DIY Japanese straightening - bad idea?

Hey guys! I'm a busy college student and have been naturally curly for around 5 years now. While I love my curls, I just don't have the time/money to maintain it.

I was thinking of doing the liscio Japanese straightening method on myself. Is that a bad idea? Has anyone tried it? It seems like a relatively straightforward process, and there's no way I can spend the 600-1200 dollars some salons are asking for in my area.
I might try the sally's ion version as well, but liscio seems like much better quality.

Thanks
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Please don't do it.
Maybe try cutting it instead?
I just chopped mine yesterday.
but don't damage it believe me..
So not worth it!!


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Do NOT do it! I wanted to do it when I was younger until one of my close friends did it when we were 16 at a really nice salon. It looked nice for a few days, then after she washed it, you could see how damaged her hair was. She had to keep flat ironing it to make it look acceptable and lost a lot of hair, not worth it overall. This was almost 10 years ago and she says her hair has never felt the same.
Oh, no no no! Please forget about this idea!!! My hairstylist told me how difficult this straightening is. Even an inexperienced stylist can damage your hair. And where will you get equipment?? they use special heat lamps (something like this)
You need to know what kind of formula to use, how long to keep it on hair, how long to heat and the distance from heat to the hair. And then you need to straighten everything with a flat-iron and it's extremely hard physically. It's basically a man's job. I think it's better to have healthy curly hair than damaged straight. If you want japanese straightening, go to a salon and pick your stylist wisely based on his experience. Make research. You can read here japanese straightening faq.
Oh, no no no! Please forget about this idea!!! My hairstylist told me how difficult this straightening is. Even an inexperienced stylist can damage your hair. And where will you get equipment?? they use special heat lamps (something like this)
You need to know what kind of formula to use, how long to keep it on hair, how long to heat and the distance from heat to the hair. And then you need to straighten everything with a flat-iron and it's extremely hard physically. It's basically a man's job. I think it's better to have healthy curly hair than damaged straight. If you want japanese straightening, go to a salon and pick your stylist wisely based on his experience. Make research. You can read here japanese straightening faq.
I used this relaxing system myself (sometimes with the help of a friend) for 9 years after first having it done at a salon. I'm amazed my hair lasted that long but eventually it started falling out and snapping off. I had almost no hair left after all the relaxing and flat ironing, which prompted me to go back to being curly. 3 years later, and all of the damaged hair cut off, my hair is back to full health. My advice is don't go there, because it's only temporary. You can never have straight hair and it's not worth the pain trying to.
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I just had Liscio done (and have gotten it done since 2007, with a few years break in between to go natural) and it works. However do your research and go to an Asian salon that has experience. It works best on untreated, uncolored hair -- it's really harsh on your hair but lasts around 10 months for me. I just got it done but plan to grow it out to natural after my 10 months are up.
I've had rebonding or Japanese straightening done for 10 years now. I got it done every year since I was 12.

Please do not do this yourself.

1. This is a very complicated process that can take up to 3 hours for thin hair. It usually took 6-7 hours for me since my hair is wavy, thick and frizzy. My stylist would be exhausted after this process from the constant straightening, and the stylists that only ever did my hair were male because of how taxing it is on the arms. This will be much more difficult to do yourself because you would have to constantly reach back to do the back of your head. The amount of manpower required is one of the reasons why this treatment is expensive.

2. The chemicals used in this process are very, very, very strong. Aside from hair damage, I would be worried about ventilation. Also, you really have to know exactly when to wash out the chemicals. I'm thinking you could suffer from serious breakage and hair loss if you leave it on for too long. It's another added complexity if you have colored / previously relaxed / previously treated hair. You need to make sure that whatever chemicals are already on your hair doesn't react negatively with the new chemicals you put on.

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