I want to share a few comments I hear with frequency from women with very resistant hair, tight curls or African –American hair:
- “I never wear my hair down because it’s a way to dealing with my insecurities about my hair”
- “My hair is tightly coiled like a “z” pattern, very fragile. It is also poufy and frizzy which makes it look more like a “Brillo pad” than like hair!”
- “I have tried different styling techniques but my hair is very resistant to styling.”
- “I’ve noticed guys would not touch my hair, it makes me feel sad because it’s something every girls loves”
- “It will make me happy to simply have the ability to have my hair look natural, soft and be able to style it!”
Fortunately stories like these can be changed:
Options for African American Hair or Resistant Hair
Women with very resistant hair, tight curls or African –American hair, often wish they could have soft, straight hair. Although Hair Relaxers have always been an option, and you may have heard that Keratin Treatments do not work on Resistant Hair or on tight curls, Keratin Treatments can be effective in this type of hair if you apply a pre-treatment keratin booster before applying keratin.
The duration of the application process depends on the texture of the hair and the clock starts counting from the moment the application starts, the average is 15 minutes. The effects stay on the hair depending on different factors, like the chemicals used and the frequency of the application. After a hair relaxer has been applied for the first time, you will need to do touch-ups, which means that you will need to apply more chemicals into your hair. According to SkinBiology.com, touch-ups should only be performed every six to eight weeks, depending on the condition of hair and its growth rate. This does not mean, however, that hair relaxers only remain in the hair for this six to eight week period. The chemical applied to hair will remain in varying amounts until the processed areas have been physically cut off. Since hair grows roughly half and inch per month, it would take a person with 12 inches of hair close to two years before a relaxer completely grows out.
The active ingredient in most Drugstore Relaxers is Sodium Hydroxide, also known as Lye, and is also the active ingredient in Drain Cleaners. There are some No-Lye Relaxers, but these are similarly bad for you.
The famous TV doctor: Dry Oz did a demonstration to show how dangerous Relaxers can be. He poured the liquid found in the product onto a piece of paper, and then he added powder which is like Lye, and you could see the chemicals burning right through the paper. The paper represents your scalp and the damage that can be done if not used correctly. It is very dangerous to leave relaxers on for too long.
The service to apply Hair Relaxers Can cost anywhere from $65 to $85 dollars, It depends on where you have the service done.
In the case of Keralove Keratin, the application process can last from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours depending on the length and thickness of the hair. However, there are some other keratin treatments that require you to stay with the Keratin lotion on without washing hair for 72 hours. The effects of the Keralove Keratin treatment will last 3 to 4 months depending of the care you give to your hair. It is recommended to use Sulfate Free Shampoos which help keep the treatment on the hair for a longer time, if you go to the beach or pool frequently the treatment will last less time.
Some keratin treatments contain Formaldehyde. Make sure you find out the percentages contained in a keratin before applying at the salon or online. Keralove Keratin contains less than 2% of Formaldehyde and it does not expel fumes or uncomfortable odors. Keralove publishes the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) online with the percentages which are very low and therefore is not absorbed into the skin. One way to tell if a keratin contains high levels of Formaldehyde is if you notice a strong smell that is unbearable or if you notice your eyes start burning , or if the stylist flat-irons on the hair for only a few times as opposed to the 5 to 10 times required for a low level Formaldehyde.
Depending on the length of hair being treated, salon-style Brazilian Keratin Treatments services run from about $150 to $300 dollars a session, and require redoing every three to five months depending on how often the hair is shampooed.
If you have resistant hair or tight curls, it is possible that your stylist may offer you a high Formaldehyde level keratin in order for the keratin to work. But you do not have to apply a high Formaldehyde keratin to your hair or damage it with the harmful chemicals from hair relaxers. Keralove has just launched a product for those types of hair: Keratin Booster Pre-Treatment: It is a Pre-Treatment meant to be applied before applying the Keratin Treatment that prepares the hair to receive the benefits of the keratin. The results are wonderful and the Pre-Treatment does not contain harmful chemicals. You can apply any color treatment to the hair immediately after; you do not need to wait 2-4 weeks unlike Hair Relaxers.
The greatest benefit of the keratin treatment is that it really cuts down time spent drying the hair, you may have heard that it does not work on tight curls , resistant or black hair but thanks to the keratin booster, the keratin works on those types of hair.
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