For those who have untameable, frizzy hair there is a chance that you have considered many different kinds of hair treatments. The most popular treatment is currently known as keratin hair treatment, or Brazilian Blow-out.
There are a lot of controversy over this treatment. Some say it is highly effective and safe while others say it is not safe due to some of the chemicals used during these treatments.
What is Keratin?
Keratin is a protein that naturally exists in your hair and nails. Keratin forms a protective shield around the hair shaft. This shield helps to keep your hair elastic and youthful. Unfortunately, we can deplete the keratin in our hair by over styling, heat, and chemicals. The keratin treatment is for rebuilding the damaged areas while increasing shine and less frizz.
What Does Keratin Treatment Do?
Keratin treatment helps to tame frizzy hair, making hair look shiny and beautiful. However, this is not a permanent option. It takes about 90 minutes in the salon to do a typical keratin treatment, depending on your hair length. During this process, the stylist applies a keratin hair-straightening product to your hair then uses the heat of a flat-iron to seal it into your hair. It can last around 2-3 months, depending on how you wash your hair after treatment. Following the rules for after treatment, will help ensure that the keratin treatment will last longer. It is recommended that after you get the keratin treatment done, not to wash it for about 5 days. The chemicals can get washed out and will return the hair back to the frizzy state. Using a sodium-sulfate free shampoo afterwards also helps maintain the treatment. But I would talk to your stylist about the recommended amount of days not to wash your hair and recommended shampoos.
There are some Japanese hair treatments that work to permanently de-frizz hair. It will permanently straighten your hair, but new growth will still need to be done. Thermal Reconditioning, Yuko,and Rebonding is what the Japanese Hair Straightening is known as. It can take up to 5 hours for this process and can cost up to $800.
What to Consider
I would recommend considering your hair type before getting a keratin treatment. Curly and frizzy hair will yield the most benefits from a keratin treatment. But if you have fine, straight hair then this treatment is not for you.
There are DIY keratin treatments, but I recommend to check out the reviews on the home care products before using. I would also recommend that you research, and fully understand, both the maintenance and post-regimen routine before starting the treatment.
However, getting too many professional treatments can cause more damage to your hair. The most treatments to get done at a salon in a year is 2-3. This is where the at home remedies come in handy. I recommend using sea salt sprays or lemon juice in sulfate-free shampoos. Coconut oil treatments are great for adding nutrients and moisture back into your hair between treatments.
Is Getting a Keratin Treatment Safe?
For the most part, the keratin treatment is safe. But please be careful on how often you get the treatment done and make sure that you know all the ingredients being used in the keratin treatment process.
According to the FDA, this treatment posses potential health hazards for both the consumer and the stylists. The concern is centered around the formula that contain formaldehyde. If methylene glycol, formalin, methylene oxide, paraform, formic aldehyde, methanal, oxomethane, oxymethylene, or timonacic acid are listed then do not use. All of these listed release formaldehyde gas when heated. OSHA states that formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and nose, causing allergic reactions of the skin, eyes, and lungs. It should also be noted that there are links to nose and lung cancer from formaldehyde exposure.
Following the directions for after the treatment will help keep this process to last longer. Do not over-do the keratin treatment, as it can do more damage to your hair. Talking with a hair-styling professional is best to know what to do with any problems you may be having with your hair. There are many different hair types and not all hair will react the same to getting a keratin treatment. Let me know if you have done a keratin treatment to your hair and what worked for you.
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