Longing for smoother, straighter hair?
There are a number of hair straightening options available at NZ salons from the wash and blowwave to the hot iron treatment but what if you want something that lasts that bit longer?
A permanent solution…
Japanese hair straightening is a permanent method that is best for wavy or loose to medium curls. A chemical solution is applied to the hair to break the bond that gives each strand its shape. Hair is then rinsed, blow-dried, and ironed very straight. The hair is locked into this new, straight shape like a reverse perm and hair can be damaged in the same way. It’s best for women who want stick straight hair. The process can take up to eight hours the first time depending on length and thickness of hair. You can’t get your hair wet or wear a ponytail for 72 hours. Hair will be sleek and shiny and very straight, curling irons or hot rollers won’t give volume or wave back. As your hair grows you will need to treat this new regrowth for consistency.
A semi-permanent solution (two to four months)…
Brazilian and Keratin Straightening
Brazilian and Keratin straightening treatments smooth the hair surface but don’t break the hair bond meaning your natural hair texture should return. The process is similar to having your hair coloured. Hair is pre cleansed using a specific shampoo and it is then combed straight before the lotion is applied to each strand (avoiding the scalp but getting as close to the root as possible). It is left on the hair for 30-45 minutes before being washed out. Hair is then blow dried and straightened with a heated iron. The results are silky and frizz free hair that lasts approximately three months. Don’t wash hair, get it wet or tie it up for at least 48 hours for it to last longer. It is also advisable to buy and use a shampoo that is sodium chloride free. You will still need to blowdry hair straight but the process requires less effort. You can also add wave and body to the hair if you require it.
The new formulations on the market also mean that it has become more affordable too.