Today’s post will be bit different from my usual posts of product reviews.I will be reviewing a hair treatment procedure which is quite in vogue today.
I have always had wavy frizzy hair.Due to which when I tied my hair,it always looked messy and uneven.I usually straightened my hair before going to any event.After asking many friends and gaining from their hair straightening experience,I decided to try this for myself.
My hair looked bit straight when I washed them,but with the passage of days,they turned wavy.So I felt smoothing will be apt for me as it uses less chemicals and is good for medium straight to wavy hair. I got it done last year in May and it’s been approximately 9 months ( the irony 😉 ),that I am ready to share what I felt.
Let’s start with the charges.Most of the salons will charge you 6-8k for long hair till waist.Mine cost INR 6000.The starting price is 4k for short hair and so on.Additional haircare products made it 8k in total. So this will be definitely heavy on your pocket.
Duration: Maximum time it takes is 4 hours,which was in my case.I guess shorter the hair,shorter is the duration.You are made to sit idle that too erect ,as any movement will cause bends in your hair.This was the most tiring part of the entire process.
Process: My stylist told me Loreal X-tenso will suit me.It is a formaldehyde-free frizz-fighting treatment.Remember,Smoothing is basically removing frizz and getting smooth hair.It will not make your hair poker straight.If you have fine hair,then it might seem to appear that way. 😛 .
After washing your hair,they smear a cream on your hair which opens up the bonds of the hair.It takes 10-20 min depending on your hair.Then it is washed off and steam pressed.After that,a neutralizing cream is applied so that the new bonds are set.In my case the straightened bonds are set.It was again washed off after 10-15 min and then my hair was pressed again but this time,dry pressing.They told me to keep the hair sweat free,no clips or anything for 2 days.The hair needs to set during this time.Since it was summers,I had a hard time .You can’t tuck your hair behind the ears and it was such a distraction when it kept falling on your face.The salon people checked my hair on the 2nd day evening for signs of dents in hair,then washed it off.I was told no oiling for one month and only use Loreal X-tenso range.
My views:My hair looks sleek and smooth.It is more manageable.
For the first 3 months,I didn’t face any problem,but after that,my dandruff increased and hair-fall started.I used to go for Ozone treatment weekly to combat dandruff and hair-fall. In my friend’s case,she didn’t face such problems,even though we share the same stylist and treatment.
Also,I noticed split ends later on,so had to trim my hair. During winters,I faced dryness as I wasn’t able to oil my hair regularly.
My hair grows at a fast rate so already I can see my natural hair type.Luckily,the smoothened hair and my natural hair are looking synced.I was scared that my hair will have a partition of sorts having straight section at the bottom and wavy on the top. 😀
Overall verdict: If you have scalp condition,then don’t go for chemicals.They dry out your scalp and cause problems.Also, these treatments are costly so opt for them only if you are not happy with your locks or need some change. Consult a good stylist before jumping on the wagon.
Seeyou all in my next post,Take care. 🙂