I'm a new mom, newbie wife, who works as a nurse, and grew up with the family's salon business.
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 afterward. Here are some dos 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 a 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 hairdryer).
- 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 saltwater 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
Question: It's been two months since I rebonded my hair. When can I go swimming?
Answer: 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.
Question: Is it okay to cut my rebonded hair into a bob?
Answer: 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.
Question: What is the next step to take care of my hair one week after rebonding?
Answer: 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.
Question: When should I start to workout after hair rebonding?
Answer: 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.
Question: Can I do an oil massage after rebonding?
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Answer: 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.
Question: Could I wear helmet after hair rebonding?
Answer: You may do so, just make sure you don't sweat the scalp too much. You may use a hair cap or cellophane shower cap under the helmet to protect your hair.
Question: Can I use vitress in my rebonded hair?
Answer: Yes. But not until you have washed your hair. So it's not advised to use it on the first 3 days.
Question: After Rebonding, how long do I have to wait until I can clip/tie my hair?
Answer: Just wait for about a week or two; until such time that the Rebonding chemicals are totally washed out of your hair.
Question: is it okay to use keratin on my first bath after rebonding my hair?
Answer: Yes. It's ok.
Question: is it okay to swim in the pool when your hair is rebonded?
Question: When can I color my hair after rebonding? It's been 4 days when I got rebonded when can I color my hair?
Answer: Hair color is better done before rebonding.
Question: Is it ok to get a haircut three weeks after rebonding?
Answer: Yes, even right after having hair rebonded.
Question: Is it okay to wash my hair instead of using conditioner after rebonding my hair three days ago? I am going to use Keratin treatment.
Answer: Yes. I think that is a good product to use aside from the regular conditioner.
Question: It's been two weeks since I rebonded my hair. When can I go swimming?
Answer: It's best to go swimming after about two weeks of straightening treatment. This way, you've washed your hair enough to remove any product residue that may react to saltwater. Make sure you condition or treat your hair after.
Question: I wanna rebond my hair but I am a nurse so bunning the hair is a must. How can I rebond my hair and keep it in a bun for work?
Answer: Yes, you can use coconut oil to remedy dryness.
Question: Can I use blackening shampoo 2 days after rebonding?
Answer: Yes, but its best to go to a salon for hair coloring.
Question: It's been just over two weeks since I had my hair rebonded. Can I go swimming?
You can have a dip, but make sure you apply hair protection serums, and also apply ample amount of conditioner after sun exposure.
Question: I got my hair rebonded 4 days ago and when I washed it, I can tell that my hair is dry. is it okay to use coconut oil for dry hair after rebonding?
Answer: It's fine. You will still have straight hair as long as the procedure is done properly. Also, make sure you take care of your hair with proper maintenance treatments as months go on, to prolong the straight hair effect.
Question: How can I sleep easier with my hair rebonded? I have just finished rebonding two days ago.
Answer: Wrap your hair with satin or silk cloth.
Question: What will go first, treatment or color highlighting?
Answer: Treatment, then coloring afterward.
Question: My hair was bleached six-months-ago and color my hair back to brown like a month ago. I had a rebond 2days ago. While my hairdresser is doing my hair, I can tell that my hair is already damaged. Kinky, dry What treatment should I use?
Answer: You can have keratin, hot oil, or hair cellophane.
Question: Can I dye my hair 10 months after rebonding?
Answer: Yes, that should be long enough.
Question: Can I have bangs right after rebonding?
Answer: Yes you can. Ask for a trim from the salon personnel.
Question: It's been one year and 4 months since I rebond my hair. My age is 13. Can I have any advice to treat my hair damage? Can I have some recommendations to back my normal hair into a silky smooth hair?
Answer: Just make sure you get regular hair treatments to avoid dull, flat hair.
Question: Is it safe to dye my hair dark... I got my hair rebounded in January?
Answer: It's best to check in on your salon professional to properly assess and evaluate hair condition.
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Joana on August 25, 2020:
Is it okay to sthraighten the rebonded hair for 3 days?
Kat on August 21, 2020:
Is it okay to brazillian hair after 3days of rebond?
Nabu on July 25, 2020:
How long chemical stay in hair after rebonding?
Zekairee on July 16, 2020:
Is it fine to shampooing my hair after 3 days of rebonding?
Alreyn Faith R. Casanos on July 15, 2020:
Can I soak my hair in the sea after rebond in 2 months?
Maham on July 14, 2020:
Hey plz help me 2 day hai meny rebording karwai me sogye thi wo khrb hogay tohry se help me
Jrex on July 13, 2020:
It's been 1 year when my hair got rebonded, can i brazillian treatment my hair after i rebond my hair??
lekshmi sreejith on July 04, 2020:
I rebounded my hair on 2nd of July 2020,on 4rth I did y first wash from salon. Can I wash my hair today on my own when I take a bath?Please reply
Gracia on June 11, 2020:
It's been 1 month and half can I tie/clip my hair and also bleaching?
