Thermal Straightening: Thoughts and Testimonials
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Posted 2/27/08
This is gonna be kinda long:
Ok. I love cutting others hair, and my own, but I wanted to start fresh for my hair. I have almost two years of completely virgin hair (no dyeing, and only trimming) just to keep it healthy for a new cut. Lord knows...I NEED A HAIRCUT haha...

My hair is ugly wavy (not nice wavy), like the kind where its unsure if it wants to be nice and curly or nice and straight. Its very homeless-esque. So I want it to be permanantly straightened at least, before I get the cut, so everythings even. I have the sides shaved and thats it.

ANYWAYS, I researched it a little, but I really want to know from people who have done thermal straightening. It's expensive to get it done, so I bought this "salon use only" pack at a salon supply store for $30, hoping I could do it at home with some help. If anyone has tried it and it worked, please write your experience. I have heard of people doing it at home and it works, but iuno... SO, here are some questions about it that I could think of right now:

1: If you get it done, can you still curl your hair and it will go back straight? i hope so..

2: Is it true that after thermal straightening, you cant tie your hair or do something similar without making a permanent dent on your hair? I've heard you can't even put it behind your ears or it'll make that ugly 70's wavy fringe permanantly. ech (***~shudder~***)

3: What are your own findings or experiences? I really want to hear live pros and cons from the people who did it too...

Thanks guys
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lol i cant help you in this area, but i think this is a scary process lol i especially love question # 2 "2: Is it true that after thermal straightening, you cant tie your hair or do something similar without making a permanent dent on your hair? I've heard you can't even put it behind your ears or it'll make that ugly 70's wavy fringe permanantly. ech (***~shudder~***)" lol XD hope that doesnt happen or else if you fall asleep your hair will stay flat FOREVERRRRRRRRR!!!!! lol j/k. but good luck with this question. if i were you i'd do some research and probably end up going to the salon to help me do this. it's kinda risky doing this by yourself...
Posted 3/10/08
i think if you want it properly done then go to a salon, no matter how much it costs...-beauty doesnt come cheap! -plus you're not sure of the outcome and you've never done it on your own before, so my best advice to you would be, go to a salon and ask them about it. afterall who would knows best about hair than a hair stylist?!
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vyaan wrote:

This is gonna be kinda long:
Ok. I love cutting others hair, and my own, but I wanted to start fresh for my hair. I have almost two years of completely virgin hair (no dyeing, and only trimming) just to keep it healthy for a new cut. Lord knows...I NEED A HAIRCUT haha...

My hair is ugly wavy (not nice wavy), like the kind where its unsure if it wants to be nice and curly or nice and straight. Its very homeless-esque. So I want it to be permanantly straightened at least, before I get the cut, so everythings even. I have the sides shaved and thats it.

ANYWAYS, I researched it a little, but I really want to know from people who have done thermal straightening. It's expensive to get it done, so I bought this "salon use only" pack at a salon supply store for $30, hoping I could do it at home with some help. If anyone has tried it and it worked, please write your experience. I have heard of people doing it at home and it works, but iuno... SO, here are some questions about it that I could think of right now:

1: If you get it done, can you still curl your hair and it will go back straight? i hope so..

2: Is it true that after thermal straightening, you cant tie your hair or do something similar without making a permanent dent on your hair? I've heard you can't even put it behind your ears or it'll make that ugly 70's wavy fringe permanantly. ech (***~shudder~***)

3: What are your own findings or experiences? I really want to hear live pros and cons from the people who did it too...

Thanks guys


i got my hair chem str8ed but idk if its the same or not heh they applyed the str8ening chem, str8ened it, and neutralized it after that they said u cant wash or do anything to ur hair for 3 days or itll bend it 4 the amount of time u didnt cut ur hair @.@

ex: i havnt cut my hair since last july until i got it fakely layered about 1.5 weeks ago
(my hair is still good enuf long tho :D)

idk if thats the same as thermal str8ening

but the process was funny when they str8ened it first they like put the chem and washed it then str8ened it into a spike soo like all my hair around my head was like standing in all direcctions
@ @ @ this was my hair
@ @


to answer ur ?s

1. im sure u can but itd b good to re str8en after u wash ur hair
2.yea if u try tieing it back during the 3 days after u got it str8ened it will become how ever u did it
3. i found out after the 3 days it comes out SUUUUPER DUPER str8 a mex lady game me jap. str8ening but after the 3 day period the tips become like frizzy and bent and point everywhere soo she like told me to come bak in 3 wks 2 get em cut off
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Posted 3/13/08

Shubay wrote:

i think if you want it properly done then go to a salon, no matter how much it costs...-beauty doesnt come cheap! -plus you're not sure of the outcome and you've never done it on your own before, so my best advice to you would be, go to a salon and ask them about it. afterall who would knows best about hair than a hair stylist?!


