Back to my roots: Finally saying NO to rebonding!
I had my last rebond in January of 2009. I went to my former salon, only to find that the place is now occupied by a different salon. I gave the newbie a shot anyway…My scalp received so bad a beating (it bled all over for days!) my hair never recovered.
I had been rebonding my hair for close to ten years now. The first time the trend arrived in the Philippines, I was so happy because I had been despairing over my frizzy hair. On a good day, the curls would come out but good days were rare. If it weren’t for the Koreans, I wouldn’t have known that it’s a bad idea for curly-haired peeps to brush their hair a hundred times (as our grandmothers would advise).
After my scalp injury, I was determined not to go back to having my hair rebonded. My head needed a rest from all the chemicals. The problem is, a few months after rebonding, I started looking like an atomic bomb cloud (or a mushroom) because my roots are curly while the rest of my hair would be stick straight.
I tried going to Henry Calayag to see if they’d give my rebonded strands a digital perm but they told me that my hair would die if they did that. You cannot perm rebonded hair; the combination of chemicals would be too much for my hair to handle. Apparently, I have to wait till my real hair grows back before they can fix it. In the meantime, they gave me a cut that would keep my hair from looking too thick.
So far, while I’m waiting, my temporary solution is to braid the rebonded strands, mousse ’em up and let them loose. They don’t look like my real curls but at least it’ll do for now. The mousse-and-hair-scrunching technique is something I learned from the Koreans.
The funny thing is, whenever someone sees me, he or she would comment, “New hair!” I’d reply with, “No, it’s my old hair.”