7 Steps on How to Use Keratin Treatment at Home

Do you like giving yourself keratin treatments at home? Then make sure you’re doing it right!

Doing a keratin treatment at home is a convenient way to make your hair smoother and more manageable. It’s perfect when you can’t leave the house or you can’t visit your favorite salon. You can even schedule this hair pampering session for yourself on a Saturday afternoon after a busy week. But before we go into all of that, let’s talk about what it is and what it does.

Keratin treatment helps repair the damage on your hair, replacing the protein that your strands have lost due to chemical treatments, heat styling, and other damaging conditions you have exposed your tresses to. It rebuilds the damaged areas, adds shine, and eliminates frizz so your hair becomes more beautiful and easier to manage.

Keratin treatments do wonders to your hair, offering a wide range of benefits like adding moisture to the strands that help make them soft and smooth and making your tresses strong, shiny, and free from flyaways.

If you can’t make it to the salon, you can incorporate an at-home keratin treatment to your hair care routine. But of course, you have know how to do it correctly so you can make the most of its benefits. You can begin by getting to know our favorite keratin treatment product: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Treatment Mask.

If you’re going to give yourself an actual keratin treatment, make sure to maintain it with a keratin mask like this. This product helps to give you an instantly smoother style and frizz control.

Now, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you DIY that keratin hair treatment at home so you can give your locks a major reboot.

1. Shampoo your hair

A woman taking a shower and washing her hair.
Gently massage your scalp with your finger tips (and not your nails!) when shampooing your hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Wash hair with a good keratin shampoo for complimentary ingredient benefits. If you have straight hair, wash twice; if you have extremely curly hair, add at least one more wash.

Note: DO NOT use a conditioner. Also, make sure hair is thoroughly rinsed.

2. Massage treatment onto your hair.

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

Towel dry hair gently but leave some moisture so hair can easily absorb the product. Coat your strands with the keratin treatment, starting from the tips going up. Stop at one inch from the scalp. Gently massage your hair with the product.

3. Leave the treatment on your hair for 30 minutes

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

With the product still on your hair, comb your locks gently with a wide-tooth comb. Then, let the treatment sit on your hair for 30 minutes.

4. Rinse your hair

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

Rinse thoroughly to make sure there’s no product buildup left on your hair as this may cause dandruff.

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 completely dry, separate hair into small sections and lock the keratin in by ironing each section thoroughly. Iron your hair one small section at a time so the heat is applied evenly.

6. Wait

Back shot of an Asian woman with long black hair
Just leave your hair be for 48 hours. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Keep hair dry—wait for 48 hours before washing. This gives the keratin treatment more time to seep into your hair and work its magic. Make sure you don’t tuck your hair behind your ears or tie it. Just keep it down and straight.

7. Wash with shampoo and conditioner


After 48 hours, you can now wash your hair. Use shampoo and conditioner (we love TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner), then blow dry.

We’ve rounded up the keratin-rich products we love, so you can pick the best keratin hair treatment for you!


Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Treatment Crème

Got damaged hair? Revive it with Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Treatment Crème. With each application, your hair gets the benefits of three keratin products in one. This treatment crème keratin serum to help repair damage, keratin relaxers to tame frizz, and keratin essence to restore shine to dull and dry hair. 


Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine

Add Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Ultra Conditioner to your hair-repair essentials. Complement your hair repair mask treatment with daily use of this conditioner to get healthy and shiny hair. It can also help repair your strands from the inside out. 


Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Ultra Treatment Wrap

Now, keratin smoothing treatment at home has made easier with Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Ultra Treatment Wrap. Its Triple Keratin Formula penetrates each strand to help give you sleeker and straighter hair. Just put the wrap on your hair for 20 minutes and rinse. So easy, right? 



TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum Conditioner

For your daily keratin needs, you can also use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum Conditioner. It’s ideal for dry and frizzy hair as it has keratin and oleo serum that keep your hair moisturized and calm frizz. 


TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray

What’s the use of doing regular keratin smothing treatment at home if you don’t adopt healthy hair habits? And one of these habits is the use of heat protectant every time you curl or iron your hair. Before reaching for that curler or straightener, spritz TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray on your hair to protect your strands from heat damage. This spray also helps smooth out frizz, giving you a sleeker ‘do. 


VitaKeratin Brazilian Straight

Want a keratin treatment that feels like a Brazilian blowout? TryVitaKeratin Brazilian Straight. It is infused with Vitamin B3 that 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.

What do you think of DIY keratin treatment? It is possible, not to mention easy, to give yourself a keratin treatment at home. Just make sure you’re doing it right!

Next read: Blow dryers and irons are part of every woman’s styling arsenal. While these tools are helpful, they can greatly damage your hair. Protect your hair from heat damage by choosing the right heat protectant spray


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