How to Take Care of Your Hair After Rebonding
Many people with curly or wavy hair envy those with shiny, straight hair and opt for chemical processes that transform their hair into smooth locks. One of the latest trends in hair-straightening treatments is hair rebonding, a procedure that uses the same chemicals as in a perm to make the hair straight, then seals the hair using flat irons.
While many people are extremely happy with their beautiful, smooth hair, this procedure can be very expensive and time-consuming. The key to making rebonding worth your effort is to maintain your hair properly afterwards. Here are some do's and don'ts on managing your hair post-treatment.
How to Manage Your Hair Post-Treatment
- Before undergoing the process itself, make sure you tell your hairstylist your usual hair care routines and give a concise history of your hair, including any treatments you've had like relaxing, dyeing, or bleaching.
- Right after you finish the procedure, you should have your hair deep-conditioned.
- For color and shine, you can use hair cellophane or henna wax on a monthly basis.
- Use shampoo and conditioner specially formulated to be gentle and conditioning for people who have chemically treated hair. Check with your salon to see if they have any products they recommend. Make sure you condition daily and deep-condition your hair once a week with protein-enriched conditioner (available at most hair salons and beauty supply stores).
- Apply a hair coat or serum from a salon that can protect your hair cuticles from everyday brushing and combing.
- Schedule a touch-up treatment at the salon for four to six months after the initial treatment to make sure your hair stays smooth and silky.
- Have your hair trimmed on a regular basis to prevent split ends from traveling up the shaft of the hair and causing even more damage.
- Wash your hair with cold water to help it retain moisture. Also, only shampoo when you really need it. Every other or every third day is best.
- If your hair gets wet from the rain, wash it as soon as possible because pollutants and other salts from rainwater can be very damaging.
- Eat a healthy diet with lots of nuts and leafy greens to make sure your hair is getting the nutrition it needs to stay strong and healthy.
- Use a wide-tooth comb to get the tangles out of your hair instead of a brush, which can damage your hair.
How not to Manage Your Hair Post-Treatment
- Do not wash or wet your hair at all within three days (72 hours) of getting it treated. This includes doing anything that will make your hair very sweaty. Also, don't use shampoo the first week after getting your hair treated.
- Avoid tucking your hair behind your ears, using hair clips, bands, pins, and grips, and doing anything else that might kink your hair. Also, make sure your hair is straight when you sleep so it doesn't acquire a weird shape at night.
- Don't use any heat tools for styling (including a hair dryer).
- Wait two months before undergoing any perming, coloring, highlighting, or other chemically-intense treatment of your hair.
- Avoid swimming in pools for at least two weeks after treatment because chlorine can damage your hair. Same thing for the beach since salt water can be harsh on hair.
- Keep your hair out of the sun and UV rays. If you're going to be in the sun for a while, use a product that has SPF in it.
- Make sure your hair is protected from very polluted environments.
- When undergoing monthly maintenance like hot oil, hair wax, or hair cellophane treatments, make sure your hairstylist omits the hair steaming step.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
It's been two months since I rebonded my hair. When can I go swimming?
Yes, you may. There are hair serums that can be applied before swimming, or a leave-in conditioner should suffice. When you shower after swimming, make sure you apply conditioner to prevent damage from chlorinated water.Helpful 82
Is it okay to cut my rebonded hair into a bob?
Yes, you may, but take note that cutting off a bigger portion of the rebonded hair and leaving a bigger part of the untreated hair, or hair that was treated a long time ago, would mean that your hair will be left with mostly untreated hair. Your hair will look more like untreated hair with the rebonded tips. A rebonding treatment would be highly advisable to treat the newly grown hair, but if you had the rebonding done just recently, it would just be the same, only shorter.Helpful 59
What is the next step to take care of my hair one week after rebonding?
You can now use shampoo plus conditioner. From time to time gom to the salon for a hair treatment, like hair cellophane or hot oil.Helpful 53
Can I do an oil massage after rebonding?
You can cover your hair with a shower cap to prevent the hair from getting oily, and also so you don't look like you can fry an egg on your head.Helpful 45
When should I start to workout after hair rebonding?
You can start right away, however, you may consider doing light exercises for the next 3 days so as to lessen sweat produced especially on the scalp to prevent the hair from being soaking wet. Or wait until the 3rd day so that you can then hop on the shower to wash your hair.Helpful 44
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