What is Japanese Hair Straightening? Everything You Need to Know

Model showing results of Japanese Hair Straightening

What is Japanese Hair Straightening? Everything You Need to Know

If you’ve always wanted straight hair (or “straighter” hair) and have been getting disappointing results from your blow dryer, flat iron, or home hair straightening treatments, you may want to consider Japanese Hair Straightening.

Japanese Hair Straightening (or “thermal reconditioning”) is a popular chemical hair treatment that semi-permanently straightens frizzy, curly or wavy hair. The treatment originated in Japan, created by hair expert Yuko Yamashita in the 1990s.

During a treatment:

  • A chemical solution is applied that breaks down the hair’s bonds
  • The solution is rinsed from the hair, followed by a special conditioner
  • Hair is dried and flat ironed in sections
  • When hair reaches the desired straightness, a neutralizer is applied to stop the chemical process and “lock” the hair’s new straightness into place

How Long Does Japanese Hair Straightening Take?

A treatment can take from a few hours to several hours depending on the hair’s length, curliness and thickness. A hair straightening specialist can estimate the required treatment time during an in-person consultation.

What is the Cost?

The cost of Japanese Straightening treatments vary widely but are typically between $200 and $700 depending on the number of treatments required and the length of time the treatment takes. View the cost of Japanese Hair Straightening at From Hair On Salon.

How Long Does it Last?

The results of one treatment can last up 6 months or a little more until a touch-up is required. While the treatment is known as “permanent hair straightening”, in reality the results are semi-permanent, lasting 6-months or until new growth becomes noticeable. New growth will have its former curl or wave. Once your hair grows out a few inches long, a touch-up appointment is recommended.

Is it Safe?

According to this Healthline article, Japanese Straightening is generally regarded as safe if done correctly.

Because the technique requires the use of a chemical solution and heat, there is always a risk of hair damage, especially if an inexperienced technician provides the treatment. Before choosing a salon, find out how long the technician has been providing Japanese Hair Straightening treatments. Also read the salon’s Google reviews to find out how past clients feel about the treatment.

How Does Japanese Hair Straightening Compare to Other Techniques?

Most hair specialists would agree that Japanese Hair Straightening is probably the most effective treatment for straightening hair – with results lasting for 6-8 months. The results of other popular methods, such as Keratin treatments and “Brazilian Blowouts” last for 3-4 months. Keratin treatments and Brazilian Blowouts increase shine, reduce frizz and relax curls, making it easier for you to blow dry or flat iron your hair, but they don’t make your hair as straight as Japanese Hair Straightening.

Who is a Good Candidate?

The best candidate for Japanese Hair Straightening has healthy, natural, untreated hair.

You may not be a suitable candidate if:

  • Your hair is dry or brittle.
  • You’ve previously coloured your hair
  • You have highlights
  • You’ve had previous chemical treatments or other hair straightening treatments
  • You suffer from hair loss
  • You suffer from scalp conditions such as dandruff, seborrhea, or psoriasis
  • Your natural hair has dense, tight curls such as with some African hair types

Book Japanese Hair Straightening at Our Port Moody Hair Salon!

If you have questions about hair straightening or would like to book a consultation and treatment, call From Hair On Salon at 604.936.8313 or send us a message from our website’s contact page. From Hair Salon is located in Port Moody and convenient to Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.