Everything you need to know about keratin treatments
Keratin treatment is a popular solution for frizzy hair, and it could work for you if you want to tame your wild locks. But what does it involve? And how long can you expect the results to last?
In this post, the HairPro Direct team will share all the essential details on keratin treatments to help you get off to the right start.
What is keratin?
Keratin is a crucial protein in your hair, nails, and skin. It’s tough and more resistant to damage than other cells produced in the body. And that’s why it’s an increasingly common ingredient in various hair care products.
Salons across the country offer one or more types of treatment. You may find it beneficial if your hair is prone to frizz and difficult to style. As a result, a successful treatment could save you time and frustration when getting ready.
What do keratin treatments involve?
The application process typically takes at least one hour, though your stylist may require two or three hours depending on your hair’s length and texture.
They will wash your hair to start, and then apply the keratin carefully. They will either work it into wet strands or blow-dry them beforehand. The keratin seals the hairs’ protective outer layer (the cuticle) to stop moisture penetrating or leaving strands.
Finally, your stylist will heat your hair with a flat-iron to seal and trigger the keratin coating’s effects. Keep your hair dry for as long as your stylist suggests, which should be a few days. That can make showering slightly more difficult than usual, but it’s worth the effort to ensure the treatment is as effective as possible.
How long do results last?
Keratin treatments are a temporary solution and wash out over time. Your results should last for around three months, though this can vary from person to person.
If you plan to visit a salon to undergo your first treatment, speak to your stylist about the chemicals involved and their experience of performing the process on other customers. They should have the knowledge to talk you through the application, the results, and anything else you’re concerned about before you agree.
How often will you need a keratin treatment?
Treatments last for a few months in most cases, so you may undergo three or four per year. You should plan this with your stylist, though, to prevent over-treating your hair with keratin.
Can you perform keratin treatments at home?
You can perform treatments at home, though you may prefer to visit a professional for the first application. But various shampoos and conditioners contain keratin, ideal for beginners.
For example, the Brasil Cacau Anti Frizz Shampoo is formulated to leave hair smoother and shinier.
Feel inspired to give keratin a go?