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Hair Straightening - Is It Really Necessary?

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

hair straighteningStrange as it may seem, hair straightening is a burning hot issue with the fairer sex. As you may know, demand breeds supply, so many beauty salons offer hair straightening services, and manufacturers of hair care products offer whole lines of hair straightening products. Electrical appliance manufacturers were prompt to follow with hair straightening devices (commonly known as «hair irons»). Let's learn more about all these hair straightening options.

Chemical Hair Straightening

As you know, your hair is a protein-based structure. Sulfur bonds in the chemical composition of hair create curls. That is why to straighten your hair you must destroy these chemical bonds. Chemical hair straightening is not a difficult procedure, but it does require a thorough technical knowledge of the relaxing process. Therefore it should always be performed by a hair care professional with a track record of success with straightening. The stylist will also need to evaluate current hair texture, porosity, elasticity and the presence or absence of any hair damage. A good professional will also keep detailed records of any chemical treatments that have been performed on the hair and can use those written records to determine the best course of treatment.

Strong chemicals are applied to the hair, directly on the hair shaft. There are generally two solutions: one to break down the keratin protein bonds in the hair, the other to reset the bonds after the hair has been straightened.

The first solution is applied on dry hair. Then it is carefully combed through the hair, taking care not to stretch it. The hair is extremely fragile during this time and should not be disturbed too much. The solution is generally left on for about 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the hair type and the type of chemical hair straightening solution used.

Once the stylist determines that the keratin bonds are free from their curly nature, s/he will remove the first solution and apply the second, to reset the bonds in the new, straight formation.

After the procedure, it's important to follow your stylist's instructions about after-care. The hair will be fragile and prone to excess breakage. A protein rich shampoo will help maintain the hair's elasticity and shine and increase its strength. Replace moisture by conditioning after each shampoo and weekly reconstructing treatments. Use a quality leave-in conditioner for detangling if necessary.

Depending on your hair growth, touch up applications should be done about twice a year. Avoid further chemical treatments, like bleach or permanent hair coloring. If you need to color your hair, use a semi-permanent. They're much gentler on the hair and may actually help to improve the appearance of damaged hair by adding shine and evening out color.

Although chemical hair straightening can dramatically reduce your styling time, there's still a lot of effort required to keep your hair looking good and minimize damage.

Mechanical Hair Straightening

By mechanical hair straightening we mean straightening of hair with special flat styling irons (ironing), and blow-drying with the hair brush. Hair straightening irons have wide plates to accommodate large sections of hair. These ceramic-coated plates divide heat evenly and prevent damage to the hair. The nylon comb attachment holds the hair taut during the straightening process to give better results. These straightening irons offer different heat settings to suit various hair types. The ceramic technology allows gentle infrared heat and negative ions that will result in frizz-free hair. Hot pressing irons have been used for straightening hair since nearly a century now. To use a hair straightening iron, you need to wash your hair and towel dry it. Regular deep conditioning of the hair can give it a healthier bounce and shine. Use good detangling products and wide -toothed comb for the hair after a straightening treatment. To prevent damage to the thermally straightened hair, you need to use styling products designed specifically for thermally treated hair, as they contain active substances that work under high temperatures.

If you straighten your hair well with a brush and hair dryer, select a brush with natural bristle and a comfortable handle. And remember: the longer the hair, the wider the diameter of the brush.

Here are some basic hair straightening tips:

  • Use special care products: shampoo, conditioner, and styling solutions. There is no point in using a shampoo designed for curly or frizzy hair and trying to straighten it afterwards.  When blow-drying and ironing your hair, use styling products to protect your hair, otherwise it will soon lose its luster and elasticity.
  • Ensure regular care. All hair care and styling products should be use on a regular basis, not from time to time. It is necessary to ensure extra care and nourishment of hair (with masks, serums). Also, you should have your hair cut regularly to get rid of weakened and frizzy hair.
  • Love and protect your hair. If you want to have lustrous healthy straight hair, you need to protect it from any unnecessary exposure. Before going out in direct sunlight apply hair spray with UV protection, and protect your hair from the rain, avoid high humidity, as it contributes to the formation of curls.

As you see, both chemical and mechanical types of hair straightening have their advantages and disadvantages. So the best thing to do is to consult a dermatologist or hair stylist regarding this matter.

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