Japanese Hair Straightening in Oklahoma

Hate having coarse, unruly hair? Want a smooth and straight hairstyle for a change? Then you might want to try a Japanese hair straightening (JHS) treatment. As the name suggests, this treatment came from Japan and is steadily gaining popularity for those who prefer their hair as smooth as glass. The process utilizes heat, a chemical treatment, and flat ironing to re-texture curly, coarse and frizzy hair bonds, resulting in permanent pin-straight hair. Once the hair has been treated, it will remain straight and only new hair growth, which comes in after 4 – 6 months will need to be treated.

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Other names for the process include: Permanent Relaxer, iStraight, Magic Straight, Ionic Perm, Thermal Reconditioning, Ionic Straightening, and Rebonding.

This type of hair straightening takes from two to eight hours depending on the length and type of hair:

  • Hair is first washed and then rinsed.
  • A relaxing solution is then applied on dried hair, making sure to keep the solution away from the scalp.
  • The hair is rinsed again.
  • The hair is blown dry, then ironed several times at a high setting. This ensures rod-straight hair.
  • Another solution may be applied, and the rest of the process is repeated again.
  • It is advised that the hair remain untouched (no hair washing) for three days to let the strands of hair re-bond properly.

There are several types of JHS. iStraight is extremely popular. Yuko is the original Japanese straightening process and is primarily geared toward virgin, untreated hair. It is not recommended for African ethnic hair or any hair that has been highlighted. Liscio, however, can be used on chemically treated hair. It was developed in 1996 and is now more commonly used than Yuko. Other similar treatments include Magic Straight (Korean version).

Some consultation with a professional is needed before proceeding with this method. Beware of a stylist who is willing to do the treatment without a consultation first. For one thing, the stylist needs to inspect your hair first hand to choose the right level of straightener. It just can’t be done over the phone. The consultation is usually free – don’t expect to pay for it.

The cost of these treatments vary from one salon to another. Some salons may charge by the hour, while others may charge a flat rate after a professional hair evaluation. On average, the price range can be from $500 to $600 for long hair, less for short hair, because it’s labor intensive. Costs are usually the same for treating new hair growth as the process involves straightening hair closer to the scalp.

But like all hair treatments, there is always a risk of style side-effects. One should always consider these possibilities before undergoing this procedure. For instance, missed hair will stand out frizzy from the rest and sleeping on it right after treatment will result in waves. The shiny initial results may also fade in time and sun exposure. Sometimes, the hair may become so straight that it stands out stiff like a brush rather than bending on the shoulders. It may also fall flat against the head (helmet head). Your hair could also become drier in time, and it will never -ever- curl. Eventually, this could become an expensive and time consuming process to be done biannually. Spending a whole day in the salon and no hair washing for three days may not be conducive to your lifestyle. It is best to remember that JHS, like almost any other hair treatment, deals a certain amount of damage to hair. The extent could be minimal, with results that are positively fantastic. Knowing the limitations of the process and knowing what you want out of it is key to gaining the best results and looking fabulous. Remember that this treatment is not for all hair types.

Going to the right salon hair stylist with a lot of experience in straightening in particular, who will do a proper consultation in advance and who isn’t charging bottom of the barrel rates (that usually means inferior product or lack of experience), is your best bet for a positive hair straightening experience.

 
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Hair Extensions End the Waiting

Hair extensions are a great way to add extra length and volume to your natural hair without the waiting time of growing it out.

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There are two main types of extensions: synthetic and human hair, and both have their own pros and cons.

Human hair extensions are always more expensive than synthetic extensions, but they last longer and can take a little more wear and tear. You can also use hot tools on your human hair extensions, such as blow dryers, curlers, and straighteners, making them easy to style on a day to day basis. Human hair extensions can last anywhere from one to six months, if properly taken care of. Human hair extensions, of course, always look like natural hair and come in just about every color and texture imaginable.

Synthetic hair extensions are good for those who are on a budget, as they are much cheaper than real hair extensions. The biggest downside to synthetic extensions is that you absolutely can not use any hot hairstyling tools on them, so you’re left with minimal customization. It’s recommended you get the extensions in the style you want to avoid the temptation to style them yourself and damage both your extensions and your real hair. Synthetics last between one week and four months on average, making them a more temporary extension solution than real hair.

