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post #1 of 21
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I have been hearing alot about this process and I want to give it a try. I have long, poufy and frizzy hair, . I would really love to have my frizz and poufiness tamed down. Would you guys recommend Japanese hair straightening? Does it do serious damages to hair? If you live in Philadelphia and have experienced some good salon please let me know. I am still searching for one. All salons claim that they are Japanese hair straightening expert but I don't trust them. I need to go to the best one because I don't want to waste money and hair hehe.
Please help!!
TIA
post #2 of 21
I would just use a good iron and not bother with chemicals. That is what they use right? If it were me I wouldn't take the chance.
post #3 of 21
havent heard a lot of good things about this treatment from people(not that i could try it out myself..lol) but i am pretty sure there was a new york times article this week about the rise in popularity of the Brazilian Keratin hair treatments, it sounded like it gives better results.
post #4 of 21
My ex used to get her hair thermal reconditioned. It was expensive (1000$) but worth every penny. Now if I could only convince my current gf to do it.
post #5 of 21
I had it done twice. The first time went beautifully with a really trained stylist, he had done it quite a few times. The second time, my hair was exactly the same, waste of money. Make sure the stylist is trained IRL, not just from the videos they send out with the straightening system. Also, make sure he has done at least more than 10 times. Be aware that they are changing your hair structure completely and that your growth isn't going to match the rest of your hair and IS obvious when it grows out. Follow the stylist's directions to a T when you get home or you could ruin the whole process. This includes not putting your hair into a pony tail, don't touch it too much and definitely don't wash it for 3+ days. If it's done properly, there shouldn't be much damage to the hair. If you have hair color in your hair, know that the process could change the color and that you can't dye your hair for a couple of weeks. I would do some pretty extensive research on the internet about the process. There is a great site, verticalsinhair.com and the stylist there, Steve Tcherkezian will answer any questions you have. Good luck.

Edit-please please check out the website I posted before you do anything. I've only mentioned the bare bones minimum of what you should know about this process.
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My ex used to get her hair thermal reconditioned. It was expensive (1000$) but worth every penny. Now if I could only convince my current gf to do it.
Well, you could always offer to pay for it. Then maybe she would do it.
post #7 of 21
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Well, you could always offer to pay for it. Then maybe she would do it.
That's the problem, she refuses to straighten her hair no matter what. I can't stand her curly hair, blah! I want to shave her head while she sleeps.
post #8 of 21
The Junglebrothas on JFK Boulevard!
post #9 of 21
OMG you're kidding, right?
post #10 of 21
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That's the problem, she refuses to straighten her hair no matter what. I can't stand her curly hair, blah! I want to shave her head while she sleeps.
But you like her tits so that all that should matter.
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The Junglebrothas on JFK Boulevard!
Lolz, I wasn't ready for that one. There's vodka all over my nephew now!
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Originally Posted by sultrysiren View Post
But you like her tits so that all that should matter.
That's the only reason we're still together.

After this and Mustaines posts, I think this thread deserves 5 stars.
post #13 of 21
If you go to a chinese or korean place, you probably can get it done for cheaper than $1000. Make sure that they are not using cheap products and listen to everything that shopprncs said.
post #14 of 21
The way you describe your hair sounds like how mine used to be. I have done both my own and my 14 year old daughter's hair with the japanese hair straightening system for over two years now. It's not cheap...I pay $350 for each of us because our hair is so long. But, I definitely love it. I can't even remember how my hair used to look before doing the procedure. It used to take me an hour to blow dry my hair straight and even after all that, it would still be a bit poofy. Plus, blow drying would damage my hair faster. Now that I've had it straightened, I can pretty much wash and go without blow drying. If I do blow dry, it only takes 5-10 minutes and I don't have to use a round brush. Unfortunately, I'm not in Philadelphia so I can't help you out there. I also agree with what shopprncs said.

You can see my daughter's hair in my avatar.
post #15 of 21
Go to Ed at Hayato in New York City. I live in Philly but I travel to NYC every six months for thermal reconditioning. I pay $270, which is way less than any salon in Philly charges ($500-1000 are the estimates I've gotten), and Ed has been doing TR for years and always does an excellent job. The cost of taking Septa + NJ Transit is negligible considering how much cheaper Hayato is. PM me if you'd like before/after pictures -- the difference is amazing and I now have about 10 extra hours free per week that I used to spend straightening my hair. (My hair is wash and go!) My before photos are incredibly embarrassing and I'd rather not post them online.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by pedo View Post
havent heard a lot of good things about this treatment from people(not that i could try it out myself..lol) but i am pretty sure there was a new york times article this week about the rise in popularity of the Brazilian Keratin hair treatments, it sounded like it gives better results.
Brazilian Keratin Treatment is less harsh on your hair but doesn't last as long as thermal reconditioning. TR, if done correctly, is permanent, and you just need to treat the regrowth. BKT is cheaper than TR, however. The thing that turns me off from BKT is that there are health concerns about the formaldehyde fumes that accompany the treatment. Also, I think that salt (e.g. from sweating or swimming) can make your hair revert to curly/frizzy.
post #17 of 21

The first time I ever had it done was 8-9 months ago at Angel Beauty on Arch St. I got a special price of $200 for straightening, highlight and cut. They had just added hair services to skin/spa treatments. My hair is normally straight and long but I was amazed at the results!! Just a simple wash and blow out made my hair look like I flat ironed it. The only negative was my hair was brittle. The tallest young guy there did my hair however he was fob so communication was difficult even thru owner who speaks just enough english. I called last week to check on price and they were asking $180 for japanese straightening. Highlighting and cut here is $60 total! They did a pretty good job except highlights start about a quarter to half inch from scalp. Its good if dont want cancer. I suggest to let them know if you want it near scalp. My hair is still straight but not like before so Im looking to get it done again.


Edited by Pink - 2/14/12 at 7:02pm
post #18 of 21

Using a flat iron can be just as bad and sometimes even worse. 

post #19 of 21

Using a flat iron can be just as bad and sometimes even worse. I've seen women who have straight ironed their hair so much that it had to be cut short to repair the splits and damage, it eventually becomes to where you let it air dry and its just super frizz.  Keratin and Japanese are very different services. Going to NYC does't mean your getting a better stylist either, you can find great stylist all over the country. My suggestion is check out your stylist's education, ask them where they trained. Also ask people you know who have had the service. People are always willing to tell you their experience good or bad. I think asking people you know instead of strangers would be a more trust worthy option. 

post #20 of 21

Using a flat iron can be just as bad and sometimes even worse. I've seen women who have straight ironed their hair so much that it had to be cut short to repair the splits and damage, it eventually becomes to where you let it air dry and its just super frizz.  Keratin and Japanese are very different services. Going to NYC does't mean your getting a better stylist either, you can find great stylist all over the country. My suggestion is check out your stylist's education, ask them where they trained. Also ask people you know who have had the service. People are always willing to tell you their experience good or bad. I think asking people you know instead of strangers would be a more trust worthy option. 

post #21 of 21

I had my Japanese hair straightening many times and if you go to the safe place - you will be happy. Alex Baraz is very experienced in this field and  has clients from Philadelphia ,New Jersey and Delaware I think.  It changes you life and actually my hair feels healthier now after thermal hair straightening. Look at http://japanesehairstraightening.i8.com 

they have lots f info. But if you have thick hair yes it will be costly:):)

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