FAQ's

QOD Brazilian Keratin

Q. What is QOD Brazilian Keratin?
Q. There are several keratin treatments on the market: why should I insist on QOD Brazilian Keratin?
Q. Are QOD products “formaldehyde-free”?
Q. How long will a QOD treatment last?
Q. Can QOD Brazilian Keratin be used – and is it effective – on natural African American hair? short hair? damaged hair prone to breakage?
Q. Does QOD Brazilian Keratin work on hair with extensions?
Q. What is the difference between QOD MAX, QOD RED and QOD GOLD?
Q. Why should I offer QOD aftercare products?

Treatment Specifics

Q. How long does a QOD Brazilian Keratin treatment take, and what does it involve?
Q. How often can a QOD Brazilian Keratin treatment be performed on the hair?
Q. Can the hair be washed or tied back after a QOD treatment?
Q. How many applications are there in a one-litre bottle of QOD?
Q. What kind of flat iron should I use?
Q. What if I have questions about application or technique after I purchase a QOD product?
Q. Is there training offered for QOD products?

Purchasing and Shipping

Q. Can I get a sample of QOD Brazilian Keratin for a single application?
Q. How do I purchase QOD products in the U.S.?
Q. How do I purchase QOD products outside the U.S.?
Q. How much do you charge for shipping, and how long does it take?
Q. I found QOD products on e-bay or some other unauthorized source for less… why would I not buy from them?
Q. Can I be a distributor of QOD Brazilian Keratin?

Q. What is QOD Brazilian Keratin?

QOD Brazilian Keratin is a revolutionary, keratin-based hair treatment originating in Brazil that truly transforms the hair. Keratin, the primary protein of hair, nails and skin, is a natural substance which helps return hair to its original healthy, shiny, smooth state. Unlike other techniques, straightening with QOD Brazilian Keratin replenishes the condition of the hair without changing or damaging its molecular structure. It can be used on all hair types. Click here to learn more…

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Q. There are several keratin treatments on the market: why should I insist on QOD Brazilian Keratin?

QOD COSMETIC offers the most authentic, highest quality Brazilian Keratin products on the market today. Any stylist who has used QOD Brazilian Keratin products will tell you: they are more effective and last longer than other keratin-based treatments, producing significantly more volume-reduction and far more shine.

QOD COSMETIC is the dominant high-end cosmetics firm in Brazil – as well as most of South America. Ten years ago, QOD was the first major company to create a reliable and professionally produced Brazilian Keratin product - QOD MAX - which quickly became the best selling formula in Brazil. QOD products continue to be Brazil’s most successful high-end keratin treatment formulations.

QOD COSMETIC has maintained its own scientific research facilities for years, and QOD Brazilian Keratin formulations have always been the industry’s most advanced. Luxury-quality QOD GOLD was a break-through in the technology. It is made with a patented, 11 stage process which refines and concentrates ingredients to the maximum degree scientifically possible, processing 24-karat gold down to its smallest nano-particles. The gold is then able to permeate the hair, working in tandem with the keratin to bring about an un-paralleled transformation.

QOD Brazilian Keratin products are the industry’s highest quality, formulated at the source, using the most advanced technology available. Why would you use entrust your clients’ hair to other brand?

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Q. Are QOD products “formaldehyde-free”?

QOD’s Brazilian Keratin products do not contain industrially manufactured raw formaldehyde, unlike formaldehyde-based keratin treatments. Instead, we have invested ten years of research into a patented process that mimics the effects of formaldehyde, and is readily accepted by the FDA.

Still, we choose not to market our products as “formaldehyde free.” This is usually a disingenuous marketing gimmick, and potentially even harmful. Any formulation that produces a significant volume-reduction in the hair lasting several weeks is a potent salon product. It should be treated with healthy respect, and handled in compliance with sensible safety protocols by licensed hair professionals only. Click here to learn more…

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Q. How long will a QOD treatment last?

At least 4-5 months, although in some cases it can last much longer, depending on hair type.

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Q. Can QOD Brazilian Keratin be used – and is it effective - on natural African American hair, short hair, and damaged hair prone to breakage?

QOD Brazilian Keratin can be used, and is effective, on all kinds of hair – even damaged hair. Straightening with these treatments coats the hair and replenishes its condition without changing or damaging its molecular structure.

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Q. Does QOD Brazilian Keratin work on hair with extensions?

Yes. As always with extensions, care should be taken when flat-ironing: the seam where extensions are joined to the natural hair should not be flat-ironed.

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Q. What is the difference between QOD MAX, QOD RED and QOD GOLD?

QOD MAX and QOD RED share similar formulations and results, however they differ in aroma. MAX is based upon organic Theobroma Cocoa, while RED is infused with Strawberry Fragaria essence. They both feature the rich conditioning and volume-reduction that QOD Brazilian Keratin products are famous for.

QOD GOLD is the highest-quality Brazilian Keratin product available. QOD GOLD uses 24-karat gold nano-particles as a potent catalyst to the process, producing a lasting level of conditioning and brilliance that no other product can match. Interestingly, while luxury-quality QOD GOLD has a higher price point per litre, it requires less formula per application. This means that the overall cost of use is the same as, or less than, medium or low grade brands. It is the highest-end keratin treatment that exists – but remains surprisingly economical.

