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Frizz-Free Living: The Top Hair Straightening Methods Ranked

Frizz-Free Living: The Top Hair Straightening Methods Ranked

Kiss your frizz goodbye.   With the intense heat of summer looming upon us, our hair is getting frizzier and our willpower to fight it on a daily basis is dwindling. But before you go spend an arm and a leg on a snazzy new hairstyle, check out our hair straightening treatment rankings for the best investment possible for your luscious locks.  

1. Flat Iron

Okay, so this isn’t really a straightening treatment, but for beginners, a flat iron is the easiest way to tame frizzy hair until your next shampoo. When straightening your hair, make sure it’s completely dry before using a flat iron to avoid further damage to your hair. As straightening hair can make it dry and brittle, be sure to always use a heat-protecting spray and try to go heat-free on days when you don’t need a straightener. If you want to minimize hair damage, opt for ionic hair straighteners that use negative ions to break down water molecules on the hair’s surface - reducing frizz and leaving hair looking smoother and shinier. They work without extreme heat, which is less damaging to hair.  

2. Hair Rebonding

Rebonding is a chemical hair treatment that makes hair straight, shiny, and sleek. Hair rebonding involves using a cream or relaxant softener to break the natural hair structure, followed by a neutralizer to rebond the structure again. Rebonding is ideal for those who have problems taming their wavy or thick hair; however, once the hair starts to grow, the treatment can be easily detected - leading to potential unevenness. As popular as rebonding is, it can only be done every once in a while as it can make hair very fragile and weak. It does get your hair more straight than any other process, but it also comes with a higher risk of hair damage – so choose this one wisely!   

 

The cost of the treatment depends on the salon, the length of your hair, how well-maintained it is, and whether you choose non-toxic ingredients, which are often more expensive. Also, if you have colored hair, be sure to avoid coloring treatments right after or before rebond to allow your hair to breathe between treatments to minimize the risk of damage.  

3. Chemical Straightening (Hair Relaxing)

Chemical straightening, or hair relaxing, is the process of breaking protein bonds in the hair. When a certain number of bonds are broken in curly or wavy hair, it then becomes straight. However, as simple as that sounds, the execution of it by a professional is crucial for its success. For example, if too many bonds are broken, your hair will go limp, and if not enough are broken, then the hair doesn’t straighten out. How is this treatment different from the previous one? Both hair rebonding and hair relaxing are chemical treatments (using different chemicals), but the key difference is that relaxed hair is less long-lasting than rebonded hair - relaxing treatment has to be done every 2-3 months, while hair rebonding usually lasts 6-7 months (with touch up needed after three months). 

 

Also, hair relaxing treatment usually does not straighten the hair completely; it’s often necessary to additionally strengthen your hair after the treatment if you want it to be completely straight. If you choose a hair-relaxing treatment, remember never to skip conditioning after you wash your hair. Relaxers often strip hair of its natural oils, making it prone to dryness and damage. Conditioners help restore lost moisture in the hair, maintaining its overall health.  

4. Japanese Straightening (Thermal Reconditioning)

Using both chemicals and heat, Japanese straightening is a smoothing and conditioning treatment that promotes a permanently altered structure of hair. During a Japanese straightening treatment, protein bonds in the hair are loosened and then reshaped by hair cells. For those of you who can’t sit still, be forewarned this is a lengthy process that involves numerous steps - six to eight hours to be exact. After a few days, you will also need to return to the salon for an hour or so for the final step. On the plus side, this treatment lasts about six to seven months. As amazing and long-lasting as this treatment sounds, it can be very damaging to hair in the long run, especially if your hair has been colored or received other chemical treatments.  

 

Once you have your dream straight hair done, don’t forget about the post-treatment hair care. You should avoid washing your hair or pulling it into a ponytail for at least three days after the treatment while it sets. Moving forward, it’s important to use nourishing hair masks regularly, avoid products with alcohol and opt for sulfate-free shampoos.

