Thermal Reconditioning

Q. What is the difference between thermal reconditioning and older straightening methods?

A. The older methods of straightening the hair involved the use of caustic chemicals which corroded and stripped the hair during the straightening process. The hair became straight but often ended up looking like dry broom straw.

Thermal Reconditioning uses negative ions which break down water molecule clusters so that they become small enough to penetrate deeply into the hair during this process. This allows each hair shaft to become hydrated and replenished as it is being re-texturized. As a result, your newly straightened hair becomes silky, smooth and feels softer and healthier.

Q. What are the basic differences between the three thermal reconditioning methods you offer?

A. All three methods permanently change the texture of the hair and restore it from the inside out, leaving it shiny healthy and straight. The Yuko system will straighten your hair to the extent that it is needle straight but it will not hold a bend or a curl. The Liscio and Bio Ionic method will straighten your hair so that it retains body and can still be styled.

Q. What is the straightening process like?

A. First your hair will be deep-cleansed to remove any product buildup. Protective products may be applied to restore moisture and protein when necessary.

What we are doing is softening the internal bonds which give your hair its curly/wavy/frizzy shape.This is done by applying a solution and testing frequently to see when the bonds have been softened. After your hair has reacted sufficiently, the solution is rinsed out at the shampoo bowl. Your hair is then blow dried and small sections are painstakingly straightened with a re-texturizing iron.

After the ironing has been completed, a neutralizer is applied to the ironed hair. The bonds have now been re-formed into a straight configuration. The neutralizer is rinsed out at the shampoo bowl and your hair is dried and styled.

Q. Why does the process take so long?

A. This process is difficult to perform and your stylist must be very thorough. The longest part of the service involves flat ironing small sections of hair in order to reconnect the softened bonds into their new shape.The final straightness of your hair will depend on how meticulously this has been done. There are no shortcuts.

Q. How long will my treated hair stay straight?

A. Your thermally reconditioned hair will remain permanently straight. As new hair grows in, it will need to be thermally reconditioned. The time between visits varies with each individual. You may choose to have the regrowth touched up anywhere between four months to twice a year. Some clients find it unnecessary to have it retouched because their roots are smoother and their initial treatment addressed the issue of unruly mid-shaft and ends.

Q. Why do I need to schedule a consultation first?

A. Your hair needs to be assessed to see what kind of condition it is in. It is also the time for you to ask any questions you may have about the service. During the consultation it is important that you be honest about anything that may have been done previously to your hair. If there is any doubt about the integrity of your hair a strand test can be performed although this is rarely necessary. Please be aware that there is a waiting period before and after having another chemical service performed. This can be addressed in the consultation.

Q. How should I care for my newly straightened hair?

A. After leaving the salon you must wait several days before shampooing. You’ll be instructed to keep your hair straight and dry. This also means that you must not tuck it behind your ears, wear a hat or ponytail, swim, exercise, etc. After that, you are, – as one client describes it – “the straight-haired beauty you were always meant to be.”

Q. How long have you been performing thermal reconditionings?

A. Since 2005.

Milbon Smoothing

Q. What is the difference between the Milbon Smoothing treatments and the Keratin treatments?

A. First of all, the Milbon Smoothing treatment is a different technology than keratin treatments. Milbon utilizes a gentle form of thioglycolate while keratin treatments utilize keratin and formaldehyde. The end result is similar but the active ingredients are quite different.

Q. Does the Milbon smoothing treatment use formaldehyde in any form?

A. No. There is no formaldehyde nor any derivative of formaldehyde used. You will not experience any of the side effects that are experienced with keratin treatments such as burning watery eyes or breathing carcinogenic fumes.

Q. I've heard of "formaldehyde-free" keratin treatments. Aren't they safe?

A. Unfortunately keratin alone will not smooth your hair. There has to be some form of formaldehyde used for those treatments to work. It is dishonest marketing, yes, but many companies use a derivative of formaldehyde and because it has a different chemical name, they claim that their product is "formaldehyde-free". No matter what their active ingredient is actually called, I can assure you that upon completion of your keratin treatment, you have been exposed to hazardous fumes.

Some salons have installed ventilation systems to make keratin treatments safer for their stylists and their clients. I commend them for it. Personally I'm just not willing to risk exposing myself or my clients to dangerous chemicals. Why go that route when a different and safe technology produces similar results that last longer?

Q. How do the different smoothing treatments work?

A. Keratin treatments work on the outer layer of the hair by coating it. The results lasts about 3 months until they wear off. Milbon smoothing works from the inside out by gently softening the internal hair bonds to create smoother hair and to dramatically reduce frizz. Eventually the results wear off in 4 to 6 months.

Q. Do I need to purchase special shampoo and conditioner?

A. No. I always recommend using a high quality shampoo for chemically treated hair, however you are free to choose a brand which appeals to you. You are not required to leave the salon with additional purchases of shampoo and conditioner.

Q. Will I be able to shampoo my hair right away?

A. No. You must wait 48 hours.

Q. Can I have my color done on the same day?

A. No. You must wait 2 weeks both before and after a Milbon smoothing treatment to have any chemical service done.

Q. Can I have the Milbon smoothing treatment done if I've had a keratin treatment?

A. Yes but you must wait 2 to 3 months to transition. Since the keratin treatments coat and seal the outside layer of your hair, you must give it time to wear off so that the Milbon smoothing treatment can get past the sealed cuticle. Remember, keratin treatments work on the outside layer of the hair and Milbon smoothing works on the inner layer.


Blair Everett

1889 Union St

San Francisco, CA 94123

(415) 279 2044

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