If you grew up with a head full of ringlets or a Hermione-Granger-style mane, you know how difficult curls can be, and you’ve probably thought about trying a keratin treatment at home at least once or twice. Yes, of course your curls can look romantic when blowing in the wind, but it takes a whole lot of teasing and tousling (and mousse!) to get them to look that way. Let’s face it. Anyone with curls has daydreamed at one point or another about how carefree life would be without 15 minutes of pulling and twisting and conditioning every morning. Curls always seem to have a mind of their own, and getting them to cooperate sometimes seems like a Sisyphean task, to say the least. What is the best keratin treatment? Salon keratin treatments require the use of powerful chemicals. You’ll need to pay a skilled technician to treat your hair safely, and that will cost upwards of $200 per treatment. Keratin smoothing treatments, otherwise known as Brazilian blowouts, are not only expensive, but also quite dangerous. Believe it or not, the gas released during the treatment is a probable human carcinogen. If the treatment is done in a well-ventilated area by a certified professional, it shouldn’t pose a threat, but the risk is there nonetheless. There are several treatments available in high-end salons today that don’t make use of the same harsh chemicals. For example, you may come across the Cezanne smoothing treatment, argan protein therapy, or amino-style keratin therapy, all of which infuse vitamins and extracts into your locks. Japanese straightening treatments will take the curls and waves out of your mane through a process that breaks and rebuilds the protein bonds in your hair. Unlike keratin treatments, these chemical relaxers are permanent. You’ll either need to treat your roots regularly or cut off the straightened section. Many salons also sell keratin treatments at home, but none of these kits contain formaldehyde, the key ingredient in classical keratin treatments. There are plenty of balms and conditioners that contain keratin. However, take note that if a product is available for home-use, there’s no chance that it will yield the same salon-worthy, poker straight look you would expect from a $200+ service. They will, however, keep your hair strong and healthy. Do I need a keratin smoothing treatment? Salon treatments can do wonders for frizzy, unmanageable hair, but these results are temporary. Traditional keratin smoothing treatments usually only damage your hair further. In fact, the keratin isn’t even the main active ingredient. Somewhat of a misnomer, in keratin smoothing treatments, keratin is hardly the most important component. The beautician does expose the hair to keratin, but the keratin itself isn’t what makes the hair straight. After treating your hair with keratin-infused conditioners, the hairdresser will blow dry and straighten your hair at a very high setting. When exposed to the heat, the chemicals in the conditioners release formaldehyde, which seals in the cuticle for two to four months. So, what is keratin anyway? Scientifically speaking, keratin is a family of fibrous structural proteins found in the nails, and skin. It also happens to be found in horns, claws, and hooves in animals. Keratin helps protect your skin from damage or stress, and it serves as the main structural building block of hair. Your hair creates the protein naturally, but stress, UV radiation, and poor diet can slow production. The keratin that you’ll find in Remilia hair capsules can help replace some of this lost keratin. Penetrating the shaft, keratin smooths down the layers of overlapping cells in the cuticle lending the hair a smooth, glossy sheen. The extra keratin works to keep your locks strong so that they’re more resistant to heat and stress. With the added structural material, your hair will be less likely to fray and split even when exposed to styling tools. Should I try a keratin treatment at home? A keratin treatment at home is definitely easier on your wallet and on your hair. It won’t cost an entire day’s paycheck, and it won’t leave your hair exposed to toxic chemicals. Realistically, you’re probably better off investing in long-term hair care rather than opting for a professional treatment. When combined with a good haircare routine, keratin treatments at home will leave your hair naturally healthier and shinier. With a high-quality serum, you can keep your hair hydrated from the inside-out. The hair cuticle is made up of a series of overlapping layers, and when the air is humid, the outer layer absorbs moisture from the air, especially if the cuticle is already rough. That water causes the hair to swell, making it look frizzy. Hydration is really the number one key to good hair health, and if your hair is already damaged, it’s probably highly porous. Keratin strengthens the cuticle so that when you do condition your hair, the hair can hold onto that moisture for longer. Final Thoughts: If hot showers and hair straighteners are part of your daily routine, you’ll want to make sure you take preventative measures to protect your hair from damage before the frizz becomes unmanageable. If you allow your hair to become too porous, you might feel compelled to seek out professional treatment, but you don’t have to let your hair get to that point. Good haircare is all in the details. The better you take care of your hair day in and day out, the better it will look. So, use a silk pillow case, go easy on the heat tools, don’t shampoo every day, and use keratin now while your hair is healthy—so it stays that way!
