There are so many hair treatments out there that it’s hard to know which one to choose. So, we list some of the most common that are often recommended by salon stylists, and explain the difference between them all, so you know exactly what to choose for your specific hair needs.
Rebonding: what is it and what it does to the hair
Hair Type It’s Good For: Thick, straight and strong hair
Hair Type It’s Not For: Thin, weak, and flat hair
Also known as Japanese straightening, hair re-bonding is one of the oldest ways of chemically straightening hair that is still done in salons today. It makes the hair straight and smooth, to the point that it can look flat. Sometimes you will have a hard time looping it even if you want to.
Not only that, it can greatly damage the hair. You should not color the hair or do any other treatment for at least six months after receiving it. Ideal for people with very strong, straight and thick hair, this treatment is not resistant to dry and brittle strands.
Straightening: what is it and what it does for the hair
The type of hair it is good for: straight, frizzy, coarse, coarse hair
The type of hair it is not intended for: Thin and brittle hair
Also known as Brazilian rash, this treatment involves coating the hair with amino acids that protect it and smooth out creases or frizz. However, the treatment is applied and then fixed with a straightener at a high temperature, which makes it damaging for brittle and thin hair types.
The difference between this and re-bonding is that straightening treatments do not alter the structure of your hair. You will still have wavy hair, but it will be just sleek and silky, not necessarily straight.
Keratin: what is it and what does it do to the hair
Hair Type It’s Good For: Frizzy hair that isn’t straight
Hair Type It Is Not For: Hard, Dry Hair
Keratin treatments don’t straighten the hair, which is the first thing to know. The second thing to know is that you have to apply a lot of heat during the treatment, which can really damage the already weakened hair, either naturally, or because of the discoloration. So, before you start the treatment, assess whether your hair can tolerate this. Many people notice that their hair becomes hard and brittle after keratin treatments.
That said, it’s a good treatment for those who want straight hair while retaining their curls and waves. It smooths frizz and makes hair silky. However, excessive keratin treatments can make the hair hard, so it’s not for people who already lack softness in their hair or have dry hair.
It requires maintenance, in the sense that you have to use certain products after keratin treatment, and cannot use just any shampoo or conditioner. However, the good thing is that you don’t have to worry about straightening your hair for a while.
Olaplex: what is it and what does it do to the hair
The type of hair it is good for: damaged, brittle hair, split ends, bleached hair
Type of hair it is not intended for: Dry hair, or hair that is not brittle, and that is strong and healthy
Olaplex is a new treatment that is often used for bleached hair. It is believed to restore damaged hair for those who dye their hair a lot with bleach. Most say that an Olaplex treatment makes the hair soft, silky and smooth. As this is a newer treatment, it lacks many side effects that the above mentioned treatments have.
So, if you have dry hair, it is important to moisturize it regularly with conditioner, as Olaplex will not cure it. It helps damaged hair, not dry hair. Additionally, Olaplex cannot magically restore excessively bleached hair that is over-styled with heated tools. Don’t expect a miracle, but you can try Olaplex if you don’t have issues with dryness and hard hair.
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