The Keratin Straightening Process has taken to the public by storm. Everyone’s talking about this supposedly all natural hair straightener that removes the frizz from the hair and leaves a silky shine. Some Keratin treatments claim to be all natural and some do not. The Straighteners that use chemicals are known to carry a medium to high level of formaldehyde. Honestly, I believe that they all have a certain degree of formaldehyde even if they claim to be all natural.
In order for the straightening process to work, an active keratin solution must be applied to the hair and fused into the hair with a flat iron. The flat iron is typically heated to temperature of over 400 degrees Fahrenheit to lock in and seal the keratin solution into the hair follicle. The keratin solution seals in moisture and leaves the hair looking smooth, silky and shiny.
Keratin hair straightening treatments last about two to five months depending on the health and state of the hair, and the brand of the treatment.
There is still a lot of controversy over whether chemical hair straightening methods are safe for your hair, scalp and overall health. All types of chemical processing treatments leave your hair dry, brittle and coarse, so it's important to use moisture-infusing products between treatments, avoid too much swimming and refrain from using hair products that contain sodium chloride as these can further damage the hair.
Overall, keratin hair straightening treatments are relatively safe, and the only real health hazard is associated with the inhalation of the fumes when the keratin solution is being applied. Still, if you want to maintain the integrity of your hair for the long-term, it's important to protect the hair from damage between treatments and avoid more than two or three straightening treatments per year.
I personally tried this process on myself as well as my daughter before applying it to any of my clients. I really like the results on myself because it did not straighten my hair like a typical relaxer. I still have wavy, bushy hair, but it is much easier to comb without tangling, and it flat irons easily. My daughter on the other hand did not like the fact that her edges did not relax. She is an athlete and she does not like her edges to ball up. The Keratin Process does not actually relax your hair, but what it does is loosen up the S pattern so that it is a little softer and more manageable.
Before you visit a salon and have the procedure done, do your research. It is best to know as much as you can before having any procedure done..
Until next month.. be blessed!