Which Keratin Treatment is right for you?


Exploring Smoothing Treatments: Lasio vs. Cezanne vs. Pura Luxe

If you’re on a quest for smoother, more manageable hair, you’ve likely come across popular smoothing treatments like Lasio, Cezanne, and Pura Luxe. Each of these treatments offers unique benefits and caters to different hair needs. Let’s dive into a comparison to help you choose the right one for your hair goals.

Lasio Smoothing Treatment:

  • Best for Straighter Results: Lasio is highly effective at delivering straighter hair, making it ideal for those seeking a straighter, polished look.
  • Longevity: Enjoy up to 4 months of smooth, frizz-free hair with Lasio’s treatment.
  • Frizz Reduction: Achieve 100% frizz elimination, ensuring your hair stays smooth and manageable in any weather.
  • Curl Reduction: Reduces curl volume by up to 75%, providing more control over natural waves.
  • Immediate Wash: You can wash your hair right after the treatment, without waiting for days.
  • Formaldehyde Content: Contains safe traces of formaldehyde (0.02%), ensuring both effectiveness and safety during application.
  • Price: Lasio treatments start at $350+, offering long-lasting, straightening results for your hair.

Cezanne Smoothing Treatment:

  • Maintains Volume: Cezanne is perfect for those who want to reduce frizz while maintaining natural volume and bounce.
  • Long-Lasting: Enjoy up to 5 months of smoother, frizz-free hair with Cezanne’s formaldehyde-free treatment.
  • Frizz Reduction: Significantly reduces frizz, making hair more manageable and easier to style.
  • Curl Reduction: Reduces curl by up to 70%, providing control over natural texture without sacrificing volume.
  • Works on All Hair Types: Suitable for various hair types, from fine to thick and curly.
  • Immediate Wash: No waiting time to wash your hair post-treatment, offering convenience and flexibility.
  • Price: Cezanne treatments start at $300+, providing a safe and effective smoothing option for diverse hair textures.

Pura Luxe Amino Acid Smoothing Treatment:

  • Safest Option: Pura Luxe is formaldehyde and sulfate-free, making it safe for pregnant women and individuals with skin sensitivity.
  • Frizz Elimination: Designed to significantly reduce frizz, offering up to 90-95% frizz elimination.
  • Curl Reduction: Can reduce curl volume by approximately 20-60%, providing smoother, more manageable hair.
  • Amino Acid-Based: Utilizes amino acids to strengthen and nourish hair, promoting overall hair health.
  • Longevity: Enjoy the effects for 3 to 6 months, depending on hair growth and maintenance.
  • Environmental Friendly: Contains natural ingredients, offering an eco-friendly alternative to traditional treatments.
  • Price: Pura Luxe treatments start at $400+, reflecting the quality and safety of the treatment for your hair.

Choosing the Right Treatment for You:

  • Consider your hair type and texture when selecting a smoothing treatment.
  • Evaluate your desired results, whether it’s straighter hair, volume retention, or reduced frizz.
  • Take into account any specific concerns such as pregnancy or skin sensitivity when choosing a treatment.
  • Consult with us to determine the best treatment based on your hair goals and lifestyle.
  • Factor in the longevity and maintenance of each treatment to ensure it aligns with your haircare routine.

Ready to experience the transformative effects of a smoothing treatment? Schedule a consultation with our expert stylists at Architeqt Salon and Gallery to discover which option—Lasio, Cezanne, or Pura Luxe—is best suited for your hair needs. Unlock the secret to effortlessly beautiful, manageable hair with the right smoothing treatment tailored just for you!

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Chelating VS Clarifying Hair

Understanding Chelating and Clarifying Hair: What’s the Difference?




Maintaining healthy and luscious hair requires more than just regular shampooing and conditioning. Over time, our hair can accumulate various impurities, product build-up, and even mineral deposits from water. To tackle these issues, two common methods are chelating and clarifying. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between these two hair treatments, their benefits, and how to decide which one is right for you.


Chelating Hair:

  1. Chelating agents: Chelating refers to the process of using special ingredients known as chelating agents that bind to minerals and metals present in your hair.

  2. Targeting mineral deposits: Chelating is particularly effective in removing mineral deposits caused by hard water, chlorine, or heavy styling products.

  3. Benefits of chelating:



   – Restores natural shine and softness to your hair.

   – Improves manageability and reduces frizz.

   – Enhances the effectiveness of other hair treatments and products.

   – Revives color-treated hair by removing mineral build-up that can cause fading.



Clarifying Hair:

  1. Clarifying agents: Clarifying involves using specific clarifying agents that are designed to remove product build-up, excess oils, and other impurities from your hair.

  2. Eliminating residue: Clarifying shampoos or treatments work by opening up the hair cuticles and deeply cleansing to remove stubborn build-up.

