Keratin treatments are a wonderful way to tame hard to manage hair or just to reduce the time to get ready. Over the years there have been many different brands that have promised the world but hardly delivered. Also there have been some changes in the ingredients used to make it legal for use in Australia. The range of wide choice of keratin treatments can make it confusing to decide which system is the best for your hair. In this article we break down what is achievable by the different systems based on the desired results.
History of keratin treatments
Keratin treatment was invented in Brazil 20 years ago due to the demands of the large population wanting straight hair. This product contained low grade keratin but a high proportion (9-15%) of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde was the active ingredient that preserved the hair and the results were amazing with hair staying straight for 6 to 12 months. However, this product was harmful to the respiratory system and is classed as Group 1 carcinogen by World Health Organisation (WHO).
USA, UK and Israel scientist developed the technology further and developed higher quality ingredients that had acceptable results straightening hair up to 3-4 months. They were able to reduce the level of formaldehyde and increase better keratin compounds. The legal levels allowed in keratin treatments is 0.05–0.2%. The latest technology have zero formaldehyde and can still deliver results of 3-4 months.
Expected results from keratin treatment
The number of different brands can be overwhelming. Here are the best keratin treatment systems that are available in Australia right now.
Terre a Mer
Terre a Mer are an Australian company that has created a 100% formaldehyde-free treatment. This system contains high quality keratin amino acids and glyoxylic which replace the damaged keratin and proteins. The hair is thermally sealed and is repaired from the inside out. The hair feels soft and nourished. Price: From $400 Straighening level: 80-90% Pros: Lasts 3-4 months, able to wash and style immediately after application, no formaldehyde Cons: Lifts colour (recommend to colour hair after Terre a Mer)
A Brazilian company that formulated one of the original keratin treatments. Smooths out hair for 3-4 months but the best results occur if you leave the product on the hair for a few days after application. There is 0.2% formaldehyde in the treatment. Price: From $375 Straightening level: 70-80% Pros: Last 3-4 months, doesn’t lift colour Cons: Can irritate scalp, contains 0.2% formaldehyde
Using the technology of keratin and charcoal extracts the Charcoal Relaxing Treatment smooths the hair without damaging or changing its texture. This treatment restores hair resiliency; humidity, rain or sweat will no longer affect the hairstyle so no more frizzy hair! The treatment can be used on all hair types, including chemically treated hair (coloured, permed, relaxed, highlighted and bleached). Price: From $255 Straightening level: 60-70% Pros: Last 3-4 months, no formaldehyde Cons: Lifts colour
Peptame goes to nature to source our 2 main active ingredients – sun-kissed sugarcane peptides and glycolic acid which eliminate the need for including the harsh, damaging ingredients of other, commonly used straightening treatments. Price: $100 Straightening level: 60-70% Pros: No fumes, no formaldehyde Cons: Last 1-2 months, lifts colour
The answer to the question “which is the best keratin treatment” really depends on what you want to achieve, and your specific situation. Let one of our expert stylists at Detail Woman assess your needs and recommend the system that is best suited to you. Book your consultation and treatment by calling 029231 5999 or click the button below.