What is Keratin Hair Treatment?

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Keratin Treatment

Every women long for a silky, shiny, lustrous hair. Almost, each and every women in this universe look for a perfect solution for hair damage or curly, kinky hair. Subjecting a person’s hair to several chemical treatments will leave the hair over-processed, dry and damaged. Salons have so many products and solutions to counter hair damage. One of these solutions is called Keratin Treatment. It is also known as ‘Brazilian hair treatments’. Keratin hair treatments are now the popular choice among women who wants to have soft, smooth, silky and frizz-free hair. Most women swear by these kinds of treatments to give them the healthy and more beautiful looking hair they have always dreamed of. This is considered a revolutionary break through that uses keratin, a natural protein that scientists call a ‘biopolymer’ due to its exclusive structure that is generally present in nails and hair. This is also considered by many women as a ‘miracle straightening treatment’ as it can straighten wavy and frizzy hair without using the usual harsh chemicals that can damage the hair.


What actually is keratin?

Keratin is an exceptionally strong protein which is a key constituent in skin, hair, nails, and teeth. Most of the keratin that people interact with is, in fact, dead. The hair, skin, and nails are all produced from dead cells which the body sheds are new cells push up from underneath. If the dead cells are kept in perfect condition, they will serve as an insulating layer to protect the delicate new keratin below them. Damage to the external layer of keratin can cause skin, hair, and nails to look unhealthy or flaky. On the whole, the thicker the layer of keratin, the healthier the hair or nail is, since the dead cells outside protect the living cells at the center. Keeping the external layer of keratin moisturized will also keep it healthy and prevent cracking and splitting.


What is the procedure of the Keratin Hair Treatment?

The keratin hair treatments must essentially be performed by a trained professional hair stylist in a reputed salon. The hair stylist will explain about what to expect, measure the hair's condition and texture and inform the client of the after treatment effect.

  •  Once the client’s hair is washed and styled, the stylist starts the process by making the keratin concoction.
  •  The salon professional applies solution that instantly infuses the hair with keratin, repairing all damage and flaws within the hair.
  •  After the application, the cocktail of various chemicals is added to the hair. The chemicals are left to “stew” for some time.
  •  The length of time depends on the exact chemical used and the method employed by the salon.
  •  This creates the straightened effect by semi-permanently altering the hair’s structure.
  •  Once the product is rinsed off, the hair may seem too straight at first but will then relax to a natural, sleek look.
  •  A hair iron measuring a temperature of 450 degree F is used to seal the outside layer of the cuticles, thus trapping moisture inside, hydrating the hair and creating a glossy finish.


What is the duration of  Keratin treatment ?

Keratin treatment will take about 1 to 4 hours depending on the length and thickness of the hair.


How long will the treatment last and how to take care of it?

The protective coating will last just about 3-4 months depending on home care. Though, the less the hair is washed the longer this protective is maintained. It is also essential that sodium free hair care products are used. Swimming in the ocean or pools is also discouraged as salt or chlorine will diminish the life expectancy of the Brazilian Keratin Treatment.


How does the Keratin hair Treatment work?

The keratin based hair treatments will restore and strengthen the hair while locking in moisture and leaving it completely frizz free.

  • It works by bonding to the hair and forming a protective coating.
  •  This coating rebuilds and strengthens the hair and the formaldehyde in the treatment preserves it for 3 to 4 months.
  •  It will gradually wash out of the hair without leaving any lines of demarcation.
  •  The treatments are effective on all hair types and can be used over color treated, processed, damaged, or previously relaxed hair.


What are the advantages of a keratin hair treatment?

  •  Often, various permanent hair straightening products and treatments has unsafe chemicals for hair that can dry and damage the hair. On the other hand, in a keratin hair treatment there are no damaging chemicals involved in the process.
  •  This hair treatment relaxes and straightens hair with the help of the active ingredient keratin. The treatment works best on people who have had their hair colored, highlighted or chemically treated in the past because the keratin bonds more completely around brittle, dry hair.


What are the disadvantages of keratin treatment?

  • In some keratin solutions the main component is Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a commonly used preservative. It is used in food, cosmetics, building materials, fertilizer, paper, antiseptics, medicine, and embalming fluid.
  •  This is a very dangerous chemical responsible for all the disagreement regarding keratin treatments.
  •  Some experts claim that exposure to formaldehyde increases risk of cancer and can potentially irritate both the eyes and lungs.
  •  In some salons, customers and hairstylists are asked to wear filtered-air masks during the process.
  •  Several other side effects of the hair treatment include fading of the hair color, damage to the hair, hair loss and dryness.


What are the precautions to be taken before a keratin treatment?

Several hair salons offer keratin hair straightening treatment with Brazilian keratin hair treatments being the most popular. On the other hand, according to the Allure Magazine, a famous fashion magazine, some of the most popular Brazilian keratin treatment for hair contains at least ten times more formaldehyde than the 0.2 percent which is considered safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel. Currently, the FDA doesn’t regulate this treatment, but they are investigating the safety of the keratin treatments. Hence, before opting for any keratin treatment for hair it is very important to check the formaldehyde content to ensure that it is less than 0.2 percent.


What is the cost of the treatment?

Keratin treatments for hair costs from $300-$500 depending upon the salon. 

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