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Hair straightening

Hair straightening
Nowadays most women prefer to wear their hair long and as sleek and straight as possible. As a results methods of straightening one's hair have become more popular in recent years.

Hair straightening can be done in many ways. To begin with, there are hair straightening irons and brushes. These should be used with heat protectants. These are made from some chemicals. Therefore, hair straightening with such irons and brushes is not exactly chemical free. Such hair straightening can be done daily or once in a week depending upon the nature of the hair, and how frizzy and curly it is.

The other methods to straighten hair include hair rebonding, hair relaxing, and hair smoothing. All such methods involve some chemicals, such as keratin and protein treatments which are used for hair smoothening, whereas rebonding entails using chemicals such as ammonium thioglycolate, guanidine hydroxide, and/or sodium hydroxide. In hair rebonding, the hair is ironed after application of such chemicals to give long lasting results. The results from hair rebonding last for well over 6 months, whereas hair smoothening effects last for four, or maximum five months. Hair relaxing on the other hand is a more temporary phenomenon. It entails using sodium hydroxide or guanidine hydroxide apart from some acidic solution to rinse the alkaline reagents. The results last for about a month and a half to a maximum of two months.

Pros
? Hair straightening can help to manage frizzy, curly, unruly hair more easily; ? A glossy and smooth look; ? Some procedures are extremely affordable. All that people need is a hair straightening iron, some hair straightening cream, and heat protectant. These collectively can save a person substantial cost at hair salons.

Cons
? They can damage the hair, scalp, hair follicles, etc., causing more loss of hair and may be unsuitable for some skins as well. ? Some of the procedures require professionals to do it, and may be time consuming apart from being expensive.

Supporters

Mehano

If I must choose!

Neither are my preferred choices since I am all for the natural look and just letting your hair be the way it is without damaging it with chemicals or appliances. However, since I have to vote, I would still pick the hair straightening hair relaxing. I have used a hair straightener before but it was years ago. It really damaged my hair even after a couple of uses but after reading what hair relaxing does I think it is the better choice for your hair.

Hair relaxing involves too many chemicals and I wouldn't even try it.

Posted by Mehano on 07-18-2017
wallet

Hair straightening

I am not a man and this subject can't fit my own hair, but I can say that I like Hair straightening for a woman. It is more simple, but makes a woman to look stylish and cute!
Posted by wallet on 07-18-2017
reginafalange

From time to time

My hair is not super straight but I use the hair straightener from time to time, for special occasions mostly. I know it can cause damage to your hair but these other chemical products are harsh too so I wouldn't use them either.
Posted by reginafalange on 07-17-2017
JaiGuru

If You Must, Use Heat

I am very skeptical about using caustic substances as a means of straightening hair. I doubt it's even well known what this does to hair over a long period of time. Of more concern is what happens to the skin cells on your scalp after repeated contact? If you developed a cancer from it, you could easily miss early detection since your hair would hide the tell-tale blemish that serves as the early warning sign for skin cancers.
Posted by JaiGuru on 07-17-2017
Heatman

Better for me

I think Hair straightening is way better, should one be forced to chose between the two, Hair straightening would always be my choice. I seem to maintain this stance because of the benefits that comes with a Hair straightening. It's very easy to use and also not that expensive.

I would have said that hair relaxer is good but there is now one relaxes the hair and it never goes back to its normal style before. But once it's a Hair straightening used, the hair tend to have a lasting force in a push to make it viable for the the user to really enjoy having a long and straight hair.

Personally, I love long hairs in women. It makes me blush immediately without actually touching or feeling anybody. Now when one is opportune to have Hair straightening, it would even go to a long mile in enabling the hair to get longer. This is one of the major reasons that I enjoy using Hair straightening.

Posted by Heatman on 09-11-2017

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Hair relaxing

Hair relaxing
Hair relaxing is one of the hair straightening procedures in which lyes are used and there is no usage of hair straightening irons. Lyes are chemicals, such as sodium hydroxide. They can straighten hair in less than 20 minutes because they basically break the bonds in the hair that are responsible for the curly and frizzy nature of the hair. But as lye is alkaline in nature it needs to be washed off. An alternative to sodium hydroxide is guanidine hydroxide, which does not cause as much irritation to the scalp. Either way, some care needs to be taken after such treatment and washing off the alkaline reagents with some acidic solutions. The effect can last for slightly more than a month for most people, which means the procedure needs to be repeated once every 6 weeks or so. Considering that the overall time taken is merely 20-30 minutes it does seem to be worth it.

