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From: Joanna Dalin (
Subject: Re: A TR treatment that leaves body &/or wave (Lisa & Denise--long!)
Date: November 20, 2006 at 8:14 am PST

In Reply to: Re: A TR treatment that leaves body &/or wave posted by Denise Kingsley on November 20, 2006 at 5:54 am:

Lisa: Actually, I had the Chi TR treatment in April. It was a bit of a disaster, but I think that was because it was done wrong: there was a lot of breakage at the scalp, & formerly straight parts (the ends, which had been straightened with Alterna in previous years) turned out frizzy. The salon claimed that that was the way it was supposed to be, but I really doubt it! (And I almost had to take them to small claims court just to get a refund, but they eventually did give me my money back).

But yes, the reason I tried it in the first place was their claim that my hair would still be straight, but more "natural" than with Alterna. However, to me, this does not mean still having to do as much maintenance as I ever did--up to an hour's blowdrying & flatironing, only for it to get frizzed out again in humidity, etc. (They said after the treatment that I shouldn't have expected otherwise ... I just don't buy it.) The one thing I did like, however, was the softening effect on the texture of my hair, obviously a result of the thio products, which is what got me thinking: Is there a true middle ground with TR straightening products? One which "transforms" the texture of the hair & straightens it to some extent but not entirely?

Since that experience, I've looked into Chi more, & I think the problem is the lack of training they give the technicians. I really don't think my stylist had been properly instructed. I don't think she understood either how to apply chemicals (never directly to the roots), protecting formerly straightened hair, or even what the results were supposed to look like. These are such delicate processes, & you want to make sure your stylist really knows what he or she is doing. So I'd suggest avoiding Chi (although the products are absolutely great).

Denise: I think I wasn't clear enough in my last posting. My natural hair is very curly/frizzy. So I'd never be looking for a perm--rather, a TR straightening treatment that got it significantly straighter & softer, but just not *entirely* straight. I know a lot of people complain about the unnatural quality of their hair after TR straighening, & it's seemed as though it's a choice between having to deal with keeping it natural (or simply relaxing it in a more traditional way) & having to use a ton of product & spend hours styling, or using a TR process & having it straighter than is really flattering--for me, at least. But I read some earlier posts here, & it seemed as though maybe a TR straightening process was being developed that would offer more choices: from frizzy/curly to wavy, for example, instead of stick-straight.

Thanks for all your time. This board is invaluable.


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