Is it normal for one to experience hair loss after rebonding? What are the side effects of rebonding your hair? Should you rebond your hair? If you have already rebonded your hair, we have here the best treatment for damaged rebonded hair.
In this article, we will discuss about the following popular issues on rebonding hair:
Having long, straight hair is a dream that many little girls have, with Disney princesses often depicted with smooth and shiny locks. Hair plays an important role in how you look, and a good haircut can even drastically change your look if it suits your face and complements your features.
With the rise of social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, many women can identify with the feeling of scrolling through endless pictures of social media influencers with perfect hair on their feed, and then looking at their own hair in the mirror, only to be disappointed with what they see. These platforms have definitely contributed to unrealistic expectations women have of their looks, making many more self-conscious of how their hair looks.
Especially in humid Singapore, those who were born with naturally curly and fizzy hair can have it really bad here, as all the humidity goes to amplifying up their curls. Not only can your hair look frizzy and broom-like, the frizz can also make your hair difficult or almost impossible to comb through, resulting in every shower being a struggle to wash your hair and combing it afterwards.
For those with extremely thick and curly hair out there, I am sure that you have experienced at least one broken comb tackling your mane after a bath. While there are temporary hair straightening options such as the use of a flat iron, it is a hassle to deal with that every morning before you start your day, and it does not work on everyone—you can find your hair becoming its natural unruly self again by lunchtime. Hence, hair rebonding is becoming a popular choice for those looking for a semi-permanent way to keep their hair smooth, straight and frizz free.
Based on the experience of most women out there, the definition of permanent usually lasts around 3 to 6 months. Many sources like quora or even forums in Singapore agree that its a short term thing. So after those months, your hair reverts to the original form.
Unlike hair straightening, which is a temporary way to get your curly locks straight, hair rebonding provides more permanent results that will allow you to have straight and sleek hair for 3 to 6 months without the hassle of using flat irons or mild relaxing agents regularly to maintain the look that you are looking for. When your hair is rebonded, what happens is that your hair structure is altered to allow it to remain straight even after many washes and rounds of styling.
For those who have especially stubborn hair that refuses to go straight with the use of regular heat styling products such as a flat iron, rebonding your hair might probably be your best bet if you want more manageable hair. Straight hair is usually easier to style, wash and manage, making it possible for you to try many more hairstyles that might have been impossible to do when you had curly and unruly hair. For those with these hair troubles, you might find it impossible to get out of your house without combing your hair—even if you are just making a short trip to the convenience store minutes away from your house.
Rebonding your hair can make these problems something of the past, as with straight and more manageable hair, it will be possible for you to head out after a quick comb through your hair with your fingers while still looking presentable and put together instead of the haystack that you were so familiar with in the past.
The hair that we have is composed of the protein, keratin. This is the same protein that is found in your nails. The keratin molecules in our hair are arranged to form straight bundles. The bundles of keratin molecules are held together my disulphide bonds. These bonds are strong, and are formed between cysteine amino acids. The cysteine amino acid of one keratin molecule forms a disulphide bind with the cysteine amino acid of the neighbouring keratin molecule. These bonds give your hair its strength. How straight your hair is dependent on the number of disulphide bonds that you have in your hair. The more disulphide bonds that you have between the keratin molecules in your hair, the straighter your hair will be. Essentially, how the keratin molecules in your hair are connected to each other will determine the overall structure of your hair, deciding whether you have naturally straight, wavy or curly hair.
So how exactly does rebonding work to make your hair straight? Rebonding makes use of the salt ammonium thioglycolate, which is the same salt that is used when you get a perm to get those bouncy curls. Ammonium thioglycolate contains a thiol group that is capable of breaking the disulphide bonds between the cysteine amino acids of neighbouring keratin molecules. This is done through a chemical process. When the disulphide bonds are broken, the keratin bundles that were once connected are no longer held with each other and hence falls apart.
Hair rebonding is a process where your hair is chemically relaxed through the breaking of bonds that hold your hair structure together and rebuilding these bonds again to alter and change the structure of your hair.
