Keratin treatment is very popular in Bangladesh as well as all around the world. For many women including Meghan Markle to our supermodels in Dhaka, the secret to smooth, shiny hair sits at the end of a keratin treatment. The de-frizzing process is more popular than ever. However, what does it actually do? Who is it for? What will be the benefits? If you have ever come across these questions, Groove is here with a handy guide to explain it all. By the end of it you can assess whether it is perfect for you or not the right choice for you at all:
Keratin treatment is a chemical process that smoothens and shines frizzy hair. Results can last up to six months. There are many different versions of the treatment, and your hairstylist can customize a blend of the formula to suit your needs. Some versions of the treatment release formaldehyde when heated, but many newer versions are formaldehyde-free. No matter the formaldehyde content, on a basic level, keratin treatments dive into the hair follicle and inject porous areas with keratin, an essential hair protein. Your hair will appear healthier, because it actually is. The result is shiny, silky black hair- the dream of every Bengali woman.The length of time it takes to do a keratin treatment depends on the formula the stylist is using, as well as your hair texture, and how much hair you have. When you arrive, it’s most likely that your hairstylist will first wash your hair. Then, she will either apply the keratin treatment to your wet hair and let the formula saturate each strand for about half an hour, or the hairstylist will blow-dry your hair first and then apply the treatment - again, it all depends on your hairstylist and your hair needs. Finally, any coarse strands are smoothed out with a flat iron on low to medium heat depending where the treatment needs to be sealed in.
While you may be interested to know what you need to do after the keratin treatment, apparently what you should not do is much more significant here. Once you have done this, only give the best shampoo to your hair. No cheap ones please! Once you shampoo, don’t forget to condition it. Try not to wash your hair frequently. Refrain from touching your hair. Do not use headbands or clips for at least two weeks immediately after the treatment. Last but not least, go easy on your hair. Avoid tight hairstyles such as braids and pony tails- they would result in waves and perhaps not go well with what you initially wanted.
Now that you know what would happen, is keratin treatment the best option for you? Pregnant women are asked to avoid it. If you have fine hair, avoid salon keratin treatments. Keratin is also said to have carcinogen. Repeated exposure at high levels can also cause cancer. If this news scares you, don’t worry. Once in a lifetime will surely not hurt much!