Keratin treatments have been getting quite the buzz within the last couple of years.
But why? And, what exactly is a keratin treatment, anyway?
Well, for starters, keratin is a protein that basically acts like a super-strong deep conditioner for your hair.
The treatment essentially turns dry, frizzy, curly hair into stunningly silky hair. 🙂
A Couple Things To Note About Keratin Treatments:
- They are often made with formaldehyde. 🙁
- The treatment will gradually fade out, within about 3-4 months, depending on the level of straightness/ the strength of the formula used.
So, you never have to worry about your treated hair looking straight and your new roots looking like your natural hair type, as the keratin will washout overtime.
What To Expect With Different Hair Types:
Wavy hair – If you’re someone with simple waves, you could expect to end up with fairly straight and polished strands.
Extremely curly hair – You can just expect less frizz.
Keratin Treatment Risks:
You will most likely be exposed to some level of chemicals during the process.
Only about 8-12 percent of keratin products have been found to be formaldehyde-free.
Note: you can only get the treatment a couple of times per year max.
Short term affects:
Irritation on your:
Luckily, many salons have safety precautions in place, like face masks (similar to the ones painters wear) and ventilation.
What To Expect During The Treatment:
- Your hair will be washed. Your stylist will thoroughly wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. The shampoo will make sure that the keratin can get directly to the pores of your strands.
- The rough dry process. Your stylist will then rough dry your hair using a towel and/or a blow dryer.
- Solution application. Once your hair is no longer dripping wet, your stylist will then begin to apply the keratin solution. The solution is painted on to very small sections at a time so that every strand is thoroughly coated.
- Let it dry. Once the application process is completed, you’ll probably have to let it sit for about 20 minutes, depending on just how curly your hair is.
- Blow dry straight. Lastly, your stylist will blow dry you hair straight and finish up the process with a flat iron.
Post-Keratin Treatment Process:
You can’t get your hair wet.
Depending on the type of solution you had applied, whether it be a 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour solution, you will have to avoid getting your hair wet anywhere from for at least a day, with a max of three days.
Stay away from curling irons, crimpers, etc.
Basically, steer clear of anything that will create bumps in your hair.
Because they’ll stay there after you can finally shampoo.
So that also means no hair ties!
And also be VERY careful sleeping positions and avoid placing sunglasses or even headbands on top of your head.