Post # 1
Hello Bees! I have naturally curly hair (so of course I hate it) and recently have been seriously contemplating having it permanently straightened. I was wondering if anyone around here had done this, and if so, wouldn’t mind sharing their thoughts/experiences?
A little info about me: I’m not a hair person. I can leave it down or put it in a ponytail and that is literally it. (I can’t even get the hang of barettes). My normal routine is to take a shower in the morning, throw in some leave in conditioner and let my hair air dry. I have never colored my hair but that may be something I’ll need to do in the future – I have QUITE a few greys at 31!
After having this procedure, would I be able to take a shower in the evening, go to sleep with wet/damp hair and wake up in the morning with it straight? (My absolutel DREAM!!!)
Once it’s straightened, could I *ever* curl it again using a curling iron or rollers or anything or is that totally impossible?
Has anyone done this and regretted it? If so, why?
And finally, is there any aspect of this procedure that I maybe need to give some more thought to? I know this is quite pricey, but I am willing to pay over $1000 if it means having sleek Pantene-commercial-like hair!!
Post # 3
I’ve had my hair straightened 1-2 times a year for the past 8 years and i love it! I have wavy hair. My friend did it before me and hers was great so I did it and have been hooked ever since.
It’s about a 3 hour process at the salon, they ask you not to wash your hair or tie your hair for 24 hours and after that it’s straight even after you shower or do whatever to your hair. 🙂
Although your hair remains straight, you can still curl it and do what you like. My experience have a been a great one. I have heard stories of others where they still have to flat iron their hair but it’s still easier than it was once before.
I say do it, give it a shot!
Post # 4
@Ms. Sparkles: Thank you for your input! I am 99.9% sure I’m going to have this done within the next 3 months! I’m so excited!!
Post # 5
I’m not sure if this is anything like having it straightened professionally, but it’s my experience,
I have naturally straight hair. It will not curl. No matter what. It’ll hold for like 30 seconds then falls back straight. That being said, if I wash my hair at night and don’t dry it, it us super wavy-ish (not the cute kind) and gets frizzy throughout the day and with humidity. If I want my hair stick straight, I have to blow dry it and sometimes even run a flat iron over it to control frizz. (I don’t have a lot of frizz and I also live in Ms where we have high humidity). If the professional straightened hair is like this, you may wana keep it curly. My cousin wakes up, washes her curls, let’s it dry and it looks like done curly hair. Mine looks scraggly unless I blow dry it.
Post # 6
Hahaha! I DREAM of that pantene commercial hair too! Lol! What is this procedure called? I’m thinking of doing this too. I have super curly hair and am the same way. Just put it up in a ponty tail and keep it moving! I’m assuming you don’t go in the salon and say ” yes, I would like the japanese hair straightening procedure”…? Lol!
Post # 7
I’ve been having my hair straightened twice a year for the past several years. Honestly, I’ll never look back! It’s made my hair so low maintenence and saves so much time and effort. I’ve never tried to curl my hair, so I can’t speak to that, but I can go to bed with wet hair and wake up with it straight. As your hair grows, though, you might want to blow-dry it, since the new hair coming in will be curly. I would recommend investing in a quality deep conditioner and using it at least once a week, because it does dry out your hair a bit.
Post # 8
@mrs.folks: some salons call it Japanese hair straightening, or Thermal Reconditioning. They also might refer to the specific product used; I think there are three but I can only think of Yuko and Liscio.
Post # 9
I’m so sorry to take the other side here and ruin on your parade, and I know this is not what you want to hear, but I REALLY regret straightening my hair and thought I should share.
I had nice curly hair. I don’t know if yours is “Annie” or “corkscrew” curly, but mine were pretty big, messy romantic curls and relatively easy to make look nice with a little mousse.
However, the grass is greener on the other side, and I always LOVED straight and was jealous of girls with straight hair. I didn’t do the Japanese, I did the Brazilian and it was REALLY nice. I loved it and even had it redone. My hair was silky, always looked good, and I barley needed any time to style or any product. Fast forward about 2 or 3 years, I began to get bored and wanted to change it up with curls. So occasionally I would curl my hair with a curler or hot rollers, but it is SO much work, takes forever, (it was easier to straighten my naturally curly hair) and looked too styled. Not to mention the heat is really bad for your hair. Anyway, as time went on I began to miss my messy natural curls more and more and now I REALLY miss them and even though my hair has since grown out and it’s not super straight anymore, my original lovely curls never returned. My hair is just kind of blah wavy now and I really wish I never had the permanent straightening.
Now I am NOT trying to talk you out of doing yours – but just be certain you won’t regret not keeping your curlies. I really want mine back. Sorry again to be a buzzkill, but I wish someone had told me this story when I was first considering this.
