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For centuries women with curly or frizzy hair have gone to extraordinary lengths to straighten and tame their hair. These treatments were ineffective, very short lived, greasy, involved giving up hours each day, or left the hair in a damaged state.
Keratin treatments are all the rage because they straighten hair for several months while leaving the hair looking healthier than before the treatment. The healthy shine is also why some women get keratin treatments – even if they don’t necessarily want straight hair – you can keep your curls but increase manageability and eliminate frizz.
What are keratin treatments?
Keratin treatments are a temporary but long lasting hair straightening and conditioning process, typically performed in a salon.
Keratin treatments take about 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete in a salon, depending on the length of the hair.
The effects usually last around 8 to 10 weeks. The keratin treatment gradually leaves the hair, and there is no sharp difference between treated areas and new growth. Subsequent keratin treatments are done just the same way as the first treatment.
After most keratin treatments, the hair should not be washed for two to three days.
Clients are advised to use sulfate free shampoos after treatment, which will help the effects of the treatment last longer.
Many love the treatments dearly and feel that the end product is hair that is straight, shiny, soft, thick, healthy looking, and manageable.
This is also why celebrities like Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, Madonna, Uma Thurman, Renee Zellweger, Ashley Tisdale and Sienna Miller have all been keratin treatment recipients.
Why do people talk about the experience in almost religious tones? Of course, not everyone has the same experience, but typically clients love keratin treatments because they…
Long lasting. Keratin treatment results typically last 2-3 months.
Leaves hair straight and frizz free. Tangles are gone. Even in those humid summer months or typically difficult places (like the beach) the hair will keep its straight condition. You can walk out in the rain and the effect will remain.
Incredible time saver. Many women spend hours each day blow drying and straightening their hair. After keratin treatments, blow drying time is reduced drastically, and forget about monkeying around with a straightening iron. What used to take 1-2 hours a day can now take a few minutes. Use that newly found time to hit the gym or better yet, sleep in!
Great shine. Hair looks healthier with a fantastic shine after keratin treatment.
Softness. The hair is soft. Another advantage over traditional treatments where the hair is brittle and even can break off! Keratin treatments leave hair obedient and manageable.
Keep your curl to the degree you want. You can have your hair made completely straight or keep your natural curl if you’re just looking for less frizz and better shine.
Works on all types of curl. If you would describe your hair as wavy, curly, or kinky then you’re a candidate.
Works on all types of hair. African-American, Asian, Latina, Caucasian – whatever, keratin treatments can be applied to hair of all ethnicities.
Works on already-treated hair. Hair that is already damaged, colored, permed, highlighted or whatever can receive keratin treatments.
Hair can still be colored after treatment. You should probably wait a week or two, but hair can still be colored after keratin treatments are applied.
Hair can still be curled after treatment. You can still curl your hair yourself after receiving keratin treatments, too.
No awkward new growth issues. Keratin treatments gradually fade out, so you don’t have a severe contrast between treated hair and the length that has grown in post-treatment.
The entire body of hair does not necessarily require treatment. Specific “problem areas” can receive the treatments; it is not required to treat all the hair.
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