We had the big hair in the 80’s and even part of the 90’s when curls were what everyone wanted and the accent was on volume.
It was a tousled, just-got-out-of-bed look that was sought to be achieved (think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman). At the time everyone wanted a perm.
Later the trends veered more towards poker straight hair; the sleek, put together, controlled look caught on in a big way and now its hair straightening that people seek.
While ceramic and other flat irons will temporarily give you the desired poker straight hair for a while, it takes rebonding of hair to give you permanently straight hair (until such time as the hair grows out of course).
If you are considering hair rebonding, you have to consider the costs and we don’t mean only those in terms of money:
It alters the chemical structure of hair
The fact is that some very strong chemicals are used to alter the structure of the hair, to break down its bonds (this is what gets rid of the curl) and to ‘rebond’ it again using chemicals to keep them straight. After shampooing, a cream softener or relaxant is applied to every hair shaft, keeping it thin plastic board.
Then the hair is steamed for 10 to 40 minutes, depending upon hair type and condition, and then rinsed. Hair is blow dried and then keratin lotion is applied and then it is ironed to further straighten it. Lastly a neutralizer is applied and kept for at least 30 minutes.
You have to take great care of your hair
After this procedure, one is not allowed to wash or tie back or even wet the hair for a few days. Even afterwards, you have to be extremely careful with your hair, since the rebonding process renders the hair shafts weak and very prone to breakage. You need to use a hair conditioner and hair serum regularly. It is also advisable to oil hair and to use a hair masque at regular intervals.
It can go wrong
If inferior products are used or you have the misfortune of going to an untrained professional, rebonding can go disastrously wrong and seriously damage hair, in extreme cases also sometimes results in hair fall and bald patches.
So if you are considering hair rebonding, arm yourself with the knowledge of the possible pitfalls and the fact that you will have to take extra care afterwards.