Okay, so I've been wanting my hair permanently straightened for some time now, and I finally got it done today. I totally lost track of the time, so I can't tell you how long it took, but straightening your hair takes at least 2-3 hours. So bring a snack. I did.
Anyways, today I'm gonna share some stuff you might want to know if you want to get your hair permanently straightened. This is just some things I found out, so it's definitely not EVERYTHING but just the basics.
I went from this:
Yes, I know the second picture is a liiittle dark, but at least you can see the straightness.
First of all, you wanna decide how you want your hair straightened. You have two options: rebonding or relaxing. Rebonding is less expensive, but there's a reason for that. It looks more artificial. And even if you're okay with that, bear in mind that it takes all the volume right outta your head. Granted, relaxing makes your hair flatter too, but after a few hours you'll see a little more life in it. Also, relaxing isn't as bad for your hair is rebonding is. I'm still not sure how that works, so you may want to Google it.
Since I chose to relax my hair, I only know about that. I have no idea if rebonding is done the same way, I only know they use a different chemical thing in your hair.
After your hair has been relaxed/rebonded, you can't tuck it behind your ears, tie it up, or wash it. After three days you can wash your hair, but you can't style it until a week has passed because the chemicals are still in it, and hair ties may leave an imprint. Also, your hair will be very dry and damaged, so the salon will give you a free treatment. It won't be right after you've relaxed your hair, but maybe a few days after or a week after. The salon I went to sold me a bottle of treatment oil for rebonded hair to take care of it, for about $15 CND.
I'm typing this just a few hours after my relaxing treatment, so my hair still reeks of chemicals, but I think it'll go away once I wash my hair. Updates will be posted!
Now, about the pricing. As I'm in Malaysia right now, I'm converting Malaysian currency to Canadian in my mind, so nothing will be very exact.
The cheapest, dirtiest salons offer rebonding from around $13 Canadian. The highest, from the same cheap salons, is about $20. This only happens in Malaysia, but even if you are in Malaysia, I beg of you, do NOT get your hair straightened in those places. Low prices like that means poor quality chemicals and solutions and will ultimately end in damaging your strands even more than the more expensive treatments do. I personally got my hair done for around $46 Canadian, but the most expensive treatment I heard of when I was asking around was just over $100 Canadian.
The prices will definitely be higher in Canada/the States, but if you're earning money there it shouldn't be a problem.
I promise, I will update this time. I know I haven't kept to my promises last time I promised I'd update about something, but I promise I'll at least update when I get my free treatment.
Are you planning to get your hair relaxed or rebonded? Do you already have relaxed/rebonded hair?