Pros
Less expensive when compared to other hair straightening procedures;
? Less time consuming when compared to other hair straightening procedures; ? Fairly long lasting results for the time and money spent;

Cons
Chemicals harm hair and lyes are no exceptions. The only thing is they cause such damage very slowly. These are available as creams or solutions that can be used at home.
? There can be adverse reactions and side effects to the chemicals used for hair relaxing. ? Hair texture can feel coarse and brittle

Supporters

centurion

Hair relaxing for femlae

Hair relaxing for female makes them attractive. Straight hair with a girl and Blondie color of straight hair are very much attractive.Like feel a heaven girl in this world. Now a days huge girls has been taking this facility and making beautiful themselves.

Thanks Centurion

Posted by centurion on 07-18-2017
lushlala

A bit of both

I mean, let's face it; neither are very kind on hair in the long run. But some of us have such coarse hair, we have no option but to use one or the other or even both, to make our hair manageable. I have my hair professionally relaxed twice a year and alternate between straightening it and braiding it so I don't have to keep worrying about the new growth showing. I wish I had naturally flowy locks that allowed me to simply wash, condition and go.
Posted by lushlala on 07-17-2017

Comments

SimplyD
I used to have hair straightening , now called hair relaxing. But my hair would not last straight for more than 3 months. But with hair rebonding, that uses iron, it could last until 6 months as straight. You just have to take good care of it well. Meaning, you must always condition your hair after shampooing it. You must shampoo only every other day, not every day. Yes, if you often would have hair rebonding, it could lead to hair loss. So, you must have it only once a year. Overall I like hair rebonding or straightening over hair relaxing.
Posted by SimplyD on 07-17-2017
joegirl
None of the above, thank you. My hair is 100% natural, free from any kind of stretching or straitening of any kind. In my opinion, these products (hair relaxers) are made up of harmful chemicals and not meant for use. Hair is a personal choice and you can do whatever suits your lifestyle the most, but after a horrible experience with a particular relaxer many years ago, I decided to go the natural route and I'm so glad I did!
Posted by joegirl on 07-17-2017
airfightermax
I'm not a girl but, I prefer girls who let their hair as how they are. I think these treatments you can do to your hair just harms it more in the long run with the immediate benefit of seeing it straight. The cons outweigh the cons of treating your hair, so I would choose neither.

