Everything you Need to Know About Keratin Treatments for Afro Hair

Thinking of getting a keratin treatment? Keep reading for all you need to know about this professional, potentially life-changing hair treatment!

If you live for All Things Hair then you’ve probably heard about Keratin treatments. In short, it is a deep-smoothing treatment that eliminates flyaways and leaves hair silky smooth. While there are keratin treatments that minimally affect the texture of your hair, the most common one SA, the Brazilian Treatment, completely alters your natural hair texture. In short, it straightens your hair.

One of the best benefits of the Keratin treatments is that it gives you the smooth, sleek hair, without leaving it dead straight and brittle until it grows out. 

 

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Depending on the treatment you get, your hair does regain some of its natural curl. However, it is more of a smoother version of your natural texture.

So, here are a few things you need to know about how the keratin treatment works:

Firstly, keratin is a protein that forms approximately 88% of your hair. Keratin treatments use the same protein to help smooth and straighten each strand while helping to protect it at the same time.

So just how do these treatments work?

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The type of curl you have and just how curly your afro is, depends on the number of disulfide bonds in your hair proteins. The tighter the curl, the more the bonds.

To get curly hair straight, you need a process that breaks down the bonds – and this is where the keratin treatment does something chemical relaxers and heat processes cannot. 

After this process, you will have to condition your afro hair in order to give it the special moisturising care that it needs to stay healthy. 

 

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The Brazilian Blowout is the most well-known and easily available keratin treatment.

The Keratin treatment is said to be the best at maintaining afro hair volume that otherwise often gets lost when fro’s are straightened.

It is not a quick treatment and it is one that you will want to get done professionally. The duration of the treatment is around an hour. 

First, the treatment is applied to your hair to coat every strand. Then this is followed by a blow-dry that ensures that the treatment is worked into the hair.

Lastly, a flat-iron is used to seal in the treatment and leave you with a crown of shiny sleek tresses.

 

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Not all Brazilian blowouts are equal, since the treatments that salons use can be different. Be sure to talk to your hairdresser about what they offer and the results you can expect.

Editor’s Tip: No matter which keratin treatment you go with, wait a few days before you wash or tie up your hair. Maintain the results by using hair products that will keep your locks healthy such as the TREsemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner.

 

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