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.