Keratin Smoothing Questions & Answers
Q: How is Keratin Smoothing different from Japanese Straightening and thermal reconditioning?
A: Japanese hair straightening (also known as thermal reconditioning) changes the internal bond of human hair, while keratin smoothing does not. It only smooths-out the cuticle and repairs hair damage. Japanese hair straightening produces stick-straight, permanent results (roots grow in curly), while keratin smoothing lasts for several weeks to five months(depending on brand) and leaves hair with body and versatility to be worn straight or curly. Keratin smoothing will fade gradually from the hair, leaving it eventually unchanged. Japanese Straightening, on the other hand, has issues with hair re-growth, and a danger of hair breakage - especially with repeated applications.
Q: How long will the Keratin Smoothing Treatment last?
A: 3-5 months for Keratin Complex depending on lifestyle and maintenance, provided the client follows all after care instructions.
Q: Can hair be colored before the treatment?
A: Yes! A great time to have the treatment done would be directly after permanent color, semi-permanent or highlights. The treatment will extend the life and seal the color in, leaving it vibrant. Alternatively, color may be done 3-5 days after treatment for optimal results.
Q: How many days after the treatment before the hair can get wet or be washed?
A: You must wait 3 days (72 hours) before washing your hair or swimming.
Q: Can the hair be pulled back or clipped up during the 72-hour waiting period?
A: No. The hair should not have any impressions made by using bands or clips.
Q: What should be done if the hair gets wet during the 72-hour waiting period?
A: Blow the hair dry and flat iron with medium to low heat immediately.
Q: What kind of shampoo and conditioner should be used?
A: Keratin Care Shampoo & Conditioner (Sodium-Chloride Free) or Keratin Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner (Sodium-Chloride and Sulfate Free). Alternatively, your hair care professional may recommend a sodium-chloride free shampoo suited to your hair texture.
Q: How often can the treatment be done?
A: The treatment can be done as often as every 4-6 weeks.
Q: Is the re-application of the treatment done on the entire head or just on the new growth?
A: The re-application should be done on the entire head as the build-up of keratin can only improve, not harm, the hair.
Q: Should the hair be cut before or after the treatment?
A: We recommend that the hair be cut after the treatment, as the hair will have a smoother texture and will lie differently.
Q: Can the treatment be done if I'm pregnant or nursing?
A: With California Smooth, with the permission of your physician, yes. It is not recommended with Keratin Complex.
Q: Can I go for a swim in the pool or in the ocean?
A: After the initial 72 hours you can go swimming, but keep in mind that chlorinated water and salt water can affect the longevity of the treatment. Davines Yogurt Buffer Gel is highly recommended as a guard against chlorine for all hair types. You should rinse the hair with fresh water as soon as possible after swimming.