7 Semi-Permanent Beauty Treatments Worth Paying For
Some semi-permanent treatments are so good they're recession-proof -- and others don't live up to the hype. Find out which ones can change your beauty routine for the better
Japanese straightening treatmentCost: $300+
Lasts: 3 to 8 months
Who should do it: Someone who's constantly struggling to straighten her hair.
Why you should get it: The Japanese straightening treatment, also known as the Magic Straight, can change the thickest, unruliest curls to wash-and-go, pin straight hair -- for eight months or more. (I've scheduled yearly salon visits for this treatment since high school.) Bonus: You'll save your hair from any damage it would've received from daily heat styling.
What you won't like: Once the straightening treatment wears off, you'll start to see a kink in your hair, demarcating where your natural, un-straightened hair begins. You can get root touchups for around $150, or choose to gradually wean your hair off of the treatment. Keep in mind that going to a stylist who's experienced with this treatment is imperative; if your hair is over processed, you can risk breakage.
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