Have you ever thought about Keratin for your hair? If your hair is thick, frizzy, unmanageable, damaged or dull it is certainly a great option. Most believe Keratin Treatments are used to straighten hair. This is actually not true. Keratin Treatments do not straighten your hair, keratin is not a relaxing agent it is a smoothing agent. Keratin helps protect, seal and make your hair more manageable. Your hair maintains its natural texture, it simply becomes easier to style, maintain and healthier all around.
Hair is natural made of keratin bonds. These bonds help to keep your hair from breaking, becoming frizzy or dull. Over time as we color treat, chemically treat, heat style, expose our hair to sun and simply mistreat our hair; these keratin bonds start to break. The result is split ends, frizzy hair, dry hair, dull hair and overall unmanageable hair.
Keratin treatments help to restore keratin bonds by sealing the hair with natural keratin, creating healthier hair that is less likely to be damaged. Applying keratin at home can be easy if you have a little help and understand how to apply it properly. We do suggest you have help, as it may be hard to properly apply the keratin and flat iron the hair towards the back.
The first step towards successful application is to prep your hair with a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos deeply cleanse the hair and help to open up the hair shaft. You want the hair shaft open so that the keratin is readily absorbed and can fill in gaps caused by damage. There are various keratin hair products available, such as shampoos, conditioners, and flat irons. These products are great because they help to make the process easier. A good keratin clarifying shampoo helps to prep your hair with one or two washes max.
After washing your hair with the clarifying shampoo, towel dry your hair. Do not apply conditioner. You want your hair as clean as possible. When towel drying your hair dry it at least 80%. You can also sit under a drier for a few minutes to help your hair get 80% dry. This means your hair is still damp, but not soaking wet. If your hair is too wet or too dry, it will not allow the smoothing treatment to be absorbed well. These first few steps are very important as they set the groundwork for the application of the keratin treatment.
Once your hair is 80% dry, you can start applying your at home keratin treatment. Prep the solution by pouring just the needed amount into a bowl as you are drying you hair. Remember that once the solution is exposed to air, you cannot put it back in the bottle. Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes, around 5 is perfect. Apply treatment to small sections at a time. Start at the root and work your way down with a comb. Do not apply too much keratin solution. Your hair should not be drenched in keratin, only moist with the treatment.
Next start to blow-dry your hair. Style your hair as you would usually wear it, as that is ho it will dry and tend to want to dry once the treatment is complete. Blow-dry a section at a time just as you applied the smoothing treatment.
After your hair is completely dry, flat iron your hair. It is vital to the treatment that you use a flat iron that heats up to 450 degrees. Flat iron the sections of your hair starting at the roots and working your way down to the ends. Iron each section at least three times.
Once you have completely iron your hair, you are done! Do not wash your hair for 3 days after the treatment. The smoothing treatment continues to work for some time after application. During these three days do not use headbands, Bobbie pins or anything type of hair accessory. Using hair accessory may cause you to have a distinct mark on your hair that lasts for a while.
When you are ready to wash your hair, use a keratin shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate and paraben free. This will assure that your treatment lasts longer. The results to your treatment will be less frizz, easier to manage hair, stronger hair and increased shine.