I used to have very straight har when I was young (primary school age), but sometime around my adolescence it turned into a wild untameable beast (really thick and wavy). Late last year, with my hair getting longer, it was getting much less manageable and I was on the verge of shaving it all off again because it was taking far too much effort to just keep it under control. Then, as a surprise gift, Heidi booked my in for a permanent hair straightening.
Rather than shaving my head, Heidi took me to “Dream Mix” hair studio in Chinatown (Sydney). That place was very cool. The interior design was great, all the staff were incredibly trendy, and the place operated like a finely tuned machine. The entire process took a few hours, but it went quickly as they had personal LCD screens mounted in front of each of their chairs and I chose a watched a couple of DVDs from their collection.
Then, and after some Finding Neverland and Kung Fu Hustle, my hair was amazingly straight. Better than that, it looked exactly the same the next morning. And the morning after that and the one after that and so on until my wavy hair grew out. It was an absolutely no effort hairstyle: wash and go. (Just like having a shaved head without it having to be so short.)
That was a long time ago, and my hair was starting to grow out. Surprisingly the weight of the straigtened hair was doing a pretty decent job of keeping the rest of my hair from going wavy. However, when I went in for a trim (and the straight ends were cut off), my waves came back the next day. This resulted in some weird… bouffant top with straight back and sides. Very 80s, but I’m not super keen on retro. So I went in for another hair straightening at “K Three G” on Pier Street (Perth).
Pretty much the same procedure, but Heidi informs me that it is a bit cheaper than “Dream Mix” at $170. I figure if I get another 10 months of not having to do anything to my hair; it’s well worth it. I highly recommend permanent hair straightening to anyone with unruly hair, and I can also recommend “K Three G” for anyone in Perth.
Here are some before and after pictures:
It’s like I’ve gone from European to Asian!
Note: This type of hair straightening is often called chemical straightening, chemical hair relaxing, Japanese hair straightening, ionic hair straightening, or bio-ionic hair straightening.