Asian woman applying keratin treatment to her hair while looking in the mirror

Keratin Treatment at Home: Easy Steps to Get Salon-Quality Hair

No time to go to the salon? Go for a DIY keratin hair treatment. Here are the easy steps, and check out our keratin product recommendations.

When you’re busy, hair care sometimes takes a backseat. Setting an appointment at the salon for hair pampering seems impossible when you have meetings, errands, and tasks left and right. But did you know you can do a keratin treatment at home? It is a convenient way to pamper your hair even without visiting the salon. You don’t need to make calls or adjust your schedule to your stylist’s availability. You can do it in your own time!

Before you prep the tools and products you need for this at-home pampering session, let’s first talk about keratin treatment and what it does to your hair.

What is a Keratin Hair Treatment?

Keratin is the protein that makes up your hair, nails, and the outer layer of your skin. It makes them durable and waterproof. And when we talk about keratin for hair, we refer to the protein that fills the gaps between the overlapping cells that make up your hair cuticle.

Like other protein treatments for hair, a keratin treatment helps repair hair damage. It replaces the protein that your strands have lost due to damaging factors like chemical treatments and heat styling. This hair treatment rebuilds the damaged areas. As a result, your hair becomes smoother, shinier, and easier to manage.  

This treatment also helps add moisture to your hair, making it less frizzy. You can maximize the benefits of this treatment by using a keratin shampoo and conditioner in your daily hair washing.

How Long Does a Keratin Treatment Last?

Professional keratin treatments done at the salon can last anywhere from two to six months. It depends on the formula used and your lifestyle. For instance, you often use curling irons or straighteners to style your hair. In this case, the effects of your treatment may wear out more quickly.

On the other hand, DIY treatments may only last for a short time. Salon treatments often use a more potent formula so the effect can last months. On the contrary, some DIY keratin treatments are less concentrated and are designed for daily or weekly use. In this case, you may need to give your hair a DIY keratin treatment more frequently. Always follow the instructions provided with your DIY keratin treatment to maximize its benefits.

How to Do a Keratin Treatment at Home

1. Shampoo your hair.

Keratin Treatment at Home: A woman taking a shower and washing her hair.
Gently massage your scalp with your fingertips (and not your nails!) when shampooing your hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Wash your hair thoroughly to remove dirt, excess oil, and styling product residue. You may use a clarifying shampoo to deep-cleanse your strands before your keratin treatment. After shampooing, rinse your hair thoroughly. DO NOT condition your hair.

2. Massage the keratin treatment onto your hair.

Keratin Treatment at Home: Asian woman putting treatment on her long hair
Apply the treatment to your hair one section at a time. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Pat your hair gently with a towel to remove excess water. Then, coat your strands with your chosen keratin treatment. Looking for a hair treatment to use? Try TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Smoothing Mask. It has KERA10 Protein Complex that goes up to 10 layers deep into your hair for nourishment. It also gives your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash. These include making your hair smooth, soft, and shiny, calming frizz, detangling, strengthening, providing heat protection, and giving your hair a long-lasting fragrance.

Tub of TRESemme Keratin Smooth KERA10 Smoothing Mask

3. Let the keratin treatment sit.

Asian woman woman wearing a white rob combing her long hair
Combing your hair helps distribute the treatment evenly. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Comb your hair gently with a wide-tooth comb to distribute the treatment to your hair evenly. Then, let the treatment sit on your hair for 30 minutes.

4. Wash the keratin treatment off.

Asian woman wearing a white robe patting a towel on her hair
Rinse hair thoroughly after the treatment has been absorbed by your hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Rinse your hair thoroughly to remove product buildup that can cause scalp itching, irritation, or flaking. You may use lukewarm water to wash off the treatment more effectively.

5. Blow-dry and iron your hair.

Keratin treatment at home: Asian woman blow drying and brushing her long straight black hair
Gently brush your hair while blow-drying. Credit: Hariono Halim

Blow-dry your hair while brushing. Once your hair is completely dry, separate it into small sections. Iron your hair one small section at a time to apply the heat evenly. The heat will help seal in the keratin.

6. Avoid washing your hair.

Back shot of an Asian woman with long black hair
Just leave your hair be. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Keep your hair dry. Wait for 24 to 72 hours before washing it to give the keratin more time to seep into your hair and work its magic. Refrain from tucking your hair behind your ears or tying it. Just keep it down and straight to maintain its shape and structure.

7. Include keratin-rich products in your hair care routine.

Bottle of TRESemme Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo

Take care of your hair after the treatment with keratin shampoo and conditioner. We recommend using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner daily. They also have KERA10 Protein Complex, giving your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash. TRESemme Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner even has oleo serum to moisturize and nourish your hair deeply.

Bottle of TRESEMME Keratin SMooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner

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Our Best Keratin Treatment Product Recommendations

Here are other keratin hair treatment products you can use for your DIY session at home.

1. Cream Silk Treatment Keratin Damage Repair

Tub of Cream Silk Treatment Keratin Damage Repair

Salon treatments like perms can extremely damage your hair. Use Cream Silk Treatment Keratin Damage Repair daily to get ultimately repaired and renewed hair. It has keratin that helps deeply repair your strands. It also has collagen, providing strength and elasticity to your hair. Use this after shampooing to maintain the beauty of your salon-treated hair.

2. Cream Silk Treatment Keratin Rebond Straight

Tub of Cream Silk Treatment Keratin Rebond Straight

Got freshly rebonded hair? Maintain it with the help of Cream Silk Keratin Rebond Straight. It repairs extremely damaged salon-treated hair and helps make it smooth and shiny. Aside from keratin, this treatment product also has amino acids such as lysine and glycine. These penetrate the hair fiber to promote healthy hair growth and elasticity. To get the best results, use it every day after shampooing.

3. Dove Advanced Keratin Treatment Mask

Tub of Dove Advanced Keratin Treatment Mask

This treatment mask combines the power of a keratin shot with niacinamide and vitamin complex to repair and protect your hair from the damaging effects of daily styling. For best results, include Dove Advanced Keratin Treatment Mask in your weekly hair pampering.

4. Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Treatment Shot

Tube of Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Treatment Shot

Aside from making your hair smoother and shinier, this deep conditioning treatment also has 10 times more strengthening actives that make your hair up to 10 times stronger. Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Treatment Shot protects your hair from extreme factors that cause breakage. Use this regularly if you’re dealing with hair fall.

5. Vitakeratin Expert Salon Treatment Brazilian Straight

A tub of Vitakeratin Salon Daily Treatment Brazilian Straight

Want treatment that feels like a Brazilian blowout? Try Vitakeratin Expert Salon Treatment Brazilian Straight. It is infused with vitamin B3, which helps your hair become silky and glossy. Also, its salon-quality keratin helps make your hair smooth, while its Brazilian nut oil coats your hair from root to tip.

Now, you’re all set! Set aside a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon for this DIY treatment and enjoy smooth and silky hair afterward.