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What is a keratin smoothing treatment and is it right for my hair?

Do you battle with unwanted frizz or unruly locks you wish would calm down? A smoothing treatment might be right for you!

What is keratin?

Keratin is the main protein found in your hair, skin, and nails.

What are the benefits of a keratin smoothing treatment?

Keratin smoothing treatments work by sealing the hair cuticle with a layer of protein that eliminates frizz, while adding softness and shine. The result is smooth hair that will be more manageable, easier to style, and more resistant to humidity.

Am I a good candidate for a smoothing treatment?

If you have coarse, frizzy hair, or curls that you blow out and flat iron regularly, you’d be a good candidate for a smoothing treatment. The added keratin will help eliminate frizz and soften your hair for easier day-to-day styling.

If you have overly dry, super fine, or damaged hair, the treatment would not be recommended so as to prevent further damage.

Be sure to talk through your hair questions and concerns with your stylist.

What is involved in the treatment process?

You should expect to spend quite a bit of time at your salon so clear your schedule and pick up a new book! The process can take anywhere from two to four hours depending on your hair type, thickness, and length.

Your stylist will start by shampooing your hair to wash out any leftover product residue, dirt, or oil. Once your hair is thoroughly shampooed, they will blow dry your hair until it is about 75 – 80% dry before dividing your hair into sections and applying the treatment from roots to ends. The solution will sit on your hair for about 15 minutes after which point your stylist will blow your hair out straight before going over it with with a flat iron to seal everything in. Your hair will then be shampooed again before being blown out for a final time.

How long does it last?

The smoothing treatment will last for about three to six months.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a smoothing treatment varies between $250 to $500 depending on your hair type, thickness, and length.

If you think a keratin smoothing treatment is right for you, book a complimentary consultation with our smoothing treatment specialist, Kristen!

O2 Salon uses the Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Smoothing Service which is formaldehydefree.

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How to Protect Hair From Heat Damage

If you regularly style your hair with hot tools, you’re leaving your strands vulnerable to heat damage. Be sure to keep the following in mind next time you pick up your blow dryer, curling iron/wand, or flat iron.

Get regular Trims

Your hair may become damaged from frequent heat styling. Getting regular trims will prevent split ends, as well as keep your hair looking healthy.

Use a Heat Protectant

Heat protectants smooth your hair cuticle and help hair appear healthier and shinier. They provide a protective barrier between your strands and your hot tools, as well as add extra moisture to hair to help replace any lost during heat styling.

Invest In High Quality Tools

It is important to choose tools that allow you to adjust the temperature to best suit your hair. (See “choose the right heat setting”)

Additionally, the materials your tools are made of can have major effects on your hair – for better or worse! You should invest in tools that use ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium. Inexpensive tools tend to heat unevenly and may cause you trouble when trying to style your hair, as well as cause irreparable damage. Higher quality tools have the added bonus of being efficient, meaning you don’t have to spend as much time submitting your locks to the heat.

Make sure Hair is Dry, not Damp

It is important to make sure hair is completely dry before applying heat. Whether you allow your hair to air dry or use a blow dryer, if you begin styling with hot tools while your hair is still damp it will only lead to damaged strands. Your hair is much more susceptible to damage while wet and if you add heat — well, just imagine the sound of oil hitting a hot frying pan.

Choose the Right Heat Setting

One of the biggest mistakes you can make for your hair is turning the heat up too high. The best range of temperatures for most hair types is between 150-200 degrees, although coarser hair may require a little more heat. If your tools are too hot, they’re going to damage your hair and may cause severe breakage.

Deep Condition Often

If you do subject your hair to heat styling, be sure to follow it up with a deep conditioner or hair mask. You should apply one or the other once a week, especially if your hair is prone to drying out.

Try Heat-Free Styles

On days you want to take a break from your hot tools, let your locks rest by putting your hair in a messy bun or braids. Putting your hair in rollers or pin curls overnight offers another great solution.

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Hair Terminology A-Z

The following is your comprehensive guide to communicating with your stylist about all things hair!

