One of the main advantages of a keratin treatment is that blow drying time is shortened and you need less styling products to achieve excellent hair manageability and shine. Your morning hair routine is faster and easier, because your hair is smooth, frizz-free, and easy to manage.
It is recommended to get a haircut after the keratin treatment to remove any split ends and ensure that your hair looks healthy and beautiful.
If your hair is chemically straightened you will need to take a bit gentler approach to your hair care. To keep the cuticles smooth and shiny, wash your hair with lukewarm water and finish with a short rinse of cool water. Keep the dryer on a low heat setting and finish blow drying with a blast of cold air. Comb and brush your hair gently and don’t overdo it.
You can use styling products after the first wash following the treatment. However, to prolong the effects of a keratin treatment, it is important to carefully select the products for styling your hair. Besides the appropriate shampoos and conditioners, which must be sulfate and salt free, your leave-in conditioner, hair mask, and hair serum also need to be keratin friendly.
Be aware that even some organic hair care products may contain sodium chloride, which can break down the keratin and shorten the life of your treatment. So, check the ingredient list to make sure that the products are safe for keratin treated hair or use styling products your stylist recommends.
Some keratin-enhanced styling products are formulated with hydrolyzed proteins and keratin amino acids to replenish lost keratin back into your hair every time you use them.
Hair Care and Styling Products for Keratin Treated Hair
Keratin treatment products usually come in kits which include keratin straightening solution and aftercare products. You also can purchase styling products designed by another manufacturer, but make sure that they are safe for use after keratin treatment. Look for a product with “for chemically treated hair” on the label.
Leave-In Conditioner for Keratin Treated Hair
A leave-in conditioner rehydrates dry hair, gives it softness, and takes the frizz away. In addition to conditioning properties, keratin infused leave-in conditioner restores depleted keratin proteins, repairs damaged strands, and improves the appearance of split ends. When your keratin treatment wears off, your hair can still look smooth and shiny with the use of a keratin infused leave-in conditioner.
Leave in sprays are used on damp hair, after washing. Use a comb to ensure that the product is evenly distributed.
La-Brasiliana Dieci All-In-One Instant Hair Treatment with Keratin and Collagen is designed to prevent hair breakage, eliminate frizz and tame split ends. It also works as a thermal protector, while enhancing hair shine and manageability.
Pure Brazilian Leave-in Conditioner With Keratin with Keratin is made to repair dry and damaged hair by restoring keratin proteins. It infuses hair with hydration, blocks humidity, and adds softness and manageability.
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner is a great natural alternative to keratin infused leave in treatments formulated with harsh chemicals.
Hair serum creates a protective barrier around your strands, provides UV and thermal protection, reduces frizz, and adds brilliant shine.
A lightweight serum with keratin proteins and Argan oil will seal the cuticles, smooth split ends, and reduce breakage.
Use on damp hair prior to blow drying to prevent heat damage and create a sleek and shiny finish.
Most keratin aftercare styling serums from the same brand as original keratin treatment are formulated with silicone. When you have keratin treated hair you need to use a mild shampoo, so any styling product with heavy silicone will build up and stay in your hair for a longer period.
The good news is that some keratin serums have light silicone in their formulation. Light silicones are water soluble and won’t deposit in your hair. They are easily washed out without the need to use clarifying or sulfate containing shampoo.
Global Keratin Serum is formulated with KeratinJuvenix, light silicone and Argan oil, which makes it a good choice for chemically treated hair.
If you are looking for an eco-friendly product that is infused with keratin proteins, consider this Leave-In Keratin Repair Damage Hair Serum.
Deep Conditioner for Chemically Straightened Hair
To give your keratin treated hair a little TLC, use a deep-conditioning treatment once a week or every two weeks depending on the condition of your hair.
A deep conditioning masque keeps hair smooth and frizz free, improves manageability, helps reduce breakage, and fights split ends.
Look for intensely moisturizing treatments formulated with Jojoba and Argan oils, hydrolyzed proteins and Panthenol that revives damaged hair and leaves it moisturized, shiny, and strong. For best absorption, it should be applied to clean, towel-dried hair after shampooing (don’t use conditioner).
Dr. Schedu Berlin Keratin Collagen Intensive Treatment is good choice to ensure optimal moisture, revitalize damaged hair, and add lasting shine.
Fortifying Protein Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner with Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil By Arvazallia utilizes Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Moroccan Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil and Aloe Vera to repair and strengthen damaged and chemically-processed hair.
Natural oils have high humectant properties, but make sure to use them in moderation to decrease hair washing frequency. Jojoba oil provides moisturizing benefits to the hair, helps tame frizz, and adds shine without leaving a greasy residue.
There are “keratin oils” available to buy, which contain keratin proteins and light silicone in their formula (like Lanza Keratin Healing Oil). Keratin-enriched oils have a moisturizing and protective effect and provide your hair with much-needed keratin.
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