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Keratin Hair Treatment vs Chemical Hair Treatment

Smooth, shiny hair without curls or waves, is a dream that many women can only realize with an elaborate straightening iron styling and tons of anti-freeze products. A procedure that is not only time-consuming but also extremely stressful for your hair due to the regular heat treatment. In the worst case, there is a risk of hair breakage, dry ends, or dull hair, especially if the straightening iron is used daily. Nevertheless, every woman would prefer to be able to live out the trendy sleek look regardless of their hair structure, but of course without damaging their hair. An alternative is the so-called keratin smoothing which can now be carried out relatively easily in professional salons but also at home. The result is a smooth, shiny head of hair and a fantastic effect that lasts for many weeks.

Are Keratin Treatment and Brazilian Blowout Different?

The idea of permanent hair straightening originated in Brazil. The curliest and frizzy hair of Brazilian women should be transformed into a silky mane through a chemical procedure. The answer of the question on what is keratin blowout treatment is that even with curls straight hair is promised after treatment with a straightening iron. In contrast, there is another new way known as the much gentler keratin smoothing. The basic differences should be explained briefly at this point. Brazillian Blowout is a product for 100 percent straightening of the hair. A keratin treatment is used, which is sealed in the hair with the straightening iron after the exposure time. The hair remains smooth for up to 3 months and grows back in its natural state.

In keratin hair treatment versus brazilian blowout one of the main components is formaldehyde, which irritates the skin and respiratory tract and is also suspected of causing cancer. Therefore, products of this type are also banned in most European countries. Keratin smoothing is, so to speak, the harmless alternative to Brazillian Blowout and achieves an identical effect. Frizzy, curly hair is smoothed with a special keratin treatment. This method also lasts for up to three months and can easily be carried out in the hairdressing salon or at home with so-called keratin kits for example, the Brazilian keratin treatment kit. Since the products do not contain formaldehyde, this smoothing procedure is largely harmless and thus represents a new generation of permanent hair straightening.


How Does The Brazilian Keratin Treatment Kit Work?

The biggest advantage of this professional hair straightener at home is the purchase price. A keratin salon treatment often costs several hundred euros. With a Brazilian keratin treatment kit, on the other hand, salon-quality is available at a fraction of this price, which can come up with an equally satisfactory result. You have to carry out the treatment yourself, but it is very easy. Common components of keratin kits are:

  • a cleansing shampoo to pretreat the hair
  • 100 ml keratin treatment
  • Other accessories such as hair brushes, hair clips, and protective gloves

The sets are usually sufficient for a one-time keratin treatment for long hair. If the hair length is shorter, several applications are even possible. Ideal as the procedure has to be repeated every three months.

  • Step 1: The hair must first be washed twice with the cleaning shampoo. This removes styling residues and other deposits from the hair and the keratin treatment can develop its full effect and penetrate the hair better. Do not use a final treatment with keratin treatment shampoo and conditioner, as this reseals the surface of the hair.
  • Step 2: Blow-dry your hair dry and smooth and then comb it through thoroughly.
  • Step 3: With the included hair clips you can now divide the hair into different sections, similar to what is common when dyeing.
  • Step 4: The keratin treatment is now applied to the respective areas with the brush. Then you use a comb to remove the excess product from the hair.
  • Step 5: The keratin treatment must now remain in the hair for 72 hours - i.e. 3 days. After an exposure time of 20 minutes, blow-dry the hair again. When doing this, open the windows in the room so as not to inhale possible vapors during the heat treatment.
  • Step 6: After you have dried the hair with the hairdryer, the straightening iron is used. You should thoroughly straighten the individual strands and sections up to five times. This seals the keratin in the hair and the effect is retained for as long as possible.

After you have completed the keratin treatment, the hair must not come into contact with water or be washed for three days. Tying or general hairdressing must also be avoided during this period. The keratin can develop its full effect for around 72 hours.


Is Keratin Treatment Good for All Hair Types?

The keratin treatment is not only suitable for curly hair. Even smooth, fine, or thick unruly hair can be treated with this method. The shine is enhanced and the hair can be styled more easily due to the anti-frizz effect. Even curls can still be conjured up with a curling iron. The keratin treatment kit is also suitable for Colored or for bleached hair. It is important here, however, that the hair is not damaged too much. Due to the intensive heat treatment after the keratin treatment, this could further damage the hair structure. The keratin treatment does not contain any ingredients that could damage the hair structure or attack the scalp. The cancer-causing formaldehyde is also not one of the ingredients in the kits. On the other hand, the treatment even has a nourishing effect. The hair is not only straightened but also given a silky shine. As with any cosmetic hair product, a skin sensitivity test should be carried out beforehand to rule out an allergic reaction.


