A keratin treatment is a chemical process that smooths and shines frizzy hair. Results can last up to 3-4 months. Keratin treatments dive into the hair follicle and inject porous areas with keratin, an essential hair protein. Your hair will appear healthier, because it actually is.
DOs & DON’Ts
- Do buy shampoo that enhances your keratined hair
This is the most important thing of all. Choose your shampoo and conditioner wisely. Put your drugstore shampoos away for 3 months. Your keratined hair needs gentle shampoos with micro keratin that will progressively enhance the treatment to always look fresh and hold on for longer.
- Do not wash your hair frequently
Keratin treatments are semi-permanent. So they wash out gradually. The key to maintaining your keratin treatment for longer is to wash your hair less. Spray dry shampoo on your roots twice daily on the days that you skip washing. It saves you time, and it makes your hair smell heavenly!
- Do not touch your hair too much
Touching your hair frequently makes it feel greasy. And when your hair feels greasy, you’re tempted to wash it more often.
- Do not style your hair up for 2 weeks
Putting any accessories in your hair can leave dents and lines of demarcation. The key to prolonging the life of your keratin treatment is to keep your hair down and straight as much as you can.
- Do not hold your hair back with glasses
Glasses are not headbands, but most of us love to use them as such to hold our hair back or from getting in our faces. Sure, a pair of glasses can rescue you from having a bad hair day, but it’s not an ideal hair accessory.
- Do not use clips in your hair
Hair clips leave dents and lines of demarcation in your hair. Avoid them until the treatment has completely set in. Otherwise, you may experience hair breakage in some parts while your hair is still adjusting.
- Do not tuck your hair behind your ears
Tucking your hair frequently behind your ears creates unwanted creases which require heat to straighten again. So don’t let your hair bunch up at any point during the first 2 weeks.
- Do not overdo it at the gym
Heavy workouts and excess sweating will force you to wash your hair each time you get home from the gym. Even if you get by with dry shampoos, sweating on the scalp will interfere with your keratin treatment setting in. To avoid all the hassle, plan to start your gym routine again after 2 weeks.
- Do not sleep on cotton pillowcases
Cotton pillowcases make your hair crease. They also absorb moisture to leave your tresses frizzy and dry. Moreover, the fabric also causes friction in your hair which results in tangles and knots. If you want smooth and tangle-free hair when you wake up, invest in a silk or satin pillowcase instead.
- Do not swim for 2 weeks
You cannot let your hair get anywhere near chlorine for 2 weeks after your treatment. Chlorine will dissolve freshly applied keratin in no time. Just one dip in the pool is enough to see how your hair unfolds into a big mess.
- Do not use high heat
High heat can melt away the keratin layers from your hair. Stick to the recommended 185 degree to straighten or curl your hair when using heat styling tools. In VS Beauty Parlour, we use GHD straighteners and curlers which have sensors all over the tools that keeps the heat 185 degree all the time.
- Do not rub your hair with a towel after wash
A rough cotton towel creates crease in your hair. Use a microfiber towel instead to gently dry your hair. Microfiber towels are super absorbent, and they quickly grab all the excess water from your wet hair without rubbing. And they don’t create crease and frizz in your hair as they are friction-free.
- How long does this treatment stay?
Around 3-4 months based on how you treat your hair after the treatment.
- What shampoo ingredients should I avoid?
The notorious ingredients you need to avoid in your shampoos are Sulfates and Sodium chloride (Salt). Because sulfates are surfactants that deplete natural oils from your hair and scalp. They also destroy the acid mantle that keeps your scalp healthy and free from bacterial infection.
Salt, on the other hand, is gritty and abrasive. It contains sodium that works as a thickening agent in your shampoo. Using salt-based shampoos will dissolve the keratin coating and wash out your expensive treatment prematurely.
- Coloring or Keratine Treatment, which should I get first?
Better you get Keratine Treatment first because this treatment can function as pre-coloring treatment, then do coloring 1 month after.
- Why can’t I color my hair after Keratine treatment before 4 weeks?
If you do it within 4 weeks after your treatment, the hair dye will struggle to penetrate into your hair. You may not get the best results from your color service.
- Can I brush my hair after Keratin treatment?
Just grab your blow dryer or flat iron (at medium heat), and try to straighten your hair back gently. If you want to keep your hair tidy, use a soft boar bristle brush at night before you go to sleep and in the morning. The natural bristles gently detangle your hair, and they simulate your scalp too.
- Is it okay if I wash my hair with hot water?
Do not wash your hair with hot water. Hot water can melt away freshly applied keratin, and you need to avoid it as much as you can. A cool rinse, on the other hand, shocks your hair cuticles to shut thus preventing frizz and tangles.
- Can I use any styling products after 3 days?
Do not overload your hair with styling products. When your hair is coated with keratin, you shouldn’t need to use mousse, gel, and hairspray to tame your hair into the right shape and style.
Styling products can cling on to your hair and leave residues behind. The fewer styling products you use, the less build-up, and the less you need to wash your hair. It ensures your keratin treatment stays fresh and strong for longer.
- Can I bleach my hair after having Keratine treatment?
Do not bleach your hair. Bleach is a hair killer. It’s corrosive and will leave your hair feeling fried and out of sorts.
- Is Keratine treatment suitable for colored / bleached hair?
Don’t mix them up. Keratine treatment can fade the color; also bleached hair mostly cannot absorb the keratine.
- I just waved my hair, but I don’t like it. Can I undergo Keratine treatment right away?
Your hair just experienced heavy chemical treatment, let it rest first for about 2-3 months, then you can get the Keratine treatment.
- Why should I use satin or silk pillow instead of cotton pillow?
Satin and silk reduce friction between your hair leading to less breakage, and they don’t absorb moisture from your hair or skin.
- Is it safe for pregnant and nursing mother?
Basicly pregnant and nursing mothers are not advised to get any kind of chemical treatments because the chemical reaction can affect the baby. Better consult first with doctors.
- What’s the difference between Keratine treatment and smoothing?
Keratine treatment is more of a temporary but most effective therapy that nourishes your hair in a natural way. The treatment makes hair easier to manage and style. Above all, the hair will not look extremely flattened and artificial and would still look dense and voluminous. Meanwhile Smoothening treatment makes your hair look straight, bouncy and soft. But, not advisable to style in many ways.
Invest in your hair, it’s the crown you never take off. Get the special Keratine Smooth Treatment at VS Beauty Parlour. Let’s have shining smooth hair and be gorgeous with VS Beauty Parlour!