Facts and myths about Keratin treatments
# What is Keratin?
Keratin is the key structural protein that makes up hair, nails, calluses and the skin. However, constant exposure of this protein to the pollution, dirt and dust results in wearing out the natural keratin of the hair, making hair look dry and damaged.
# Benefits of Keratin treatment :
Keratin treatment adds artificial keratin to your hair, which helps heal damaged hair and adds lustre and smoothness to the hair.
Hair becomes shiny and easy to manage.
The hair volume is enhanced and appears glossier.
It reduces curls and stops hair from getting frizzy.
Hair becomes straight and manageable.
Hair can be easily styled.
Keratin protects the hair from harmful effects of the sun or other damage caused due to dirt and dust and keeps them lively.
Hair retains the strength and causes no breakage or damage due to daily blowdry and straightening.
Daily styling or straightening can be avoided as Keratin treatment offers smooth & shiny hair.
# Keratin treatment steps in a salon:
For better results of Keratin treatment it is necessary to get it done from a proper salon and on suggestion of the professional as each person has a varied skin and hair type and it is necessary to know what works best on your hair. Keratin treatment in Salon includes 2 steps:
First, a cream is applied to your hair before it’s blown dry and straightened in a salon. For long term results of this treatment it is advised to choose the treatment with formaldehyde. Once this treatment is applied, it is advised to keep your hair dry for a few days.
In your second salon visit, the chemicals are washed out and another treatment is applied to set your hair which is also known as “the straightening effect”. This treatment claims to last for 12 weeks to 16 weeks. Benefits of the keratin treatment can vary from person to person. It can also depend on the health, thickness, and condition of your hair.
# Things to Consider Before Getting a Keratin Treatment:
This treatment is best suited for people with frizzy and curly hair. If you have moderately straight or fine hair, you can skip this treatment.
Consult a stylist before opting for the treatment because your stylist will guide you about the best formula for your hair. Keratin treatment is not created equally for everyone because different hair requires different treatment and thus it is important to talk to a stylist.
Update yourself and find out everything about the treatment beforehand.
# Myths about Keratin Treatments:
MYTH 1: All Keratin Treatments Have The Dangerous Chemical Formaldehyde
There are keratin treatments loaded with high levels of formaldehyde - a colourless pungent gas in solution made by oxidizing methanol. This chemical is also found in the air we breathe. However, it is dangerous to inhale high concentrations of it. When you go for a keratin treatment, ask your hairstylist about the type of product he/she uses. This way you can do your own research on the levels of formaldehyde the products contain. Rest assured, there are salon quality keratin products which are formaldehyde-free. It would be best to choose them over those with traces of formaldehyde.
MYTH 2: Keratin Treatments Are Not Safe For Hair
A keratin treatment is a chemical process that turns frizzy hair into smooth and shiny hair. No matter the formaldehyde content, on a basic level, keratin treatments dive into the hair follicle and inject porous areas with keratin, an essential hair protein. Your hair will appear healthier, because it actually is.
Hair loses Keratin (a protein that’s naturally in hair) the same way it loses melanin (which is responsible for hair colour). When hair strands lose Keratin they become brittle or damaged similar to the way hair strands turn grey when they lose colour. Keratin Treatments reinforce the internal structure of the hair by reviving the Keratin in the hair. Thus improving the condition of the hair. The very same way colour treatment revive colour in hair. Making Keratin Treatments safe and good for your hair.
MYTH 3: Keratin Treatments Last Only For A Few Weeks
A Keratin Treatment should last at least 3 months - yes 3 months! After-care is a crucial element to helping Keratin Treatments last. Especially in the 2 day period after getting the treatment done. During this time you shouldn’t wash your hair in order to allow the Keratin to bond with your hair. Majority of people who complain about the treatment not lasting for long are often not properly advised on keratin-treated hair maintenance. When washing your hair, use a shampoo and conditioner that contains Keratin. This will help replenish the Keratin stripped from hair every time you wash it.
# Precautions to Take After Undergoing a Keratin Treatment
You should not wash your hair for at least 48 hours after the treatment. However, you can use a dry shampoo for your hair.
Refrain from tying up your hair for the next two days. Also, be careful about your sleeping posture.
Opt for a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioners for washing your hair.
Do not use any kind of styling products for a few days.
Always use hair care products that are specially made for keratin-treated hair. You can consult your hairdresser or stylist for the kind of products that you should use.
# How does it feel after keratin treatment ?
People who use keratin on their hair report that their hair is smoother and easier to manage as a result. The effects vary greatly depending on whether your hair is healthy to begin with, what the natural thickness of your hair is, and what kind of keratin treatment you use. Keratin works by smoothing down the cells that overlap to form your hair strands. The layers of cells, called the hair cuticle, theoretically absorb the keratin, resulting in hair that looks full and glossy. Keratin also claims to make curly hair less frizzy, easier to style, and straighter in appearance.
# How to increase the durability of the treatment:
Use Keratin serums, shampoos, and conditioners
Keratin serums, shampoos, and conditioners can’t make the same claims as a keratin treatment in a salon. But they do claim to make hair more damage-resistant even after the treatment duration, keratin shampoos repair hair that has been dried out by heat and hair dye. It is a proven fact that the active components of keratin are a promising ingredient for people that wanted stronger hair and these shampoos just help keep the results for a longer time.
You can find keratin supplements for sale at nearly any health food store. Keratin supplements come in powder and capsule forms. Keratin supplements are not without risks. If overused, they can cause too much protein to build up in your body. So it is advised to take them only when prescribed by doctor.
# Is Keratin Treatment Safe for My Hair?
Keratin hair treatment is safe but sometimes the chemicals present in it may cause mild discomfort or have side effects. It is advised that you take proper care and use the products specifically made for keratin-treated hair, your hair won’t get damaged.
Lastly, Keratin does only good to your hair and is a best alternative for you if you have frizzy hair and want long-term straight and smooth hair, also the chemicals with keratin are a less harmful than those found with other straightening treatments.
So, on my suggestion without giving any second thought you can go for keratin treatment if you want that dream hair type.
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