Asymmetrical Cut

An asymmetrical hair cut is one where one side is cut shorter than the other.


Balayage is a hair coloring technique where the hair color is painted free-hand onto the hair without the use of foils to create a more natural, soft look. This technique allows hair color to grow out naturally without defined roots.


Bangs are where the hair covering your forehead is cut shorter than the rest of your hair. There are countless ways to cut and style bangs, such as above the eyebrows, lash-grazing, curly, straight, side swept, curtain, thick, wispy, piecey, or blunt cut.

Base Color

Your base color is your natural hair color, or it would be the background color if you have highlights. For example if you have brown hair and you get blonde highlights, the brown hair would be your “base color.”

Blunt Cut

A blunt cut is where the hair is cut straight across at one length, without any layers or texturizing.


The bob was popularized in the 1920s and is recognized as being cut about the shoulders. There are several variations of the classic bob and can be cut at different lengths, with or without layers, curly or straight!


Co-washing, or “conditioner-only washing,” skips the shampoo and relies on conditioner to cleanse your hair. Co-washing is a favorite for natural, curly, or dry hair to prevent your hair from being stripped of natural oils and moisture.

Corrective Hair Color

There are many reasons why you may need to book a corrective color appointment with your stylist. Generally, if you are in need of a major hair overhaul, this process may take more than one appointment. You could need corrective color service if you have previous color that you are unhappy with, if you have multiple colors going on and want to even things out, or if you want a drastic change in color from light to dark or vice-versa.

You should book a consultation with your stylist to discuss your hair concerns.

Dimensional Color

Dimensional hair color is achieved by adding highlights and lowlights to the hair, instead of it being one color all over. Dimensional color can be used to add depth and movement to your hair.

Double Process Color

A double process color is exactly what it sounds like, a two step process. The first step is to lighten or bleach the hair to remove your natural or previous color, and then the new hair color or toner is applied in a second step.

Dry Cutting

A technique used by stylists where the hair is cut without dampening it, often used on curly hair so as to get a better idea of what the hair will look like after its cut, or to thin out/texturize the hair.


A fade is when the hair on the sides and back of the head is cut as close as possible to the skin and and “fades” or tapers up to the length of hair on the top of the head.

Graduated Cut

A graduated cut has stacked layers to create volume, and is cut to create a defined shape. This cut works best on shorter hair with the shortest layers on top progressing to longer layers at the bottom and framing the face.

Hair Texture

See “Hair Type”

Hair Type

Hair type and texture are ways to describe your hair and encompass how thick, thin, course, dense, curly, wavy, straight, and porous your hair is.


Highlights are where pieces of hair are lightened to create contrast and dimension in your hair color. Highlights are usually applied by coloring the hair in foils, or using the balayage technique.

Layered Cut

A layered hair cut is where the hair is cut at different lengths to “layer” them, often used to frame the face, take excess bulk out of thick hair, create volume, and add movement.


A lob or a long bob is where the hair brushes the collarbones but still retains the cropped look of a classic bob.


Lowlights are achieved when pieces of hair are darkened to create contrast and dimension in your hair color. Think opposite of highlights. Lowlights are usually applied by coloring the hair in foils, or using the balayage technique.


Ombré hair color is achieved by gradually transitioning one color into another. This hair color technique is popular because it allows hair to grow out without a visible line of demarcation, or roots.


A perm is a process where your stylist applies a chemical solution to the hair while it’s wrapped around rods or in curlers. This process creates a permanent curl that won’t wash out and generally lasts about six months, but can vary depending on each person’s hair.

Precision Cutting

Precision hair cutting is a technique used to create perfect, sharp lines.


A pixie is a short, close-cropped hair cut. Generally the hair is shortest on the sides and back and longer on the top with very short bangs. The hairstyle can range from being cut super close to the skin to having longer and softer pieces framing the face.

Razor Cutting

Using a straight razor instead of scissors for hair cutting produces a softer, more texturized look.

