Thursday, August 1, 2013

japanese straightening ( my 2nd touch up results )

Posted by Yahya at 4:05 AM

So I realize I never made a clear update on my Japanese straightening results. To see my first post explaining what Japanese straightening is, click here. Above are pictures of my roots more than a month after the processing. I have a little new growth. these pictures are after clarifying and letting my hair dry without any product (Remember! you should always let your hair dry with product. I did this so you guys could see). As you can see, they didn't come out dead straight like my results from Hair's Talent. The top layer of my hair turned out straight, not dead straight, but straight. However, under there are some texturized pieces. When I put my hair in a bun as it air dries it straightens. I realize several mistakes and things that I probably did wrong, and won't do if I home Japanese straighten next time.
  1. It's important to correct porosity after the process, not before. after clarifying my hair I should not have done a plan apple cider rinse. Not because it would have created a barrier, as it had no oils and I rinsed it out thoroughly, but because higher porosity hair processes better.
  2. At Hair's Talent, they would lightly blow dry the new growth before applying the solution. I'm not sure whether I should have done this. It would have enabled me to apply the solution faster, but it might have also stressed my hair more.
  3. Before applying the straightening solution, though I didn't record it, I recall lightly applying aphogee green tea throughout my hair. This was a careless move as it probably made a barrier on my new growth.
  4. I didn't do a patch test due to the time I thought I had to do the process being shortened.
  5. The girl that was suppose to help me do my hair and sometimes did my relaxers in the past couldn't make it. I have done relaxers on others before, but not on my own head. To try to compensate I had two girls help me. They were use to dealing with afro textured hair before, but never applied a straightening solution.
  6. While applying the solution, I'm not sure if my hair was being stretched and smoothed enough. I also realized half way through that not enough solution was being applied. I feel this, and using aphogee green tea, were the main contributors to my texturized strands. My hair is very thick and coarse and only 60-70% of the jar was used when all of it should have been used.
  7. Before, in my first post about Japanese straightening, I had stated that I realized I was not sure how my processed hair was suppose to look. Apparently my hair was suppose to already look straight, and not have a texturized look.
Japanese straightening, like sodium hydroxide relaxing, takes skilled hands. proper results depend more on technique. I learned from this, I knew from the start I might get a little wave trying it at home for the first time. On's reviews on the product, many girls of other descent and with looser curls noted that their hair didn't become perfectly straight like at the salons. While a girl I know with a texture similar to mine was able to get the dead straight results. So again, technique really counts. Even the kinkiest hair texture can get the dead straight look if they go to an expert.

I also want to go a little more into how to decide how strong your Japanese straightener should be. Curliness, density, and cuticle size needs to be put into consideration. I realize that before I only mentioned curliness. My hair is very thick and coarse, but my hair texture somewhere in the 3b-4a range, not sure. This is why I used One n Only, one of the milder brands, but got its resistant formula. Here is a list of recommendable Japanese straightening kits, which I tried to list from weakest brand to strongest, but this could only be based on reviews I've read as I haven't actually tried all of them: One n Only, Matrix Opti-Smooth, Bio Ionic Retex, Loreal X-Tenso, and Yuko or Liscio (the originals that most salons use). Note that a stronger brand doesn't necessarily mean more damaging to your hair.

I've really been debating whether I should keep my roots the way it is, or should try to fix it. Like sodium hydroxide relaxers, you can do a corrective. After much thought, I've decided it's not too curly to bother me. I rather have it healthy and wavy than over processed and straight.

I did decide that, unless I change my mind for some reason, I'm going to go to a salon next time. I decided to do this because it might take a few more times to learn to do Japanese straightening and get dead straight results. I'm not sure if I want to go through the trial and error. I would use a stronger Japanese straightening brand, but I'm afraid of negative effects on my sodium hydroxide relaxed length. I also decided to go to a salon because I found a super cheap one that is much closer to me! There price is $170, they Japanese straighten on afro textured hair, and previously relaxed hair! I will be emailing them before going there to test them. The salon is called Organics Hair IB. They also have a helpful page that compares all the different straightening treatments they do.

While blog lurking I found an post written by Nadege from Relaxed Hair Health, regarding her first encounter with Japanese straightened hair. Here is a girl whose hair is an example of how fully Japanese straightened hair looks like! The next time I talk about Japanese straightening will probably be before going to Hair IB, so if there are any questions regarding this subject that I did not mention, please ask!


runningnatural on January 24, 2014 at 7:33 AM said...

With jbs can you still wear curly looks? like rollersets and flat twistouts?

Yahya on January 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM said...

@runningnatural, honestly I'm not 100% sure.
with a texturized jhs you surely can.
with a dead straight jhs you can, but it will be harder and probably won't look the same as with natural and relaxed hair.
with a jbs you'll probably have to wait a least a month for the brazilian keratin to start fading away.

TressBuzz on May 29, 2015 at 6:41 AM said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful blog. You are helping SO many AA women who want to get away from sodium hydroxide! I have done hundreds of hours of reading on this, literally. There is very little information out there about this type of transition in particular. Hair's talent is about the only info. I want to transition from SH to JS however everyone says it will "melt" your hair off. I am so afraid of this. My question to you is who did your first JS on new growth that was directly next to SH relaxed hair and exactly what were the steps they took. Did you have hair fall out at that time? I have self-relaxed for decades. My hair is extremely healthy and well cared for. Is this procedure so technical that you would not recommend me trying this at home? Thank you so much for this!

Yahya on May 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM said...

Thank you TrezzBuzz! ^ ^
I would not recommend trying to touch up your roots with a Japanese straightening solution, taking that first step between transitioning from relaxed to JS needs to be done by someone who knows exactly what they are doing. I saw no breakage or melting taking my first step of transitioning at Hair Talent's. After your first Japanese straightening touch-up, you can be more brave with the second since there is a 'barrier' between your relaxed hair and new growth. But, still, trying it at home or even trying out other salons, you're always taking a risk. As I continued in my transition, I noticed the ends of my hair was suffering. I wrote about it here, you should be able to find it under the regimens tab, titled 'thinning yet thickening setback'. My hair is doing very well now as you can see from my latest updates. So just know, if you choose to transition, it might not be a smooth road at first, but the end results will be healthier and easier to manage hair.

Grace White on June 27, 2015 at 9:19 AM said...

I was recently going natural but decided to continue relaxing with ORS olive oil no lye relaxer regular strength. That was a month ago, I also applied a semi permanent color to cover the grey. My question is once I get at 3 or more inches of growth will this method of straightening damage color treated hair?

Yahya on July 1, 2015 at 9:57 AM said...

Japanese straightening is compatible with semi permanent dye, just be sure to inform your stylist. JHS combined with highlights and bleach on the other hand, now that's the no no.

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