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Everything You Need To Know About Keratin Treatment

What you need to know about keratin treatment.

The facts about keratin treatments.
Keratin treatments for straight and smooth hair have become very popular and are truly the best option for straightening and smoothing many hair textures, both curly and relaxed.

In recent years, keratin treatments have evolved so much - and customers no longer complain about a strong chemical smell. That said, the process won't work without chemicals.

Hair experts say that to get shiny, straight hair for months on end, you need to use formaldehyde or other aldehydes, without any risk of being harmed by these treatments.

In summary, the choice is yours when it comes to deciding if Brazilian keratin hair treatment is right for you.

To make your decision easier, read on for answers to the most frequently asked questions about keratin.

There are so many keratin hair treatments available today, so if we missed one that you like or have had a bad experience with, feel free to tell us about it by commenting on this article.

What is a keratin treatment?

Also known as Brazilian hair treatments, keratin hair treatments are professional, semi-permanent chemical treatments that smooth hair and soften curls.

They make hair straighter, shinier and even healthier. Treatments usually consist of a chemical like formaldehyde (which creates the long-lasting smoothing effect), conditioners and a little keratin (a protein that our hair is made of to strengthen it).



Keratin vs. Japanese Hair Straightening.

The Japanese straightening treatment (or thermal reconditioning) is permanent: it changes the internal structure of your hair, removes all curls to create straight strands and can damage the hair.

Plus, it's not very popular anymore. Japanese does not fight frizz or cut blow-drying time in half, it only smoothes your hair.

In comparison, keratin treatments only last three to six months (depending on the product used and your lifestyle). They don't smooth - only soften - curls (although they can smooth out waves).

However, they do eliminate frizz and can make hair healthier over time.

What does a keratin treatment involve?

Typically, your hair is washed with a clarifying shampoo and blown dry before the treatment is applied section by section and combed through the hair.

Then, you can apply the keratin treatment to your hair before blow-drying your hair a second time and setting the treatment on your strands with a flat iron.

Then, you have two options:

1)either you are done and walk out knowing that you cannot wash your hair, put it in a ponytail, get it wet or put it behind your ears for 72 hours.

2) or the treatment is rinsed, the hair is dried and you leave knowing that you don't have to wait to style or wash it.

The whole process takes two to four hours, depending on your hair type and length.

There's really no difference in results between these two styles, just that new technology allows users to wash and style their hair sooner after the treatment.

Who is the best candidate for keratin treatments?

If you spend a lot of time blow-drying or flat-ironing your hair, have curls that you want to undo, or if your hair curls or lacks shine, you're probably a good candidate.

Keratin treatments are effective on a wide variety of hair textures, including afro, color-treated and chemically treated hair.

Avoid Brazilian keratin treatments if you are pregnant, if your hair is very damaged from excessive bleaching, if your bleached hair is very fine, if your hair is straight, or if you want to keep light waves.

Basically, if your hair can handle a 450 degree flat iron, it can handle this treatment.

Is keratin safe?

Keratin hair treatments are controversial because some contain (or used to contain) formaldehyde, or more accurately a chemical called formalin (or methylene glycol) which, "when heated to 450 degrees, can turn back into formaldehyde.""

Formaldehyde is on the Department of Health and Human Services' list of "human carcinogens" and has been linked to certain cancers such as leukemia.

But the levels of formaldehyde found in these treatments are safe, experts say, especially if proper protection and ventilation are used.

During a keratin treatment, clients are not at risk unless they are allergic to formaldehyde or other aldehydes.

Formaldehyde-free Keratin

Let's face it: There is no such thing as a truly chemical-free relaxer treatment.

For a keratin treatment to give you shinier, straighter, frizz-free hair for months, it must contain formaldehyde or another chemical in the same family.

Common "formaldehyde-free" products often contain glutaraldehyde, biformal (aka oxaldehyde - note the word "aldehyde") and ammonium thioglycolate (the same chemical used in perms).

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My name is Eva Didalson and I have been a hairdresser for 10 years working both in salons and giving training for other professionals. This website is for me a way to share my knowledge with you through my curated lists and blogs.