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Does Japanese hair straightening work and is it safe for my hair?

By January 17, 2009 - 12:15pm
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I have heard a lot about Japanese hair straightening and since I have a head full of curls, I've been thinking about getting it done. We always want the opposite of what we have!

Does anyone know if this is damaging to hair? Could it fall out, the way African hair can fall out due to the harshness of some hair straightening products?

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EmpowHER Guest

i havent goten the japanese hair straightening yet but i am going to next week and i dont know if its going to turn out nice... im scared it might start to look frizzy or ugly again. i heard also that when it starts to grow out it becomes smoother, is that true? i also dont think im old enough, im 13.

July 3, 2011 - 6:13am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon!

EmpowHER is a site for people of 14 years of age and older. Check with your Mom about this and make sure you and she do ALL your homework about this procedure before proceeding.


July 15, 2011 - 1:17pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hey im 14, and i have kinda long hair but its past my shoulders though. I want to do the japenese treatment but my mom suggest i dont do it cuz she love my nautural loose curls. My question is will my hair go back to normal after using the japense hair treatment?

December 26, 2010 - 10:09pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Japanese hair straightening is permanent.
If you want something temporary, you can use an at-home ceramic hair straightener.

Please read the previous posts, as all the information is there about the long-term effects of hair straightening!

December 26, 2010 - 10:21pm
EmpowHER Guest

@The girl who cried about the hair straightening not being as good as she thought it was going to be ... o.O; you guys pay way too much money for these straightenings. In the past, I've gotten my hair done for about 100-200 dollars tops. Never past 200 bucks or anything and the results have been beautiful *A* I love Japanese-hair straightenings. I recommend you guys go to either a REAL Japanese salon or a beauty school. When I had my hair done at a beauty salon (connections because of a friend :'D) she only charged me 100 dollars. A HUNDRED. And my hair was really nice. C: It was done by students! So, I think you guys should look into prices, perhaps, it might be just as nice as any other salon who does it for 300-500 bucks (ripoff artists)

Not so sure about it being safe for the hair. All I know is that you have to wait another half a year or a year to get another straightening because it might damage the hair too much if you keep doing it AFTER your 6 month treatment oAo All I know is that with my hair, it got healthy again and was available to be treated again after so many months when I went for the 2nd time. (I've had it done for 4 times now)

I'm going back to a Japanese hair salon that I thought was great when I have the money ^^ 180 bucks there o:

December 9, 2010 - 5:50pm
EmpowHER Guest

I had the japanese straightening method done by a Salon in Sydney (Saba Hair) 6 years ago. I have curly hair and wanted to get my hair straightened desperately. However, since I had the straightening done my hair is permanently damaged. My hair no longer grows, is extremely fine, lacks shine, fullness and bounce. Also since chemically straightening my hair, my hair is balding on the crown area of my head. I am seeing several tricologists to restore my original hair. I am on tablets and using stimulant products as internal damage has prevented balding and I am extremely angry and frustrated and embarrassed to leave my hair out. I am hesitant to blow dry or colour my hair at a salon. I would not recommend anyone doing further damage to their hair whether it relaxes etc as chemically straightening damages hair no matter what people say or think. Be happy with what you have otherwise you will be looking at your past and regreting what you have ended up doing in the future - DAMAGE and HAIR LOSS.

December 1, 2010 - 1:08am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Ahhhhh i really having ur experience now i feel regret and sad and down i list my hair i have empty spot my hair was so beautiful i dont know why i did that this japanese .... I hate it im still losing my hair .. Did u check a dr? R u sure you folliclle is damaged?

June 25, 2015 - 1:22pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Oh my goodness, Anon, I really feel for you, I'm sorry your hair was so damaged. Did you inform the salon?

I have also thought about this kind of straightening (my hair in my pic has been blown-out) but I think I'll stick to getting it blown-out for special occasions and otherwise keep my curls.

Please do inform the salon of what happened and I hope your current treatments work to restore your hair again.


December 1, 2010 - 12:22pm
EmpowHER Guest

To anyone who's reading this, I'm sixteen years old and have a few large waves in my hair... I mean, really large, especially at the back. It looks horrible and the only way I can get rid of it is to use a ceramic straightener every morning. I was wondering what Japanese hair straightening can do for me that using a straightener every morning can't. Will it be better for my hair, since I wouldn't constantly be heating it?

And how do I tell my parents that I want to get it done? My mother has a very strong opinion on hair straightening without an iron: that it's far worse for your hair.

September 5, 2010 - 8:36pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - It would be helpful to go back to the start of this thread to read the many comments on the impact of various chemical hair straightening treatments. You should also do additional research. If you still want to undergo a chemical process this after doing your research, and still want to get your mom's approval, then it will help if you can provide information on the safety aspects and how you plan to make sure that any process or salon that you use is legitimate and will not be harmful. Your mom has valid reasons to be concerned, and you're not too young to learn how to research information and advocate for yourself. Good luck! Pat

September 6, 2010 - 11:52am
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