Hairs have been a major source of attraction for women. Your hair is one of the first things people will notice when they see you for the very first time. Frizzy hair can make it difficult to look and feel your best and can make getting ready in the morning a time-consuming and frustrating task. When you suffer a bad hair day, it can either make or break your day. That is why you need to consider a way to make your hair more manageable.
What is Brazilian Keratin Treatment?
Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment is a semi-permanent hair coating that temporarily straightens hair, eliminates frizz and restores shine by sealing a keratin solution into hair.
What is the difference between Brazilian Blowout and Brazilian Keratin Treatment?
Brazilian Blowout is a trademarked brand name within the Brazilian Keratin Treatment category. This is one of the most popular versions of keratin treatments offered in salons. There are other brands that do the same thing, but the smoothing process has unofficially become known as the Brazilian Blowout.
What is keratin?
Keratin is a protein that is a major structural component of the hair fiber and play crucial roles in keeping a healthy, strong and manageable hair.
Who would benefit from a Keratin Treatment?
This treatment is especially helpful if you have frizzy, dry, over-processed, damaged, overly curly, and difficult to manage hair.
Can the treatment be done on any type of hair?
The treatment can be applied to color treated, highlighted, relaxed, bleached, thermally straightened, and virgin hair. It is a very efficient treatment for curly hair because curly hair tends to lack keratin.
Chemically treated or colored hair tends to respond better to keratin treatment. Prior chemical treatments leave hair cuticles porous, which make it easy for keratin to penetrate the hair shaft. Treatment will actually improve the condition of damaged hair to a degree.
On unprocessed virgin hair the results will be less dramatic, and won’t last as long as on chemically treated hair.
Shall I cut my hair before the treatment?
You should cut the hair after having the treatment done. The treatment will change your hair texture and it will hold differently.
Should I color my hair before or after the treatment?
It is highly advised to apply the treatment after you color your hair because the coloring will strip the keratin from the hair. Keratin treatment will actually improve the health of colored hair. You should wait for at least three weeks before getting your hair colored, for maximum preservation of the keratin treatment.
What are the benefits of Keratin Hair Treatment?
A keratin treatment will give your hair a better appearance and make easier to take care of it. Some of the benefits include:
- Strengthens the hair and tames unruly curls
- Improves the condition of damaged hair
- Eliminates frizz
- Delivers a smooth and shiny finish
- Protects the hair from further damage
- Improves manageability
- Reduces styling time
How long will Brazilian Keratin Treatment last?
Brazilian Keratin Treatment will last for approximately 12 weeks, maybe longer with correct maintenance. The longevity of the treatment depends on hair type, how often the hair is washed and whether or not sulfate free products are used. The more your hair is washed, the quicker the keratin solution wears off.
What if I want to remove the treatment from my hair?
The treatment gradually washes out at an average of 2-5 months and your hair will slowly return to its previous state. To remove the BKT faster shampoo your hair more often using a clarifying shampoo with sodium chloride.
How it works?
A stylist will apply the hair-straightening solution to your hair with a brush and then comb it throughout the hair. The treatment remains in the hair for approximately 20 minutes. The hair is then blown dry and a heated flat-iron is used over hair sections to seal the product into the hair. The treatment fills the gaps in your hair cuticle, add a protective layer of keratin and give your hair a shiny finish.
How long does the process take?
The treatment usually takes between 2-4 hours, depending on the length of hair and hair type.
Can Keratin Treatment be done at home?
Keratin hair straightening at home can save you money but you can accidentally damage your skin and hair by doing it yourself. The application process requires proper tools and precautions. It is advised to get it done at the salon or have an experienced friend helping you do the procedure at home.
What is appropriate flat iron temperature for sealing-in keratin solution?
To prevent hair breakage and damage, use only a flat iron with adjustable temperature controls. The correct temperature is based on individual hair type:
- Up to 450 F (230°C) for normal, healthy hair
- 430 F (221°C) for fine, color-treated, chemically processed or highlighted hair
- 350 – 400 F (177-205°C) for double-processed, fragile relaxed, or over-bleached hair
Safety of Keratin Hair Treatment
Is the treatment safe?
The keratin formula usually contains formaldehyde which is a toxic air contaminant associated with several harmful effects. FDA has recently identified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen.
When the formaldehyde solution is applied to the hair, it slowly releases toxic fumes which can pose health risks for the person getting the treatment done, but also to those in the same room.
What are the side effects of Keratin Hair Straightening Treatments?
The side effects are mostly due to formaldehyde in hair straightening products. Some of the most common undesirable effects of a keratin treatment include the following:
- Throat, nose and eye irritation due to formaldehyde exposure
- Skin irritations, particularly in the scalp
- Allergic reactions
- Excessive hair loss right after the treatment
- The hair may appear too flat and look unnatural for a few weeks until the treatment settles down.
How to reduce formaldehyde exposure?
Consider using products that do not list formaldehyde.
Use a mask, gloves and other protective equipment during the treatment.
Make sure the treatment is done in a room with good ventilation.
Get the product from a recognized manufacturer.
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