If you have frizzy and untameable hair, there are high chances that you’ve looked into various hair treatments. There are just so many to choose from, but one of the most popular is keratin hair treatment.
Yes, this is an option that is highly effective and safe. However, you want to know all about the chemicals you’re putting on your hair and the risks you’re opening yourself up to. While this is effective and safe, it’s not the best option for everybody.
Don’t worry, though, because I have your back. I’m right here to help you learn all you need to know about keratin hair treatment and what it actually means for your hair and scalp. So, let’s get started, shall we?
Just What Does Keratin Hair Treatment Involve?
Before we start looking at the effectiveness and the potential risks, you need to know about what this treatment is. You’ve heard of the name but now have no idea what it actually is for your hair. Well, here’s a look at it.
Keratin is a treatment that offers you sleek and sexy hair. It tames the frizz, helping you get shiny and beautiful looking hair without the hassle. You don’t need to go to a hair salon for the treatment, as there are now sprays that you can apply to the use of a flat iron. The chemicals are locked into your hair for a short time, repairing the damage that causes the frizz.
This isn’t a permanent option, but it will last for a month to a month and a half. Of course, if you wash your hair regularly or you go swimming on a daily basis, the treatment won’t last that long. The chemicals are washed out, and you will be left with frizzy hair.
However, it’s a quick option for those who need something the day before a Christmas night out or a girl’s weekend away.
One of the biggest benefits is that keratin treatments are suitable for all types of hair. Even if it’s damaged seemingly beyond repair or you’ve just had it coloured or permed, you can still use the treatments without causing excess damage afterwards. The only type of hair that it doesn’t work on is those with thin, fine, or straight hair. Of course, those with straight and fine hair won’t likely need it since they have the moisture and don’t have a frizz to tame!
How Do Keratin Treatments Work?
Now you know what they are, you need to know more about what the keratin treatments do. Just how do they get into the locks to nourish them?
The treatments work by adding hydration to your hair. If your hair is extra porous, it will become frizzy and tangle. You’ll notice that your hair breaks easily and you’re left with a tangled mess, even after deeply conditioning it. You just don’t seem to get the luxurious streaks that celebrities with a similar hair type to you get.
The hair is actually made up of keratin naturally! It’s a type of protein that helps to support the life and strength of the hair. All you’re doing with the treatments is boosting the amount of the naturally created proteins. You put the keratin back in when it is lost, which often happens due to chemical processes and age.
It’s sometimes noted as a chemical treatment, but it really isn’t. This is why it’s completely safe and excellent for the majority of hair types to use.
When you have the extra protein back in, your hair becomes straight and full. There’s a shine to it that makes your hair look extremely healthy.
There are different types of keratin treatments, though, and this is where some of the chemical ideas come in. Some treatments have glycolic acid added in. While this can help to boost the health, blonde hair can start to look dull and faded. Whether you are getting keratin-added products over the counter or getting keratin treatments at a salon, you’ll need to make sure the treatments are suitable for your colour hair.
At home, treatments aren’t the best option for personalised treatments. They offer a one-size-fits-all approach, even though that isn’t actually the case. You’ll want to consider the keratin quality and check reviews of any product to find out what people with your hair colour and type say.
Can You Make Your Keratin Treatment Last?
The average woman will see their keratin treatment last for around six weeks. This is a good amount of time for the cost of the treatment. However, there are some women who notice they need treatments every few weeks. This is often because they haven’t taken steps to make sure they look after their hair post-treatment.
Start by limiting the amount of washing of your hair you do. This can limit your exercise, especially if you swim a lot. The washing process will take out some of the proteins added in. It will also strip dry hair of the natural oils, making it harder for the oils to reach the tips. Even deep conditioners don’t always help to add the nourishment back in the hair.
Those with dry and frizzy hair will be best leaving their hair washing to once a week. It really doesn’t need washing more often than this! You’ll make the keratin treatment last longer since you’re not trying to strip it out frequently.
When you do wash your hair, make sure you use a dry shampoo. Never ever wash your hair in the 48 hours after the treatment, since you won’t give the chance for the keratin to work. The dry shampoo helps to keep your hair clean without all the oils being stripped out. This is also great if you want to wash your hair more frequently than once a week. You’ll also want a dry conditioner!
You should keep your hair down for 48 hours after the treatment. Tying your hair up or pinning it back will put kinks in your hair. This is meant to straighten your hair, remember?
