Keratin treatment: the Cheat Sheet


Ever heard about the ‘newest trend in defrizzing and smoothing’ hair, be it of any length or texture? We surely did, and here have tried to create a piece for you about all that is related to keratin treatment. People, who have taken up this treatment, treat it no less than a wonderful miracle, swearing by the amazing results it showed. But the buzz about this treatment is not completely positive; it has its own sets of criticism.

What exactly is KERATIN TREATMENT?

KERATIN is a natural protein which is found in our Hair and nails. Frizziness in our hair is caused due to the decrease in Keratin levels of our hair, resulting in unmanageable, dry and tousled hair. To replenish your hair with the most needed protein came in the KERATIN TREATMENT, based on the expertise of “Brazilian Blowout”. This treatment gained popularity worldwide due the fact that it added Keratin to damaged hair, artificially and made the hair shinier, straighter, frizz-free and even healthier.



Keratin Treatment is a sort of semi-permanent hair-smoothing professional treatment which includes a chemical known as FORMALDEHYDE (a form of aldehyde) and a protein, namely KERATIN. The formaldehyde used in the treatment is the main component, as it creates the shiny, smooth hair which is lasting. And the Keratin is added in the mixture to make our hair healthy and to add strength.


In most of the salons, your hair is first clarified with a shampoo and blow-dried. Then the chemical treatment is applied to the entire length of your hair, section by section; combing it through your hair for even distribution. After letting the treatment sit on your hair for some time, the stylist seals the chemicals into your locks by using a flat iron, after blow-drying your hair for a second time. Although the earlier treatment ended at this point and the people taking up this treatment were asked to leave, having been given a few instructions; not wash their hair for 3-4 days, get it wet or even tie it. But the newer treatments are not so demanding. The treatment can be rinsed out after the flat-iron step and then finally blow-dried.


Is KERATIN TREATMENT suitable for my hair type?

This is the first question which comes up to our minds when we think of any new hair treatment. Isn’t it? So let us see if it is meant for you. I will ask a few questions, if even one of your answers is in the affirmative, then congrats. You are eligible for this miracle treatment.
1. You spend a lot of time each day wishing you had naturally straight, shiny locks?
2. You spend most of your mornings blow-drying and ironing your curly-wavy hair?
3. You want to soften your natural curls?
4. You are looking for a straightening treatment for your colored, wavy hair?
5. You are in dire need of frizz-free locks?
6. You have a few extra bucks to splurge?
Ok, so the last question may be a bit impolite, but let’s face it. The treatment is quite expensive taking in account the longetivity of the results. The cost varies from town to town, salon to salon. The more posh the salon, the more would be the cost; but the results stay only for a short period of 2-3 months, depending on your life-style and levels of maintenance.

What to expect from KERATIN TREATMENT?

Ok, so if you have started dreaming of pin-straight hair, which is a commonly popular result of REBOUNDING and JAPANESE STRAIGHTENING; forgive me for bursting your little dream bubble. Whereby, straightening treatments permanently change the inner structure of your hair shaft to create poker-straight strands; the results of Keratin treatment are short-lived and just soften curls, and slightly straighten wavy textured hair. But more prominently they help in eliminating frizz, which gives the hair a more lustrous shine.
Above all, after taking up the treatment, the hair needs to be maintained. You are required to use sodium, sulphate and chloride free shampoos to keep the results intact for longer time period.


Smooth hair at the cost of your overall health?

Agreed, the treatment does give you hair which makes you look like a million bucks. But, on the contrary, it may be harmful for your overall well-being. Studies have proven that the formaldehydes used in this treatment are carcinogenic, i.e. they can induce cancers. Some treatments claim to use FORMALIN instead of formaldehyde, but yet again, do not let the name fool you. Formalin, when heated to 450 degrees, the ideal flat iron temperature for sealing the treatment in your hair, converts back into formaldehyde. The most common irritations which generally most people face while undergoing this treatment are runny eyes and an irritated throat.
Nonetheless, experts’ claim that the levels of FORMALDEHYDES use in KERATIN treatments these days is relatively safer, if the treatment is done under appropriate protection and aeration.


Sounds too good to be true. Right? Let me make one thing clear, KERATIN TREATMENT would be a dud without the formaldehyde. Technically it is not even possible. You need the formaldehyde in the treatment to give you the frizz-free, shiny and straighter hair you have looking for. Thus, if the treatment claims to be formaldehyde free, and still works as well, that is because instead of formaldehyde, other aldehyde, or any other chemical which works in the same fashion is used.


Planning to take the leap? Keep these in mind:

1. Always go to a salon certified in performing keratin treatments.
2. Ask your stylist about different types of keratin treatments and let him help you out to choose the best for your particular hair type.
3. Discuss the cost and the results you should expect after the treatment, with your stylist in advance. It is always a good idea.
4. Make sure that the area where the treatment is going on should be properly ventilated. Ideally you should be sitting near a window with a fan running nearby you.
5. Both the stylist and the customer should cover their mouths during the treatment, as formaldehyde can be injurious if in haled.
6. Make sure the treatment does not touch your scalp.

So this is pretty much it. However, at the end, the choice is yours. Whether you want to take the leap or stay away from the chemical treatment; it is your personal choice. But I hope this article has made your decision-making a bit easier.
Take care 🙂

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