I had my hair rebonded last week. I’m so glad my hair is in its manageable state again! I had my hair rebonded last year, and I so loved it because it really eliminated all my frizzies, and made my hair a whole lot manageable. The effect wanes off after a year, and when my mom told me, “Juliet, your hair is ballooning again ( Hmph! She has such perfect hair and I don’t! )”, I got half of my paycheck, and went with my cuz Cristine to Tony and Jackey, a salon with Koreans as stylists ( love Korean stylists ). My hair was done by Kenny, and some staff there.
The first step with hair rebonding was washing the hair, and blowdrying it. I was a bit humiliated with the fact that when my hair was being blowdried, three staff members ganged up on me to do it because I had such thick hair. Then, they applied the solution, and steamed my hair for about an hour? ( I’m not sure because the time passed by such a breeze! the staff were really nice to me ). They washed it off, then blowdried and hair ironed it ( this time, two people did that ). After that, they applied the neutralizer and instructed me not to move a bit or some of my hair would have waves after the procedure, but it was acceptable to breathe ( hahahahaha! the girls there are really hilarious!). After a few minutes , about twenty? They washed my hair, and did some final hair ironing.
When I saw my hair, I could not help but be wowed. I had really straight hair just like the ones in the commercials aired on TV! It could actually look that nice if it was ironed ( I haven’t done hair ironing for quite a while already ). The reason was that my hair was awfully long – I confined my hair cuts to trims for almost a year to grow my hair long and get impossibly beautiful curls – but I was convinced by my friend that curls would make my hair alot frizzier than ever, so there, rebonding was the way to go. Those three good hours didn’t matter – as long as my hair was back to great shape, I’m game for anything!
I could not live with such long hair! It was too long for my taste, and too much shampoo would be wasted! ( hahaha! ), so I made Kenny cut it in a shorter, but still reasonably good long length, and he suggested a great layered cut for me. I saw my precious hair fall on the floor at tremendous amounts, and I was like whimpering on the sight of my hair gone. When I saw my hair in the mirror, my hair wasn’t really that short, so I was checking out where he cut all those hair! It turned out that he did this layering trick that would make my hair look thinner. Well, I could not explain it, but it really looked nice!
Okay, so here’s the weird and sad part. Remember Elle Woods in the movie Legally Blonde, defending her sister in the Delta Nu Sorority who was accused of murdering her husband? When she was questioning the stepdaughter in court, the stepdaughter lied about washing her hair the afternoon just after she got a perm that day. Then and there, Elle Woods was convinced that the stepdaughter was lying because newly permed hair must not be wet within 48 hours, or else, the perm would not stay on the hair!
Okay, so what’s the connection? The principle is the same as hair rebonding, I wasn’t allowed to wet my hair for two days. I slept over Cristine’s unit that night, and the morning after, we were to rush to Divisoria ( a flea market, full of uber-cheap goods ) to scout for supplies (yes, we work on Sundays too ! ). Just as we were walking on the streets, IT SUDDENLY RAINED! Wahh!! I scurried to the nearest covered area, but alas, there were some wet spots on my hair already! You can guess what happened next..was my hair entirely ruined, and was my $ 60 treatment entirely down the drain?
Well, apparently not. After two days, I showered and quickly dried my hair to see results. My hair did not turn out as stick straight as it looked when I got out of the salon, but my hair looked really manageable, the frizzies were gone, but still, there was body and volume. It was just like having naturally good hair. Actually, I’m not disappointed even if the rain did that. At least my hair still looks good! Hihi!
Just a tip : If your hair is chemically treated like mine, don’t scrimp on conditioners and wait it to dry out and become sensitized ( the salon jargon for damaged ). Make sure to use conditioner everyday, and undergo a hotoil treatment ( even if it’s a DIY at home ) every week, to keep chemically treated hair in best shape!
Anyway, that’s a lesson for all of you! When you undergo some straightening or perming experience, always remember to bring an umbrella! Haha! Tata for now!