Long and strong hair is all the rage, leaving many people wondering what’s the best way to get silky straight hair. Unlike other straightening methods, Japanese hair straightening is gentler on your hair, and lasts way longer. These treatments can be very pricey in the salon, but you can get great results doing your own Japanese hair straightening at home.
In our Japanese Hair Straightening at home guide, we will show you step by step how to perform a treatment in your own bathroom! But first- what is a Japanese hair straightening treatment exactly?
What is a Japanese Hair Straightening Treatment?
A Japanese hair straightening treatment, (also called thermal reconditioning) works by coating hair in a special solution, that breaks down the hair’s bond. This bond is what gives hair it’s shape and texture, and removing the bond helps keep hair straight. The treatments last about 6 months, and you can shower, swim, and wet your hair, and it will stay straight afterwards!
The treatment involves several important steps, and is fairly labor and time intensive depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Wondering if this type of treatment is right for your hair type? Take a look at who should do these treatments at home.
Who Should Do Japanese Hair Straightening Treatment At Home?
Not all hair types are created equal, so there are a few things you should consider to find out if this treatment is right for you. Japanese hair straightening treatments work best on frizzy, unruly hair, that isn’t frequently dyed or treated with other chemicals.
Because the treatment is meant to break down the bonds in your hair, it’s important to start from healthy hair. If your hair is already weak and damaged from frequent coloring or other chemical treatments, you won’t get great results, and risk serious damage to your locks.
If you’ve got really thick, curly, wavy, frizzy, and otherwise unruly hair, doing Japanese hair straightening at home will save you so much time in your beauty routine! You’ll wake up to smooth silky locks, saving you so much energy every day. So want to find out how to do a Japanese hair straightening treatment at home? Here is our step by step guide!
DIY Japanese Hair Straightening Treatment At Home- Step By Step Guide
Step 1: Pre Treatment
Prior to performing a Japanese hair straightening treatment at home, you need your hair to be in it’s best condition. Make sure you haven’t done any other chemical treatments like a perm or coloring recently.
It’s also a great idea to apply a conditioning hair mask in the weeks leading up to your treatment. This will help keep hair looking smoother and straighter following the treatment.
Step 2: Gather All Your Supplies
Gather up everything you are going to need to perform a DIY Japanese hair straightening treatment before you begin.
2. Clarifying Shampoo
Any type will work, but this one from Kenra is awesome.
3. Ionic Blow Dryer
It’s best to use an ionic hair dryer to keep frizz at bay.
4. Ceramic Coated Straightener
A ceramic coated straightener helps keep hair as straight as possible after the treatment.
5. Thin Plastic Comb
These thin combs work best for separating hair during treatment
6. Deep Conditioner
Use your favorite deep conditioner after the treatment to keep hair healthy.
7. The Help Of A Friend
If you’ve got a lot of hair to work with, an extra hand will help you get finished more quickly, and get you more even results.
Step 3: Shampoo Hair
Shampoo hair with a clarifying shampoo, and rinse thoroughly. Clean hair helps the straightening solution stick to the strands. If you’ve got sensitive skin, its great to line your hair line with a little vaseline, and avoid getting the straightening cream directly on the scalp.
Step 4: Applying The Activator
And finally, this is the step is where magic starts! You’ll want to start with a sample patch to see how long the solution needs to sit on the hair to process. Processing time can take where between 10 minutes and 1 hr depending on your hair thickness. Perform a loop test to see when it’s ready. To learn how to do a loop test, you can check out this video:
It’s important that the activator gets applied as quickly and evenly as possible, so that your hair all gets done as uniformly as possible. Start at the nape of your neck, and apply the relaxer from ends of the hair, all the your way up to about ¼” from your scalp. It’s really important that you don’t get the cream on your scalp, because it can irritate your skin.
Step 5: Rinse Hair
Be super thorough and get all the solution out of your hair during this step. After you’ve rinsed it all, gently dry the hair with a towel. Be sure not to scrub or pull on hair because it’ll be prone to breakage.
Step 6: Blow Dry Hair
Blow it mostly dry, but leave just a little moisture in your hair. The key is to get it almost, but not completely dry, and ready for the flat iron.
Step 7: Flat Iron Hair
Set your straightener to 350 degrees, and work in small sections to straighten all of your hair. Get it as smooth as possible, but work quickly because it can be a time consuming step.
Step 7: Apply the Neutralizer
The neutralizer works to balance the pH of your hair. Apply evenly all over hair, and let sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing out.
Step 8: Rinse Hair Again
Make sure you rinse for at least 10 minutes and get any remaining solution out of your hair.
Step 9: Final Blow Dry Or Flat Hair
Blow drying your hair in the direction of the cuticles, and get it about 90-95 percent dry. Your hair should be pretty straight already, but give it one final blow dry to get it as straight as possibl
Step 10: Keep Hair Dry
Do your best to keep hair dry for the next 48 hrs if possible. It’s even better if you can wait 72 hours. This really helps lock in the style and helps your treatment to last as long as possible.
Step 11: Enjoy!
And that’s it, enjoy your new straight hair! Your style should last about 6 months, before another treatment is needed. Use the 2-in-1 Treatment and Protection Cream from Milbon to easily get an even result on your second DIY Japanese hair straightening treatment.
And there you have it- all you need to know about doing Japanese hair straightening at home. We hope you enjoyed, and happy straightening!