Hair Straightening Damage

Hair straightening has become increasingly popular in recent years. The two most popular procedures are chemical hair straightening and thermal reconditioning. These two processes are often used in conjunction with one another. If not carried out correctly hair straightening damage can occur.

Unfortunately, if the wrong technique is used or it’s performed by someone who’s not properly trained, you can end up with hair straightening disaster which can cause serious and permanent damage to your hair.

Chemical straightening

This alters the basic structure of curly hair so that the natural curl is straightened. There are a number of problems associated with chemically-treated hair if the chemicals are applied incorrectly:

  • they can cause severe irritation of the scalp
  • hair can become very damaged, dry, and brittle and even snap off
  • if the chemicals come into contact with, or end up on, the scalp, face or neck, you can suffer severe burns
  • you could experience hair loss

Thermal reconditioning

This involves pulling the hair through heated tongs which straightens the hair under tension. This super heating damages the cell structure of the hair.

If your hair has been damaged from sun exposure or a previous incorrect colouring procedure or chemical application and you decide to get it straightened, you could damage your hair even further. So make sure your hairdresser asks you about your hair care regime and thoroughly examines your hair. This could help prevent further damage from occurring.

Test your hair first

To minimise the risk of a hair straightening damage, always ask your hairdresser to do a hair strand test first. This will show whether your hair can accept the straightening chemicals. The results of this strand test will show your hair’s characteristics, namely, its texture, strength, and porosity. The test may also involve your hair being pulled to determine how elastic it is and then a small amount of relaxer is applied to see how it reacts.

Once your strand test is complete, your hairdresser will know whether your hair can handle the chemicals, or what alternative should be used. And always ask for aftercare guidance to ensure your hair is properly cared for, to avoid further damage.