What is Keratin Hair Treatment?
Keratin Hair treatment, sometimes referred to as KHT or Brazilian Keratin Treatment, is a process designed to leave you hair sleek, strong and easy to straighten. Basically it makes unruly hair easier to manage. Keratin is a natural protein that your body produces in your skin, hair and nails, and by re-applying it to the hair, helps restore some of its vital lushness.
What sort of hair is Keratin treatment suitable for?
Keratin hair treatment is for frizzy, untameable hair. It works well on African American hair types and dry chemically treatments hair. It is not suitable for fine, straight or slightly curled hair (if you want those loose curls to remain intact.), all though there are Keratin Treatments that are designed for all types of hair. They will eliminate frizz and will leave you precious curls or waves.
What is the difference between Keratin and Thermal Reconditioning?
Thermal Reconditioning treatments including Japanese straightening, is a permanent treatment brought about by heat. It changes the structure of your hair and is slightly more damaging. A keratin treatment isn’t just about straightening; it is about enriching your hair.
Things to watch out for!!!
Some keratin hair treatments list formaldehyde as an ingredient. Formaldehyde is a toxic material. Short term effects can involved irritation of the skin, eyes, and lungs. It is also carcinogenic, which means it significantly increase your chances of contracting cancer. Look for formaldehyde, formalin, and aldehyde on the ingredients. For these reason it is not advised you have the treatment when you are pregnant. There are treatments available without formaldehyde, but there is much debate as to their effectiveness.
What does the treatment involve?
Whether you use a home treatment or go to the saloon, firstly you will wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and then blow dry it, brushing out all the knots and kinks. Then you will apply the product, combing it from root to tip into your hair. Then you blow dry and heat straighten for the last time. The whole treatment usually takes a few hours, but this depends on the type of hair you have. Some treatments will need to be left for 3 to 4 days, whilst others can be washed out immediately. Follow the instructions on the bottle, or the advice of your hairdresser.
What should I do after having the treatment?
If you have to leave it for a few days, don’t tie it up, instead leave it long, and don’t push it behind your ears, any dents in your hair will stay as the keratin is still malleable.
Use shampoos and conditioner that are free from sodium, because it can dissolve the keratin, and sulphates, as these can strip the keratin from your hair. If you have trouble finding these, check out your local health food stores as they stock a lot of SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) free shampoos. The hairdresser may try and convince you that their brand is the only one that will work with your keratin treatment, but this is usually just a sales technique. So only buy if you are genuinely interested in the product and not because you believe the pitch.
It is advised you get your hair cut after the treatment, as you will need a style to suit your sleek new hair.