Permanent Straightening- Everything You Need to Know!

Permanent Straightening- Everything You Need to Know!

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Are you someone who is thinking of getting permanent hair straightening done soon? A lot of factors one has to think about before getting their hair permed. Things like cost, how long it lasts, how to take care, pros, and cons, etc. Just like any other girl who has curly and frizzy hair, I too had a dream of experiencing everyday straight hair without ironing. (How we always want to have what we don’t have.) Well, it’s been a good 6 months for me since I got my hair chemically straightened. I will be answering all your questions and clearing any doubts that you may have. Along with that, I will also be sharing my experience so far. So before you finalize your decision have a look at all the points discussed in this post.

Permanent Straightening- Everything You Need to Know!

Well, considering other things going around in the beauty industry; like everything from eyelash extensions, eyebrow filling, face, and body sculpting, etc. Getting your hair permed is a small and very common thing to do nowadays. And how long can one keep using heating tools to attend that special event sporting a new hair look? Or simply to get over bad hair day. I admit that I am obsessed with straight hair. (Just like you!) And to get straight hair I hate using the ironing machine every now and then too. As too much use of ironing machine damages hair to an irreversible extent.

Well, it’s been a while since I have been hearing a lot from my friends and relatives that they too want to get their hair permed at least once to know how it feels. It’s just like giving your hair permanent makeover! (I know it sounds like a dream for curly and frizzy hair girls!)

So, are you ready to learn about everything before getting your hair straightened?

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Permanent Hair Straightening Cost

I got my hair permed in Diwali (For all the non-Indians, Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrated in India.) So there is this good parlor in my area where I usually go to. During this time of the year, they had an offer on hair straightening at INR 3999 for any length hair. Of course, I had to grab this opportunity!

So the total cost for me would be around 4-5 thousand counting on the shampoo and conditioner which I had to buy separately from them. And the hair spa before getting straightening done. Most commonly it costs anywhere from 4k to 10k depending on your hair and the parlor.

As far as I am aware of most commonly they either us Loreal or Matrix products for hair straightening. Permanent hair straightening cost in Loreal depends upon hair length and texture. Same with Matrix products.

For me, they used neutralizer cream from Loreal and straightening cream from Matrix.

Hair Straightening Steps

The process again depends upon hair length and hair texture. Also, you can tell them if you want your hair to look naturally straight or pin-point/poker straight. I wanted mine done poker straight.

Before Hair Straightening Day

Hair spa: they recommended me to get hair spa done 1 week priorly.

On Straightening Day

  1. Hair wash: they used Matrix shampoo to wash my hair
  2. Blow dry after shampooing
  3. Hair relaxer or neutralizer cream: to break the bonds in the hair
  4. Using the ironing machine
  5. Applying straightening cream
  6. Hair wash and blow dry
  7. Hair serum

After 3 days I was called again for the first hair wash and hair spa.

How Much Time It Takes for Permanent Hair Straightening?

I was scheduled in for the appointment at 11:30 am and we were done by 6:30 pm. Again this depends on hair length and hair texture.

It’s a time-consuming procedure because after the cream application they have to wait until the chemicals in the cream began its magic. And in between, they keep checking the hair- tie knots in one or two hair to check the effects. They tell you to sit straight for the entire session especially when they are combing after applying the cream.

Ah, well I have a lot of patience so I was fine by the evening. (Okay, in very rare situations I lose my patience!) And the lady who was doing my hair was very friendly and funny. So I had a fun time!

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After Hair Straightening

I was told to take special care of my hair for the next 72 hours. Things like not a single drop of water on hair, no tying or clipping hair, not to put hair behind ears, etc.

How to Keep Your Hair After Straightening It?

They recommended me to get a hair spa done regularly. But I have been following my own hair care routine and that is working out for me. As I don’t notice any dryness in my hair. I shampoo and condition my hair. I don’t skip on the leave-in hair serum. Also, I don’t go out in the sun much. (Now that is because I have sun sensitive skin.)

They advised me to use Matrix opti care shampoo and conditioner only. But that did not suit me much so I am currently using a shampoo and conditioner duo from Loreal 6 Oil Nourish range. (Already reviewed it on the blog.)

How Long Does Permanent Hair Straightening Last?

Well, it depends upon your hair growth. The new hair is obviously going to be your natural hair. But on average, you will get to enjoy your straight hair from anywhere between 1.5 to 2 years.

If you’re someone who has curls from the root then I suggest not to go with this process. As after few months depending on your hair growth, you will end up with half curly half straight hair look.

My hair is curly too but for me, the curls start just below my jawline and not from the root.

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Is Permanent Hair Straightening Good for Thin Hair?

I personally wouldn’t recommend you getting your hair permed if you have thin hair or if they look very less in volume. My hair is pretty voluminous naturally. Hence I have got the flowy look in my straightened hair.