Generally, the process of rebonding will involve these three essential steps: the use of a strong straightening lotion on your hair to break the existing disulphide bonds that holds the keratin bundles in your hair together, the use of a flat iron to provide the heat required to reset the bonds in your hair and to make it straight, and finally, the use of a neutralizer on your hair to reform the disulphide bonds between the keratin bundles in your hair. The result that you end up with is hair with a different structure from before. Depending on how long your hair is, the entire hair rebonding process can take anywhere between 3 to 8 hours.
For the adventurous who would like to try to rebond their hair at home, you will be glad to know that it is possible to do so if you have the right equipment.
Firstly, make sure that your hair is clean by washing it with a mild shampoo. You do not want your hair to get to slippery, so do not apply any conditioner after washing off the shampoo. Leave your hair to dry naturally if you have the time, but if you are rushing or simply do not have the patience to sit around waiting for your hair to dry off, you can opt to blow dry it instead.
Then, divide your hair into sections. How you divide your hair will depend on the texture and volume of your hair. Then, use the relaxant from your hair bonding kit and apply it to your hair while your hair is held straight with the use of thin plastic boards. When you are doing this, make sure that you take your time to ensure that every strand of your hair is coated—you want all of your hair to be evenly straight and not have portions of it remaining curly!
If you are unable to do so yourself, get a friend to help you get to those hard to reach areas and to make sure that every inch of your hair is coated with the relaxant. Then, leave the relaxant in your hair for 30 to 45 minutes, and simply let it sit. The general rule of how long you will have to leave the relaxant in is to leave it longer if your hair is curlier, thicker and more unmanageable.
Then, steam your hair for 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the condition, volume and texture of your hair. After the steaming process, wash and dry your hair. Then, apply a keratin lotion to your hair and straighten it with the use of a ceramic flat iron. The temperature of the flat iron should be set to 180 degrees celsius. After this step, apply a neutraliser to secure the bonds and leave it on for another 30 minutes.
Once 30 minutes is up, proceed to rinse the neutraliser thoroughly out with the use of cold water. Give your hair a good blow dry, and apply a serum to your hair to keep it nice and smooth before straightening it another time. If you follow these steps through, congratulations, as you would have just rebonded your hair!
There are many different types of rebonding that are being offered by hair salons today. With hair rebonding becoming more popular to achieve the hairstyle that people of all ages are looking for, the hair salons have also become more innovative in adopting and inventing new ways to rebond your hair to achieve different looks that are customisable and will suit your needs the best.
This is the most traditional form of rebonding in the market. This style of rebonding is best suited for those who have really curly and hard to manage hair. This also uses the strongest chemicals out of the different methods, so it is sure to tame even the unruliest hair. Those who naturally have softer waves will not be the best candidates for this form of hair rebonding as the final product can appear to be flat and dull. A downside to this method of rebonding is that you can often end up with stick straight hair that is too flat and without volume from the roots to the tips of your hair. This look is no longer popular, especially if you already have thin and limp hair—this form of rebonding will likely make you look like less hair than you have. If you are not looking for the look with your hair sticking close to your face, it might be better to opt for the other methods of hair straightening even if they might be a tad bit more of a burden on your wallet.
This method of hair rebonding is a lot milder and gentler compared to the method of straight rebonding. This method of rebonding requires the use of chemicals that are less strong and hence less harsh on your hair. Besides that, there is also lesser use of the flat iron compared to in straight rebonding. The flat iron is also typically set to a lower temperature in soft rebonding. This method of rebonding is recommended for those who have wavy hair and are looking for something less harmful to your hair. Those who would like to retain the natural curls that they have in their hair can also opt for this option as it is possible to retain your natural curls if they are permanently held in place. Mucota is usually the chemical of choice in hair salons today for soft rebonding purposes.
Volume rebonding, as its name suggests, will help your hair to obtain more volume. However, besides that, this form of rebonding can allow for certain parts of the hair to be permed or slightly curled. This can create a more natural effect to your hair, and can be used to make more complex styles and textures in the hair. For example, the main body of the hair can be made to have more volume while the roots can be permed to achieve a more balanced look.
You can also get different looks with this method—such as C-curve rebonding and S-curve rebonding, depending on what you think suits you the best. This treatment can work on hair of varying textures. Since volume rebonding involves a combination of both rebonding and perming methods, it can work well for many different hair types.
