Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Keratin Hair Treatments
This past weekend, a friend and I were having a discussion on what to do with our hair for the summer (yes, she read my previous post!). She had mentioned that she was interested in getting a Keratin Hair Treatment, but didn't know that much about it. So, being the nice person I am, I decided to do some research and blog about it. Now, this post in no way is my endorsement for Keratin treatments, nor is it my saying don't get the Keratin treatment. This is strictly for informational purposes only! I will outline exactly what a Keratin treatment is, how long it lasts, the average costs, and any side effects.
First, Keratin is a natural protein found in nails, skin, and hair. A keratin treatment is a non-chemical (or low chemical depending on whose site you go to) treament that keeps hair straight up to 4 months. Keratin treatments claim to remove frizz and make hair straight, sleek, shiny, and more manageable. To seal in the keratin, hair can be flat-ironed for a total of 5 times with a 450 degree flat iron. The total process can take up to 5 hours, depending on the length and thickness of the hair, and no water can touch the hair for the first 72 hours after a treatment is done. Clients can also not wear bobby pins, hair ties/bows, nor can they tuck hair behind their ears. The average price is $300. Clients must also purchase a special shampoo and conditioner to use on their hair to maintain the treatment for as long as possible. As time goes on, the treatment will leave the hair and the hair will return to its normal state until the next treatment.
Some of the side effects of keratin treatments are excessive hair loss, deterioration of hair texture, harsh smells (while the product is being applied), the client have a burning sensation, and the treatment does contain formaldehyde.
So, ladies, I will say proceed with caution, as you would with any product or treatment you would do to your hair, whether it's a press, blow-out, etc. I hope this helped to inform those of you who wanted more information about Keratin treatments. If any of you have had a keratin treatment or know someone who has, please feel free to share your story. As always, stay nappturally beautiful!