Hair Straightening Side Effects

Many people complain about hair fall, wiry hair, frizzy hair, in short, damaged hair after getting their hair straightened. Personally what I feel is after getting their hair straightened they forget and don’t pay much attention to their hair care routine. Like most only use a shampoo. They completely skip on using other products like conditioner, hair oil, hair serum, and a moisturizing hair mask.

I have not experienced any of these side effects yet. (Thank God!) I got my hair permed in October 2018 and at the time of this post, it is April 2019.

Hair Straightening Tips

So, if after reading through you are finalizing on getting your hair permed. Then there are some helpful tips for you!

During the first 72 hours when you are supposed to take very good care of your hair; I know you will be worrying about things like- how do I wash my face or have a bath! Well, what I did is prior to washing my face I would carefully wrap my hair back in a dry towel. No twisting! Just wrap the dry towel so that all the hair stay back when you are busy washing your face or even while brushing your teeth.

As for bath, for 3 days I had to, ahem, clean myself with a wet cloth. I know this sounds crazy but hey I was afraid that I will splash some water on my hair! Also, it was only for three days. So no big deal for me. Anyways I have a friend who also has straightened her hair. And I remember her telling me that she actually used a clip to tie her hair back while taking a bath! I wonder how she did not get any clip marks. But she also completed her bath in less than 10 minutes. Which I really can never do! (Can you?)

Another tip is don’t touch your hair much for those 72 hours. You can comb once in a day though.

My Point of View on Permanent Straightening

It is one’s personal decision actually whether or not they want to get their hair straightened. This post is nowhere meant to indirectly tell anyone to get their curly or frizzy hair straightened! It is just that I wanted to experience this once, and I am happy with the results. And if you want to experience too then why not? (If you have the time and money that it requires!) Just take good care of your hair afterward just like how I do.

So far I think I have covered all the frequently asked questions and doubts. Let me know in the comments down below if you have any query.

If you are wondering what my hair cut is. It is U-cut with front layers.

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57 thoughts on “Permanent Straightening- Everything You Need to Know!

  1. Christa says:

    Wow, your hair looks gorgeous! I think if it looks this good and lasts up to 2 years, this treatment is definitely worth it!

  2. Nahashon Kyalo says:

    I heard my girlfriend talk about permanently straightening her hair the other day. I’ll share this post with her and I’ll keep you posted on what she thinks.

  3. MISHA JAIN says:

    Well.. The look is just so perfect for you. Suiting you soo much. And ya its really a long process. The reason i always step back

  4. Kavita Singh says:

    Thank you for writing on this topic I had been planning to get this done since forever but had so many questions, this post covers almost all of it. Your hair looks lovely.

  5. MeenalSonal says:

    Thanks for the details about hair straightening. I was also in a fix about it. But as you suggested hair must be of good volume to have straightened.

  6. NIHARIKA CHATTERJEE says:

    I preferred smoothing over straighting as my hairs are already straight but they do make hairs more manageable

  7. Pragnya Mishra says:

    I do dream of getting straight silky hair but I refrain cause of volume. You pretty simplified for girls who want to know-how before getting it done. Useful post.

  8. Deborah Miranda says:

    Wow..loved the detailed guide on the straightening process. I like my wavy hair and occasionally straighten to look different.

  9. Patranila says:

    I like wearing my hair straight sometimes but I wouldn’t want it to be that way permanently. I like the variety of curly, straight, or somewhere in between. Yours looks good though!

  10. NIna N says:

    These are valid points to think of before jumping into something that may be life-changing. Like what we always say, hair is the crowning glory and we don’t want to make a decision that we will regret.

  11. Swagata says:

    A lot of very useful info and tips put together beautifully. I am sure this are going to ve very good points of references for those who are considering to get their hair straighten professionally. By the way, you have so beautiful hair!

  12. Amanda @ All Day Active Life says:

    Your hair looks beautiful! I have naturally wavy hair, which I kind of enjoy, so I’ve never thought about permanently straightening it. What a process! It turned out great!

  13. Kippi says:

    Your hair is beautiful! I have frizzy hair and I had no idea you could get your hair permanently straightened so now I will be asking my stylist about this for myself. Thank for your tips, Kippi #kippiathome

  14. Fran Jorgensen says:

    I just love to get my hair straightened every few months. Thank you so much for all of your tips I haven’t done some of these things and maybe they could help me to keep my hair straight for longer.

  15. Ayanda Ngena says:

    You have beautiful hair. The tips are great. Never imagined it takes so long! And I love that you stressed the importance of hair care routines. Many people tend to neglect this even after chemically treating their hair.

  16. Anshika Juneja says:

    I was looking for some straightening tips for my hair . This seems like a perfect solution and it’s cost effective too.

  17. Andrea Larson says:

    Oh, I have always been struggling with this hair straightening. Since it was so hard for me to achieve it, for a while I decided to just enjoy my curling hair 🙂 Now thinking of giving straight hair a second chance.

