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Looking to tame those curly locks? Well, you can with the help of a professional hair straightening treatment. Unlike a flat iron that just temporarily straightens hair until the next wash, hair straightening treatments, like cysteine and keratin, can last up to two to six months on average. Learn more about these treatments and how they compare.

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Cysteine Hair Straightening

Cysteine is a nonessential amino acid that occurs in keratin and other proteins. When used in the form of a hair straightening treatment, cysteine is thought to be safer and more affordable than traditional keratin treatments. Cysteine smoothing treatments work by gently relaxing the hair’s natural curl, without the use of harmful additives like formaldehyde.

The cysteine hair straightening system is composed of four basic steps. First, the hair should be thoroughly shampooed using a Cysteine Smoothing Shampoo. Next, a Protein Leave-In Conditioner is applied, followed by a Keravis Hair Straightening Protein Conditioner and a Cysteine Smoothing Treatment. The end result is smoother, sleeker hair with minimal damage.

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Keratin Hair Straightening

Keratin is a type of protein found naturally in hair. During a keratin hair straightening treatment, various products such as Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola, or other salon products are used to smooth wavy or curly locks. The heat of a flat iron then seals the hair. The entire procedure takes about 90 minutes or more, depending on the length of the hair.

There are numerous perks of using a keratin hair straightening system. Not only does the treatment smooth hair, it also eliminates frizz. The results of the treatment may only last a few months, but can typically be prolonged with the use of a sodium-sulfate-free shampoo. Most salons recommend not washing your hair for up to four days following the treatment to give it sufficient time to work.

Ready to Change Your Look?

Interested in obtaining straighter, smoother tresses? Contact a salon in your area that offers hair straightening treatments.

Want a little more information on chemical straighteners? Check out our comparison.

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