Keratin treatments are a wonderful way to tame hard-to-manage hair or just to reduce the time to get ready. Over the years there have been many different brands that have promised the world but hardly delivered. Also there have been some changes in the ingredients used to make it legal for use in Australia. The wide range of keratin treatment options can make it confusing to decide which system is the best for your hair. In this article we break down what is achievable by the different systems based on the desired results.
History of Keratin Treatments
Keratin treatment was invented in Brazil 20 years ago due to the demands of the large population wanting straight hair. This product contained low grade keratin but a high proportion (9-15%) of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde was the active ingredient that preserved the hair and the results were amazing with hair staying straight for 6 to 12 months. However, this product was harmful to the respiratory system and is classified as Group 1 carcinogen by World Health Organisation (WHO).
Scientists from the USA, UK and Israel developed the technology further and developed higher quality ingredients that had acceptable results straightening hair up to 3-4 months. They were able to reduce the level of formaldehyde and increase better keratin compounds. The legal levels allowed in keratin treatments is 0.05–0.2%. The latest technology have zero formaldehyde and can still deliver results of 3-4 months.
The number of different brands are overwhelming. Below is a list of the best keratin treatment systems that are available in Australia right now.
Terre a Mer
Terre a Mer is an Australian company that has created a 100% formaldehyde-free treatment. This system contains high quality keratin amino acids and glyoxylic which replace the damaged keratin and proteins. The hair is thermally sealed and repaired from the inside out. The hair feels soft and nourished.
Price: From $400
Straighening level: 80-90%
Pros: Lasts 3-4 months, able to wash and style immediately after application, no formaldehyde
Cons: Lifts colour (recommended to colour hair after Terre a Mer)
A Brazilian company that formulated one of the original keratin treatments. Smooths out hair for 3-4 months but the best results occur if you leave the product on the hair for a few days after application. There is 0.2% formaldehyde in the treatment.
Price: From $375
Straightening level: 70-80%
Pros: Last 3-4 months, doesn’t lift colour
Cons: Can irritate scalp, contains 0.2% formaldehyde
Using the technology of keratin and charcoal extracts the Charcoal Relaxing Treatment smooths the hair without damaging or changing its texture. This treatment restores hair resiliency; humidity, rain or sweat will no longer affect the hairstyle, so no more frizzy hair! The treatment can be used on all hair types, including chemically treated hair (coloured, permed, relaxed, highlighted and bleached).
Price: From $255
Straightening level: 60-70%
Pros: Last 3-4 months, no formaldehyde
Cons: Lifts colour
Peptame goes to nature to source our 2 main active ingredients – sun-kissed sugarcane peptides and glycolic acid which eliminate the need for including the harsh, damaging ingredients of other, commonly used straightening treatments.
Straightening level: 60-70%
Pros: No fumes, no formaldehyde
Cons: Last 1-2 months, lifts colour
To answer the question “Which is the best keratin treatment” we need to understand what you want to achieve and learn more about your specific situation. Let one of our expert stylists at Detail Woman assess your needs, and recommend the system that is best suited to you. Book your consultation and treatment by calling 02 9231 5999 or click on the Book Now button below.
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