Just like ombre highlights, keratin treatments are yet another topic that stays trending in the beauty world, and if one of your friends has ever tried it out, by know you know, about the magic it worked on her hair. If blowing out your strands feels more like playing tug-of-war, you could benefit from its smoothing results. I am about to give you a crash-course on everything you need to know before getting the treatment, and most importantly, how to keep it intact long after your salon appointment. First things first, determine if your hair type is right for the service—curly and frizzy textures with fine to thick hair will see the most benefits.
What does it do?
Keratin treatments fill in the porosity of your hair, as overly-porous hair causes tangles, frizz, and breakage. Your hair is made up of keratin, so the treatment is putting the protein back into the hair, which is often lost due to age and chemical services.
Because it is essentially rebuilding the damaged areas, you can expect to see an increase in shine, less frizz, and an easier styling process overall. Make sure you have a consultation with your stylist beforehand to determine the best formula, particularly if you are a blonde, as every keratin treatment isn’t created equally. Some treatments with glycolic acid can shift the tonality of hair color, so a throrough consultation on these points is crucial. I personally have 3 different types of Keratin at my disposal- light, medium and strong. The difference between them comes down to the type of hair you have and knowing exactly which type works best for your hair. Sometimes I customize it by using different strengths at different parts of the hair. This is something you need to leave to the pros.
Immediately following your treatment, make sure to invest in a right shampoo—in order for the keratin to live up to its promises, you aren’t allowed to wash your hair, or tie it back in a ponytail holder for at least 6 hours. Some older versions of Keratin require 48 hours. You’ll also need to take a closer look at the ingredients in your current shampoo and conditioner lineup. Sulfate-free formulas are the key to longevity because shampoo doesn’t counteract the treatment. Get a recommendation from your hairstylist, if you use the right after-care products, your treatment should last at least three months, possibly more depending on your hair type, and how often you choose to lather up. Like any relationship, it will require a commitment.
Word of Caution
Make sure that your stylist is certified and trained to perform a Keratin treatment, that way you know you are getting the best! Although properly done Keratin service ranges from $300-$400, it is very important to stay away from deep discounted promotions on this service. Cheaper doesn’t always mean better. I have seen some horrific results from cheap keratin treatment that caused “desensitized” hair effect, hair is left lifeless, flat and dull. In situations like these there is nothing to be done exept wait for the hair to grow out or to cut it off. When the treatment is done correctly your hair will still have volume at the roots, look shiny and feel healthy to the touch.