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Hair Straightening

Hair straightening has been around for many years. This is mainly due to the fact that people with very curly hair wish they were born with sleek straight hair. This doesn't mean that only people with curly hair want a method to straighten it. Even people with relatively straight hair sometimes need to iron out the odd curl or straighten out that morning hair look.

There are a few different methods used to straighten hair from temporary to more permanent methods.

Hair straighteners or flat irons

This is the most popular choice for anyone wishing to straighten their hair. This is because it is only temporary. Hair will eventually go back to it's natural state. It is also convenient because no costly trips to the hairdressers are needed. A person can style and straighten their hair at home or in a hotel room when on holiday.

Hair straighteners are small and compact and are used by plugging them in to an electric socket to heat them up. A small section of hair is placed between two hot plates. Clamping the two plates lightly together will heat the hair and cause it to remain straight.

You can have a lot of fun with a set of hair straighteners as many different styles can be achieved for a temporary new look. There are also many different types of hair straighteners available on the market made with different materials to protect the hair and make hair shinier and silkier.

Thermal Reconditioning

For a more permanent solution that will last a few months, Thermal Reconditioning can be used to straighten hair. A flat iron is used with a cornstarch solution to keep hair straighter for longer. It can take a long time to achieve a finished look, but the result will be more permanent than using hair straighteners alone.

Chemical Hair Straighteners

The most permanent method of straightening hair is to use chemicals to break down the hair structure. Hair is left permanently straight, but any new hair growth will still be curly. Sodium hydroxide or Cysteamine Hydrochloride is used to relax and straighten the hair. Being chemicals, they can be irritating to eyes and skin if not applied properly. Chemical based hair straightening should be achieved by visiting a professional hairdresser.

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