I know by now most of you have heard your curly hair friends talking about keratin treatments. You may be asking your self, what is a keratin treatment? I wonder if that will work in my crazy curly hair??
Today I decided to do a keratin treatment before and after to show everyone how they work and explain the up keep process.
Keratin treatments are not permanent straighteners, and honestly they do require a fair amount of up keep. However they are very good for the hair.
The keratin treatment I choose to use in the salon is the Simply Smooth brand. It comes in two different formulations. (Mini treatment and original formula).
(In todays example I have decided to use the mini keratin treatment.)
Simply Smooth Mini keratin treatments generally lasts about 4-6 weeks or longer, depending upon if you follow your treatment at home with the proper hair products. Also depending on how much you wash it.
Simply Smooth Original formula can last up to 16 weeks or longer with proper upkeep and products used at home.
You may still be asking, What is a keratin treatment?
First of all I will explain what keratin is. Keratin is a protein that is the key structural building block for the hair skin and nails. Keratin is necessary for shiny healthy hair. When the outer layer of keratin becomes damaged (due to every day environmental factors and styling procedures) it effects the new cells that are no longer being protected beneath it. This results in damage in the form of dry brittle hair.
A keratin treatment reverses this damage by filling in and sealing the damaged hair shaft with keratin. It also creates a humidity resistant barrier around the hair shaft eliminating frizz.
In the Simply Smooth keratin treatments there are also lots of other natural ingredients that promote moisture and healing in the hair.
Some of these are:
apple pulp, for added moisture and breakage reduction.
Vitamins A,D,E and magnesium, to promote on going nourishment and protection from free radicals within the environment.
Vanillin, helps with healing strengthening and restoring the hair, creating healthy shiny gorgeous hair using a very natural process.
It is very important to remember that a keratin treatment is NOT a permanent straightener. If you have very curly hair and desire straight hair, the keratin will help with smoothing and reducing frizz and it will block out humidity, but you will still need to spend ample time blowing out and flat ironing.
When the keratin has been dried and flat ironed into the hair it will fill in the shaft with all of the nourishing vitamins and natural extracts along with the keratin, creating shiny healthy hair that does not turn into a big fuzzy mess when you walk out side.
With the treatment you can go longer between the shampoo and blow out process, which is also very good for the hair because shampooing and ironing can be very drying. When you wash your hair you will see that you still have your curl but it is more controlled with less frizz and fluff.
It is also very important to remember that you absolutely must use the Simply Smooth at home products recommended for your hair type. These products are created with vitamins and minerals and keratin, especially formulated to enhance your treatment and make it last longer. If you do not use the proper at home care products the keratin will immediately begin to be stripped from the hair shaft and will be completely removed with in a few washes.
If you are wondering if a keratin treatment is right for you call me and set up an appointment for a consultation. We will discuss your hair and decide which smoothing treatment is best for your hair type.