Q. What is the difference between thermal reconditioning and the older straightening methods?
A. The older methods involved the use of caustic chemicals which corroded and stripped the hair during the straightening process. The hair became straight but looked like dry broom straw.
Thermal Reconditioning uses negative ions which break down water molecule clusters so that they become small enough to penetrate deeply into the hair during this process. This allows each hair to become hydrated and replenished as it's being re-texturized. As a result, your newly straightened hair becomes silky, smooth and feels softer and healthier.
Q. What are the basic differences between the thermal reconditioning methods you offer?
A. All three methods permanently change the structure of the hair and restore it from the inside out, leaving it shiny, healthy and straight. The Yuko method will straighten your hair to the extent that it is needle straight but it won't hold a bend or curl. The other two will straighten your hair so that it retains body and can be styled. The majority of my clients prefer Liscio.
Q. What is the straightening process like?
A. First your hair will be deep-cleansed to remove any product buildup. Protective products may be applied to restore moisture and protein when necessary.
What we are doing is softening the internal bonds which give your hair its curly/wavy/frizzy shape. This is done by applying a solution and testing frequently to see when the bonds have been softened. After your hair has reacted sufficiently, the solution is rinsed out at the shampoo bowl. Your hair is then blow dried and small sections are painstakingly straightened with a re-texturizing iron.
After the ironing has been completed, a neutralizer is applied to the ironed hair. The bonds have now been re-formed into a straight configuration. The neutralizer is then rinsed out at the shampoo bowl and your hair is dried and styled.
Q. Why does the process take so long?
A. This process is difficult to perform and your stylist must be very thorough. The longest part of the service involves flat ironing small sections of hair in order to reconnect the softened bonds into their new shape. The final straightness of your hair will depend on how meticulously this has been done. There are no shortcuts.
Q. Why do I need to schedule a consultation first?
A. Your hair needs to be assessed to see what kind of condition it is in. This is also the time for you to ask any questions you may have about the service. During the consultation it is important for you to be honest about anything that may have been done previously to your hair. This is also the time that I can quote you a price since I base it on how long I estimate it will take me to perform your service.
Q. Can I have this procedure done if my hair is colored?
A. Yes, but you must have had your roots done 2 to 4 weeks before the straightening procedure to equalize the porosity of your hair. I rarely accept highlighted clients and if you have bleach or henna in your hair unfortunately you will not be a good candidate.
Q. Is there any formaldehyde in the ingredients?
A. No. Absolutely not. Not in any form.
Q. What are other names for thermal reconditioning?
A. Japanese Hair Straightening, Thermal Rebonding, Hair Rebonding, Japanese Straight Perm, Permanent Hair Straightening
Q. How should I care for my newly straightened hair?
A. After leaving the salon, you must wait several days before shampooing. You'll be instructed to keep your hair straight and dry. This also means you must not tuck it behind your ears, wear a hat or ponytail, swim, exercise, etc.. After that, you are, as one client describes it - "the straight-haired beauty you were always meant to be."