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Old 11-27-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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Does anyone have any experience with the Japanese and/or Brazilian Hair straightening --- specifically on African-American Hair?? My DD wants to get this done soooooo much but I can't see spending a few hundred dollars on it if it's not going to "take",

If you've had it done, does your hair stay perfectly straight after you wash it (without having to blow dry or flat iron)?

Did it cause any damage to your hair?

Are the chemicals more or less harsh than regular relaxers?

Any other information you can give me about it would be great. My DD has been driving me nuts to get this done and I want to make sure it's something that would be worth it and that it won't hurt her hair.

Thanks!
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Central, IL
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Does anyone have any experience with the Japanese and/or Brazilian Hair straightening --- specifically on African-American Hair?? My DD wants to get this done soooooo much but I can't see spending a few hundred dollars on it if it's not going to "take",

If you've had it done, does your hair stay perfectly straight after you wash it (without having to blow dry or flat iron)?

Did it cause any damage to your hair?

Are the chemicals more or less harsh than regular relaxers?

Any other information you can give me about it would be great. My DD has been driving me nuts to get this done and I want to make sure it's something that would be worth it and that it won't hurt her hair.

Thanks!
It depends on which japanese system is being used. if it Liscio, then I would say go for it. The reviews on this system are great. Once people have had it done, they typically only need to go in, once every 6months to a year for a touch up on the new growth. If you go to someone that has Liscio certification, you will be shocked at how much softer and more managable the hair is over using a typical relaxer. It is a lenghty process and can take up to 6 hours total to complete. But it is well worth it.
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Old 11-28-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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I'm glad you mentioned this... I didn't realize there are different types.

What about the other stuff I mentioned?

If you've had it done, does your hair stay perfectly straight after you wash it (without having to blow dry or flat iron)? If I didn't have to flat iron her hair after every washing, it would be soooo great!

Did it cause any damage to your hair?

Are the chemicals more or less harsh than regular relaxers?

Any other information you can give me about it would be great.

Thanks again!
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Central, IL
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I'm glad you mentioned this... I didn't realize there are different types.

What about the other stuff I mentioned?

If you've had it done, does your hair stay perfectly straight after you wash it (without having to blow dry or flat iron)? If I didn't have to flat iron her hair after every washing, it would be soooo great!

Did it cause any damage to your hair?

Are the chemicals more or less harsh than regular relaxers?

Any other information you can give me about it would be great.

Thanks again!
My wife had it done.

Yes her hair was perfectly straight. She didnt have to use a flat iron at all anymore. She also was able to choose if she wanted to blow dry her hair, or let it air dry. It caused far less damage then a normal relaxer.

Milbon USA - Consumer - Products - Liscio
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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Does anyone have any experience with the Japanese and/or Brazilian Hair straightening --- specifically on African-American Hair?? My DD wants to get this done soooooo much but I can't see spending a few hundred dollars on it if it's not going to "take",

If you've had it done, does your hair stay perfectly straight after you wash it (without having to blow dry or flat iron)?

Did it cause any damage to your hair?

Are the chemicals more or less harsh than regular relaxers?

Any other information you can give me about it would be great. My DD has been driving me nuts to get this done and I want to make sure it's something that would be worth it and that it won't hurt her hair.

Thanks!
Be very careful with these products. Do a lot of research on the hair boards geared towards the care of HEALTHY Black hair. (try longhaircareforum dot com which has a lot of great info)

I am not familiar with the Japanese straigtening products on Black hair but I do know that the Brazilian Keratin Treatments (BKT) typically use formaldehyde as the main ingredient. While the treatment will not take hair that is characteristically very tightly coiled to completely bone straight is does loosen the curl pattern but some will still require blow drying and flat ironing.

Also, BKT is not 100% permanent and people have experienced damage such as hair splitting completely up the shaft.

Just a recommendation....and I don't know how old your DD is but try having her learn healthy hair practices/techniques so that she can learn how to understand and take care of her natural hair texture first. There isn't a single "straightening" product that will "fix" our hair.
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:05 PM
 
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You should not use it over relaxed hair. It can make it break off. I would also go to a salon that has experience with that type of hair. I would ask if you can do a test strip to see how it affects her hair before paying for the whole deal or having it all break off.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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Okay, I have reeeeeally thick, dense Nigerian hair and I'm natural. I had a friend try that system and she loved it, but she was half Korean already. Would this system work on African hair textures such as mine? I'd hate to damage my hair, but I really am getting annoyed with an afro hahahaha and relaxers turn me off.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:15 AM
 
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The thicker and more moist your hair is the safer you will be from damage. But it does do a little damage and make sure you have the cash to keep up on it. Otherwise it can look lumpy when the natural is growing in. I would pick a salon that is used to working with your texture. Or at least get a reference from your regular person that you trust.
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Old 12-27-2009, 05:54 PM
 
Location: NJ
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im a white female with very course frizzy curly kinky hair that does not grow down,only out. no matter how long i let it grow my hair will not go down.so i had the global kerotin treatment done in july,its now december and still straight.i do have to use special shampoo and conditioner,i do notice that it is started to grow out and it takes me longer to straighten but i do not blow dry either,i notice it get frizzy when i do so i let it air dry and just keep combing it down. i do need it cut though but i think if i do cut it,it will be back to curly which i kind of miss,but im going to try to go as long as i can.i say go for it.
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:51 PM
 
Location: NY
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Im going to say that you should go see a Dermatologist or a Professional Black Hair Specilist before you try something like that. Although our hair is course, and thick, it is still very sensative and delicate. Think about it, this Japanese straightening methods is taking hair that grows from the cuticle in a very different way than that of our hair. Any type of straightening process will strip oils from the hair. So if white/indian/spanish and any other kind of alreadly kind of straight hair will be even straighter after this, then imagine the breakdown process it will do on our type of hair. It doesnt seem like a good idea. Someone made a point about moisture, and I will go on to say that main difference in our hair beside texture (compared to others) is the lack of oil production, and the fact that because of how our hair grows, the oil doesnt travel down our hair as easily as people with straght hair, which make our hair drier. As someone else mentioned you might wanna learn more about our hair, and our hair care. When it comes to our hair, its not a one size fits all, so you cant go by what youre white, asian, or spanish friends are doing.

Our hair takes matainence, point blank, bottom line, face it. So you cant be lazy. You can get a weave, a relaxer, braids, twist, dreds, and many other things, but you still have to take care of you hair, and never forget that.
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