permanent straightening of hair.... any advices?
December 10, 2008 12:54am CST
i am thinking of getting my long wavy hair straightened permanently..... i am so fed up of my waves..... and every person i meet tells me that i have awesome hair and would look really good if they are straight..... i had gone to the parlour once and the lady there had told me that i would have to grow them a bit more....but i never went back to her and now they havent grown bit more but they have grown quite a lot..... and i know that straight hair will look awesome....but i have never gotten it done and wanted to know whats it like? do you ahve to treat it differently everytime you wash it? is it really permanent? does it really make your hair shine or does it make it dull and lifeless? can you colour your hair after you get it straightened? i would like you guys to help me on this....
• United States
10 Dec 08
Permanent straightening is as "permanent" as the "perms" that women with straight hair get to make their hair curly. In other words, no, it is not permanent as in forever. They use the word permanent because it is not a one procedure that will disappear after you wash your hair such as using a flattening iron. Or in the case of someone who wants curls: a curling iron. A "perm" uses chemicals to straighten or curl hair. How long it lasts depends on the type of hair you have. It's a matter of weeks or a few months. Chemicals can be very hard on your hair. Have you ever used a ceramic flattening iron on your hair? I would try that first. I believe a real "ceramic" iron can be pricey but it is a conservative way to start. Then you can see if you really like the look.
10 Dec 08
actually i have a straightening iron but not the one that you have mentioned but nonetheless i do the straightening thing sometimes when i have the time before i go out.... but it really looks good but i have thick hair and its very time consuming for me to do it everytime so i thought might as well do it permanent as my hair is nice n long too now.... but anyways if its going to stay only for a couple of months then i wouldnt want to waste so much money on getting it done and later regretting it cos when i went to the parlour i found out that the total cost for me would be 6000/- INR forget it thanks for the advice and response though
• United States
10 Dec 08
Yes. I have heard that it can be quite expensive too! My hair type is completely different from yours. It is naturally straight (although with a straightening iron is looks smoother) and finely textured. In the 80s and 90s I had to have a perm to get the curly style of the day. My hair did not hold the curl for very long and I would have to continuously get perms. What a pain! What an expense too! All for beauty!I'm so glad that straight hair is back in style again!
• United States
30 May 10
Well, this is something you have to be very careful with. You have to be careful with who you choose to get your hair done with. In some cities, permanently straightening hair is not available. It is called JAPANESE THERMAL STRAIGHTENING and it is more advisable that you look for someone with a certification in JTS. If not, someone inexperienced will really mess up your hair. People with this certification are specially trained by the inventor of JTS, and know how to do it just as well because they were trained by the best. The process takes 8 hours. It can cost anywhere between $300-$1000. After the process is done, you have to spend a good long while conditioning your hair. People generally recommend this to those with THICK CURLY hair, but it can still be done on wavy also. But it will be more damaging. You can color your hair afterward, but there is a chance your hair could fall out. Your hair should be very much full of life and luster if the process has been preformed right. Many people have and this done and said it was worth it. You do have to go back every 6 months so that the new hair that has grown can also be straightened. For some people, it can be VERY risky because you don't know what damage it'll cause until you actually have it done. After that though, it'll be just like regular hair, and you can use the shampoo of your choosing. I know all this because my daughter has THICK CURLY hair and she absolutely loathes it. Many people always complimented her on it because it is so beautiful, and I tried to convince her against it, but she wants straight hair. She looked up JTS. Unfortunately for her (fortunate for my wallet however) there are no JTS stylists in Nashville, sand the nearest one is in Missouri. Besides, the price is way too high, and sure enough, for her hair, it will be a little more because it flows down her back. So she's settled for buying a very expensive hot iron that I'm sure she'll regret getting when it burns her hair after using it so much. But, guess this is a time where she has to learn the lesson the hard way because she's so stubborn=/ Hope this helped!!!