  18. Kiwi says:

    I used to get perms from 12-19 years old. I am not fully curly, unfortunately in my culture straighten hair with perms could be a form of self-hatred and even damaging to our bodies so its not good for people with my hair texture to use permanent measures to keep hair straight.

  19. Katie says:

    I have naturally straight hair so I never even knew about this process. I can’t believe it’s so involved! But that’s awesome that there is an option for curly haired people, just a wee bit expensive for me!

  20. Lyosha says:

    it looks useful! I think struggling with uneasy hair must be really complicated. I have naturally absolutely straight hair, no humidity can make them curl at least a little. I am happy you like the result.

  21. Stephanie says:

    I had no idea what the process was for permanent hair straightening. My hair is naturally extremely straight, so it’s not something I’ve ever considered. That’s a long time at the salon for the day, but a great time to get some reading done!

  22. Leona Martin says:

    WOW.. I’ve never heard of this, but you look beautiful and 1.5 to 2 years – that’s like amazing. I too love straight hair, but I do like to let my hair go to the natural curl I have. Honestly, the last two days I had only washed and then air dried my hair till my appointment to get my roots and highlights done. Too cool and neat idea.

  23. Live Learn Better says:

    The time and cost of maintaining a lady’s hair is so enormous. I hope it’s worth all the trouble in the long run

  24. Lene Andersen says:

    When I was in my early teens, I spent some time in the hospital in the same room as a girl from Greenland. We both had very long hair — hers straight and black (use in red) and mine straight and strawberry blonde. We desperately wanted to switch hair. You’re right. We always want what we don’t have.

  25. The Sunny Side Lifestyle Co. says:

    If you are someone who flat-irons their hair every day, this seems like a good long-term option. It would certainly cut down on daily prep time. Your hair looks beautiful!

  26. Tiffany says:

    Your hair looks great. I am one that uses a flat iron everyday so maybe I will look into this. I had never even heard of doing this until I read your article.

  27. Ashley | One Journey Away says:

    Wow, that’s quite the expensive and long process! I’m super blessed to have completely straight hair so don’t have to worry about this.

  28. Gracy Xavier says:

    That’s a complete and perfect guide for straightening your hair. This article is worth sharing. Many of my friends want to straighten their hair. I will surely share this post with them.

  29. Gunjan Upadhyay says:

    Your hair looks gorgeous. I was planning to get straitening done for like ages. I am surely going to get it done now.

  30. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Using irons frequently for hair straightening is not something I like. I think this is a nice and really sensible solution and also cost-effective in the long run too.

  31. Despite Pain says:

    Sounds like a lot of time, but your hair is lovely. It’s funny how we always want what we don’t have. In the eighties, I used to get perms to go curly.

  32. Seema Wadhwa says:

    A friend of mine wants to get her straightened since the longest time. I’m definitely​ sharing your article with her, it’s detailed and useful

  33. Nidhi KM says:

    Permanent straightening takes a lot of time! Tell me an option that takes less time while being safe for hair. Since I am working and have little kids, can’t spare so much of time. So, always go in for a temporary one. Btw, your hair look amazing!

  34. Scott J DeNicola says:

    my oldest daughter had extremely curly hair when she was little and then it straightened out on its own. Luckily for her, I guess she avoided the expense. This looks like quite a process!

  35. Tracy @ Cleland Clan says:

    I had no idea that you could chemically straighten your hair and that it would last 1 1/2 to 2 years. It actually sounds like it would be a good solution for those who straighten their hair with an iron often.

  36. Erin Knight says:

    Good tips on hair straightening tips. I used to love permanent straightening my hair but I cannot endure three days without washing it and shower. Now I just straight it once in a while on special occasions.

  37. Sarah Bailey says:

    Your hair looks lovely! This is something I would definitely like to try out as my hair is a crazy frizzy mess most of the time.

  38. Noor Anand Chawla says:

    I have poker straight hair so I have never really had them straightened. I would love some tips on how to keep the curls though!

  39. Purva says:

    That’s like a complete guide on hair straightening! And your hair look lovely. I somehow don’t like to get any sort of hair treatments.

  40. brie says:

    Your hair looks great! I am glad that you are loving it, I have never looked into something like this before but I’m glad I know about it. Thanks for sharing

  41. fourcolumnsofabalancedlife.com says:

    I just showed this to my daughter who loves it and i am sure become a fan of your blog. A very relevant topic written very well

  42. Blair says:

    For over thirty years I have lived with a lady that has curly hair, I understand the desire to have straight hair. The battle with wind, rain and humidity that never seems to end.

  43. Joyce Brewer says:

    I have a biracial friend who’s considering permanent straightening for her hair. I had no idea that it took hours to do something like this.

    • Jennifer says:

      I had my hair professionally permanently straightened and it basically did nothing. My hair is soooo curly! It did make it less frizzy and I have friends who have had success with it!

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