Doesn’t it seem like everyone has Insta-worthy, frizz-free hair that falls perfectly in place in every photo? Unfortunately, photogenic hair is not my reality. My alter-ego named “Frizzy Lizzy” likes to come out daily and usually grows more and more throughout the day. For those of you who have a hard time taming the frizzy mane, I come bearing good news. Two words: keratin treatment.
At first, I was skeptical about trying the popular keratin treatment because of all of the mixed reviews I had read online. However, I decided to take the plunge because I have always wanted easy, no-fuss hair. I went to hairstylist Nicolas Flores at Sally Hershberger LA, to do my first, second, and now third keratin treatment.
Unlike color, which takes time to achieve the perfect tone, you get instant results with a keratin. After my first treatment, I experienced my first mermaid-esque moment—and it was the turning point in my relationship with my hair. It was like the clouds parted and the universe began to sing and my hair air-dried like I had just gotten a blowout, fresh out of the salon good. And I know what you’re thinking—this too good to be true.
Well, believe me when I say this is something to bet on because it offers all of the results my frizzy friends are looking for. Below, I had Nicholas break down all of the nitty-gritty deets about the trending treatment so you really can understand what you’re getting and what the results will be!
So What Exactly Is a Keratin Treatment?
A keratin treatment is a time-saving treatment that can reduce frizz, soften your texture, and help with shine. A typical process for a keratin takes about an hour to two hours. We start with clarifying the hair, applying the keratin product on damp hair, and blowdrying it into the hair. Then, we follow up with flat ironing half-inch subsections of hair in three to 12 passes (depending on client’s hair type and texture.)
Who Should Get a Keratin Treatment?
Anyone with thick, unruly hair and coarse to frizzy hair are the best candidates for a keratin treatment. I wouldn’t recommend a keratin on someone with pin-straight or finer hair.
Is There More Than One Kind of Keratin Treatment?
Yes. I typically use two types of keratin. I tend to use a brand called Trissola and they offer solo, which is a formaldehyde-free formula, which lasts about one to three months. Trissola True, which is their regular keratin formula for hair with frizz typically lasts three to six months depending on hair growth. Trissola True + is for hair types that are extremely curly and coarse.
I typically use Trissola True on hair that is a bit dry in texture and has more frizz than wave. You want your keratin to last more than a couple of months and really eliminate that unwanted frizz. Additionally, it softens and adds shine to your texture!
Will It Affect Hair Color?
It has been proven to lighten color by a level or two, depending on how many passes with a straightening iron. The iron is at 450 degrees, which is what seals in the keratin and is the last step.
When Should You Get It?
I usually always recommend two to three Keratins per year. I usually recommend a keratin once before summer and again before winter. During the summer months, you want to air dry your hair and the humidity and heat of summer can cause your hair to frizz after styling. Winter is also great due to hair drying out and losing shine, which causes color to dull. Keratin can add a lot of shine and can aid in making the hair feel silkier and softer.
How Long Should You Wait in Between Treatments?
Some clients love doing a keratin every three to six months, which is what I recommend. It really depends on the client’s hair and preference.
Have Keratin Treatments Gotten Better for You Over the Years?
Keratin companies are now starting to come out with more products trying to eliminate ingredients that produce formaldehyde. So far, I have yet to try one. It is best to try and not breathe in any of the steam from the keratin since the ingredients in Trissola True form together and create formaldehyde. I’m always sure I have a fan blowing in front of the client so they do not inhale the steam and I wear a mask, which I highly recommend to all stylists performing treatments like these. And if you’re pregnant, stay away from keratin altogether!
What Are the Benefits?
It can be very beneficial to get a keratin. Over time, we lose our existing keratin with certain shampoos that are formulated with high sulfates or even color services can strip away the protein. It does soften your hair texture so curly-haired clients may feel it can soften your curl or even pull it out a bit. So, if you are a curly-haired client who only wears their hair curly I probably wouldn’t recommend a keratin. It also minimizes how long it takes to dry your hair.
What Is the After Care Like?
Wait three to four days to wash your hair after the treatment. During this time, do not put hair ties, clips, pins, putting hair behind ears, and try not to touch it too much. Once you start washing your hair, switch your haircare routine to sulfate-free products because sulfates are harsh that can strip the hair of the treatment.
If you’ve determined a keratin treatment isn’t right for you, HERE are three solid alternatives we recommend trying instead!