Emch on January 16, 2020:
Can I put gel on my rebonded hair?
Kellz on January 01, 2020:
I washed my hair using hot water for two days, this can affect my hair?It was late after knowing that it shall be cold water
MaraG on December 23, 2019:
What if I washed it the 2nd day after rebonding?
Mary Jane on December 12, 2019:
I breastfeed mom, am I allowed to have a rebond ?
Ping ping on December 01, 2019:
What i did i finished rebonding then hair color make wavy again i can retouch after a week
grace on November 12, 2019:
it’s been 3 months since i got my hair rebonded, do you think it is safe to dye my hair? (no bleaching)
Rose anne on November 12, 2019:
Can i rebond my hair after brazillian treatment ?
Sarah on November 05, 2019:
Forn example i rebond my hair nov 2 then i wash my hair nov 5? Is that okay?
marian on September 12, 2019:
Can I braid my hair after a month of rebonding? Will it still be straight?
Sandy on August 25, 2019:
Can I use hairwax right after 3 days of rebond
kyle lois on July 14, 2019:
Hi, I was really wondering how long should I wait before tiying my hair or like styling it?
Yna Walker on June 16, 2019:
Hi.. I just rebonded my hair 5 days ago, and tomorrow we will go for a team building in a resort, I don't want to miss the fun so I have to join them dip in the pool and d beach. I know my hair will be damaged and all my money will be put to waste, but can I go for hair treatment after I dip in d pool/beach, will it be lessen the damage effect? thanks!
Ash Garcia on June 11, 2019:
Its June 12 today and 1 day after my treatment. My rebond is only milk rebonding. Any tips for milk rebond aftertips?
Sukhpreet sandhu on May 26, 2019:
My first rebonding is not good because my hair are not strate with rebonding, so what can I do?????
marichu on May 09, 2019:
how to prevent split ends after rebonded???
Jhoanna on May 08, 2019:
When can i color my hair again?..i had my rebond treatment yesterday and i ask my stylist to color my hair but i cannot see the color that much.
alexa on May 04, 2019:
Can i swim an island after 4 months of rebond?
Brenda Bernasor on April 21, 2019:
My hair is very curly after I take a bath in 3 days its directly back ti normal
Abbygail on April 14, 2019:
Hi may I ask how I use or apply my moisturizer for my hair after rebonding. What is the procedure? Also can I apply a shampoo before moisturizing my hair? Thanks for the answer.
Kate on February 17, 2019:
I’m planning to get a rebond but on 20th of February but I’m worried I’m going to Palawan on 9th of March for 10days . Should I go to a rebond before my Palawan trip or after?
Yogi on January 05, 2019:
When can I tie my hair after reborn?
Axiesca on December 27, 2018:
Can i used hair treatment after rebonding?
Maricel Macatuggal on December 21, 2018:
Can i used keratin treatment everyday even if i am newly rebonded?
Nurul on October 22, 2018:
Hi...i just do rebonding last saturday..today is the forth day..so i already can wash my hair..can i use syampoo and conditioner during i wash my hair??please reply me ASAP
nct stan on October 12, 2018:
what if i tie my hair up everyday?
bianca yu on September 13, 2018:
Is this true wait for two weeks then you can swim?
jeslie on September 01, 2018:
why does my rebonded hair turns back after 3 days after washing
Ella on July 01, 2018:
What if i play around and my hair gets sweaty,will it go back to the original hair?
eatpraylove (author) from Philippines on April 15, 2018:
it is best to avoid putting o hair clipsmand tying it because the keratin bond will change its form, thus its best to keep it straight in the first 3 days
Lani on March 30, 2018:
Hi there my hair is rebonded yesterday. Is it okay if I ponytail it now
Joanna on March 25, 2018:
Is it okay to swim in salt water two weeks after the rebond? I will just soak my hair with conditioner.
jenny on March 01, 2018:
hi! my hair is rebonded 3months ago without treatment.. but my hair now sometimes its getting dry,is it okay if im going to make treatment and change color?
jennylyn on February 17, 2018:
why is it my hair rebond is wavy most especially at the tip of my hair? what should I do?
Don't know on December 16, 2017:
How many days I need to wait for tied my hair after rebonding.
firstname.lastname@example.org on October 31, 2017:
Hi my hair is rebonding 6 days ago is it ok color my hair silk organix product?
Cammy on October 27, 2017:
Hi Girlllll, you should wait for 3 days before you wash it. I just got my hair rebonded too last sunday.
