What is Keratin Hair Treatment?
Keratin hair treatments, known for making kinky locks straight, sleek, and frizz-free, are a pricey but very popular process in many beauty salons. Concerns have been raised, however, that the formulas may contain formaldehyde, a carcinogen.
Things You Didn’t Know About Hair-Smoothing Treatments
In the pursuit of silky, swingy, frizz-free hair, there are a dizzying number of tempting in-salon services to choose from. We grilled chemists and stylists on what works (and what’s safe). Here are some things you—and your hair—need to know before you commit.
Keratin doesn’t defrizz your hair.“Keratin treatment” has become the term of choice for hair-smoothing processes that leave your hair frizz-free for weeks (even months). But forget about the word keratin. “It’s just a marketing buzzword—it’s not doing anything to smooth the hair,” says cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller.
There are, however, several ingredients that can smooth your hair or help it stay smooth for weeks on end. First, a quick chemistry lesson: Think of straight hair as a ladder and curly hair as a spiral staircase. The steps on both are the hair’s bonds. If you break those bonds, you can rebuild the spiral staircase as ladder—so curly hair becomes straight. Ammonium thioglycolate and sodium hydroxide permanently break the bonds—that’s how traditional relaxers and “Japanese straightening” treatments transform the texture of the hair. “These treatments last until your hair grows out, but they can be damaging,” says Schueller. (And they will subject you to a very awkward growing-out phase.) Some “keratin treatments” (and the popular Brazilian Blowout Original Solution) saturate the hair with a formaldehyde solution before it’s dried and flatironed; the formaldehyde (yes, it’s a suspected carcinogen for humans) locks the hair into that straighter position so it stays smooth beyond your next shampoo. Your natural texture then gradually returns over two to five months.
Just because a stylist or hair-care company says a hair-smoothing treatment is “formaldehyde-free” doesn’t mean it is. No hair treatment will technically contain formaldehyde (because—a little more chemistry for you—it’s a gas). What they can contain are methylene glycol, formalin, methanal, and methanediol—ingredients that release formaldehyde when heated or mixed with water. Because salon treatments don’t require FDA approval,you need to do your own due diligence if you want a formaldehyde-free service. Ask your stylist if the treatment contains formaldehyde (or a formaldehyde-releasing ingredients). If she says no, then ask her what exactly willbe smoothing your hair. Remember: “Keratin” (or “peptides” or “silk proteins”) is not an acceptable answer. If a treatment is going to defrizz your hair for any length of time, it needs to contain an ingredient that releases thef word or a chemical that permanently breaks the bonds in the hair (see number two). Or it could contain the new smoothing ingredient on the scene.
Liscio is a hair straightening technique developed in Japan, inspired by professional stylists to transform very curly, kinky hair into smooth straight hair. Liscio enables stylists to create a variety of textures – from sleek, pin-straight to natural straight with body – by providing all the necessary tools including strengtheners, different ironing techniques, and protein treatments.
Our premiere process, the Japanese Straight Perm is a process that results in smooth, sleek, straight hair.
The Japanese Straight Perm Process
We specialize in the Japanese Straight Perm, sometimes known as the Japanese Hair Straightening or, simply, the Straight Perm. We have succeeded in making hundreds, if not thousands, of customers happy. We only use genuine Liscio products, the best available. We also specialize in the Digital Curl Perm, or Digital Perm. It is the opposite of the Japanese Straight Perm, meaning that it makes your hair curly. We use the same chemical, but a slightly different process to achieve the same quality results.
WHAT IS LISCIO?
Liscio is the product we use for the Japanese Straight Perm. It is manufactured by a company called Milbon in Japan. It is not available to the general public or most salons. Milbon requires that salons have a license and receive specialty training in order to purchase and use their product. We are proud to say that we are fully licensed by Milbon. Their products are superior to any other hair straightening products.
WHAT IS THE JAPANESE STRAIGHT PERM?
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE JAPANESE STRAIGHT PERM AND A CHEMICAL RELAXER?
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost depends on the length and type of your hair. Please contact us for a consultation at (713) 550-9266.
WHEN I GET THE NEW GROWTH TREATED, DO I NEED TO DO ALL THE HAIR AGAIN?
WHAT ABOUT COLOR-TREATED/HIGHLIGHTED/BEACHED HAIR?
ALREADY USED A CHEMICAL RELAXER. CAN I STILL HAVE THIS PROCESS DONE FOR MY HAIR?
WHAT IF I WANT MORE BODY, OR OTHER STYLES AFTER I HAVE THE TREATMENT DONE?
AFTER I HAVE THE JAPANESE STRAIGHT PERM, CAN I COLOR OR HIGHLIGHT MY HAIR?
DOES THIS DAMAGE MY HAIR?
WHERE CAN I GET HELP OR MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
WHAT PAYMENT TYPES DO YOU ACCEPT?
HOW DO I GET TO YOUR SALON?
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