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Japanese Hair Straightening: Sorting Through The Fog

Complete Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Hair Straightening

It’s easy to get confused with hair straightening options, Japanese Hair Straightening or Thermal Reconditioning. Both procedures are pretty much the same and differ only in minor ways. In researching these new innovative hair straightening services, I’ve come to understand the most important consideration . . . an experienced professional. Like any chemical hair treatment, Japanese hair straightening takes some time to get the experience of how different hair types will react any chemical treatment. A hairdressers past experience with perms, hair straighteners and hair dyes gives them a leg up in being able to identify a number of critical issues that need attention when considering hair straightening.

Japanese Hair Straightening

An experienced hairdresser can assess if your hair can handle Japanese hair straightening. They also will know, from experience, just when your hair has been relaxed enough to stop the processing.

Seek out a SPECIALIST because Japanese hair straightening requires special training. A good personality type to seek out is . . . a meticulous, anal-retentive type who is well-informed and keen on detail.

How do you find this person? Japanese hair straightening is still fairly new in America so it may take work on your part. Ask around and get referrals if you can. Check well established, credible salons, including high-profile chain salons. In the consultation, ask lots of questions, ask for before and after pictures and references. The more informed you are, the better you will be able to assess their know-how. If you question their confidence and ability, hold off and consult with someone else. Tell them you need to think it over if you aren’t sure. A consultation is a two-way street, so follow your intuition.

Japanese Hair Straightening


On average about $500.00 but it can go from $200.00 to $800.00 depending on how long it takes. Basically, you’ll be charged by the hour.


A ceramic flat iron is used in the process to create pressure with extreme heat.


With this hair straightening method, the Japanese discovered a way to “soften” strong-minded hair, as well as curly hair. Softening the hair gives it more movement or body and a healthier look!


A preliminary consultation is a must! A qualified specialist needs to check the condition of your hair to evaluate if it will hold up to the chemical process. You need to be very clear about any chemicals that you have used in the past that may still remain on your hair. You may be sent home with a hair care regime to follow before your scheduled appointment. Some red flags to having this done may be:

  • Pre-lightened hair
  • Some residual colored hair
  • Strong African hair types
  • Hair straightened with lye type or sodium relaxers


Simplified, it looks like this;

  • A straightening solution is applied and rinsed when your hair has reached the correct stage of relaxation
  • Sections of (approximately 1/4 inch) throughout the head are blow dried and flat-ironed . . . meticulously
  • A neutralizer solution is applied and watched as it “sets in” the new form of the relaxed hair
  • Rinse, blow-dried and flat-ironed again

This procedure may need to be repeated and seems to take on average 5 to 8 hours. Some people may require a second day appointment.

Japanese Hair Straightening


Your natural hair type will make the difference on how well the new growth can blend with the straightened hair.

From those I’ve talked to in the hair industry, sounds like when this is done right the results are spectacular, straight hair, incredibly soft and silky, shiny hair with no frizz! If it’s not done right, major breakage can happen! (Maybe you want to think about investing in a high quality flat-iron instead?)

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Medium Hairstyles DIY Tutorial For Every Hair Type

The Medium Hairstyles Guide to DIY How to Tutorials for Every Hair Type and Face Shape

Do you find yourself ever saying, “If my hair was longer, then I could . . .” or “If I cut it shorter, my hair would . . .?”  With medium hairstyles it’s common to feel like you’re in-between styles, but take heart, there are some super hot hairstyles for medium length hair! Whether you’re style is chic and sophisticated, or relaxed and flirty, there’s a modern, feminine look for you. Here are 7 of the hotest looks on the scene right now that work with every hair type and face shape.

A wavy bob medium hairstyle

Go Wavy

Who Does it Work For: This hairstyle works great on fine, medium, and thick hair types. Its ideal for oval, heart, and square face shapes.

How to Style: If your hair is naturally wavy, apply a curl cream to towel dried hair and use a diffuser attachment on your blow-dryer for maximum volume and texture. For straight, wavy or curly hair, use a 1″ to 2″ curling iron on dry hair. Spray lightly with a flexible hold hairspray and comb your fingers through it to break up the curls.

Recommended Product: Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock, Paul Mitchell Worked Up

Tips: For an easier style, try loosely French braiding damp hair and allowing to dry naturally. Voila! Easy, natural looking waves.

Kirsten Dunst: side messy pony tail with bang

Pull it in a Pony

Who Does it Work For: The pony is ideal for medium and thicker hair, fine hair can tend to look stringy. It’s flattering for oval, heart, and round face shapes.

How to Style: Apply a dry shampoo on dry hair for a matte texture. Tease at the crown and smooth over with a comb. Tie it in a pony at the nape of the neck or to the side.

