Rebonding Hair: How to Get Straight, Silky and Manageable Hair

Rebonding hair makes it smooth and silky.


I have very low mainteneance hair. By that I mean I don't even blow-dry my hair. Ever. After washing my hair, all I have to do is coax it a little with my fingers by brushing it in place and the natural air will set in almost always in place. But that's in relatively low humidity San Diego. Once my hair meets high humiidty in Singapore, it will puff out in a matter of hours and my once nicely groomed hair will balloon to the size of a unruly and my head is abuzzed with terrible notions of a bad hair day. It screamed help, every strand begging.

Thankfully, taming unruly locks is quite the norm here. Walk into any mall and any credible salon will offer hair rebonding. They offer to straighten curly, wavy, fly-aways and lack-luster unruly hair into sleek, glossy totally straight (straight as sticks) hair in a couple of hours. It's like a hair make-over and they have pictures of before and after to show for.

Now, I want that and I want that right now. I want hair that rival Beyounce and Jo-lo, even Jennifer Aniston and rebonding can do exactly that--hair that falls into place and you don't even have to use tons of mousse or gel. Sleek is the name and I'm in.

I've rebonded my hair before and I know that picking a right hair-dresser can make a difference. Under unskilful or inexperienced hands, your hair can come out slightly burned with brittle ends. In extreme cases, some have reported burned scalp or hair falling out. So, the first logical thing if you're thinking of rebonding your hair is to find a good stylist.

I found one hair salon that offers reasonable rate and it seems to be busy. You don't want to go to one where the stylists are sitting around drinking coffee and making small talks. They could be that quiet because they have managed to scare away the customers with their bad techniques.

I walked in and in three hours, I left with totally smooth, glossy hair.

So, what is hair rebonding, you asK?

Hair rebonding is a chemical process that helps to straighten hair. It is like straightening your hair with a hot iron, except this process does it for you chemically, so your hair remains straight and mangeable without you having to fuss over it. Once it is rebonded, your hair stays straight anytime from 3 to 9 months, depending on your hair.

To simply a complicated, often lenghty process (the average rebonding process can run anywhere from 3 to even 8 hours), here is the simplified explaination:

First, a relaxant or cream softener is used to break down the natural structure of the hair. Hair is partitioned into shaft and liberally coated with relaxant. In cases, where very straight hair is desired, the shafts are kept straight by using thin plastic boards. In soft-rebonding, where the effect is less intense and more natural, no plastic boards are used. Usually, this relaxant is left for about half an hour, depending on hair types.

Next, the hair is rinsed off and blown dry. A keratin lotion is applied and then the stylist uses a hot iron to straighten any curl remaining. Once the stylist is satisfied with your "straightened" hair, he will apply a neutralizer to rebind the hair and stablilize it. This neutralizer is left on hair for about 30 minutes. The final part involving rinsing the neutralizer off and blow-drying the hair. A hair serum may be applied to give body to the hair and the stylist may iron the hair once more to make sure the hair is totally sleek.

You may have spent the better part of the day in a salon, but this process will spare you from having to blow dry your hair into shape each time. Usually, the stylist will tell you not to wash your hair for a couple of days. After that, all you have to do is wash and brush your hair and it will naturally stay straight without much fuss.

Japanese Hair Straightening is considered one of the best methods of straightening hair.

If you're new to rebonding, here are a few considerations:

*Rebonding works best if you have a full head of hair. Rebonding reduces volume and puff, so it may not work as well on a scantier head of hair.

*Rebonding can produce extremely straight hair, which can make your features seem stark and prominent for the first couple of weeks. To avoid this, you can opt for soft rebonding or a process called relaxer, whereby straightening is less intenseĀ and therefore, more natural.

*Rebonding can dry out hair, so be sure to moisturize well after each wash.

*It is best not to rebond hair too frequently as the process can produce dry brittle hair in the long run..

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Have you tried hair rebonding?

  • Yes, I'm happy with the results
  • Yes, it was a disasteer
  • Yes, I would do it again when my hair gets out of whack.
  • No----er...what's that?
  • No, I wouldn't try it for the life of me.
  • Who needs rebonding?----my hair is perfectly sleek and the cause of envy.
  • No, but it sounds like a cure for my unruly hair.
  • No, but can't wait to give it a try.
  • Hey, don't ask me--I'm totally happy with the hair I'm given.
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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Thanks for the info! I need this! lol

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Anginwu, Thanks for this information as it is new to me.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

The heat and humidity in NY is at an all time high. As I type I cant remember the last time I blew out my hair. Which under good conditions my hair is great. .. but come the humidity and I look like I plugged myself into a wall socket. So since it is a useless battle come summer I opt for the 'up du bun'! Come Sept. the weather here becomes 'perfect hair' weather .. I have thought about rebonding my hair but I am too scared. My friends daughter had it done a few year ago and it was Horrrirrrible! To this day her hair hasn't grown back normally. Now granted she didn't have good hair to begin with (wasn't she even had it done) as her hair was thin and I never saw a piece of frizz anywhere near her.

