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Keratin hair-straightening treatments

Longing for smoother, straighter hair?

Keratin hair-straightening treatments are a popular option at salons. Keratin is “The newest trend in de-frizzing and smoothing many textures of hair from curly to relaxed, and it could last you for months. However, this treatment is chemical and must be researched for all their pros and cons.

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If you’re thinking about trying it, you should know what it really is: Keratin is a protein that is already in your hair.

Keratin is a hair straightening product which is applied to the hair by a stylist.  The heat of a flat iron is used to seal it in. The process takes about 90 minutes or longer, depending on the length of your hair.  Salon keratin products include Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola, Global Keratin Complex, the La-Brasiliana treatment, Brazilian Keratin Treatment, the Brazilian Blowout, and Brazilian Hair Straightening.

If you usually style your hair straight, a keratin hair-straightening treatment could shorten your blow-dry time by 40% to 60%. Farewell, Frizz: You can forget about frizzy hair after treatment. “You could walk out in moist or light rain and your hair won’t change,”

You should not wash your hair for three or four days after the treatment, because the solution takes time to work.

Post your  keratin hair treatment, and after the don’t-wash waiting period, you should use sodium-sulphate-free shampoo to help maintain the treatment.

Your straight hair is expected to last two to 2 1/2 months.

Keratin treatments won’t make your hair break, but the flat-ironing might. “The hair breakage has nothing to do with the treatments and everything to do with the flat irons that are used to dry and seal the hair afterward.”Some stylists may use a flat iron that is way too hot and scorches hair, making it break off.”

“Keratin is more of a restorative treatment,” Borday says. “Even if you have a good hair type, it still strengthens the hair shaft and makes your hair more resilient.”

The bottom line, the choice is yours when it comes to deciding if these treatments are right for you. To make your decision easier, read on to get answers to commonly asked questions about keratin hair treatments and feedback from readers on some of the big-name treatments.