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Old 03-24-2009, 08:19 PM   #1
 
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Or Japanese Hair Straightening is another name. I've seen the YouTube videos, and was just wondering has anyone had that type of straightening process done to their hair?
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:35 AM   #2
 
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I did. I really ended up not liking it. Or, I mean, it wasn't awful, it basically did what it's supposed to do, but it just wasn't worth it. The minute my roots started growing out, I decided I liked my curly hair way better.

And it's true when they say your relaxed hair (from this process) will NOT hold a curl (if you wanted to gel it or with a curling iron...yeah right).

It gave me really flat hair, and it just didn't look good.

It did, however, dry straight from wet. Although I had to brush it as it dried for it to come out straight. Anyway I only had about 3 good months, and then roots were back.

Now, I'm pretty good to my hair, hardly any heat, moisturize, etc., and all my breakage (I shouldn't have any!) is coming from the reconditioned parts of my hair.

Wouldn't recommend it.
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Thanks for the reply, onethousandcurls. I know this maybe a silly question, but how much breakage did you have? Was it more than just having a relaxer on your hair or was it about the same? TIA
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I am currently growing out a Japanese straightener also. I had a total of 5 of them over the course of a year and a half, the last four concentrating on the roots only, of course.

The damage for me wasn't immediate, but as the straightened parts got longer, they got weaker and weaker, more than they would have without the process. My hair is pretty long, though, between BSL and waist, and resilient so I could handle the breakage at the bottom.

Now, to agree with the previous poster, OMG, the roots are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO annoying when they are coming in. Seriously, I would drive my husband insane in between touchups. It looked strange and you had to do so much to deal with it: pull your hair back, blow dry, etc...that it defeated the purpose of having your hair straightened in the first place.

And, depending on your hair texture and who does the process, your hair can look...unnatural. Mine looked good because I babied it to death with DT, oilings, etc...way too much time on my hair but there are a ton of people who came into the salon whose hair looked...like a really bad wig or something. In other words, it is not as carefree as I thought it would be!
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Wow! I hope people who are considering this straightening method will look at this thread.
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I wanted to do it so, so much to my hair, but my family talked me out of it and based on these responses I'm glad they did.
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I wanted to do it so, so much to my hair, but my family talked me out of it and based on these responses I'm glad they did.

Your hair is amazing! I am glad your family talked you out of it too...look at all those beautiful curls! I am so jealous right now!
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I have 2b hair and my waves don't start at my crown... they begin a couple of inches down. I can go a year before having to touch up my roots. I TRed my hair in December and it still looks and feels wonderful. Based on what other folks are saying, I would only recommend this procedure for folks who have waves versus curls. I can't imagine retouching my hair five times a year... holy cow!
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Sorry I haven't responded! The breakage is about the same, although it looks healthier than the straight hair I had with at-home relaxers. Although that could be because the CG routine I'm now on is so much better for hair anyway.
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And I'm glad you seem to be reconsidering. It's a lot of money for something that I felt was definitely not worth it. I'd pay someone now to undo it if I could.
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I had the matrix one done last May...I was due for a touch up in November, but since I am pregnant I am waiting.

Touch up is not that bad for me with the roots. It takes me 20 mins to flat iron on the first day...I just focus on the roots and then slide it down the rest of my hair to avoid the line. It was great in the summer for I would say about 3 months I could wash and go...then I started having to touch up to roots. It still holds up well in humidity and rain.

Damage also was not the huge of a problem. You do have to get haircuts every 2 months and use the correct hair products. I have 3B super kinky/curly hair. It is now a little past BSL.

Totally worth it from my end.
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I have 2b hair and my waves don't start at my crown... they begin a couple of inches down. I can go a year before having to touch up my roots. I TRed my hair in December and it still looks and feels wonderful. Based on what other folks are saying, I would only recommend this procedure for folks who have waves versus curls. I can't imagine retouching my hair five times a year... holy cow!
Your experience sounds great! My hair is much curlier than yours, naturally 3b/c. TR works well in my hair because it's not very curly at the root - my curliest hair is at the bottom and towards the back. So, the growing out process is manageable and I have it done about 3 times a year. I've had no breakage or damage. Maybe it is dryer but it doesn't look that way - the straight hair reflects light and it looks shiny and feels soft. I will probably do it for another 5 or so years, until I get sick of it. I really love it. But you have to like stick straight hair, and it helps to have a curl pattern that is not so curly at the root.
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STAY AWAY! Lol, it is not not not worth it. I'm currently growing out my last Japanese Straightening and its suuch a pain. My roots are growing in and it looks like i teased my roots to the max if i dont put it up or straighten them. Its worth it for the first month or so, then after that its just a pain in the butt, plus its not cheap..
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:54 PM   #14
 