But of course after reading your Hub on the topic I am rethinking again .. the clips in my bun give me a headache .. and I always feel so much 'prettier_ when my hair is down. Hmmmm trip is set for Sept 4 :) so I just may bribe you to take me somewhere for this rebonding :)

Rated up and useful!!

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

lol, habee, your hair looks fine.

Pamela, thanks for dropping by.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Shari, the bun is in now, so you're good for the season. As for rebonding, I think it will work for you for you do have a full head of hair, quite anyone's envy. Your friend's daughter's unfortunate brush with rebonding is due in part to thin hair to begin with and maybe, she went to the wrong stylist.

If you ask me if I'm happy with my newly rebonded hair, the answer is a resounding YES!

Thank you for coming by and rating it up. Have a goodnight.

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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

My hair has a natural curl, so just like yours, it low maintenance. So I have never even considered rebonding at all. However, I enjoyed knowing about rebonding through your hub.

Well written as always my friend!

Thanks for sharing. How was your Singapore adventure?

Welcome back!

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tom hellert 6 years ago from home


Fascinating stuff- I didn't even know this was an issue- i fixed my hair issues- Thick hair- I just shave it bald- I figure this way if i go bald- i won't care....


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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Jill, lucky you with low maintenance hair. Mine is generally well-behaved until it meets high humidity.

Singapore is great with lots of great food. I'm never hungry here--everybody is always bringing something I must try. I still have a week left.

Thanks for dropping by with your wonderful comments and will talk to u soon.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Lol, Tom. Bald is always in and so I must say, my friend, great choice. Plus, think of all the money you can shave on hair stuff. :))

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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

Great advice. My hair used to be longer and it was the opposite of manageable! One night I woke up to go to the bathroom, and my bf (who was half-asleep) thought I was a ghost! hehehe...That's why I chose to keep it short. I don't want to scare him anymore.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

hehe, scaring your bf in the middle of the night is quite a feat. I see you've taken the short cut--very smart. Taming the locks can be quite a challenge. Always good to see you, Om.

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Research Analyst 6 years ago

This is such a great technique and the results of the straight and silky hair is priceless, thanks for sharing.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

You're right, Research Analyst. Thanks for your comments.

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Interesting, I am not familiar with the rebonding process, however, will definitely be asking about it the next time I see my hairdresser. This appears to be a step beyond the perm process and definitely last longer.

It seems that humidity knows no cultural boundaries; in that everyone has 'a bad hair day' when humidity is high. Thanks for sharing this info. :)

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

MG, you're right about humidity. Thanks for dropping by with your insights.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Rebonding is so popular in Asia I think, I don't need this either because my hair is forever rebond, straight and I want a curly one, smile. But this hub want me to rebond, it is nicely written, just like your other hub, refreshing, Thank you, Maita

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Maita, when it rains, it pours? 4 comments at one go--i say, let it rain. I've straight hair too but in Singapore, where the humility hovers around 100%, the hair can become a mop of sorts. Thanks for taking time off to comment.

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for this lovely "ladies Hub". I learnt some Tips. I love it when hair looks silky and glossy - it actually gives the face a nicer look.

Best Wishes. :)

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

I agree--I always love silky straight hair, though on occasions, curly hair looks like a welcomed change. Thanks for dropping by. Best wishes too.

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katrinasui 6 years ago

Great technique to get straight hair. Nice hub.

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Thanks, Katrinasui!

Aisha 6 years ago

I've been wanting to rebond my hair but I'm not allowed to until I turn 16. I iron my hair regularly but since I'm in India the humidity(92+) totally ruins my hair and I end up looking like a ghost!! Do you think I should instead beg my dad to let me do rebonding or you agree with him that I'm too young for it?? PLS HELP!!!

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anglnwu 6 years ago Author

Aisha, I feel your pain. Talk to your dad about his concerns as to why he wouldn't let you rebond your hair. If he's worried that your brain may somehow be affected by the chemicals used, there is no grounds for that. Rebonding rearranges the structure of the hair to allow it to relax. It is a temporary solution to otherwise puffy or wavy hair. As for a safe age to do rebonding, there are no clear answer--most agree that if you're under twelve, it's best not to do it. Also, don't rebond too often as your hair can become brittle and dry. Hear what he has to say and always listen to your dad (i know, I come from an Asian family too). Thanks for dropping by.

Victoria 5 years ago

Can it turn back to normal like it used to be?

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Hi, Victoria, yes, it will revert back to the way your hair used to be before you rebond after a period of time (usually anywhere from 4 to 9 months). Some people like to rebond their hair frequently to keep it straight and manageable but rebonding shouldn't be done too frequently as it can damage hair.

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Great tips, I have a huge head of thick red curly dry hair that usually is bigger than I am lol, but honestly I can make good use of your rebonding hair secrets and tips for straight silky hair. Thanks :) Katie

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

lol, i can identify with that. Rebonding definitely does the trick and mine is still good after almost 9 months. Thanks again, Katie.

Joan 5 years ago

Hi, I have wavy hair and whenever the weather is hot and humid, my hair will puff into lion head. strands of hair will stand out like wires and not a very good sight.

