Using Hair Oils after Keratin Treatment
Can coconut oil be used on keratin-straightened hair?
Yes. Apply coconut oil as a pre-shampoo treatment. Virgin coconut oil binds to the hair and can reduce keratin loss during shampooing.
Can Argan Oil be used on keratin-treated hair?
Yes. Pure Argan oil is safe to use on keratin-treated hair. Be sure to use pure Argan oil with no added chemicals that can react with keratin in your hair.
Olive oil is also completely safe to use on keratin-straightened hair, as it is naturally derived. Just be aware that using any hair oil tends to increase the frequency of hair washing.
Keratin Treatment and Sleeping
How to sleep with keratin in the hair?
You need to keep your hair straight during the first few days until the keratin treatment sets. Sleeping on your back on a satin pillowcase will keep your hair from messing up during the night. If sleeping/sweating causes a crease, blow-dry the affected section of your hair and straighten it with a flat iron.
Is it OK to sleep on a cotton pillowcase after keratin treatment?
Traditional cotton pillowcases have a rougher texture that can create friction between the pillow and your hair. Silk and satin create very little friction which helps to extend the life of keratin treatment.
Swimming after Keratin Treatment
Can I go swimming in a pool or sea?
Sea and swimming pool water can strip the keratin from your hair quicker than fresh water. Before swimming in a pool or ocean apply a leave-in Conditioner as a protective barrier from the chlorine or salt water. Wearing a swimming cap also helps protect your hair from the chemicals and keep it dry.
If you don’t have a swimming cap or conditioner with you, thoroughly soak your hair in fresh water before swimming. Hair that is already saturated with clean water will be less prone to absorb chlorinated water from the pool or salt water from the ocean.
Rinse your hair immediately after any swim with warm, fresh water for 3 to 5 minutes.
Keratin Treatment and Hair Coloring
Can I color my hair after the treatment?
You should have your hair colored first and then follow up with the keratin treatment. Wait at least two weeks to color your hair after you have received the treatment. If you don’t wait the color process will strip away some of the keratin. Using ammonia-free hair dyes would lessen the harm.
Can keratin strip color away?
The keratin procedure will lock in the color, so it looks more natural and lasts longer. However, the treatment can slightly lighten the hair. To offset this, you might want to color your hair a half level darker than your desired results.
Styling after the Treatment
Do I always have to wear my hair straight?
Leave your hair down and straight during the 3-day period after the treatment has been done. After the three day period, you can style your hair in any style you want.
Can I tie my hair or wear a ponytail?
Not during 3-4 days waiting time to avoid kinking of the hair. Tying your hair after that time can leave some visible marks, which will go away when you wash your hair and blow-dry it.
Will I be able to curl my hair after keratin treatment?
It is possible to curl your hair with a curling iron after receiving a keratin treatment. Be sure to tell your stylist before receiving the treatment how would you like to wear your hair. Wait 3-4 days after you have done the treatment, and then curl the hair. Your curls would be loose, shiny, and frizz-free.
Can one use styling products on keratin-treated hair?
Do not apply any hair products during the three-day waiting period. After the first wash, you can use sodium, paraben, and sulfate-free styling products. Use styling products that are effective in small amounts to avoid frequent hair washing.
Deep Conditioning Treatments
Do I still need to perform deep conditioning after receiving the treatment?
Use a conditioning masque twice a month. Deep conditioning will improve your hair health and prolong the keratin treatment. Keratin post-treatment sets usually include a deep conditioning mask. Argan oil and keratin masks would be a good choice for chemically treated hair.