5. Keratin Treatment (Brazilian Straightening)

Keratin treatments have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and with good reason. They are one of the safer hair straightening techniques out there. Keratin is a natural protein that is already found in our hair, however as protein content decreases with age and a poor diet, so do keratin levels. The keratin treatment adds a coating of keratin onto the hair shaft giving it nutrients that leave hair silky, smooth and straight. After a salon professional applies keratin solution to hair, a 450-degree flat iron is used to seal in the formula to hair strands (protect your ears from the heat, ladies), creating a moisture barrier that reduces frizz and gives hair a shiny finish. 

 

The best part about a keratin treatment is that hair grows back into its original structure gradually and the treatment can be done repeatedly without worrying about damaging hair. In fact, keratin treatments actually give better results on repeated usage. While it’s not the cheapest treatment, it will last about six months, especially if you follow the treatment with keratin-infused sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners! Tempting, right?   

 

We know that everyone’s hair is different, therefore while our rankings are based on how safe and effective the treatments will be, each person may have completely different results. For best results, be sure to talk to a hair care professional before embarking on a permanent straightening adventure!  

 

 

 

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carly 19/03/2021

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Hi Maddy, thanks for asking! We believe both are great treatments, it all really comes down to what you want to achieve. Hair Botox is more aimed to repairing your hair, filling in the split ends and fending off frizz, making your hair feel smoother and more hydrated than with keratin. Keratin treatments are more effective at straightening your hair. Hope this helps! Kind regards :)

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Alison 28/03/2021
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What about the dangers of formaldehyde in these keratin treatments?

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carly 29/03/2021

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Dear Alison, we understand your concern. Please note that there are various keratin treatments that do not contain formaldehyde and we fully recommend those! Kind regards :)

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carly 11/05/2021
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Hi there! Thanks for your lovely feedback! Hope you have found all the information you were looking for :) Best regards!

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Cheryl Chevis 08/06/2021
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Senior stylist here, doing Keratin 'smoothing' services regularly for 4+ years. In training, We were asked NOT to call them straightenings. It saddens Me, they've been lumped together, here. Having had all manner of chemical straightening services over 15years, I'm super happy to have found Kerasilk, from Goldwell. Having developed allergies, from Colouring, I'm pleased to say, I get Zero reaction from this, and I apply without gloves. It cuts drying time dramatically & super smooth is achieved with 1-2 passes of a quality iron. Me, I'm never going back...

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carly 06/07/2021

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Dear Cheryl, we appreciate your honesty and professional advice. The effort you put into suggesting the other readers of this article which products to use is quite impressive. Your advice is priceless, thank you for enriching us with it! Best regards :)

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BlAir Everett 10/06/2021
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Hair rebounding and thermal reconditioning are the same thing . Japanese hair straightening is almost the same thing except that not all methods come from Japan so technically that makes it slightly different. The hair that is straightened stays straight until it is cut off. Most of my clients only take 4 1/2 to 4 3/4 hours although some people can take longer. My clients’ hair stays healthy, shiny and soft. Done correctly I don’t consider that their hair gets damaged. If I think it is ‘iffy’, I just won’t perform the service. I’ve been doing this since 2005.

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Deb 19/06/2021
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Which Keratin salon treatment brand have you found to be the best?

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carly 07/07/2021

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Dear Deb, we appreciate the time you took to leave this question. Kindly note that we cannot state the names of keratin salon treatment brands. Still, we suggest you try looking for the right salon depending on the results you want to achieve and the location you are currently at. For a high-quality recommendation, we suggest you consult with professional hairstylists. We wish you a wonderful week. :)

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Susan B. 30/06/2021
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Excellent information. I was pretty sure that I wanted to use the Keratin straightening method but I know it can be expensive. My hair is very thick and I was told that I need the strongest keratin treatment. In the past the hair stylist used the weakest treatment because she was afraid of damaging my hair. It wasn’t strong enough to hold my hair straight. After reading your ratings I will definitely get the strongest keratin treatment. In the end it will save me time and money. Do it once and be done. Thank you.

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