5 must-know facts before your next keratin treatment
If you want to defrizz your without frying your hair, read this article.
If you have particularly curly or frizzy hair, sometimes going to a salon to straighten your hair really is the only option. Keratin treatments have been around a long time now and have been a popular in-salon hair-smoothing choice. The funny thing though is that keratin doesn’t actually straighten your hair – it’s just a marketing gimmick. Read on to find out the truth.
Keratin is actually a natural protein found in your hair and nails. It’s made up of sulfur-containing amino acids which are chained together in a ‘disulfide bond’. This gives this protein extraordinary strength – just think of how difficult it actually is to break a strand of hair; it’s resistant to pulling, stretching and even pounding – making it an ideal structural protein. Unfortunately, natural external damage from the sun, pollutants in the air, or chemicals from products you apply to your hair can cause the keratin to become depleted, making your hair dry and brittle.
Enter keratin treatment. Unlike straighteners (sometimes called flat irons), which work by breaking down the disulfide bonds that bend your strands of hair and make them curly to truly straighten them, keratin treatments instead replenish the amount of keratin in your hair to make it look smooth, shiny and free of frizz. So you can liken a keratin treatment to construction work repairing the potholes on a road.
But before you walk in to your salon for a hair-straightening appointment again, it’s worth remembering the following five important things.
- Some ingredients that smooth your hair aren’t good for your hair
Traditional relaxers and Japanese straightening treatments use chemicals like ammonium thioglycolate and sodium hydroxide to permanently break the disulfide bonds and change the feel of your hair. Though very effective and long-lasting, they can be quite damaging to your hair. Because they last till your hair grows out, you could also be victim to an awkward growing-out phase. Although keratin treatments do not need these ingredients, many use formaldehyde, which, despite its ability to lock your hair in place for at least a good few weeks, is also a suspected carcinogen.
Strictly speaking, no hair treatment actually contains formaldehyde, because formaldhyde is a gas. They do however, contain methylene glycol, formalin and/or methanol, which are chemicals that can release formaldehyde under heat or when mixed with water. So other than asking if your hair-treatment contains formaldehyde, now that you’ve brushed up on your hair-straightening facts, you might want to ask them what exactly is straightening your hair to get the facts straight.
Luckily enough for all of us, there are now new hair-smoothing treatments that do not require the use of formaldehyde – Goldwell Kerasilk, Supersilk Smoothing System, Cezanne Perfect Finish, Trissola Solo and Keratin Complex all use glyoxylic acid instead. The catch: they’re not quite as powerful as the chemicals listed above. You’ll most likely get 2-3 months of staying power, and you may not get that dramatic softening effect as with formaldehyde treatments.
It could be the one that salon recommends, but it doesn’t have to be. Also, avoid using Beach-wave sprays altogether – those guys are packed with sulfates that can undo the defrizzing you’ve just gone through.
The kits you can get in drugstores largely do the same job. They’re not damaging because they’re not designed to break the tough disulfide bonds holding your hair together. Instead, they kind of put a wrapper around your hair shaft to avoid them from curling and to keep out humidity, which can lead to curling and frizzing. Of course, you can’t expect these treatments to be anywhere near as long-lasting as what you’d get in a salon; they mostly last for about a week at best. But the good news that they can be as cheap as $10 a pop, which is a sharp contrast to the $200 you’d expect to have to fork out at a salon. You won’t get the technician’s experience and recommendation, and maybe some of the fancy product recommendations. But hey, for $10 for a week vs. $200 for 3 months? Hmm, maybe it is worth doing it at home.
What has been your experience with straightening your hair? Do you get comparable results at home or do you still prefer the classic treatment at a salon? Share your experiences in the comments below!
