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!

We often go to the salon to get hair treatments done, but what if you can do it yourself at home? That would most certainly be convenient, especially at times when you’re too busy or just can’t leave the house. One of the hair care pampering sessions you can DIY is a keratin treatment. You can definitely give yourself a keratin treatment at home and the result would be the same! 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

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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.

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Work the keratin product on your hair.

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

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Let treatment “sink in” by leaving it on your hair for 30 minutes. Credit: iStok

With the product still on your hair, comb your locks gently with a wide-tooth comb. Then let it set for thirty minutes.

4. Rinse your hair

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Rinse hair thoroughly after your hair has absorbed the keratin treatment.

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

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Gently brush your hair while blow drying.

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

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Wait 48 hours before washing your hair again.

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.

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