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Japanese Hair Straightening – What to Know

What Is Japanese Hair Straightening?

Thermal reconditioning, often known as Japanese hair straightening, is a permanent hair treatment that makes wavy or curly hair become straight. This can be done by the use of a chemical solution to break down the bonds and reshape the structure of the hair. It was patented by Yuko Yamashita, a Japanese hair expert, in the 1990s and quickly became a popular option for people with frizzy, unruly, curly, or wavy hair. At first, Japanese hair straightening was only popular in South Korea and Japan, but it has now gained widespread popularity in many countries around the world. [1]

How Japanese Hair Straightening Works?

In Japanese hair straightening, a special chemical containing cystine is applied to the hair. This active ingredient can permanently change the structure of the hair by breaking down the bones that give the hair its shape. As a result, curly or wavy hair may become flat. Treated hair is then saturated with another solution before being rinsed, dried, and flat-ironed. The whole procedure is very time- and labor-intensive. Depending on the thickness and length of your hair, you may have to stay in the salon for a couple of hours.  [2]