If you have lived with frizz and flyaways all your life, chances are, you have done some research about keratin hair treatments that promise to give you smooth and shiny hair. Or, maybe, you have seen your BFF get a complete hair transformation after getting keratin hair treatment and now you want one too. Whatever the reason, a keratin treatment is, without a doubt, the best solution to tame and de-frizz your dry and overly porous hair. However, before you take the plunge and sit on the salon chair for the hours-long procedure, let’s clear all your doubts and tell you everything you need to know about this hair-smoothening remedy.

If you are getting keratin hair treatment done for the first time, it is only obvious that your mind is filled with a million questions. What products are used in the treatment? How long does it take and how long does it last? What to keep in mind before getting the treatment and what to expect after? We have got your covered with all the answers!

Here is everything you need to know about keratin hair treatment, things to keep in mind before getting the treatment and what the procedure will be like (so there are no surprises!). Read on so you can book an appointment ASAP!  

 

What does the keratin hair treatment do, really?

What does the keratin hair treatment do, really?

Keratin is a protein that is found in your nails, skin and hair. Keratin hair treatment involves steps to replenish the keratin in your hair. This is also the reason why it can be referred to as 'protein treatment' and 'hair smoothening' as well. This temporary treatment makes your hair smoother and sleeker for three to twelve months, depending on the health of your hair and how well you take care of your hair post-treatment. Talking about the chemicals used in the procedure, a smoothening cream containing formaldehyde is applied onto the hair with a brush. Your hair is then blow-dried and straightened with a flat iron to seal in the product. Unlike the permanent hair straightening treatment (rebonding), keratin hair treatment doesn’t break the hair bonds to restructure your hair but leaves your hair smooth, shiny and unbelievably soft. 

 

The benefits of the keratin treatment

The benefits of the keratin treatment

According to our expert Dr Mrunal Shah Modi - Cosmetic Dermatologist, Trichologist & Dermato Surgeon, "Keratin treatments work by smoothening down the cells that overlap to form our hair strands. The layers of cells, called the hair cuticle, absorb the protein keratin making the hair look glossy. They give the hair more strength and elasticity and help people who regularly heat style their hair. It also seals hair colour and prevents it from fading,"

Apart from this, keratin treatments can help improve the appearance of hair in the following ways:

It eliminates frizz and makes your hair smooth

The reason you are reading this is because you are fed up with your frizzy hair, right? Well, you can be sure that keratin treatment is a sure-shot way to get rid of the frizz for good (or for a few months, at least). The multi-step procedure smoothens out hair cuticles to make your hair visibly sleek and manageable.

It gives you natural-looking straight hair

If you are blessed with wavy or curly hair, you can trust keratin treatment to give you natural-looking straight hair that is voluminous and healthy.

It adds shine to your hair

Dull and lifeless hair got you down? Keratin treatment can turn your hair from drab to fab in just one day. As mentioned earlier, it restores the hair protein which not only makes your hair look healthy but also lends shine to your dry and dull hair. With this treatment, you can finally bid goodbye to dry and lifeless locks and say hello to gorgeously glossy hair.

It makes your hair visibly soft

Keratin hair treatment smoothes out your hair cuticle by putting the lost protein back, which improves its texture and feel. With the frizz gone and the hair cuticles smoothened, your mane looks and feels softer and bouncier than ever.      

You can style hair easily and it needs less maintenance

Every day is a good hair day when your hair is manageable! Keratin hair treatment makes your hair smooth and straight and thus easy to style. You don’t have to spend hours blow-drying it or use umpteen hair products for it to set and behave. It will look effortlessly healthy and manageable because it really is, every day.

 

Things to consider before heading to the salon

Things to consider before heading to the salon

If getting the keratin treatment is on the cards for you, there are a few things you should keep in mind before and after you get the treatment done so you can reap its maximum benefits and make it last longer. The key to making this treatment work lies in caring and prepping your hair before the treatment and proper care post-treatment.

Expert: Dr. Mrunal cautions, "Keratin treatments can contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde which is known as a cancer-causing chemical. The possible side effects include skin and scalp irritation. The formaldehyde may also cause stinging or itching of eyes, runny nose or throat irritation; coughing or chest tightness,"

So you don’t make any slip-ups, here is a breakdown of all the things you should be checking off your pre- and post-treatment list and what you can expect when the treatment is going on. Take a look…

 

Get the stylist you trust

Get the stylist you trust

You may not give this a lot of thought but the stylist and salon you pick is of utmost importance. The health of your hair post-treatment depends on the products used and how the procedure has been done. The wrong products won’t hold the smoothening for as long as they promise and a wrongly done treatment can leave your hair damaged. So, get an experienced technician you trust and make sure good quality products are used.

 

Know about the treatments available

Know about the treatments available

Take some time to know the treatment you are getting. Sit with you stylist and talk about what products and which technique is the best for your hair type. There are different types of keratin treatments available such as the traditional Brazilian blowout, soft keratin and kerasilk, some of which use formaldehyde and some don’t. The stylist may recommend a version to you depending on your hair type and requirement. Ask your stylist to take you through the treatments and pick one that is best suited for your hair. 

 

What is the procedure like and what to expect

What is the procedure like and what to expect

Just a heads up—it is going to take a really long time for the treatment to get done. As it includes multiple steps like washing, application of the product, then washing again, blow drying, and straightening, it will easily take two to three hours. You better take your BFF with you or download a few episodes of your favourite show, as you sit through the long process. Once the treatment is done, your hair will seem flat but don’t worry as it will regain its natural volume in a few days, mostly after your first hair wash.

 

Post-treatment hair care tips

Post-treatment hair care tips

Once you are done with the treatment, not only will you require special hair products but also will need to make a few changes in your hair care regimen. Dr. Mrunal recommends, "Immediately post-treatment, it’s best to avoid getting the hair wet for three days. Washing, swimming, sweating and rain should be avoided. The hair needs to blend with the keratin, so it is best is to leave it untied for three days. If you put a clip or tie the hair the keratin is still malleable so it will leave dents in the hair. Also, avoid washing your hair too often, minimise exposure to chlorine, saltwater or harsh UV rays. This will make the keratin last longer. Use sodium and sulfate-free shampoos and conditioner; especially formulas which are specially developed for keratin aftercare. If you do wish to oil your hair, olive oil and pure argan oil with no added chemicals is recommended,"

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