I’ve been hearing a lot about a process that treats your hair with Keratin to smooth the cuticles and create beautiful straight strands for months! I have to say, I’m certainly considering having a treatment done but I wanted to find out a little more about it so I asked Stacey Zayas, owner of Ritual Salon in San Diego, CA to comment on the treatment.

I’ve been hearing a lot about Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment lately. Can you tell me what it is?

Keratin is a type of protein high in Sulfur and the amino acid cystine, making it tough, elastic and insoluble. These qualities are fundamental to the strong structural role keratin often plays in nature. It is a major component of horns, hooves and wool. In fact, keratin is the main protective substance in our hair, skin and nails. Keratin is difficult to extract without damaging the cystine, or sacrificing potency. But Keratec® has discovered how to do this in a gentle, patented process.

Our keratin is derived from pure wool harvested from New Zealand sheep. The wool comes from an agricultural sector guaranteed to be free from BSE and other disease-related substances present in other parts of the world.

No animals are harmed throughout the Keratec TM process.

How does it work?

When it comes to keratin, tough is good. Its strong protective qualities improve the hair both inside and out. Our unique biopolymer ingredient is virtually a “liquid form of hair” that gently blends with the hair on your head. It brings to hair what it was lacking to begin with and what it has lost over the years.

Is the hair dull, dry and damaged? Is it curly, wavy, frizzy, overly voluminous or unmanageable? Application of our keratin treatment puts an end to all that.

The smaller keratin molecules penetrate the hair cortex improving and repairing the quality of the hair from the inside. The added strength, elasticity and moisture results in the smooth, soft, shiny and straightened affect.

The larger molecules coat the hair cuticle and take the environmental insults such as UV rays, smog, and smoke for your hair on the outside. Further damage to the hair shaft is prevented.

How long can I expect my salon visit to take when receiving the treatment on shoulder length hair? About 2hr.

How does an in-salon treatment compare to a DIY like Liquid Karatin 30 Day Starter Kit?

Well, like any home DIY product, it is very hard to do a thorough job yourself. You can expect the home process to take about 2 hr. Like any do it yourself home color, it’s just never as good. A salon treatment will last 3-4 month the DIY will only last 1 month.

What can I expect to pay to get my shoulder length hair treated?

About $250

How would this treatment benefit a busy mom?

It will cut your blow dry time in half. Most mom’s do not need to blow dry their hair at all after the treatment.

So, with this treatment, can a woman let her hair dry naturally and expect straight hair during the 3-4 months post treatment?
You can let your hair dry on its own and it will be smooth and frizz free. If you like your hair to be pin straight you might have to blow dry,It depends on how curly your hair is and how straight you want it.

Can it be applied to color treated hair?

Yes it works best on chemical treated hair.

Can an expecting mom get the treatments?

Not recommended.

How can I find a salon near my hometown that offers the BKT?

I would Google Brazilian Keratin Treatment in your area.

Do stylists have to go through special training to give the BKT?

Yes, they should be certified.

Does the treatment grow out like a perm does so the ends remain straight as the curl grows in with new growth? Or, does the hair gradually return to it’s normal state over time?
The treatment will gradually and evenly wear off the hair in about 3 to 4 months.

Here is a before and after picture so you can see the dramatic difference in how your hair would look:

before BKTAfter BKT

Results are stunning aren’t they?  I’m almost convinced to spend the money if it means not having to blow my hair straight with every washing!  It sounds like a fairytale come true for me!

However, I still have some more investigating to do as I’ve read there are similar treatments and I’d like to find out the differences. I’ll bring you my findings soon! Until then, if you have any questions about BKT, check out Ritual Salon‘s website or call Stacey with your questions!

Since publishing this piece, I’ve learned that the BKT does have some downtime of several days, meaning you can not wash your hair, wear it in a ponytail or even put sunglasses on top of your head as dents may be formed. Ohh, not good. It also contains formaldehyde, which some people are allergic to. There are options available if these conditions don’t work for you.

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  1. manuboddh

    I am looking forward to trying outone called cocoa keratin smmothing treatment . i hope reaaly it wprks and i have really thin hair ,and alot of hair as…..
    Take care…

  2. priscila

    does it work on african kinky hair? And where can I purchase it in south Africa?

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