The Low-Down on Keratin Treatments

Lately I have been asked a lot of questions about Keratin treatments.

First, the facts. If you have ever gotten a Brazilian blowout, you have already experienced the Keratin hair straightening method. Two, Keratin is a protein that is naturally found in your hair, nails, and skin. Don’t believe me? Check out the Web MD entry for “Keratin Hair Straightening.”

Some naturals and stylists will argue that this method of hair straightening is a healthy alternative to relaxing. While the solution that is applied is not as harsh as your average chemical relaxer, the real danger is not in that but in the act of straightening itself.

Usually these treatments are done using flat irons at scorching temperatures. Applying that much direct heat to your hair is risky, especially for those who have weaker hair to start with. While the Brazilian Blowout does not use a flat iron only, the pulling of the hair by the brush and the direct heat from a blow dryer can be just as hazardous.

I personally have not tried this straightening method.

If you are contemplating straightening your hair by way of a Keratin treatment, as with anything consult with your stylist and see what your options are.

Aside from these treatments, which can run anywhere from $100 to over $300, there is also a rise in the number of products containing Keratin available for purchase. Ramping up the keratin can add another layer of protection against everyday stresses – such as cigarette smoke – that your hair may come in contact with.

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