You have two main options natural hair straightening and chemical hair straightening When it comes to transforming your wavy, curly, or kinky hair into a sleek and straight hairdo. But how do you know whether natural or chemical hair straightening is the right choice for you? The best way is to consider both the pros and the cons, along with the typical uses and guidelines, of each straightening method in order to make a well-informed decision. That’s why Richmond Hair Salon and Esthetics is here today. We have compiled a list of everything you need to know about natural and chemical hair straightening so that you can easily choose between the two based on your own, individual needs.
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When You Should Consider Natural Hair Straightening over Chemical Hair Straightening
Natural hair straightening is used far more often than chemical hair straightening and there are a few reasons why. First of all, it is a fairly cheap option that you can do yourself in the comfort of your own home. In order to get straight hair the “natural” way, all you need is a decent hair dryer, flat iron, electric brush, or hot comb.
Hair dryers tend to be the most affordable option and gives satisfactory results. To use a hair dryer, you simply put the device on a low heat setting, repeatedly pull your hair outwards with a big paddle brush, and run the blow dryer along the hair. You have probably seen hair dressers use this technique to dry your hair before they style it. Choosing this natural hair straightening method over a different one or a chemical hair straightening treatment, however, does have its downsides. For starters, the direct heat – even if it is low – can be quite damaging to your hair. It can also be difficult to get perfectly straight hair with this method, unless your natural hair is already fairly straight. Tension blow drying also doesn’t typically give long-lasting results and usually wears out over a few hours.
Flat ironing is one of the most common ways to naturally straighten hair and can deliver some of the best results. Some even argue that this option is the best alternative to chemical hair straightening because of its high effectiveness and cheap cost. While the best straighteners are priced over $100, you can buy cheap ones just about anywhere that work similarly. Of course, the more expensive flat irons have plates made of materials such as titanium which are better at protecting your hair from heat damage and work better than other natural chemical hair straightening options if you have thick, curly hair. Damage is inevitable with this method, no matter how great your flat iron is, because of excessive heat – especially if you are using it every single day.
An electric brush is a more expensive option when it comes to natural hair straightening, but it is very easy to use. You simply let it heat up to the set temperature and then gently brush it through your already-brushed and un-tangled hair. This has become a very popular method in recent years thanks to social media and they are known to be better for your hair because of the lower temperatures. However, those with extremely kinky and curly hair likely won’t get great results and the brush is more likely to tangle into the hair and get stuck, causing damage and are still better off using a straight iron or getting a chemical hair straightening treatment.
The hot comb is another similar option that is a little cheaper, but once again, you can only use it on already-brushed hair that doesn’t have a lot of curl to it. Damaged hair is also more likely with this option because the metal teeth can get stuck in your hair or burn your scalp. The comb is, however, very useful when it comes to straightening the naturally-grown roots after receiving a chemical hair straightening treatment.
There is one more alternative to chemical hair straightening that is gaining popularity. This newer method uses all natural materials that are environmentally friendly. This option doesn’t use harsh chemicals at all and is a well-loved treatment of those with sensitive skin and those that have allergies to certain ingredients in chemical hair straightening treatments. However, natural hair straightening products tend to be more expensive, harder to find, and less effective than chemical hair straightening ones.
Why Chemical Hair Straightening may be a Better Option for You
Chemical hair straightening treatments have a bad reputation for containing harsh – and even dangerous – chemicals like formaldehyde. These can harm your hair and your health, so you should always ask your stylist about the ingredients and the potential side effects before receiving a treatment. The good news, however, is that there are many chemical hair straightening treatments that contain lower amounts of these products due to public concern.
Today, there are a wide variety of different treatments that have different benefits and different chemicals. You can choose from Japanese thermal reconditioning, a keratin treatment, the Brazilian Blowout, among other chemical straightening treatments and relaxers depending on which one works best with your hair and lifestyle. Chemical hair straightening methods vary in their uses. Japanese thermal reconditioning, for example, makes hair permanently straight until it grows out, while a keratin treatment smooths hair, reduces frizz, and makes it easier to style and straighten. Your stylist will be able to help you determine which treatment is best based on your individual needs.
Although chemical hair straightening treatments are more expensive than electrical “natural” options like a flat iron, they do vary in price so that you are sure to find something that fits within your budget. Chemical hair straightening methods are also beneficial for healing your already damaged hair and are capable of smoothing split ends and frizz. Any damage caused by chemical hair straightening will be far less than the damage that would otherwise be caused by the hot tools used for natural hair straightening every day. The time you spend doing your hair in the morning will also dramatically decrease with chemical hair straightening.
Of course, you will have to attend regular maintenance appointments if you want to keep your hair straight and smooth, and you will need to adjust your hair washing routine if you want the results of chemical hair straightening to last as long as they’re supposed to. Despite the negatives, chemical hair straightening is the most effective method and is sometimes the only way for those with extremely curly hair to get the look that they want.
How You Can Learn More About the Benefits and Disadvantages of Natural and Chemical Hair Straightening
If you’re looking for more information regarding both how to make curly hair straight naturally forever and chemical hair straightening, then it’s best to consult the experts. Call Richmond Hair Salon and Esthetics with any of your questions and concerns and set up a consultation appointment with us. Our team of professional stylists will work with you to determine the best way to give you the straight hair that you crave. No matter which option you choose, you can be sure that you are in the best of hands. Our salon only uses products that are safe and each member of our staff is trained and has years of experience to ensure that you get the care you deserve. Whether you’re interested in natural or chemical hair straightening, we are positive that we can help you.