The keratin hair straightening treatment allows to not only give hair the desired smoothness, but it also restores the structure of hair and nourishes it from inside. It’s a good idea to find out what it consists of and whether it will be suitable for our needs.
Keratin makes the basic building material of nails and hair, giving them elasticity and shine. Over time, especially under the influence of damaging factors such as sun or wind, or even mechanical damages caused by brushing, hair loses its keratin, which has a negative impact on its look. Unlike permanent (chemical) hair straightening, keratin hair straightening doesn’t damage it, quite the opposite – it restores it.
How does the treatment work?
Keratin hair straightening consists of “pressing” this substance into hair using high temperature. Usually, a regular straightener or a styling iron are used for that purpose, heated to the temperature of 230°C. Liquid keratin used during the treatment seeps into the hair, filling the gaps. The results of a treatment usually stay for 3 to 6 months, which is until the keratin flushes out of hair.
Whom is it suitable for?
A keratin hair straightening treatment can be used by those with dry, frizzy hair. The method was Invented in Brazil as a response to the needs of women living there, whose hair is naturally thick and curly while at the same time at the risk of harmful sun exposure. The treatment can be used both by those who have never had any hair treatments before and those whose hair has been chemically straightened or dyed.
How to take care of hair after such treatment?
Proper care has an impact on Durability of the effect achieved after the treatment. For the first 2-3 days after straightening, the hair shouldn’t be washed. For another few days after that it also shouldn’t be tied or pinned. During a later period, adequate hair preparations should be used – products containing alcohol and silicone should be avoided, as well as shampoos containing salt.
It might be difficult, as salt is present in most shampoos (it is used as a thickener). In such situation, we may keep persistently looking for a shampoo without it or just go for a replacement in form of a children’s shampoo for example, as it is milder and full of natural extracts. The best solution, however, would be to get herbs such as hibiscus or nettle and make a homemade shampoo out of them.