Post # 1
I know hair relaxers can work wonders to AA hair because many of my friends have shown me their results and they look amazing! But, I am half Greek & half Arab and I wonder if the relaxer will work for me? I am seeking straight hair…or at least less frizzy hair.
I go for a consult next week but wanted some real life stories before I go in and possibly some pictures if you relaxed girls have any.
*My hair is frizzy and curly (I flat iron it on a daily) but not course.
Post # 3
Have you looked into a brazillian blowout? A friend of mine got one and it made her curly frizzy hair look amazingly straight and sleek for like 6 weeks or so. It’s my understanding that it’s the white girl version of relaxer, but who knows maybe it works on all hair types. I would get one if it wasn’t so damn expensive.
Post # 4
@TurtleDoves: Sorry I’m not AA but I felt a little offended by your title. Everyone has the right to post no matter the race gender etc on this site. Perhaps you can change the title? I think you do a wonderful job of explaining what you want to see in your post but the title is the first thing people see and it is a little upsetting when I can tell thats not your intention.
Post # 5
@emilygrace07: Expense is a concern for me, but also the inclusion of formaldehyde as an ingredient. I’m not really a fan of carcinogens on my person for any length of time.
@TurtleDoves: I’d be interested in this too if it was possible. I have the same texture hair you are describing, and it isn’t fun, especially when humidity is involved. I’m curious to see if you get any response. If you try it, let me know how it goes. I’d like to read into the chemical component for this too. I can’t imagine it’s any less risky than the keratin treatment.
Post # 6
@LaTortuga: Why is it upsetting? She’s asking a very specific question. She’s not saying African-Americans can’t respond, but she’s looking for a specific ethnicity’s response. Jesus christ, this place is getting really PC.
OP, I’ve had several Japanese straightening treatments on my hair (maybe I shouldn’t say Japanese *eyeroll*). It worked great, but I stopped because it was getting expensive and I liked the natural wave of my hair.
Post # 7
I have done it before and it failed, or maybe I just did it wrong? Lol. I have the same issue, I am latina and have very frizzy, curly hair. I tried it when I was a teenager and it burned the hell out of my scalp! Well not technically that it burned, it just felt like it burned on my scalp! I think someone told me on the WB about a japanese/chinese blow out? I think that’s what it is called. I haven’t tried it but for now I just straighten my hair the old regular way with a straightner.
Post # 8
@thursdayschild: That’s what it’s called! The Japanese straightening treatment! I have to try it! How expensive does it get? And how long does it last? Thanks!
Post # 9
@LaTortuga: As she said in the beginning of the post, she knows relaxers can do wonders on AA hair, but she’s looking to find out if other ethnicities had tried it on theirs. How is it offensive in any way? Would you rather she’d put a call out for people who’d relaxed their “Jew fros” (or any of the other horrible nicknames) instead? Considering the vast difference between hair textures, she’s looking for anecdotal evidence that a relaxer (typically used on African American hair, and she knows the results it produces on said hair) might work for her particular hair texture (or something closer). She’s not excluding anyone with the title of the post. Ugh.
@TurtleDoves: I wish I had some suggestions for you. My hair is fine and straightish with a slight wave to it. My hair won’t take a curl to save my soul, so I have the opposite problem.
Post # 10
@mrs.folks: It was permanent. So good untl new hair grew in basically. It worked WONDERS for me. I don’t dye my hair and rarely blow dry it and so the treatment didn’t harm my hair in the least. As far as expense, it’s been a while but I want to say it was like $200? Maybe more these days, and depending where you go.
Post # 11
I have had my hair relaxed and will never do it again. My hair was defiantely straight, but I had a ton of breackage and it took forever to get my hair healthy again.
I have had Chi straightening done a couple times and will probably do it again.It lasts until it grows out and the process is easier on the hair. They do cycles of straightening and then conditioning. I have had this done at a beauty school and it cost around $100.
Post # 12
@TurtleDoves: I second the Brazilian Keratin Smoothing Treatment. I use Organix Brazillian shampoo/conditioner combo. It works really well. And it smells friggin AWESOME. Major plus 🙂 I also think Organix makes an at home treatment you could try.
Post # 13
@emilygrace07: I did read about it! My only concern is that is washes out and lasts some weeks….but I coach and play soccer everyday so for me I ahve to wash my hair on a daily basis:( and it seems like a procedure that washes out would not last very long. urgh
@LaTortuga: It wasn’t my intention to offend (as is clear) but either way just to clear the tension-i’m sorry:) Let’s stay happy:)
@thursdayschild: I did the same treatment and it was AWESOME…but, yes it’s very expensive to upkeep every year
@mrs.folks: to answer your qs: It cost me $450.00 including tip and lasted 8 months because I have fast growing hair (so my roots were curly, the rest straight). I’ve seen it last longer on some. It was seriously incredible (if you like bone-straight hair).
@HeathenSwan: let’s trade:)
@ieatunicorns: $100? My salon just qouted me $225.00 for Chi blowout:(
@BlondeBee: I know this because I already use Organix ;)…it’s the bomb dot com baby!
Thanks ladies for your input! I moved my appointment to Saturday (2days from now) so I could get some more input on my actually hair. I will come back and update! And hey, if it happens, i’ll post some before and after pics:)
Post # 14
I’m asian and I’ve done the Japanese straightening perms before. 🙂 And then I did the Japanese Digital Perm after I was sick of straight hair!
Post # 15
Do the keratin treatment! Find a salon that does the Peter Coppola Keratin Complex smoothing treatment, It’t like magic, I swear!
Post # 16
All of these straight perms have different names but they’re basically the same thing. I got one done for $50 (I live in Korea.) My hair was amazingly smooth but it of course zapped the volume and I’m pretty sure it was damaging to my hair. If you’re straight ironing your hair on a daily basis, it might be worth it though.