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Revive your dull and limp hair!

Hair has always been a subject of envy and admiration throughout the world. Having beautiful hair is a boon bestowed upon a lucky few. While the rest of us struggle with our hair every single day, the chosen few walk the earth, unaffected, swishing their perfect hair and making us green with jealously! Learn how to keep your hair woes away by indulging in a keratin treatment.

 Defining keratin treatment

A keratin treatment is a chemical process that smoothes and shines frizzy hair.

Deciding on a keratin treatment

If your hair is frizzy and unmanageable then you can consider getting a keratin treatment. Keratin treatments dive into the hair follicle and inject porous areas with keratin, an essential hair protein. Your hair will appear healthier and shinier after this process.

Hoe the treatment works

A keratin treatment is a chemical process on the hair to achieve soft and shiny hair that was otherwise frizzy. It is known to straighten out even the tightest of curls. The effects of this treatment can last up to six months.

Wash and go results?

If the treatment has not been carried out correctly, then yes there is a possibility that the results will not last long.

Side effects

Keratin treatments are not recommended for women who are pregnant. Side effects of formaldehyde include bleeding nose, scratchy eyes and sore throat. These have been reported by stylists for many years.

Another possible side effect of keratin treatment is hair breakage. High temperatures from flat iron can dry out the hair and lead to hair breakage in the days to come.

So opt for formaldehyde-free keratin treatments, like the ones containing glyoxylic acid to be safe. But the latter may be less effective. So choose based on your priorities.

Colour-treated hair

Unlike chemical-straightening relaxers, you can safely have both dyed hair and a keratin treatment without the risk of damage.

Colouring after the treatment application

You can colour your hair two weeks after your keratin treatment but not on the same day.

Haircut before or after treatment

Generally it is advisable to have a haircut after the treatment as the hair will be smoother and lie differently.

Having a hair wash

Do not wash your hair for three days or tie it back since these things can prevent the setting of hair. After the treatment, you’ll be asked to avoid saltwater in the swimming pool and sulfate shampoos.

Style or clip

I wouldn’t recommend you to do updos and ponytails as you’ll need additional hair accessories to hold your hairstyle together - not for at least the first two weeks.

 

Special shampoos and conditioners

Clients should use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner for maintenance. We also recommend they shampoo their hair once or twice a week, only when necessary.

When you shower, rinse your hair with water without shampooing and then apply conditioner only. Do not use salt-based sprays for beachy, textured hair.

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

 

Tips to follow to make keratin  treatment last longer

Your keratined hair needs gentle shampoos with micro keratin that will progressively enhance the treatment to always look fresh and hold on for longer.

Keratin treatments are semi-permanent. So they wash out gradually. The key to maintaining your keratin treatment for longer is to wash your hair less.

I wouldn’t recommend you to do updos and ponytails as you’ll need additional hair accessories to hold your hairstyle together not for at least the first two weeks.

 Putting any accessories in your hair can leave dents and lines of demarcation.

The key to prolonging the life of your keratin treatment is to keep your hair down and straight as much as you can.

Coconut oil or Jojoba oil nestles deep into your hair follicles to provide moisture.

While this is a good thing, the bad side of it is, you’ll need a lot of shampoo to wash them out. Be patient, get through the first two weeks of transition, then you can use them as you wish.