Which smoothing method to choose?
While some dream of full volume hair, others will give anything to tame their curly lengths. If the straightening iron has proven its worth for a long time, new straightening techniques are on the rise and make it possible to‘get smooth and silky hair for several months. Brazilian, French, Japanese… DESSANGE takes you to discover the different types of smoothing available.
Mechanical smoothing and chemical smoothing: what are the differences?
There are two main types of smoothing: so-called “mechanical” smoothing and “chemical” or permanent smoothing. As their name suggests, mechanical straightening requires the intervention of a tool such as a straightening iron or XXL curlers. The result is fleeting and only lasts a few days.
Chemical straightening is carried out using very specific products which will profoundly modify the keratin chains of the hair. They therefore consist of apply a straightening solution and heat it to activate the formula.
The different types of straightening in the salon
Straightening your hair every morning can quickly become a real burden. The realization is long, tedious or even uncertain, and it is not rare to come out with one or two burns. For perfect straightening, your DESSANGE expert offers you various salon straightening services for a perfect result and sublimated hair.
Brazilian straightening is a Keratin-based hair treatment which aims to permanently straighten the hair. For a few months, the hair is smooth and frizz-free. Carried out in a salon, Brazilian straightening consists of injecting keratin directly into the scales of the hair and closing them using heating plates.
Just like Brazilian smoothing, French smoothing is a treatment composed of keratin. Hyaluronic acid is added to this component in order to provide a smoothing described as more natural, because French smoothing does not contain formalin.
French smoothing deeply repairs the hair and facilitates daily styling. The difference with Brazilian smoothing therefore lies only in the composition. French straightening can be done on highlighted, colored or sensitized hair. It also helps to deeply hydrate hair damaged by chemical treatments or treatments unsuitable to the nature of your hair.
Japanese straightening is a long-lasting straightening method that can last up to 6 months. Japanese straightening deeply modifies the structure of the hair by partially breaking its natural bonds in order to create new ones. The hair comes out straight and smoother than ever.
Longer and more aggressive for the hair, Japanese straightening is not suitable for all hair types. It is necessary to carry out a hair assessment beforehand in order to know if the nature of your hair is compatible or not with this technique.
You don’t have to go through chemical straightening to straighten your hair. Just know that the smoothing will then last less and will have a low resistance to humidity.
To achieve a natural straightening, the hairdresser generally applies a deep treatment followed by a thermo-active treatment to protect the hair fiber as much as possible from the harmful effects of heat. Using a flat brush, the hairdresser dries hair from roots to ends. Once the hair is completely dry, it runs the straightening iron over the entire hair to ensure optimal smoothing.
Which straightening method should I choose for my hair type?
Fine, wavy or frizzy hair is by definition completely different in nature and structure. They do not have the same needs, do not require the same care and react differently to each straightening technique. If your goal is to straighten your hair without damaging it, your DESSANGE expert can advise you on the most suitable straightening technique.
I have thin hair
If you have thin, curly hair, there is unfortunately a risk that it will lose volume after straightening. The result can even give, in some cases, a “rat tail” effect not very glamorous. So prefer natural straightening so as not to take too many risks.
I have thick and curly hair
To straighten curly or even frizzy hair, the best technique remains the Japanese smoothing. As it deeply modifies the structure of the hair, the latter becomes durably stiff and silky. Frizzy hair can also be tried with straightening, but this method is more aggressive on the hair fiber.
I have colored hair
If you have recently had colored hair and want to straighten it, be careful. Indeed, your hair is already weakened. Subjecting them to even more aggression would only worsen the problem you are trying to solve. You can turn to Brazilian straightening and French straightening. For other smoothing, make sure to apply your color at least 1 month before. After your straightening, whatever its type, wait at least 1 week to make a new color.
What care to use after straightening?
After a keratin-based straightening, your hair will be in great shape. You will therefore not need to apply a restorative treatment.
On the other hand, be vigilant about the products in your routine. The sulfates contained in the majority of hair products from supermarkets, eliminate keratin from the hair. To prolong the smoothing effect, avoid hair care products containing sulphates or sodium-free and favor keratin-based products.
We invite you to contact the DESSANGE salon closest to you to discuss the various smoothing services it offers and define the technique most suited to your hair and your needs.