Hair Retexturing (Curl Reforming)
Q: My hair is curly and frizzy. I like the curl but not the frizz. What can I do?
A: Try getting your hair retexturized. This chemical process is basically like a perm but it reforms your curl, making it smooth while keeping the curl. Remember to discuss hair retexturizing like all chemical processes, with your stylist because not everyone is an ideal client for it. F.Y.I. below are the steps your stylist takes when giving a client retexturized hair:
1. No.1 Lotion is applied throughout the entire head. No. 1 Lotion is used to soften up the insides of hair protein chains (where frizz originates and the natural shape of your curl is formed.)
2. Rinse hair and condition. Hair is relaxed and almost ready to reform.
3. Hair is rolled in big rollers. No. 2 Lotion is applied to reform hair to the size and shape of the roller. (The curl or wave is as big as you desire.)
4. Rinse well.
5. Naturalizer is applied to lock hair into its new shape.
The Result: Frizz-free, smooth hair with luxurious curls or waves.
Q: Is retexturizing recommeneded for everyone?
A: No. A professional stylist is the best person to decide whether or not retexturizing is right for you. In general, multi-chemical processed or super fine hair will not have the best results. Retexturizing is more for strong, coarse hair with naturally kinky tight curls.
Q: Does the retexturizing process damage hair?
A: Retexturizing is a chemical process and like all chemical processes, if it is not done it can dry hair. Finding a professional with a lot of experience is the most important thing you can do for your hair. The word “retexturize” may sound scary but the reality of this chemical process is actually much milder than a regular hair perm, straightening, relaxing or hair coloring. Hair damage risks are very minimal.
Q: My hair had Thermal Reconditioning (TR). Can I still try the retexturizing process?
A: No, please wait until your processed hair has grown out.
Q: My hair is highlighted with bleach. Is it safe to try the retexturizing process?
A: Our first response is no, but it is best to have a trusted professional actually look at your hair and decide. Hair with only one hair color (some highlighted hair) is usually safe, depending on the strength and health of the hair.
About the Author: Kristen is a Hair and Beauty Product Writer and Specialist for popular brands including FHI, Crede, Yuko System, Paul Mitchell, Redken, ISH Ionic Rescue, Alterna and more