Straight To The Point: Which Hair Treatment Is Best For You?
Like many things from the 1990s, swishy glass hair is back! If silky-smooth hair is your beauty peg, it's good to learn about which treatment you should go for, and consider the damage (on your wallet, and your strands!)
DAMAGE LEVEL: 5
What it is: A chemical cream is applied to relax curls, breaking hair’s protein bonds. Further damage results when you go back for a touch-up, since the chemical might be re-applied on areas that were already treated. You can’t wash your hair for a few days after. Best for: Tightly coiled, curly hair. (Some Filipinas get this treatment even when their hair is wavy!) Done by: A professional stylist. Lasts: Until hair grows out.
REBONDING (JAPANESE STRAIGHTENING)
DAMAGE LEVEL: 4
What it is: Ammonium thioglycolate breaks down hair’s protein bonds, changing its structure. Hair is then ironed straight, then a hydrogen peroxide neutralizer is applied to re-form the bonds and “lock in” hair’s new shape. It takes 3-8 hours depending on hair length, and you can’t wet, pin, or tuck your hair behind the ears for a few days to preserve its shape. Tiis-ganda! Best for: Virgin hair (i.e. never been colored or treated) and no plans of curling (it won’t hold). Done by: A professional stylist. Lasts: 4-6 months
BRAZILIAN BLOW-OUT (KERATIN TREATMENT)
DAMAGE LEVEL: 3
What it is: Unlike rebonding, this treatment won't break your hair's bonds, so its texture will eventually return and you can still curl it if you like. The cost of frizz-free freedom? The use of formaldehyde, which has been linked to serious health issues. Yikes. Best for: Wavy, frizzy, or previously processed hair. Not as effective on super curly hair. Done by: A professional stylist. TIP: Ask if the salon has a formaldehyde-free option. Lasts: Around 3 months
HEAT STYLING + SMOOTHING SERUM
DAMAGE LEVEL: 2 TO 1
What it is: A quick fix of blow-drying hair straight, sometimes with the added use of a straightening iron. It's best to use a lower setting while blow-drying, and use a heat-protecting serum to helps seal the hair. Best for:Preserving the fundamental structure of your hair. Done by: You, a friend, or a stylist if you’re feeling extra. Lasts: 1-2 days, or your next hair wash.
AIR DRY + SMOOTHING SERUM
DAMAGE LEVEL: 0
What it is: Wash-and-wear hair! It might take longer than blow-drying, but it's the least damaging option of all. Start in the shower with a smoothing conditioner like Pantene Pro-V Total Damage Care 3 Minute Miracle (https://www.pantene.com.ph/en-ph/product/total-damage-care-3-minute-miracle-conditioner). Its Pro-V formula provides deep conditioning and helps repair 3 months of damage in 3 minutes, so your hair is stronger, softer, shinier. Seal your strands with a smoothing serum and you’re good to go. Best for: Those who want it simple and safe, plus budget-friendly. Done by: You. Super low-maintenance! Lasts: 1 day. For sleek glass hair, you've got plenty of hair treatment options depending on your hair type, lifestyle and budget. But you can never go wrong with choosing the healthiest option!