Cellophane Treatment

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Cellophane Treatment
Add long lasting shine to your hair with a cellophane treatment. (wind in the hair image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

A cellophane treatment is a chemical hair process that can either add a semi-permanent hint of colour different from your own or enhance your natural hair colour. In a matter of minutes, a cellophane treatment can transform dull, damaged hair into shiny healthy looking hair. This pigment-free process locks into and coats each hair strand giving your hair a long-term glossy effect and colour boost.


Cellophane treatments are available in a variety of semi-permanent colours that will add a subtle tint of colour that can mostly be seen under sunlight. It is also available in transparent form for those who do not want to add colour, but want to enhance the shine and lustre of their natural hair colour. It can be done professionally at a salon or yourself with an at-home treatment kit found at most beauty supply stores. The fairly simple process takes between 20 to 30 minutes to complete.


In addition to the semi-permanent colour tint and high shine it gives your hair without the use of silicone or oil-based hair products, a cellophane treatment will also give your hair a smooth silky feel. It even protects against damage from the use of heat styling tools. Cellophane gets it's name because it almost acts as a cling film covering your hair strands as it seals the cuticles and gives a reflective shine.

Time Frame

The effects of a cellophane treatment will last up to four to six weeks. Each time you wash your hair the coating from the cellophane treatment will gradually fade away taking the colour tint and shine along with it. You will need to repeat the process to maintain the healthy shine and colour enhancement of your cellophane treated hair.

Alternative Uses

Because the process of a cellophane treatment does not contain harsh chemicals like peroxide or ammonia, it is safe to use over a permanent hair colour process that has made the hair dull rather than shiny. In this instance, the use of a transparent cellophane treatment is preferable over a colour-tinted treatment to allow the permanent hair colour process to shine through.


Cellophane treatments are generally safe to use on the hair, but after it has applied, you may have to wait six weeks or until the coating is completely washed out before attempting another chemical process. Perms, relaxers and permanent hair colour may not take to hair that has been coated with cellophane treatments because the cuticles have been sealed. It would be a waste of time and product to try and chemically treat the coated hair because the product will not penetrate through to the cuticle to take the desired effect.

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