Oh yea, I know. I went last week and asked actually, and the woman said it was totally doable at home, as long as you read the instructions properly, and don't do it yourself, but have someone who has a meticulous personality do it haha...And she helped to explain the instructions that came with the stuff I bought. I think she didn't mind talking about it because where she worked didn't offer the service, but she had done it for her sister at home. sssooo, iuno, im leaning towards doing it at home (esp. since the last post was talking about you CAN curl it-so it sounds awesome).

But I'm not in a rush. Looks like people don't like this topic? hehehe it's cool, But thanks for the input you guys ^_^
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Posted 3/26/08
I've had my hair chemically straightened a couple of times.....and to answer you questions....

1. you can curl your hair and it'll go back to straight
2. after getting it straightened, you can't tie it up for about 4 days for the chemicals to set in.....and..
3. I find it better and safer for you to get it professionally done because if you have dye or bleach in your hair.......it becomes extremely fried =D
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i had mine done umm about 3 months ago

1: If you get it done, can you still curl your hair and it will go back straight? i hope so..

Yes u can curl it (providing not permanently!) and it'll go bak straight as soon as you wash it! (my sis curled my hair, and it become kinda straight within hours and when i washed my hair...it was as if it was never curled XD)

2: Is it true that after thermal straightening, you cant tie your hair or do something similar without making a permanent dent on your hair? I've heard you can't even put it behind your ears or it'll make that ugly 70's wavy fringe permanantly. ech (***~shudder~***)
can't tie for a few days after its done..but after that u can tie it and it doesn't make a dent..i tied my hair into a pony just 2 days ago...and when i took it out. of course there was a dent..but it was only there for a lil while. after like an hour or so..my hair was bak to it's straightness XD and i put my hair behind my ears all the time..it doesn't do anything to it..

3: What are your own findings or experiences? I really want to hear live pros and cons from the people who did it too...

agree with pekko1224. better to get it professionally done! and...i didn't get it chem. straightened to make it "straight"...my hair was straight already...(yeh..straight black asian hair lol XD) but if u seem/look like you hav a LOT of hair..as in volume (vol. is good..in moderate amounts) ...e.g. for sister had lotsa hair..so it made it look kinda bushy..but when she got it chem. straightened..it looked better and it was less....bushy XD...so thatz kinda why i did my hair...coz i didn't want it to keep looking like a poodle with fluffy hair that sticks up XD

pros -> looks better, easier to style (for me...coz it doesn't stick out everywhere!)
cons -> possibly that it'll be a bit expensive for some ppl....and it takes a few hours to get done..when i had my hair straightened..took..3 hrs i think XD

so if u're getting it done professionally (which is better...it'll last longer, the straightness will be even all the way through etc.) bring a magazine or something to do while waiting!
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hmm well i know some ppl who got the therm done and its messed thier hair up when they decided to go back to being curly....
it is very expensive too but if you dont wanna get that done you can always get the relaxer done. its remotely close...less chance of damaging...can go back to curly...CHEEPER... lol so yehh
Posted 10/11/08
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Ok, mostly what everyone said up there said is correct. I am a hairstylist and done this procedure before, I'll also include the procedure at the end, just in case you have any questions on how its done.

Be sure to check #3.(C)(D)(E) For those are the most important.


1. You can curl your hair after you chemically straightened it. But I would get it healthy first. It's just my own preference though. Too much heat dries out the hair even with heat protection.

2. You can tie your hair back, I would wait at least 3 days. Cuz after all that straightening, and your just gonna tie it back, it'll cause massive amounts of stress to the hair and may lead to breakage. Usually it would be 2, but i like to add an extra day for assurance.

3. My own findings, I have a lot of clients asking me several questions about this as well:

A) I would get it done professionally, anything over the counter is bad for your hair. For example, if over the counter color is used, hair tends to turn out multicolor. Dark at the roots, medium color in the middle, and light at the ends. Because of the mettalic salts in them.

B) Hair tends to become frizzy at the ends, so a return visit to get those ends cut off is a must.

C) Research the salon, make sure the stylist has done it before. Ask her to show you her portfolio of past clients, before and after preferably. One of my clients came to me with a botched job, the stylist didnt know what she was doing and her hair turned out more frizzy and wavy than before.

D) Be sure to pay a lot for this procedure. I charge 500 dollars for this. But it depends on your area. Anyway, it'll still cost a lot. Cuz it involves a lot of time, preparation, texture of the hair, and the chemicals as well as thermal straightening.

E) I would only DO a Japanese relaxer only if it's virgin, if bleach or a perm is present it could cause breakage.


Procedure: First i would clarify the hair to get rid of all the dirt. Then, the solution is applied and left to soak in sections, to assure that every hair strand is saturated. It is then washed and dried followed by flat ironing, again is small sections. After that is finished, a neutralizer is applied left to process and then washed again. Neutralizers, stop the chemical process from occuring and helps balance out the hair to the regular ph levels.

Hope this helps, and be sure to show us pictures if you go through with this. I myself will do it very soon as well. Oh right, this procedure lasts for a while, about 5-6 months is needed for a retouch. It does leave the hair very straight and shiny. It all depends on your lifestyle though.
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