Hair Rebonding: Its Side Effects, Prevention, and Nourishment at Home

Hair Rebonding

Women’s hair rebonding has taken a new hype lately, but its aftermath requires much more nourishment to prevent its side effects.

Are you bored with your natural curly and wavy hair? Want to have a rebonding to give it a straight look?

If yes, then take a simple step. Google it and watch your home page getting bombarded with suggestions of hair rebonding. You would be surprised to see the enthusiasm of girls in this hair treatment, and why not?

Hair rebonding has been increasingly popular among women of various ages, cultures, and nations worldwide. Women would try several hair treatments to bring their hair its good old form or redefine its charm. In reality, no hair treatment is perfect.

Hair rebonding is a trendy hair treatment, which makes your hair straight and silky for a certain period. After getting a hair rebonding, you might fall in love with your new set of hair again and sleep well at night with a grin.

However, every treatment likely has some flaws in it. With hair rebonding, it’s very much possible that it suits someone’s hair perfectly while making a total mess of the other.

So, if you’re up for a hair rebonding, then take a moment. Let’s arm yourself for the disadvantages to decide whether the treatment is worthy or not.

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What is A Hair Rebonding?

So, what’s a hair rebonding, and how does it work?

Well, Amino Acids are constituent proteins of our hair. These proteins are connected by bonds that shape your hair’s structure – curly, wavy, or straight. Hair rebonding chemically relaxes your hair by breaking down these bonds. Afterward, it rebuilds them to alter the form and shape of your hair.

The process usually starts with applying a relaxant, which helps break down the protein bonds in your hair. Then comes the stage of hair straightening and neutralizing, which rebuilds the bonds with an altered structure.

Now there are certain effects that your hair faces after rebonding. Let me give you a fleeting idea about it.

After rebonding, your hair mostly faces scalp damage, weaker hair bonds, hair fall, and crinkled hair. Dryness, breakage, split ends, changed hair texture, slow growth of new hair, and allergic reaction also ensue the initial side effects.

Now, let me give you a broader picture so that determining your hair rebonding becomes easier.

7 Side Effects of Hair Rebonding

1.   Hair Rebonding May Cause Scalp Damage

In the hair rebonding procedure, giving heat to your hair is the main element. The heat gets in contact with all the chemicals used in this treatment, which is quite damaging to the scalp, and it can even burn it.

The damage occurs when the temperature of the metal plates stays higher than the required amount. If the chemicals remain longer on the hair than necessary, there’re high chances of a damaged scalp.

The damage can also cause bacteria, which harms the hair folliculitis severely. As a result, this damage can be permanent, making a severe impact on hair’s health.

Furthermore, excessive heat and different chemicals simultaneously can also lead to fungal infections and scalp psoriasis.

2.   It Causes Vulnerable Root and Hair Fall

The hair strands become fragile and need the utmost care and maintenance after the rebonding treatment.

On the other hand, many women consider the treatment a permanent solution and tend to forget the post-treatment hair care.

I’ve read about many women complaining about their hair becoming weaker and more sensitive after they’ve done the rebonding. Many reports also suggest that rebonding weakens the damaged or thinned strands, causing their rapid fall.

This hair fall problem also appears if you start combing your hair just after finishing the treatment. Expert says that you shouldn’t tie or tuck your hair tightly behind the ears for the first month after hair rebonding, let alone comb harshly.

3.   It Makes Your Hair Frizzy and Dry

When you don’t look after your hair properly, it becomes frizzy, dry, and you’ll face many other issues. And whenever high heat is applied, and your hair remains messy, the condition gets even worse.

So, you better not deprive your hair of care for a longer time after rebonding because the suffering will go beyond your expectations.

Besides, every time you go through the hair rebonding process, your hair will dry naturally.

Your hair loses moisture throughout the rebonding process since the heat seeps out most of it during the straightening period.

So, if you love to straighten your hair a lot or opt for straightening it every 6 months or a year, then prepare to lose natural oils from the hair. Consequently, frequent straightening by rebonding will decline your hair’s natural health and turn it brittle.

4.   It May Lead to Breakage and Split Ends

Whatever the straightening process or treatment you apply on your hair, be it temporary or permanent, your hair will break at some point– and you know it, right?

Similarly, a rebonding weakens your hair structure, so the hair’s constituent strands become more vulnerable.

The strands get more vulnerable when the hair weakens and starts breaking from the middle. There, all you can do is being upset at this state.

Apart from this breakage, as long as the rebonding pertains, the fragile state of strand and hair persists, making the hair looks unappealing.

