Nobody wants frizzy, unmanageable hair. Women are inherently fussy about how they look, more specifically, how their hair looks. For this reason, more and more go to the salon to have their dose of keratin treatment just to get the hair they want – frizz-free, silky, smooth and straight.
Although women would naturally trade a little pain for some gain, they would surely be surprised to find there is more to an ordinary keratin treatment than meets the eye. So before heading to the salon, know the facts about keratin treatment, its pros and cons.
List of Pros of Keratin Treatment
Keratin treatment is suitable for all hair types. So whether your hair is curly, color-treated, wavy, or artificially straightened, you can still undergo the treatment.
Unlike in traditional hair relaxing and straightening procedures, keratin treatment does not cause permanent damage to your hair. Your hair may even revert to its original state after two or three months, or earlier depending on your after-care regimen.
3. Easy Styling
Treated hair becomes very easy to style. You do not need to heat your hair or apply so many products, which allow your hair to be less prone to chemical damage.
Regardless of how kinky or frizzy your hair may be, you can get straighter, smoother and better-looking crown after the treatment. The look lasts up to three months, after that, your hair reverts to its original state.
Keratin-treated hair does not need so much after-care products and procedures to maintain it. You do need to use sulfate free hair products to make the look last longer.
List of Cons of Keratin Treatment
Keratin is a natural chemical found in hair, teeth and nails. But the keratin applied to hair during treatment is artificially made, and this can irritate the skin and eyes. However, there are no known major side effects to the treatment.
Keratin treatment is expensive enough, and after-care may not be as much but you must use sulfate-free hair products, which are more expensive than regular hair products.
You might need to undergo treatment after two months to maintain your straight, smooth hair. Otherwise, your hair will start to look frizzy and curly again (natural look).
4. Risk of Damage
The chemical itself is safe and effective (except those cheaply made), but it takes an experienced stylist to make the treatment safe and good for you. If the stylist lacks mastery, and recklessly exposes your hair to too much heat and too much chemicals, you get damaged hair.
5. Not for Pregnant Women
Pregnant women are advised not to have their hair treated because it may affect their health and that of their baby. Keratin treatment contains formaldehyde, a chemical that poses health concerns even for stylists.
Keratin treatment is a great way for curly and wavy haired women to don naturally looking straight hair. However, because the treatment necessitates the introduction of artificial chemical, heat and other substances to the hair, the person needs to be aware of the potential risks inherent to keratin treatment.
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.