Keratin is a natural protein found in human hair and nails. This nutrient is also used to repair damaged hair, remove frizz and rejuvenate lifeless tresses.
Keratin treatment, also known as “Brazilian Blowout,” is a popular hair treatment for individuals who want to achieve pin-straight, glossy hair. In fact, most hairstylists say keratin treatment is one of the most effective ways to keep the hair shiny, healthy and frizz-free.
Keratin treatment does not come cheap and if you get one, you have to adjust your hair care routine to retain the results for months on end. Get your money’s worth with every keratin treatment with these hair care tips:
Do Not Use Regular Shampoo
Regular shampoos contain sulfates, thioglycolate and glutaraldehyde that can neutralize the effects of a keratin treatment. These harsh chemicals also strip the tresses of moisture, making your hair prone to dryness and split ends. To wash your treated hair, always use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. Avoid hair products that contain sodium chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) thioglycolate and glutaraldehyde.
Instead of a foamy shampoo, use creamy, low-sudsing shampoos to hydrate the tresses and keep frizz at bay. The same thing goes for the conditioner, the creamier the better!
Do Not Color Your Hair
Don’t get a Brazilian Blowout if you’re planning to color your hair after. Coloring the hair will cancel out the effects of a keratin treatment. As the tresses are bombarded with chemicals, the strands will become dry, weak and prone to breakage. Also, keratin treatment will make hair color fade much faster.
This is not to say you shouldn’t color your hair after getting a Brazilian blowout. You just need to give your hair more time to recover from every treatment. If you got keratin treatment, wait for at least a month before coloring your hair.
Avoid Heat Exposure
Do not use heating tools to style the hair, these tools will fry your tresses! Blow drying, ironing, curling or straightening tools can damage the hair strands, making them prone to breakage. Instead of using heating tools to style the hair, focus on hydrating hair care products.
Deep Conditioning Once a Week
To keep your hair smooth, shiny and straight longer, make a habit out of deep conditioning your hair. You want to use a conditioner made specifically for chemically treated hair or keratin treated tresses. Just apply a generous amount of the conditioner on dry hair and wear a shower cap. Leave the conditioner on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing with tepid water.
Re-Treat Your Hair
Keratin treatments do not last long. You have to re-treat your hair occasionally before the effects fade completely. For keratin treatments, you need to re-treat your hair 8 weeks after and then 10, 12 weeks after and so on.
Use Hair Serums
Hair serum helps inject nutrients and moisture back into the hair. This product also prevents split ends while taming the locks. Rather than applying hair creams or styling mousse, we highly recommend using hair serums instead! Hair serums are not only nourishing, they are also milder than your average styling products.