Safe Alternatives to Traditional Keratin Treatments

Keratin straightening treatments have become increasingly popular due to their effective frizz fighting abilities and beautiful, smooth results. However, many people are still unaware of the potential adverse health effects from exposure to the chemicals used in hair straightening products.

The main issue with the keratin treatments are the formaldehyde vapors that can be released from keratin products during blow drying and flat ironing. The formaldehyde makes the straightening product more effective and ensures long-lasting results, but these advantages are not worth the health risk that you and your stylists are exposed to during the straightening process.

The following smoothing treatments don’t contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde donors and are much safer for clients, stylists and the environment than standard formaldehyde-containing keratin treatments. These formulas utilize non-toxic ingredients to make your hair sleeker, and more resistant to humidity absorption. These innovative smoothing treatments generally offer more flexibility regarding maintenance and styling than traditional, formaldehyde-containing straightening products.

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SAFFRON SECRET Formaldehyde Free Saffron Smoothing Treatment uses an organic saffron based formula to make wavy, frizzy and curly hair straighter, healthier looking and more manageable. Saffron is a spice, derived from the flower of Crocus sativus plants. It is rich in concentrated Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, and niacin. The company claims that the product, when applied by a professional has immediate results which last 3-4 months.

This straightening treatment has several convenient features that can make the application procedure safer and more comfortable:

  1. Saffron Smoothing Treatment straightens the hair without the use of damaging chemicals and is claimed to be safe for the user and for the stylists.  This product can be used on hair roots, which makes application procedure as well as straightening touchups easier. There are no strong vapors released during the treatment that can cause irritation in your eyes, nose or throat.
  2. This product is easier to apply and the application process takes less time than traditional straightening services. You don’t have to wash your hair before application, which eliminates the initial steps of clarifying as well as blow drying your hair. This means that you will spend less time in the salon and probably pay less money for the straightening service.
  3. Another convenience is that the treatment provides you with immediate result. There is also no down-time after the treatment. You can color or style your hair the way you want immediately after the procedure or on any of the following days.

Unlike traditional straightening treatments, there is no hair clarifying step prior to the treatment. The product is poured into a bowl and applied to the hair section by section using a hair dye brush. A plastic wrap is then placed tightly over hair for 50 minutes. After removing the plastic wrap, your hair is blow dried for 10 minutes with a flat brush. In the next step, the hair is flat ironed at a temperature of 380-450 Fahrenheit. The final steps also differ from standard straightening treatments. After flat ironing step, the hair is simply washed with sulfate free shampoo, blow dried and styled the way you want.

Unnique Amino Style Keratin Treatment is a new formaldehyde-free keratin treatment product designed to reduce volume, eliminate frizz, and restore damaged hair. The formula utilizes a blend of amino acids, plus sugar cane and assai extract.

After Unique Amino treatment hair is straighter and looks shiny and healthier.  The styling time is greatly reduced. The results look like those after having a hair Botox treatment.

This treatment will not make your hair pin straight, but it greatly improves the look of dry, damaged, frizzy, or dull hair. When you want to make your hair straight, this can be easily achieved with a few strokes of a flat iron.

The treatment is compatible with other chemical treatments and can be applied on previously straightened, relaxing, or colored hair. However, this treatment can change your hair color to a lighter shade or even leave some brassy tones. To avoid this, it is advisable to dye your hair after, not before the treatment. You can get color service the same day after receiving the Unique Amino Style Treatment.

With proper maintenance, the effects will last between 8 and 12 weeks. The manufacturer offers complete aftercare line, which includes aftercare shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner.

The results are progressive and cumulative, so you can apply the treatment every 8 to 10 weeks and your hair will be shinier, and healthier looking with each application.

The manufacturer claims that the product is completely free of harmful chemicals so it is safe to be applied on any type of hair and can be used for children over age 12, as well as for pregnant women.

To obtain the best results, the treatment must be applied by a certified hair professional. The procedure is very same as the application of any other keratin treatment. The product should be left in the hair for about 20 minutes. When the hair is dried up to 70% the stylist uses a flat iron to seal the treatment in with high heat. You can wash your hair the same day and style it the way you want.