You may notice that, due to GOLD’s international popularity, there are now countless keratin brands that claim to contain “gold nano-particles”. Simply adding minute amounts of gold to a formula will NOT increase a products efficacy. Only QOD COSMETIC has the advanced technical facilities required to properly process gold into a state in which it can effectively synthesize with the rest of the formula.

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Q. Why should I offer QOD aftercare products?

The straightening and conditioning effects of QOD Brazilian Keratin Products won’t last as long if your client doesn’t use a shampoo and conditioner that work with the treatment, rather than against it. QOD GOLD Shampoo and Conditioner are specially formulated to lengthen the treatment’s effectiveness. Among other things, they are free of sodium chloride - a chemical that reacts with keratin and can strip it out of the hair prematurely.

If your salon regularly sells QOD aftercare to your clients, please contact us for volume discounts or special promotions.

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Q. How long does a QOD Brazilian Keratin treatment take, and what does it involve?

Depending on the volume of hair and application process used, the treatment can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours to complete. First, the hair cuticle must be prepared, using an appropriate pre-treatment shampoo such as QOD Cleanse to strip away impurities. After application of the treatment itself, the hair is blown dry and infused with a 450 degree flat iron - trapping the moisture, hydrating the hair and creating a smooth, glossy finish. For more detail, see Application Instructions.

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Q. How often can a QOD Brazilian Keratin treatment be performed on the hair?

As often as you like – it’s a conditioning treatment. If maximum volume reduction is sought, multiple treatments can have a cumulative effect. Many clients also request the service after a hair coloring or other harsh process in order to bring the hair back to its healthy state.

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Q. Can the hair be washed or tied back after a QOD Brazilian Keratin treatment?

Clients should avoid washing or binding their hair for about 2 days after the treatment. This helps to prolong the effects of the product and avoid any unwanted kinks or bends.

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Q. How many applications are there in a one-litre bottle of QOD?

One liter of QOD Brazilian Keratin generally yields fifteen to twenty applications. There is some fluctuation in the number of treatments due to several factors, the greatest of which is the volume of any client’s hair; the amount of formula required for a client with long hair might be twice as much as what is needed for a client with short hair. Another major factor is the skill and experience of the stylist. Careful application means using the amount of formula that is “just right.” Using too much will result in product that must be removed as excess, and wasted.

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Q. What kind of flat iron should I use?

It is recommended to use a flat iron that can maintain a temperature of 450 degrees. The Izunami 450 Ceramic Flat Iron is the best we have found for performing keratin treatments, and we are pleased to offer it as part of our product line.

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Q. What if I have questions about application or technique after I purchase a QOD product?

For basic instructions to get you started, see Application Instructions.

If you have purchased our products directly from QOD Cosmetic USA (or via our website www.qodusa.com), you can look forward to ongoing product support, including product analysis, instructional support, and advanced technique development: see Contact QOD for specifics.

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Q. Is there training offered for QOD products?

QOD educators are currently focused on collaborating with the master stylists that use our products to develop increasingly advanced Brazilian Keratin techniques. We plan to use these to offer the industry’s most unique, innovative training program, tailored specifically to the North American market. Keep in touch with us, and stay tuned for further details.

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Q. Can I get a sample of QOD Brazilian Keratin for a single application?

We do not provide "trial" or single application sizes of our products. Most of our customers are salons or hairdressers who require products that are suitable for multiple applications. It is our goal to service the needs of professional stylists who operate in the higher end of the beauty industry. If you come across products that are re-bottled for single application or home use, they may be adulterated or inauthentic. By purchasing from QOD USA, you are guaranteed to receive genuine products. If you ever have questions regarding the authenticity of any product or distributor, please contact our headquarters in Brazil at http://www.qod.com.br.

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Q. How do I purchase QOD products in the U.S.?

The easiest way is to order directly from our website: www.qodusa.com.

We also accept orders via…
Email:           sales@qodusa.com
Paypal:         sales@qodusa.com
Fax:              1-866-9494-BKT (1-866-949-4258) - use our Fax Order Form
Phone:          1-866-9494-BKT (1-866-949-4258)

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Q. How do I purchase QOD products outside the U.S.?

We ship QOD products all over the world. For information regarding international orders, please see International Orders.

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Q. How much do you charge for shipping, and how long does it take?

Please see our Shipping Information page for a complete list of shipping options and pricing.

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Q. I found QOD products on e-bay or some other unauthorized source for less… why would I not buy from them?

QOD USA imports directly from QOD Brazil, so you will only receive products that are fresh and genuine. By purchasing from QOD USA, you will no longer need to worry about inauthentic products. If you ever have questions regarding whether a particular distributor is authorized to sell QOD products, please contact our headquarters in Brazil at http://www.qod.com.br.

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Q. Can I be a distributor of QOD Brazilian Keratin?

QOD COSMETIC will soon be finalizing a new global distribution strategy. If you wish to be involved in the distribution of the highest quality Brazilian Keratin products on the market, we are happy to hear from you – especially if you have an established history of purchasing and using our products. We continue to build enduring professional relationships with high-end salon owners all over the world who appreciate the unique quality of our products and want to spread the word.

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