I have heard many horror stories about rebonded hair since I was a little girl (mostly from my mother. She has this very controlling aura about her that scares you into submission. Not protective. Controlling.)
BUT. I ended up going for one nevertheless…after 20 years of living in this world with wavy/curly hair that’s constantly in a mess and with added stress from home + school, it got into a horrendous state.
So off to the saloon I went, wanting to get hair treatment. The hair stylist took one look at my hair and said ‘Rebond. THEN treatment.’ At first I was reluctant, but after finding out that my hair was in a REALLY bad state that I have virtually no choice but to nuclear bomb it, I agreed.
1 hour was spent simply untangling my hair. The rest of the 3-4 hours was for the actual rebonding process:
Hair rebonding is a process where the chemical bonds in your hair are broken, rearranged and bonded back again permanently using very strong chemicals. It is one of the most damaging things you can do to your hair.
During rebonding, perming lotion is added to soften the hair and break down its bonds. After this is washed off, hair is placed between 2 metal plates of an electric styling device, which uses heat to pull the hair rod-straight. A neutralizer is then applied to reset the bonds and stabilize the hair.
Hair is irreversibly altered after the perming process. Chemically-treated hair shafts are weaker and fracture more easily. This can lead to hair loss.
Hair become fragile and has to be handled with extreme care after treatment. A natural reflex, like tucking your hair behind your ears or tying your hair in the first month after treatment, can be disaster.
The process can also cause damage and burns to the skin and scalp. For example hair can be damaged if the various chemicals are left on the hair for too long, or if ironing is done with an iron at higher than 180ºc.
Conventional methods of straightening hair use hair-straightening lotions, which result in dry, brittle, and split-ends prone hair. Rebonding gives you softer hair but higher risks because it uses more toxic chemicals.
It’s not that part that’s a killer. It’s the maintenance part. Here are some Dos and Dont’s –
- Wash your hair regularly (everyday or alternate days if you’re busy like me) with shampoo and conditioner
- Oil your hair regularly (I use a mixture of Loreal hair serum anti-frizz series and Mythic Oil every day )
- Go for deep steaming/oiling once every month
- I use hair mask once every two weeks
- Eat proper and regular meals and make sure they contain as much proteins as possible cause that’s what your hair consumes to grow and stay healthy
- Comb your hair (I use this bamboo comb that I bought from The Body Shop for only a few bucks) and be gentle when doing so
- Wash your hair for the first 3-4 days after your rebonding session
- Brush your hair.
- Apply conditioner on your scalp. It will simply make it even more oily.
- Use hot water and wash your hair. Lukewarm is okay. Cold is even better but my body can’t withstand cold temperatures so I compromise.
- Don’t go for any other chemical treatments for the next 6 months or so, unless you wish for a hair disaster.
Well, that’s all I have for now. Pictures will be uploaded when I have the chance XD No I’m not showing how I look =p Lalalala ~