Brazilian Keratin Post-Treatment FAQ
Applying Oils after Keratin Treatment
Can coconut oil be used on keratin-straightened hair?
Yes. Virgin coconut oil binds to the hair and can reduce keratin loss during wash cycles.
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 which can react with the keratin-treated hair.
Olive oil is also completely safe to use on keratin-straightened hair, as it is natural. Just be aware that using any styling product can increase hair washing frequency.
Keratin Treatment and Sleeping
How to sleep with keratin in my 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 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 hair. Silk and satin create very little friction and extend the life of keratin treatment.
Swimming after Keratin Treatment
Can I go swimming in a pool or sea?
Sea water and chlorinated 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 can 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 won’t be able to absorb much chlorine from the pool or 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 follow up with the keratin treatment. Wait at least two weeks to color your hair after you have done the treatment. If you don’t wait the color process will strip away some of the keratin. Use ammonia-free hair color.
Can keratin strip color away?
The keratin procedure will lock in the color, so it looks more natural and lasts longer. However, the treatment will 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?
You can still curl your hair with a curling iron after receiving a keratin treatment. Just wait 3-4 days after you have done the treatment, and then curl it. Your curls would be loose, shiny and frizz-free. Be sure to tell your stylist how would you like to wear your hair.
Can one use styling products on keratin-treated hair?
Do not apply any hair products during the three day development 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 sulfate-free 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 Deep Conditioning Mask is the conditioning product of choice if your hair is colored or chemically treated.
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