Learn how to take care of rebonded hair including how to sleep with rebonded hair. Also check out the best oil treatment and shampoos for rebonded hair.
I have almost coily curly hair so I often use hair straightening creams and treatments to get my locks to look silky straight.
A lot of women prefer to do this treatment as the time, money and effort involved in styling and caring for curly hair can be daunting.
Unfortunately getting your hair chemically treated and rebonded many times can actually leave it dry and damaged.
So it’s very important to learn how to take care of your rebonded hair so you can get the best out of these treatments.
Learning proper care will also ensure that these treatments last longer and your hair doesn’t have to undergo rebonding often.
How To Take Care Of Rebonded Hair
In this article, I’ve mentioned a few simple steps you can take to ensure your rebonded hair is taken care of and that your new hair texture lasts longer.
Avoid Washing Your Hair Too Often
It is actually recommended you do not wash your hair at least 72 hours after getting any sort of rebonding treatments. As Elle Woods so triumphantly explains at the end of legally blonde.
Doing so can wash away the chemicals that help rebond hair and can leave your hair a mess.
But so will washing your hair too often after the said 72 hours have passed.
Shampoos (especially the ones that contain sulfates or other harsh surfactants) can not only strip hair rebonding chemicals but also dry out hair further by removing any sort of moisture.
Rebonded hair is already prone to dryness so this would be very unpleasant indeed and can lead to frizz and breakage.
Always Use A Sulfate-Free Shampoo on Rebonded Hair
If you do need to wash your hair I always recommend products that are completely sulfate free. These do not contain surfactants called Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and are much milder.
They will cleanse your scalp and hair without removing their natural oils or getting your rebonded hair out of shape.
I also suggest using a sulfate-free shampoo that is specially formulated for rebonded hair as that will contain more of nourishing ingredients like keratin protein, vitamin E and biotin to help replenish nutrients lost during rebonding process and also to repair hair.
Replace Hot Water With Cold Water While Showering
As I’ve mentioned before the rebonding process involves the use of strong chemicals and sometimes even heat. So it can leave hair dry and prone to damage.
Hot water can further damage your already-fragile rebonded hair by opening up hair cuticles and making them more vulnerable.
These open hair cuticles make hair look frizzy and lackluster too.
So I always recommend using cool water while washing your rebonded hair.
During winters you can use lukewarm water but just try to finish off with cold water once to seal your hair cuticles and retain shine.
Do Not Use Tight Hair Ties Or Clips on Hair
Just like with washing your hair till 72 hours after getting a rebonding treatment, there is also a taboo against wearing hair types and clips.
When your hair is newly rebonded it’s still malleable in nature. Meaning, your hair strands do not have a definite structure or texture and are in the process of transition.
If you wear a hair tie on newly straightened curly hair for example, it can leave a kink or a crease in the hair making it look unsightly.
So avoid using hair ties for a while after rebonding and make sure you’re not going to sleep with hair ties either.
Even later, it’s best to avoid elastic-based hair ties that are very tight or cause friction on hair as they can cause fragile rebonded hair to break.
Avoid Coloring Or Bleaching Rebonded Hair
Look, in today’s world your hair goes through a lot! Rebonding, coloring, pollution, use of harsh products. Having to deal with multiple of these things at once can cause it to break… literally.
Rebonded hair is already saturated with chemicals so using bleach on these strands is madness.
To avoid overprocessing your hair I’d suggest giving it at least six months between rebonding hair and applying any sort of color on it.
Trim Hair Every 6-8 Weeks To Avoid Split Ends
It might sound counterintuitive but the key to healthy hair (not just healthy rebonded hair) is to keep trimming it every 2 months or so.
If you’re someone whose hair grows out faster, you can even go in for a trim every 6 weeks.
This will ensure any split ends won’t travel the length of your hair upwards and damage will be quite literally nipped in the bud.
However, I wouldn’t suggest going in for a complete makeover while you have rebonded hair as certain haircuts won’t show that well on rebonded hair as compared to your regular hair texture.
Do Not Often Use Heat Styling Tools On Rebonded Hair
Again, the key to having healthy, long-lasting rebonded hair is to minimize the damage on it as much as possible.
So you won’t use any heat styling tools on rebonded hair for the same reason you wouldn’t use any hot water – heat is damaging!
I’d suggest not using heat styling tools like curling irons or straighteners on hair. And also it’s best to keep even blow drying to a minimum.
Towel drying your hair gently with a microfiber cloth and then letting it air dry is the best way to avoid damaging hair with a blow dryer.
If you have to use a blow dryer, make sure you use a diffuser or a cold-air setting.
Deep Condition Your Hair Often
One of the best ways to keep rebonded hair healthy is to use deep conditioning masks on your hair.
These masks contain ingredients that are rich in vitamins and protein that your hair sorely needs after undergoing chemical processing.
If you don’t want to use store-bought hair masks you can opt for DIY hair masks using coconut oil, aloe vera, shea butter and other nourishing ingredients like these.
Pro tip: When applying a hair mask, cover your hair with a hot towel or an electric cap. The heat will ensure that the mask penetrates into the strands better.
How To Take Care Of Rebonded Hair While Swimming
I strongly advise against swimming in a chlorinated pool when you have rebonded hair. The chemicals in the pool can react very badly with the chemicals used for rebonding treatments.
Most stylists say to wait at least a fortnight after rebonding your hair to go for a swim. Also, you can follow these measures to keep hair protected.
- Wear a swimming cap when going into the pool
- Use a pre-swim treatment that will shield hair against chlorine
- Apply a coat of hair oil or conditioner of any other sort to hair to form a barrier between pool water and hair
How To Sleep With Rebonded Hair
Sleeping with rebonded hair can be tricky especially during the first 3-4 days. It’s highly recommended you do not do anything in this time period that can crease your hair which is highly possible during sleeping.
If you want to learn how to take care of rebonded hair while sleeping here’s how you can do it:
- Sleep with hair open: Hair ties are forbidden anyway when you’ve newly rebonded your hair as they can cause your hair to get creased in the middle. But it’s best to not braid or use a scarf to tie hair either. Just sleep with hair fanned out in the back.
- Sleep on your back instead of your side: Hey I’m a restless sleeper too so I do know how difficult it is to lie still in one position. But sleeping on the side increases the chances of your hair getting messed up. The friction between your pillowcases and hair increases in this position so better avoid it.
- Get silk/satin pillowcases: Speaking of pillowcases, I highly suggest investing in a silk or satin pillowcase for your hair. Normal cotton or polyester pillowcases have long fibers that tangle in your hair and cause friction. They are also super absorbent and can cause moisture loss from hair.
- Get a Bonnet: Using a bonnet or a sleeping cap (again made of satin/silk) is also a good idea. This is especially true if you’ve gone from straight hair to curly hair ie. if you’ve got a perm.
A lot of people shy away from rebonding treatments for fear of damage, but let me tell you that if done and maintained well, rebonding can be so helpful!
It’s not so much different than, say , bleaching or dyeing your hair often. Although experts do recommend you do not do both coloring and hair rebonding at the same time (there’s only so much your hair can take!)
Following these steps is essential but the best way to get healthy, rebonded hair is to use the right products.
So look for protein-enriched shampoos and hair masks that are specially formulated for rebonded hair and can help repair damage incurred.