Typically when women think about permanently straightening their hair, they consider having a Brazilian keratin treatment done to their hair, which by the way isn’t a permanent solution. Another less-known straightening solution, which does provide permanent and lasting results, is Japanese hair straightening. For more information on the comparative information between the two straightening options, keep reading!
Brazilian Keratin Treatment
When performing a Brazilian keratin treatment, a stylist will begin by washing the hair with a clarifying shampoo, blow-dry the hair, and then apply the straightening solution to the hair section by section. Once the solution has been applied to every last strand of hair and has been combed throughout, and given the treatment a few minutes to set, the stylist will blow-dry the hair. When finished with the blow dryer, the stylist will seal the treatment using a flat iron. At this point, the keratin straightening process is finished, although some clients may be told not to style or wash their locks for a few days. In total, the process can take anywhere between two to four hours in the salon chair depending on the individual’s hair type and length. The client will be back at the salon in about three to six months to repeat the temporary process. It is also important for clients to understand that if the treatment is not a one-size-fits-all treatment, as it straightens wavy hair; it will only soften curly hair. That said keratin treatments are superb for eliminating frizz and making hair healthy and stronger over time.
Japanese Hair Straightening
Japanese hair straightening, which is also known as thermal reconditioning uses special flat irons that allow the hair to heat to the specific temperature, which allows the chemical solution to produce the desired results. Unlike the Brazilian keratin treatment, Japanese thermal reconditioning is a permanent hair straightening process. In addition to straight hair clients will notice that after the treatment, wet hair dries much faster, requires little attention during and after the shower, and allows for a professional style with little to know effort.
When going to the salon for a Japanese straightening treatment, the stylist will begin by washing the hair apply a straightening solution then rinse the solution and apply a treatment specific conditioner followed by a heat protection product. After this, the stylist will use the blow dryer for a quick partial dry followed by a straightening session. Once straightened, the stylist will apply a neutralizer, which has the purpose of stabilizing the balancing the pH levels of the client’s hair. The neutralizer will sit for a few minutes before being rinsed out, at this time the stylist will proceed by re-applying and rinsing out conditioner. Once rinsed, the hair will be treated with mineral water and control crème to prepare for the final blow-dry. Once dry, the hair is flat ironed for the last time, to ensure it is completely straight. Much like keratin treatments, the client must keep hair dry and un-styled for 48 to 72 hours. In total, the process can take anywhere from four to eight hours, however, the client will not have to repeat the process, is it allows for total and permanently straightened hair. This lengthy permanent straightening process works for those with wavy and curly hair, leaving clients’ hair smooth, silky and frizz-free for years to come.