Girlllll on September 04, 2017:
I just got rebonded last Saturday! The stylist told me to washed it with water on Monday. So I did it. Then my friends told me that it should be 3 days more. So what should I do?
Weff on July 23, 2017:
Any body knows if posible to keratin the hair after 3 days of rebonding? Because the hair is damage my friend want to make keratin treatment
gurl on June 03, 2017:
What if I have used shampoo in my hair after three days due to invalid informations,how can I revive my hair?
Anne Eugenio on May 09, 2017:
I don't know what happen I take care of it but the day I wash it the end of my hair is all turning like it's burned or like split ends.
Nanamin on May 02, 2017:
Is it okay if I braid my hair in 9 days? I just get rebonded in May 1.
Nanamin on May 02, 2017:
Hi! I just want to ask if I can braid my hair? I rebonded my hair in May 1 and its my 3 days now. In May 10 can I braid it?
Kel on April 29, 2017:
When can i put an arganan oil o
n my hair after rebonding?
Ask on March 27, 2017:
Can I have Keratin Treatment 3 days after rebonding?
Hazel on March 03, 2017:
Hi. Can I use Keratin Hair treatment as a conditioner after 3 days of being rebond?
Sonina on February 19, 2017:
Hi.. I just rebonded my hair last friday.. Is it ok to exercise after 3 days of rebonding? If not, how many days should i wait so i can exercise? I know sweat might ruined my hair but i hope i can exercise soon... Thnks
Antra on February 09, 2017:
the hair rebonding was not done properly on my hair as I was able to see frizzy and curly hair from the I got it done and time of hair wash after 3rd day. Now it is less than a month but I can find very frizzy hair and its damaged over the length. Earlier my hair was v shiny and soft. (I got it done to change the hair style) Is there any way to repair the damage. I am taking alll the necessary care required after hair rebounding. Please help.
Rachana on December 22, 2016:
I did my rebonding 5 days ago... Nd it got curly again.. I want to doo it again... How much gap should b thr..?? Plzz rplyy
Amanda on December 12, 2016:
I just got my hair rebonded yesterday and my bangs are getting curly again. What will I do?
Ellen on November 23, 2016:
Hi i just had my hair straightened yesterday and it got a little wavy i am very depressed about it :(
I used a clip while i was showering because my hair will get wet if i didnt
I only use clip when i have to shower so that my hair doesn't get wet
Is this is the reason behind my hair getting kind of wavy?
Please help im very depressed
josephine on November 23, 2016:
can i use shampoo after 3 weeks of conditioner?
Sarah on November 01, 2016:
hi! I don't shampoo my hair on a daily basis, but i use conditioner daily. I don't know if my conditioner is gentle. is it fine to use conditioner daily without knowledge whether or not such is gentle? Im just thinking that "at least I dont shampoo my hair daily". Please correct me. BTW, I'm using shampoo and conditioner from watson which they claim to have this organic argan oil in it, but i stil see sulfate on the label. Thanks!
eatpraylove (author) from Philippines on October 07, 2016:
Thats fine as long as your stylist is reliable and a pro in the field. Its safe to say that you can trust his judgment =)
Mounika on October 05, 2016:
Hi I got rebonded last saturday and advice to wet after 3 days I do so but after i washed my haid i notice of going back to curly hair again...Is it possible to repeat my rebond after a week I complained to the stylist and told me to repeat rebonding..Is it just ok?
someone needs an answer asap on September 26, 2016:
what will happen if i wash my rebonded hair after 2 days??? my hair is so oily im annoyed how to reduce the oilyness????
ali on September 24, 2016:
can i tie my hair after 1 month of rebonding?
julie on September 03, 2016:
Is it okay 10 days after rebond i put coconut oil
Maryam Mumtaz on August 27, 2016:
Can i used hair color after rebond ? Plz sir answer to me
Shana on August 25, 2016:
Can i cut my hair after rebond?? Pls answer
Zee on July 28, 2016:
Hellow how r u
I have done and straight my hair with Bingo rebonding kit and now m apply next day colour after few days m hairfall start and m so depressed sir please any help for any oil treatments any other suggest to me
Jenithu on July 19, 2016:
hi did rebonding after three day i washed it but after wash it that hair change little bit to my regular hair.is that fine I will do rebound again or how long do u need to waitforthar....
poonam on June 22, 2016:
i ha done a straightening process a week ago. But now my hair has reverted back to its original state.. Wavy and curly. I took all d precautions. Wht do i do???
eya on June 12, 2016:
Hi! I will just ask if it is ok to use blackening shampoo after 2 weeks of being rebonded?
pp on June 01, 2016:
I had done the keratin treatment 3 years ago. Yesterday I went to the parlour for smoothening. They said that it might damage my hair because I still might have some keratin proteins stuck to my hair. Do you think I should undergo the smoothening treatment? My hair is dry and damaged right now.. and Impossible to manage
krisia on May 29, 2016:
hi..i got rebounded sunday afternoon.and then I wash it on Monday morning.And I feel that my hair was going back to a curly hair..it is okay to rebond it agin?and after 3 days my plan is to color my hair..pls..help.
