8 Questions About Keratin Treatments – Answered

Brazilian Keratin TreatmentRecently I went to my local hairstylist and we got on the topic of Keratin Treatments. I had always heard about them, but never really knew exactly what they were, or how they differed from relaxers.

A Keratin treatment is actually a hair straightening treatment that can really cut down on frizz and curls. It will actually give your hair a sheen and shine, but it is not permanent. If you are considering getting a Keratin treatment, here are some facts you may want to know:

1. Will it work for my hair?

Keratin treatments are best for thick, curly, frizzy or coarse hair. Because it actually repairs hair, keratin treatments are also good for damaged or chemically treated hair (colored, permed, relaxed, highlighted or bleached). Keratin treatments are not intended for fine, straight or thin hair.

2. Will it damage my hair?

No. Sealing keratin into cuticles can actually repair and strengthen hair.

3. Will I still be natural?

Yes. You can’t “grow it out” like a relaxer, but instead with regular shampooing, your hair will return to it’s natural state.

4. Can I still color my hair?

If you color your prior to the treatment, the Keratin treatment will actually seal in the color. But, if you are contemplating color after the treatment, then it is best you wait at least 2 weeks

5. Can I do a Keratin Treatment at home?

Yes. However, like most treatments, I would advise you to let a professional do it.

6. How long will it last?

They last for about 6 weeks.

7. Can I still swim with it?

Chlorine or salt water, or excessive sun exposure can shorten the lifespan of the treatment- so keep that in mind if you are getting it in the summer or before a hot exotic trip.

8. Are there any risks?

The straightening agent found in all keratin treatments is formaldehyde, the chemical typically used for preserving bodies and cigarettes. Formaldehyde may straighten the hair, but it can be dangerous to your respiratory tract. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on Keratin treatments, so leave your comments below!

About Brittany Waddell

Just a Southern girl taking life by storm in NYC! Oh- and I'm natural too:) Be sure to check out my posts to learn some tips and tricks on how I tame my natural hair!

About Brittany Waddell

Just a Southern girl taking life by storm in NYC! Oh- and I'm natural too:) Be sure to check out my posts to learn some tips and tricks on how I tame my natural hair!


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  1. Amoreena Wade

    I recently had a stylist tell me my hair is “too curly”. According to this article, the curlier the hair, the more appropriate… Who to believe!?

    1. Stephanie Holt-Miller

      I wouldn’t let her apply it that’s for sure. It’s the best for curly girls, including 4c girls. She is clearly not familiar with keratin

  2. Stephanie Holt-Miller

    If done correctly, YOU WILL NOT LOSE YOUR CURL PATTERN. Water will bring your curls back and it’s temporary and will wash out within 3 to 6 months depending on how much you wash only upkeep is using a keratin shampoo. Stop with the nonsense.

  3. Criss Baro

    Hi thank you for the article. I have been searching for weeks now after the a good (most preferable the best) keratin treatment product, in terms on no harm to the hair/skall or any fumes. Allthough there is so many alternatives that makes it difficult to tell for one specific product or brand. Do you have any recommendation? I have afro hair with lots of curls.

    Thank you in advance.

    With kind regards ,Criss.

    1. Alma Ruddock

      There really isn’t just 1 “best” treatment. I would suggest that you go to a salon that specializes in keratin and have the asses your hair for you. They will be able to recommend a suitable treatment. Just be sure to ask if they use formaldehyde free products.

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