Permanent Hair Smoothing Brisbane

Unlike other smoothing services the Xtenso smoothing service will leave your hair permanently smoothed - only your new hair growth will be curly. Xtenso is entirely free of formaldehyde.

Smoothing is priced individually following a consultation and strand test. It is not unusual for smoothing to take 4hrs, during this time your stylist will be keeping a very close eye on you and will not be servicing any other clients. 

Chemical Smoothing is a fantastic service and is one of our specialties, and we love seeing people transformed from curly to smooth, it is life changing.

You will be required to attend an initial consultation as well as providing us with some hair for a strand test to ensure the suitability of your hair for this service.

It is essential that you follow your before and aftercare instructions to ensure the optimum results - these instructions are below. We also strongly recommend that you invest in recommended professional hair care products to maintain the look and condition of your hair.

We use the best professional permanent smoothing products for your hair.


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Thinking Of A Big Colour Change, Permanent Smoothing,Have Damaged Hair Or Do You Have A Colour Which Needs Fixing???

The team at Elysium go to extraordinary lengths to ensure the best result for you. We are professionals who take our jobs very seriously and invest extra time and effort into these complex services.

Strand Test

What is a strand test?

A: A strand test is a preliminary test of the hair to determine its suitability for a given process, and to verify specifics such as processing times, and possible results. It's very important in situations where the hair is damaged or the intention is to attempt a dramatic alteration to the color of the hair.

Strand tests are used in color processes to ensure that the hair will respond properly to the processes planned, and that said processes won't result in irreparable damage to the hair. It's also important when the stylist cannot be certain what other colors or chemicals have been used on the hair in the past. (For instance, hair that is colored using a metallic salt dye, such as those that offer "gradual coverage" of gray hair, will react horribly if exposed to the peroxide in the developer of traditional hair color. Often the result in these cases is that the hair melts completely.)

Strand tests are used for similar reasons with chemical smoothing, and can also help to ensure that the hair will respond well to a smoothing service.
Basically, strand testing is a means by which to make sure that the hair will respond appropriately to the chemical service in question without risking the whole head and therefore seriously damaging the hair when it could be prevented.

Step 1: Phone consultation

Step 2: In salon consultation with your stylist. This consultation will include a strand test

Step 3: You leave the salon and we test the strands with colour

Step 4: After 24 hrs we assess the results to ensure the hair is not comprimised and the colour result is satisfactory

Step 5: We contact you with the results - we know that it can be upsetting to be told the the strand test failed, but please understand that we have a duty of care and will not proceed unless we are confident in the result. We also invite you in to view your strand test.

Step 6: If you strand test is good then we will schedule/confirm your hair appointment

A strand test involves us taking strands of hair from your head which will be done descreetly. We will then perform the colour or chemical smoothing process on these strands of hair to ensure that the hair is:

  1. Able to withstand the process
  2. Results from the process - what is the result and are you going to be happy with it

If you have any questions or would like to request a strand test please let us know.

Preparation And Aftercare


Always remember not to shampoo hair 2 to 3 days before the hair smoothing appointment; the stimulating effect of shampooing could cause scalp irritation when the cream is applied. Do not pre-condition the hair at least two days before the appointment, because the ingredients in some reconditioning products are oils which coat the hair and inhibit penetration of the TR solution, causing TR failure. Detangle your hair and leave it in its natural state. Do not swim during the 72 hours preceding the hair smoothing treatment, it could cause scalp irritation. Do not exercise 12 hours before the service. If you drink coffee before the service, make sure to drink lots of water. Do not wear a tight cap, scarf or anything that “causes pressure” on the scalp 24 hours prior to the appointment. Do not wear a style that “creates tension” on the scalp or along the hairline such as ponytails and pullbacks. In each of these cases, the scalp would be more sensitive to the chemicals and liable to become irritated. On appointment day remove all neck jewellery and earrings.


You may think your service is now complete, but the procedure is not yet over. The hair still needs to absorb more oxygen and will do so naturally through the air. A rainstorm, an overly humid day or even a steamy shower stall could dramatically affect the smoothing success—your hair could have some reversion to its straight state or you may get strange bits of hair doing weird things that they are not suppose to be doing. The hair is very susceptible to reverting to its naturally curly/wavy state if it gets wet before the solution has completely oxidized from the inner structure of the hair, even though chemically we might assume it is fixed. After you leave the salon, it is imperative not to brush your hair aggressively or tucking hair behind your ears for 72 hours. Do not shampoo or wet your hair for 72 hours after the smoothing service. No workout for 72 hours after the smoothing service. This is to allow your hair to completely neutralize into the current shape. It takes approximately 72 hours for the hair to harden and lock into its new straight position. Immediately after a chemical smoothing treatment the hair will be chemically altered and in a softened condition and it can easily be damaged. That means no clips, pins, metal clips or clips with teeth, rubber bands, barrettes, pony tails, pullbacks for 7 days. Do not wear a style that “creates tension” on the hair or along the hairline such as, ponytails and pullbacks for 7 days. Do not use anything that “causes pressure” on the hair such as, tight cap or scarf for 7 days. If you put your hair in ponytails try to use a coated rubber band or soft cloth hair scrunchies. The hair should not be constricted in any way for 7 days after a chemical hair smoothing service. This gives hair time to become firmly established and recover. Do not shower with hot water. Always use warm water, not too hot not too cold. Do not use sulphur/tar base anti-dandruff shampoos. Do not swim in chlorinated pools, seawater or expose your hair to too much Sun for at least 2 weeks after the X-Tenso service. If your hair gets wet accidentally within the first 72 hours; blow-dry the hair nozzle pointing downward towards the ends of hair. Keep the blow dryer moving instead of leaving it in one spot, and then gently Slide the flat iron at low temperature (130C). If you notice a crease that’s caused from sleeping/sweating within the first 72 hours; blow-dry the hair and Slide the iron gently to remove the crease. If for the first 3 days after the X-Tenso service the prevailing weather condition is rainy and humid; finger blow-dry your hair by giving it short blasts of hot air and finish with cool air. Do this in the morning, daytime, if possible and just before bedtime. This will help remove the excess moisture from the hair.

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