You’ll want to look into the chemicals and ingredients added to any type of shampoo; normal or dry! Sulphate formulas will counteract with the keratin and further dry out your hair. There are plenty of sulphate-free options and shampoos and conditions without any chemicals. Natural options are great for nourishing the hair before and after treatment.
Some shampoos will have keratin infused in them. These are great, as long as they don’t contain any sulphates. Surprisingly, manufacturers add both in making their products obsolete.
Your salon will be able to recommend keratin-friendly products and shampoos that are excellent for the post-treatment period. Some salons will even sell specific brands, knowing that they work perfectly for your needs. It’s also worth talking to your salon about any other products that work to keep your hair looking and feeling perfect for longer.
Will This Permanently De-Frizz Your Hair?
This is a common question, and I can understand why. If the Keratin helps to strengthen and support your hair, surely it will help to permanently de-frizz your hair in the long term. After all, the more keratin you add in, the more it will work, right?
Well, unfortunately, keratin doesn’t permanently keep your hair frizz free. This is a treatment that will wear off, and there are no long-term, lasting benefits. At least, there are no noticed long-term benefits. You’ll need to keep getting the treatments if you constantly want a permanently frizz-free look.
However, you can help to promote the longevity of the treatments. Some women have made their treatments last two months and even into a third month through the right post-treatment products.
If you do want permanently straight and frizz free hair without all the effort and money, you will need to consider other treatments. There are plenty of Japanese hair treatments that work extremely well for de-frizzing your hair permanently.
There are some keratin treatments that say they are permanent. It’s not the actual keratin that does the work here. There will be other added ingredients, including formaldehyde. When you break the strands of your frizzy and curly hair, they can be mended in a straight fashion. The formaldehyde and other treatments help to support this new method of mending.
Most keratin treatments will include some formaldehyde, even if the salon says that their products are formaldehyde free. If you want a treatment completely without this chemical, you will need to do your own research and talk to the salon about using a specific option (or use it at home). This can take the time to find, and you’ll need to consider any other adding chemicals and ingredients.
Keratin Treatments Can Make Frizz and Breakages Worse!
Remember that you don’t get permanently frizz-free hair? Well, the treatments can make the natural state of your hair worse! Yes, it can become far more brittle and tangled once the treatment has worn off.
This can often lead to women going back to the salon more frequently for treatments. They want the constantly frizz-free look! Well, you’re just continually making your hair worse. The treatments won’t last if they originally did, even with good post-treatment hair care.
What you really want to do is reduce the amount of treatments you put your hair through. This is especially the case if you go through other types of hair treatments and chemicals. Most salons will recommend that you only do three treatments a year. It could be worth limiting to just one or two a year. Just opt for them on your most special occasions to get the perfect look.
These treatments will include your at-home ones and will also include any keratin-added products that you have in your bathroom. You want to keep to completely natural and nourish treatments as often as you can.
The great news is that you can repair some of the damage you cause by using some other natural treatments. Opt for sea salt sprays, lemon juice in shampoos and coconut oil treatments to add nutrients and moisture back into your hair between your treatments.
This Is Definitely Not Suitable for All Hair Types
We’ve already looked at some of the hair types that this type of treatment isn’t suitable for. Remember that the point is to tame the frizz and strengthen the dry and broken hair. If you already have sleek and straight hair, you won’t need to add this type of treatment to your routine. Even if you have pixie cuts or other extreme hairdos, you won’t need to add the treatment in your trips to the salon.
Those who have hair that is tameable through other methods will want to think twice about this type of treatment. Remember that the keratin can cause some damage, so you want to keep a number of ingredients you add to your hair to a minimum. If you can take your hair with coconut oil and conditioning treatments, so you get beautiful and bouncy curls, then opt for that instead! You’ll definitely save money.
If you have blonde or bleached hair, the treatments may not be suitable. It will depend on the extra ingredients, as we’ve already mentioned.
Those with dry or itchy scalps and allergies will want to consider all the ingredients first. The keratin shouldn’t cause a problem, but other chemicals may dry out the scalp too much. Remember this problem could also be linked to your shampoo and the amount you wash your hair!
Will You Opt for a Keratin Treatment?
Now it’s completely up to you about caring for your hair. Keratin treatments are safe, and there is a natural element to them. The problem is the other ingredients and chemicals that can be added.
They help to tame the frizzy and dry hair, but you want to limit the amount of treatments you get through the year. Don’t forget to add moisture in through other natural means and protect your hair from damage in between treatments.