I can see how other people could justify treating their hair though.
Posted by airfightermax on 07-17-2017
arachnophobik
I think both are good but share a common risk of making your hair look worse than you think it is. But both also have good effects if you really want your hair to be straight. I have friends that have tried both procedures and they seem to be doing fine, so if I had to guess then the percentage of your hair's health being at risk is very low. I personally don't mind which one they use either way as long as they produce the same effect, which is to straighten out your hair.
Posted by arachnophobik on 07-17-2017
peachpurple
Once, I did rebonding my hair which means to straighten my curly hair which was very expensive. After rebonding, I was advised not to tie up my hair because it will curl back again, waste of money. If I was working in an air condition office, rebonding my hair is suitable, I don't have to tie up my long hair. However since I am a housewife, it is waste of money to do so. Furthermore, I had to use special treatment shampoo that cost more than regular shampoo.
Posted by peachpurple on 07-17-2017
Sue
I use a hair straightener every now and then. I use to straighten my hair everything I washed it but now I don't do it as often. I have naturally curly hair so it takes a lot of time and products to get it straight. I have never used a hair relaxer so I am not sure how it would work for me. I am enjoying my curls now though so the straightener doesn't get used too often.
Posted by Sue on 07-17-2017
kgord
I have never tried hair relaxing. I really don't have the money to try to do it professionally. I think the natural look of my hair is pretty good, and at my age, I probably wouldn not wear really long hair anyway. I don't think it would be worth it to invest in such products.
Posted by kgord on 07-17-2017
rose thornes
I have long curly hair and I have tried to straighten. After the process, my hair is breaking after taking a bath, its freaking me out as my hair is falling. They say its normal from the chemicals that they put in my hair. I just have need to put some conditioner to lessen the breakage when I comb my hair. If you get your hair straight often you will end up bald. I'll never gonna under go that process again.
Posted by rose thornes on 07-17-2017
WildSpirit
I don't understand anything about these things (hahahaha!!), but I believe both options are good and useful. What needs to be taken into consideration is their usefulness in a given type of situation. Or am I wrong in stating this? #Confused
Posted by WildSpirit on 07-17-2017
freebird37
I prefer using a straightener even though it takes a little time. I don't always wear my hair straight, I more often leave it natural. If you use a permanent relaxer and you want to wear your hair naturally, you're not going to have the same results. Relaxers have damaging chemicals and you may not like the results you'll get if you have your hair relaxed. I'm not willing to take that chance.
Posted by freebird37 on 07-17-2017
kaka135
I can't choose either of them as I don't use any of them. My hair is quite straight and I don't need any hair straightening. I think hair straightening will damage our hair, especially if we keep on doing it. Moreover, I am just too lazy to spend time straightening my hair.
Posted by kaka135 on 07-17-2017
simplym
I do not have to use any hair tools because my hair is naturally straight. However, I do see people style their hair with a straightener or some sort of hot tool. It looks like but overtime, it will damage the hair and will not be good so I just rather not. Once in a while would be okay though.

Just like for me, since I have naturally straight hair - I sometimes would like curls whereas someone who has curls may want straight hair..
Posted by simplym on 07-17-2017
lilac123
Personally, I've used both methods but the method that I am a big fan of is called Japanese hair straightening which uses a relaxer too. I'm fairly lazy when it comes to doing my hair so going to the hair salon to do hair relaxing once saves me a lot of time in the long run and the results lasted for a year for me. Although it was quite an expensive procedure compared to buying a straightening iron, it saved me so much time that I thought it was totally worth it. I also don't like applying heat to my hair every day since it makes my hair super dry and brittle.
Posted by lilac123 on 07-19-2017
cmoneyspinner
Hair straightening and hair relaxing are both damaging to the hair. Nowadays they have these “smoothers”. My daughter uses some sort of serum made with argan oil, She says it softens her hair, smoothing it out, and makes it very easy to manage. SO I went to the store yesterday and found this 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners that claims that it also smooths the hair. We'll see! :)
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 07-24-2017
chatbox
None of the above! I've tried hair rebonding though and I think it's worth the price because I felt like rich movie star with my straight and shiny looks lol and more importantly, the effect lasted for a year. Actually, it was only worth $50 and the package already included cellophane/hair color treatment. I never had to use hair conditioners after the treatment.
Posted by chatbox on 08-14-2017
Marvadaum
While I have to say that I am no hair expert I think that hair relaxing is way less aggressive on the hair. My girlfriend used to straighten her hair out until she started to lose hair due to scalp tissue damage. Nowadays she only dyes her hair. No other techniques involved.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-14-2017
Clara1993
I don't use nor Hair straighteners or hair relaxations I just use other products like oils, Cerums, Vitamins. .. Because My hair is too soft If I dare use a Straightener then it will break and uf I use hair relaxation I'll just struggle! So I prefer to grow it naturally.
Posted by Clara1993 on 08-18-2017
pizzalover
I honestly use both because women like me who don't have straight but curly hair suffer a lot. I can't go to a meeting without straightening my hair. Every month I relax my hair with treatments to make it more straight, strong and shiny. If you know any treatment to make my hair more straight I will appreciate it.
Posted by pizzalover on 08-28-2017
vinaya
I did not know the term hair relaxing, however, I was aware about the technique of straightening hair through straightening cream. Whether you use iron or cream to straighten your hair, both of these hair straightening techniques are harmful to your hair. Iron can burn your hair, sometimes it also pulls your hair as you geadually move iton from bottom to top. Cream on the other had weakens the root.
Posted by vinaya on 08-31-2017