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In this part of the world, it’s pretty common for a lot of us to deal with dry, frizzy hair as well as damaged locks from our hair colouring adventures.

As a result, semi-permanent hair straightening treatment such as keratin treatment is quite popular in Singapore especially because it’s regarded as an alternative to rebonding and can repair frizzy, damaged, and dry hair with relatively long-term results (up to several months when done correctly and with proper maintenance and care).

Ahead, find out all you need to know about keratin treatment and the top salons you can go to – including discounts and deals of 30% that you can score.

What Is a Keratin Treatment?

What Is A Keratin Treatment Singapore

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The treatment goes by different names (Brazilian Blowout, Cezanne, Goldwell Kerasilk, among others) and your hairstylist can personalise a blend of the formula according to your hair needs.

On a basic level, keratin treatments go deep into hair follicles and fill in porous areas with keratin, an essential hair protein. Your hair will appear healthier instantly once you’ve completed the treatment, and that’s because it actually is.

But like any other in-salon treatment, keratin treatment comes with a relatively steep price tag which prompted haircare brands to develop and launch keratin-rich homecare products that promise similar salon-quality smoothing results.

That said, it’s worth noting that at-home shampoos, conditioners, and masks are probably more suitable for maintenance care after you’ve done the actual keratin treatment in the salon since the amount of keratin used in salon treatments is bound to be higher and more concentrated than homecare products.

What’s the Difference Between a Keratin Hair Treatment and Rebonding?

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A Keratin hair treatment is all about nourishing and repairing your hair with a protein called keratin, which is found naturally in hair, nails, and skin. It works wonders in reducing frizz, adding shine, and making your hair more manageable.

This semi-permanent treatment can last for a few months, giving you hassle-free styling without sacrificing the health of your hair.

On the other hand, if you’re seeking a more drastic change, rebonding might be the solution. This chemical treatment offers permanent straightening for wavy, curly, or frizzy hair.

By breaking down and restructuring the natural bonds in your hair, rebonding gives you sleek, straight strands that stay that way even after you shower. You won’t have to spend hours on your hair with a flat iron – rebonding will save you time and effort, leaving you with effortlessly smooth and straight hair that lasts.

Both treatments have their unique benefits and considerations. If you’re looking for a temporary fix with restorative effects, keratin hair treatment is the way to go. It can repair damaged hair, reduce frizz, and improve overall hair health.

Meanwhile, rebonding is ideal for those seeking a more long-term solution to transform their curly or wavy hair into straight, low-maintenance locks. However, remember that chemical treatments can damage your hair if not done correctly or if you neglect proper aftercare.

How Often Can You Get the De-frizzing Treatment in Hair Salons?

Other than asking your trusted hairstylist, the best way to determine if you return to the salon for another round of keratin treatment is whether your hair is starting to look and feel frizzy.

There isn’t a strict guideline per se as different keratin treatments have varying strength (some last for a month or so while others can stay for at least four to six months) and therefore last differently – your original hair texture and speed of hair growth also affect the longevity of the de-frizzing results.

How Do I Take Care of My Hair at Home After Getting a Keratin Treatment?

How To Take Care Of Hair After Keratin Treatment Singapore

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For best results, hairstylists usually recommend keeping to these key habits in order to prolong the smoothing effects of your keratin treatment:

  • Use a moisture-rich conditioner on dry hair before shampooing: In case you didn’t know, your hair swells up every time it’s exposed to water which causes keratin and moisture to “leak”. Applying a moisture-rich conditioner on pre-washed hair can help reduce swelling when you start shampooing your hair and therefore lengthen the results of your keratin treatment.
  • Wash hair with keratin-rich shampoo: Your hairstylist would’ve prescribed you a set of homecare products that you must use post-keratin treatment, and a keratin-rich shampoo will probably be part of the prescription to extend the treatment’s effectiveness at home.
  • Avoid washing, brushing or tying up your hair within 48 hours of your keratin treatment: We get it – this probably sounds almost impossible for you to follow but trust us, the struggle will be well worth it. That’s because the keratin infused in your hair is still at a malleable stage during the first 12 hours post-keratin treatment so by letting it be, you’re granting the treated hair sufficient time to “settle down” and let all the keratin goodness be absorbed thoroughly into the hair.

Can I Still Get a Keratin Treatment After Colouring My Hair?

Can I Get Keratin Treatment After Colouring Hair Singapore

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Rejoice, because the answer is ‘yes’! Unlike permanent hair-straightening treatments, you can safely have both dyed hair and a keratin treatment without the risk of damage – that’s because keratin treatments are designed to feed hair follicles with the naturally occurring protein to restore hair health.

The only thing to keep in mind is to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner for maintenance, and avoid salt-based sprays intended for beachy, textured hair.

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