Recommended Products: Big Sexy Dry Shampoo

Tips: For a dressier look, wrap a strand of hair around the base of the pony.

chocolate brown medium bob hairstyle

Get the Long Bob

Who Does it Work For: This style works for fine, medium, and thick hair textures. It’s most flattering for oval, round, heart, and square face shapes.

How to Style: Blow dry section by section using a flat brush. Touch up with a flat iron and finish with a shine spray for a smooth and chic look.

Recommended Products: Kenra Shine Spray

Tip: For an edgier look, ask your hairstylist if a razor cut would work for you.

blonde messy bun with bangs for medium length

Do a Messy Bun

Who Does it Work For: This style is easiest on fine and medium hair types and is flattering for oval, heart, and oblong faces.

How to Style: Pull hair in a pony at the nape. Use a second elastic to tie hair in a loop. Pin pieces of the loop to the base of the pony. Use fingers to tug at pieces to create fullness and texture. Allow pieces to fall naturally around your face. Lock in the look with a firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Extra Clean Hairspray

Tips: To dress up your look, try adding an accessory, like a headband, hair comb, or hair flower.


medium length hair with side swept bangs Rachel McAdams mid length hairstyle with bangs

Try a Side Swept Bang

Who Does it Work For: A side swept bang works best for medium and thicker hair. It’s ideal for oval, oblong, and heart face shapes.

How to Style: Apply a smoothing serum on towel dried hair and blow dry with a flat brush. Finish off the look with a flat iron. For extra wispiness, apply a small amount of dry wax.

Recommended Products: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, Bb Styling Wax

Tips: For round and square face shapes, try a side bang.

Medium lengths are not only flattering, but they are super stylish this year! Not to mention, there’s a variety of hairstyles for medium hair lengths. It’s time to stop lusting over long lengths and embrace your hair now, whether it’s a razor cut, wispy bang, or relaxed pony, there’s a variety of hot medium hairstyles to update your look today.

For more great mid length looks check out our Pinterest Medium Hairstyles Board.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.

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Fall Hairstyles 2014 Made Simple

The Only Fall Hairstyles 2014 Resource You Will Ever Need

The year is close to entering its final quarter and fall is already in the air. With the cool breeze and the prospect of winter, a lot of women have probably gone to great lengths to update their wardrobe to stay warm in the cooler months ahead. In addition, you are probably thinking out hairstyle trends to help keep your hairstyles fashionable throughout fall/winter 2014. Look no further as we present to you the hottest hair looks you can play around with throughout the season. Most of these hairstyle trends were picked off the runway shows, but they have become wearable and simple, so it is easy to copy these hairstyles.

French Plait

Fall Hairstyles 2014 The French plait

Fall Hairstyles 2014 The French plait

The French plait might always be on the scene, but they are taking the center stage in fall 2014. Over the past months, it has seen prominent position in a few runway shows. Hence, experts have predicted that they are going to become an even bigger hit for this coming season. There are several variations, but the style that is going to make it big this fall is one that is parted at the center and then braided at the front part (along the hairline). It acts as a hair sculpture that is woven on the head. This hairstyle trend is yet another testament to the fact that braids never fail to catch the eye.

Deep Side Part

Fall Hairstyles 2014 Deep Side Part

Fall Hairstyles 2014 Deep Side Part

The sheer simplicity of this particular hairstyle does not take anything away from its beauty and sophistication. Hence, it is not surprising at all how a deep side part has taken center stage this year. But for the last quarter of the year, the deep side part is the hottest trend to copy. It is also versatile enough to be styled different ways – pulled back low, wavy, straight, loose or upswept! There are endless possibilities if you opt for a deep side part hair.

The Undone Look

Fall Hairstyles 2014 The Undone Look

Fall Hairstyles 2014 The Undone Look

When does this hairstyle ever go out of trend? We always like to keep it casual and a loosely styled hair that comes with soft waves or brushed out curls effect is a great look to go for if you want to copy the “off-duty model” look. It works every single time to look effortlessly chic!

Finger Waves

Fall Hairstyles 2014 Finger Waves

Fall Hairstyles 2014 Finger Waves

Retro hairstyles never go out of style. But if you want to stand out this fall, you can try wearing the finger waves hairdo. This hairstyle is both flamboyant and simple – a rare mix. Hence, it looks as good on the street as it does on the runway.

Not-Your-Average Ponytail

Fall Hairstyles 2014 High Sleek Ponytail

Ponytails will always be in style. But with the changing seasons, it is all about how you wear it. Indeed, ponytails are more versatile than you think. You can take fashion cues from runway shows on how to rock the ponytail this season. The best option is to go for a high volume, sleek, and really high ponytail to create a sophisticated look with a touch of playfulness.

Keep abreast of the latest in hairstyling trends by following our Pinterest Hair Trends board.

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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