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#WhatIsIt: All That You Need To Know About Keratin, Cystine and Rebonding

#WhatIsIt: All That You Need To Know About Keratin, Cystine and Rebonding

With time, there are a variety of hair treatments available at salons. While most of us hear about it from friends, most of us are worried about basic information and aftereffects of treatments like keratin, cystine or rebonding. Today we break down what happens in each of these treatments, the differences between these three treatments and also weigh the pros and cons. To ensure that you make the best decision, we suggest you scroll to the bottom and get reading already!

If you choose the keratin treatment

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What is a keratin treatment?

Keratin treatment is basically a semi-permanent hair straightening method. During the treatment, keratin is artificially added to the hair and a flat iron is used after to seal the product in. Unlike straightening and rebonding, this treatment does not flatten your hair completely nor does it change your hair’s natural texture drastically. On the contrary, it keeps the frizz away and makes hair smooth, shiny and manageable. In a nutshell, think of this treatment as a super strong deep conditioning treatment.


  • Suitable for all hair types.

  • It doesn’t cause permanent damage to your hair

  • It improves the natural texture of your hair

  • Prevents frizz and flyaways

  • Leaves hair smooth, silky and shiny


  • Keratin treatment is expensive

  • The results are short-term and usually last only for about 2-3 months.

  • The artificially-made keratin product can irritate skin and eyes in the longer run.

POPxo Recommends: Tresemme Keratin Smooth Infusing Shampoo + Keratin Smooth Infusing Conditioner + Chaoba 2800 Hair Dryer Professional Range (Rs 1,269)

If you choose the cysteine treatment

cystin hair treatment

What is a cysteine treatment?

Cysteine hair treatment is usually recommended for someone with dry or wavy hair. A lesser-known fact, cysteine is an amino acid present in the hair bonds which is responsible for your hair’s elasticity. You’ll love it because the treatment does not use any harsh, artificial chemicals. It also prevents frizziness and unruliness. The treatment is packed with natural ingredients, proteins and antioxidants, which help improves hair’s texture drastically.


  • It makes hair shinier and sleeker.

  • It does not contain formaldehyde and harsh chemicals.

  • It nourishes and moisturises hair like a pro!

  • Unlike rebonding, the treatment gradually fades out and does not show a visible line of demarcation as the new hair grows out.


  • The treatment doesn’t last very long (12-14 weeks)

  • The treatment is expensive.

  • This hair straightening treatment is temporary and not permanent.

POPxo Recommends: ELLE Salon At Home - Cysteine Complex Treatment (Rs 2,250)

If you choose rebonding

2 hair treatments rebonding

What is rebonding?

To put it simply, rebonding is a permanent chemical hair straightening treatment. This treatment is popular among women who have voluminous and unmanageable hair. Similar to straightening, chemicals are applied to break and rearrange bonds of your hair.


  • Sleeker and shinier hair with minimal styling.

  • You no longer need to use a hair straightener.


  • The more rebonding treatments you get, the more damage your strands experience.

  • It makes your hair look unnatural and gives it a poker straight finish.

  • Your hair will appear straight, but it won’t have volume or bounce.

  • Depending on how thick your mane is, the process can be extremely time-consuming! (Think 4-8 hours)

POPxo Recommends: L'Oreal Paris X-Tenso Straightener Cream Resistant Hair Rebonding Straight Perm Set (Rs 750)

So ladies, which of these treatments will you finally opt for? Let us know!

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Published on Oct 15, 2017
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