I just had my hair rebonded… I was desperately waiting for virgin hair to grow back so that I could get them rebonded once again. It took six long hours to get the process done, but I must say the effect was actually worth it. I am so ecstatic, I thought of sharing my experience with you. I have always had unruly wavy locks and I had to constantly keep them tied. I just wished I could leave them open at times, but taming my frizzy hair was quite tedious. And for a lazy girl like me, the idea of blow drying and hair straightening each day was beyond the bounds of possibility.
I had heard about hair rebonding, but like every other girl, I didn’t want to torment my hair with harsh chemicals. But when my hair stylist assured me that rebonded hair when done right and taken good care of, can make you look absolutely gorgeous, I was keen to take the plunge. It was about one and a half years ago when I had done hair rebonding for the first time, and earned several compliments too! But back then I was naive about hair care for rebonded hair, and ended up having lots of split ends. So, this time I confronted my hair stylist and enquired about all the knacks attached to rebonding. Here’s what he shared with me.
In a nutshell you can say hair rebonding is the process of making your hair straight, sleek and super shiny, the natural bonds of your hair are broken and then straightened with the help of a cream softener, straightened with the help of iron and then neutralized with another chemical solution.
The Process of Hair Rebonding
- First your hair is washed with a mild shampoo, conditioned and then smoothed with a soothing serum.
- Your hair is then parted and a relaxant or chemical softener is applied to every hair shaft. During this entire process your hair should be kept straight. Your stylist may use a thin plastic board to keep the hair straight.
- After leaving it on for a few minutes, hair are steamed and rinsed thoroughly.
- Hair serum is again applied and then your hair is blow dried.
- A flat straightening iron is used to break the curls further. Make sure the temperature of the iron is not more than 180 degrees and preferably use a ceramic iron. The stylist will iron your hair till they are satisfactorily smooth and shiny.
- Finally the bonds are neutralized and stabilized with the help of a neutralizing solution. The neutralizer is kept for fifteen to twenty minutes and then washed off with cold water, followed by a serum and blow dry.
- Wait for 3 days before you shampoo your hair.
- Don’t tuck your hair behind your ears or use any hair pins.
- Remember not to bend your hair while sleeping.
Care for Rebonded Hair
- Always use a shampoo designed exclusively for straight hair.
- Don’t ever skip the conditioner. It’s a must for chemically treated hair.
- After towel drying your hair, use a hair serum regularly.
- Regularly massage your hair with coconut oil or olive oil.
- Use homemade hair masks to deep condition your hair. You can apply curd, egg, olive oil or Aloe Vera gel.
- Always use cold water to rinse your hair.
- Consume a balanced diet rich in proteins. Try eating lean meat, nuts and sprouts.
- Forget about any other chemical treatment for at least six month.
- Trim your hair every three months.
Your hair is a vital part of your personality. So, before you decide to take the plunge make sure your stylist uses good quality products. I have tried both L’Oreal Professional and Matrix, and trust me, both of them are safe. Rebonding is quite an expensive process and the cost varies with hair length and texture. All my dear lovelies, go ahead, try hair rebonding, flaunt your super sexy locks and please don’t forget to share your experience with me!
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