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Keratin Hair Treatments – What they are and how they work

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What is a Keratin Straightening Treatment and how does it work?

A Keratin Treatment (Sometimes called a Brazilian Blow dry) is a chemical process used to smooth the hair. Keratin is found naturally in the hair and over time the hair can lose keratin due to exposure to the sun and the environment, excessive styling and chemical services.

Keratin treatments fill in the gaps where the hair is porous and creates a smooth outer surface of the hair. The results reduce frizz and restore health which provide a straightening and smoothing effect, without permanently changing the hair structure.

How is a Keratin Treatment applied?

A Keratin treatment is normally a salon treatment provided within a professional salon. During application, the keratin penetrates the cuticle of the hair and is driven deeper into the hair shaft, targeting the damaged areas.

The treatment is left on according to manufacturer’s instructions and then the treatment is rinsed off and the hair is blow dried.

Then each mesh of hair is flat ironed for a certain number of times (5-10) depending on porosity, which seals in the treatment and creates smooth, silky strands.

How long will my Keratin Treatment last?

A Keratin Treatment can last between 3 – 4 months,  depending on  the After Care and Maintenance routine.

What is the cost of a Keratin Treatment?

Each treatment can cost between £100 and £300 and will probably take about 2 – 3 hours in the salon. Part treatments can be applied i.e. just the fringe or sides of the hair, or any other troublesome frizzy parts of the hair, and this will be priced accordingly.

How will I look after my hair after a Keratin Treatment?

After you have had your Keratin Treatment you should leave approximately 2 to 3 days before shampooing. This gives time for the outer layer of the hair to close completely, sealing in the treatment

Always use paraben and sulphate free shampoo and conditioner after your treatment and you will get the best result

Are there any side effects from  a Keratin Treatment?

There could be some fade on your colour, if you have colour treated hair, so always arrange to have your colour after your treatment.

If you have the treatment too often, this could have a detrimental effect on the hair, so take professional advice on this.


Who is a good candidate for a keratin treatment?

If you have thick, curly, frizzy hair and you want to minimise volume, tame curl and cut down the time you spend blow drying your hair, this treatment is perfect for you.

Does Keratin affect new hair growth?

Your hair will grow back in it’s natural state, but previously treated hair will remain smoother and straighter

Do Keratin Hair Treatments damage the hair?

It is recommended that you have no more than 2 or 3 a year.

Are Keratin Treatments safe?

They are very safe if they are done according to the manufacturer’s instructions, so it is always recommended that they are applied professionally.

Will the Keratin Treatment straighten my hair?

Keratin will smooth the outer layer of the hair, but will not fully straighten it. The benefit is that it will reduce the time you spend blow drying the hair and using the flat iron

K2 Hair Design offer “The First Shampoo” by  The Sweet Hair Company, as it is organic and formaldehyde free.

You can book  a free consultation and we will answer all your questions

Short Term Solutions to combat frizzy curly hair

Moroccan Oil: This provides oil infused hair care and can be used for conditioning, styling and finishing. It also acts as a detangler as well as speeding up the drying time. Moroccan oil boosts shine and leaves you with nourished and manageable hair, every time.

Leave- in Treatments: These offer long lasting protection to the hair and because you don’t rinse them out, they continue doing their work all day long. They can fight frizz, moisturise and strengthen hair. The Biolage All-in-One Coconut Leave in Treatment is suitable for all hair types and is derived from natural origins.

Deep Hydrating Hair Masks: These are extra strength treatments that provide extra moisture in the hair, where the hair needs it. It is recommended you apply these once or twice a week, especially if the hair is dry or damaged. Your hairdresser usually has a range of treatments and will advise you on the one that best suits your needs

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