Montreal smoothing: how many treatments should I do per month?

Brazilian, French, Japanese or Indian straightening, if you have done this operation, you undoubtedly know it already: it is essential to carry out care after it. We will therefore see how to properly maintain your straightening done or not in your hair salon in Montreal Au 2e, regardless of the straightening chosen. Ready to do all the necessary care to keep your beautiful hair straightened longer?

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The basics to know

Have you ever thought about how many times you wash your hair in a month? It’s important, because it will have to be reduced. This is the basis for keeping your straightening longer: wash your hair less.

Do you usually wash your hair every day? Stop, this is no longer possible once your hair is straightened. If you continue, your straightening won’t last long. Shampoos have the ability to remove everything that is present on the hair and therefore the products that have been deposited on it, so it is important to use a shampoo for straightened hair. It is the very principle of shampoo. Plan on a maximum of 8 shampoos per month (i.e. 2 per week).

It’s also important not to run your fingers through your hair. Even if you like the new smooth feel, it’s important not to run your fingers through your hair over and over again. It makes sense. By running your fingers through your hair, you get it dirty and therefore need to wash it, it also tends to get greasy faster.

You’ll also want to invest in a wide-tooth comb. This will allow you to detangle your hair without damaging the straightening. Again, avoid using it over and over again. It will have the same effect as your fingers. Once a day is ideal.

The care to bring to your straightened hair

Even if your hair is not dry, care is needed during the months following your straightening to keep your hair smooth and beautiful. Even if you have to reduce the number of shampoos, the choice of the product that you will use is crucial. You will need to use this specific shampoo for all the months following your straightening (your hairdresser will tell you the average length of your straightening). You must obviously choose a shampoo adapted to your hair (oily tendency, for example). You should also choose a product without sodium chlorite or sulfates, compounds that are particularly harmful to straightening. The pH must be soft. Choose a product with keratin, ideal for post-smoothing care.

For each shampoo, an important recommendation: you must rinse your hair for a long time. Hearing the crunch of your fingers on the hair will not be enough. You will still have to “water” your hair for long minutes to remove all traces of shampoo and other products used.

Products to use after a straightening

During the months following your straightening, whatever it is, you must take care of your hair. You will need to invest in a keratin conditioner, but also a moisturizing oil (or serum depending on your preference).

If you have chosen a Japanese straightening, you will need to apply the mask twice a week (or once if your hair is not dry). For a Brazilian straightening, once a week is enough.

As for the oil or the moisturizing serum, you will have to use it once a day (if you do not want to apply it every day, you will have to do it after each wash at least, that is to say 8 times a month as a rule). The straightening, whatever it is, dries the hair. It is therefore essential to nourish your hair every day. Oil nourishes well, but does not weigh down the hair. Choose a product based on avocado, castor oil or Amla oil.

Other treatments?

Hair, even when straightened, tends to curl at night. To avoid damaging the effects of straightening, you can roll your hair every night. This will protect it better. Use the “wrap” method, which may be a little restrictive, but is very effective in taking care of your straightening. Detangle your hair and then apply a few drops of serum. Use flat clips to secure your hair to your head. Wrap your hair in a scarf.

Even if it’s straight, you’ll still need to style your hair on a daily basis. Use a wide-tooth comb, as mentioned above.

When it comes to drying, it’s best to let your hair air dry. If you don’t have time, you can blow-dry your hair. By doing this on a daily basis, the smoothing will last longer (especially for a Brazilian smoothing).

When the straightening starts not to have the desired effects anymore (normally a straightening lasts between 3 and 4 months, so it starts not to look so good after one or two months), you will tend to want to use a straightening iron. Be careful, not more than once a week (or 4 times a month). Used more, it will damage your hair and therefore the remains of straightening. If you must buy a straightening iron, choose a model with ceramic plates, ideal for hair that has been straightened. Don’t forget the heat-protecting serum.

If all this seems too complicated to maintain your straightening, you can of course ask your Au 2e hairdresser for advice.

5 reasons to do your straightening with our professionals!

You wish to discipline your hair and you have tried, in vain, all the solutions? What if you were to do your straightening with a professional hairdresser? By using the right technique and the right products, the expert hairdresser ensures that your hair is perfectly smooth and healthy.

Save time, get expert advice and get impeccable results. Discover 5 good reasons to do your straightening with our professionals at Au 2e!

1. Perfect straightening thanks to the expertise of a professional hairdresser

If you want to get your hair perfectly straight, professional hairdressers have the skills, techniques and superior products to achieve professional results.

Indeed, hair straightening specialists are certified hairdressers whose professional skills have been validated by a diploma. Thus, by using the services of an expert, you are assured of having smoother, shinier and healthier hair.

Moreover, since the hair straightening products usually used require very precise precautions, the professional knows perfectly each of the gestures to adopt. But also, the expert hairdresser knows the composition of the applied products, their pause time as well as all their methods of use.

