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Relaxers-Straighteners-Keratin Treatments "Oh My"

Michael Christopher Salon - Friday, September 20, 2013

Relaxers-Straighteners-Keratin Treatments "Oh My"


     How many relaxers, straighteners and Keratin Treatments does one head of hair need?  Your professional hairstylist will answer - "It all depends on your hair type and style needs."   Read further to understand the truth of it all.

     During a round table discussion on this very subject some interesting facts came to light.  We have all heard of Japanese Straightening which will now be referred to as a High Gloss Permanent Straightening Service.  This High Gloss Permanent Straightening Service is recommended for "problematic" curly hair.  This is a permanent straightener that has to grow out.  The service will last from 8 months to a year, depending on the original curl.  The service duration is 3 - 4 hours and is usually finished with a Keratin Treatment to heal and seal the hair.  The cost can vary but the average is $350., unless the hair is extra thick or extra long then there would be an additional charge. A Permanent Straightening Service is not recommended for highlighted or "over processed" hair, however it can be applied to hair that has undergone single process color.  This service is recommended for any age and does come with a 48 hour "hair restrictions" - no ponytails etc.  Your stylist will recommend professional haircare products to help sustain your service. 

      A consultation with your stylist is highly recommended so that desired results, cost, service time and haircare commitments can be agreed upon ahead of time.  The High Gloss Permanent Straightening Service is a service to consider, especially if you have "that problematic" curly hair.  Be prepared to be poker straight and loving every minute of it.

     For those of you who are not ready for "poker straight" hair an Opti Smooth Service might be for you.  It is a permanent service but it does not leave your hair as straight as a High Gloss Permanent Straightening Service - Opti Smooth will leave body in the hair.  The cost can vary but the average is $300.  A consultation with your stylist is highly recommended so that desired results, cost, service time and haircare commitments can be agreed upon ahead of time.


     Keratin Treatment is not a straightener it decreases volume and frizz as it heals damaged hair adding high gloss.  Because Keratin Treatments coat the hair the service usually lasts 3 months as long as sulfate free shampoo and professionally recommended products are used.  This service can be use on chemically processed hair and usually takes approx. 2 hrs.  A Mini Keratin Treatment is highly recommended after every color service helping prevent color fading and adds sheen.  This mini service lasts for about 6 weeks and does decrease volume minimally.

     Now that your are armed with some information, now is the time for dialogue between you and your hairstylist to find the right service for your hair and your lifestyle.