If you have curly or wavy hair or struggle with a naughty amount of frizz, then you may have already considered keratin hair treatment. Keratin (Brazilian blowout) treatment smooths out unruly curls and is often used for hair straightening and for tackling frizz. But unless you know plenty about what happens when you give your hair keratin treatment, it isn’t easy to choose a quality one. Not all keratin products are the same. Let’s rule out some major concerns you may have before enjoying your next professional or at-home keratin hair enhancement.
Keratin Hair Treatment: Key Salon Takeaways
“Bathing” your hair in keratin creams is nothing new. Keratin is an essential building protein of human hair. It is therefore expected you to see numerous hair masks and intense treatments enriched with keratin. However, a professional keratin treatment is something different, and not all of them are the same.
How Keratin Straightens Hair
The traditional keratin hair treatment that comes from salons includes saturating hair in a creamy product rich with the protein keratin and other ingredients and then using heat to straighten the hair until it creates a protective shell around the fibre. This protective layer prevents curls or frizz from forming for at least 4 to 6 weeks (some say that the effect can last as long as four months).
Keratin Hair Treatment Side Effects
Conventional keratin products contain formaldehyde, an ingredient necessary to preserve the flat hair. Certain amounts of formaldehyde are required if you want to maintain super-flat hair for long periods. You have to chemically alter the hair texture to straighten it. This process is impossible without some chemicals. Then again, many other beauty products have chemicals included (nail polish, for example), and we don’t want to stop using them. Therefore, restrictive use of keratin is not a significant risk. If you limit your keratin treatment to quarterly salon visits, you are not risking considerable damage. Quite the opposite – you gain multiple benefits.
Benefits of Keratin Treatment
Hair gets frizzy and rough because it lacks moisture. When the outside environment is humid and your hair dry, frizz is an inevitable outcome. And keratin is an excellent treatment for your frizz trouble!
The cells that wrap around your hair fibres, called hair cuticles, absorb the keratin applied with heat onto your hair, making it look:
- Easier to style
- Healthier in appearance
- Without frizz
If you are health-conscious, there are plenty of gentle smoothing treatments that provide similar benefits in the short-term. However, you do have to be more diligent to apply them yourself. Alternatively, ask your hairdresser to use formaldehyde-free products more regularly.
Gentle Smoothing Treatments
You can choose from keratin hair masks, moisturising shampoos, smoothing conditioners, and even take keratin supplements. All products will instigate your hair to restore moisture to a certain level, which depends on your hair quality and the type of product. Eco-keratin products such as the Brasil Cacau 3-in-1 set are formaldehyde-free. They are super easy to apply and safe enough to use them at home as a DIY keratin treatment.
DIY Keratin Treatment for Home Use
Yes, you can apply keratin treatments yourself. Here is how!
You will need: gentle keratin formula, keratin mask/conditioner, sectioning clips, mixing bowl, plastic gloves, wide-toothed comb, a hairdryer with an ionising function and a nozzle, a flat iron, towels.
Step-by-step chemical-free keratin treatments at home:
- Cleanse your hair thoroughly with an anti-residue shampoo. Apply twice.
- Dry out your hair by splitting it into sections and squeezing the extra fluid gently with your hands. Do not overdry porous hair. Leave it wet at about 80%
- Comb your hair into sections and secure it with sectioning clips. At least four sections are enough; more is better.
- Apply the keratin hair treatment from roots to ends. (Prepare a plastic bowl beforehand). Use 30 to 50 ml of the creamy product for medium-length hair.
- Leave the product in the hair for at least 10 minutes. Maximum of 30 minutes is sufficient for dry and messy hair.
- Take a hairdryer and completely dry your hair on medium heat—split the hair into sections to blow dry with a brush for a clean, neat result. Use a nozzle if you wish to focus heat.
- Split the hair into sections for the second time. Use a professional-level flat iron to straighten hair without damage. Adjust the temperature depending on hair texture. Do not pass each section more than 8-10 times. Use fewer moves on dehydrated, brittle hair.
- Wash the straightened hair with water to remove excess product and towel-dry.
- Apply keratin conditioner and oil to emphasise the frizz-free silky finish.
If you have persistent curls, you may consider looking for a specialised keratin treatment for naturally wavy and curly hair.
Keratin Hair Treatment For Curly Hair
A common question for curly hair is: “Will keratin ruin my natural curls?”
The short answer is no. If that were the case, then you would have applied the keratin treatment only once and got straight hair for life.
On the contrary, the application needs to be repeated several times a year if you want to maintain a straight look. Moreover, not all curls easily succumb to the treatment: some are quite stubborn and may still keep the wavy structure. But the overall result is a more relaxed, shinier look.
There are several variations of keratin treatment for curly hair:
- Traditional “Brazilian Blowout”: the conventional method for optimal results.
- Chemical-free smoothing treatment, as mentioned above.
- Express keratin treatment: lasts 1.5 to 2 hours instead of the usual 3 to 4 hours.
- Japanese keratin treatment: get stick-straight locks that mimic natural Japanese hair.
The last option is an excellent choice if you want to kiss goodbye your curls for 5-6 months. The Brazilian blowout is also long-lasting. The express option is an anxiety-free timesaver. Finally, the softest keratin hair treatment of them all – the one without with harsh chemicals will guarantee straight hair without frizz and guilt.
Important tip: Always start modestly with heat application and the number of repetitions with the flat iron. After you learn how much product and what can your hair endure, you can increase temperature and personalise styling moves.