🚨 Natasha Denona Glam DUPE! //$65 vs. $14
Happy Saturday Cherie Sisters 👯♀️ 💕 I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. I have been loving cool toned eyeshadows lately. I think they are the perfect tones to wear during fall and winter time so I purchased my first Natasha Denona product and got the glam palette. I fell in love with the color story and can see myself reaching for this palette often. So far the eyeshadows feel so luxurious. They are pigmented and I can do a look with just one dip. They blend themselves too so doing a look isn’t too time consuming. NATASHA DENONA - Glam Eyeshadow Palette When I saw that Colourpop announced their That’s Taupe collection, I knew I had to get the eye palette because it looked very similar to my glam palette. I wanted to do a comparison so you guys can decide if you need to spend $65 for the Natasha Denona one. So far these are up to par with Colourpop quality. The eyeshadows are pigmented and they included a couple super shock formula on the palette. These are great quality for the price. #Colourpop - That’s Taupe[products]#[FiveStars] So the Colourpop palette isn’t a complete dupe to the ND one, but there are some shades that are really similar to each other. Once blended on the eye, you can hardly tell the difference. The only difference between the two is the quality. The ND palette was pigmented after one dip and blended quickly. I had to dip 3-4x in the CP pan to match the pigmentation for the ND one. It also took time blending it out. Overall, the end results are the same, but it took half the time to work with the ND palette because it was much easier to work with. If cool-toned eyeshadows aren’t you your alley, but still want it on your collection, I say stick with CP. also if you don’t mind spending the extra time building up the color and blending then save the $51 difference. If you are someone who is looking for quality then definitely go for the glam palette. This will save you time and you won’t use as much product because it’s so pigmented. Do you prefer cool tones or warm tones? Xoxo, Francesca 💋
My Job Interview Makeup 💄🔥
The best way to get the job is to look and feel your best! ✨ I always wear my power color (RED! ❤️) to give me that added boost of confidence! I hope you enjoy this look. Makeup details below! ↘️ Moisturizer: Aveeno - Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 Foundation: Alima Pure Mineral Foundation in Natural 2 Blush: Alima Pure Bluah in Pink Brows: NYX - Micro Brow Pencil MAYBELLINE - Fast Sculpting Brow Gel Eyeshadow: MAYBELLINE - The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette Curler: SHISEIDO - Shiseido Eyelash Curler Mascara: it Cosmetics - Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara Contour Palette: e.l.f. - e.l.f. Contour Palette Lips: Clinique "Cherries in the Snow" 🍒 @CLINIQUE - Free Dramatically Different Lipstick Full Size With Brand Purchase
Trending Super Ingredient: Collagen ✨
Collagen has been a trending super ingredient for what seems like some time now! There are even brands (like Elemis and Algenist) who take this ingredient to a whole new level and create entire lines dedicated to them. I wanted to take a second and talk about what collagen can (and can’t) do for the skin. Collagen is a protein that provides structure to the majority of your body. It provides the firmness and strength of the skin. It is something your body produces naturally but at the age of 25 the production slows down. The skincare market has turned the term collagen into an anti-aging buzzword. I’ve seen many claims that it can help stimulate collagen growth but this isn’t true. The only thing topically applied collagen will do is moisturize the skin. It’s a great moisturizer at that but the molecule is too large to penetrate the top layer of skin therefore most “benefits” brands claim with it are not true. I wanted to break down some products that I’ve had the pleasure of trying (which were gifted by Elemis except for the little marine cream SPF 30 which I got in gratis) that contain collagen. Despite collagen not being the super anti aging powerhouse the market makes it seem to be I do like these products. First, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 is a lightweight cream perfect for the morning. I have oily yet dehydrated skin but I’ve noticed as the weather has been changing it’s been slightly more dry so I’ve been using this. It absorbs really well and has a really pleasant berry smell (I don’t normally care for scents in skincare but I make exceptions as my face isn’t sensitized right now). Next, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask has been my FAVORITE go to night eye cream. It has a thick gel consistency which feels amazing under the eyes. It’s really moisturizing and luxurious. Next, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich which I’ve personally been using as a neck cream at night. This cream has a thicker consistency compared to the regular marine cream making it perfect for those with dry skin. It’s very moisturizing and smells like the normal marine cream. Next, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Energising Marine Cleanser is something that I hate that I like it so much because it’s over priced for a cleanser (tbh everything Elemis is overpriced and I only recommend it if you have the money to spend/want to). It smells AMAZING like the marine cream (which I’m okay with since it’s a wash off treatment). It’s a gel consistency that lathers really well without stripping the skin. It does a really good job cleansing my face and I’ve yet to have it feel stripped. Finally, the ELEMIS - Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm which I do think is very moisturizing like the whole line but it’s not my favorite cleansing balm. It washes off nice but it’s a bit goopy in consistency and the vapors irritate my eyes.
