Brazilian Keratin Treatment Explained

The true Keratin treatment

The use of the Brazilian Keratin treatment to smooth hair began in rural Brazil more than 10 years ago when someone discovered that certain preservative chemicals seemed to link keratin to hair, resulting in frizz-free locks that lasted for months. This got the attention of Brazilian cosmetic manufacturers, who began testing and formulating.

Researchers discovered that when the cuticle is open, the protein keratin can be introduced, along with cosmetic-grade formalin, which is known to cross-link proteins in hair. Then, the cuticle is sealed with multiple-pass flat-ironing at 450 degrees. During the flat-ironing, the heat can cause fumes to be released. This step—the fumes—is the center of the keratin treatment confusion and controversy.

When you heat formalin it can convert back into the original form and release a small amount of formaldehyde gas in the air. The FDA doesn’t have specific regulations that prohibit or restrict the use of [formalin] in cosmetic preparations, and is unaware of safety data indicating that Brazilian keratin treatment products pose a health hazard to consumers, under the labeled conditions of use. That’s why, for instance, the FDA takes no issue with nail hardeners containing up to 5-percent formalin (the Brazilian Keratin treatment usually have 1 to 2%). These products are more than a coating. Formalin is reactive to proteins and creates a chemical link or bridge with them.

The Brazilian Keratin treatment is an innovative process that transforms frizzy, unruly hair into silky, shiny and healthy hair. The treatment is keratin based, which is the primary protein of the skin, hair, and nails.

The Keratin treatment used at Salon Pk is a true Brazilian Keratin treatment

The application process at Salon Pk Hair Salon takes anywhere from 1.5 to 4 hours depending on the length and thickness of the hair. After the product is applied, it is sealed with a hot iron which traps moisture, hydrates the hair and creates a glossy finish. Results are visible immediately after the Brazilian Keratin treatment is completed, clients are amazed to say the least. Your hair will look healthy, youthful, shiny, and stronger.

After the Brazilian Keratin treatment….

Taking care of the hair after the Brazilian Keratin treatment is effortless. The amount of time required to style hair will decrease dramatically, in some cases is wash and go. Others require some blow drying and minimum styling time. This Brazilian Keratin treatment restores hair resiliency and resist humidity or perspiration. Natural hair gains definition and manageability. Relaxed hair gains strength and shine. Services What it is: A process service to smooth curly, frizzy hair. Includes the application and absorption of a liquid solution throughout the hair. Heat (450 degree flat-ironing) is applied to activate, and seal keratin to the hair. The Costs: the average price ranges from $150 to $450, depending on length and density of hair. Time it takes: about 2hrs. Sometimes our stylists “double up” to expedite the flat-ironing stage, depending on the length and texture. Permanent or temporary: Designed to be long-lasting without changing the physical structure of the hair. Fades over time with shampooing. How long it lasts: The straightening, frizz-reducing effects are estimated to last up to four months, depending on the client’s hair texture, condition and home maintenance routine. Do: Perform color services before processing keratin treatments. Don’t: Shampoo hair for three or four days after processing. Know that: Formalin, a cosmetic-grade substance, is what binds and preserves the keratin (a protective protein) on the cuticle, and is what creates the long-lasting effect and is safer than your basic nail hardeners. Now you have the Facts.

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  1. info October 6, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Brazilian Keratin treatments are the best choice, not only for durability but for “ready to wear” many brands of Keratin treatments require up to 72 hours of not being able to put up your hair, wash, etc. Not Brazilian – you are good to go after the service. It is nice to see that PK values their clients time by doubling up on the providers performing the time consuming procedure to get the job done faster.

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