Japanese Hair Straightening or “Thermal Reconditioning” is a revolutionary Japanese straightening treatment that uses heat to restructure the bonds in your hair so the hair lies straight, giving you glossy, smooth, shiny straight hair that requires hardly any blow drying!
Japanese Hair Straightening History
Japanese Hair Straightening originated in Japan and has been practiced in Australia for just over three years. This treatment has been featured in just about every fashion magazine in Australia including: In Style, Vogue, Marie Claire, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, Oprah, and Elle.
The process produces stunning results that can last from six to ten months. Even better, whatever hair is treated will stay straight permanently and only the re-growth needs touching up! Steven Hanna is one of a few licensed instructors for this technology which was created by a Japanese company in 1996.
How does Japanese Hair Straightening Works?
Japanese Hair Straightening is a process that permanently alters the internal structure of the hair shaft rendering it totally straight. It will also remove a great deal of the fullness and the body from the hair giving it a sleeker look.
After Japanese Hair Straightening, hair is unaffected by the ills caused by the elements including humidity, rain and steam-leaving hair sleek and free from frizz. And, over time, repeated Japanese Hair Straightening actually leaves the hair in better condition than before.
The steps in Japanese Hair Straightening:
- The consultation They will test for tensile strength, porosity, elasticity and hair damage.
- Protect the hair for the type of porosity that it has for example Highlighted, previously relaxed, colour treated.
- Apply step 1 This should be applied 1cm away from the scalp so that your hair won’t get breakage or a bend) this is where the magic begins.
- Allow the hair to process The stylist should begin to take strand test after 5 minutes but the step 1 could stay on for as long as an hour depending on the strength of your curl.
- Rinse step 1 out well.
- Blow-dry about 80% of the hair moisture.
- Apply a heat protector to the hair It could be PPT.
- Patiently Iron the hair This step requires a lot of patience and expertise. These are very specialized irons that can adjust heat between 80 to 220 degrees Celsius and keep it constant. The ironing process is used on inch sections of hair & can take up to an hour and a half, sometimes employing two stylists at once. The irons permanently lock in the straightness and moisture. The right temperature is key.
- Apply the neutraliser and let process for 10 minutes which stabilizes the pH balance.
- Apply a treatment conditioner.
- Blow-dry the hair again.