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How to Pick the Right Keratin Treatment For Your Hair Type

By now it’s clear that keratin treatments are the key to manageable, frizz-free hair. And if you’re still having doubts about the miracle workings of this product, read this story on how it truly changed one of our beauty editor’s lives. But if you’re here, chances are you’ve already committed to trying out keratin. Now all you need is to figure out which kind of keratin treatment to choose. And yes, there are multiple types of keratin treatments, which is why we enlisted Glenn Ellis from the Andy LeCompte salon to break down his three favorite types of keratin treatments. Keep scrolling to read through his comprehensive guide!

As a hairstylist working both in Los Angeles and New York–I always get clients that come in asking for keratin treatments. One thing that I look at (and other stylists should all look at) is the different types of keratin treatments that are available. Each type of treatment creates a different result for the client in their chair.

A smoothing treatment is used to eliminate frizz without compromising the curl shape entirely. It’s known to cut a girl’s blow-dry time in half, making it much easier to blowout. Each treatment lasts three to six months depending on if you have received a smoothing treatment before. If you have gotten the treatment before, it is likely that it will last longer because you still have a little bit of the product from the time before still in your hair.

I always loved the idea of being able to give a client a smoothing treatment to help them have more manageable hair. One thing I also love is figuring out what smoothing product will suit their hair best. So below, I’ve broken down my three favorite types of keratin to use and what hair types they benefit the most. 


The Cezanne is the most natural and formaldehyde conscious of the bunch. The application process is a little bit longer because you have to leave the product in the hair for 30 minutes after applying, and then bring the client to the shape sink to rinse out the excess product. The Cezanne is the least intense out of all three I’m going to talk about here.

It’s perfect for the client that has fine hair and just wants to soften up frizz and nurture damaged strands. I don’t recommend it to a client who has just gotten their hair colored. However, the client is able to get their hair colored right after the treatment.

Keratin Complex

This product is great for the client whose main objective is to eliminate frizz. Keratin Complex is ideal for clients with a medium wave and thickness because it’s the least strong out of the three. However, it is definitely effective for the client that just wants to reduce her frizz.

If a client is new to keratin treatments and is unclear about what she wants with the treatment, I always go for the Keratin Complex because it’s extremely versatile and makes the hair feel very soft. Who doesn’t want soft hair? 

Trisolla Plus

Trisolla and Trisolla Plus are the strongest treatments out of all the treatments here and are also the quickest to apply. It‘s great for the girl that has thick, curly hair that wants her hair to be sleek and smooth. The treatment is also great for blondes with damage. It does soften up curl texture depending on how many times the stylist flat irons each strand. I love using the Trissola because it’s great for making sure the treatment will last all throughout a humid summer. I’ve never had an issue with the treatment lightening up a client’s hair ever. It’s also very easy to maintain this treatment as well.

How to Make Your Keratin Treatment Last

1. Don’t wash your hair for four days after the treatment. The longer you wait to wash it, the longer the product will last.

2. On the days you don’t wash your hair after the treatment, flat iron your hair at home to seal in the product even more.

3. Don’t put any products in your hair after the treatment.

4. Don’t put your hair in a ponytail, because the band could crease your hair indefinitely.

5. Use sulfate-free shampoo because sulfates are known to strip out color, smoothing treatments, and dry your hair out.

If you’re still on the fence on whether or not to go for the keratin treatment, read THIS!

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