Still Confused Between Relaxers Or Keratin?
Still confused between Relaxers and Keratin? It is definitely tricky to distinguish between the two methods but don’t worry, we are here to help you out and provide you with the right knowledge before you opt to do any kind of hair smoothie or Straightening. Before we start with giving you all the knowledge you require you should know that first and the foremost it is a thorough consultation with one of the Sanctuary Salon & Med Spa with one of the experienced stylists.
WHAT IS KERATIN TREATMENT?
Keratin is a type of protein that is high in the amino acid “cystine”. This special amino acid is what makes the hair super tough and extremely elastic. Keratin treatments are not relaxers but a smoothing treatment that infuses a special blend of hydrolyzed keratin deep into the cuticle. The Keratin is then adhered to the cuticle with a flat iron to relax the hair strands at the sub-cuticle layer.
At Sanctuary Salon & Med Spa, our Keratin Treatments are more of a restorative treatment that strengthens the hair shaft and makes your hair more resilient. It will not straighten but will soften and calm unruly hair, creating a smooth, silky, sleek and frizz free appearance.
WHAT IS RELAXER?
By definition, a hair relaxer is a lotion or cream that makes the hair easier to straighten and manage. Relaxers reduce the curl by breaking down the hair strand thus chemically altering the texture. Most women who decide to get their hair relaxed have curly hair and want it to stick straight and frizz free. The results vary depending on your hair type, but usually a hair relaxer will leave your hair straight for approximately six to eight weeks. A “strand test” is highly recommended. This will test the strength of your hair in order to further assess which type of relaxer is best for you.
Hair relaxers, most commonly, are available in two types: Lye relaxers and No-Lye relaxers. Opinions on the two vary, but as with everything, it depends on your hair type and texture. Lye relaxers are known to work quickly on the hair, but as a result they might also rinse out of your hair easily. Their main ingredient is sodium hydroxide, and they are also known as “alkali” relaxers. No-lye, on the other hand, is mostly made of calcium hydroxide, which can dry out the hair. However, no-lye is better for people with sensitive scalps. When using no-lye, it is imperative that you use a “de-calcifying” shampoo to prevent calcium buildup.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KERATIN AND RELAXER
The major difference between keratin treatment and relaxers is on how long the treatment can straighten the hair.
- Keratin is a temporary treatment which makes your curls straight for a limited period of time before they come back to their natural state. Relaxers are completely opposite to this. They permanently break your hair’s bonds using ammonium thioglycolate and sodium hydroxide which gives you permanent straighten
- Keratin is less damaging compared to Relaxers. However, even Keratin is not recommended to already damaged hair, pregnant women or even nurses who work at the hospital.
CAN YOU DIY AFTER KERATIN TREATMENT?
One of the most common queries you all have after having a keratin treatment done. To solve your query in a one word answer is ‘Yes’. But at times a lot of people prefer buying professional grade products to DIY their hair at home. To be honest, it’s always better to get the treatment done by an expert who knows the dos and don’ts and helps you out whenever and wherever you feel confused. Keratin treatments will last 3 – 6 months depending on your home care products and your lifestyle.
At Sanctuary Salon & Med Spa, voted top hair salon in Orlando our team of highly trained professionals are available to answer all your questions. Please call and schedule your free consultation!