Thermal reconditioning, also known as Japanese hair straightening, is a chemical hair procedure where people with curly, wavy, or frizzy hair have their hair’s protein restructured with heat. The result is permanent straight hair. There are many benefits of thermal reconditioning, including an improvement in texture, shine, softness, and feel of the hair. It also makes your hair easier to manage.

Thermal Reconditioning Explained

If you are saying “My hair is dry,” you may be a good candidate for thermal reconditioning. A chemical process is used to turn curly and wavy hair slick straight. Thermal reconditioning is neat because it restructures hair bonds and eliminates frizz. It also increases hair volume.

Your hair technician will begin by applying a solution to your hair to break the hair bonds and leave it permanently straight. Your hair will then be rinsed, blow-dried, and flat ironed to keep the shine and smoothness of your hair trapped in. Lastly, your hair technician will apply a neutralizer to your hair to help restore the pH levels of your hair before rinsing, blow-drying, and flat ironing it once again.

Thermal Reconditioning vs. Keratin Treatments

If you are looking for smooth, straight, or shiny hair that is easier to manage, thermal reconditioning is your best bet. Often, people compare it to keratin treatments. While they both produce similar results, there are also differences. They both leave you with hair that is easier to manage, but thermal reconditioning is more extreme.

Thermal reconditioning breaks the bonds in your hair and restructures your hair in a way that you will no longer have curly or wavy hair. Keratin can only eliminate frizz by applying a coat to your hair temporarily. However, the bonds in your hair are not broken. You will still have some volume and hair left in your hair following a keratin treatment, but that will go away over time the more you wash it. Unless you cut all of your hair off, thermal reconditioning will remain in your hair forever.  

Am I a Good Candidate for Thermal Reconditioning?

Do you have dry hair? Or is your hair frizzy, or curly? If so, you are a good candidate for thermal reconditioning. Do you spend a lot of time every day straightening your hair? Then you are also a perfect candidate for thermal reconditioning.

Before you take the leap, you should consult an experienced hair stylist to ensure it will indeed work for your hair. Your stylist will give you a pre-treatment to determine whether thermal reconditioning is right for you based on the type of hair you have and the current condition of your hair.

Japanese straightening is perfect for you if your hair has not been treated with chemicals before. Depending on the type of chemicals used, if you have permed, colored, or bleached your hair, leave it to your hair stylist to make that determination.

Furthermore, you are not a good candidate if your hair is unable to handle the strong chemicals and heat that come along with thermal reconditioning.


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