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Permanent Hair Straightening Cost and Alternatives: Flat Irons & Hair Dryers
Alternative Methods for Achieving Gorgeous Straight Hair
It's a fact. Women with curly or wavy hair want straight hair. Women with straight hair want full, thick and wavy hair. It's very popular to sport a straight hair style. It's easier to look more 'put-together' with straight, sleek hair.
So what should you do if you suffer from frizzy and drab hair? You may be desperate enough to consider permanently straightening your hair.
Should you do it? That's ultimately up to you, but read on as I've outlined the reasons why I personally would not. Rest assured that there are some safer, more affordable and non permanent methods out there.
Facts on Permanently Straightening Your Hair
- Permanently straightening your hair is not 'permanent'. It only straightens the current hair; new hair that grows at the roots after the procedure will return to your old frizzy style.
- Therefore, frequent touch-ups are required.
- It can cost an upwards of $100-$300 in a salon, depending on the procedure.
- It may not always work; some individuals will see their curls start to emerge after several days.
- It is TERRIBLY difficult, if not impossible to style your hair with rollers after chemically straightening it. What if you want to change your style for a prom, wedding or special occasion?
- It chemically alters the follicles of your hair by removing proteins and other nutrients.
- You can do it with an at home kit, but there is major chance of undesired results.
TIP: Anytime that you are interested in doing something 'permanent' to your hair, it is a good idea to talk to your trusted stylist. If you still have concerns, consult a second or even a third stylist to advise you.
Alternative Methods for Straightening Your Hair
Instead of spending hundreds on a procedure that may or may not work and can damage your hair follicles, why not invest in a good flat iron and hair protective sprays and gels? Just because your hair is frizzy and curly, does not mean that you can't straighten it to improve your look.
There are two major methods that are completely safe and are easy to do at home. Check out the videos below for helpful tips and tricks!
Using a Flat Iron
Using a flat iron is probably the most popular way to straighten hair. It's not permanent of course, but only takes a few minutes to do every day. If you do straighten your hair, make sure to use a high-quality ceramic straightener. They are NOT all the same.
$20 Flat Irons Vs. $100 Flat Irons
My first flat iron cost me around $20 at Wal-Mart. I thought it worked pretty good, until I tried a CHI at a friend's house one day. It was 10x faster and my hair looked and felt SO much better after straightening. I purchased a CHI straightener the following week and it is absolutely incredible. There definitely is a different; you get what you pay for. Last month, I went on a trip and had my CHI packed in my luggage. My luggage sat in the back of my car and for one week, I used my old straightener from Wal-Mart because I was too lazy to unpack my luggage. I noticed an almost immediate difference!
Using a Blow Dryer
I also know some people who use hair dryers to straighten hair. My stylist frequently uses this method on my hair after I get my hair colored. I've never straightened my hair on my own with a hair dryer before, but it's something to consider. Apparently it is very easy and affordable (everyone has a blow dryer at home!) The video to the right is a great tutorial on how to straighten your hair with a hair dryer.