to Thermal Reconditioning
No doubt about it, many naturally curly folks, given
half a chance, will trade in their ringlets for
a walk on the straight side. Although most curly
girls and guys love their Mother Nature inspired
corkscrews, sometimes they just want a different
look and a temporary break from daily curly hair
The quest for chemical straightness has been the
frizzy hair battle cry for decades. Hoping to temporarily
ditch uncontrollable curls, many mop tops have subjected
their strands to everything from the traditionally
harsh chemical lyes to the current day ammonium
Karen M. Shelton
The Hair Boutique
Although the modern relaxers and home treatments made by Phytotherathrie
and Rusk are much less invasive than the traditional methods,
they still require the use of temporary straighteners and blow
dryers to get perfect sleekness.
Enter Japan based Yuko Systems with their patented Thermal Reconditioning
process based upon the principles of restructuring hair’s protein
bonds. This hot new curl busting process has taken the hair world
This natural cornstarch-based hair relaxing system utilizes a
more gentle form of ammonium thyoglycolate free of the traditional
relaxing waxes or lyes along with special straightening irons.
Developed in 1996 by Ms. Yuko, the system was designed to create
a non-coating, straightening system that uses the heat oxidation
process to seal in and rebuild hair from the inside out through
a combination of patented chemicals and irons that reach 356 degrees
to achieve sleek and silky straightness.
The majority of good Yuko candidates emerge from the treatments
with almost perfectly straight strands that can last for many
months between touchups. Even better, the Yuko System promises
long term freedom from straightening irons and hours wrangling
with hot styling tools.
A Report From A Yuko Practioner
I recently received great feedback about the Yuko process from
a kinky haired Hairboutique.com visitor who had traveled from
Nashville, Tennessee to the Dominic Michael salon in St. Louis,
Missouri to have her hair treated by Amy Reed.
The majority of the current 20+ Yuko certified stylists (see salon
list at the end of this article) are located in either the Los
Angeles or New York areas. Amy has the unique advantage of being
the only stylist in the Midwest that is currently certified in
the Yuko thermal reconditioning process. As a result of her convenient
St. Louis location Amy has many clients travel from out of town
to receive the treatment.
Note: Amy is also very gifted working with naturally curly
and long hair.
When I contacted Amy by phone she agreed to chat with me about
her experiences with the Yuko thermal reconditioning treatment.
Amy could not say enough great things about the thermal reconditioning
process even though it is “very time intensive and requires
a demanding hands-on process.” She has worked with other relaxing
systems in the past but Amy confessed that she was not all that
impressed with previous results that left “the client’s hair
feeling thick and bulky and just not quite right”. Compared
to her work with previous products, “the Yuko Systems leaves
her client’s hair smooth, silky, sleek and soft”.
When Amy first read about the revolutionary Yuko Systems training
program in a issue of InStyle Magazine “she was eager to immediately
take the training and get certified”. In August of 2001 she made
her way to Beverly Hills, California to the Yuko Systems US headquarters
for full training in the thermal reconditioning process.
Amy loves the opportunity to make a difference for her frustrated
frizzy haired clients and has been doing the thermal reconditioning
treatments ever since she completed her coursework in California.
Amy reported that the folks at Yuko Systems did a great job with
training. They also do a very good job of helping her and their
graduates with ongoing full support as well as offering advanced
training. Amy is comfortable with the fact that whenever she encounters
a question or problem during a treatment she can pick up the phone
and receive immediate help from the folks at Yuko.
The Inside Scoop Part 2., Best
Candidates for Thermal Reconditioning
The Inside Scoop Part 3., Step-By-Step
of Thermal Reconditioning
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Thermal Reconditioning Articles By Karen M. Shelton
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Founder's - Words Of Hair Care Wisdom
M. Shelton is the founder of HairBoutique.com
which has been featured in numerous magazines including
101 Celebrity Hairstyles, Today's Dallas Woman
Magazine, WE-Women's Enterprise, The National Enquirer,
American Salon Magazine and Self magazine,
as well as international publications.
Karen M. Shelton was featured in DFW Tech Biz
as winner of the Emerging CEO - Tech Titan award.
In 2001 Ms. Shelton joined 101 Celebrity Styles
& Short Cuts magazine as consumer hair editor.