NIACINAMIDE explained! $6 serums worth trying!
Try these $6 serums to reap the many benefits of niacinamide! Hey everyone! I’m sure you’ve heard and seen so much about 𝙉𝙄𝘼𝘾𝙄𝙉𝘼𝙈𝙄𝘿𝙀 lately. It seems like every new skincare product has it and the niacinamide serums are selling like crazy. 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐝𝐞? Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3. It’s the latest trend in skincare, but has been used in skincare for a very long time. It has many benefits from helping acne, repairing skin, smoothing fine lines.. the list goes on. You can find it as it’s own serum or as a main ingredient along with other powerhouse ingredients. 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 ￼￼￼locks in moisture; helps build a lipid barrier. ￼￼￼prevents environmental damage + protects from environmental stressors and pollution. ￼￼￼minimizes pores ￼￼￼reduces inflammation; helps redness w/ acne and eczema. ￼￼￼regulates oil production. ￼￼￼rebuilds skin cells ￼￼￼protects against sun damage & skin cancer. ( you still need SPF) ￼￼￼helps hyperpigmentation (not to a vitamin c extent, but can help lighten spots a bit) ￼￼￼minimizes fine lines and wrinkles *yes plz* ￼￼￼helps acne! Overtime a decrease in breakouts. 𝙂𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣 2 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙨 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙢𝙪𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙨. 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙞𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣: I have incorporated Niacinamide into my skincare routine for the last 3 months and I have noticed + a decrease in breakouts. + less oily skin + huge change in my pores, way less visible around my nose and cheeks. + less eczema than usual for this time of the year for me. 𝘾𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙞𝙩? For the most part, yes... Some people do have a sensitivity to niacinamide and can break out from it. If you start to break out different than your normal while using it, I suggest taking it out of your routine to see if it is not a match for your skin. 𝘼𝙛𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙉𝙞𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙪𝙢𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙧𝙮: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Since I’ve switched to this “holy grail” my skin has drastically improved. It also includes Zinc which helps with acne as well. $5.90 a price that is TOO good. Sold at Ulta and Sephora. GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum Another great serum! I’ve used this one before and it works almost just as well as the ordinary. It is also %10 niacinamide. The brand also has an amazing niacinamide toner! $6 online at good molecules. Both of these serums are 10% niacinamide. Studies have shown that 2-5% works very effectively so you don’t need such a high percentage. #cheriepartner #cheriecreator
NEW BEAUTY YOU NEED✨
I know so many people haven’t had the chance to really dress up during covid and wear any makeup at all even with all the releases😭 Sometimes there are so many releases that it gets hard to keep track of everything and to really know where to spend your money so I’m here to tell you, this is where you really should 💸 Ived followed Vesca Beauty on IG since another influencer mentioned the bronzer like they originally released and the inclusivity with the shades really was the hype! Not only that but the inclusion and the quality of the products were amazing too so it’s a win win!🥳 After getting my hands on the two launches they had, I knew I needed more so I went out and bought their new highlighters and their latest release with their lip oils! 👏🏽 so here are some initial thoughts When it came to the lip oils, I really didn’t think much, I thought they maybe too slippery but that brown shade was calllllling my name and I knew I needed it and honestly it looked so beautiful on their model, I decided to go for it! ✊🏽 and I have to say, this is my new GO TO lip product! I’ve been obsessed with the fenty gloss bombs for years now but this has kind of replaced it for the time being VESCA - Lush Glow Creamy Lip Oil they are legging luscious like the name and super moisturizing and hydrating and pack a punch with colour but you can wear it sheer as well! I mean they are so soft and velvety without feeling like their is a ton of product on the lips! I’m thoroughly surprised As for the their highlighters, I really like the shade but just haven’t been able to play with them as much but they do have a a very buttery formula when using your fingers so as a eyeshadow, this will be gorgeous VESCA - Stargaze Luminous Glow I didn’t expect anything less from such an amazing brand and the size of these are just right as well! Not too big yet not tiny either cause really, who actually finishes an entire highlighter?🤭😉 #cheriepartner
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