Are you frustrated with your natural hair? Are you seduced by the idea of waking up every morning with beautiful, perfect curls? If so, you may have been tempted to resort to a perm. On the other hand, there are those of us who wish to have a smooth mane, one of those that, at dawn, you only have to run your hand through your hair and you are already combed. What about you? Do you also dream of having smooth hair? Will keratin treatment be the solution for us? Whether you identify with one case or the other, both procedures have pros and cons, so you should be well informed before making a decision. That’s why in this article we’ll tell you the truth about perm and keratin treatments.
Why it is important to know the truth about keratin
perm and treatments
Waking up every morning with ironed hair, or with perfect curls, is very tempting. However, as we have already said, it may not all be advantages. In addition, both procedures require specific care that you must be willing to give. Let’s see if the perm and keratin treatments are for you.
What is keratin treatment
Keratin treatments consist of covering all the hair with keratin, so that each strand is well covered. Then heat is applied at high temperatures, with a hair dryer and irons, so that the keratin attaches to the hair. This sounds very good and beneficial as the hair is composed of keratin. However, that doesn’t mean you should do it like crazy, without thinking.
What to consider before getting keratin
Keratin treatments often have chemicals that could harm you, such as formaldehyde. For that reason, first of all you should ask the hairdresser what treatment he will give you.
Price and quality
It is important that the keratin treatment you choose is of good quality. If you put saving before quality, don’t expect ideal results. In these treatments the quality is very related to the price.
Keratin treatment vs. daily ironing which is more harmful
What’s worse, keratin treatments or ironing your hair every day? All experts agree: ironing your hair every day is more damaging than a keratin treatment. That’s why you might want to do one of these treatments.
However, keratin treatment does not mean that when you wash your hair and dry it in the air it will be ironed. Each time you wash your hair, you may need to give it a little blow-dryer using a round brush. Yeah, yeah, I know, you’re thinking, isn’t keratin treatment done to have to skip that step? Well, as you know, not all hair types are the same. For that reason, they don’t react the same way to keratin treatment, so curly hair may need a little blow-dryer to give it the final touch. So what’s the use of keratin treatment?
Keratin treatment eliminates frizz or the spongy effect of some hair. The benefit of these treatments is that you won’t need so much time to comb and leave your straight hair flawless. The treatment reduces frizz, opens the curl more and therefore reduces the time it used to take you to comb your hair. That means, less dryer time, less hair damage. It also leaves a mirror shine on the hair spectacular.
Products to be used and not to be used after keratin treatment
You should use salt-free products, as salt or sodium (as it appears in the composition of the product) is incompatible with keratin treatments. You must run away from salty hair products, like the plague. What salt does is eliminate the keratin that’s attached to the hair. That would be something like, take the money that cost you the treatment and throw it away. You don’t want that, do you?
If you use shampoos, conditioners, masks and any other salt-free product, the treatment will last about two months.
In addition, you should also avoid submerging your hair in seawater, due to salt. You should also not wet your hair in the pool water, due to chlorine. That would ruin the treatment and lose all its benefits. That’s why some people avoid keratin treatments during the summer.
What is a Permanent
A perm is a way to fix curls with chemicals, thus lasting several months. It is very comfortable not having to use curling irons or pliers for a few months. However, that does not mean that it does not require some maintenance.
How to care for a hair with a perm
After a perm it is essential that you give her the care she needs. This is because perm is a process in which strong chemicals are used. In addition to that, it is convenient to use the right products for the new needs your hair will have.
Use a specific shampoo for curls.
Once a week apply a curly hair mask.
Don’t dry your hair with a traditional towel so that frizz doesn’t occur.
Avoid using hot tools.
Try not to dye your hair after a perm. If you have no choice but to do it, wait a month.
Try not to wet the hair in swimming pool water, because chlorine can damage the hair processed by a perm. If you can’t help it, at least wear a bathing cap.
Cuts the hair tips every three months.
What to consider before becoming a permanent
Before making a perm it is better to take into account certain details to make the experience a success. Let’s see which ones:
The state of health of your hair
Before getting a perm you must have healthy hair . You must be honest with this and not want to deceive yourself, for you will be the only one harmed. Believe me, one day, young and inexperienced, I also thought that my hair would hold everything, and I did several aggressive procedures very followed. And I found out that no, he can’t take it all.
If your hair is porous and dehydrated it won’t hold a perm and will most likely burn.
If you dye regularly, it’s best not to get a perm until a month has passed since the last dye. It is better to let the hair rest from other chemical processes before making the perm.
Virgin hair is the most suitable to make a permanent and ensure an unbeatable result.
What type of curl are you looking for
There are many different types of curls, so it’s good to be clear which one you want for you. Open curls, tight curls?…… Each different curl is made with a different moustache size, so if you don’t know what you want the final result may disappoint you.
If you still don’t have it very clear you can search in Pinterest or in Instagram curly melenas. When you find what you’re looking for, show the hairdresser a photo so he knows what curl you want. An experienced hairdresser will know how to achieve that kind of curl.
The length of your hair
If you have very short hair, you should keep in mind that with the perm you will shrink much more. Unless you want to look like a poodle, you might want to let it grow a little bit more before making a perm. Your hairdresser can tell you which is the minimum recommended length for the perm to look nice. Trust him.
If you have half a mane but dream of very long, curly hair, use curly extensions . There are different types of curls, so you can choose the one that is similar to yours. Just make sure they are 100% human Remy hair extensions, because that way they will look just like your hair. Plus, they last longer, look prettier, and don’t get tangled up, like extensions that aren’t natural.
In the video below you can see how to put the curly extensions, and how well they look.
The permanent and keratin treatments, which one do you keep
Have you ever tried permanent and keratin treatments? If so, we’d love to hear how it went. Tell us about your experience in the comments.
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