Straightening treatments are cosmetic services that aim to temporarily or permanently alter the texture of curly, wavy, or frizzy hair to create straight, smooth hair. There are several types of straightening treatments available, including:
- Chemical relaxers: This treatment uses strong chemicals, such as sodium hydroxide, to break down the hair’s bonds and permanently alter the texture of the hair.
- Japanese hair straightening: Also known as thermal reconditioning, this treatment uses a combination of heat and chemicals to temporarily alter the texture of the hair.
- Keratin treatments: This treatment involves applying a protein-rich formula to the hair that penetrates the hair shaft and smooths the hair’s cuticles, resulting in smoother, straighter hair.
- Flat iron: A flat iron can be used to temporarily straighten the hair by applying heat to the hair, which breaks down the bonds and allows the hair to lay flat.
It is important to choose a qualified stylist and to discuss the desired outcome, as well as any concerns or limitations, before undergoing a straightening treatment. Some treatments, such as chemical relaxers, can be damaging to the hair and should only be performed by a trained professional. Aftercare, such as using heat-protective products and avoiding heat styling, can help maintain the health of the hair and prolong the life of the straightening treatment.