  3. Benefits of clarifying:


   – Provides a fresh start for your hair, making it feel lighter and more voluminous.

   – Helps to prevent dandruff and itchy scalp caused by excess oils.

   – Improves the effectiveness of other hair care products, allowing them to penetrate better.

   – Restores natural bounce and enhances your hair’s natural texture.


Choosing Between Chelating and Clarifying:

  1. Frequency: Chelating is typically done on an as-needed basis, especially if you’re frequently exposed to hard water or swim in chlorinated pools. Clarifying, on the other hand, is recommended once every 2-4 weeks or as needed based on your hair type, styling routine, and product usage.

  2. Hair type: Chelating is especially beneficial for those with color-treated hair or individuals who live in areas with hard water. Clarifying is suitable for all hair types but may be more beneficial for those with oily or fine hair that tends to get weighed down easily.

  3. Professional help: If you’re unsure about which treatment is right for you, consult with an Architeqt stylist who can assess your hair’s specific needs and recommend the best course of action.



Both chelating and clarifying are effective methods for maintaining healthy and vibrant hair. While chelating focuses on removing mineral deposits, clarifying targets product build-up and impurities. By understanding the differences between these two treatments, you can choose the one that suits your hair type, lifestyle, and specific concerns. Remember to follow up with a nourishing conditioner and regular hair care routine to keep your locks looking their best. Stay friendly, creative, and keep experimenting with different hair care techniques to find what works best for you. While here at Architeqt salon, we try to maintain our rep as the best salon in Philadelphia by continually educating ourselves and sharing that info with you, our awesome clients. 

What’s Behind the Architeqt Name?

Why I Named My Salon Architeqt: A Fusion of Art, Architecture, and Individualism


When it comes to choosing a name for your salon, it’s essential to find something that truly embodies your vision and inspiration. For me, the decision to call my salon Architeqt was deeply rooted in the transformative power of literature, , the influence of innovative stylists, and the architectural marvels that surround us.


One of the key inspirations behind the name Architeqt is the profound impact that Ayn Rand’s novel, The Fountainhead, has had on my life. This thought-provoking book delves into the clash between individualism and collectivism, featuring an architect named Howard Roark who refuses to compromise his artistic vision. Roark’s unwavering commitment to his craft and his integrity resonated with me deeply and became a driving force behind the salon’s name.


A few years into my hairstyling career, I had the privilege of being introduced to a visionary stylist, John Sahag. Renowned for his innovative dry cut method, Sahag’s unique approach revolutionized the way I perceived hair. At a time when few stylists were cutting hair dry, Sahag’s vision and technique opened my eyes to new possibilities. To this day, his influence continues to inspire me in my creative journey.


I not only learned the Sahag method but also made it my own over the years, sharing it with my talented team. Our dry cut method is more than just a technique; it is an approach that starts by building a shape from a foundation. Much like sculpting, we craft each haircut to become an extension of the client’s personality. It’s a harmonious blend of artistry and architectural precision, resulting in truly unique and personalized styles.


Another prominent source of inspiration in the creation of Architeqt was the legendary Vidal Sassoon. A true pioneer in the hair industry, Sassoon revolutionized the craft with his geometric haircut shapes. Drawing inspiration from the Bauhaus architecture movement, Sassoon’s influence can be seen in our commitment to blending form and function seamlessly.


Finally, I find inspiration in the architects who have redefined our world. The likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Calatrava, and Zaha Hadid have built magnificent structures that are both visually stunning and practical. Their architectural masterpieces serve as a constant reminder of the power of design and its ability to inspire our craft.


At Architeqt, we firmly believe in the axiom of form and function. This philosophy not only enables us to create the best haircuts in Philadelphia but also empowers us to nurture and train the best stylists in Philly and beyond. Our dedication to merging art, architecture, and individualism sets us apart, allowing us to provide an unparalleled salon experience for our valued clients.


Why the spelling? Like life imitating art, a committee from the State Board of Architects voted and wouldn’t allow me to call the salon Architect as to not confuse the public. So I changed the C to a Q. 


Watch the video below to learn more about the inspiration behind the name. 



By Alexey Kats



The K18 Treatment

Achieve Healthy Hair with the  K18 Treatment: A Breakthrough in Hair Repair Through Biomimetics and the K18 Peptide



If you’re on a mission to grow your hair but reluctant to trim much off, the K18 treatment might just be the perfect option for you. This revolutionary hair repair system is designed to restore and repair damaged hair, making it an ideal choice for those seeking healthier, more resilient locks. In this blog post, we will explore the wonders of the K18 treatment, how it differs from other bond builders like Olaplex, the salon process, the accompanying home care products, and the numerous benefits it offers. So, let’s dive in!


