This post about my permanent straightener was originally written in May 2014. Wow, look at that phone! There’s some good info I provided way back when. I wrote this a year into blogging. Looking back the only thing that has remained the same is getting the Japanese hair straightener done. Over the years you’ve been asking about this treatment and I’ve been answering your questions, via social media. So, I decided to go back and freshen up this old blog post to make it more relevant and to answer all your questions.
Images are from 2014!!
The Japanese Hair Straightener
We all want what we can’t have. When it comes to my hair, I’m like everyone else. Unfortunately, God put me in the very curly and VERY frizzy hair line when he was creating me. If you know anything about Texas weather you know it can be hot and humid. Let’s just say my hair and Texas are not friends. Back in 2010 I was introduced to the Japanese hair straightener and my life has never been the same. This treatment makes the Brazilian Blow out look like a kids playground. Getting the Brazilian Blow out has formaldehyde and doesn’t last nearly as long. You pay so much for a temporary solution. For me, the Brazilian Blowout didn’t take and was out of my hair in about a month.
Now let me be clear, you don’t want to go to just anyone! Since this is permanent you’ll want to make sure you research someone who has had years of experience and comes with a great testimony from other. If you’re here in Houston, I go to Sensia Day Spa and Lance is who does my treatment.
What I love most about having my hair done is when summer comes around. I’ve never been able to get in the pool and then get out without the burden of my hair. Now, I can jump in the pool and get out without worrying about frizzy hair. I know! Sounds unreal for us frizzy haired girls. I was a sceptic until the first time I washed my hair. A tear may have actually fell from my eyes. My entire life has been spent worrying about my hair…until now!
Have you ever known that girl with perfect hair? She can get in the water and then after she lets her hair air dry (She probably has the perfect body too). Well, you can now be that envied one.
How long does it take and how long does it last?
Are you sitting down? It takes all day! Depending on if you have to get touch ups done after you’re all finished. You shouldn’t have to but the first time I had mine done we were very conservative with the product and due to that we had to go in and put product on a few places that weren’t as straight as others. With that said, it could take up to 6+ hours.
How much does it cost?
I’ve done zero research elsewhere and can only tell you what I’ve paid. Unfortunately, the price has gone up over the years but worth every penny. Even when I didn’t have money…I managed to find a way to have my hair done. Years ago it would cost $500. This last time I paid $650. That is without tip. And don’t forget to tip the person who washes your hair each time.
The first time you go it will cost a little more because you’re having all your hair done. When you get your roots done, it should cost less. That’s at my salon. Each place could do it differently.
What’s the process?
- When you first arrive you have your hair washed. No need to come in with fresh hair. If you know your stylist then maybe they will give you permission to wash your hair before coming in. But more than likely they will want to wash your hair and strip it with a clarifying shampoo.
- If you’ve had anything done to your hair (color, bleach or previous Japanese Straightener) then a protection product will be placed on those areas. This sits for about 20 min.
- Hair is then washed with a special shampoo and conditioner. The condition sits for about 5 min. We repeat this.
- After that, hair is blow dried thoroughly and straightened with a straight iron. It takes forever to do this because it’s done in tiny sections to assure that every strand is straight.
- Now for the good stuff. The permanent straightener is placed onto hair and sits for another 20 min. Lance will then test the strands to see if it’s taken. He does it by lightly knotting the hair. If the knot stays then its good. If it bounces out of the knot then we let the product sit a little longer. 5 min max.
- Finally we wash it all out and put a deep moisturizing shampoo and conditioner in.
- Blow dry and go!
There you have it my friends. Hopefully your questions have been answered. If there are more leave them below and I’ll be sure to get those answered and added.
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Handbag: Louis Vuitton (old similar)