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All you need to know about keratin hair treatments

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Keratin is the protein that helps strengthen hair to prevent split ends, heat damage and frizz very important for maintaining strong and healthy hair. But keratin straightening, the salon treatments that promise silky-smooth hair, has long had major health concerns.

For more details, we put in your hands everything you need to know about keratin treatments

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What is keratin?
Keratin is a structural protein found in our hair, skin, and nails. It is also commonly found in hair styling products to help strengthen hair. Keratin treatments are a semi-permanent treatment for straightening, smoothing and adding shine to hair.
To make hair straighter, a solution containing a formaldehyde derivative or glyoxylic acid is made to break the bonds and re-seal them in a straighter position. The solution is then dried and sealed with a flat iron, and results can last anywhere from three to six months.
How is a keratin treatment different for people with natural curls?
Keratin treatments work well on most types of hair. For curly hair in particular, it will perfectly smooth frizz and add more shine. Curly hair reflects light less easily than straight hair, so you’ll notice more shine after a keratin treatment.
Another added benefit is that it will preserve the vibrancy of newly colored hair. The treatment preserves the colour, making it last longer and appear brighter.
Is keratin the same as a Japanese treatment or individual cream?
While similar to other hair straightening treatments, keratin treatments are still distinctly different. Keratin treatments are a less drastic option for other individual treatments such as relaxers.
The main difference between a keratin treatment and a straightening product is how long they straighten the hair. A keratin treatment temporarily softens the hair pattern and fades over time. Your hair texture will eventually return to its natural state. With individual cream, this is not the case at all. Relaxers work to break down the molecular bonds in the hair, and permanently strengthen it. Since Japanese hair treatments and traditional hair conditioners permanently break the bonds of your hair with ammonium thioglycolate and sodium hydroxide, they are more effective on frizzy hair but far more damaging.
What is the duration of keratin treatment?
The rule of thumb for keratin treatments is to stay away from water and ponytails for at least three days. You don’t want to risk creating a bend in your new straight hair. The key to keeping your treatment going as long as possible is to use a sulfate-free shampoo on the days you wash your hair.
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