A good stylist will be able to determine the regions to apply rebonding methods and perming methods respectively to create the best look for you. Their judgement will also help them to design a look that will look natural even if your hair grows out, so make sure that you go to a hair stylist that you trust and do not simply go to the place with the best price! Spending a little bit more here will save you from a hair disaster, and since the results of hair rebonding lasts for a long time, you will want to get it right the first time.
This is a method of hair straightening that has its origins in Japan. Through innovation and repeated research and experimentation, this less damaging method of straightening hair was born. In Japanese aqua straightening, a treatment mixture is usually used to protect your hair and to keep the moisture in. This treatment mixture is usually applied before putting on the rebonding lotion and before application of the neutraliser. At the very end, an additional acid treatment is also used. To ensure that as much volume is retained at your roots, the stylists often try to leave minimal space at the roots of your hair untouched by the hair straightening chemicals, resulting in a naturally straight look that is not too flat on your head. Some salons also blend their own rebonding lotion for Japanese aqua straightening, which can then be customised to suit the specific condition of your hair. This is ideal for damaged hair as the rebonding lotion can be made to be less strong to minimise possible further damage to your hair.
For those who do not want to attempt the conventional rebonding methods but still wish to obtain a straight hair look or make your hair more manageable, a cold volume body perm is something that you can try that will achieve a similar effect to volume rebonding without the use of high heat and strong chemicals. This is good news for those with thin and seriously damaged hair that makes them unsuitable to undergo the harsh treatments conventional rebonding comes with. Due to it being less harsh on your hair, you can also go for a volume body perm more frequently to maintain the volume in your hair. However, those with thick and curly hair might not find this method to work well for them, as this can be too gentle to smooth out their strong curls.
From the explanation of how the hair rebonding process actually works above, you should kind of get the idea that it will not exactly be the best thing for your hair to go through. The hair rebonding process involves the breaking of bonds between the keratin molecules of your hair, resulting in it becoming irreversibly changed after the entire process. Since strong chemicals are also used and applied to your hair to get it straight, your hair shafts are weakened, making them more prone to breakage. Any pressure to your hair, even the typing of your hair with a hair tie, can cause damage to your weakened hair. With your hair becoming weaker, it will also be more prone to breakage, resulting in your hair looking thinner and less healthy or frizzy.
Many people have suffered from hair loss as a result of hair rebonding treatments. For instance, this girl described how severe her hair loss was after a rebonding treatment, claiming that “every time i touch my hair, run my fingers through it, brush it, comb it, wash it, and tie it up so much hair comes out! i’ve never lost this much hair before…”. This has obviously caused her much distress, as she questioned: “i knew i’d lose some hair because i had it done before but every time i touch my hair, run my fingers through it, brush it, comb it, wash it, and tie it up so much hair comes out! i’ve never lost this much hair before…”.
Another girl also claimed that “2 weeks after having it done, i noticed that my hair began to fall out easily” – read more from this link.
