Hair Rebonding: Procedure, Care and Definition

Everything about the process of hair rebonding explained

By Gabriela Petit
Hair Rebonding: Procedure, Care and Definition

What is hair rebonding?

Your hair is short, curly or dull and you want it to look much brighter and pretty? The solution exists, especially for those girls who have dull hair and difficult to handle. Hair rebonding is a new hair treatment technique that will undoubtedly make your hair look silky and be completely enviable!

Hair bonding is a process that uses both chemicals and heat to alter the structure of your hair and make it much more perfect. The time of this treatment will depend on the length of your hair; however, it varies between 3 and 8 hours.


Although this is a process that will make you look more beautiful, don’t forget that your hair will be subject to the use of chemicals, so for a period of time will be vulnerable and require good care of you.


Let's talk a little more about this treatment.

The process of hair rebonding (before and after)

How to rebond your hair

The first thing you need to know is what the treatment materials should you use. Such are: the hair rebonding kit; a hair straightener that has adjustable temperatures; a blow dryer; and finally, a mild shampoo.


The process is not very different from many other hair treatments. It starts by washing the hair with the mild shampoo (without the need of the conditioner), and after that, you can let it dry naturally or with a hair blower.

Subsequently, the stylist will divide your hair into several sections that depend on the length of your hair, as well as the texture and volume. After this, they will apply a relaxant that is part of the hair bonding kit and will last between 30 and 45 minutes.


The next step will be to wash the hair very well and dry it, then apply a keratin lotion. As in other processes, once keratin is applied, your hair is straightened with a flat hair iron at the maximum temperature that is usually 180°C (and should be this, actually). For this part of the process, we recommend specifically ceramic flat irons. Once this is done, they will apply a neutralizer and leave it for thirty minutes.


Wait, it's not over yet! After that, you should rinse your hair with cold water, then dry it and apply a serum that is part of the kit. Finally, your hair will be ironed one last time.

How to take care of your hair after rebonding it

The process of hair care after rebonding is essential because if you don't comply, you could be throwing your money and effort into the trash.

We're going to leave you here some important tips for the care of your hair after the rebonding treatment.

1. Avoid washing your hair for the first 3-4 days. This will enable the chemical to work its magic and let the hair stay straighter, longer.

2. Avoid changing the style of your hair, even if that's what your stylist recommends. Even highlighting your hair could damage the rebonding treatment completely as well as bringing damage your hair further.

3. Be very careful with the shampoo you use. We recommend that you ask an expert's advice on exactly what shampoo to use, as well as the conditioner.

4. Once you wash your hair with shampoo, leave the conditioner several minutes before washing your hair again. Also, use leave-in conditioners if you're going to leave your house.

6. Avoid hot water, even warm water. The best thing to take care of your hair after the rebonding treatment is the cold water or room temperature water.

7. Try to apply moisturizing masks to your hair frequently.

8. Do not tie your hair after the treatment for the next 2-3 days or you will have a wavy mid point where you tie that pony tail.

What is the cream they used for hair rebonding?

You may have noticed that during this process several products are used to beautify your hair.

The cream you will have to use for rebonding your hair is a Relaxing Cream ("relaxant"). You'll apply it to your hair for 30-45 minutes. This is applied by separate hair sections and prepare your scalp and all your hair for the chemical process that follows. We will not talk about specific brands because it will depend on the kit you choose, the stylist who applies the treatment, or simply personal preferences.

The importance of this cream is that it does not allow your hair to become too dry during treatment and that the chemicals actually provide the shine and silkiness you are looking for. Hydration in these processes is fundamental, otherwise, your hair will be the opposite of what you wanted. 

Are there any side effects from rebonding your hair?

Nothing is perfect, so it’s quite understandable that even this simple treatment has a few side effects.


A question that many women ask themselves before doing the rebonding is: "this treatment is for me?" One truth is that this treatment is not for anyone, but especially for those women who don’t have strong and thick hair because the hair must go through chemical processes that could weaken it a bit.


Let's examine some side effects:

1. Possible hair loss

As mentioned above, your hair has to withstand chemicals and it’s normal for it to weaken. That's why some women lose some hair after the rebonding.

2. Allergies

Honestly, it’s very difficult for this to happen, however, it’s possible because it depends on each person. Remember that rebonding uses chemicals in addition to heat, and this mixture get to cause the itchy skin to some women (only a few), as well as redness of the scalp, and even infection in the eyes if the liquid drops there. In these cases, it’s best to go directly to a doctor.

3. Burns

No matter how many precautions you take, you could be exposed to even the smallest accidents, and burns are one of them. In this case, you could suffer burns with the hair straightener or even if the treatment is not applied correctly, the chemicals could irritate the skin so much that they could burn it.


In the end, the side effects will vary according to each person. It’s possible that you don’t suffer anything when you apply these chemicals. In any case, it’s always good to be a little careful and be aware of how your skin behaves during and after treatment.

Can I rebond my hair on my own at home?

Of course! This process, although it may be long, is not difficult. You can do it yourself from your home following the same steps that we described above. In fact, many women from all over the country rebond their hair themselves! You can have that dream hair you see on TV, or on the Instagram of your favorite artist without having to pay a stylist too much money for it.


There is only one secret: You need to do it with extreme care. Stylists have more developed techniques and skills. So, if you decide to do it, it’s essential that you pay a lot more attention to avoid damaging your own hair in the process.


Also, we recommend that besides the hair rebonding kit, the straightening iron, and the mild shampoo, you also add some important things: a pair of gloves (so that the chemicals do not hurt your hands), an applicator brush, and a very old shirt so you don’t damage your clothes! And what if suddenly you do it wrong and a disaster happens?

We also have the answer to it.


There is a method to repair little by little the damage caused by rebonding, which is to oil (and apply moisturizing creams) to your hair regularly. You should also apply a deep hydration treatment every two weeks.


The damage will not be irreparable. Your hair will recover, you will only need time and patience.


Hair rebonding is a treatment increasingly used by women to beautify their hair, give them more shine and look hydrated and stunning. This treatment is recommended for those girls with voluminous hair and difficult to handle, given that at the same time, the thickness of their hair is what makes them perfect to be able to withstand the chemical process of the treatment without suffering so much damage.


Once the treatment is finished, it is important that you take the necessary precautions since the rebonded hair needs much more care than normal hair as the chemical process to which it was subjected to has weakened it. Even so, maintaining it is not that difficult. We recommend not exposing too much to the sun or pollution.


The main side effects are hair loss (if your hair is weak or fine), allergies to chemicals or burns due to misuse of the products. However, beyond these risks, it’s perfectly possible that you yourself apply this treatment at home if you are careful enough and remember to be careful with the hair and the application times of each of the products.


In short, regardless if you are going for this treatment not, your tresses deserves the right pampering!