What Is Keratin? Is It Good For Hair?
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The Keratin hair treatment, also known as the Brazilian Keratin Hair treatment as well as “escova progressive” is a hair treatment for straightening the hair that can turn a head of dry and frizzy and damaged hair into a crowning glory of super sleek straight soft and silky hair and the condition will last for months.
The treatment originated from Brazil more than a decade ago when it was discovered that keratin when used with certain preservatives, could be bonded to the hair to remove frizz. The active ingredient in the Keratin Hair Treatment responsible for all the beneficial effects is of course Keratin.
What is Keratin?
Our hair and our nails are made of the substance Keratin and damaged hair means damaged keratin so when Keratin is used in a product such as the Keratin Hair Treatment, it has the effect of returning the hair to its former condition, well almost, as nothing can realistically do that. The Keratin Hair Treatment is a temporary not a permanent treatment.
How expensive is the Keratin Hair Treatment and where can I get it?
The treatment can cost several hundred dollars and is not available in all salons. There are kits that you can buy online so that you can carry out the treatment at home but this isn’t advisable unless you have someone experienced with you as it involves using an extremely hot iron on the hair and it goes without saying that if you are ironing your own hair you may not see exactly what you are doing and could easily burn yourself.
Is the Keratin Hair Treatment Safe?
In some of the salons that do carry out the treatment, the staff and the client will often wear protective clothing and even masks in order to avoid the negative effects of the potentially dangerous gas produced during the treatment. Others take precautions such as making sure the room is well ventilated and will of course wear gloves.
This should tell you something about how serious this treatment is. One of the chemicals found in Keratin Treatment can be particularly harmful, it is formaldehyde. Now although a certain amount of formaldehyde (formalin), a tiny amount actually, is allowed in some cosmetic products, the Brazilian Keratin Treatment was found to have as much as ten times the recommended amount by a popular magazine.
The process involved in the Keratin Hair Treatment produces gas so this is why you have to exercise caution. If you want to try the Keratin Hair Treatment, make sure that the product you use has less than 0.2 percent formaldehyde (formalin) in it.
How successful is the Keratin Hair Treatment
The treatment can offer spectacular results so can be considered very successful and despite any negative publicity it is still very much in high demand, because of the results it can give. You can find many before and after photographs online if you want to check this out for yourself.
How does the Keratin Hair Treatment work?
How it works is a hot solution which contains Keratin among other ingredients, is sealed onto the outer layer of the hair using an extremely hot iron. The effect this has is that the hair is immediately softer, silkier, straighter and easier to straighten, it halves the time required to blow dry the hair and adds a beautiful and radiant shine to the hair.
How long will a Keratin Hair Treatment last?
A full treatment can take anything from a couple of hours to four hours to complete depending on how damaged your hair is and will last for up to four months depending on how often you shampoo your hair.
What type of hair is best suited to the Keratin Hair Treatment?
Basically, any hair type, it needn’t be used just on curly or frizzy hair, but the Keratin Hair Treatment works best on damaged and brittle hair as the keratin can bond to this type of hair more easily.
What to consider if you choose to have a Keratin Hair Treatment
If you think that a Keratin Hair Treatment is the answer to all your bad hair days and you opt to have it done at a salon, make sure that you check the credentials and reputation of the salon beforehand.
If you insist on trying it yourself at home then make sure that the product you buy is from a reputable source, do your own research, check the ingredients, ask for the safety data on the product and make sure you adhere fully to the instructions on the package. Observe all the safety advice. It isn’t advisable to carry out the treatment on your own, better to have someone with you to assist.
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