There’s a very popular saying—if you want to make changes in your life, start with your hair! All we gotta say is truer words have never been spoken. There comes a time when you want to switch up your look and get a celebrity-esque hair transformation. And that’s when we start to explore hair treatment options like hair colour, hair rebonding and perming to get a glamorous makeover.

These hair treatments give you a chance to play up your hair look and try something trendy and fresh for a change. That reminds us, sleek, glass-like hair is totally in-trend right now and as a result, hair rebonding is the most sought-after hair treatment out there. Are you bored of your curly, frizzy hair and thinking about rocking a straight mane? You are not alone! Hair rebonding is a great option if you want to switch up your look without compromising on your hair length.

But if you are going to try it for the first time, it can sound scary. Questions like what the process is like, is it safe, are there any side effects and how long it lasts can haunt you. We are going to put all those questions and queries to rest once and for all. From process to duration, here is everything you need to know about hair rebonding before you make the commitment.


1. What does hair rebonding do?

What does hair rebonding do?

Hair rebonding is a chemical straightening treatment that gives you smoother and straighter hair by altering the original structure of your hair. It uses heat and chemicals to break the bonds in your hair shaft and makes it straighter and sleeker, ergo the name, rebonding. It is also popularly known as hair straightening treatment

No matter how curly or wavy hair you have, you can restructure your hair texture completely and flaunt poker straight hair through this hair treatment. As opposed to smoothening or keratin treatments, this process uses hair relaxants to change the hair structure and make new bonds and lasts quite a bit longer. It is perfect for girls who want to change their curls into straighter locks and make their unruly and frizzy hair smoother and silkier.


2. Benefits of hair rebonding

Benefits of hair rebonding

If you are someone who has curly or wavy hair and depend on your flat iron every time you need to glam up, rebonding can make things really easy for you. Straight hair is easy to style, manageable and low maintenance for sure. It doesn’t get tangled or frizzy and looks put together. Hair rebonding can help you get frizz-free smooth-as-silk, poker straight tresses that you would otherwise spend hours achieving every day. Plus it lends a stunning shine and makes your hair softer than ever.  


3. The procedure

The procedure

Just so you know, it is going to take a really long while, so better cancel all your plans that day and take a friend with you. Here’s what the process of hair rebonding is like. Firstly, your hair will be shampooed and conditioned as usual. After blow-drying your hair (and cutting it, if you are going shorter), a thick coat of a cream relaxant is applied in your hair, in sections. This is left on to break the bonds of your hair for about 30-45 minutes. Then they wash and blow-dry your hair once again.

A keratin lotion is applied to smoothen out frizz and kinks in your hair. This is followed by an application of neutralizer to restructure and stabilize the bond. It is left on your hair for another half an hour. Your hair is washed again and blow-dried again. The last step is to apply hair serum and straighten your hair using a flat iron.


4. How long does it last?

How long does it last?

Hair rebonding is a semi-permanent treatment and can last up to 6-12 months depending on your hair texture and how you take care of it. However, as new hair with the original texture grows out, you can opt for touch-ups to maintain the sleek texture and make the treatment last longer. You can get touch-ups every three to four months depending on your hair growth. 


5. Side effects and precautions

Side effects and precautions

Now that you know what the procedure of hair rebonding entails, let’s talk about the prep and precautions and what you can expect, ‘cause TBH there’s no backing out after you sit in that salon chair. There are no side effects of hair rebonding as such, but there are some issues you may have to deal with. For starters, your hair may appear dry and dull at times and you may experience hair fall. Your scalp can be flaky but don’t worry, it is just the chemical residue falling off. The procedure involves strong chemicals and thus a pungent smell, cue: teary eyes.

Talking about precautions, it is safe to do a patch test on your hand to make sure you are not allergic to the chemicals. Also, talk to your stylist about the different rebonding treatments available and which ones would be suited for your hair type. Last, but not the least; go to a trusted stylist and a reputed salon to get the best results.  


6. Hair care after the treatment

Hair care after the treatment

Pampering your tresses after rebonding is really important as the key to getting the best results lies in post-treatment hair care. First things first, don’t wash your hair and keep it from getting wet for at least three days. The chemical bonds and solutions take time to settle and work. Wash your hair on the fourth day with the specific hair products recommended by the stylist. Also, steer clear of using hair pins or hair ties in your hair for a few days and avoid oiling your hair for a couple of weeks.


FAQs about Hair Rebonding


Q. Is hair rebonding safe during pregnancy?

A. Hair treatments like rebonding are considered as safe as the chemicals used are strong but not toxic. However, it is safe to wait till the second trimester and ask your stylist to use good quality products and do a patch test first to make sure you are not allergic to the chemicals.

Q. Does hair rebonding damage hair?

A. Since hair rebonding uses strong chemicals, it can leave your hair dry and your scalp flaky. However, a regular hair care routine with moisturizing products can ensure that your hair is healthy and nourished. 

Q. Which is better, smoothening or rebonding?

A. Smoothening is a temporary straightening treatment that smoothens frizzy hair and makes it silky and soft, whereas rebonding lasts longer and changes your natural hair texture to look sleek and straight. Smoothening uses relatively less chemicals, but if you want long-lasting results, rebonding is your best bet. 

Q. Can I colour my hair after rebonding?

A. No, you should not colour or bleach your hair right before or after hair rebonding. Any chemical treatment after rebonding can damage your hair and ruin the treatment.

Q. Which shampoo should I use after the treatment?

A. Your stylist will recommend a shampoo and conditioner that are specifically designed for your treated hair. Only use those products specifically recommended by your stylist after rebonding.