Japanese Straightening, Straight Variation, and Thermal Reconditioning are all terms you may or may not be familiar with. Hopefully, I can answer all of your questions below. If there's anything I've missed, please feel free to email me at wendy@serenitywithwendy. You're also welcome to book a FREE consultation.
Q: Is the Japanese Straightening and Straight Variation permanent or temporary?
A: It is a permanent process. Some services like Keratin Treatments are temporary. Their product smooths your hair but over time is broken down by environmental factors. Japanese Straightening and the sister services are all permanent. You'll just have to worry about your new hair as it grows in.
Q: Do I have to use special products with this service?
A: There are no required products to purchase BUT you just made a big investment in retexturizing your hair. It is wise to use quality products that will keep your hair healthy and moisturized. After all, you now have a chemical present on your hair. I cannot guarantee my work if you are not following all recommendations.
Q: Can I color my hair after this service?
A: If you currently have color in your hair, I recommend having your new growth done 10-14 days beforehand. If you do not have color present, we would definitely need to make sure your hair can handle adding another chemical. I have several gentle options we can talk about. If you're a Guest who travels in and has an "at-home" Stylist, I have no problem connecting with your other Stylist to make sure they know your situation.
Q: Can I get highlights after this service?
A: Just like color, it would depend on the integrity of your hair and the willingness to invest in treatments and quality products.
Q: How often do I get this done?
A: That really depends on your texture of hair and your skill level with managing your own texture. As your new growth comes in, you will have to blow-dry and straighten that hair to match the chemically straightened ends. The average client comes every 6 months to do their new growth. Six months equals roughly 3" of new hair. The curlier your hair, the more frequent you might want to come. The earliest I've seen a Guest is a little over 4 months. If your hair is not very curly but very frizzy, you could probably stretch your visit to once a year.
Q: Will I have to do any styling?
A: If your hair is Virgin (free of any chemical), you will have the best results. With the Japanese Straightening, most Guests can air-dry their hair. With the Straight Variation (the "little sister" to the Japanese Straightening), your hair will not be as sleek but it will be so easy to style! Your hair will take no time at all to blow dry and iron. Most Guests use a light serum and/or a heat-protectant spray to style their hair.
Q: Can I curl my hair?
A: Now that your hair has been chemically straightened, you now have the same issues as someone who has naturally straight hair. You definitely can use a curling iron to style but you will need the help of hairspray to hold the curl. Otherwise, the curls might go limp.
Q: Will this work on my texture of hair?
A: For the last 12 years, I've worked on all hair textures and have specialized in Japanese Straightening for the same amount of time. I have successfully performed this service on people with all types of hair textures and issues- from those with finer yet very frizzy hair to very coarse, thick, coily hair. I understand and appreciate all the care and concern each type of texture needs.
Q: Is this similiar to a relaxer?
The results are not the same nor is the chemical makeup. The results are silkier, smoother, and the hair has more movement and flow when compared to a relaxer. Chemically, it is not as harsh as a relaxer. I rarely wear gloves when performing the service.
Q: What if I no longer want this service?
A: The Japanese Straightening service is designed for those who have issues with intense frizz or who do not care for their wavy or curly hair. They do not want to spend the time, energy, or product use on caring for their hair and would much rather have something easier to maintain. Changing your natural texture is a committment. Should you decide you no longer want the service, you will have to grow out your natural hair and have the straight ends cut off- be it immediately or gradually.