Japanese Straight vs. Hair Rebond

Japanese straight is different from hair rebond (according to the staff of Tomi No Haru, a known Japanese straight salon). But basically, the procedure in Japanese straight and hair rebond are the same. They have the same principle…breaking the chemical bonds in the hair, then rearranged and bonded back using a solution, neutralizer and straightening iron.  But which is better?

hair rebond
hair rebond with cellophane
Japanese straight
Japanese straight with coloring and keratin treatment

The first “before and after” image was taken using Sony digital camera, while the second one using an android phone. The first image is a lot better but you can see that Japanese straightened hair looks softer and more natural than the rebonded hair.

Below are the comparisons based on my experiences. I had my hair rebonded three times and tried the Japanese straight recently.

Strength of Solutions Used
In Japanese straight, the solution used to break the chemical bonds in the hair is not too strong (I can’t say it is safe either as I don’t know its chemical composition) but there’s no need to apply vaseline or protective cream directly on the scalp, forehead, neck and ears. The solution has no burning sensation on skin. It can even be applied without using gloves. While on hair rebonding, gloves must be used and protective cream must be applied on the skin. The solution can burn the skin and scalp.

Application of Hair Coloring or Other Chemicals After the Procedure
Japanese straight is the only treatment that allows permanent hair coloring on a same-day procedure. This means you can cover grey hair, lift your hair color from black to light brown permanently without causing any damage. Rebonding only allows cellophane or semi-permanent washable hair coloring procedure on the same day.

Styling the Hair After the Procedure
Japanese straight allows styling versatility even after the treatment. Hair can still be braided, curled temporarily without chemicals, or set hair up without leaving any permanent marks. Styling newly rebonded hair leaves marks that would last for days.

Hair Fall
Hair rebonding weakens the hair thus hair strands break and fall easily. Expect hair strands in almost every room in your house. In Japanese straight, almost no hair fall.

Which is More Affordable
Hair rebonding is more affordable, Php750 to Php1,200 (depends on the length of hair and on the brand of solution to be used), treatment included. Japanese straight’s regular price is P1,500, treatment is also included. If you’re lucky enough, you can get both in a lower price and/or with additional services from online deals.

Keep in mind that both procedure can’t hide the new growth in your hair. A touch up is needed every 6 months or after each year. Extra hair pampering must be observed too to keep your hair shiny and healthy.

How To Handle Hair Loss Emotionally

hair loss
Hair loss is not life threatening. It’s simply something you have to deal with in whatever way you can.

Hair loss doesn’t just affect our natural instinctual vanity, it also changes the way we view ourselves as a person. Alopecia (hair loss) creates a sense of loss, and also attracts the social stigmata of baldness. A lot of people have certain preconceived perceptions about hair loss, and instantly attribute it towards some type of disease.

Hair loss is caused by a variety of things, such as genetics, an under active thyroid, and types of medications, cancer, and other health conditions. Alopecia can result in low self-esteem, stress, and even depression. If you look online, companies like Biothikaustralia.com.au have created a list of the many ways to help bring back your positive self-esteem and confidence.

Remind yourself that hair loss is not life threatening

Hair loss isn’t pleasant. Itcan often be uncomfortable, however thinning hair or bald spots are completely normal, and don’t have to be as challenging as you think it will be. Remind yourself that hair loss is not life threatening, and that it’s simply something you have to deal with in whatever way you can.

Remember that your bald spot is only one part of your physical appearance

Sure, nobody wants hair loss, let alone a bald spot. However it is important to remember that your bald spot is only one part of your physical appearance, and you have many other attributes to make up for it.

Work with professionals

Beauty professionals are experts at covering up and/or complimenting an unwanted physical feature of your body, and are only too happy to work with you at finding a look that makes you feel good about yourself. Try not to hide bald spots with obvious comb overs, but get your hair cut short in a way that compliments your face, and takes the attraction off your hair loss.

Think about talk therapy

Sometimes the emotional impact of hair loss can interfere with your life. In these cases, it is important to consider talking to someone, such as a mental health professional, to look into coping techniques. Antidepressants can be helpful, but should only be used in moderation as a treatment method, and especially as a last resort.

Handle your diet and start exercising

One of the more common reasons why people with hair loss problems lose the amount of hair that they do is because they don’t maintain a proper ratio of diet and exercise. Before wasting hundreds of dollars on treatments that don’t always work, or going to outpatient clinics, you should consider making changes to your diet and exercise regime.

Hair loss is a serious problem, and affects many people physically as well as emotionally. Both men and women suffer from hair loss around the world every single year, and dealing with the problem is not always easy, as people have an attachment to their hair. It is important to deal with it in a way that benefits your self-esteem and reinforces the positive images surrounding hair loss.

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Tips and Tricks for Luxuriously Thick Hair

Having luxuriously beautiful thick hair is an asset that many women desire to have. But not everyone is blessed with this type of hair – some have limp, flat and lifeless hair that women struggle to put up some volume.

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Different techniques in blow drying hair can make a big
difference however thick or thin your crown is.

