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21 May 2012
Do Keratin Hair Straightening Treatments Really Work?
From Beyoncé to Oprah, it seems nearly all of Hollywood’s leading women with naturally curly hair swear by keratin straightening treatments. And why not? With high-quality keratin treatments on par with that of Bellezza Spa, up to 95% of frizz and curl can be eliminated from the hair with as little as just one treatment. Hair is left smooth, shiny, and luxurious. It is also more manageable and easy to style.
What is Keratin?
Hair is made of at least four different types of keratin. These keratin fibers are organized into two layers: a soft core of keratin within a hard core of keratin.
All hair contains at least four different keratins. These keratins vary in composition from person to person, making different people’s hair have different properties.
Keratin also has three types of bonds (hydrogen, salt linkages, and disulfide) that are extremely strong and can only be broken with permanent wave solutions, which have a very high pH.
How Keratin Treatments Work
Keratin treatments will bind to your hair’s natural keratin at very high temperatures, allowing for new bonds to be formed. The result? Straight, shiny, luxurious hair.
The natural cross-linking of keratin within the hair is formed in such a way that the reactive sites of keratin are exposed on the outside of the hair shaft. This means keratin is free to react with other chemicals, such as those in a keratin treatment or other hair-care products.
Are Keratin Treatments New?
No. Keratin been used in perms after a waving lotion, but before the neutralization phase, for years (Modern Technology of Cosmetics, 2000). Keratin treatments have also been administered in salons for years under the guise of “shine treatments”. The addition of keratin to the hair makes it appear thicker, smoother, and more shiny.
How Long Do Keratin Treatments Last?
Keratin treatments generally last for three to six months.
Can I Still Color and Style My Hair as Usual?
Yes, but it’s better to receive your first keratin treatment after you color your hair, because the coloring process strips out some of the keratin, even though keratin is technically safe for colored hair. If you get highlights every other month, have the keratin treatment the month in between. Most women find that their hair is much more easy to blow-dry and style after the keratin treatments; no additional treatment is needed.
Price varies depending on the salon, quality of product(s) used, experience of the technician, and other factors. I recommend a superior service for your keratin treatment, such as that at Bellezza Spa. Call for a consultation today!
The hair salon at Bellezza offers everything from haircuts and styling to superb highlights and coloring. Our stylist team continuously explores fresh ideas and new techniques for hair treatments and styling.
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