When you hear the words keratin treatment what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like most people it’s smooth straight hair. Keratin treatments are often confused with chemical straightening treatments, but they’re actually quite different. Chemical straightening is a process that permanently straightens all of the current growth of hair. Keratin treatments are temporary and can be used to straighten hair or they can be customized to preserve your curls. Now, let’s take a look at how keratin treatments can give you smooth, soft curls.
What Causes Hair to Frizz?
The outer layer, or cuticle, of each strand of hair, is constructed kind of like fish scales with each one tightly overlapping the other providing a smooth protective layer. The cuticles of coarse, curly hair tend to be a bit more porous and rough than the cuticles of straight hair. As these porous cuticles expand, usually in response to humidity, your hair fluffs up into the frizzy look you know all too well.
How Does Keratin Help?
Keratin is the substance that makes up the cuticle of your hair. Over time keratin can be damaged and lost leaving gaps. A keratin treatment infuses the cuticle with keratin, bonding it to the hair to fill in those gaps and smooth the surface of the cuticle thereby eliminating frizz. This treatment will always relax curls a little, but this can also make your natural texture easier to manage. Your stylist can adjust the amount of time the treatment is left on your hair to preserve as much of your curl as you want, so be sure to let them know what your desired result is.
How Long Do Keratin Treatments Last?
Keratin treatments usually last from 3-5 months and can be repeated just as soon as the effects of the previous treatment start to wear off. How you care for your hair between treatments will greatly determine how long it lasts. Here are some tips to help your treatment last as long as possible.
- Wash your hair less often and use dry shampoo between washes to keep hair fresh.
- Don't wash with hot water. Instead, wash and rinse with as cool of water as you’re comfortable using.
- Swap your cotton pillowcase for silk. Cotton is drying to the hair and can contribute to frizz.
- Use a high-quality keratin shampoo that is free of sulfates.
- Brush with a natural boar bristle brush to distribute your natural oils throughout your hair to the ends where moisture is needed most.
Are you ready to have the softest, smoothest curls of your life? Allow the stylists at Von Anthony Salon to treat you to a professional keratin treatment that will give you the frizz-free curls of your dreams. Give us a call at 972-731-7600 to schedule your appointment, or download our free app from iTunes or Google Play to schedule right from your phone. We’ll see you soon at 7004 Lebanon Road, Suite 102 in Frisco, Texas.