A bad hair day with frizzy locks is a nightmare for everybody, especially for those with wavy or curly hair – the hair types that are less manageable than the straight one. Fortunately, there is a cure for that, called “keratin treatment”. Whether you have heard of it or not, having a thorough understanding of it before and after getting a keratin treatment is essential. So keep reading to discover the useful keratin treatment tips we’ve put together for you!
1. What is keratin treatment?
A keratin treatment is a haircare procedure that uses a special keratin solution to smooth, strengthen, and reduce frizz in the hair. Keratin is a type of protein found in our hair, skin, and nails.
During a keratin treatment, a stylist applies a keratin-based product to the hair and seals it by using a flat iron. The process can take several hours, but the result is worth it: smoother, shinier, and more manageable hair that can last for weeks to months, depending on the product used and maintenance.
2. Keratin treatment tips you should know beforehand
2.1. Know your hair type: What type of hair is best for keratin treatment?
Before getting a keratin treatment, the most important thing you must know is whether your hair type is suitable for it. Generally, those with coarse, thick, frizzy, or curly hair will benefit from a keratin treatment. Low-density yet coarse, frizzy hair can also experiment with it. On the other hand, if you have fine, straight hair, it is not an ideal solution for you.
2.2. Be careful of the damaging effects
Now that you have known the amazing effects of a keratin treatment on frizzy hair, you should be careful of the harmful side too. First, the high heat and strong chemicals needed to seal the keratin can make your hair dry, brittle and prone to damage if you get keratin treatments too often. It’s recommended to get it done no more than 3 times a week.
Besides, keratin treatments are often associated with formaldehyde – a harmful gas that can cause health problems from as minor as scalp irritation to as serious as cancer. Though they do not actually contain this toxic gas, they contain many ingredients that release formaldehyde when heated or mixed with water.
2.3. Choose a reliable and well-trained hair stylist
Before getting a keratin treatment, you should consult a professional hair stylist who can give you advice on your hair type and condition and the keratin product they’ll use. A hair stylist with the expertise and experience needed to do the job well can also minimize damaging effects on your hair.
3. Aftercare keratin treatment tips
After the keratin treatment, the key to healthy and long-lasting results lies in hair care. So what should you do to take care of your hair? Let’s discover!
3.1. Wait 3-4 days before washing your hair
The keratin needs enough time to settle down, so don’t rush to wash your hair after getting a keratin treatment. Waiting 3-4 days before your first wash allows the keratin treatment to produce the desired effects.
Also, use warm water for washing as hot water will make your hair dry while cold water makes it harder for shampoo to penetrate into hair shafts.
3.2. Use the right shampoo and conditioner
One of the most important aftercare keratin treatment tips is to choose the right shampoos and conditioners. Always opt for products that do not contain harsh chemicals, such as sulfate, paraben, or alcohol. These can strip the keratin coat as well as the natural oil produced by your scalp, leaving your hair dry and brittle.
3.3. Keep your hair down
For the first 3 days after getting a keratin treatment, don’t put your hair up in a high ponytail, bun, braid or any tight hairstyle. It’s best to let your hair relax, or else you’ll notice kinks and frizz.
If you are wondering how to tie hair after keratin treatment for the days after, play it safe by choosing loose hairstyles and using silk or satin hair ties, which help reduce friction.
3.4. Avoid heat styling and chemicals in the next 3 weeks
It’s essential to refrain from styling your hair using heat tools or hair dyes during the first 3 weeks. Treated hair is pretty vulnerable to damage, and you don’t want your hair to break or the keratin treatment to be less effective, right?
3.5. Keep your hair moisturized
While keratin treatments help tame frizzy hair, the high heat and strong chemicals can leave a side effect of making your hair dry. Therefore, taking extra care to keep your hair hydrated and moisturized is essential. Besides using a conditioner after washing your hair, give your hair a deep conditioning treatment once a week and add a hair serum/ cream/ oil to your hair care routine for added moisture.
3.6. Protect your hair from chlorinated water or salt water
No matter how much you love swimming, refrain from going swimming for the first 4 days. The bad effects of chlorine and salt on hair is obvious, right? When going swimming, protect your hair by wearing a high-quality swimming cap to ensure water won’t touch your hair.
However, care should be taken before and after swimming, too. Before swimming, wet your hair with clean water so your hair will absorb less chlorinated or salt water. After swimming, rinse your hair immediately after getting out of the water and then wash your hair thoroughly with a gentle clarifying shampoo.
Keratin treatment is a cure to tame frizzy hair, but success requires thorough knowledge. We hope our post on keratin treatment tips both before and after are useful for you. Follow us for more hair tips and tricks!
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