M.I. asks from Myakka City, FL on December 09, 2007
L.B. answers from Tampa on December 10, 2007
I highly recommed Sharmaine's in Clearwater Beach. I have been getting Japanese Straightening for over 4 years and I LOVE it!! Lori does my hair at Sharmaine's and she is one of the owners, too. She is EXCELLENT! It's a bit of a drive for me, about 45 minutes, but definitely worth it. I tried some places closer to my home in Tampa, but did not have good results. Lori knows what she is doing and will take good care of you. www.sharmaines.com.
I have super curly, frizzy, out of control hair and I LOVE having it straight.
If you do call her, let her know that L. Benjamin referred you.
Good luck and feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.
C.W. answers from Punta Gorda on December 12, 2007
I just watched a show ( Oprah?? )on TV about this. They said there was a serious problem for having this done. I can not remember which show or what the problem was. I think it had something to do with the chemicals. If you are able to google it, please try. I would of googled it first but I am late for my daughers school. Good Luck.
L.S. answers from Orlando on December 14, 2007
It DOES damage your hair, just like any other chemical hair relaxers/straightners. It may not be said often, but the Japanese Hair Straightening is ONE of the MOST DAMAGING straighteners out there. I believe that it attracts so much attention because of it's name and some want straight hair at any cost.
I, myself, have overly curly thick hair and do use a hair relaxer. A lot of people think that I have the "fine straight perfect hispanic" hair. When I tell of the texture of my hair and that I relax my hair, they just don't believe it. GOOD hair relaxers last forever because they permanently change the hair structure, so it's the same as the Japanese Hair Straightener. I cannot believe that people pay that much for that much damage. Just like the Japanese Hair Straightener, a re-touch will be required with other relaxers, in order to keep your hair straight. Keep in mind that if you do wish to go back to your natural hair, you'll have to grow out the relaxer and that some of the hair will break off where the relaxed/straightened hair and the natural hair meet.
In Orlando, hair relaxers cost about $60. Not all salons use Professional Relaxers, which is a rip off. They still charge $60, when it costs $8 in the store. I do not recommend the boxed-relaxers because they do more damage than professional relaxers.
How come I know this information? Well, I have worked with all hair textures for over 10 years and have seen it all. I have even experimented on my own hair with different hair products, so that I'll be able to inform others of hair care. I have been through it all with hair care. At this time, my hair is bra-strap length, full and healthy, with GREAT ELASTICITY. It takes time and dedication when dealing with chemically treated hair, so it's a major decision to make.
I am a Licensed Cosmetologist and I enjoy working with hair. I believe that haircare is a must in the Cosmetology Industry. I'm a very honest person when it comes to the beauty and care of your hair. Some beauticians just see the green dollar bills.
I would love to help you with your hair concerns. My booth's Grand Opening will be January 5 (Saturday) at the Agape Int'l Salon off Chickasaw Trail and E. Colonial Drive. If you are interested, just let me know and I'll be more than happy to help you achieve your hair expectations the healthy way.
L. - ____@____.com or ###-###-####.
Have a great day.
L.L. answers from Tampa on December 09, 2007
That's probably one of the safer one. However, it is chemicals. If your hair is strong right now you should be okay. i know several that have done it. It looks great.
A.M. answers from Melbourne on December 11, 2007
My mom used to get this done all the time. It works great, but it's very expensive. She used to pay around $600 every 4 months. It last forever, but you have to keep doing the new growth. It's called thermal reconditioning. I hope you find a place.