Permanent Hair Straightening: 8 Things That you Should Know Beforehand

I recently wrote the article “6 Best hair straightener iron – My ultimate review of the best flat iron“. It was intended for those who have frizzy, curly, wavy hair and do not mind straightening it only occasionally with a hair straightener iron. But how about if you wish to have that frizzy, curly, wavy permanently straight? Well, you can do permanent hair straightening and this is what this article is all about. You probably already know that there are treatments that you can have done that will make your hair straight. There are some that will only straighten your hair for a few months, others for a few weeks, and more that will permanently straighten your hair.

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But do you know what happens when you have a permanent hair straightening treatment done? While the more temporary treatments can cause damage to your hair, they don’t do quite as much as a permanent treatment does. But do you know why? Most of the ingredients that are in these treatments break bonds in your hair; these bonds are what help give your curls their shape. Once they’re broken, they’re not coming back easily.
So, what are some things that you don’t know but should before you decide to go ahead and do permanent hair straightening? In this article, we go over some of the major things that you should know about before you go to a salon and have this treatment done. The choice is up to you, but please make sure that you’re informed and prepared for what you’re considering doing.

8 Things you Consider Before a Permanent Hair Straightening Treatment

  1. The Damage

Chemical permanent hair straightening treatments weaken your hair, in fact, most of them actually break the bonds in your hair that help gives your curls shape. Most companies will say that their product is less harmful than they are, just because they might say that they’re formaldehyde free – chances are they’re not. There are some alternatives that you should look for use ingredients such as methylene glycol, formalin, methanol, and methanethiol. So, just wary if you hear a stylist or read a product that says that they’re free of formaldehyde or are safer than other products.

  1. Customize Your Permanent hair Straightening Treatment

You might not know this, but you can actually customize your permanent hair straightening treatment to match your hair type. We all know that hair is not all the same, so why would a hair straightening treatment be? You can change up the formula of whatever treatment you’re getting based on your hair needs. If you have finer hair in places, then you’ll want a gentler formula than the rest of your hair. Don’t be afraid to mix up the formulas to protect your hair.

  1. Check the Tools

If you are going to a salon, or if you’re performing your own treatment, make sure that the tools being used aren’t super old. Old tools will only cause heat damage to your hair making it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. If you want to avoid losing big chunks of hair because of an old tool, just double check that they’re in good enough condition where you won’t risk unnecessary damage.

  1. Follow the Instructions

After you’ve done your treatment, you’ll want to pay close attention to the aftercare instructions. Most treatments won’t allow you to use heat tools for a few days after the treatment has been done, but if you don’t know that and use a tool, you can fry your hair. So, just be wary and cautious when it comes to the aftercare and follow the instructions meticulously.

  1. Your Hair Will Be Different

Unlike using a hair straightener to occasionally straighten your hair, straightening your hair permanently will cause a lot of damage to your hair that will be irrevocable in most cases. So, are you okay with that? You’ll find that your hair will be multi-textured, there will be a lot of frizziness when the treatment is going away, and you’ll have to go and get a lot of touch-ups. The best thing you can do is have a stylist test a sample piece so you can see how your hair will react to the chemicals being used. You might not have any issues, but it’s best to double check that nothing bad will happen.

  1. Hair History

It’s always best to let the hair stylist know if you’ve had other treatments done at a different salon, or if you did it yourself. It’s always best to disclose information that does not and have to end up getting your hair cut off because something went really wrong. You should also be super wary of color after getting your hair treated, always disclose if you had a treatment done before getting your hair dyed. If you don’t, the outcome could be less than desirable.

  1. You’re Giving up Options

By permanently straightening your hair, you’re giving up the option of wearing natural curls if you so decide to one day. If you’re looking to just wear straight hair every once in a while, just use a hair straightener iron.  DO NOT DO A PERMANENT TREATMENT! There are other less permanent options out there that you can do that will not cause severe damage to your hair and let you still have your curls when you need them.

  1. This is a Commitment

You’re making a big commitment when you choose to straighten your hair permanently. So, before you dive right in making sure that this is something that you really want to do. If you’re unsure, go for a hair treatment that will not damage your hair and will go away after a couple weeks. This way you can be sure that having straight hair is what you want before it becomes what you have.
Permanent hair straightening is a decision that you have to make for yourself, and it’s best if you’re prepared and have the information you need to make a well-educated decision.

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