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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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HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - Thanks for your feedback, especially the tip about colored hair. Pat

February 15, 2010 - 8:58am

I had never heard of this Japanese treatment-- I've heard of a Brazilian treatment, are they the same thing?

I LOVE straight, straight hair but at the same time, I don't think I am willing to give up my curls. I have my days when I want to go curly and I have days when I want to have my hair straight but I have yet to decide which one I like better than the other.

My advice to those who are not sure what to do: wait it out. Even if your hair does ultimately end up looking gorgeous, silky, and straight you will never have your curls back. If you absolutely hate your curly hair, then I say go for it.

February 7, 2010 - 2:14pm
EmpowHER Guest

Well don't go through any treatment unless you know your hair is in the right set of hands, but that goes for anything related to hair care and treatmnts, I went through a Japanese hair straightening at salon in Israel (http://www.vingrovsky.com) but before I did, I googled them a bit on the Internet and got some reviews from customers and girls that went through the treatment, then I went to the Salon and spoke to the guy myself and asked him to tell me all about the RISKS and what is the worst case scenario, many girls just go a do the treatment and then they ask why did this or that happen - don't! just ask before hand and see the stylist's response stuttering is never a good thing in an answer coming from a proffesional ;)

February 7, 2010 - 1:21pm
EmpowHER Guest

hi..i hav relly soft curls dat are not relly manageble .so i was thinkin of gettin it straigthened ..wudu suggest to try out smoothening or straigthenins

November 23, 2009 - 10:55am
(reply to Anonymous)


How old are you? And how long is your hair?

Have you tried using some straightening or curl-managing hair products with a flat iron?

If you are not sure, I would tell you to go for a temporary treatment instead of a permanent one. It's always better to be sure that you're going to like something before it's there for good.

November 24, 2009 - 9:43am
EmpowHER Guest

I am 15 years old.
My hair is sometimes curly or straight and puffy...Always frizzy..
I walk to school my hair ends up being all wavy and puffy..and i hate it..
I thinking about a Japanesse Straightening, but what are the things I have to be aware of????
I dont want my hair to be ruin...Would it be bad if i got it done every few months??

I highley not reccomend a 11 year old have her hair straighet permanent...to young

September 15, 2009 - 3:20pm
(reply to Anonymous)


At 15, I totally understand how you feel. My hair was also either curly or straight and puffy, always frizzy. Always. And if it was a humid day? Or I had gym glass? Just forget it!!

Japanese hair straightening is very safe when you do it at a professional salon that has done it for a long time. They will have certification from the hair straightening products companies that say they know how to use the products.

Things to be aware of:

1. You'll probably have to leave a depost when you make your appointment. Japanese hair straightening takes 4 to 5 hours depending on how long your hair is, and they won't set aside that much time without a deposit.

2. It can cost anywhere between $350 and $600 for your first time. And touchups for new growth (say, maybe twice a year?) can cost about $300-$450 depending on how long your hair is (and what part of the country you're in, too.)

3. Your hair wouldn't be ruined. In fact, you might love it. But you really have to realize that it's permanent, and that if you ever want to go back to your curly self, you have only one alternative: grow out the straight part and cut it off. This is hard to do for someone who loves their long hair!!

Have you tried some of the products for curly hair that help to straighten it and make it shiny? They can cut the frizz and the puff on a bad-humidity day especially. I like the Bedhead products and I love the Phyto products. Best product I've ever found, hands down? Phyto Phytodefrisant. It costs $20ish for a 3 oz tube or $30ish for a 5.7 oz tube, but the product lasts forever. And it works like a dream.

November 24, 2009 - 9:42am
EmpowHER Guest

um i am 13 and i have naturally curly hair. it is a bit past my shoulders and it takes like an hour to straighten. i want to try japanese hair straightening so i can have soft, pin straight hair permanently, but i am not sure if i should get it or not because if i regret it the only solution would be to cut if off. also i don't want to ruin my hair. any suggestions, please?

September 1, 2009 - 2:51pm
(reply to Anonymous)


If you get a good salon -- one that is established and that has a track record with Japanese hair straightening -- it won't ruin your hair. HOWEVER, you are right in saying that if you do it permanently and decide you don't like it, the only way to undo it is to let it grow out and then cut it off.

Since you are unsure, the best thing to do would be to try a straightening method that is not permanent. Many salons offer hair straightening that lasts about 4 or 5 months. It slowly wears off, so there is no sudden change between the hair you had straightened and your new growth.

One of the things you should know is that us curly girls (and I am one, too) get really used to having a little bit of shape around our faces. We just don't want too much!! Once we go totally straight, we can sometimes feel like wow, it seems like there's no hair there, because it's SO flat and just lies there. So if you do ok with hair products and a flatiron, that might still be your best bet for now.

November 24, 2009 - 9:33am
EmpowHER Guest

IM NOT SURE IF i WANT IT DONE OR NOT !!! But Im eleven and I have curly meduim lenth hair. My mom has always loved my curls, BUT sadly my friends and I agree that when my hair is straight - it's way more pretty. So i kinda needed to know if it's permanent. Or if there is a better way to get my hair professionly straightened

August 17, 2009 - 1:30pm
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