TreatNOW Treatment of the Week: Japanese Hair Straightening

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Our increasingly busy lifestyles are leaving less and less time for beauty and hair maintenance and as a result we are constantly looking for treatments that are going to help us cut a few corners. Japanese hair straightening is once such treatment that is flooding into salons, along with other longer-term treatments such as tattoo makeup, to fill the beauty needs of those who want to streamline their beauty and hair routine.


As you can tell from the name of the treatment, Japanese Hair Straightening started in Japan and the treatment is a chemical process that makes the hair permanently straight and smooth for 6-12 months. It first came to prominence a decade ago when those in the US and UK realised the benefits of using such a treatment. It was briefly overshadowed by the stronger Brazilian version that gave longer results but due to the harsh and controversial chemicals used, that version has now fallen out of favour. Japanese straightening uses a special solution on the hair that is then rinsed out, the hair blow-dried and flat ironed. It takes 3-5 hours to complete depending on the thickness and length of your hair but the results will last for up to a year so many see it as most a day well spent. It is suitable for all hair, including natural afro hair, however it is advised to not be used on bleached hair as the chemicals would react adversely to one another. After the treatment the hair will remain straight even after washing and will return to being straight after styling.


Of course the obvious benefit of the treatment is that if you straighten your hair everyday you can save yourself a great deal of time. Due to the permanence of the treatment you can simply wash and go rather than spending time trying to achieve a smooth look that will last all day. Japanese Hair Straightening is also great for those with frizzy and unruly curly hair that might want greater control over the style of their curls and the maintenance of their hair. It enables them to use a curling tong to achieve the look that they want, rather than relying in their tighter and less controlled curls. As the treatment is essentially relaxing the hair, it helps to tone down frizz and fly away strands that otherwise might cause havoc in warm and humid weather.


Japanese hair straightening has been in the UK for about 10 years and it is widely available in the majority of salons, particularly in highly populated areas such as London. Salons such as Cutting Edge in Victoria offer not only offer Japanese straightening but also hair smoothing which is a shorter term treatment that can smooth the hair our for up to two months. However, at the salon the long term Japanese straightening is customized and priced base upon the length of the hair and also whether it is a root regrowth treatment or a full head straightening. The One Hairdressing salon in St. James’s also offers the treatment, again ranging from root regrowth to a full head of straightening. Their style of the treatment promises to leave hair silky smooth and there is a particular focus on its frizz reducing properties. The Hair Colour Clinic in Mayfair features permanent straightening as a key treatment on its salon list as it has extensive experience in the practice, which has lead to coverage in Vogue and Oyster Magazine. When booking an appointment for Japanese Hair Straightening, it is crucial that you go to an experienced practitioner of the treatment, such as those mentioned above, due to the strength of the chemicals involved. If you choose a quality salon then the results will also be of the highest quality.

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