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What is QOD treatment?
QOD treatment is a new type of hair treatment that uses keratin-based (the primary protein of hair) products to reduce frizzy and curly hairs, giving clients smoother and straighten hair look. It is also known as keratin smoothing treatment and originated from Brazil. The revolutionary QOD treatment not only replenishes the condition of the hair without damaging its molecular structure but is also effective on any kind of hair, even damaged hair. While QOD keratin products do not contain manufactured formaldehyde, it consists of an FDA-accepted process that mimics formaldehyde. During treatment, the stylist will wash the hair with a clarifying shampoo to strip away impurities. Then keratin is applied on the hair. Next, the hair is blown dry and infused with a 450-degree flat iron to trap the moisture and hydration in the hair, giving a smooth, glossy finish. Usually, a session takes about 1 to 3 hours depending on the hair volume. Clients may do it as often as they like since it is a conditioning treatment. The effects of QOD treatment typically lasts for 5 months minimum, and even longer in some.
For a long-lasting result, there are a number of dos and don’ts. 3 days after treatment, straightened hair should be avoided from getting wet, putting behind the ears, tying back, or using bands and clips. This is to avoid kinking and denting of the straightened hair. Clients are advised not to wash their hair daily to prolong the effects of keratin. It is best to wash the hair only 2 or 3 times a week.
For hair care products, it is recommended to use shampoos and conditioners that are salt-free (sodium chloride) and sulfate-free. This is because sodium dissolves keratin and sulfate may strip off keratin from treated hair. One can check the list of ingredients stated on the packaging of hair products. So what is the best shampoo after QOD treatment available in the market?
Arvazallia. This keratin aftercare package containing hydrolysed keratin is marketed as salt-free, sulfate-free, and suitable for all kinds of hair including colour-treated hair. The set is infused with argan oil and macadamia oil that can nourish treated hair. The whole set includes 1 moisturising shampoo, 1 daily conditioner and 1 hydrating hair mask and deep conditioner.
Theorie Helichrysum. Containing helichrysum stoechas extract, salvia officinalis oil and Ginkgo Biloba leaf extract, this product helps to nurture hair follicles and protects hair from dehydration caused by excessive heat and chemicals. It is best for dry, brittle, over-processed and even colour-treated hair. Additionally, it is salt and sulfate-free.
LuxeOrganix. The shampoos and conditioners are best for curly, frizzy and dry hair. Also, they do not contain parabens, drying alcohol, gluten, phthalates, and most importantly, salt-free and sulfate-free.
It’s A 10 Miracle. This 4-piece set that includes shampoo, conditioner, face mask and a leave-in treatment is salt-free and sulfate-free.
Scruples. Containing white tea essence, the whole set consists of a restorative shampoo, a conditioner and a leave-in foam conditioner which are safe to use after QOD treatment as they are salt and sulfate-free.
Deluge. The argan oil shampoo and conditioner are salt and sulfate-free. They hydrate, defrizz curls and keep hair straightened. Naturally infused with additional vegan ingredients, antioxidants, avocado oil and omega 3 fatty acids, this product is suitable for anyone including those with a sensitive scalp, dandruff, bleached, dyed and damaged hair.
Keeva. This shampoo with tea tree oil, argan oil, and coconut oil hydrates and restores moisture levels in post-treated hair, revitalising hair and scalp. It is both salt and sulfate-free.
There are many other shampoos and hair care productsthat can be suitable after QOD treatment. Bottom line is to use products that do NOT contain salt and sulfate.