Which Styling Products to Use After Keratin Treatment

Last Updated on December 31, 2022 by Gaga

One of the main advantages of a keratin treatment is a shorter blow-drying time and fewer styling products you will need to obtain the desired style. Your morning hair routine will be easier and faster because your hair is smooth, frizz-free, and manageable.

It is recommended to get a haircut after the keratin treatment to remove any split ends and ensure that your hair looks sleek and healthy.

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. Also, keep the dryer on a low heat setting and finish blow-drying with a blast of cold air. Finally, brush your hair slowly and gently.

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What Products Can You Put on Your Hair After Keratin Treatment

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 styling products for 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.

You should know 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.

Some styling products are enriched with keratin and may offer additional benefits for chemically treated hair. Products formulated with hydrolyzed proteins and keratin amino acids replenish keratin in your hair each time you use them.

The Best Styling Products for Keratin Straightened Hair

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Keratin treatment products usually come in kits that include a keratin smoothing solution and aftercare products. You can also purchase styling products made by another manufacturer, but make sure that they are safe for keratin-straightened hair.

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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 iconwith 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

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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. 

GK HAIR Global Keratin Serum iconis 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 Heat Protectant is formulated to deeply condition the 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.

Apply the cream to clean and damp hair before blow-drying or flat ironing to protect your lock from the heat and obtain a salon-quality blowout.

4. Deep Conditioners for Chemically Straightened Hair

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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 your needs.

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, apply to towel-dried hair after shampooing.

Fortifying Protein Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner with Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil By Arvazallia uses Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Moroccan Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil, and Aloe Vera to repair and strengthen chemically-processed hair.

5. Hair Oils

Natural oils have high humectant properties, but make sure to use them in moderation. Too much oil requires frequent washing. Lightweight hair oils provide hydration, help tame frizz, and add shine without leaving a greasy residue.

So-called “keratin oils” contain keratin proteins and light silicone in their formula. Keratin-enriched oils have moisturizing and protective properties and can 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

This hydrating spray smooths out flyaways, leaving you with silky and heavenly-smelling hair. It also gives your hair a light hold and protects 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.

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17 thoughts on “Which Styling Products to Use After Keratin Treatment”

  1. Is behentrimonium methosulfate safe to use with keratin treatments? Specifically, Matrix miracle creator hair mask because it contains this ingredient. Thank you!

  2. Yes, it is a safe ingredient for chemically straightened hair. Behentrimonium methosulfate is a mild ingredient used in conditioners, shampoos, and lotions to smooth the cuticle and make detangling easier.

  3. I have a keratin treatment on my hair. What ingredients should I avoid when choosing hair color. Keep in mind my hair is about 20% gray and I color my hair darker red. Naturally my hair is medium brown. Also my hair is very sensitive and on the dry side. Any at home recommendations?

  4. I am trying to maintain my curl after a keratin. After my fist wash as a mess and I am so unhappy. I’m used to putting tons of product in my hair and now I have no idea how to style it. I need something to define the curl. Any suggestions??

  5. You need to use a gentler smoothing treatment that won’t break bonds in your hair, so you will be able to curl it when you want. Talk to your stylist about the possibilities.

  6. I have Brazilian my hair, i am super happy. My cousin recently did my hair with the Keratin. Is their a difference. I am super happy can i use the Argan and Keratin 8in 1 shampoo and conditioner. For after care.

  7. Please, use hair shampoo without sodium chloride for after care. Argan + Keratin Exclusive Shampoo 8In1 by Eveline Cosmetics has sodium chloride in its formula.

  8. Don’t overdo it with oils. You will have to wash your hair more frequently. As you probably know, keratin treatments wash away a bit with each wash.

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