In a world gone Keratin craaaaaaazy, I admit I was very skeptical before I actually used it. There have been so many fads that were first loved then hated, I was determined to approach Keratin with caution and avoid the damage hair suffers when chemical hair treatments are done incorrectly.
This, by no means, is a scientific article. I simply wish to share my knowledge and experience after having now done too many Keratin treatments to count.
There are two Keratin treatments that prove most popular; the first is the Brazilian blowout and the second is Coppola. Both brands promise to remove frizz while making hair more manageable with a gentler approach. But before I get into the results of these two brands of Keratin treatments, lets go over the facts about them.
- It is a chemical treatment; anything powerful enough to change the hair structure contains chemical. Please keep in mind that Keratin, however, is not as strong as a chemical relaxer which breaks down the bonds of the hair from the inside out. Keratin affects only (well, almost only) the exterior of the hair, making the heat from a blow dryer and a straightening iron still vital to achieve "smoothing" results.
- There is no question this treatment produces great results on virgin hair. It can be used on color treated hair, however, if hair is over processed, weak or damaged from color, I wouldn’t recommend doing it.
- For fine, frizzy hair, Keratin makes life so much easier relieving the need to blow dry constantly. Worried about fine hair being too flat? Then don’t iron the hair as much or turn down the temperature on the iron to weaken the effects. Washing hair after two days rather than three days to lessen the full effect of the treatment is another way to keep body in the hair.
- Never use Keratin on chemically relaxed hair. What results is dehydration with ends that are way too straight, leaving the ends looking like a broom.
I prefer the Coppola Keratin treatment. I have never had an issue of it damaging hair. Once this product is applied properly, and caution is taken when working on the clients’ hair, the results are great!!
Before the Keratin is applied, the hair must be freshly shampooed and blow-dried. The blow-dry must be properly done, that means getting the roots and ends smooth; the Keratin is then applied to thin sections of the hair from the roots through to the ends on every strand, evenly.
The treatment should sit on the hair for approximately 30 minutes before blow-drying it into the hair. Again, the drying should be done using thin sections, getting the roots and ends smooth. The hair is then ironed in very thin sections with even heat from roots to ends. This is not something to rush through. When I give a client the treatment, I take all the time I need to ensure it’s done right. This process cannot be rushed through. The better the job, the longer it lasts.
Other popular treatments promise the same results, but I haven’t found any that compare to the results I get from Coppola. Coppola consistently delivers maximum results with minimal damage to the hair. As important as it is to find the right product, it is equally as important to find someone who cares for each strand and uses effective techniques.
I have come to the conclusion that all are not created equal. Other Keratin brands that were extremely popular have gotten some very bad press and Just know, the bad press tends to follow an actual treatment so make sure you know which one is being used. Also you must trust your stylist before letting them loose on your Keratin free hair. Remember it can have a positive effect but in the wrong hands the results can be negative.
Here’s to healthy, happy hair…