Brazilian Hair Straightening
A Keratin Smoothing Treatment for Frizzy Curly Hair
Apr 28, 2009 by Amy Andersen from
The curly-haired girls' quest for smooth, shiny, straight hair has added a
treatment to its choice of products. The hair smoothing procedure goes
under various names.
Whether it is called Brazilian keratin treatment, Coppola keratin
straightening, Keratin Complex treatment, Liquid keratin, and Global
keratin, etc., the primary product used in this conditioning treatment is
keratin. Keratin is a tough protein found in skin, hair and, nails. The
chemical aldehyde, a derivative of formaldehyde, assists the keratin
infusion into the hair.
Keratin Treatment versus Japanese Straightening Treatment
Unlike the thermal reconditioning system (Japanese straightening) which
thermally and chemically restructures the hair bonds to create permanent
stick straight hair, the keratin procedures recondition the hair
preventing frizz while allowing it to wave, curl, or be flat ironed
straight. Hair gradually returns to its original state without the awkward
growing out stage inherent to the Japanese hair straightening. This
advantage becomes its disadvantage; the treatment is not permanent and
lasts anywhere from 8 weeks to 4 months.
The Hair Undergoes a Conditioning Treatment
Essentially the protein keratin formula is infused into freshly washed
hair by heat. The internal hair bond is unchanged, the cuticle is smoothed
and hair damage is repaired. The internal structure of the hair is not
changed but the hair is believed to be stronger, more flexible and
manageable post treatment.
The Application of Keratin Hair Treatment
Hair is thoroughly washed of any product with a special salt-free
clarifying shampoo. Hair is blown 100% dry with hair dryer and brush then
sectioned with the solution applied thoroughly to every strand. Each
strand section is then straightened up to 5 times with a 450-degree flat
iron thus infusing the keratin solution into the hair. The hair remains so
for 72 hours. Thereafter, it is washed with a sodium-free shampoo and
conditioner. Results are frizz free, soft, shiny hair ready for styling or
Safety Concerns of Smoothing Reconditioning Keratin Treatment
Eyes may burn and throats ache when the solution is applied or heated.
Some stylists find they need to wear a mask for comfort and protection.