There are also people who shared that they know of other people who experienced these terrible side effects from hair rebonding—“ I know someone who had this experience before. what she did: CUT ALL HER HAIR OFF and SWORE not to get a hair rebond ever again” – read more from this link
After a rebonding treatment, this Singaporean also claims that: “Hello ladies, i also experience hair loss problem. I think it all started after my rebonding.” read more from this link
Another lamented that: “I regert rebond my hair. I notice that i drop hair after rebonding last year October. Now almost 1 year, I notice i drop more hair after washing my hair.” –read more from this link This blogger who had two hair rebonding treatments also shared her hair loss story after the treatments: “All was well, until my hair started falling like crazy. At first, I noticed it while bathing. Previously my hairfall wasn’t exactly noticeable. Everyone has hairfall. Infact, on a regular day, a normal person sheds a maximum on 50 strands of hair. So when a lot of hair started falling I couldn’t help but notice. I tried conditioners (from the brand Cream Silk – also what Filipina’s use), but it didn’t make any difference. On my comb, I didn’t find much hair because my hair was so smooth it didn’t get snagged onto the comb. But on the floor, there was a lot of hair… Today, 4 years later, my hair is still under the category of ‘Damaged’. I do a lot of DIYs, deep conditioning at home etc to try and get back the healthy hair. I don’t work now a days and so, I have the time to take care of it like never before.” check it out from this link
Another lamented that: “I regert rebond my hair. I notice that i drop hair after rebonding last year October. Now almost 1 year, I notice i drop more hair after washing my hair.” –read more from this link
This blogger who had two hair rebonding treatments also shared her hair loss story after the treatments: “All was well, until my hair started falling like crazy. At first, I noticed it while bathing. Previously my hairfall wasn’t exactly noticeable. Everyone has hairfall. Infact, on a regular day, a normal person sheds a maximum on 50 strands of hair. So when a lot of hair started falling I couldn’t help but notice. I tried conditioners (from the brand Cream Silk – also what Filipina’s use), but it didn’t make any difference. On my comb, I didn’t find much hair because my hair was so smooth it didn’t get snagged onto the comb. But on the floor, there was a lot of hair… Today, 4 years later, my hair is still under the category of ‘Damaged’. I do a lot of DIYs, deep conditioning at home etc to try and get back the healthy hair. I don’t work now a days and so, I have the time to take care of it like never before.” check it out from this link
As described, the effects of hair loss can be lasting, and is definitely something that can continue to haunt you years after that first treatment that you chose to get.
With all these terrible reviews about hair rebonding, make sure to do your research before deciding to go for a treatment session to make an informed choice. Sometimes you might simply find that it is not worth the risk of damaging your hair and scalp permanently!
The use of harsh chemicals can not only affect your hair, but also your scalp. Chemicals that are left on your scalp for too long can result in bad chemical burns that you might not even be aware of as your scalp might be hidden by the hair on your head. The use of a flat iron above the temperature of 180 degrees celsius can also result in the same disastrous and unwelcomed effect, such as frizzy hair.
Rebond is one of the worse things you could do to your hair, so rebonding is really not a good idea. The quality of your hair will definitely suffer. Due to the high heat applied to your hair coupled with the use of harsh chemicals, the hair rebonding process can result in the formation of unsightly split ends, and also damage your hair in the long run. Yoour hair might also become more dry, resulting in weak and fragile hair. The natural moisture retaining capacity of your hair will be reduced, and you might find your hair getting duller and losing its natural shine especially if you repeat the rebonding process multiple times. This will then result in you having unruly and unmanageable hair once the effects of the hair rebonding treatment wears off. Some hair care tips here.
Hair rebonding also comes with a number of problems other than hair loss. These are a few that you might experience:
Allanna Tok had been suffering from thinning of hair and hair loss for 10 years. her hair loss first started after a rebonding session which left her with an allergic reaction to the chemicals. After that, her hair thickness and volume was never the same. She had tried various products: hair loss shampoos, tonics etc, But none of them worked. After hearing of Bee Choo Ladies, she decided to give Bee Choo Ladies a try, after about several months of treatment, she saw the results for herself.
Alllana: I would say I first started losing hair about 10 years ago After a rebonding session. That was quite bad. So I had alot of hair fall issues. I basically stopped all forms of treatment and Hair colouring for the last 10 years. And so I have tried a lot of over the counter products: shampoo, hair spray, you name it, nothing works. I’ve thought of more expensive programs like Yum Nam & Beijing 101. But it doesn’t work for everybody because I have colleagues who actually tried those cheap one time trials as well but they were very pushy. So i decided to give Bee Choo a try and after the first session, I felt that my hair was drier and not so frizzy. Scalp feels alot cleaner. I think the greatest impact was the next morning when i woke up it will always feel very matty and I will feel like I need to wash it. But surprisingly (for the first time) the feel was still very good so i was actually pretty enticed to come back again one week later. I like it that they (Bee Choo Origin) don’t hard sell. They don’t push you. The second week was my second session so I did a consecutive 13 sessions, 13 weeks. I always like to ask the ladies whenever I am here that.. is it growing? And they have always been very positive and convincing that it is growing. But, you don’t know like if it is like a sales tactic or whatsoever until 6 months later when I saw the pictures. I was like Yes! It really is working! This video is a must watch!
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