Keratin smoothing treatments are a hugely popular option for a couple of reasons: they may eliminate frizz, reduce time spent blow-drying, and generally make hair looking Glamorous. But what is keratin exactly and why is it a favored by many people who are tired of battling the stuff growing out of their heads every day?
What is keratin and how does it help my hair?
Keratin is a protein that already exists naturally in your hair (and nails, for that matter). Keratin hair-straightening treatments use a formula that contains keratin (among other ingredients), which, when applied by our professional stylist, may strengthen the hair shaft and lead to silky, frizz-free hair.
How do the keratin smooth treatments work?
Once you’re safely anchored in our chair, our stylist will apply a keratin formula to your hair and then seal it with a very hot flat-iron. It’s the heat from the iron, along with other chemicals in the keratin formula, that activate the straightening effect. Without them, the keratin cannot bond to hair proteins and will remain on your head as so much lifeless goo.
How long does the process take?
It can take 90 minutes or longer. The more hair you have, the longer the treatment will take.
How long do the results last?
How long your results will last will vary based on the precise keratin product used and on how well you follow with our stylist’s aftercare instructions. On average, however, treatments last from 2 to 2.5 months.
If I have curly hair, will this take the curl out of my hair?
Not completely. According to numerous stylists, the treatments relax curls slightly but don’t completely get rid of them. If your hair is wavy or frizzy, the treatment will likely get closer to straightening it, but if you have bountiful curls, some curl will remain.
Will I still be able to curl my hair afterwards?
Yes! We specialize in keratin straightening, you should be able to curl your hair after the treatment with a round brush and blow dryer. The treatments shouldn’t reduce your overall hair volume, and your hair should remain malleable to your styling touch.