Keratin hair treatment is a term that is no longer strange in the beauty world, just like contouring or balayage highlights, etc. If you’ve ever experienced the frizzy hair problem and wanted to visit a hair salon to ask for help, then you’ve probably been advised by your hairstylist to consider using a keratin treatment – a frizz hair savior, help you to get smoother, shinier hair in just one appointment.
The method is definitely a “miracle” for your frizzy hair. And just by look at the picture above, you may want to immediately commit this on your mane. Hair keratin treatment, however, after all, is still one of the various chemical-laden beauty treatments. So, is it really good for your strands, or can it be applied for every type of hair and texture? Keep reading to get the breakdown on everything you need to know about a Keratin treatment and you will discover that this popular salon hair-smoothing treatments might also have a not-so-pretty side in the end.
What is a Keratin treatment?
Firstly, you need to know about Keratin. This is a structural protein found in our skin, nails, and hair, which helps strengthen hair to protect your strands from heat damage, breakage, and frizz. Therefore, this nutrition is vitally important contributions to strong and healthy hair.
Talking about Keratin hair treatment, many people may think that this is a hair treatment method that helps smooth frizzy hair through the use of keratin. This motto, however, is actually a misnomer in the first place. In fact, Keratin hair treatments are a semi-permanent hair straightening technique that helps flatten and add softness as well as shine to frizzy hair WITHOUT using keratin.
Instead of using Keratin, a formula containing a formaldehyde derivative or glyoxylic acid (which is much safer) is worked through your strands to make them straighter and smoother. This solution will break the bonds and reseal the hair in a straighter position, resulting in soft, smooth, and more manageable hair. At the end of the process, your hair will then be blow-fried and sealed with a straightener. The result can stay from 3 to 6 months depending on your hair type, length, and thickness.
It will take you from 1 to 3 hours to sit at the hair salon for getting a Keratin Hair Treatment done. Since this treatment can work well on most types of hair, it is the more recommended solution by a professional hairdresser for those who don’t want to blow-dry or straighten their hair regularly, thus reduce frizz and boost shine for hair.
One noticeable thing is that you shouldn’t shampoo or get your hair wet in at least 48 hours after doing a keratin treatment for better lasting results.
Is it the same as a Hair Relaxer?
The answer is “no”. These two hair straightening treatments are distinctively different. Getting your hair relaxed means that your hairstylist will use some chemicals that contain sodium hydroxide to break the hair’s bond and therefore can straighten it. This method is far more effective on oily hair, however it also causing more damages.
What can you expect from a Keratin Treatment?
Traditionally, keratin treatments will get rid of frizz and straighten your hair by using harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde which is responsible for locking the strands into a smooth position for months. However, since formaldehyde is very harmful and is a known carcinogen, these hair keratin treatments contain the alternative formalin, methanol, etc, which will release the carcinogenic compound when mixed with water during the treatment process.
In fact, there are a lot of Keratin Treatment products that use an alternative ingredient that is much safer than formaldehyde but still can lock the hair into a new straight position – the glyoxylic acid.
Depending on how you take treatment, it can be customized to either take away the frizz while remaining the hair texture or completely straighten your hair, whatever you want.
Can you do Keratin treatment at home?
Yes, but of course, you can’t achieve the same results as you would at the hair salon. The most important thing if you want to do this treatment at home is that you must choose the right products. The products contain the word “keratin” doesn’t automatically make them “keratin treatments”. You should carefully read the product’s ingredients lists and the user instructions to know whether they provide extensive instructions on how to wash, dry, and straighten your hair. If yes, then that’s a keratin treatment; if not, you probably have a standard conditioning product. Don’t expect your treatment results to last for long as the salon-results because, well you’re not a professional hairstylist. The at-home treatment tends to last for a few weeks.
So, that’s a keratin hair treatment. Hopefully, this post has helped you to have a deeper knowledge of this kind of hair-smoothing method. Carefully consider before getting your hair salon appointment. Wishing you have soft beautiful hair as craved!
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