The Different Types of Hair Straightening

Straight hair never seems to go out of style, and these days women with curls have lots of hair straightening options to choose from.

The first is the do it yourself, at home option that many women who have battled against their curly locks will probably be familiar with, if not expert at. This involves a hair dryer and/ or flat iron. Depending on how stubborn your curls are, how thick and long your hair is and how much hair you have, this can take anywhere from fifteen minutes to two hours or more. And if your hair is prone to frizz -- and this is true of most curly haired gals -- you know that a graying sky can strike panic as the slightest bit of humidity can undo your 'do. There are some products that can help somewhat. For the best results, start with a straightening shampoo and conditioner, follow it up with a straightening serum or cream, blow dry the hair aiming the dryer nozzle down from roots to ends so that the hair's cuticle remains as flat as possible, apply a thermal protectant and use a flat iron to achieve the smoothest, most polished look.

You can cut some of this styling procedure down considerably by getting a keratin hair treatment. Known also as a Brazilian blowout or Brazilian straightener, this process smooths out hair by coating it in a sheath of keratin that is fused into the hair with a flat iron. This treatment takes a few hours at the salon and can cost a few hundred dollars, but your hair will be silky, straight and beautiful. You can't wet your hair for a few days afterward while the keratin sets, and when you finally wash it out you will most likely still have a wave if not a curl in your hair. In other words, you still have options. You can let it dry naturally because in most every case your hair will be wavy but frizz-free. Or you can straighten it, but it will take you a fraction of the time to do it.

If you are quite sure you don't want any curl or waves even left in your locks you can try a permanent straightener. There are several types -- relaxers with lye and without, cold smoothing straighteners or thermal reconditioners, otherwise known as a Japanese straightener. An experienced stylist will determine which is the best permanent hair straightening choice for you based on your hair type, what you have had done to your hair previously and the health and condition of your hair. Often, permanent straighteners are not advised for bleached hair, relaxed hair, black hair, damaged hair or heavily high-lighted hair. These range in cost with relaxers being the least expensive and thermal reconditioners the most. And because your hair is permanently altered, as your hair grows you will have a definite line of demarcation where your normal textured regrowth meets the stick-straight treated ends. Not the best of looks, but all you have to do is straighten the regrowth until you decide to have it retouched.

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