With either human or synthetic hair extensions, you should have at least 3 or 4 inches of real hair to start off with. Most hair extensions are either sewn/plaited in or glued into your natural hair. Sewn extensions do not damage your hair in any way as there are no special chemicals used, but they should be used for thick hair. If done in thin hair, there is a chance the braids will be visible under your natural hair — no one wants that. Glued in hair extensions can damage your hair, but hold for longer than sewn extensions. If you take careful care of your glued extensions you can keep the damage to a minimum, but you should still be careful.

If hair extensions sound like they might be for you, or if you want a new, full hairstyle, Anastasia can give you just the right look. Anastasia has extensive experience putting in hair extensions, and there are so many options available, there is almost no reason not to look into getting extensions to give yourself a fuller hair style. Call for a consultation and we can work out a time that’s convenient for you to come by, and we can discuss which type of extension and technique will work best for your hair.
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Don’t Let The Fate of Your Hair Rest on A Box!

Using at home hair coloring products is often more damaging to your hair than you know. Do it yourself hair color kits use chemicals like ammonia that are more than strong enough to color your hair, but also leave it dry and damaged.

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Because of the wide array of techniques and products professional hairstylists use to color your hair, going to a salon to get your hair colored is far less damaging than doing it on your own.

At home coloring kits provide you a picture on the box which represents the color the dye is supposed to change your hair to. The chemicals in the box are strong enough to get your hair to the desired color as long as your hair isn’t too far off from it in the first place — from dirty blonde to auburn, for example. But consumer hair coloring products remove all of the moisture and protein from your hair, often making it look worse than it was before, just a different color of worse.

Besides the damage that home coloring does to your hair, you will also probably not get the exact color you wanted. Consumer products are not meant to dye to a color that is far different from your natural hair color. If your natural color is light blonde and you want to dye your hair to a dark brown or black, it is going to take more than one dye job to get to the color you want. Multiple applications of strong hair dye in a short period can damage your hair to an extent that not even deep conditioning and protein treatments can save.

A professional hair stylist will decide on the perfect combination of dyes for your hair, to get it just the way you want it. Professional products are not as strong as the products you get at the store, and mixing them or having multiple applications will not damage your hair anywhere near the extent that a do-it-yourself coloring kit will. If you want your hair to turn out to be the exact color you’re looking for with the minimum amount of damage possible, especially over time, then it is best to have a professional take care of your hair coloring needs.

Don’t let the health of your hair rest on a coloring kit in a box. If you would like to have a fresh new color for your hair and still have it as healthy as it was before you dyed it, Anastasia can help. Call to schedule a consultation, and we can work out a hair color that is perfect for you and discuss how we can keep it looking fabulous even after it’s dyed. A woman’s most important asset to her beauty is her hair and, if it’s unhealthy and dry, then it becomes more of a hindrance than an asset.
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Risks in Coloring Your Own Hair

With any home coloring job there is a chance that something will go wrong. You could pick the wrong color shade, or an improper combination of chemicals could damage your hair so badly that an immediate protein or deep conditioning treatment is in order.

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These risks are especially prominent when you color your hair in your home. No one likes to be excited, at first, about getting a new hair color only to be disappointed by a different shade than they expected or unnaturally dry hair. Why take the risk of serious damage to your hair, when there are reliable and experienced hairstylists out there who can help?

While the chances of having a bad color job are reduced when you go to a stylist, the fact of the matter is, even if you get your hair colored by a professional, there is still a chance that the stylist may improperly mix the chemicals into your hair and you’ll get the same bad results you would if you did it yourself.

If you get a bad coloring job from your stylist and you think that you can fix it at home, you are sadly mistaken. Simply trying to cover one color with another can damage your hair beyond all repair short of a drastically short haircut. If your hair is badly damaged, it make take a few trips to the salon to get it back to looking fabulous. If you walk out of the salon and find out at home there is something wrong with the color — whether it be the color itself or apparent damage — return to the salon within 72 hours to reverse the damage and come out of the ordeal on top. You don’t have to settle for a bad color job, just because you think there’s nothing you can do about it. If they can’t fix it, find a talented colorist who can.

It’s important to depend on a stylist who has a lot of experience in hair coloring. I have years of experience doing and repairing (from others’ mistakes) even the most difficult of color jobs. Do you want deep black hair, even though your natural hair color is light blonde? I can make it happen, and your hair will leave the salon as healthy as it came in.

Don’t put the health and appearance of your hair at risk, make an appointment or call Anastasia for a consultation today and we’ll see what we can do for you, whether you’re just getting a new hair color or need to fix your previous color disaster. I guarantee you’ll leave the salon happy.
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