Keratin treatments have become more popular in recent years because of the continuously improving hair care technologies and techniques being created. For people who have frizzy and dull hair, a keratin treatment might just be the solution for you. The ideal outcome is straighter and more relaxed hair, which of course needs less maintenance. If it cuts my time getting ready by half an hour or so, sign me up! Keep reading to learn more about keratin treatments.
What is a keratin treatment exactly?
Keratin treatments and Brazilian hair treatments are kind of two interchangeable terms. This is a semi-permanent treatment (salon-speak for it won’t last forever) that softens curls, eliminates frizz, and makes the hair smoother and healthier overall.
Keratin treatments have definitely evolved over time. For one, some products used don’t even give off that strong chemical smell anymore. But you have to keep in mind that the treatment will only work if chemicals are used.
If you’re wondering what chemicals are more likely to be applied on your hair during this treatment, there’s a couple or more types of aldehyde like formaldehyde involved. This is a common ingredient in hair conditioners. And of course, some keratin is also in the formula. Our hair is already made up of keratin, so the additional keratin is supposed to make our hair stronger.
How long does the effect of keratin treatment last?
The softer, smoother, shinier state of your hair immediately after the keratin treatment will last up to 3 or 6 months depending your your lifestyle and hair products that you use everyday.
Should I get a keratin treatment?
If you spend a lot of time making sure your tresses are well-behaved, if your hair is dull and have curls you’d like to loosen, then it might be worth giving keratin treatment a try.
- Ask your trusted hair stylist if their salon allows keratin treatments on color-treated or previously chemical-treated hair.
- Absolutely do not get a keratin treatment if you are pregnant and nursing, your hair has been bleached, you have severely fried or damaged hair, or if you have natural curls that you want to keep that way.
- Also consider that this treatment usually involves temperatures up to 450 degrees, so it’s a risk you and your hair will take.
You mentioned several contraindications. Is keratin treatment safe at all?
If you’ve read the above statements, you know by now that formaldehyde is used in the process. Also known as formalin, this is a very controversial chemical that is linked to cancer.
However, the levels of formaldehyde in keratin treatments are safe when proper ventilation and preparation of the chemical is done. This is why you should never attempt to do this on your own at home. Instead, have a keratin treatment done at a legitimate and trusted salon or hairdresser.
How is keratin treatment done?
Depending on the length of your hair, keratin treatment is usually done within 2 to 4 hours in the following steps:
- The hair is washed and blow-dried.
- The hair is divided into sections.
- The formula is combed through each separate section of the hair one by one.
- You will be asked to sit and wait for the chemicals to take effect.
- The hair stylist will blow the hair again.
- The treatment will be sealed into the hair using a flat iron.
- The chemical is rinsed off after sitting for some time and blow-dried.
Don’t wash your hair, wear it in a ponytail, or put it behind your ears in 72 hours (about 3 days).
Now that we’ve given you the pros and cons of keratin treatments, do you think you would be trying it out? Have you already had one yourself? Let us know in the comments!
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