Using straightening iron, curler and other harsh chemicals can leave your hair dry and weak. Your hair can become frizzy and unmanageable. There are several treatments to make your hair smooth, shiny and healthy again and one of them is cysteine hair treatment.  The treatment promises to give you shiny, celebrity-like hair. So, read on to know more about cysteine hair treatment. Known as Cysteine Complex and Cysteine Hair Smoothing System, cysteine treatment is one of the latest methods to get straight, smooth hair. Cysteine, which is an amino acid, is used in the treatment to strengthen your hair and make them straight. The treatment will also protect your hair from damage, decreases the frizz and adds shine. Your hair will be easy to maintain after the treatment. Cysteine treatment reduces about 60 percent curl volume on ethnic hair and 70 percent curl volume on Caucasian hair. If your hair has undergone a treatment in the past, wait for at least two months before getting cysteine done. Also, make sure to use sulfate-free shampoo after the treatment as sulfate can result in fading of the effect. This semi-permanent treatment lasts for about four to six months, after which the effect slowly fades away. You will not see any difference between the treated hair and the new hair. Cysteine is considered safe as it doesn’t use formaldehyde. (ALSO READ Top 15 frequently asked questions about hair, answered!).

Who should get it?

If you have gone through various styling and chemical treatments and have rough, dry and dull hair, you should try this hair treatment. Also, those who have frizzy hair or want to have straight hair can opt for this treatment. The treatment adds shine to your hair and strengthens hair roots. Your hair will become manageable and will be healthier.

What are the steps involved in the treatment?

There are three major steps of the treatment. The first step is to wash your hair thoroughly to remove the oil and dirt. The hair is allowed to dry and rest for about 20 minutes. The next step is to apply Cysteine Complex Smoothening Cream. The stylist usually applies the cream to the whole head except the roots of the hair. Applying the cream to the roots of the hair can lead to hair fall. Then, a plastic film is used to cover your hair. Then it is allowed to rest for about half an hour. The hair is then dried using a hair straightener and this is the third step. Once the hair is straight and dry, the hair is washed again with shampoo and conditioner for treated hair. You are also given shampoo, conditioner and serum, that has to be used in the next three to four months

What are the precautions one has to take after getting cysteine hair treatment?

It is advisable not to go for a swim during the first couple of days after the treatment. Frequent washing of hair will also strip off the treatment, so wash your hair only thrice a week. Also, make sure you color your hair before the treatment. Also, do not oil your hair regularly as it can fade the effect of the treatment.(ALSO READ Is beer really good for your hair? Here’s how to wash your hair with beer!).

Pros and cons

Cysteine is said to be safer as compared to keratin treatment and it can even be used on pregnant women (after consulting the doctor). The treatment is considered better than keratins and other hair treatments. The new hair will not be curly, so there will not be any difference between the treated hair and the new hair.

However, it is expensive than other hair treatments. The price depends on the length of your hair. You will also have to spend money on shampoo, conditioner and serum as your usual hair products are not recommended after the treatment. Also, the effect of the treatment lasts just three to four months.