Post # 10
If its really what you want go for it! One the flip side though have you ever had your hair cut and styled by someone who specializes in curls? I have super curly thick hair and I hated it so much. I felt like a ponytail was the only hair style that didn’t take forever, and I always felt so blah about it. I moved states, and my new stylist had curly hair herself and specializes in it. She cut my hair completely differently then anyone had before, creating a shape to it instead of the giant poofball look I usually ended up with. She also taught me what products to use, and how to blow dry and style for an awesome look. After she got through with my hair I could spend less then 10minutes in the morning and have these amazing curls all day. I don’t have any pics of it to post (I tend to avoid the camera because of my weight) but I have to say that having someone who really knew curly hair made all the difference in the world.
Post # 11
I would say do your research and see if you are truly comfortable with the extremely high level of terrifyingly toxic chemicals they put on your hair to get it straight. IMO, not even remotely worth it. The treatments that claim “contains no formaldehyde!” actually contain a chemical that converts to it after it has been heated. Scary, scary stuff. I can’t believe it’s legal. I work in a research lab and our use of those chemicals is tightly regulated and we have to work in fume hoods/wear respirators. How do the hair stylists not have to take the same safety precautions??
Post # 12
Both my sister and I have done the japense straightening thing a couple of times. My sister actually recently re-did it. A few things to consider:
For the first 6 months or so your hair is REALLY REALLY straight, like no volume whatsoever. It’s only about the 6-8 month mark that your hair looks straight, but natural straight.
For about 3-5 days after doing the procedure, you CANNOT wash your hair or put your hair up in any sort of ponytail or pin it. Doing so ruins the procedure and will make your hair bend to how you tied it up.
With that said:
Yes you can go to sleep with wet hait and wait up with straight hair
Yes you can curl it again, although it’s not recommended to do so within a month or two of doing it.
It shouldn’t be over $1000, the last couple of times I did it, it was about $200-$300. Lasts about 2 years.
Hope this helps!
Post # 13
ok, I know I this will make me look really vain/full of myself/whatever, but I promsie that wasn’t the point. Please pardon the giant picture, but for anyone considering getting rid of their lovely curls, please see my before/during/and afters. You don’t have to comment, I already know I made the wrong decision. Both the texture of my hair and how I looked and how it framed my face was better with curls. Straightening may be the right one for you, but just be careful of what you wish for!
Post # 14
@mrs.folks: I think that is exactly what it’s called! There are different types of hair straightening. There’s also something called a “Brazilian hair straightening” but that isn’t permanent. I’ve read and heard that the “Japanese hair straightening”, which is what I want to have done, is pretty permanent. There’s no going back. You have to let it grow out if you want to reverse it.
WOW – you ladies are giving me a lot to think about! I really appreciate all your responses – even the ones from the flip side of the coin! I hadn’t really considered the chemical aspect of it all. I’ll have to do some more research. And not being able to put it up in a ponytail for a few days after the procedure is also a concern; I work in healthcare and absolutely MUST wear my hair back for work. I’d have to take vacation/sick days or something I guess!
After reading everyone’s thoughts I’m really glad that I asked about this. I tend to get really excited about things that I want to do that it’s sometimes hard for me to take my rose colored glasses off! I’m also going to call around and find a stylist that specializes in curly hair to consult with. Thanks for all your ideas and information!!
Post # 15
I have naturally curly, voluminous hair that doesn’t naturally fall into beautiful coils, in humid conditions or sleeping with it damp it looks messy! I’ve figured out over the years how to tame it and blow dry it, but in the past I have straightened it a few times so here are my thoughts..
Yes, it is easier to maintain hair after it’s been straightened. However I didn’t like how dead straight and flat my hair got, it looked unnatural. I used to ask them not to leave the chemicals in too long or near the roots, but controlling the level of straightness is difficult, i found that after the chemicals have worked on your hair it lacks any kind of elasticity/strength.(I have fine hair and lots of it, easily damaged) In my experience, my hair could still be bent from tying or sleeping with it wet etc., so I still had to be kind of careful with it if I wanted the effect to last.
Remember that it’s something you’ll have to keep doing, like coloring your hair… It looks a bit silly when you have a top of curls that then fall straight. Of course it depends how curly your hair is to begin with, but to ‘undo’ it you’d have to grow it all out and cut it off. Chemical Straightning does not ‘wear off’ like a perm, the proteins in your hair have been realigned and locked!
Perhaps do some research first, there are older forms of straightening that do wear off (now used mainly to undo perms and so on) that can look more natural. But some girls like the dead straight, ironed look, so if that’s what you’re after, you could give it a go! I don’t straighten my hair anymore, I can blow dry it straight or wear it curly, and it seems healthier now 🙂 hope that helps!
Post # 15
Hi I’m thinking about permanently straightening my hair and have been doing some research and came across this! I was wondering if you went through with it and if you love it! please let me know thank you!!