Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Japanese Style Hair Straightening?

A: Shiseido Crystallizing Hair Straightening is an innovative new technique from Japan to make frizzy, curly or wavy hair straight while preserving the hair’s health. In the past, people were concerned that if they straightened their hair, they would damage it significantly, and this was true. It is not true any more. Hair can be straightened much more effectively with the Japanese techniques with much less damage to the hair. Japanese Hair Straightening typically will improve the hair’s feel, softness and shine while making it more manageable!

Q: How long will the Hair Straightening last?

A: Treated hair will remain straight forever and will not become curly or wavy again. New growth that appears in the months following the Straightening will need to be Straightened again. New growth usually needs to be straightened 6 to 10 months after the initial straightening.

Q: What kind of hair is suitable for Japanese Hair Straightening?

A: Most hair types except African, as the hair is too fragile and cannot withstand the heat. These types include:
– Caucasian Hair
– Asian Hair
– Middle Eastern Hair
– Norwegian Hair
– Latin Hair
– All other Hair types

Q: What will my hair look like after the Straightening?

A: Your hair will be straight, shinier and will feel soft and silky.

Q: Will I still need to blow-dry my hair after Straightening?

A: Sometimes yes, but just to get the moisture out. This usually takes about 4 to 5 minutes instead of 45 minutes! Some people will not need to blow-dry at all. In most cases, you will not need to brush.

Q: When I get the new growth retreated, would they do all the hair again?

A: No, just the new growth and the transition between Straightened and new growth is treated.

Q: I have color in my hair. Will that matter?

A: Tints and semi-permanent hair color that deposits color are not usually any problem at all. If you have had your hair dyed black in the past, please let your Stylist know.

Q: Can I still get Japanese Hair Straightening even if I have highlights?

A: Highlights can be very tricky. When hair is highlighted, usually bleach is involved. This can make the timing judgement very difficult because some hairs are lightened right next to hair that is not lightened. Therefore the hair may process faster where highlights are present and need much more time where the hair is dark and unprocessed. In order not to over process the light hair, the solution should be to rinse out and the darker, healthier hair may not take. A prior consultation with your stylist is strongly recommended to determine whether Japanese Hair Straightening will be a applicable for those with highlighted hair.

Q: How much would Japanese Hair Straightening cost?

A: Usually starting from $150 up to $300 depending on the hair length, the thickness of hair, and the amount of chemicals we use.

Q: Why does it cost so much?

A: The process usually takes from 3.5 to 6 hours straight to be performed. You may be able to find this service for less, but be aware this is an extremely difficult and precise treatment to perform and those who charge less often are less competent. Shiseido Crystallizing is a very high quality product and the raw cost of this product is also very high, but ensures your hair will not be damaged as badly as other products.

Q: Will I get any breakage as a result of a bad Straightening?

A: It would be possible. If the stylist does not have enough knowledge on the hair straightening, you could get breakage from these treatments, although it rarely happens with a trained and competent stylists.

Q: When I go back for the re-growth, would it cost less?

A: Usually a little less than first time depends on how long ago from last treatment. Because the same amount of time would be involved with the retouch, often the cost will be the same as the first Straightening. All the hair still have to be ironed although the solution would be mainly on the roots.

Q: How many product companies are there for Japanese Hair Straightening?

A: Four main competitors:

1) Liscio- manufactured by Milbon Co.,
2) Crystallizing – manufactured by Shiseido (generally regarded as the best and is the most expensive raw materials)
3) Yuko Systems manufactured by Yuko Systems Japan, and
4) Bio Ionics – manufactured in the U.S.

Q: What other names are used to describe Japanese Hair Straightening?

A: Japanese Hair Straightening, Japanese Straightening, Ionic Retexturizing, Thermal Restructuring, Rebonding, Thermal Reconstruction.

Q: Why are the old type of relaxers so damaging?

A: Most relaxers contain corrosive ingredients such as Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Lithium Hydroxide, Calcium Hydroxide etc. These ingredients corrode the hair to the point where it is able to be changed to a straight look. These products leave the hair feeling like straw and the curl comes back after an often short period of time.