Keratin is a protein that is normally made by your hair, but as you grow older, the amount of keratin that is naturally produced reduces and can leave your hair frizzy and unmanageable.
Keratin hair treatments, also known as Brazilian blowouts, have been around for several years now and people are wondering whether or not you should treat your hair with Keratin.
What Does a Keratin Treatment Do to your Hair?
Keratin treatments are done to add proteins to damaged hair. Keratin is believed to strengthen your hair fibers, relax curls, and make your hair far more manageable. It should be noted that keratin is not a hair straightening treatment, but it simply relaxes your hair.
While it is possible to do a keratin treatment yourself, doing so could further damage your hair or even your skin, so it is best to have a professional do your keratin treatment for you.
Do keep in mind though that it can take several hours to do a keratin treatment since your hair is washed, then the treatment is applied, followed by using a flat iron on your hair in small segments, and then washing out the keratin and so much more. Most people are patient with the keratin procedure because they are often thrilled with the results.
Keratin treatments also shorten the time it takes to straighten your hair after you shampoo by 40% to 60%.
What Kind of Shampoo to Use After Keratin Treatment
Keratin treatments are quite expensive so you want to make sure that you take your after keratin treatment hair care seriously to make the treatment last as long it possibly can.
While it is recommended that you not shampoo or style your hair for 3 to 4 days after the treatment, eventually you are going to want and need to wash your hair once again. When you do so, there are certain types of shampoos and conditioners that you should use in your keratin treated hair.
For starters, you should make sure that you don’t use any shampoo that contains sodium or sulfate. It is also best to avoid any shampoos or other hair care products with parabens or formaldehyde.
You should also wash your hair less often than your normally would to help the treatment last longer as well.
In addition, you make sure to read the labels on any shampoo before purchasing because some companies claim that their shampoos are safe for keratin treated hair when they actually contain some of the ingredients you need to avoid.
How Long Does a Keratin Treatment Last?
Most keratin treatments last anywhere from 2 to 5 months. How long your Keratin treatment will last is going to depend on a number of factors including:
- Whether or not you have followed directions to not wash your hair for three or four days to keep the keratin time to set.
- What kind of shampoo you use when you do shampoo.
- How long it is between your shampoos after the treatment.
- The type and amount of hair products you use in your hair.
- The way you style your hair.
Are Keratin Treatments Safe?
Most experts agree that keratin treatments are not as safe as they could be. While keratin itself is safe, keratin treatments are combined with formaldehyde, a strong and dangerous preservative. Formaldehyde on its own can be harmful, but once heated, it turns into a gas that can cause eye, skin nose and lung irritation. It can also cause dizziness.
While the amount of formaldehyde used in one keratin treatment is considered to be safe, repeated treatments increase your exposure and the risk that these treatments can harm your health.
Even those keratin treatments that claim to be formaldehyde free have ingredients that are not good for your health and most contain ingredients that when heated, they turn into formaldehyde.
So, if you are considering to have a keratin treatment to smooth and relax your hair, take some time to consider the possible side effects both now and in future from these treatments.
In conclusion, Keratin treatments can relax and strengthen frizzy and curly hair, and leave your hair looking salon shinning on a regular basis, but you do need to be aware of the possible serious side effects of these kind of treatments in order to make an informed choice that is both good for your hair and your health.