Everything You Need to Know about Keratin Treatments

It is every woman’s dream to have silky-soft hair. But harsh salon procedures can take the life out of it and rarely do we have any control over the environmental damage that affects almost every hair type, resulting in dull and lacklustre hair. And undeniably some of us are just born with very frizzy and unmanageable hair. For this reason, more and more women are flocking to the salons for their dose of Keratin treatment. So, let us help you understand everything that is there to know about Keratin Treatments. Check our Top 4 favorites and find out which one is for your hair type!

What is Keratin Treatment

Keratin treatment is built of keratin (a protein already found in your hair), a mix of conditioners and, of course, formaldehyde. It is one of the hottest and leading procedures for semi-permanent silky smooth hair. It has gained popularity due to its ability to turn frizzy, dull and damaged hair into soft, supple and bouncy locks without altering the structure of your hair-meaning your hair could be curly, keratin treatment will soften the curls into baby soft, extremely manageable twirlies so much that you could head out without even having to style it! At the same time, Keratin treatments with higher concentration of Formaldehyde can give smoother, straighter results.

before after keratin treatment

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What is the Difference between Keratin Treatment and Japanese Straightening Treatment

Japanese straightening gives hair a permanent pin-straight and flat look. Keratin treatments gradually wash out, allowing the natural hair to emerge. While the keratin treatment washes out over time, Japanese straightening treatments demand a lot of upkeep to maintain the effect. Therefore, Keratin doesn’t last as long as Japanese straightening, but it also doesn’t interfere with the grow-out phase. Both treatments use a very high heat flat iron to close the product in the hair fibres.

Pros and Cons of the Procedure

Lately a lot of people have been raising concerns about the safety of this treatment. We have taken a closer look at the pros and cons so you can better decide if this treatment is for you or not.


  • Hair is frizz-free, soft and manageable.
  • It cuts down the styling time so much that you could even head out without having to style.
  • The treatment can keep the hair texture intact and still give soft and smooth results.
  • It does not interfere with the grow out phase. The natural hair emerges slowly as the treatment wears off.


  • The treatment contains a chemical known as Formaldehyde. A higher concentration level of this chemical is considered unsafe by the FDA. Having said that, formaldehyde is present in most commercial products.
  • Pregnant women are advised not to use this treatment as this may affect their own and their unborn baby’s health. And this goes with any chemical procedure in which the product is absorbed by the skin.
  • The procedure involves high heat of 450 degrees which maybe damaging for some hair types. This step cannot be skipped as it is a crucial step in sealing the product into the hair cuticle.
  • The results from this treatment are relatively short-term and last for a maximum of 4-5 months only.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

As with any complex hair procedure, it is advised to visit a certified salon, as this treatment requires extreme care and meticulous application by a professional with years of experience in Keratin procedures (Remember, Keratin procedure has been in the market for over 10 years now).

The treatment involves washing hair with a clarified shampoo to help remove all the build-up. Hair is then completely blow-dried before applying the treatment in smaller sections throughout the hair, letting it fully saturate for 20 minutes or so. After that hair is blow-dried for the second time and a flat iron at around 450 degrees C is used section by section to seal the product. Next, the product is either immediately washed out or the client is asked to wait for 24-72 hours before they can wash. The entire application process takes about 2-4 hours.

The Top 4 Keratin Treatments According to Hair Types

Depending on your hair structure and type, your length, thickness, and overall health of your hair, some keratin treatments may be better than others. Following are the top 4 Keratin Treatments for different hair textures.

#1: Brazilian Keratin

It is the original keratin treatment. It smoothes hair, eliminates frizz and its super nutrient complex keeps the volume intact, whilst still making the hair ultra smooth and silky. This is a very strong and highly concentrated treatment perfect for someone who has very coarse, thick, dry hair and wants sleeker and more manageable hair. Results last up to 3-4 months and hair can be washed right after the treatment.

brazilian keratin

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#2: GK Keratin

This treatment has 2 versions. One comes with Formaldehyde and the other without Formaldehyde. The popular one is without formaldehyde, it also contains conditioners, glycerine and keratin. It is best suited for fine to medium textured hair. Perfect for someone who prefers to keep her curls or waves but still wants some form of softening. A 72-hour wait is required before washing. Results last up to 8 weeks.


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#3: Liquid Keratin

This treatment contains keratin peptides and keratin molecules that help bond the hair perfectly with added nourishment. Liquid keratin is widely used and is considered one of the safest keratin treatments out there. It is perfect for fine to medium hair. It leaves hair naturally smooth and manageable and the results last up to 30-40 days.

#4: Replenishing Color-Lock Keratin

It contains superior keratin proteins and collagen that help build the hair fibers and lock in the color. It is perfect for someone with color-treated hair or hair that suffers from environmental damage. The treatment makes color look natural and vibrant, and reduces styling time. The results last up to 4-8 weeks.

Each keratin has its own set of instructions but with every treatment, using sulfate-free and sodium-free shampoos and conditioners is a must if you wish to extend your results.