What Is A Keratin Treatment?

by Anjelina Tongco

If you’ve ever picked up a beauty magazine or watched a beauty vlog, you might have already heard of keratin treatments. It’s a seemingly magical hair treatment that makes your tresses shine like they never shone before. A bit exaggerated, I know, but getting a keratin treatment for your hair for the first time can indeed be a life-changer. 

Well, what exactly is a keratin hair treatment, you ask? In simple terms, a keratin treatment is a chemical hair treatment that can help smooth out dry hair and remove frizz. It’s very similar to a Brazilian blowout, with slightly better and longer-lasting effects. 

At a salon where a professional would service your hair, a keratin treatment starts out by your stylist washing your hair with shampoo and no conditioner and then blow drying it until it’s about 70 to 80% dry. Once this level of dryness is achieved, your stylist will start applying the treatment to your hair and blow drying it and/or using a hair iron to seal the treatment in. Then, your stylist will wash and rinse your hair again before revealing the final result. Depending on how long and thick your hair is, you can expect this treatment to take anywhere from an hour to three or longer. 

There are plenty of benefits you can get from getting a keratin treatment at the salon. Because your hair is left looking and feeling softer, smoother, and shinier after a keratin hair treatment, styling it will become much easier as well. While it’s not a hair growth treatment per se, people who have had this treatment done also report seeing faster hair growth. It’ll also make your hair stronger and protect it from heat, sun, and pollution damage. 

No time to go to the salon? No worries. You can achieve the same results for your hair right in the comfort of your own home, too. There are tons of keratin-infused shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and at-home treatments too. These may not give you long-lasting effects, but you can do them more frequently to get the same results. 

Check out hairsense.ca and find keratin treatment products you can use at home to get smoother, shinier, and stronger hair.