Brazilian Keratin Treatment: All You Need to Know
No one can say no to flawlessly sleek hair that radiates with an envious sheen. Brazilian keratin treatment gives you this and so much more. In other words, it makes your mane touch-worthy in every possible way.
And that’s not all… When your hair is:
-Soft as silk
-Flows like waves
-Feels smooth to the touch
-Has fullness and bounce
You are sure to get everyone asking what you did to perfect silky tresses. Take it from us; you’ll be the envy of the town. Well, this is precisely what a Brazilian keratin treatment (BKT) does for you. We are suckers for this radical treatment, and we’re here to tell you the entire truth about it.
Let’s delve right in, shall we?
What is Keratin?
Keratin is a structural protein that is naturally produced by our bodies. It is the foundation of every strand and makes up 95% of your hair.
Its work is to make your hair flexible and resilient while protecting it from external damage. Hair that doesn’t have enough keratin is noticeably dry and frizzy. This is the main reason you need BKT treatments.
What is a Brazilian Keratin treatment (BKT)?
It may seem counterintuitive to do a keratin treatment when your hair is made up of 95% the protein, but these useful proteins are washed out and damaged day in day out thanks to thermal styling tools and chemical treatments like dyes and perms. In fact, even stress can adversely affect the structure of keratin.
Insufficient keratin makes the hair look dull and frizzy. It also makes it frail and prone to breakage. Replacing the lost keratin will not only help repair hair strands but also add strength and smoothness to your mane. Luckily, most treatments have hydrolyzed keratin proteins that blend into your hair.
For instance, BKT uses a unique keratin formula that bonds to your strands to create a protective barrier that seals the cuticle, eliminates freeze, and protects against damage. After the treatment, your mane will be noticeably less frizzy and more hydrated- and of course, with an envious shine to it.
How is this treatment done?
When you get to the salon, your stylist will first wash your hair. Then he/she will apply the keratin formula to your wet hair and let it saturate through all the strands for about an hour.
Alternatively, your stylist may first blow-dry the hair before applying the treatment. Finally, the stylist will go over it section by section with a flat iron to seal it in, and voila, you are done.
The length of time it takes to do the entire process will depend on the formula used, as well as the type, texture, and length of your mane. Expect the visit to last anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.
Will it straighten my hair completely?
Yes, it will, but only if you want it to. Your stylist will seal in the treatment using a 450-degree flat iron. The more your hair is flat ironed, the more it will become straight.
If you want to tame your frizz and still maintain some curls, you can tell your stylist to straighten for a shorter time. Your stylist will tailor the treatment to your needs.
The end goal is to make your mane easier to work with. Keep in mind that if your hair is naturally curly, it won’t be 100% straight. You’ll still have some waves and curls in there.
The upside? If it usually takes you 20 minutes to blow dry every morning, keratin treatment will reduce this by half to just 10 minutes or less.
How long does it last?
Your treatment should last up to 12 weeks as long as you avoid shampoos that contain chlorine. In fact, it will last longer (up to 16 weeks) if you don’t shampoo regularly.
As soon as it wears off, your tresses will bounce back to how it was before. You’ll typically start to see curls around the front part of your head. That’s a clear sign that you need to re-do the treatment.
The good news is that even if you don’t get it re-done right away, there won’t be any apparent signs of demarcation between new growth and treated hair, unlike other treatments.
Can I Get BKT if I Have Colored Hair?
Yes, BKT is completely safe on dyed and colored hair. In fact, because it seals off the cuticle, it helps the color last longer.
You can even have dye and follow it up with a BKT the same day. Just be sure to inform your stylist about this because BKT can make the color a lot brighter.
What to do after the treatment
Unlike other treatments, there aren’t many restrictions as to what you can and cannot do after a BKT, so you won’t really have to skip out on gym or yoga.
However, for the next 72 hours, do not tie up or wash your mane because you risk damaging it. When you finally wash, use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Go for shampoos and conditioners that contain Zinc and Biotin to smoothen further and soften your mane.
Keratin serums will also make hair resistant to damage while repairing parts that have been damaged by heat. You may also buy supplements that come in capsule form from your chemist.
Is it safe for you?
Keratin may contain formaldehyde gas, which is harmful when inhaled. At the salon, you and your stylist may need to use masks.
But since you’ll only be getting 3 to 4 treatments per year, there’s no risk of inhaling so much formaldehyde. Just make sure you sit in a nicely-ventilated area.
We don’t think you will do more than 3 treatments a year because BKT lasts up to 4 months. But if you are worried, you can opt for treatments that don’t have any formaldehyde.
Super-sleek, smooth, frizz-free mane has an appeal like no other- it just exudes class. And for many women, it seems we’ve just uncovered the Holy Grail of effortlessly straight hair.
Are you ready to get the makeover you deserve? Get yourself a Brazilian keratin treatment today and say adios to dry, frizzy, unruly manes.