HAIR RESOLUTIONS TO STICK TO FOR THE END OF SPRING
Flowers, Honeybees and gorgeous hair. Get the most out of Spring this year with these killer Hair Resolutions that are sure to turn your hair care routine from drab to FAB this season.
Workouts at your local gym aren’t the only thing that benefit from a little protein. 90% of our hair is made of protein, but we lose a lot of it through heated styling or chemical processes, like hair dye. This leaves your hair (as well as our hearts) broken, and oh so damaged.
By incorporating a protein hair treatment into your hair care routine, you can restore those broken strands and have silky hair that not only looks great but feels AMAZING! Thankfully we’ve got your hair covered with our Cosmocaps packed full of silk protein.
All natural, real ingredients are essential when it comes to caring for your hair and ensuring it stays as healthy as ever. Avoid sulfates, and all the fake yucky stuff and you should be good to go! Spoiler Alert: Keep an eye out, we’re launching something new your hair’s going to love very soon.
Going totally vegan can be hard to stick to, but lowering your animal produce intake can totally help improve your hair! Not only do many people find that their hair becomes shiner and thicker, their hair looks and feels super healthy too!
Switching up your hair products to a plant based alternative will do wonders for your mane. Our Cosmocap’s are a plant based keratin hair treatment, designed to transform dry, damaged hair into the shiny, healthy hair you’ve been dreaming of! Formulated to bring that healthy shine without making your hair greasy.
Heated styling is an absolute bummer when it comes to maintaining healthy hair. That’s why using a heat protectant is so, so, (and we can not stress this enough) SO important when it comes to avoiding heat damage. Do as the hair salons do, and give it a go!
A game-changer during the muggy months, fight a good fight with an anti-humidity spray. Found at most Drugstores and Hair Care stores, anti-humidity sprays are a staple this Spring. Simply mist the spray on dry hair, aiming towards the roots, and protect your hair from frizz even on the most muggy of days (and nights!). For extra protection finish your routine with some Cosmocap to seal in hydration and block out humidity and frizz causing environmental factors.
If there was ever a time to amp up the mane-tenance, it would be while you’re on vacay. When traveling, we’re exposed to everything from dirt, sun, humidity, snow and sea salt, to chlorine filled pool water that makes your hair go all super crunchy and firm to the touch. Our hair totally takes the L when we’re on holidays… But never fear, we’ve put together our personal list of the 4 best things you can do while traveling to keep your hair oh-so shiny and oh-so insta worthy. Because your hair’s like 90% of you selfie, and it deserves to look it’s best. Planning is key The easiest way to ensure you don’t leave your next getaway with damaged, uncombable hair, is to prep your hair pre-travel with the help of your go-to hairdresser. A healthy trim to remove any existing dead ends, and a deep condition treatment is sure to properly prep your hair before it fights for its life in the holiday elements. If you plan on getting your hair colored, we recommend doing it at least 14 days before take off to prevent sun fade and any further damage. Stylish yet Practical Whether it’s swimming in salty seas all day, or hiking dusty mountains from the am to the pm, your hair can sometimes take the backseat when it comes to priorities abroad. That’s why stylish, yet practical hairstyles are a must on your next vacay. Super fancy, high-maintenance hairstyles are just too much work to maintain when you’re traveling, and they can eat up time that’s supposed to be spent exploring (or napping, if you’re like us!). Updo’s like buns or slicked back ponytails are a lifesaver on travel. They’re cute but easy, comfortable but not ugly, and they take no time at all to style. That’s what we call a win-win scenario! Dry Shampoo The unsung hero of the hair world, dry shampoo will have you refreshed and revamped in no time, absorbing the grease and oil from your hair in between washes! It’s the easiest way to freshen up your mane without water, and it’s going to be a lifesaver on your next trip (we promise!). Let’s talk Cosmocaps Ok so we get it, we’re biased. But when it comes to hair care while traveling, our Cosmocaps definitely have your back. Our Cosmocaps are made to travel with you (carry on style!) and designed to nourish and hydrate your hair on-the-go. Small and super light-weight, the capsules help with taming humidity in the warmer climates and protecting your hair in the cold. Stock up on these pre-portioned bad boys before your next trip, and you’re golden!