Home > Beauty > Hair > Hair Trends
Chemically straightened hair: What you need to know
  
Chemically straightened hair: What you need to know
In this article

Chemically straightened hair: What you need to know


Is it bad for your hair?

Well yes, is the straight answer. Anything that can transform spiral curls to sleek straightness has got some intense chemical processes at work, and while it may give you the hair you've always wanted, it's not without risks.

Consultant trichologisst Iain Sallis of BMI Healthcare's The Lincoln Hospital in Lincolnshire explains: "The chemicals used are almost identical to those used in a perm lotion, the only difference being how you arrange the hair before you apply the chemical - around a rod...for curly hair, or combed straight for it to act as a chemical straightener.

“These range from products which contain sodium hydroxide (very strong, mainly used for afro Caribbean hair) to the ammonium thyoglycolates (also used in perming) and the ‘no-lye’ range which contains guanidine hydroxide (billed as the gentle relaxers).”

But he warns: “All of these have the ability to badly damage hair!”

Image © Digital Vision







30/09/2011
Rank this page: 


Latest… 23/11/2014
Beauty News
Guides
Videos
The Tummy Tuck: What Really Happens In Surgery
EXTREME Plastic Surgery Made These Women Unrecognizable At The Airport
Here's What Kendall Jenner Had To Say About Her MAJOR Beauty Gig At Estée Lauder
How To Have Healthy Hair: The Golden Rules Every Girl Needs To Master
All Beauty news
Lowlights vs highlights
How to apply eyeliner: applying eyeliner
Make-up brushes: choosing and using different makeup brushes
Implant Rupture: How To Tell If Your Implants Have Split
See all Beauty guides
Louise Redknapp rounds up the hair trends at LFW
See all Beauty videos
 

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the sofeminine latest straight to your inbox
  OK
Find us on...