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{November 9, 2010}   Hair Straightening

By- Sadhana Chathurvedi

Hair Straightening

Hair Straightening


Straight, silky hair has always been coveted by women around the world. And not only is it beauty enhancing and aesthetically pleasing, but straight hair needs less maintenance than curly or wavy hair and also saves a lot of time. Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with killer-hair genes, so we have modern technology in the form of hair straighteners and hair straightening techniques to our rescue, straightening even the curliest of manes!
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, they say.

But now, it wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that they’ve been replaced by hair straighteners or flat irons as they are sometimes called. They are extremely versatile tools and it doesn’t matter what type of hair one has-curly, wavy, damaged, thick, fine, or even naturally straight – one will be able to benefit from this amazing hair tool. Most hair straighteners come with either metal, glass, ceramic, titanium and a combination of ceramic and titanium. The prices of hair straighteners strongly reflect what type of plate it has. Metal plates are generall used in the low range products and it is not without reason as these are the most damaging to hair.

Titanium plates or a new type with Tourmaline in them cause the least damage and Tourmaline even adds shine to hair. The frizzy nature of curly hairveryhas people everywhere using flat irons on a daily basis to straighten their locks and add some shine. That’s a lot of time invested. So, naturally, the notion of permanently straight hair (well, until it grows out) holds appeal. The question is, does chemical hair straightening live up to the ideal? Unfortunately, many times the answer is “No!” Once this procedure is done, there is no going back and one should think very carefully about this. It’s not over once you get your hair chemically straightened. To maintain the straight look, you must touch-up any new hair growth anywhere from every six weeks to three months. If you choose to get your hair relaxed professionally, this can become quite costly.

Certain chemical reactions with certain chemicals (such as hair dye and chlorine from pools) can cause more damage to delicate, chemically straightened hair. Sometimes, in the quest to achieve that perfect hair and look, we tend to go overboard and as the famous quote goes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. The same applies in the case of hair straightening too. While it may seem the answer to all your hair problems and bad hair days, excessive usage could lead to even more hair problems and bad hair days too. The application of heat and chemicals can cause the hair to become dry since moisture is taken out of your hair by them. Dry, brittle hair is more likely to break causing split ends. The unfortunate result can be damaged or even burnt hair. The likelihood for these negative effects to occur is greater for permed, bleached or other chemically processed hair since this places an added stress on it. So, like all other things, hair straightening, when done in moderation and with proper care can be a very good thing, but caution must be exercised to see that it is, and that it does not overly damage hair.

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