Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
Angella Williams' Salon Thairapy, located in Ocho Rios, has brought the anti-frizz hair as well as thermal rebonding hair treatment methods to customers in Jamaica.
The United States-trained Williams, who has trained with Vidal Sassoon and Dudley's Cosmetology University, among others, is a 15-year veteran in the hair business.
She is licensed in New York and Jamaica and returned to Jamaica and opened Salon Thairapy in 2007. It specialises in thermal re-bonding, anti-frizz, colouring, and cutting.
"Thermal rebonding has been around for about 15 years in the United States and in Europe, and it's a way of processing your hair that makes it as pin straight as you want it to be," explained Williams as she talked with Rural Xpress from her shop at the Sandcastles Hotel.
"The process takes around four to six hours to do and a lot of people are migrating to it because it's just an easy way to take care of your hair. Once you do it, just like if you shampoo your hair, you don't even have to blow-dry it. Just go, and it will dry straight, no frizz, and it's great for the humidity here in Jamaica."
She said the process is new to Jamaica.
"It's definitely new to Jamaica. I'm the first one to actually bring it here. Most of my clientele are Indians and they tend to go to Florida or India to get it done. It's a brand-new feature to Jamaica and it's something that I definitely think people will appreciate because it's always better to have permanently straight hair and to curl it up for a special occasion than to have really curly hair trying to straighten it and put waves in it and then go out into the humidity."
The process, which is permanent, is good for all types of hair, she explained.
"It can be used on any texture hair. In the beginning, people were hesitant about using it on African hair, but it can be used on any texture hair.
"It's like a relaxer. You know we straighten our hair with a relaxer, and we probably have to straighten it every five weeks. Depending on how curly your hair is, you could go from doing it maybe four, five times a year to maybe just one time a year (with thermal rebonding)."
Unlike thermal rebonding, anti-frizz is semi-permanent and lasts for about three months.
"It's a great option for somebody that's not sure if they want permanent straightening. Or if you just want to do something special for your daughter, you don't want them to use chemicals. Either one is very healthy for your hair and it keeps your hair strong."
Customer response has been excellent, Williams said.
"They are 100 per cent satisfied. I've done a whole different realm of people and they love it. It's a life saver because you can just wash your hair and go. You don't have to worry about blow-drying and flat-ironing, so it cuts down on maintenance time in the morning."