Keratin Smoothing Treatments and all you need to know!

Keratin treatments every few months can be healthier for your hair than daily heat styling.
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Keratin treatments need to be sealed into the hair, professional stylists we high end irons where the temperature is adjusted to meet the need of your hair type and condition. Having this treatment done with Flat irons is better than over heat styling your hair day in and day out. Over using a flatiron every day on unprotected hair is the worst thing you can do. If having a Keratin treatment allows you to set aside your iron or at the very least use it less, the single dose of high heat may be well worth it. Plus, a good stylist will be able to vary the temperature based on your hair, for example a client with powder lightened hair, the temperature is reduced.

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Choose a salon that respects your health and your stylist's health.

If you ask your stylist about the formaldehyde content in the treatment you’re considering, she should be able to tell you the exact name and brand of the Keratin treatment being used, and ideally, they will be able to tell you that the Keratin treatment is formaldehyde free, if they are one of New Zealand’s leading salons. Watch out for salons with Keratin treatments that contain formaldehyde

"Keratin treatment" is something of a misnomer. In countries overseas like China and India formaldehyde is still commonly used in Keratin services giving the effect of permanent straightening. The ingredients that actually matter in permanently breaking the hair's bonds—ammonium thioglycolate and sodium hydroxide—are just harder to pronounce. Others, such as methylene glycol, formalin, methanol, and methane diol, release formaldehyde when heated or mixed with water. The high heat of a flatiron, used at the end of the process, accelerates the cross-linking of hair bonds. Some treatments dictate a waiting period before washing your hair—allowing cross-links to fully set—although the ones with the strongest concentrations can allow immediate washing.

As research shows from 2008 formaldehyde, in low dosages, is found in household cleaners, synthetic fabrics, carpets, plywood, tobacco smoke, and smog. And while it can be corrosive, touching it isn't the most hazardous factor. It's inhaling it, day after day, year after year, that has been linked with nasal and brain cancers, and possibly leukaemia, according to the National Cancer Institute. So, if you are going to get a keratin treatment overseas with formaldehyde (or formaldehyde-releasing ingredients), do make sure the area is properly ventilated. Or better still get the treatment done at a formaldehyde free safe salon in New Zealand.

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If your goal is to reduce all your hair’s curl and have completely straight hair, a formaldehyde-free version probably won’t do the trick.

Keratin treatments that are safe coat the hair in a film that smooths the hair and penetrates the cuticle layer, the effect lasts up to three months depending on the environment you are in (eg hot sunshine, swimming, daily blow waving), other chemical process, products you use on your hair and how often you wash your hair. To change the hair’s texture, you need a different chemical process called Chemical / Permanent Straightening. The truth is whatever your goal is and whatever type of hair you have, there’s probably a formula out there for you. The ones promising straighter and longer-lasting results will no doubt have more formaldehyde. If you want to maintain more body and curl, a Keratin treatment that’s formaldehyde-free will work best. It’s all about a solid consultation with a knowledgeable stylist."

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If you want to prolong your keratin smoothing treatment, watch out for sulphates and stay away from salt.

While sulphates are the bogeyman in many hair-care products today, if you want to keep your keratin treatment from washing out too quickly, sodium chloride (a.k.a. salt) should also be on your watch list and yes, unfortunately, that means dips in the ocean and pool (chlorine is also hard on a treatment's longevity) should be kept to a minimum. It's also probably a good idea to swap in a new prescribed Keratin Shampoo and finishing treatment shampoo.

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Finally, beware of bargain-basement keratin.

Just like anything else, you get what you pay for, and when you see a keratin treatment that’s dirt cheap, think twice. "When you pay more, you're usually paying for a very skilled stylist who can feel your hair and know what's on it and what formula should be picked for your needs and hair type. It’s definitely all about the ironing," says Vicki Ogden-O’Fee a master stylist "You can have someone who is very careful about how many times the iron is passed on the hair or someone who is not as diligent."

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Trust the professionals.

At V For Hair and Beauty Merivale Christchurch we have been looking after our  Keratin Treatment clients for a long time now.It is not a one treatment suits all system. So, after much market research and industry training we have several different keratin systems we use in salon. Brazilian blow out treatments are also a great entry level option, this is an express treatment to improve the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. Making hair manageable and cuts down blow waving time.If your hair is fine and fluffy lacking shine and manageability or you have thick unruly wild hair we can help you too.

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Keratin Smoothing Treatment FAQS

What Is Keratin?

It's a protein that's naturally in your hair. 

How does a Keratin Treatment work?

A stylist applies a keratin hair-straightening product to your hair and then uses the heat of a flat iron to seal it in. The process takes about 90 minutes or longer, depending on your hair's length. Salon keratin products include Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola, Global Keratin Complex, the La-Brazilian treatment, Brazilian Keratin Treatment, the Brazilian Blowout.

Will I Save Time Styling My Hair?

If you usually style your hair straight, a keratin hair smoothing treatment could shorten your blow-dry time by 40% to 60%, says our Master stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee.

Will a Keratin Smoothing Treatment Fix Frizzy Hair?

You can forget about frizzy hair after treatment. "You could walk out in moist or light rain and your hair won’t change.

How Long Do I Need to Wait Before I Wash My Hair?

You shouldn't wash your hair for three or four days after getting the treatment. That's because the Keratin takes time to work.

What Upkeep is Involved After the Treatment?

After you get a keratin hair smoothing treatment, and after the don't-wash waiting period, you should use sodium-sulphate-free shampoo to help maintain the treatment.

How Long Does a Keratin Smoothing Treatment Last?

Expect the results to last two to 2 1/2 months.

Where can I get a Consultation for a Keratin Treatment in Christchurch?

At V For hair and Beauty Merivale we offer complimentary consultations and recommend you have one if considering a Keratin Smoothing treatment in Christchurch.