Nearly every person with dry, wavy or curly hair knows the struggle with frizz—and unwanted frizzing can definitely throw a wrench in your hairstyle in a heartbeat! And unfortunately, humidity, a.k.a. one of its top causes will always be a part of most of our realities at one point or another. So how does one go about dealing with frizz, flyaways, or unmanageability, apart from avoiding the weather altogether? A keratin product may be an option to try.
Keratin hair products are often overlooked and misunderstood. Fact: Not all products infused with keratin straighten out your curls. There are many that primarily just smoothen the hair cuticle, keeping frizz at bay and protecting the integrity and moisture of curly hair from within.
Read on to discover some of our favorite keratin hair products that you can use on curly hair:
Keratin Hair Products for Curly Hair
Most of our hair is made up of keratin proteins. Over time, hair loses keratin through various methods of styling and chemical manipulation (more on this later), and this is what provokes frizz.
How so? In processed or damaged hair with compromised keratin barriers, gaps in the hair shaft form and parts of the cuticle are raised—much like broken shingles on a roof—and it’s these gaps that allow moisture from the air (humidity!) to seep in and cause the strand to swell and puff up, leading to the condition we all know as frizzing out.
It’s a similar situation with dry hair: The strand compensates for lack of moisture within itself by absorbing atmospheric moisture, which again leads to the swelling up of the shaft and raising, i.e. frizzing of the cuticle. Since wavy to curly hair can skew on the drier side, frizz can then be a pretty common occurrence if hair is not consistently hydrated with the correct products.
How can keratin help? Using keratin hair care products helps smooth and fill in empty slots of the hair strand where the protein is absent or weakened (like spackle for your hair shaft!). And not to be confused with a keratin hair treatment, which has straightening chemicals such as formaldehyde, these gentler products don’t temporarily straighten your natural hair texture. On its own, keratin doesn’t change the texture of your hair, but rather help with smoothening. Keratin helps keep the hair cuticle lay evenly in one direction, minimizing any unwanted pouf, thus helping the strand retain strength and keep moisture from leaching out.
Use a Keratin-Infused Wash and Care System
First, things first: To get the best results from a keratin hair product, it’s best to use a system that targets frizz from start to finish. We like TREsemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Shampoo and TREsemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Conditioner. This hair care system is infused with keratin, leaves hair sleek and shiny while getting rid of frizz. The shampoo is formulated with a fewer amount of sulfates and gives hair a gentle cleanse. The conditioner, also infused with keratin, nourishes and leaves hair shiny, smooth and manageable.
Keratin Hair Products for Color-Treated Curls
As mentioned above, depletion of keratin can occur through various methods of styling. This includes color treatments. As awesome as your dye (or bleach) job looks on your ringlets, the cons of having color-treated hair include constant upkeep and ergo, a lot more exposure to cuticle-damaging chemicals. This makes colored hair prone to dryness and damage due to the raised cuticle of the hair from the coloring process, which, as mentioned, results in frizz. Look to include a shampoo like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo in your regimen: Not only is it formulated with lower sulfates, which provides a gentler lather that minimizes color fade and damage, it is also infused with keratin to help smoothen and prevent moisture loss.
Extend the Life of Straight Hairstyles
Just like most chemical or styling procedures, wearing curly hair in a straightened hairstyle comes with a few setbacks, primarily that heat-styling or straightening hair weakens the cuticle. Sometimes, weather-permitting (ahh, don’t you just love low humidity days?), our hair gets a break; other times, we’re not so lucky: Everything looks good in the mirror, but once we head out, a slight rain shower and frizz starts back up again.
Keep things smooth and weather-protected by locking hair in place with keratin hair products designed for styling. First, protect hair from the damaging effects of heat-styling tools and eliminate frizz with TREsemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray. After heat-styling, use TREsemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Smoothing Serum to control frizz and flyaways. This serum is a lightweight formula, so no need to worry about your hairstyle falling flat. To seal the deal and lock your style in place, use TREsemmé Keratin Smooth Hairspray.
Have you tried any of these keratin hair care products on your curly hair?