What is a Keratin Treatment?
A keratin treatment is a chemical process that smooths and shines frizzy hair and the results have been known to last up to six months. There are many different versions of the treatment but generally, unlike using relaxers or perming solution, it doesn’t have the damaging chemicals such as sodium hydroxide or calcium hydroxide (relaxers) or ammonium thioglycolate (perming) but nonetheless guys, remember, it is still a “chemical” process.
So let’s get down to the three things I wish I knew before I did the keratin treatment.
1. The possibility that my hair would not go back to how it used to be
So, following my research, the message that rang out clear was that my natural hair texture would go back to how it used to be. What I wasn’t told was that not ALL my hair would go back to how it used to be😆. So about 3 to 4 months after the keratin treatment started to wear off, I did start to see the fullness and curls of my hair start to return at the base.
So, I was like yay! I couldn’t wait to start doing twist outs again, but little did I know. 5 months later, the base of my hair was back in full force, I couldn’t get a comb through my hair without some conditioner (if you know you know 😊), but my ends were still really straight, so I was like, okay, give it time. 6 months goes by and my ends are still the same. Now fast forward to over 8 months and yep, still here with no signs of a curl on the ends of my hair in sight.
So I am nine months post the treatment and I have just accepted that my curls will never come back at the ends of my hair 😭, so my hair now has this transitioning look to it, where the base of my hair is natural and the ends look like they were relaxed.
2. How much I liked it
Despite my hair not fully going back to how it used to be, I have to say that I really did enjoy having my hair smooth and straight for a while. Not like when you have weave in, but with the hair coming straight from my scalp 😊.
It made getting ready in the mornings so much easier as well as being able to get into bed at night without fussing about having to “prep” my hair for the next day, (those with natural hair know what I mean). I loved how I could just pack it up into a ponytail for that sleek look effect without having to add too many products or being able to let my hair hang down without having to manipulate it with too much heat.
3. The post care treatment is just as important
I knew what I needed to do post treatment because of the research I did and what the hair stylist told me, but knowing what I needed to do and actually doing it were two different things.
First of all, you have to wait least 12 hours before washing your hair, which was fine for me as I usually aim to wash my hair once every two weeks anyway, but when I did wash my hair, I had to make sure that my shampoo and conditioner were sulphate-free. I don’t usually have sulphate-free products at home, so I had to do a bit of research to get what I needed.
Additionally, I had to stay away from products with sodium chloride (salt), so things like my leave ins, creams or oils I would use post treatment had to be free of salt to help avoid frizz and to help towards increasing the effect of the treatment. Once I got the products and I did the routine three times (slowly because I was so used to my own products) it got easier to maintain.
So, would I do it again?
Well, eerrrmmmm, it’s a no from me. Despite liking my hair being smooth and soft, that feeling only lasted for about 2 weeks 😂, after that, I wanted my curls and texture back. So, for anyone thinking about doing the treatment, I would encourage you to do your research and be prepared for a worst-case scenario, which in my case, was my hair not regaining its original curl pattern.
Also if you want to check out my YouTube video where I talk a bit more about my hair keratin treatment, CLICK HERE and whilst you are there, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel.
I have also written a post all about my natural hair type (not my curl pattern 😊 which is a 4c by the way) and this post is all about my hair porosity. If you want to check that out, CLICK HERE.
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