How a keratin treatment can make you shine this holiday season

Keratin is a natural compound found in nails, teeth, hair and skin. When it becomes damaged, hair can...

Keratin is a natural compound found in nails, teeth, hair and skin. When it becomes damaged, hair can look lifeless and dry. A keratin treatment is a good way to restore keratin into the hair shaft, changing the second layer, or cortex. This beauty treatment lasts a few months and costs a few hundred dollars, and you'll need to expect two days of "bad hair" days afterwards. For the holidays, it is a wonderful way to bring vitality and vibrancy to your hair.

Keratin treatment

The keratin formula is bonded to the hair via a very hot flat iron, set at approximately 450 degrees. The formula adds shine, and the lucky woman typically needs less time to style her hair due to the smoothness. The keratin will make the hair appear greasy for a few days after the treatment, so don't get it done right before a big holiday party. However, getting it a week in advance will be just right to get the results you're looking for.

Where to get it done

While there are some kits available for home use, it is much better to get it done by salon professionals. They are more able to get to all sections of your hair, and they are trained to use irons that are at that temperature. You risk injury with an iron that hot if you aren't completely at ease with the process.

Always check with your salon to make sure the formaldehyde content for the treatment is 2 percent or less. More can be controversial, as the compound can cause cancer. Salons can keep your hair looking better without the chance of getting the formula wrong or risking burns from the iron. Treat yourself this holiday season to a beauty treatment that lasts by visiting an Atlanta-area salon.

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