Most people usually ask: what is keratin treatment? Actually, it is a hair straitening treatment that smoothens out curly or wavy hair. It gives shine and sheen to someone’s hair while really cutting down on frizz. It is an excellent alternative to having to constantly straighten up hair every day. However, this treatment is not permanent and has to be done about every four months. In addition, the treatment involves a chemical called formaldehyde that is very controversial as it is a known carcinogen. It can be dangerous for people with certain allergies and sensitive scalps.
Basically, a keratin product is applied to someone’s hair with care being taken to avoid the product getting into contact with the scalp. There are several versions of the product, some containing more formaldehyde when compared to others. The treatment remains as the hair is blow-dried and then flat-ironed. Usually, a treatment takes about 2 hours or longer, depending on the thickness and length of the hair. The hair should not be washed for 3 or 4 days.
Unlike the case of other hair straitening treatments, it is possible to do a keratin treatment on color-treated hair. The treatment works well on individuals with tight to wavy curly hair. For those who are fed up with fighting the frizz, they will love the results of this treatment. It gets rid of frizz even in rainy or humid weather.
To maintain the new hairstyle, it is advisable for someone not to wash their hair for 3 to 4 days. Shampooing with a sulfate-free shampoo is advisable. As mentioned earlier, the treatment lasts about four months. An individual should not expect the pin-straight hair that comes with a Japanese treatment. He/she will have to flat-iron or blow-dry the hair in order for it to be straight, or they can let it air-dry into soft waves. Thanks to this treatment, blow drying time will be decreased by between 40% and 60%.
The issue on whether Keratin treatments are safe is up for debate. There are women who get these treatments several times in a year and do not seem to suffer any adverse effects. They are of the opinion that the results are well worth the risk. For those who decide to try the treatment, it is advisable for them to try getting their hair done by a stylist who specializes in keratin treatments. For instance, if a stylist uses an extremely hot flat iron, it is likely to damage the hair. Going for a stylist who knows exactly what is in the product used is recommended.
The danger posed by keratin treatments is not the protein keratin, as it actually strengthens hair shafts and makes it more resilient to breakage. It’s the formaldehyde that is dangerous, as it is a known carcinogen likely to cause health problems when inhaled. Experts are unanimous that the main danger is on those giving the treatment rather than those receiving it. Some hair stylists work with potentially poisonous gases all the time. The effects that formaldehyde has on them are still unknown.