Every fourth months, I get the keratin treatment done on my hair. What is the keratin treatment? The keratin treatment is a chemical procedure that is done at a salon, that will chemically straighten your hair. I have very long, thick, and course hair. By getting this treatment done. It cuts my styling time literally in half, not to mention improves shine, and reduces frizz.
I have been getting the keratin treatment done on my hair for years. If you want to learn more about the keratin treatment. I break down the entire process below.
The Keratin Treatment Process
My stylist first starts by washing my hair. Then she blow drys it to where it’s damp. From there she sections off my hair and applies the treatment to it. After she applies the treatment. She runs a fine tooth comb through my hair and then lets me sit for about 10 minutes.
Next, she will blow dry the treatment into my hair. The chemicals are very strong, so while she is doing this. She and I will both wear face masks. She also puts a fan on, directed towards me so that the fumes will blow away.
After she is done blow drying my hair, she uses a flat iron to straighten my hair and seals in the treatment. Once my stylist is done styling may hair. I will have her trim my ends.
The whole process takes anywhere from three hours to five hours. The only reason why it takes so long for me personally. Is because I have very long hair that goes down to my waist. So depending on your hair length it could take more or less time.
How Do You Take Care Of Your Hair After A Treatment?
The keratin treatment is high maintenance when it comes to everyday care. However, I love the results so much. That I don’t mind taking the time to maintain and care for it.
After I get the treatment done, I cannot wash my hair for three days. I also cannot use hair ties, clips, or pins for three days. As they will leave imprints on your hair. After three days have passed and I have washed my hair. I can use hair ties, clips, and pins on my hair again.
With the keratin treatment you have to use sulfate free hair products. You cannot use hair products that have sulfate in them because they will strip the keratin out of your hair. I wrote a blog post, on my hair care routine. Where I go into detail on how I care for my hair, what products I use, and how often I get it cut.
How Long Does It Last?
The keratin treatment is said to last anywhere from three to six months. As you wash your hair, the treatment slowly washed out over time. So it depends on your hair growth, maintenance, and how often you wash your hair. Personally, I wash my hair once a week, sometimes twice a week. Depending on how sweaty I get when I workout.
How Much Does It Cost?
Again, I have very long hair that goes down to my waist. With that said, it costs me $250 to get the keratin treatment done on my hair. That’s including the keratin treatment, trim, and a tip for my hair stylist. Is it worth it? Absolutely! I don’t know how I would manage to style my hair without the keratin treatment. If you are thinking about getting the keratin treatment done on your hair. Do your research and consult your hair stylist first.
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