What is the K18 Treatment?

The K18 treatment is a game-changer for hair repair. Formulated with the patented K18Peptide™, it works by penetrating deep into the hair shaft, repairing the broken bonds caused by chemical treatments, heat styling, or environmental damage. This breakthrough treatment rebuilds and strengthens the hair’s natural keratin structure, resulting in stronger, shinier, and more resilient locks.


Different from Olaplex and Other Bond Builders:

While Olaplex and other bond work on the outermost part of the cortex , K18 treatment goes a step deeper and repairs the polypeptide chains. It not only protects the hair during treatment but also repairs existing damage caused by over-processing, excessive heat, or chemical exposure. K18 is specifically designed to restore the hair’s natural health and vitality, making it an excellent choice for those seeking comprehensive hair repair.


Process of Using K18 in Salon:

The salon process of using K18 treatment is simple. Your stylists will spray a prep mist with a higher Ph to open the cuticle then after will leave the k18 treatment for at least 4 minutes. Its that easy.


K18 Home Care Products:

To maintain and enhance the effects of the salon treatment, K18 offers a range of home care products. These products are:

  • PEPTIDE PREP detox shampoo  – A color-safe, non-stripping clarifying shampoo with the K18peptide
  • PEPTIDE PREP ph maintenance shampoo – A color-safe, pH-optimized shampoo with the K18peptide
  • Leave-in molecular repair hair mask – A leave-in treatment mask that works on the molecular level to reverse hair damage in just 4 minutes.
  • Molecular repair hair oil – This biotech-engineered weightless oil works on all hair types to strengthen, repair damage, reduce frizz at two levels of the hair fiber, and improve shine.



Positives of K18 Treatment:

– Repairs and strengthens damaged hair, making it healthier and more resilient.

– Restores the hair’s natural keratin structure, resulting in improved strength and smoothness.

– Suitable for all hair types and textures.

– Compatible with various chemical treatments and heat styling.

– Provides noticeable results in just one salon treatment.

– Easy to maintain with the accompanying home care products.


Ask Your Stylist to Do It Next Time:

Now that you’re aware of the incredible benefits of the K18 treatment, why not ask your stylist to incorporate it into your next salon service? Especially paired with our signature dry cut method, the k18 treatment can make your hair as healthy as possible and then the stylist can trim those ends that cant be saved. Your stylist can provide personalized advice and guidance on how to achieve the healthiest, most beautiful hair possible.



The K18 treatment is a groundbreaking solution for those seeking to repair and restore damaged hair. With its unique formula and ability to rebuild broken peptide bonds, K18 offers remarkable results, making your hair healthier, shinier, and more resilient. Remember to inquire about the K18 treatment during your next Architeqt salon visit and incorporate some of the K18 home care products to maintain the benefits. Embrace the wonders of K18 and unlock the full potential of your hair!

For a fun virtual learning experience, visit the K18 virtual room.

Hair loss and it’s causes

What is the Source of Your Hair Loss?


No matter the culprit, we can all agree that hair loss is concerning for anyone and a major blow to our self-esteem. It can be overwhelming when turning to the internet for answers and the list of products can seem endless. From oils and scalp treatments, top rated vitamin gummies, and even red-light therapy helmets, it can be hard to nail down the best treatment option.


 For those not sure where to start, it is best to begin by consulting your stylist.  Often, they will ask of major life changes or new sources of stress, both common causes of hair loss. While stress is a natural part of life, only made worse by a pandemic entering its third year, it is also manageable. Your stylist has the knowledge and expertise to direct you to the right products that can get you started on your hair growth journey. However, if your hair loss was significant and abrupt, it would be best to consult with a medical professional as well.  They will be able to run proper tests in order to rule out any underlying health conditions that may be to blame.


Some common products recommended at our salon for hair loss are the Viviscal PRO Advanced Hair Health Vitamins and the Evolis hair tonics. Viviscal Pro Vitamins, formulated with the exclusive marine complex AminoMar, help promote existing hair growth from within.  The Evolis Reverse Activator is a scalp and hair follicle tonic containing a high concentration of quality plant extracts that help reverse thinning hair.  With daily use, the Evolis Prevent Activator contains similar ingredients to the Reverse Activator and helps to preserve the hair that you currently have.  Evolis Promote Activator is a scalp and hair follicle tonic that increases hair length and improves the quality and health of your hair overall.


Hair loss is a medical condition like any other, and it is time that we acknowledge it as such. Let us remove the stigma and have an open dialogue with our stylists and doctors.  If the past few years have taught us anything, it is that we must take care of ourselves and advocate for our best health. The sooner we address the problem, the sooner we can get the answers and treatment we deserve.


We found this article from the Atlantic a really helpful source of information. Take a read if you want to learn more about the causes of hair loss.