Keratin Complex Hair Treatment by Damilla utilizes a blend of natural keratin, silk amino acids, collagen, and soy and wheat proteins to replenish the lost proteins and strengthen hair. Argan oil conditions and softens your tresses, while increasing shine.

The treatment acts as a hair straightener and gives you frizz-free, and easy to manage hair for about two months.

The product is nontoxic, easy to use and can be applied at home. One bottle is sufficient for multiple applications.

SoftLiss Brazilian Keratin Treatment is designed to straighten curly or frizzy hair, make hair straighter, shinier, and easier to handle.

This keratin kit includes three products:

Strawberry Sterilizing Shampoo contains natural alkaline ingredients capable of opening the hair cuticles without breaking or damaging them.

Strawberry System (Brazilian Keratin) repairs the damage done by chemical processes and environmental factors and fills in the gaps in your hair. Your hair can be straightened or shaped into curls depending on the tool you are using – a flat iron or curling wand.

Mask System (Sealer) uses herbal extracts, oils, and hydrolyzed keratin to seal the cuticle, making hair feeling silky and shiny and to ensure lasting results.

Unlike traditional keratin treatments, this treatment smells like fresh strawberries. SoftLiss Brazilian Keratin Treatment promises to leave your hair feeling refreshed and invigorated. This treatment has progressive straightening effects. Your hair can be washed immediately and styled as you want.

Pravana Perfection Smooth Out is a gentle and completely safe smoothing treatment, formulated to control wavy/curly and frizzy hair. The Perfection Smooth Out is not a straightener but is considered a smoothing product. The product is free of formaldehyde, aldehyde derivatives, and other harsh chemicals. There are no gases released during flat ironing and there are no harmful side-effects. Pravana Perfection utilizes a proprietary nano-amino acid complex that alters the internal texture of curly and frizzy hair to safely transform it into a new, softer and more sensual look and feel.

Pravana Perfection reduces frizz, adds shine, cuts down on blow dry time for up to 70% and allows you to easily straighten the hair. You can wear your hair straight, wavy or curly. When you wear it curly, you have soft, shiny, defined curls. The hair is significantly smoother while maintaining body and movement. With proper maintenance, the effects will last about 2-3 months.

The treatment takes between 2-3 hours to complete, depending on your hair type. You can do it in a saloon or need someone to help you with it.

Brazilian Blowout vs. Pravana Perfection Video

 

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger KeraTriplex Treatment uses isolated proteins identical to human keratin to replace keratin lost in the hair during chemical services. The treatment is not meant to straighten your hair, so there is no flat-ironing stage. This repairing treatment is designed to reconstruct hair damaged by chemicals and restore hair softness and sheen.

KeraTriplex® Treatment is much simpler to apply than keratin straightening treatments.

Cysteine Smoothing Treatment

Cysteine smoothing treatment relaxes curls and makes the hair smoother without the use of harsh chemicals. Cysteine is usually enriched with collagen, vitamins, and antioxidants. The formula penetrates deep into the hair shaft filling up tiny gaps and resulting in smoother, frizz-free, and more manageable hair.

The application process is similar to keratin treatments. Your hair can be washed the same day using appropriate shampoo and conditioner. The effects last up to three months and gradually fade away as hair is shampooed. To lengthen the treatment’s effectiveness it is advised to use only sulfate-free shampoos.

This semi-permanent smoothing treatment can be used on all types of chemically treated hair, including color treated, highlighted, bleached, permed, relaxed, and chemically straightened hair.

Leave-in Keratin Treatments

Using keratin replenishing leave in treatments can be a great temporary substitute for salon keratin treatments. These leave-in styling treatments work by opening the hair cuticles to deliver keratin proteins to the hair shaft.  It helps eliminate frizz, adds smoothness, and makes the hair look healthy and beautiful.

Keratin infused hair care and styling products can also help you maintain the smooth results after receiving a keratin treatment.

Keratin replenishing leave-in treatments should be applied to damp hair before blow-drying or flat ironing.

 

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2 thoughts on “Safe Alternatives to Traditional Keratin Treatments

  1. I have used the saffron smoother – got it on Amazon. Highly recommended and you gave a good summary of it.

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