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Japanese Hair Straightening: Cost And Review

Is the Japanese the best hair straightener? Below you will find a review, cost, and differences with the keratin treatment.

Japanese hair straightening is one of the most widely used and effective treatments  for straightening hair. Its cost is not high, and its results are spectacular and long-lasting. However, we must consider some aspects before we decide to apply this treatment to our hair.



What is Japanese hair straightening?

It is a type of permanent straightener that is considered one of the most used since it appeared in the 90s. Its advantages are several, but its main benefit is the time that lasts smooth and silky hair - up to a year depending on the type of hair. It is for this reason that it is called permanent or definitive straightening. Its price is not very high if we take into account the time factor, as we manage to avoid frequently going to the salon.


Its maintenance is done through the application of specific products, such as shampoos, conditioners, and masks. The results are very effective because even in the case of people with frizzy hair living in humid areas, the hair remains straight for months without any effort. However, the results depend on the professional who applies the product to us and the quality of the products used.


Can it damage our hair?

Japanese hair straightening does not have to damage hair, however, it will depend on who applies the product. It contains a strong chemical, so it's important that the person who applies the treatment is a professional, just like when we dye our hair or do a perm. In this way, we make sure that our hair will not suffer any damage. A well-applied Japanese hair straightening can improve the appearance of our hair and last up to a year.


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It is not recommended to apply the Japanese hair straightening at home | PixaBay

Moreover, we also avoid damaging our hair by using hair straightener every day. However,  not all types of hair are the same  and if we have recently dyed or discolored our hair, performing this type of treatment could damage it. For this reason, before proceeding with this method, the professional carries out a study of the state of our hair and determines if it is possible to proceed with permanent straightening.



Tips and precautions

Before doing the Japanese straightening, it is necessary to take into account a series of questions and precautions to avoid having bad consequences. It is not recommended doing this hair treatment during the summer; in this way, we avoid that the hair gets tangled on the beach or that the sea affects it.

If your hair is dyed but healthy, you can use this product without any problem. However, it is recommended that you do it 2-4 weeks after coloring. Otherwise, your hair is damaged, it is not advisable to do a Japanese hair straightening without first having done a repairing treatment. Also, it is not recommended to do this treatment on bleached hair.


For  bleached, sensitive and fragile hair, it is advisable not to have a Japanese straightening at all. We could burn it and eventually, we would have to cut it. It is also not recommended that we do it at home since we can damage the state of the hair. The best thing to do is to have a professional do the treatment.


Japanese hair straightening review

Japanese straightening is one of the most effective and radical straightening techniques available. This method, even in hair with rebellious curls, can last up to a year, without the need to re-apply it until after this time.


Another advantage of this hair treatment is the Yuko system, made from soy proteins, which respects the hair, unlike the use of hair straighteners that eventually end up damaging it. In any situation in which we subject our hair, such as chlorine in the pool, rain, humidity, etc., the hair remains perfectly straight. The only drawback is that when it grows we will have to apply the treatment again, as new hair will not grow straight. However, at most, we will have to do the treatment twice a year.



How to apply the product

The steps that are carried out when applying a Japanese hair straightening treatment are the following:


  • Carry out a study of the type of hair and its condition. Japanese straightening is as aggressive as a dye, but it is important that the hair is in good health.

  • If the hair is in good condition, the first step is to apply a protective straightening cream before applying the straightening products.

  • Afterward, we apply the components of Japanese origin that produce the straightening. These products are made from ammonium thioglycolate. It should be noted that ammonium thioglycolate is non-toxic and is often confused with ammonium acid, which it is. The application process is similar to that of a dye.

  • Once applied, the hair is washed, ironed, rinsed and dried.


This whole procedure takes time in every step. The total number of hours it takes to perform a Japanese hair straightening is between 3 and 5 hours.



Differences with the keratin treatment

Japanese hair straightening should not be confused with the keratin treatment. Although keratin, along with collagen, is one of the components used in the Japanese one, the procedures used in each are very different. Keratin treatment is used to reconstruct and reduce the volume of each hair while providing a lot of brightness. The result obtained in a keratin straightening treatment usually lasts about three months and its application is very simple, without requiring special training to apply it.


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What are the differences between the Japanese hair straightening and the keratin treatment? | PixaBay

This issue differs greatly from the Japanese treatment, as it requires the realization of very specific guidelines and knowledge about the multiple factors that can influence the final result of the straightening. The keratin treatment cannot be considered a straightening treatment per se, as it aims to moisturize the hair and provide brightness. People with curly hair will not get it straight after a keratin treatment, but they will avoid frizz.


How much is the Japanese hair straightening?

The cost of the Japanese smoothing varies between 100 and 300 €. If we take into account the long duration and what we avoid to go to the salon, we can see that a Japanese straightening is profitable.  However, it is common to see offers for less than 100€.


Faced with these prices, it is always advisable to be informed of the quality of the products and whether the person in charge is a professional with the necessary knowledge to make a good application without damaging our hair. We have to consider that it takes between 3 and 5 hours to apply it and Japanese products of high quality are used. Hence it is not considered an expensive treatment and its price is acceptable.



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