Growing out TR hair?

I may get TR done, and am wondering about the growing out and retouch process. Also wondering about maintaining it. For example, can I use my huge arsenal of conditioners on it, since I know it will be more dry even though it will feel more silky to the touch?

Also, for people who have done TR, was it just like your flat ironed hair? or were there differences? I would get yuko and my hair has been evaluated for it. I am 3b/c with wavy roots. Thanks.

PS. I will post this on the straightening board too, but am also posting it here because I intend to go back to curly a year or so after getting this done, and I know other people have done that and will probably post in this forum more than others. Again, thanks.
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I have 3A hair and had to have it retouched about every 6 months. I don't know if since you have curlier hair if it will need to be done more often.

I think you can use any kind of good conditioner on your hair, but the salon will probably try to sell you products specifically designed for TR'd hair. I don't think the specialty products are necessary, but then again, I totally trashed my hair with TR after about two years.

Growing it back out is not going to be easy. Once you have if thermally straightened, it's not going to curl like the rest of your hair, if it curls at all. Once you start growing out, you're going to have curly roots and straight ends.

Also, if you color treat your hair, the chemical damage is going to really pile up. IMO, two chemical process can really mess up your hair. I played way too much with color with I had it straightened, which I am sure contributed to the damage.

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Thanks, Brio. I appreciate your post. The color issue does matter to me since I color to cover gray roots. But I use very gentle non ammonia, non peroxide color and have never ever had highlights or used bleach or gone blonde, etc... We'll see how it goes.

I think the 2 textures may be challenging, and am already looking ahead to plan. I might start rollersetting my hair once the TR grows out to a certain length. That might help to make it all more even, and then I'll be wetting it less frequently with that method so it should last.

Even though I know it will be damaging, I am somewhat determined to try it once and see how it goes. The key for me might be to do it every 2-3 years and not consecutively back to back. Depending on the growing out process, that might work for me.
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"I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision."
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I loved my hair when I first had it done, and if anyone wants to do it, I'd say go for it. It is a tough process, though, and my hair couldn't make it past two years without being terribly dried out, splitting & breaking. Just be prepared for it and treat your hair with plenty of TLC from day one. I probably didn't take as good a care of mine as I should have until it was too late.

Just some warning: sometimes TR hair won't hold a curl.

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my Fotki hair journey/experiment diary PW is brio (and I really need to update it!)

3A hair; coloring with henna/indigo since July 2009; normally follow the CG method. Still searching for my HG products!

Brio,

I just checked out your fotki and your album is so inspiring! Your long, curly hair is very flattering on you, and it also looked great with TR.

I realize that I may be committing to a straight look over a curly look until I get to a point of wanting to cut most of it off and starting over. Since I actually look good with short hair (when I'm slim), I'm not afraid of doing that. And I am in love with my flat ironed hair. Although I really like my curls too and think they are flattering, I'm a little obsessed with pin straight hair right now, the look and feel of it, and the length. I'll send you a PM once I've done it, to check in.

Any other opinions and perspectives are welcome. Thanks!
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I have had it done just over a year. My hair is 3b/3c. I get it retouched every 5-6 mths. My roots are fairly wavy so it hasn't been a drastic difference in textures.

I am contemplating growing out now. I'm not sure how to pull that off without losing tons of length. I am thinking about doing roller sets or something similar when I don't feel like flat ironing.

I use a combination of the Chi products and the Redken extreme. The Redken ones were recommended to me by the salon and the Chi by someone here. I have been very happy with my hair since I started using them. I do have a bit of breakage but none since I upped my haircare routine. I think part of it was postpartum breakage.

My hair is bone straight when wet. I go over it with a flat iron to smooth. It takes maybe 5-10 minutes to do my whole head.

I can PM you pics if you are interested.


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Is the same as a curl relaxer? The salon I go to advertises hair texturing services and one is a curl relaxer and one is vertical. Can anyone explain what these two procedures are?
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I have had it done just over a year. My hair is 3b/3c. I get it retouched every 5-6 mths. My roots are fairly wavy so it hasn't been a drastic difference in textures.

I am contemplating growing out now. I'm not sure how to pull that off without losing tons of length. I am thinking about doing roller sets or something similar when I don't feel like flat ironing.

I use a combination of the Chi products and the Redken extreme. The Redken ones were recommended to me by the salon and the Chi by someone here. I have been very happy with my hair since I started using them. I do have a bit of breakage but none since I upped my haircare routine. I think part of it was postpartum breakage.

My hair is bone straight when wet. I go over it with a flat iron to smooth. It takes maybe 5-10 minutes to do my whole head.

I can PM you pics if you are interested.
Originally Posted by DarkAngel
Dark Angel,

Thank you so much for this response!!! Yes, I would love to receive pictures if you are comfortable sending them to me. PM is great

For many of the reasons in your post, I think I can do it at least one time with a touch up and enjoy it for a change, and then access after that.

Xcptnl -

TR is thermal reconditioning. It is also referred to as "japanese straightening." It makes your hair flat iron straight all the time, and doesn't wear off like a chemical relaxer but has to grow out. So, new growth will be in your old texture and the TR'ed part will be pin straight. That's why I am posting about the transitioning process.
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