Single Process Color

When you get a single process color, the hair is lifted and colored in one step. The color or toner is applied all-over to create a single base color.

Smoothing Treatment

Keratin smoothing treatments seal the hair cuticle to tackle frizz, and add shine. Your hair stylist will wash your hair before applying the keratin treatment to your wet hair. The treatment will soak into your hair for about a half hour, and then your hair will be blown out and often followed up with a flat iron to seal everything in. The treatment lasts for about three months

Stacked Cut

See “Graduated Cut”


Texturizing can be used to add volume, de-bulk thick hair, or can make thin hair appear thicker. Stylists often use thinning/texturizing shears or a razor depending on the style you are looking to achieve, and will use a variety of techniques to do so.


Toner neutralizes unwanted brassy tones in lightened hair to create cooler, ashier tones. It can also be used to add a subtle tint to hair, such as pink, violet, or blue.


An under-cut is where part of the hair is shaved, generally the under layer, or the side of the head, but the top layers of hair are maintained. This is common with long, thick hair to take out some weight, or to create an edgier style. The cut is popular among both men and women.

Virgin Hair

Virgin hair is hair that has never been color treated. Additionally, if you have colored hair that is growing out to show roots, your roots would be considered “virgin hair”.

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How to keep your hair looking flawless while traveling!

When you’re planning your vacation it can be difficult to choose which hair products to pack and which to leave behind. Keep reading to learn what products we love and how to keep your hair looking fabulous whether you’re on the road or at the beach. 

First and foremost make sure to bring along your favorite shampoo & conditioner.

Swing by your salon for travel sizes of your favorite products or you can purchase some airline approved bottles from your local drugstore to fill up at home.

Dry Shampoo

For no-wash days or a mid-day refresh, you should make sure to include a dry shampoo on your packing list. Dry shampoo is a versatile product that is excellent for refreshing hair between washes, adding texture and body, and absorbing excess oil. 

We love ReFINISH Dry Shampoo from Arrojo!

Absorbs excess oil, creates texture and volume

Sea Salt Spray

Sea salt sprays help encourage beachy waves and can give your hair some added texture. Similar to a dry shampoo, sea salt sprays also aid in absorbing excess moisture and help give your hair that “second-day” look. 

We love BEACH Day from UNITE and the Wave Mist from Arrojo!

For wet or dry hair, reactivates curl, adds texture & helps with oily hair

Leave-In Conditioner and Detangler

A leave-in conditioner is a must if you will be spending a lot of time in the water on your travels. If you wet your hair and spray in a little conditioner before your swim, it will keep your hair from absorbing as much chlorine, as well as protect it from any damage caused by seawater. Conditioning and detangling products work wonders after a swim as well for combing out tangles damage-free.

We love the 7SECONDS Detangler from UNITE!

Conditions, detangles & protects from heat and UV

Heat/UV Protectant

UV rays are damaging to your hair just like they are damaging to your skin. If you are going to a sunny destination and especially if you have color treated hair, you should make a point to shield your hair from UV damage. A heat protectant is also important if you frequently use a blow dryer, flat iron, or curling iron for styling to prevent future damage to your strands. If you don’t use hot tools and are only looking to protect your hair from the sun, you can purchase sunscreen designed specifically to protect your hair!

We love this SLEEK PERFECTION Thermal Spray Serum from Goldwell Stylesign!

Heat, humidity & UV protection

Styling Cream or Mousse

Since you can’t bring all of your products with you, including some multi-purpose products is key. You’ll never know what the day, or the weather will have in store. Look for something that can be used on dry or wet hair to style, combat frizz, or add hold!

We love this Styling Whip from Arrojo!

For all hair types. Use on damp or dry hair to prevent frizz, add body and moisture

You should consider bringing the following with you for easy styling, sun protection, bad hair days, or no-wash days:

Bobby pins, clips & barrettes

For pesky flyaways and easy styling

Hats & Headscarves

For sun protection and style

Hair ties & Scrunchies

For messy buns, ponytails, and braids galore

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