What is keratin?
We hear the term keratin quite often when we talk about hair condition with a friend or while visiting a salon or on certain occasions. Some of you might be aware of it but want to know a lot more.
Today we are going to discuss all about Keratin and the hair types best suited for a keratin treatment. We will also talk about the difference between permanent straightening AKA Japanese straightening and Keratin treatment.
What is Keratin?
Keratin is a protein that is naturally present in our hair. Approximately 98% of our hair is made up of Keratin.
When and why keratin is useful:
With the passage of time, environmental factors and heat damage due to continuous use of various heating tools, your hair’s natural Keratin protein content suffers damage and as a result, your hair will soon start to wear off.
If you observe under a microscope, you will notice holes and visible damage on your hair shaft due to lack of Keratin protein. This damaged protein will result in frizzy, dry, damaged and hard to manage hair!!
How keratin protein helps:
Keratin is a revolutionary treatment process in which we artificially infuse the Keratin protein in your hair by going through this process. The hair shaft gets its missing protein back, thus making it youthful, soft, less frizzy and easy to manage.
How straight will your hair look after going through this treatment?
It will not straighten your hair completely but rather will make your hair straight and softer by 60 to 70 percent, thus cutting down your blow dry timings.
Best hair types for this treatment:
Dry, thick, frizzy and damaged hair due to colouring, bleaching or other environmental damages on hair will get the maximum benefit out of it.
Pros and cons of Keratin:
Pros of Keratin:
- It is an excellent hair treatment for restoring a youthful and healthy look again.
- There is no clear line of demarcation.
Cons of Keratin:
As such there are no disadvantages to this treatment, but sometimes, rather rarely, some people may develop an allergic reaction to the product. So it is always recommended to do the “patch test” first. Furthermore, if one’s aim is to achieve 100% straight hair then this is NOT the right treatment for them.
The difference between Keratin treatment and Japanese straightening AKA rebounding:
People usually gets mixed up between the two whereas there is a huge difference between these two types of treatments.
What is Rebounding?
Well let’s take “rebounding” which has various fancy names such as “Permanent straightening”, “Japanese straightening” and maybe a few more, but the actual work of the underlying chemical is the same. Our hair has natural bonds that make it look curly, wavy or straight. By applying a chemical which is known as a relaxant or softener, natural bonds of hair break up, or rather in simple words, we break the natural structure of hair and restructure it again as desired. This is done by applying a second chemical called “neutralizer” that locks our hair as per the desired structure and this is how we get new, restructured straight sleek and shiny hair.
Pros of rebounding:
The benefit of rebounding over the Keratin treatment is that you can restructure even the curliest hair and get it straightened.
Cons of rebounding:
Because of harsh chemicals used in the process, hair gets weak and sometimes, may cause breakage. Furthermore, when the new hair grows, there is a clear line of demarcation.
Also, this treatment can’t be done on bleached or permanent coloured hair.
written by Hajira sharif
Edited by Rida