2. Use of straightening products adapted to your hair

In order to achieve a smoothing of the hair in the rules, the use of specific products is essential. For example, it is imperative to choose a conditioning shampoo adapted to your hair type. But also, the application of a serum or an oil must be carried out by taking into account the state of health of your capillary fibres. And, when styling, the use of a thermal protection is essential to protect your hair from the heat of the straightening iron.

Moreover, there are several types of straightening products: mousse, cream, lotion… And only the professional hairdresser is able to choose the best solution for your hair. Thus, the hairdressing expert evaluates the quality of your hair before starting the straightening. To do this, he studies the texture of your hair, which allows him to choose the best method and products to use.

3. Prevention of possible capillary damages thanks to professional techniques

Smoothing or straightening? Depending on the result you want, and especially depending on the nature of your hair, the professional hairdresser will use the right products. Indeed, straightening hair can have 2 different purposes. Straightening and straightening hair have one thing in common: they are techniques used to change the texture of the hair. However, there is an important difference between the 2 procedures.

Straightening is a process that makes the hair smoother and softer by using straightening products and styling appliances such as irons. Straightening does not change the structure of the hair. Whereas straightening is a process that changes the chemical structure of the hair by using straightening products. Straightening can then make the hair straighter and smoother, but can also weaken and damage it.

This is why it is important to go to a professional to straighten your hair. He or she can avoid damaging the nature of your hair by using the right techniques and products.

4. Get personalized advice especially for taking care of your straightened hair

Professional hairdressers can give you personalized advice on how to care for your hair to maintain the results of straightening. For example, their expertise allows them to advise you to opt for cosmetics specially designed for straightened hair, such as conditioning shampoos or heat-protecting creams and lotions.

Or, since hair fibers are more likely to be weakened by straightening treatments, your hairdresser may advise you to avoid overheating irons or hair dryers. It is also important to keep your hair moisturized and soft after straightening by using serums or oils for the ends.

Also, after a straightening treatment, the professional may advise you to avoid hair styles that pull on your hair, such as tight braids or tied hairstyles. Finally, you can also trim the ends regularly to eliminate split ends, often caused by dryness from heated appliances.

5. Save time straightening your hair by going to a professional

When you go to a professional hairdresser like your hair salon in Montreal Au 2e to straighten your hair, you save a lot of time! Indeed, thanks to his precise and fast gestures, the expert knows in all points the gestures to be accomplished.

In addition, during the entire time you are being taken care of by a professional hairdresser, you let yourself be taken in hand. Much more than a simple hairdressing session, a straightening also allows you to find a new hairstyle, a new hair style. But above all, a visit to your Montreal hair salon Au 2e is a time for true relaxation!


Colored hair: how many treatments should I do per month?

One woman in two in the world colors her hair. Whether it’s a matter of coquetry or a desire to change your look, colored hair is an unprecedented seductive asset. However, it requires care and a specific hair routine to stay healthy and shiny. Here’s how much care you should be taking each month to keep your color-treated hair beautiful, strong and shiny.

Colored hair needs special attention

During the coloring process, in order for the hair to be dyed, the scales are opened to hold the color. This process is due to the chemicals contained in the dyes. When coloring is repeated, the hair becomes fragile, the scales no longer close properly and the hair fiber becomes thinner, more damaged and breaks. To avoid having to cut your colored hair and having a “straw hair” effect, care must be applied with great care to your hair.

Set up a weekly hair routine

The hair routine is a beauty gesture that will allow you to keep your hair beautiful and your color shiny longer.

Pre-shampoo care

Once a week, take the time to apply a pre-shampoo treatment to your hair. Based on vegetable oils, this treatment will penetrate the hair fiber to nourish it in depth.

The oils to be privileged are :

  • Argan oil: it will strengthen, moisturize, reinforce the shine of your hair and it can calm an irritated scalp;
  • Castor oil: it is perfect for brittle and weakened hair. Moreover, it helps to fight against hair loss. Finally, it brings a lot of shine;
    Sweet almond oil: it is known to moisturize, nourish and repair hair naturally.


Once or twice a week, it is necessary to wash your hair with a shampoo designed for colored hair. Ideally, you should use two shampoos. The first one, formulated with a neutral pH, allows to overcome the scalp of the deposits of limestone, dandruff and excess sebum. The second shampoo must be adapted to the nature of your hair or to your current problems: dry hair, dandruff, greasy roots… A shampoo formulated for colored hair is ideal. Leave the second shampoo on for 2 to 3 minutes for a deeper treatment.


Also called “rinse-off care”, conditioner comes in various forms: conditioners, balms, hair masks…

It should be applied after each shampoo, on towel-dried hair, and left on for the time indicated on the product. Its objective is to have a detangling and moisturizing action to avoid breakage during detangling and protect the hair during drying. Fine hair can use a conditioner with a lighter, more fluid formula than a mask to avoid weighing down the hair.

