Keratin treatments are a lifesaver for those who want a low-maintenance ‘do that takes about no time at all to style. The effects of a keratin treatment make so that you have a good hair day all day, every day. It smooths down any frizz, makes your hair extremely shiny and soft, and it gives it a protective layer that keeps out environmental damage throughout the day. Making your hair basically the best version of itself and keeping it like that for a long period.
Keratin treatments can be a little pricey, but it’s totally worth it and you can definitely make it last for a very long time with the right care. Instead of a few weeks, you can make your keratin treatment last you for months! Very good news for your hair and your pocket. Your hair care routine will not only determine how long your keratin treatment lasts, but it also has a significant effect on how good your hair will look throughout it all.
Here are things to do in your keratin treatment hair care routine to make sure that it lasts for as long as it can:
Wash Your Hair Less
Initially, you are not allowed to wash your hair for 3 days when you first get your keratin treatment. It’s advised to even stretch this up to a week, if possible. However, once you’re allowed to start washing your hair again, don’t just go washing it super frequently!
Your hair won’t need to be washed so often because the protective coating the keratin gives your hair will make it so that environmental buildup won’t stick onto your hair. Having your hair be manageable and basically already styled will also mean that you won’t have to use as much styling agents to tame your hair, which means less product buildup.
When there’s less product buildup, you can wash your hairless. Your keratin treatment will definitely benefit from less washing and it will last much longer than if you shampoo your hair very frequently.
Use a High Quality, Sulfate-Free Gentle Shampoo
Washing your hair less will mean that when you do wash your hair, it has to count! Don’t use any cheap shampoos with sulfates in them. Instead, use a high-quality shampoo that will cleanse whatever buildup in your hair without any harsh detergents that can strip away the keratin coating.
A shampoo like the Mayraki Purifying, Anti-dandruff & Volumizing Amino Acid Shampoo would be perfect for this as it cleanses away buildup effectively, leaving your hair fresh and clean while still being a gentle and sulfate-free formula that won’t mess with your keratin-treated hair.
Avoid Heat Styling
Getting a keratin treatment means that your hair is basically already styled every day without having to do much of anything to it. That also means that you will have to sacrifice a few things to keep it that way such as heat styling.
Since your hair is already pretty manageable and looks good on its own, avoid going in with heat styling tools such as flat irons and curling irons. To dry your hair, use the cool setting on your blow-dryer. This will make your keratin treatment last for much longer.
Less Styling Products
Again, keratin treatments are going to make it so that your hair already looks good on its own and help it stay that way the whole day. This means that you won’t have to use as many styling products, too. Creams, gels, and oils should be sparingly used, if at all.
By using less product in your hair, you will avoid heavy buildup in your hair. This will make washing your hair much easier with a gentle shampoo and you also won’t have to do it so frequently which extends the life of your keratin treatment.
Avoid Touching Your Hair
Our hands and our fingertips are deceivingly dirty. It’s one of the dirtiest parts of the body and produces a lot of moisture and sebum. Touching your hair often with your hands can make your hair dirty much faster and make it oily.
Avoid touching your hair so that it stays fresh and clean for longer so you won’t have to wash it so frequently.
Stop Using Heavy Hair Oils
Hair oiling is a great beauty secret and pamper session, however, it is one of the things that you have to give up while you have your keratin treatment. Hair oils are heavy on the hair and quite difficult to wash off. One session of hair oiling can take up to 2-3 shampoos to completely wash off which isn’t very good for your keratin-treated hair. Hair oiling is also only for those who need natural moisture restored in their hair. With a keratin treatment, moisture is sealed into your hair strands with the protective outer coating and it will also prevent moisture from getting in making the hair oiling redundant.
If you are going to use hair oils, you can use a very tiny amount on the ends of your hair for aesthetic reasons. It’s going to make your hair just that much shinier and softer, but make sure to only use a couple of drops.
Use a Keratin Mist Spray
Instead of styling your hair with salt sprays, hairsprays, or mousses, you can use a keratin mist spray to give your hair some hold. It will make sure the fly-aways stay in place, gives your hair some extra volume, and makes it even shiner without the harsh ingredients of other styling products.
Don’t Towel Dry Your Hair
If you know about the curly girl method, then you will already know the disadvantages of towel drying your hair. Normal towels are usually made out of terrycloth which is super absorbent and great for drying your skin, but it can be harsh on the hair. Towel drying your hair with terry cloth will cause a lot of friction, frizz, and creases which will not be good for your keratin treatment.
Instead of a terry cloth towel, use a gentle, absorbent microfiber towel like the Mayraki Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap and gently dab your hair with it. This will effectively absorb any excess water in your hair without causing any friction that will ruin your keratin treatment.
Use a Boar Bristle Brush
Even though keratin treatments are supposed to keep your hair looking styled and smooth, there will be some times when it will still get tangled or look disheveled. When this happens, avoid any brushes with hard bristles that can cause friction or breakage.
Use a boar bristle brush that has soft bristles that will gently detangle and smooth down your hair without causing friction and rubbing away your keratin treatment. Boar bristles will also help increase the shine and softness of your hair.
Don’t Style Your Hair
The first week you get your keratin treatment, you aren’t allowed to put your hair in a ponytail or tuck it behind your ears because it might get weird creases. While you are technically allowed to style your hair after the first 1-2 weeks, avoiding it as much as possible is still the best option.
Try not to put your hair up in a bun, ponytail, updo, or any other hairstyle as long as you have your keratin treatment. This will make sure that your hair stays in good shape and won’t get any creases or demarcation lines that will ruin your keratin treatment.
A keratin treatment really is the ideal solution for just about anyone who loves the woke-up-like-this way of living. Your hair will require such minimal styling and still look amazing. Making sure that it lasts is super important so that you don’t have to do the treatments too often and you can keep your hair looking amazing all the time. Use this guide to guarantee that your keratin treatment will last as long as it possibly can.