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 what the keratin treatment is and why I get it done on my hair. I also explain the process, how to care for it, and how much it costs below.
What Is The Keratin Treatment?
Every fourth months, I get the keratin treatment done on my hair. 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.
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. Sometimes she may even open the front and back doors to the salon. So that the smell does not overwhelm the salon.
After she is done blow drying my hair, she uses a flat iron to straighten my hair and that seals in the treatment. Once my stylist is done styling may hair. She will either trim the ends or give me a hair cut. We usually decide based on how my ends look. If a trim will suffice or a cut is needed.
The whole process takes anywhere from three hours to five hours. With that said, be prepared to spend the entire day at the salon. Make sure that you eat before your appointment. That your electronics are charged. For example, your cell phone, laptop, and or headphones. Don’t forget to pack snack or two and to bring something to drink with you.
The only reason why it takes so long for me personally. Is because I have very long thick hair that goes down to my waist. So depending on the texture of your hair and 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, which styling tools I use, and what products I use.
How Long Does The Keratin Treatment Last?
The keratin treatment is said to last anywhere from three to six months. As you wash your hair, the treatment slowly washes 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 The Keratin Treatment Cost?
Again, I have very long thick hair that goes down to my waist. With that said, it costs me $250 to $300 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.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this blog post. If you have any questions feel free to comment down below.