Rinse-off conditioner should be applied to the lengths specifically so as not to overload the roots.

Additional treatments

Depending on your needs, other treatments can be included in your monthly hair routine.

Leave-in care

To be applied to towel-dried hair, leave-in care will reinforce the moisturizing action of the shampoo and previous treatments. It is the essential ally of healthy colored hair. Depending on the nature of your hair, leave-in care comes in different forms:

  • A smooth, nutrient-rich cream. The leave-in cream is perfect for dry, textured or thick hair. It should be applied to the lengths and ends;
  • A two-phase. Lighter than the cream, it is perfect for fine, short and/or oily hair.
    Styling products

If you tend to use heated accessories to style your hair, you should always use a heat-protective treatment. The treatment will coat the hair fiber and protect the hair from dehydration and dryness. In addition, some treatments are formulated to protect the pigments in your hair color and prevent it from bleeding too quickly.

Repigmenting care

To avoid having to redo your coloring too often, you can add repigmenting treatments to your hair routine. These shampoos and conditioners will make up for the pigment deficit caused by washing the hair. They revive the shine of the color and slow down the root effect.

When should I redo my hair color?

In general, and depending on the amount of white hair you have, it is recommended that you recolor your hair every 4 to 6 weeks. After this time, colored hair has lost its shine. In addition, regrowth at the roots may reveal some white streaks or a difference in tone with your natural color.

In order to benefit from expert care, it is advisable to have your hair colored by a professional hairdresser in your Au 2e salon. Our team will be able to advise you on the best way to care for your hair and on the color to adopt according to your skin tone.

Tannin smoothing and coloring : our advices

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Many questions arise when one wants to perform a smoothing with tannin associated with a coloration. Are the two compatible? What are the things to respect? What is tannin smoothing? Here are our answers!

Tannin smoothing: its benefits and maintenance

Tannin is a natural product that is obtained by maceration. It can come from oak, chestnut or grape skins. The Au 2e coiffeurs-visagistes team, one of the first to offer it in Quebec, masters all aspects of it.

The very benefit of this product is to penetrate the molecules to nourish and moisturize. It gives strength, suppleness, shine and resistance to the hair. Tannin, through its natural components, allows for effective smoothing over a long period of time. Depending on your hair type and the expected result, it is an excellent option. It moisturizes, nourishes and improves the quality of the hair fiber up to 80%. Without chemical components, this straightening can be used on all hair types and lasts from 4 to 8 months.

This type of straightening is more durable with regular maintenance. It is recommended to opt for natural herbal shampoos. We recommend the Keune So Pure range. As long as you perform the necessary maintenance routine, going to the sea or swimming pool will have less of an effect on smoothing.

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Carry out a straightening on colored hair

For any type of smoothing, including tannin, it is important to respect certain rules. First of all, it is strongly advised not to perform a permanent staining or discoloration on the day of a chemical smoothing. But, good news, it is quite appropriate to combine a coloring with a tannin smoothing or another type of natural smoothing.

For blonde hair, it is strongly recommended to perform a toner service or coloring right after the tannin straightening (during the same appointment) to avoid any golden highlights that may appear. For chemical smoothing, it is mandatory to wait a minimum of two weeks.

Tannin straightening can be a beneficial treatment for your hair. It can be applied to all types of hair, even colored, bleached or even highlighted hair. Please note that some advice should be followed to obtain a good result and protect your hair. Our expert stylists are here to help you get the best possible result.

Guaranteed service 

A smoothing begins with the work done in the salon and continues with a home maintenance with the appropriate products. Our salon brands meet all quality criteria and perfectly complement the smoothing received in the salon. Moreover, the different ranges allow you to obtain products adapted to your hair type (dry, oily, etc.). They have been used by hundreds of clients on straightened hair since the opening of the salon and stand out for their performance.

This is why we guarantee our straightenings when maintenance is done with the salon’s recommended products. We offer all the necessary advice on how to use them properly. A consultation with one of our specialists is required in order to take care of your needs and desires, to take into account the health of your hair and to bring you peace of mind and the daily happiness of having the hair you want.

For an online consultation, click here, or call us at 514 845-7676.

What straightening for North African hair?

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Maghrebian hair, if well cared for, has beautiful qualities. Often wavy, curly or even sometimes frizzy, you might still want to get a smooth hair everyday and easy to maintain.

Your hair can be a challenge, and using a heated appliance to straighten hair is time consuming and damaging.

Here are several types of straightenings for your North African hair done by our team to obtain a long-lasting straightening.

No more styling products and long hours in the bathroom. Thanks to these straightening techniques, you will enjoy effortlessly straightened, sheathed and shiny hair. The salon’s team is expert with North African hair, having a long experience with this type of hair.