To achieve that sexy, bouncy and gorgeously beautiful thick hair that you see in fashion magazines, here are some easy tricks and tips to follow.

Do Highlight

Highlights on hair can give you are natural sunny look and boosts those limp strands from the inside out. Hair lightening agents work up the hair shaft up to 3x its natural volume to make it appear more lustrous and fuller.

Do Layer

Having the right hairstyle can do a lot for your crowning glory. If you have limp, lifeless straight hair, ask you stylist to give you a flattering layer that frames your face and adds volume to your hair. Naturally limp hair can get a boost when it’s shorter so ask for a style that doesn’t go beyond chin length. This way you get even more control on the height and shape of your hair.

Do Blow-Dry

Different techniques in blow drying hair can make a big difference however thick or thin your crown is. Let your hair air dry as much as possible to minimize the damage. Using heat can stress out the hair and cause breakage and thin out your hair even more. Just part your semi-damp hair on the other side of your natural part and dry it this way to lift it up at the roots.

Do Use Lightweight Hair Products

Thin and limp hair can be dragged down when you use heavy creams or gel. To lift it up and add more volume, use styling products made from natural ingredients. These products are free from harsh chemicals and mild enough to bring maximum body to your limp hair.

Do Nourish Your Body to Nourish Your Hair

Being healthy physically will reflect healthy hair as well. People with vitamin B6 and Iron deficiency tend to have dull, lifeless hair that breaks easily. By nourishing your body with healthy diet of fruits and vegetables, your hair will also grow healthier and fuller. It won’t be long until you get luxuriously gorgeous thick hair that you can style any way you want.

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Hair Tips

hair tipsTaking care of your hair is really important because it shows others that you care about taking care of yourself. Beautiful, healthy-looking hair is something every woman wants to attain. Luckily, with the help of these 5 hair tips, your hair will become stronger, smoother, less frizzy and generally healthier.

Check out these tips for healthy hair:

1. Wash your hair once or twice a week: Although it sounds gross, washing your hair only once a week is the healthiest option for it. Each time you wash your hair, you’re stripping it of its natural oils, which are responsible for keeping the hair healthy and strong. If you wash your hair every day, you don’t give it the chance to accumulate the necessary oils, thus making it prone to frizz and damage. If your hair is overly oily, however, wash it twice a week.

2. Skip the hair dryer: Unfortunately, your hair dryer causes immediate damage to your hair. Although the damage isn’t as apparent as with the regular use of a straightening or curling iron, the damage from a hair dryer can make your hair weaker as time passes. The best thing to do for your hair is to let it air dry, but if you must use heat, then spray your hair with a heat protectant spray.

3. Wash your hair with cold water: Although washing your hair with cold water isn’t a pleasant experience, it makes a huge difference in the health of your hair. Hot water is just as damaging as the repetitive use of heat styling tools, so it should be avoided. Washing your mane with hot water can even make it thinner and frizzier. Cold water seals the cuticle of the hair, making it look sleeker; hot water, on the other hand, causes the cuticle to expand, making hair dull and prone to breakage.

4. Massage your scalp: Massaging your scalp every day helps promote circulation to your scalp, which helps your hair stay healthy, grow faster and grow thicker. 10 to 15 minutes a day is all you need to notice stronger, longer and healthier hair. You can also massage your scalp with essential oils. Olive oil is loaded with vitamin E, which is a vitamin that is essential for your hair.

5. Avoid tight hairstyles: Tight hairstyle often results in traction alopecia, which is a condition that causes hair loss. Tight braids, like cornrows, tight ponytails and tight buns can cause your hair to break off at the roots, so make sure you try hairstyles that are gentle. Loose, undone ponytails and buns are a lot healthier than tight ponytails and ballerina buns.

If you follow these tips, your hair will become stronger, thicker and sleeker and you can say goodbye to your dry hair and scalp.

Sarah is a hairdresser by trade and has been for the past 10 years. She loves cutting hair and making her clients feel good about herself, by writing these blogs she hopes that it may help give some people confidence with her beauty tips and tricks.

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2013 Hair Trends

The clock ticks really fast, huh? It’s February yet and still you don’t know the hair trends this 2013? If you have the short edgy hair, soft curls or long straight hair, then you’re in 2013 hair trends! Yes, the most effortless are the biggest hair styles this year so there’s nothing much to anticipate when it comes to hair styling.Which is perfect I guess for busy women who are constantly on the go and have very little time to style their hair. And oh, don’t forget the vintage and the braids.

2013 hair style trend

On the other hand, you can be a little crazy with the hair color, that is if you want to be stand out from the crowd. You can go bolder and color it with red or pastel; or color it with the lightest shades of gray or silver. Yes, blonde is sexy but the lightest blonde color which is the platinum blonde is the most popular color this year. However, if you can’t experiment with your hair color because of your job yet want to be in-style, color your hair with smokey or sandy shades.

2013 hair color trendKnowing the hair trends helps you go one step ahead of fashion. However, it is also important to know the hair style and hair color that suits you well if you want to look your best.

*Images of 2013 hair trends are from the web*