Professional hair smoothing treatments, such as Keratin treatments and the Brazilian Blow-dry, are ideal for your type of hair. The perfect candidate for this type of treatment is someone with naturally frizzy curly hair, who would like to smooth the hair, reduce the amount of volume and weight, and reduce frizz on a longer term basis than is possible with a blow-dry or from using straighteners. These treatments also increase the hair’s ability to fight humidity – ideal for you, living in a humid climate. Further benefits of smoothing treatments include increased shine, hair that feels softer, and more manageable locks that take less time to blow-dry. It is perfectly safe to use these treatments to alter your hair’s naturally frizzy state, however it is essential that you receive the right information before you commit to any kind of smoothing treatment. A consultation at a reputable salon with an experienced stylist is the first – and most important – step to ensuring that a treatment is suitable for your hair and achieving the desired results.
In terms of which treatment is most suitable, an expert will be able to advise you upon seeing your hair, but a general point to bear in mind is that keratin treatments, which work by boosting the hair with keratin, are designed to calm unruly locks – making them the perfect option for hair that is overly curly and voluminous. As the treatment reduces the volume and apparent weight in the hair, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend their use on hair that is very fine or thin already. If your aim is to keep volume and movement then the Brazilian Blow-dry may be a better choice, as this treatment performs well with fine to medium texture hair.
In terms of safety, the latest types of treatment contain less hazardous ingredients as their predecessors: early keratin treatments contained formaldehyde or methylene glycol, but these are now banned. Modern formulations use ingredients such as a glyoxylic acid-carbocysteine mix, which safely strengthens, repairs, smooths and straightens. How often you need to have the treatment depends on how well your own hair takes to it and how keenly you stick to a post-treatment maintenance programme. Ideally, a professional treatment, when applied correctly, should last up to three months. To ensure successful and long-lasting results, stick to sulphate-free shampoos (sulphates break down keratin), follow with a professional-grade hydrating conditioning mask, and wash your hair less often than prior to treatment.