One of the main advantages of a keratin treatment is shorter blow-drying time and fewer styling products you will need to get manageable and shiny hair. Your morning hair routine will be faster because your hair is smooth, frizz-free, and easy to style.
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.
Once 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 slowly.
You can use styling products after the first wash following the treatment. However, to prolong the effects of keratin treatment, it is important to carefully choose the products for styling your hair. Besides the appropriate shampoos and conditioners, which must be sulfate and salt-free, you should also look for keratin-friendly leave-in conditioners, hair masks, and hair serums.
Be aware that even some organic hair care products may contain sodium chloride – a thickening agent that can break down the keratin and shorten the life of your treatment. So, check the ingredient list to make sure that your hair products are compatible with keratin treatments or use styling products recommended by your stylist.
Keratin-enriched styling products have additional benefits for chemically treated hair. Those products are formulated with hydrolyzed proteins and keratin amino acids in order to replenish keratin in your hair each time you use them.
Styling Products for Keratin Straightened Hair
Keratin treatment products usually come in kits that include a keratin smoothing solution and aftercare products. You can also purchase styling products designed by another manufacturer, but make sure that they are safe for use after a keratin treatment. Choose the products that are meant for chemically treated hair.
1. Leave-In Conditioners 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 protein, repairs damaged strands, and reduces the appearance of split ends. When your keratin treatment starts to wear off, your hair will still look smooth and shiny with the use of a keratin-infused leave-in conditioner.
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. When used on non-treated hair, this leave-in conditioner acts as a mini keratin treatment that lasts until your next shampoo.
Pure Brazilian Leave-in Conditioner 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.
2. Keratin Hair Serums
Hair serums create a protective barrier around your strands, provide UV and thermal protection, reduce frizz, and add brilliant shine.
A lightweight serum with keratin proteins and Argan oil helps to seal the cuticles, smooth split ends, and reduce breakage.
Use this product on damp hair before blow-drying to prevent heat damage and create a sleek and shiny finish.
Some keratin aftercare styling serums from the same brand as the original keratin treatment are formulated with silicone. When you have keratin-treated hair, you need to use a mild shampoo. Styling products with heavy silicone will build up and stay in your hair for a longer period because gentle post keratin shampoos can’t dissolve them.
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. You can wash out them easily 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.
3. Heat Protectants for Keratin Straightened Hair
ORIBE Invisible Defense Universal Protection Spray is formulated without harsh ingredients and infused with Oribe Signature Complex and antioxidants to protect hair from thermal damage. This weightless spray helps also preserve the vibrancy of hair color and tames frizz and flyaways for smoother and more manageable hair.
Embelleze Novex Blindagem Brazilian Keratin Heat Protector Leave-In is formulated to deeply condition damaged hair shaft and give your hair smoothness and shine.
This product uses natural, non-animal derived keratin protein to repair the cuticle layer of your hair, making it more resistant to environmental damage and humidity.
This light cream should be applied to your clean and damp hair before blow-drying or flat ironing to protect it from the heat and help you achieve a salon-quality blowout.
4. Deep Conditioners for Chemically Straightened Hair
Although these are not styling products, they give your keratin-treated hair much-needed TLC. Use a deep-conditioning treatment once a week or every two weeks depending on the condition of your hair.
A deep conditioning masque helps to keep hair smooth and frizz-free, improves manageability, reduces breakage, and tames split ends.
Look for a moisturizing mask formulated with Jojoba and Argan oils, hydrolyzed proteins, and Panthenol. For best absorption, it should be applied to clean, towel-dried hair after shampooing.
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 chemically-processed and damaged hair.
5. Hair Oils
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. Keratin-enriched oils have moisturizing and protective properties and provide your hair with much-needed keratin.
6. Styling Sprays
A hair styling spray helps to style and shape your hair and protect it from humidity, wind, and UV rays.
ORIBE Mystify Restyling Spray helps to refresh your style between washes while nourishing, strengthening, and protecting your strands. As your style becomes worn out, spray a fine mist all over your dry hair. Comb it through or tousle it with your fingers. You can either air dry and brush your hair or touch-up your style using heating tools.
This hydrating spray smooths out flyaways, leaving you with silky and heavenly smelling hair. It also gives your hair a light hold and provides protection against sun damage.
ORIBE Mystify Restyling Spray is formulated without sulfates or sodium chloride, which means that is safe for color- and keratin-treated hair.