5.   It Changes the Hair Texture

The applicable chemicals for the permanent hair straightening treatments can alter your hair texture entirely and permanently.

The same happens when you opt for rebonding, which is a semi-permanent straightening process. In the procedure, your hair has to endure a lot of overuse of chemical products while straightening.

Once this happens, no care remedies or hair masks can regain the old, natural form of your hair. Then you’re left mostly with one option:  cutting your hair from the middle section and then let it grow naturally.

As long as you try to keep the rebonding hair, there will be no shine or life if your hair grows. As a result, it’s better to cut the hair and let it regrow.

6.   It Slows down Hair Growth

The concerning point about the hair growth in the last section requires a separate explanation here.

When you rebond your hair, it receives a lot of heat protectant to protect the hair from severe heat. Unfortunately, hair protectants are also full of chemicals, which damage the natural components of hair.

Your hair cuticles are bound to get damaged due to chemical protectant and then extreme heat. And this slows down your hair growth for the rest of your life.

7.   It May Spur Allergic Reaction

An allergic reaction is another widespread side effect of hair rebonding. After the treatment, allergy may occur on the scalp due to the severe usage of chemicals during the straightening procedure.

Several reports say that you might feel itching on your skin, neck, and eyes due to your scalp’s allergic reaction.

12 Ways to Prevent Side Effects of Hair Rebonding at Home

So, once you determine about rebonding your hair given the conditions mentioned above, you better learn how to prevent your hair from the said side effects.

Let’s check some preventive measures below:

1. Wash Your Hair after 72 Hours of Hair Rebonding

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Wash Your Hair after 72 Hours

It’s the most important thing to keep in mind after getting a hair rebonding. You just can’t let your hair get wet, no matter what.

It takes about 72 hours for your hair to settle into its new structure. Washing it before the time is only going to leave you with suboptimal results.

2. Give up Hair Ties for A While to Let Your Hair Settle Freely

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Give up Hair Ties

It’s time to give up tucking your hair behind your ear, using hair ties, or bobby pins. Since hair fasteners can leave your restructured hair with creases, it’s better to leave it flowing down open.

3. Go to Bed with Straight Hair

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Go to Bed with Straight Hair

Although a bit tricky, you must ensure that your hair is mostly straight when you hit the pillows. And this procedure should go on for three nights straight before washing the hair.

You must be careful about doing anything that might cause your hair to lose its shape.

4. Take Your Time while Conditioning Your Hair

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Take Your Time while Conditioning Your Hair

Three days passed, now you can finally wash your hair.

Make sure you’re using a mild shampoo that’s specially formulated for chemically-treated hair.

Apply conditioner and wait a few extra minutes so that your hair can soak up some moisture.

5. Be Prudent about Heat Styling

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Be Prudent about Heat Styling

You’ve already styled your hair by rebonding. But if you think you can’t survive three days without a blow dryer, use it on the cool setting then.  

You need to stay away from heat as much as possible following the rebonding only if you want to avoid damaging your hair.

6. Postpone Your Hair Coloring Plans for A Specific Time

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Put Your Hair Coloring Plans on Hold

If you’re interested in saving your hair after rebonding, then consider chemical treatments as the spawn of the devil for the next six months.

These chemical treatments may include hair coloring. Because you don’t want to over-process your hair, it’s better to put it off for a while. And a six-month window is a fair amount of time for you to observe the changes in your hair after the rebonding.

7. Don’t Skip the Trimming of Split Ends

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Don’t Skip the Trim

Damage in hair due to rebonding may lead to split-ends. As a result, you need to visit your hairstylist every 6-8 weeks for trimming down those loose ends.

Trimming will keep your hair healthy by preventing the damage from traveling up the length of your hair.

8. Make Cold Showers Your Best Friend

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Make Cold Showers Your Best Friend

The cold water seals your hair shafts, preventing moisture loss and damage. It will condition your hair and improve your hair’s health while preserving its shine.

However, if you can’t handle cold water showers, I recommend taking a shower with lukewarm water. But beware of warm or hot water if you want to save your rebonded hair.

9. Keep Your Scalp Clean

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Keep Your Scalp Clean

Keeping your scalp clean after hair rebonding is a must.

An unhealthy scalp with clogged follicles may yield dandruff and hair fall. To avoid this, give your scalp a regular hot oil massage and wash your hair with a significant but mild shampoo.

10. Don’t Wash Your Hair Frequently

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Don’t Wash Your Hair Frequently

Your hair requires enough moisture following the rebonding. Reduce your weekly hair wash to maintain your hair’s health.

