October 2022

Ask Melissa: Hair Straightening

Ask Melissa: My hair is very wavy and has lots of blonde highlights. I love the sleek look of the Brazilian Blowout, but I’m concerned about the hazards involved in many of these straightening treatments. I wish I could try Japanese straightening, but I hear it is very damaging and can’t be used on bleached hair. What do you suggest?

Japanese hair straightening was very popular several years ago before Brazilian took over as the new rage for straight locks. Many people with color-treated hair could not use the Japanese chemical, as it was too damaging. The Brazilian treatment became so popular because it can be used on highlighted or weak hair sans the damage. Unfortunately, the treatment contains formaldehyde and has been proven hazardous to your health.

I am so excited to have discovered the NEW Japanese hair straightening product called Cashmere Luminance by Milbon, a fantastic new smoothing solution that’s both gentle and effective. It’s best for those with naturally wavy or frizzy color-treated hair, and can also be used to treat curly hair, keeping it tame and manageable in the humidity. The process takes about 1.5 – 2 hours depending on the length and thickness of your hair. It’s safe, 100% formaldehyde-free, and lasts about three months.

Yuki Yamazaki and I at Mingle Salon after the Cashmere Luminance treatment

I recently tried the Cashmere Luminance Japanese treatment with stylist Yuki Yamazaki of Salon Mingle* in NYC and am beyond happy with the results (he has been straightening my hair for years). (He is now at the Pierre Michel salon.) My hair is very manageable and has never felt so soft and looks shiny.  I am one month into the treatment and still LOVING it. As you can see, it is still easy to get a wave into your hair after this treatment (my beach-wave style was done with a small round brush– check out the how-to video below).

How-To Video: Long Beachy Waves


Below is a list of Milbon-certified salons offering the Cashmere Luminance service:


Pierre Michel salon

135 east 57 street 3rd floor (near Lexington Ave)


*Mention PageDaily for a 10% first-time discount when booking an appointment with Yuki

The Stephen Knoll Salon

625 Madison Ave., 2nd Floor


Louis Licari Salon

693 5th Ave. #15


(See store locator for more NY-based salons)


Neil George Salon

9320 Civic Center Dr.

Beverly Hills



Nancy Angelair Salon

1003 N Rush St. #3


SHO Studio

357 West Chicago Ave., Lower Level



Salon L’Estetica

19495 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 101


Japanese Hair Straightening

yuki-yamazati-img1yuki-yamazati-img2 Yuki Yamazaki offers the most natural Japanese hair straightening process available today. Owner of two salons (New York and Tokyo), he has access to the newest straightening formulas that are less damaging to the hair than previous processes. Yuki works patiently, carefully and methodically. He will customize his formula to suit your hair type and can vary the degree of straightness to achieve your desired look. Yuki has been practicing as a stylist for over 25 years and was previously at Peter Coppola Salon for eight years before opening Salon Mingle in New York City. Yuki’s editorial work includes Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Hamptons, GQ and more. He has also been the hairstylist of choice for many runway shows such as Jill Sander, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino and others. To obtain beautiful wavy or straight hair sans frizz, make an appointment with Yuki before the summer!

For more information:

Yuki Yamazaki

Salon Mingle
10 West 55th Street, 2nd floor
New York City

Call for a complimentary consultation!