Will Rebonding Affect My Highlights?


It’s so easy to change your hairdo, but it’s also easy to overdo it. Once you’ve got the color and the highlights exactly right, you may be tempted to turn those natural curls into sheets of straight silk by letting a stylist do a rebonding. You need to know what to expect before you take that step. Double-processing your hair by rebonding doesn’t have to be a problem, but it will affect your highlights.

Bond Issue

The number of disulfide bonds in your hair determine just how curly your hair is. The more bonds you have, the curlier your hair will be. Chemical processes like relaxing, perming and rebonding all break and then reform these bonds in different ways. Rebonding kits are available, but messing up the timing can permanently mess up your hair. Leave this process to the pros.


Highlights are sections of hair lighter in color that the rest of your ‘do. It’s not possible to lighten hair without stripping some of its natural color, but highlights are often stripped and then dyed a golden tone to look natural instead of just bleached. Rebonding will strip out these tones.

On the Rebond

Rebonding breaks the disulfide bonds in your hair. The stylist reshapes the broken bonds by straightening your hair with huge curlers or a flat-iron. When your hair is laid out flat, or pressed with a flat-iron, the bonds reform into a long, flat shape. This is permanent and cannot be changed without breaking the bonds again. All rebonding chemicals are a bit harsh, and they all strip color from your hair. Stripping the darker color from your hair will make your highlights stand out less. Stripping the tone from your highlights may make them look less natural, or mess up the color balance between dark and light strands.

Getting It Right

Highlighting strips color from hair, and dries and weakens it at the same time. Rebonding weakens and dries your hair while affecting the color of the highlights. You should wait four to six weeks after the highlights are done to get your hair rebounded. Use a deep moisturizing conditioner at least one week before rebonding to nourish and strengthen your hair, and discuss with your hairdresser how long you should wait after rebonding to have your highlights refreshed.

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