What is Hair Rebonding?

Hair rebonding is one of the three existing techniques to straighten curly hair. It’s ideal for naturally curly, unmanageable hair. Curly, straight or wavy hair are determined by the protein bonds in our hair. When rebonding, these bonds are chemically altered so that hair can be straightened.


Before the process begins, the stylist will shampoo the hair then let it dry naturally or using a blow dryer set to medium heat. Next, the hair is parted into smaller sections for easier application of the relaxant.

Hair rebonding involves a two-step process. First, the bonds in the hair are broken and then these components are rearranged to straighten the hair shafts. In the first step, a softener or relaxant is used. The second uses a neutralizer to form the structure by rebonding.

First Process: The relaxant is applied to sections individually. Keep in mind that the formula should be left on you hair for not more than 30 minutes.

Next, the hair is steamed for ten to forty minutes. The hair is then rinsed and blow dried.

The next procedure involves the application of a keratin lotion and the the use of a flat iron to straighten the curls.

Second Process: The second step involves application of the neutralizer onto the smaller parted sections of hair. The chemical is left for not more than 30 minutes then the hair is rinsed and blow-dried.

Finally when the hair is dry, a serum is applied to your hair and ironed.


You will be advised not to wash your hair for the next three days right after the procedure. It takes a while for the hair to take shape, so you’re not allowed to style, tie it up or tuck hair strands behind your ears.

Avoid Chemicals. You can shampoo and condition your hair after three days but don’t use styling tools that need heat. That includes washing your hair in hot water, blow drying and straightening. Let it dry naturally or use a fan instead for cool air. If you have oily scalp or you’re prone to dandruff, you’re advised to shampoo everyday. Just don’t let your scalp and hair dry out completely because that will make your hair brittle.

When combing your hair, a wide-toothed comb is recommended. You can apply a leave-on conditioner to help keep your hair shiny and moisturized.

Avoid Exposure. Rebonding exposes your hair to a lot of chemicals so avoid all types of styling and treatments for the next six months. You are advised however to get a trim every few months especially if you have split ends. Treatments that involve moisturizing your hair are recommended too.

Besides using chemicals, you should avoid exposing your hair to too much sunlight. If you’re always required to go outdoors, use a hair serum with UV protection then wear a hat or bring an umbrella. Exposure to rain can also damage your hair because it carries pollutants.