Keratin hair treatment has been praised for its results as well as criticized for being harmful to your hair. It seems to work well for some people while it is a disaster for others. Therefore, many questions need to be answered. Namely, is keratin hair treatment good or bad? Could the results be attributed to the treatment itself or the hairstylist? Is it right for certain types of hair but not others? What causes the problems experienced by users?
When you hear a movie star mention that she had to cut her hair because of a keratin treatment called the Brazilian Blowdry, you think that it should be banned. However, hairstylist Oscar Blandi says, “I think the treatment on its own is generally effective, but you have to make sure the condition of the hair is right for it.”
We interviewed another expert keratin hairstylist, Tiera Jones, from Orange County, California. She said, “The most important decision after you decide to try the keratin treatment is to use an experienced stylist. Don’t trust your hair to just anyone. Your hair should be healthy before you start. Your stylist should determine if your hair is healthy enough for the treatment. You should also be aware that sometimes the treatment only may not completely straighten your hair.”
Jones also stated, “Your hairstylist can give you the advice you need to keep your hair healthy and looking good before and after the treatment.”
What are the main causes for the problems that some people experience with the keratin hair treatment? For starters, if the stylist used too much heat or applies the heat too often to the hair during the treatment, your hair can be burned and/or damaged.
It is also important to remember the amount and temperature of the heat applied to the hair are crucial. If you heat keratin to around 215 to 235 degrees Celsius (419 to 455 degrees Fahrenheit), the alpha helix starts to melt. This is a physical change and it is irreversible. As a result, your hair will retain the shape of the melted keratin at a molecular level.
Another problem can be caused by applying keratin to hair that is over 50 percent highlighted. In addition, there are also different products used and methods employed that are all considered keratin treatments. When you consider all the possible issues that can arise, you can see why using an experienced professional hairstylist for these treatments is so important.
Because the keratin treatment has caused many problems, you should not make your decision to try the treatment without careful consideration and research. Compare it to plastic surgery if you will. Would you simply wake up one morning and decide to have plastic surgery or consider the pros and cons beforehand? Of course, you would do some research prior to moving ahead.
Moreover, you also would not look for someone on Craigslist who is offering 50 percent off a plastic surgery procedure done in the next week. Instead, you would find a professional in the field and research their experience as well as references.
You would want someone who has the knowledge and experience to determine if the treatment would help you or issues would arise.
Having a keratin hair treatment is an important decision. Be sure to consult an expert keratin trained hairstylist before deciding to move forward with the treatment.
Opinion and Blog by Leigh Haugh