I had bad experience with rebonding 5 years ago and it doesn't suit me. Now that there is this soft rebonding, I'm deciding whether I should get one cos I hate it that I have to hide my frizzy hair by tying them up all the time. However, I will also miss my curls as it's one of the features that suits my frame.

any opinions?-Joan

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Joan, I know what you mean--my hair puffs out too in humid conditions. As for your dilemma, straight out rebonding can make your hair very straight and it may look weird at first. But if you give it a couple of weeks, it will actually look nice. Now, with the new method of soft rebonding, the effect will not be so harsh. Having said that, go to good salon, ask for expert's advice--tell them you want straight hair with a softer touch. Rebonding only last about 6 months, give or take. Also, if you like your curls, you may just want to keep it that way. I hope that helps.

Nayyar 5 years ago

Hi i have curly dry and damaged hair i wanna make my hair soft straight and silky can i get that hair by rebonding? secondly can i do it my self at home?

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Hi Nayyar, rebonding makes hair straight, even if you've curly hair to begin with. Since your hair is damaged, they may suggest deep conditioning your hair before they rebond your hair. They usually do it with an additional charge. As for doing it yourself, unless, you're somewhat familiar with the method, I wouldn't recommend. The process is quite involved and you usually have to be there for at least 3 hours. Hope that helps. Thanks for dropping by.

suma 5 years ago

Hi, i have been rebonding my hair for the past 5 years, now i feel my hair has lost its earlier shine. how do i look after rebonded hair and how often do i go to redo the newly grown roots (presently i go every 6 months).

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Suma, it's best not to rebond frequently as the chemical process can wear your hair out, making it dry and brittle. Although, rebonded hair normally stays straight for an average of 6 months, it's best to give your hair some rest before rebonding again. My hair stays straight for about a year. Try going longer between rebonding. I hope that helps.

odessa 5 years ago

i have a treated curly hair. can it be rebonded?

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

odessa, if your treatd curly hair is not too dry and damaged, I believe yes. Always check with the people at the salon--they'll be able to tell you if your hair is in good condition to rebond. Thanks for dropping by.

sara 4 years ago

hi. thank you for yr information. i live in johor. i want to rebond my hair . my hair is very soft but in this humid weather it stands terribly wavy. i'm just afraid that after any wash it needs to be blow dried again. and also can i culr my hair after rebonding sometimes? thnk you again

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Hi Sara, thanks for commenting. Once you rebond your hair, you don't have to blow dry--it will remain straight for 6 months or so. It may not curl well if it's properly rebonded. I hope that helps.

Leibee 4 years ago


I am thinking of rebonding my hair. I am a middle aged woman and having grey hair, I have to colour my hair often. Can I rebond my hair after one week of colouring? What is best. Rebonding first or colour first.

Thank you

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Leibee, thanks for stopping by. Coloring then rebonding is better. One week is enough time, though you may want to consult the hair stylist. Best wishes with the rebonding and let me know how it turns out for you.

james 4 years ago

Hi, I'm a 23 year old male. my hair is very unmanageable. It's a bit dry and rough to the touch. I really need a solution. Hair bonding seems like it might help. I often wear a hat or beany since my hair would be a puff of wirey hairs sticking out if I don't. But does hair bonding thin the hairs? I also worry about my hair thinning.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

James, thanks for stopping by to comment. Rebonding often can damage the hair but if you do it every now and the, it will be ok. If you're afraid of thinning hair, there are foods you can eat to encourage hair growth. Also, personally, I find that using castor oil to condition your scalp (leave it for at least 15 mins) before you shampoo may help to generate hair growth. Below, you will find my article on healthy hair. I hope this helps.

reboo 4 years ago

Hi iv neva did rebondingbut ive did the matrix opti smooth a week ago bt my hair is stil wavy wat must i do . How long mst i wait till i cn do it again

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Hi rebo, sorry about your sad incident. Since you just did your rebonding, you can go back to the salon and ask them for advice/help. Generally, it's not a good idea to do rebonding too often. Give it at least 6 months before you do again. I hope that helps.

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peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina

Thank you so much for the link to this hub! I think this is what I really need!

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

peeples, glad you find this useful. Rebonding is not as popular in the States but there are Asian salons that offer rebonding. Thanks for dropping by with your feedback.

Muddyslapper 4 years ago

u are right anglnwu, here in the states it is very seldom to find stylist to offer hair rebonding. i had my hair rebonded last year in the Phils and it was very nice straight light hair for almost a year. Last couple months i did highlights on my hair with my hair stylist cuz she didn't do hair rebonds. Now, i am looking for hair rebonding kit to use, i found this Matrix Opti Smooth Japanese Hair Straightener, 2 Applications.. can i use this for hair rebonding? i don't have any idea, i will so appreciate if you can suggest some. thank you so much again for posting this article.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Hi Muddyslapper, thanks for commenting. I usually do my rebonding when I go home to visit in Singapore. I've yet to try rebonding kit, so i don't really know if it's effective. I know that Asian salons in America will do it for a steep price. Way cheaper in Asia. If you're planning on going to Asia any time soon, you may want to do it then. Take care.

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