Do Special Care Products Have To Be Used After The Keratin Treatment?

In order to achieve a long-term smooth effect, special keratin treatment shampoos and conditioners for keratin-treated hair are essential. These care products are free from salts and thus maintain the result for the promised duration of around 3 months. With shampoos with sodium chloride, the keratin washes out much faster, so the treatment has to be repeated. It is also a good idea to use the straightening iron again after the first washes to intensify the effect.

Professional keratin smoothing can quickly become an expensive matter in a professional salon. If you want to save money instead, but at the same time do not want to do without a long-term sleek look, the KHS Keratin Hair Straightening Kit which we as Keratin Hair System formulated in special way, could be exactly the right alternative for you. The treatment itself is very easy and, thanks to the ingredients, almost harmless for you and your hair. By the way, you will also fulfill your dream of a silky smooth mane without investing time and effort in a daily treatment with the straightening iron. It is best to order the right shampoo and conditioner from the same manufacturer.


Is Hair Treatment With Olaplex Bad For Hair?

To understand when and why hair breaks in keratin hair treatment with Olaplex you have to look closely at the structure of the hair: The substances involved in the structure of the hair mainly consist of the elements carbon (50%), oxygen (23%), nitrogen (17%), hydrogen (6%), and sulfur (4%). Under normal conditions, human hair has a water/moisture content of approx. 10%, which significantly influences its mechanical properties (= suppleness). Anyone who has problems with hair breakage or dry hair should not only reduce the mechanical and chemical loads, i.e. protect the hair, but also find out whether there is a deficiency or excess of protein or moisture. Hair is made of keratin, a fiber protein. If the hair lacks protein, the hair is limp and without resilience. However, if the hair is dry or rough, it lacks moisture/suppleness and can break. This has nothing to do with Olaplex, but lies in the structure of the hair.

What Does Keratin Treatment With Olaplex Do?

Through the chemical process such as the lightening/bleaching removes a lot of moisture from the hair. This happens with every chemical treatment, but with different strengths. The cause here is not Olaplex with keratin treatment, as it is responsible for protecting and strengthening the disulfide bridges. It cannot prevent or compensate for the loss of moisture caused by bleaching. If the hair is then additionally treated with a blow dryer, straightening iron, curling iron, and without heat protection, this leads to more and more moisture loss. If the hair lacks this moisture/suppleness, the crucial thing is to give it back to the hair with the appropriate products.

What To Do In Lack Of Moisture

When the hair feels dry and dull, it feels like it lacks water, but dry hair is not caused by a lack of water, but by a lack of fat/oil. The scalp produces sebum, the natural oil from the skin, to keep the hair supple. If insufficient sebum is produced or if too much fat is degreased due to excessive or frequent cleaning, the hair no longer has any protection and becomes rough and dull. The cuticle can be damaged and in the worst case split, ends, and hair breakage can occur. Even in the case of very chemically treated hair, the hair “soaks up” the sebum due to the deficiency, which is why women with bleached hair rarely have an oily scalp. Ingredients that can aggravate the problem are strong detergent surfactants (e.g. sodium Laureth sulfate), non-water-soluble silicones, and alcohols. If you are not sure, you can try a moisturizing cure first, you can't go wrong with that. If that does not do much good, a protein regimen can still be tried.

Hair breakage occurs because the hair does not get back what was lost through, for example, thermal, mechanical (including solar radiation and saltwater) or chemical treatments. It is crucial to add the right protein or moisture to the hair. Therefore you need to consider using salt-free keratin hair treatment shampoo and conditioner. Whenever the hair needs moisture but contains protein/keratin, the hair becomes harder and dries out. The result is brittle hair, hair breakage, and split ends. A closed hair structure through silicones also ensures that the hair becomes increasingly dry. Even the constant incorporation of silicone-containing products (e.g. hair tip fluid) does not improve the hair structure, but only improves the hair feel for a short time, the actual dry condition of the hair remains.

Tips From Professionals For Optimal Hair Care

Before using hair treatments or switching from hairdressing products, we recommend doing a “hair detox” in order to remove all deposits, e.g. insoluble silicones, from the hair. Then you should do a structured build-up, the “Keratin Rebuild Treatment” in order to be able to continue with the right care at home with optimally strengthened and prepared hair. In the event of hair breakage, it is best to go to a professional and analyze there what could be the cause.