is applied onto the hair, heat is applied (using a flat iron) to seal in the formula onto the hair strands and creates a moisture barrier reducing frizz, straightens the hair and giving that silky finish we all want to achieve.
You would want to be prepared to your bucks as this procedure is on the more expensive side. But don’t fret as you sit in for another session for about 6 months or more, depending on the rate of your hair growth. What’s another good news to overshadow the bucks flying out of your wallet is that your hair will grow back, although gradually, into its original structure and does not damage the hair. On the contrary, repeated usage will give enhanced results. Just make sure you also have your keratin-infused shampoo and conditioners on your bathroom counters to further nourish your new hair.