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Five reasons you'll love our favorite Keratin product

1. Lovely smooth, straight hair that lasts for months – without any of the hassle
2. Our treatment usually lasts for 4 months – sometimes even longer
3. Keep your current hair color – our treatment will not affect it in any way
4. Our recommended  treatment is FDA approved – so you know it's safe and effective
5. Get amazing long lasting value for money with our treatment


Keratin Research is  my personal favorite Keratin product and by far the best results for our clients since 2012, their feedback has been amazing! I've been using this product since I lived in the USA since early 2000's. it was a life saver fighting Seattle's perpetual rain and high humidity for me.  

Shierley Koval
Owner, The Shampoo Lounge

Gold Label Keratin Treatment

For our most challeging clients with very course curly or kinky hair 

Super enhanced formula specifically designed for coarse curly thick hair types. It will surely and easily work well on any other type of hair. This one never fails.Unlike most hair types Black Dominican and Brazilian Hair types require intense keratin treatment that will be able to withstand the repetitive flat ironing heat passes and penetrate the thick coarse hair. In order to prevent the hair from damaging and drying the Gold Label Keratin Treatment contains a unique blend of oils to protect the hair and retain its moisture with a naturally vibrant shine. Contains: Argan, Grape, Avocado and Jojoba seed oil for maximum thermal protection and moisturizing effect.

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One of our happiest client's ever! Yes, amazing hair transformations happen daily at The Shampoo Lounge

Keratin or Straightening? 

Keratin & Straightening Requires
Consultation & Booking 

Keratin Treatments Are Not Always Pleasant 



heat is involved & fumes do occur

We recommend that you research a bit about Keratin as the service takes several hours but yields amazing long lasting smooth manageable hair. While keratin is a natural protein, these products are made with several other added ingredients, including trace amounts of formaldehyde.

We carry two products but we always highly recommend Keratin Research which is a bit more expensive but USA FDA approved and has yielded the best multi months results for our clients. 

Why we recommend Keratin Research. After thousands of clients over ten years, Keratin Research has had the most consistent long lasting results of our three Keratin products. Keratin Research's Original Keratin Hair Treatment is USA FDA approved but it does contain formaldehyde and the associated strong smell during application. we always recommend wearing a face mask during application in our well ventilated salons and can provide you with a plastic shield as well. 



Let's take a look at the ingredients of Keratin Research: Aqua (water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Formaldehyde, Mineral Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl (protein), Petrolatum, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Argania Spinosa (Moroccan Argan oil), Amodimethicone, Dimethiconol, Acetamide MEA, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Sodium Cocoyl Collagen Amino Acids, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Wheat Germ, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Sulfur, Polysorbate-80, Oleth-10, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), formaldehyde, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Cyclopentasiloxane.  

These ingredients contain the essential building blocks for a highly effective keratin treatment, on top of many other ingredients that help moisturize, smooth, and protect the hair.

Keratin Research does contain the two main factors for an effective DIY keratin treatment

A fusing agent and keratin:  

  • Formaldehyde - Helps create a cross link between the keratin which naturally occurs in your hair and the new keratin from the treatment.  This fusing agent essentially helps the keratin bind to your hair.  IT WILL CREATE FUMES and some clients do tear up on occaision. 

  • Hydrolyzed Keratin - Often derived from sheep's wool, these protein molecules penetrate the hair shaft to help enhance the interior cortex and thus changing the hair's shape.  


In addition to the essentials, I've found the formula also contains additional ingredients that are helpful for hair strenth, shiene, and smoothness 

  • Cetrimonium Bromide - A smoothing agent that helps reduce frizz and increase shine.

  • Sunflower Seed Oil - This oil helps boost hair hydration while also reducing frizz.

  • Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl (protein) - aka Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein. Improves hair texture and manageability. 

  • Petrolatum - aka Petroleum Jelly. Helps seal the hair shaft and protect it from breakage.

  • Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil - Helps reduce hair protein loss.

  • Argania Spinosa (Moroccan Argan oil) - Reduces frizz and helps the hair retain moisture.

  • Wheat Germ - Oil rich in fatty acids that increases hair moisture and softness.

  • Linolenic & Linoleic Acid - Reduces water loss and stimulates hair growth.

  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil) - This ingredient is rich in vitamins and minerals which helps strengthen the hair.  

  • Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans - Increases hair moisture retention.It's important to note that due to the nature of these ingredients (formaldehyde, sulfur, proteins)



Keratin  treatments should be done sparingly.  In fact, if keratin treatments in general are performed too often, the hair can be overloaded with protein and actually cause breakage.  This is why we recommend keratin treatments approximately once per year, because you want to be sure the treatment is completely worn off before have the treatment done again. 


Keratin Research is by far the brand we recommend for least damage to existing hair coloring, consistency and longest lasting results. This product is best for those with any type of skin sensitivity 


It is expensive so we offer an alternative product. 


PURC Keratin Treatment - Used for curly/kinky haired clients. Lower priced Keratin e treatment. Yields great results on stubborn, frizzy haired haired clients. This product does contain Formalin, which is technically not Formaldehyde but it has a strong odor and some health concerns with high exposure. 


Aftercare - This is important 

Do not wash your hair for at least 72 hours, no swimming, no bathing, don't get caught in the rain

ONLY use Sulfate Free Shampoo - supermarket shampoos will strip the Keratin quickly.

We carry a fantastic Sulfate Free Microbead shampoo but there are many others to choose 


Be careful Shampoos are typically advertised as "sulfate free" but that just means that they might have swapped Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) for another harsh surfactant.  AVOID the following ingredients:  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Ether Sulfate.  Basically, anything that even remotely sounds like Sulfate, Sulfonate, most Sodiums, etc.

Nanoplasty vs Keratin in Bali? 

There is such a wide range of products called “Nanoplasty.” Frankly, many of the products we've seen in Bali look like they were sourced straight of Alibaba from China with very little regulation of their contents or what they would do to your body and hair. If you choose to have Nanoplasty done in Bali, please examine the product ingredients closely. 


Keratin treatments are typically considered a better choice than trendy treatments like Nanoplasty for several reasons. Keratin has been widely used for many years, with a well-established track record of thousands of clients for effectively smoothing and strengthening hair without causing damage. Unlike newer trends, Keratin treatments work by infusing natural keratin into the hair, helping to repair damage, reduce frizz, and improve overall hair strength and elasticity, making hair more resilient to environmental factors and daily styling.


Additionally, Keratin treatments are generally well-tolerated by most hair types and are less likely to cause allergic reactions or sensitivities compared to some newer treatments with less-studied ingredients. Furthermore, the results of Keratin treatments are often more predictable and consistent, ensuring that clients receive the same high-quality outcome each time. This reliability is especially important for salons that handle significant client volume. It’s important to know what you’re using and you can expect amazing long lasting results with FDA approved true Keratin at The Shampoo Lounge

The Shampoo Lounge recommends Keratin as a better choice than the wide spectrum of unproven Nanoplasty products available in Bali. 


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