What is Keratin?

Keratin is a protein that is naturally found in hair, skin, and nails. It gives hair its strength and elasticity and helps to protect it from damage. Over time, however, the keratin in our hair can break down due to exposure to heat, chemicals, and environmental stressors, leading to dry, frizzy, and damaged hair.

So what are Keratin Treatments?

Keratin treatments are a semi-permanent hair smoothing process that involves the application of a keratin-based solution to the hair. The solution is then sealed into the hair with heat, usually through the use of a flat iron, which creates a protective layer around each hair strand. This helps to reduce frizz, increase shine, and make the hair more manageable.

Keratin treatments can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months, depending on your hair type and your maintenance routine. They are popular among people with naturally curly or frizzy hair who are looking for a way to make their hair more manageable without having to straighten it every day, but it’s important to understand that Keratin treatments are not the same as a relaxer. They reduce and smooth away frizz, while shortening the time it takes to dry your hair, but will not get rid of your curls.

Benefits of Keratin Treatments

The benefits of keratin treatments include:

  1. Reduced Frizz: Keratin treatments help to reduce frizz and make the hair more manageable, even in humid weather.
  2. Increased Shine: Keratin treatments can help to make the hair look shinier and healthier. Who doesn’t like a little extra GLOW? 😉
  3. Smoother Hair: Keratin treatments can help to make curly or wavy hair appear smoother and shorten style time in the morning.
  4. Long-Lasting: Keratin treatments can last for several months, making them a more convenient option than daily hair straightening, but also a healthier option than continued heat exposure!
  5. Low Maintenance: Keratin-treated hair requires minimal maintenance, which can save time and effort in your daily hair care routine.

Drawbacks of Keratin Treatments

While there are many benefits to keratin treatments, there are also some potential drawbacks to consider:

  1. Cost: Keratin treatments can be expensive, with prices ranging from $150 to $500 or more, depending on the salon and the length of your hair.
    • At GLOW we offer several different options for keratin treatments to meet any budget! Ask your stylist at your next appointment!
  2. Time-Consuming: Keratin treatments can take several hours to complete, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.
  3. Chemical Exposure: Keratin treatments use a chemical solution that may contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Be sure to ask your stylist about the specific products they use and any potential risks.
  4. Maintenance: Keratin-treated hair requires special care, such as avoiding swimming or excessive sweating for a few days after the treatment, but different treatments allow you to get your hair wet sooner after having the treatment done. Make sure to ask your stylist about best practices for the maintenance of whichever treatment you have done.
  5. Results May Vary: The results of keratin treatments can vary depending on the individual’s hair type and texture, and some people may not achieve the desired results.

Is a Keratin Treatment Right for You?

If you’re interested in learning more about Keratin treatments be sure to ask your stylist at your next appointment, or go to our online booking and schedule a consult!