Is a Keratin Treatment Right for You?

All Things Hair | 21 September 2016

Breaking down the basics of this popular treatment.

First and foremost, before diving straight into a keratin treatment, it’s important to know exactly what it is, and even more so, if it’s right for your hair type. Keratin is a naturally occurring protein and is one of the main ingredients in hair, alongside melanin, amino acids and protein. Known for its durability, keratin is known for creating a longer lasting treatment when applied to hair–specifically of the dry, coarse or curly type. Since it’s a protein, it lends to the appearance of overall hair health by smoothing, straightening and eliminating frizz. We know, we know–it sounds like just your cup of tea. But like we said, it’s important to be informed before diving in, so keep reading to find out the details on the keratin treatment. 

Keratin Treatment: Facts You Should Know

keratin treatment to achieve straight hair
A keratin treatment can help you to achieve straight hair. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

1. What is a keratin treatment?

A keratin treatment is a temporary straightening process that is used to mend frizzy, unmanageable locks, and turn them into super shiny, straight tresses that pretty much epitomizes the look of hair health. The keratin treatment is bound to the hair through the process of using a high-temp hair straightener. This process repairs any damage by sealing the hair cuticle and basically filling in all the little nooks and crannies in your weathered hair.

2. What are the benefits of a keratin treatment?

From shine and smoothness, to being super soft and frizz-free, keratin treatments bring out the very best in your hair. Not only will it make your hair look gorgeous, but the treatment will also make it so that it doesn’t take as long to dry and style your hair due to the sealing chemicals.

3. How long will a keratin treatment last?

Sadly, not forever. You can expect for your luscious locks to last around six weeks depending on proper care. Just like with color treatments, the more you wash your hair, the quicker the keratin will leave your locks. That said, to make the most of your new ‘do, make sure to use products that don’t contain Sodium Chloride and invest in a hair sunscreen, as well as a mean dry shampoo like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Shampoo Refreshing Mist to keep your hair refreshed in-between hair washings.

4. What hair types will a keratin treatment work on?

If you have thick, coarse, damaged or curly locks you’re in luck! Since keratin is a pretty intense treatment, it’s recommended that straight, fine hair steers clear. Now worries though, if you fall into that category, you can get similar results by using a keratin-infused product without actually undergoing the

5. Does a keratin treatment cause damage?

The actual process of sealing the cuticles can be very good for your hair. The only thing you need to keep an eye out for is Formaldehyde because problems can arise when levels are too high. Some health professionals note that it’s a good idea to ask your stylist to use  a cream barrier on your scalp so that when applying the keratin treatment it will only absorb into your hair and not your actual skin. All in all, if you have additional questions about the risks, it’s a good idea to ask your stylist for all the little details to make sure that you’re as informed as possible before taking a plunge for a super smooth ‘do.

Still wondering if a keratin treatment is right for you? Take our quiz on whether you should get a keratin treatment

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