Smoothing Sinka Tokio Inkarami 

Sinka straightening and Tokio Inkarami care stand out with a formula that durably smoothes, repairs and provides resistance to the hair. Since its arrival at the salon, the results are brilliant and satisfaction is guaranteed. What is the added value of this straightening treatment for North African hair? Often dry and fragile, they will fully benefit from the advantages of this innovative technology.

The fullerene contained in the treatment allows the nourishing properties to blend completely with the hair fiber. Your hair will be more resistant and, above all, healthier. And there’s no need to begrudge its aesthetic qualities, including shine, and practical qualities such as suppleness and hydration. With a range of specialized products developed by the brand for home care, it lasts from 6 to 8 months. The most rebellious hair just has to behave!

Tannin smoothing

Tannin smoothing is a smoothing technique often referred to as revolutionary. Many agree that it is an improved version of Brazilian smoothing. It is very effective and can be used to smooth all hair types. With this technique, your hairdresser is able to choose the degree of relaxation you want to give to your hair. Tannin smoothing is obtained by macerating the skins of grapes, chestnut and oak.

Smoothing will act on the hair fiber and allow it to relax the curl, rehydrate the hair while maintaining suppleness and volume. At home, without the action of heat, you will obtain a relaxed, moisturized and frizz-free curl. A wavy effect.

Under the action of heat, because it is a thermo-active straightener, you will easily obtain a smooth hair in a few minutes. The effect will last from 4 to 8 months. Tannin straightening is rapidly gaining popularity among people with North African hair because of its flexibility and naturalness.

Japanese smoothing

Japanese smoothing is a technique that is still very much appreciated by customers of North African origin. Indeed, this type of straightening makes it possible to obtain straight hair fairly quickly and is more similar to straightening. Indeed, Japanese straightening consists of alternating several steps.

First, your hairdresser will wash your hair to remove impurities. Then, he will apply to each of your strands a chemical product that is similar to a perming product, but with a higher concentration so that it can modify the structure of the hair.

This product requires a break of 20 minutes or more depending on the brand. After that, you will have to dry the hair and then straighten it with a straightener, strand by strand, to give it the desired shape. Finally, the Japanese straightening will continue with the application of a setting milk, then a final shampoo and finger drying. Japanese straightening is therefore a long process, but it will save time in everyday life and avoid damaging your hair with high heat appliances.

Nevertheless, Japanese straightening is a radical, aggressive straightening that won’t leave you the possibility to go back. You’ll lose your curly hair until it grows back for straight chopsticks. The maintenance of this type of straightening is very constraining, because the difference with the unsmoothed root appears easily.

With a Japanese straightening, you will have peace of mind for a period of 4 months. It is advisable to have some time in front of you as it can take a few hours to complete. A very interesting alternative, halfway between Japanese straightening and Brazilian straightening, is Korean (keratin) straightening, much softer, less chemically strong for the hair, giving a smooth appearance to your mane and a more natural result.

Brazilian smoothing

Brazilian straightening is also suitable for North African hair. It is a much sought-after treatment because it allows the hair to be sheathed and frizz-smoothed effectively while giving it a shiny and supple appearance. The Brazilian straightening is carried out thanks to a care enriched in keratin, a molecule naturally present in the hair and the nails.

More a care than a straightening, it is an excellent solution to provide nutrients, keratin and hydration for brittle and dry hair that creates frizz. However, it will not be effective if you want to reduce the volume of your hair or relax your curl.

The effect is too short-lived. Not to be confused with the old generation Brazilian straightening that stiffened the curl by giving smooth hair, but finer and oily hair due to the presence of formaldehyde, which is now banned.

The new Brazilian straightening (or treatment) can be compared to the botox hair care offered everywhere in terms of results and duration. There are alternatives with a better quality/price ratio.

There are therefore many straightening techniques perfectly adapted to North African hair. Although often rather expensive, we recommend that you practice them at a hairdresser and not with products at home. These could prove to be of poor quality and damage your hair. We therefore advise you to invest time and money in quality so that you can enjoy impeccable results for several months.

Guaranteed service 

A smoothing begins with the work done in the salon and continues with a home maintenance with the appropriate products. Our salon brands meet all quality criteria and perfectly complement the smoothing received in the salon. Moreover, the different ranges allow you to obtain products adapted to your hair type (dry, oily, etc.). They have been used by hundreds of clients on straightened hair since the opening of the salon and stand out for their performance.

This is why we guarantee straightening treatments when they are done at our salon and that the maintenance is done with the salon’s recommended products. We offer you all the advice you need to use them properly. A consultation with one of our specialists is required in order to take care of your needs and desires, to take into account the health of your hair and to bring you peace of mind and the daily happiness of having the hair you want.

For an online consultation click here, or call 514 845-7676