What is a Keratin Treatment?

We’ve all seen enough teen transformation movies to know that frizzy hair is no fun. If you’re looking to tame that mane but don’t have a queen for a grandma or a benevolent member of the football team who wants to make you over for a bet, a keratin treatment could be the way to go. Here’s everything you need to know so you can walk down your own staircase and make a smooth, silky, entrance. 

What it Does

Keratin is a protein that your hair is made of. A keratin treatment adds more of this protein, along with other chemicals to your hair which basically smooths down the little shingles that make up your hair follicle. For a little more context, frizz is caused when those shingles are raised or otherwise disrupted, so smoothing them down so they all lay the same direction gives you straighter hair. 

Pros

This treatment will keep you frizz-free for at least three months. It’s a great alternative to harsher relaxers which could have permanent effects on your follicle structure. Keratin treatment lets you test drive smooth, straight hair for a short period of time before returning to your natural look. 

One of the chemicals that gets released when doing this treatment is formaldehyde. The EPA classifies formaldehyde as a carcinogen, meaning prolonged exposure to this chemical could cause cancer. However, most experts agree that the amount emitted from keratin treatments is not nearly enough to cause significant damage, especially if you only do this treatment two to three times a year and always in a well ventilated room. 

Cons

Keratin-treating hair can also make any color you’ve applied fade away or lighten so it’s best to do it on your natural hair. 

What’s the Process Like?

First your hair pro will give you a quick shampoo and condition. Then they’ll either apply the chemicals to your wet hair or dry it first and then apply. Once the treatment is on, you’ll need to sit for half an hour so that it soaks into every strand. Finally your Pro will go over your hair with a straightener (and blow it out if you’re still a little damp.) 

As far as aftercare goes, it’s important to avoid touching your hair or putting it into a ponytail for the first few days post-treatment to avoid dents. 

Hit up your favorite Pro on StyleSeat and schedule your keratin treatment today.