Suddenly they were there: keratin treatments. If you search for this type of hair treatments via Google, you will find many brands selling keratin products. In addition, any hairdressing salon currently offers a keratin treatment and we can definitely call it a ‘trend’. Although many women have already (grateful or not) done the treatment, there are still many misunderstandings about keratin treatments. To give you a little insight into the abundance of ‘keratin information’, we asked professionals to help us discuss the 3 biggest misunderstandings about keratin treatments.
Misconception 1: Keratin is a treatment
The words ‘keratin’ and ‘treatment’ go hand in hand. Really understandable, because when you get a keratin treatment, you are treated with keratin products. However, keratin in itself is not a treatment, but a protein and the major component in skin, hair and nails. So it’s already in your hair. 88% of your hair consists of keratin.The less keratin (protein) in your hair, the weaker your hair is.
Misconception 2: Keratin will cause breakage
As you already know, your own hair already consists largely of keratin. The answer to whether you break hair by using keratin is therefore ‘no’. However, keratin in combination with other ingredients may have a detrimental effect on your hair. For example, do not use shampoos with sulfates such as SLS and ALS if you’ve had a keratin treatment. The keratin layer that surrounds your hair, will disappear if you use regular shampoos. Therefore choose a sulfate-free shampoo.
Misconception 3: Keratin treatments are only meant to straighten your hair
Most of the keratin treatments are offered as styling treatments: treatments that make curly hair smooth and shiny without having to do any chemical treatment(such as an relaxer). After adding keratin to the hair, the hair is straighten with a hair straightener. As a result, the keratin fulfills the role of ‘heat protector’. The additional protein in your hair must ensure that your hair is protected against the heat of the hair straightener.
However, some keratin treatments can also be used to give your hair a healthy protein boost. The composition of the product might be different in that case. For example ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor. This protein conditioner will turn brittle hair into stronger and more healthier hair. If you colored your hair, it’s also a great conditioner to use every once a week to keep your hair moisturized.
So a keratin treatment like this is not being used to straighten the hair. It will make your hair healthier and stronger. Recommended for curly and kinky hair structures and colored hair.