Tessie on May 22, 2016:
Can i dye my hair with henna after 2 weeks of my hair was reboded?
Silky on May 09, 2016:
Hii my hairs r vry dry n i hv done rebonding for 5 times n planning to do again. Bt one of my salon says to take rebonding n keratin treatment at same time...n another salon says thats its useless. M dam confused what to do... Plz plz help me
rose on April 24, 2016:
I rebonded my hairs 3 months ago just to keep them straight I used pressing at low heat frequently... Whether it will make my straightening weak and my hairs will again get curly or I can continue the same...
Lianne on April 21, 2016:
I just rebond my hair and then after many hours my hair is out of shape what can I do?
cham on April 20, 2016:
is it ok if i massage my rebonding hair with coconut oil ?
Kylie on March 21, 2016:
Can i rebond my hair again after 8 months?
Akmal on January 20, 2016:
Hi can i ask you after one week could I apply man hair cream on? Or i got to wait more days?
Hope you can help me.
Frances Louise on December 22, 2015:
Hi I just want to know why my hair begins to have split ends right after when I sleep. I rebonded my hair last Monday. I woke up this Wednesday morning and I feel so upset when I see some split ends on my other parts of my hair.... Is there a way to get my split ends away? Thank you :)
melmae ann on December 17, 2015:
I recently rebounded my hair on December 15 2015 . do I need to wash it in the date of December 18? I need your answer asap pls.
nancy on December 10, 2015:
Hi..i have rebonded my hair and after 3days i washed my hair and still there is no improvement. So would you mind to tell me whether i can go for rebonding my hair again after one week?
lyka on November 27, 2015:
Hii po ,Nag pa rebond po ako nung Nov.2 pwede ko na bang iligo sa dagat sa nov.30 ? ano po ba ang dapat kung gawin bgo ko iligo sa dagat ?
Andy on November 15, 2015:
Pwede po v mgparebong and high lights
rigzzi on September 27, 2015:
Hie Is it safe if go on holiday with rebounding hair and wash my hair after 3 days?? Will dey remain shiny n straight?? I m nt too sure whether i should do rebounding n travel de same day?? Plz help
Sozi on August 12, 2015:
I got rebounded last month and I found out that my hair is brittle, what should I do for this,is it okay if I'm going to cellophane my hair?
shaila on July 15, 2015:
can i dye our hair after one month rebonding becoz after 15 day iz my marriage ceremony
ahyana on May 22, 2015:
how many days can I swim to the pool or beach because I rebonded my hair last monday? is it ok if I will swim to the pool tomorrow ?? And use a conditioner before I go to pool o beach.
jnet on March 29, 2015:
can I rebond my hair again after rebonding one week past .??
bernadette de leon on March 11, 2015:
Hi I got rebonded last saturday and advice to wet after 3 days I do so but after i washed my haid i notice of going back to curly hair again...Is it possible to repeat my rebond after a week I complained to the stylist and told me to repeat rebonding..Is it just ok? thanx
naaz on February 08, 2015:
I rebonded my hair yesterday bt m not satisfied cuz my beautician cut down my hair n its become too shorts..wat cn I do now...? N after 3 days can I wear my hair band n clips or not plzzzz rpl must
eatpraylove (author) from Philippines on January 14, 2015:
@Marian, there's a new treatment that's called Brazilian Blowout. It's also another type of hair straightening procedure in salons. Make sure you go a reputable salon.
Marian on January 01, 2015:
Hi, I'm thinking of getting a rebond tomorrow but I'm not very sure if it's the best option. What other options would you recommend?
ariane on December 28, 2014:
Is it ok if i use keratin treatment in my hair it is one week after rebonding.
Nikki on December 18, 2014:
i ha done a straightening process a week ago. But now my hair has reverted back to its original state.. Wavy and curly. I took all d precautions. Wht do i do???
karin on December 18, 2014:
i rebonded my hair last 2 weeks,is that ok if i will swim in the pool?
what should i do to prevent hair damage?
mijam on December 11, 2014:
Hi i had my rebond done tuesday aftie today its fridau morning ..can I now wash my hair?
geet on December 08, 2014:
I did rebond my hair last yesterday. I complasary require hair wash. Pls help me what can i do??