The Truth About Keratin Treatments
Photo: Courtney Dailey Photography
Throughout the years I’ve gotten quite a few treatments on my hair, along with regular coloring and trimming for upkeep. I even recently had bangs for the first time! (They grew out so quick.) Awhile back I also did an entire post on getting a Brazilian Blowout, which I ended up loving. I’m constantly being asked questions on my channel and Instagram about the treatments I’ve done, specifically on Keratin Treatments. Naturally I have very thick coarse hair, so a smoothing treatment like this one enables me to style my hair with ease. It also adds so much shine and makes my hair look so healthy! To be able to write today’s blogpost, I asked my hairstylist Nick Flores at the Sally Hershberger Salon here in Los Angeles to help me answer all of your questions about Keratin Treatments. I’ve actually been going to Nick for quite some time now. He cuts and styles my hair, and is seriously the best at keeping it looking and feeling amazing! I also get my hair colored at this salon by Holland (@fakehairdontcare), I swear my hair has never looked better!
Q: What is a Keratin Treatment?
A: A Keratin treatment is a smoothing treatment that eliminates frizz, makes hair more manageable, and cuts blowdrying time in half. Anyone who has coarse, frizzy, or unmanageable hair can really benefit from getting this treatment. It typically will last anywhere from three to six months depending on how well you take care of it.
Q: What is the difference between a Keratin Treatment and a Brazilian Blowout?
A: A Keratin Treatment is just a smoothing treatment to tame frizz and keep natural wave as where a Brazillian Blowout can actually change your overall hair texture. Nick is asked this question all the time from his clients!
Q: What is the process of a Keratin Treatment?
A: Keratin Treatments are a four step process. First your hair is prepped by being washed with a clarifying shampoo. A clarifying shampoo cleanses the scalp and hair of all impurities.
Once your hair is shampooed, the hair is sectioned into 4 quadrants, keratin is applied from root to ends and then brushed through with a fine tooth comb to evenly distribute the product. Once the product is applied to all of your hair, it’s blow-dryied until it’s dry.
The last step is flat-ironing the hair, and depending on how smooth a client wants their hair will do four to seven passes, which will smooth the hair more. Typically a keratin treatment can run anywhere between 1 hour and 3 hours depending on the clients hair type and how straight the client prefers it.
Q: How much does a Keratin Treatment cost?
A: Keratin Treatments are on the higher side and typically cost about four hundred dollars and up.
Q: Is it safe? Are there any risks with formaldehyde?
A: Most Keratin companies do still have formeldehyde in their formula. With any chemical like this, there is always potential risks such as allergies and skin irritation.
Q: Do Keratin Treatments damage your hair?
A: Keratins are not damaging to the hair. Keratin can revitalize as add shine to your hair. What can cause damage to the hair is the flat ironing process, especially on overly processed hair, such as platinum blondes.
Q: Are Keratin Treatments safe for color treated hair?
A: Keratins are totally safe for color treated hair. If you follow up a color service with a Keratin Treatment, it can help your color last longer and add tons of shine. It’s important to make sure to always have a thorough consultation with your stylist when considering a Keratin Treatment to ensure the best results, especially after coloring.
Q: Post treatment, do you need to use any special hair products?
A: After getting a Keratin Treatment, you must switch your shampoo to a sulfate free formula if you don’t already use one. Most shampoos have sulfates which can strip the hair and cause your color to dull. Shampoos with sulfates can also strip away the Keratin. I’ve linked some affordable sulfate free shampoos below! Even if you haven’t had one of these treatments, they’re still so much better for your hair. I only use sulfate free shampoo, and it makes such a difference!
Q: Are there any chemical free treatments you recommend?
A: I have just recently tried out a formaldehyde free Keratin Treatment but I can’t really speak too much on it as it was as of recent. I’d love to be able to see how long this treatment lasts or if it holds up as well as a treatment with formaldehyde.
I hope you enjoyed this post spilling the truth about Keratin Treatments. I absolutely love how my hair feels and looks, plus it’s so much easier to blow-dry and style. If you decide to get a one from Nick (@nicolasfloreshair), let him know I said hello! Have you ever had a Keratin Treatment?