What is Thermal Reconditioning?
Japanese Hair Straightening, which is often called Thermal Reconditioning, has proven to be a great solution for those who want to spend less time in front of a mirror working on their hair. The hair gets straightened using a combination of heat and chemicals, namely ammonium thioglycolate.
When you’ve gotten Japanese straightening treatment, your hair requires little or no effort to get a complete straight look. But that doesn’t automatically mean you shouldn’t put enough effort into caring for it. Once hair has been straightened it requires special care to overcome the effects of chemicals and to prevent it from getting dry and brittle.
Our list of suggested products is at the end of this post.
What Aftercare is Involved within First 72 Hours?
The first 72 hours after receiving a Japanese hair straightening treatment is critically important. The waiting period gives the hair time needed to finish the neutralizing process. During this time the hair should not be allowed to get wet in any way, whether it be due to shampooing, rain, swimming, or sweat. Skipping exercise during these 72 hours is highly recommended.
Also, avoid putting any type of products in the hair, which means no hairspray, mousse, gels, wax, shampoo, dry shampoo, and the like. The hair should be kept as straight as possible, so you should avoid tucking the hair behind your ears or pulling it into a ponytail. The use of hair accessories must be avoided as well as wearing hats, glasses, etc.
If your hair gets wet or bent, you should blow dry and flat-iron the affected area immediately with a flat iron on a low temperature.
How to Take Care of Japanese Straightened Hair?
Chemically straightened hair needs a lot of care and maintenance. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your stylist and carefully protect and treat your newly straightened hair until the next touch up. Swimming should be avoided for the first couple of weeks, as the hair mustn’t come into contact with chlorinated pool water during this time. Excessive exposure to the sun must also be avoided, in the first days after the treatment, which means wearing a hat when you are out in the sun.
Thermally reconditioned hair absorbs less moisture and dries more quickly. You don’t need to blow dry your Japanese straightened hair to maintain a straight look. You can blow dry it if you want to get the moisture out quickly. The blow drying will take less than half the time it previously did. It would be best to use a dryer with a ceramic heating unit and tourmaline infused inner components. Keep the hair-dryer at the right distance and use a diffuser attachment to disperse the air flow.
Use only gentle hair accessories to avoid breakage. Avoid using hair elastics and look for more hair-friendly hair ties.
Some shampoos and conditioners (like sulfur based anti-dandruff shampoos) have adverse effects on chemically straightened hair. It is important to use specially formulated shampoos and conditioners for Japanese straightened hair to help maintain the quality of the treatment and keep your hair healthy. Comb the hair with a wide tooth comb to gently remove the tangles. Use a thermal heat protector when blow-drying to prevent heat damage. Use only a natural bristle brush and blow dry in a downward drying motion to close the cuticle and to prevent stripping moisture from the hair.
To revitalize your thermally treated hair be sure to give it a protein-rich deep conditioning treatment once a week.
Thermal Reconditioning and Hair Coloring
Those who want thermal reconditioning but also want to color their hair shouldn’t do the coloring before they get their hair straightened. Hair that has been bleached and color-treated hair that’s damaged should not receive thermal reconditioning. For highlighted hair, the hair should only be highlighted up to 50 percent. Those who have hair that’s already color-treated, but not bleached or damaged, may get their hair thermal reconditioned, but the results they get may vary.
Find a reputable salon and consult a specialist to make sure that this procedure is right for you. You will receive a pre-treatment to tell if it works for your hair type and condition. The outcome depends on what type of chemicals was used and how many coloring or highlighting treatments your hair has been through.
When coloring hair that has been straightened using the Japanese method, it’s important to wait at least four to six weeks after receiving the treatment to apply the color. Consider gentle, ammonia-free hair-color. It’s a good idea to skip the at-home hair coloring kits and have the color done professionally. You must inform the hair color technician that your hair has been chemically straightened before receiving color service. You also want to make sure that the technician understands the effects of color on the Japanese straightened hair.
Your colorist may suggest upgrading your hair color service with Olaplex or other bond-protecting product to preserve the integrity of your hair.
To keep the rebonded hair looking sleek and shiny, consider the cellophane hair treatment. This treatment uses hydrolyzed proteins and silicone polymers to seal the cuticle layer and keep your hair smooth and beautiful. You can do this treatment every 3 months to exchange hair color and maintain high gloss shine.
Shampoos and Conditioners for Thermally Reconditioned Hair
Chemical treatments and dyes tend to weaken hair, making it more fragile and vulnerable to damage. Chemically processed hair needs gentle handling and it is very important to follow a strict routine when it comes to shampoos and conditioners.
Milbon Nigelle Er Shampoo and Milbon Nigelle ER Silky Smooth and Shiny Hair Treatment (conditioner) have been specially formulated to repair damage and maintain softness and health of the hair after Japanese Hair Straightening. The duo also works to smooth out new growth, which helps extend the longevity of your treatment.
The products are pricey, but you can keep the original jar and order refill bags to get a larger amount of the product for your money.
The shampoo is very thick and although it doesn’t create a huge amount of suds your hair will be clean without feeling stripped.
The duo also helps keep hair conditioned and healthy between color treatments.
Leave in Treatment for Rebonded Hair
Milbon Straight Lisciocrystal Hair Treatment repairs the cuticle layers of damaged hair, keeping it shiny, sleek, and soft. This leave-in treatment also blocks humidity and makes hair manageable. Apply a few pumps on your damp hair, before blow drying. If your hair is permanently straightened, this product will help keep your regrown hair smoother, and more manageable.
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