How to Prepare for Keratin Treatment

Keratin treatments will provide you with smooth, sleek hair that you want with minimal effort. Those with curly and frizzy hair are flocking to the salons for this new treatment.

Already have an appointment? Prepare your hair properly, but first check with your hairstylist to find out about ingredients used in the keratin treatment to reveal any possible side effects.

Step 1

First thing you should do is to call your hairstylist and ask what exactly keratin treatment contains. A wide variety of keratin treatments contain formaldehyde that can cause skin, eye and lung irritation when inhaled and even induce cancer.  Ask your stylist for another treatment formula if you’re worried. Tell your stylist if you’ve used hair relaxers in the last six weeks. Ask your hairstylist if there is anything you need to do to prepare for the treatment. Different stylists may have you wash your hair or avoid washing your hair; they can advice using a specific type of shampoo in the week before your treatment, depending on the treatment formula and their own preferences.

Step 2

Nourish and moisturize your hair using a good hair mask about a week prior to the treatment. To seal the keratin treatment, your stylist will use a very hot flat iron. Moisturizing your hair will help you avoid hair damage and protect it from the within. Apply a moisturizing mask to towel-dry hair and tie your head in a plastic bag or towel.

Step 3

Wait at least 10-15 minutes allowing your hair mask to penetrate the hair deeply.

Step 4

Rinse out your hair with cool water. Switch to moisturizing shampoo (such as Davines MoMo moisturizing shampoo) next time you wash your hair. Avoid using oils or heavy conditioners at least two days before your scheduled keratin treatment, as it may disrupt the straightening process.