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Monday, February 4, 2013

Keratin Treatment Do's & Don'ts

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keratin treatment before & after

A lot of you seem to be interested in the keratin treatment that I recently did.  I would like to give you a little bit more information for everyone that is still on the fence about it.  Here are a few do's and don'ts on what to do and not do first.


  • Don't get a keratin treatment if you have a relaxer- To further elaborate, if you are thinking of going natural or currently transitioning you would need to have a strand test done on your hair first.  Although the keratin treatment is not a relaxer, I do not recommend mixing the two.  Pick one and stick with it.  If you plan on ditching your relaxer and not looking back and  have at least 4-6 inches of new growth, you could get away with getting a keratin treatment on the new growth only. Swapping back and forth between keratin treatments and relaxers can and will cause breakage.
  • Don't use harsh shampoo on your hair- This is true whether you have a keratin treatment or not.  When you get your keratin treatment you should not be using any shampoo with sulfates in them because this will strip the keratin off and the treatment won't last as long as it should.  
  • Don't exercise or do any strenuous activity without wrapping your hair first- If you can sweat out a relaxer, which has a chemical in it imagine how it would be that much easier to sweat out a keratin treatment which does not a chemical.  
  • Don't use heat more than once per week-Having the keratin treatment will make your hair much easier to manage, style, and straighten.  It will not require heat every day as doing so can cause damage to your hair.  
  • Get the keratin treatment if you are 100% natural and want a temporary change- Keratin treatments are only temporary and will last about 2-3 months.  If you are natural and still long for straight hair but don't want the chemicals in relaxers this would be a great option for you.  Remember, after the 2-3 months your hair will revert back to its original state and if you want it re-done you would have to get all of your hair done again and not just the new growth like with a relaxer.  
  • Use the shampoo and conditioner that comes with the keratin treatment or a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.  Sulfates can strip the treatment and make them wear off much faster than they normally would.
  • Treat your hair with care- Even though your hair will be extremely easy to manage make sure you still treat it with care.  Don't get so comfortable with it that you are more lenient on your normal habits of taking care of your hair.  
  • Enjoy it- You will love the results you get with your keratin treatment so enjoy it!

1 comment

  1. I notice that you don't mention coloring the hair with a Keratin treatment. I had the treatment done on colored hair and was horrified when my hair turned orange and also the texture of my hair never changed. Unfortunately, I did not do proper research before the treatment because I trusted the stylist and I'm not sure of the brand of Keratin that was used. Could you please comment on the use of Keratin with permanently colored hair?


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