The heart always desires what it does not have! So when you look in the mirror and you see straight hair, you want fun curls, but when you see curly hair, you want the sexy, sleek straight look!
Back in the days genetics was the only thing that had any control over this and we had no control over our genes. But today, we have many technologies that can give you the look you want with fairly good results.
What Is Hair Rebonding?
Hair rebonding is a procedure that involves chemically relaxing the hair so that the curls can be turned straight. This treatment is suggested for women with voluminous and unmanageable hair. When done right, this procedure tames down the hair quite well and its effects last for a fairly long time.
Hair rebonding is similar to straightening your hair with a straightener, but here, chemicals are used to break the natural bonds of the cells in the hair and then they are rearranged to get straight hair. In this technique, a relaxant or a softener is used to break the natural bonds in the hair and then it is followed by the use of a neutralizer to re-bond the structure again, giving you the desired texture and bonding.
How To Take Care Of Rebonded Hair
Rebonded hair needs a lot more care than regular hair. Due to all the chemical treatments it has undergone, it requires constant care and protection from damage.
Here are some tips to take care of rebonded hair:
- Do not wet your hair for three days after the procedure. Yes, it means greasy hair and no swimming. The chemicals have to seep in and settle.
- Do not tie your hair or put it on the back of your ears. The hair will be in a state where it acquires a shape.
- When you sleep, make sure your hair is straight. You don’t want to wake up to weird shaped hair.
- Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner after three days. Leave the conditioner on your hair for extra minutes.
- Avoid usage of any heating tools. That means no blow drying too. If you are in a need of drying hair, then use the cool blast of air option.
- Do not mess with your hair for at least six months – that means no hair coloring, no streaks, no highlighting. Your hair needs to relax after the high dose of straightening chemicals.
- Trim your hair on a regular basis. This ensures your hair remains in top condition. Make sure there are no split ends. You don’t want it to travel up the length and deepen the damage.
- Use cold water to wash your hair. Hot water will rob it of its moisture.
- Make sure you wash away all the residue as anything left back will result in itching, hair fall, and dandruff.
- Use a wide toothed hair comb to separate the strands. Remove any tangles with great care. A wooden comb is preferable as plastic combs are known to create frizz due to static.
- If your hair is not greasy or oily, stay away from shampooing every day. You can try alternate days or try co-washing which means using conditioner as shampoo and just rinsing it away.
- Keep your hair safe from environmental factors – harsh sun rays, cold winds and the rains. Use a hat or an umbrella.
- Apply a hair serum regularly. It creates a barrier between your hair and the outside and helps protect it better.
- Use a leave in conditioner. It helps in retaining the moisture and keeps dryness and frizz away.
- Use hair masks frequently or get hair spas done. Your hair needs moisture and nutrition.
- In the case that you wet your hair in the rain, wash your hair as soon as possible. The salts and pollutants from rainwater are highly damaging.
- Follow a nutritious diet. A good diet consists of nuts, cashews, almonds and lots of fruits and vegetables. These are known to promote healthy hair.
- Do oil your hair so that it gets some nourishment.
Precautions – How To Maintain Rebonded Hair
- First off you need to ensure that your hair is never too exposed to the sun and pollution. Always keep it covered and protected. Rebonded hair is susceptible to sun damage and pollution
- Do not allow your hair to dry out. Dry hair is as such brittle, chemically treated dry hair is even more fragile.
- Avoid hot water at all times.
- Be careful of burns from the straightener or chemical burns during the process.
Healthy hair shows it’s been taken care of – smooth to touch and frizz free. Incorporate a good hair care routine and treat your hair to good care. Rebonded hair will certainly not trouble you too much if it’s taken care of in the right way.
Procedure For Hair Rebonding
Our hair has a certain characteristic due to the bonds that the proteins have between them. This is why some people has curly, wavy or straight hair. To change the look, we need to change the bonds i.e. alter the bonding between the protein molecules.
Rebonding hair is a procedure that requires the use of two chemicals:
1. Cream softener or relaxant
The cream softener is first applied to the hair and allowed to sit for a while. This agent breaks down the natural bonding of the hair allowing it to be set in the way we want, and the neutralizer forms fresh bonds that give our hair the straight look.
The steps are as follows.
- First, the hair is washed and shampooed. The shampoo used for this step is relatively mild, and the conditioner is avoided here as it is applied in the later steps.
- Hair is then left to dry naturally or is dried using a drier using the medium setting.
- Next comes the actual process of rebonding, but before that, hair is parted and divided into different sections, the number of these sections depends on the thickness and the volume of the hair.
- Now the Cream Softener or Relaxant we mentioned earlier is applied to each of the sections separately while keeping the hair straight. Thin plastic boards are used to keep the hair straight making sure that the cream is applied, covering each and every strand of the hair.
- For normal and wavy hair, the relaxant is left in for nearly 30 min or more. For other hair types, like dry and frizzy hair, the cream can be left on for a little extra time but make sure not to exceed the recommended time as it might ruin the hair.
- The next step is steaming the hair for 10-40 minutes depending upon the texture and the condition of the hair.
- Then the hair is rinsed and blow dried until it is dry.
- Now keratin lotion is applied to your hair, and a flat iron is used to smooth away any curls which are left.
- Once your hair is satisfactorily straight, it is again parted, and a neutraliser is applied on the hair to set the bonds back to stabilize the hair structure.
- After leaving the hair neutraliser for at least 30 minutes, the hair is rinsed off and then blow dried once again.
- Then a hair serum is applied to your hair to give your hair nourishment.
- After application of serum, it is ironed.
You are then asked not to wash your hair for three days after.
Are your thinking about hair rebonding at home? It is possible, but it is strictly advised against as a lot of chemicals are used and is best done under the supervision of an expert.
Pros Of Hair Rebonding
This one is but obvious! You have that sleek look you have been craving for all along.
Cons Of Hair Rebonding
The cons are something you need consider more seriously.
- Your hair will be subjected to chemical damage during the process no matter how many precautions you take.
- Hair can fall very easily after this procedure as the roots are weakened. It is a lot of careful handling.
- The risk of burns from straightener or the chemical always stands
- Tucking your hair or tying it up tight can also damage hair. You will have to keep lose at most times.
- The touch ups will further weaken your hair over each sitting leaving your hair very susceptible to other damages too.
It is for this reason that people are advised to think about it very carefully before they consent for this procedure.
Products That Can Be Used On Rebonded Hair
Chemically treated hair needs some extra attention and it is for this purpose that we have products made for this special purpose. Here are few you can try.
- Schwarzkopf Bonacure Repair Rescue Shampoo
- Matrix Opticare Smooth & Straight Shampoo
- L’oreal Professionnel Liss Ultime Shampoo