Keratin Hair Straightening Facts
Keratin Hair Straightening systems like Brazilian Blowout or Coppola Keratin System have been the latest to hit the market and this article will inform you about the details of this system, and whether you should opt for it.
The Tenure of The Treatment:
Consumers are told often that this system of hair straightening is bound to last for 12 weeks or longer with smooth straight hair. But the truth is that this time period depends on the person who is getting it done and her state of hair. The texture of the hair, along with its porosity and density play a major role in determining the duration of the treatment on the hair. The quality of the hair, and how often they shampoo is also to be taken into account.
What it Contains:
Some of these hair treatments are formaldehyde free, but they contain a derivative of it known as Vanillin or Aldehyde, etc. The concentration of these chemicals in the treatments determine if the system is harmful for your hair or not. Mostly all major treatments contain about 1.8% to 2% formaldehyde, even in perfumes and tinned shelf food and preserves. Most of the popular treatments in the market are keratin-based.
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How it Works:
Keratin is a special protein that is found in the hair. It helps to fill up the gaps that are found in the hair cuticles that may be dry, cracked or damaged due to daily life. Mixed with various quantities of formaldehyde, it is then applied to the hair and locked in with the heat from a flat iron. The fumes released during this treatment are toxic and have to be released. The formaldehyde used helps to bind the keratin particles and straightens the outer look of your hair, giving it a smooth and glossy look.
These keratin treatments generally last for two months. These treatments take 90 minutes or longer for completion, depending on the length of the hair. The price of the treatment varies accordingly.
New Temporary Treatment Introductions:
The shampoo to shampoo treatments that stay for only a short while and cost less are also effective. Their cost depends on the tenure of the smoothened hair and the quality of the hair.
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Care of The Hair:
Highlights or hair dyes are permissible on hair that has had keratin based treatments to straighten it. Some experts recommend that the hair colouring should be done after the keratin treatment as this locks in the colour very well.
These keratin treatments lessen the time you spend blow drying your hair, by 40% to 60% and also get rid of all that frizz. The climate tends to reign your hair less after this treatment, and your hair is unaffected by rain or humidity.
Caution and Health Hazards:
Pregnant or breast feeding women are recommended to not get this treatment done or come in contact with it as it is toxic for the child. Those who has asthma have been known to have severe reactions to this treatment. Some of the new formulas have been known to turn the formaldehyde into Vanillin or aldehyde when heated with the iron and this is very toxic. The FDA warned the hair companies in 2011 that the formaldehyde content was “dangerously high”, even going as high as 10%. The FDA has thereby asked the companies to reduce this amount, or they will pull all the products from the market.
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It is also to be noted that this treatment does not DE- frizz hair, it only smoothens it to avoid the hassle, and makes it look smooth. Thermal straighteners are a safer option to this keratin based treatment.
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