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Just found three YouTube videos on the method:

Negative Experience with the method
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jbmt...eature=related

Positive Experience with the method
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOjjc...eature=related

The cost was only $150!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M9Ro...eature=related
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Hi all,

I have seen a lot of bad responses to the hair straightening. I just got my hair done about 3 weeks ago and I have been very happy with the results.

I have 4a hair that is almost brastrap length. I was damaging my hair from using flat irons and round brushes and blow drying my hair constantly. Before this treatment I haven't had a chemical in my hair since 1999; I have been using natural treatments like lime and coconut, henna and curlaway.

Straightening isn't for everyone. I would love to wear my hair curly but it is difficult to manage and very time consuming. I like the look of straight hair.

The stylist I went to is very good and very skilled with this product. I got a mini-thermal done and the results are amazing. We couldn't believe how straight my hair turned out because she was expecting some curl to be left. I am african american (west indian and native american, panamanian background). The most important thing is to condition! It is a treatment that changes the hair's bonds and conditioning is vital to prevent damage and breaking.

Again, like I said it's not for everyone. The good thing is it is reversible (they use the same type of solution to add curl back to the hair) and I live in the humid south and my hair has been frizz free! I like it a lot!

Sorry if I have offended any naturally curly-heads, but it is always good to hear two sides of the story!
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I got my hair done December 2008. 2 Touch ups per year. The roots can be a pain when they grow back however I am lazy and do not like dealing with my hair so it was worth it. I have very curly hair, not really sure what type, but humidity and I did not get along. When my hair was curly and dried the volume would be enormous. While I miss my curls at times, this just seems easier for the moment. Maybe one day I will let the curl back, but for now just enjoying wash and go.

Good luck!
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I got my hair done December 2008. 2 Touch ups per year. The roots can be a pain when they grow back however I am lazy and do not like dealing with my hair so it was worth it. I have very curly hair, not really sure what type, but humidity and I did not get along. When my hair was curly and dried the volume would be enormous. While I miss my curls at times, this just seems easier for the moment. Maybe one day I will let the curl back, but for now just enjoying wash and go.

Good luck!

I had my hair done about three years ago. I have very very thick curly long hair (past my waist when wet). I was so extremely satisfied with my hair after. It was wavy not curly, manageable not at all frizzy. The grow out was minimal 5 min a day maintenance as opposed to the time it usually takes. I had it done on Tuesday again and the results r amazing. I already washed dried and ironed my thick long hair in under 20 min. This treatment changed my life! Love to blow-dry or wash and go! I do suggest you not look for a cheap salon. You get what u pay for! Good luck curly friends!
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Is this method similar to Dominican hair straightening? I've seen it done and it seems the same, except for the chemical.
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I had it done several times between October 2006 and March 2009. It does straighten your hair. It feels silky smooth and at first, it has a more natural look compared to other relaxers I have done. However, after a while I started to notice breakage. Also, I had to use heat after a while. At first, my hair would air dry totally straight and would look good, but once my hair started to grow, I needed to blow dry and eventually flat iron to make the roots look good. That lead to even more breakage. I couldn't get the hair towards the front to grow correctly. Other than the flat ironing, I did take good care of my hair. I would only wash it 1-2 times a week, I applied silicone products to my hair to protect it from the heat and such. But ultimately my hair at the roots couldn't really match the TR hair and it was very frustrating.

I decided that enough was enough about a year ago and didn't schedule my touch up. Then I got pregnant which sealed the deal. No more TR. When I look back at my old pictures, I realize that I was spending hundreds of dollars to make my hair look horrible and unhealthy. I cut off all of the TR hair about 2 months ago and my hair is a lot healthier - and healthy hair is way easier to care for than damaged hair.
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