Make sure you don’t do more than 3-4 washes per week. Applying dry shampoo will buy yourself some more time in-between showers.

11. Cover Your Hair to Prevent Hair Pollution

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Cover Your Hair

Now, this is important if you’ve done rebonding recently. Make scarves, hats, and umbrellas your best friends.

It’s imperative to keep your hair safe from the harsh environmental factors, such as pollution, rain, and the sun’s UV rays.

12. Don’t Neglect Your Diet

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Don’t Neglect Your Diet

Last but not least, your hair’s health craves more of what you put inside your body than what you apply on it topically.

While topical treatments are essential to keep your hair glossy and healthy, a balanced diet will ensure that your hair growth is healthy from the roots.

You can have eggs, berries, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts, seeds, fatty fish, shrimp, beans, and meat to have healthy hair.

Nourish Your Rebonded Hair with These 6 Products

Applying the right products to maintain your new style after rebonding is crucial. Following is a list of 6 essential products you’ll need to nourish your rebonded hair:

1. Apply Suitable Shampoo to Nourish Your Rebonded Hair

Firstly, when you select a shampoo, inspect the label if that specifies “suitable for chemically-treated hair.” While such shampoos may be a little more expensive, they cater to your processed hair’s needs and help maintain the style while improving your hair’s health.

These particular shampoos are clinically processed for rebonded hair. So, using these will help to nourish your hair with the proteins lost during rebonding.

2. Conditioner is A Must to Keep Your Rebonded Hair Moist

Conditioning your hair is crucial after a hair rebonding treatment. Since following the treatment, your hair becomes dry and is in serious need of moisture, conditioning your hair becomes a must.

You can also try co-washing your hair, which I believe is a brilliant idea after a hair rebonding treatment. Co-washing means cleaning your hair only with conditioner to maintain the styled texture after hair treatment.

3. Hair Masks Help Rebonded Hair Heal and Regain Its Nutrients

The breaking and rebuilding the bonds in your hair during rebonding take a severe toll on its overall health and shape.

That’s why your hair needs protein and moisture to regain its health. A hair mask consisting of protein treatment and deep conditioning will help eliminate the damage while giving your hair a chance to heal.

4. Leave-in Conditioners and Serums Prevent Moisture-Loss

Leave-in conditioners and serums help to form a protective barrier around your hair shaft, preventing moisture loss. Besides, they help to protect your hair from environmental pollutants.

5. A Wide-Tooth Comb Is The Best Comb for Rebonded Hair

A wooden wide-tooth comb should be an integral part of your hair nourishment since it becomes vulnerable after rebonding. Combing your hair with a wide-tooth comb will help prevent breakage. Besides, you wouldn’t have to worry about static flyaways. Avoid combing your hair while it’s wet.

6. Oil Treatments Can Ensure Healthy Hair Structure and Scalp

Lastly, it would be best if you didn’t forget the importance of oiling your hair. Regular oil treatments are essential if you want your hair to return to its healthy structure.

Oils such as coconut, olive, almond, jojoba, castor, or even a mixture of all these can prove useful in nourishing your hair. Oiling helps moisturize and nourish your styled hair as well as improve the scalp’s health.

Please, Note Some Cruicial Points before Hair Rebonding

Although rebonding is somewhat an effective way to straighten hair, it comes with a set of drawbacks. That’s why let me share some techniques to think about before you opt for a hair rebonding.

  1. The process of rebonding needs repetition to keep your hair straight. So, try to repeat the process in every 12 weeks or further, and not earlier. The interval gives your hair time to recover from the chemicals and any oxidative stress the treatment causes.
  2. Make sure not to apply the chemical relaxers directly on your scalp to prevent skin burn. Using some petroleum jelly along the hairline and on the ears before the relaxer will prevent burns or allergic reactions.
  3. Test a few strands of hair to know if the chemicals are compatible with your hair. If the hair breaks during the test, apply another relaxer, or the hair is too weak to be straightened.


Deciding to rebond your hair can be a big step considering the condition of your hair. While it might be the right decision and necessary for some, not everybody would find it equally important.

WomenMinds would suggest you go through all the points in this article to decide your hair’s betterment.

It’s always wise to consult an expert hairstylist before opting for such treatments involving chemical processes. Make a vow that you would be diligent in nourishing your hair after getting a rebonding treatment if you’re doing it any soon.

Mohammad Anique

Mohammad Anique is the editor at WomenMinds who writes informative and helpful blogs on various topics, including beauty, skincare, parenting, etc. He's a bookworm, an animal lover, and an aspiring writer.

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