What is Keratin Hair Treatment ? You may have come across Keratin hair treatments in womens magazines or by word of mouth, and if you are interested in learning more about this new hair straightening procedure, then you have come to the right place.

Keratin hair treatments is a 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.  With just a small investment, any woman can get stunning looks, more confidence  with new , sleek and  smoothly-flowing hair locks.

Keratin hair treatments are used to supplement the natural keratin in hair. Keratin is a natural protein that is already found in hair and in the skin and nail of any person.  Keratin repairs hair damage such as cracks, dryness and split-ends.  Keratin is mixed with other chemicals for it to be able to bond to the hair surface and is best sealed in by using a hair iron to sink in the keratin and make the hair keep its new lustrous look for months.


Keratin hair treatment pictures | Before and after photo of a Brazilian keratin hair treatment.
Keratin hair treatment pictures | Before and after photo of a Brazilian keratin hair treatment.


Most keratin-based hair enhancement products are readily available for purchase, complete with instructions for its proper usage.  However, it is still best to get a treatment from a reputable hairdresser or beauty parlor for the best treatment, the least hassle and a no-mess application of the treatment that is guaranteed to be done correctly.

Keratin hair treatments also work well for women who apply color to their hair – whether for covering up gray areas or just for a uniquely beautiful look.  The application of hair color treatments will not in any way affect the benefits of applying keratin treatments for smoother and more beautiful-looking hair.  Experts even advise that women who undergo color treatments should immediately apply keratin treatments to minimize the damages from hair color and seal both the coloring and keratin treatments in the hair for best results.

What Keratin treatment should you use?

The popular Brazilian keratin treatments that can be purchased online and in some salons have undergone a great deal of controversy. According to sources such as Allure Magazine and The CBS Morning Show, The Brazilian Keratin Treatment (BKT) uses formaldehyde, a chemical known to cause cancer. Allure magazine tested samples of BKT and found that they contained at least 10 times more formaldehyde than is recommended. So the first thing you should do is make sure the product that you plan to use is free of formaldehyde or has a value of less than 2 percent.

Keratin hair treatments require a certain amount of time to completely work, and women who apply such should not wash their hair for at least three to four days.  This will cause the treatment to perfectly bond with the hair surface and for the results of the treatment to last as long as it should.  After letting the treatment seep in, women will enjoy smoother-looking hair even when coming back to using their usual shampoos and conditioners in washing their hair daily. Keratin hair treatments usually contain formaldehyde, a chemical that may cause health problems such as allergic reactions, runny nose, headache, irritation and malaise. To avoid such adverse side effects, users should find out how strong the formaldehyde levels in products are.

Should I have the treatment home or at the Salon?

You can save money by doing a keratin treatment at home. Please note that you can also do damage to your hair and skin by doing it yourself. In order for the keratin treatment to bond with your hair, you will need to use a very hot flat iron. Some keratin treatments suggest that the flat iron setting be set at 450 degrees. If you were to accidentally touch your face or scalp you could give yourself a serious burn. It is doubtful that you can do the hair at the back of your head without inflicting injury. It is advisable that you either have an experienced friend apply your treatment or have it done in a salon. Salon treatments cost between $300 to $600 per treatment. A treatment can be expected to last for at least three month.

What are the results of Keratin treatments?

If done properly a keratin treatment can leave unruly hair smooth and easy to style. Sami Halaseh, a stylist who does keratin treatments, explains how he got a word of thanks from the husband of a client. The husband told him that he no longer had to wait an hour for his wife to style her hair. The client could now just blow-dry and be out the door. Keratin also imparts shine to dull hair. You will find that your hair will look healthier and shinier.

No matter if you do the process at home or at a salon, make sure that you are using a keratin product that contains less than 2 percent formaldehyde.

Make sure you have a high quality flat iron that can get extremely hot, if you are going to do this yourself. You will not be able to wash your hair for 48 hours after the application. Your hair will look greasy for a couple of days, so you will not want to plan any big events immediately following.

For more information about the Brazilian Keratin Treatment, know as the ‘Brazilian Blowout’, please see BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT.





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