Keratin treatment sinks into the hair to temporarily change its texture, making it smooth and sleek. This is a multi-step hair treatment procedure to improve the penetration of the keratin protein at each step.
How long will it take for the keratin treatment to work?
Keratin treatment begins to work immediately after application. The keratin protein is thermally activated by blow drying and then flat ironing at high temperatures to seal it.
The treatment continues to set for the next 24-72 hours after the actual treatment. The treatment can take up to 14 days to fully integrate into your hair strands.
How does keratin treatment work?
Keratin treatment has two main components – medium form and medium smooth / intense smooth. The shape medium eliminates frizz, while the intense smooth or smooth medium smoothes your hair. The part is intense Hair smoothing treatment completely, while the smooth medium leaves the hair slightly wavy.
Typically, a keratin treatment takes two to five hours, depending on your treatment hair texture and volume. It will take longer if you have particularly thick or curly hair.
The treatment procedure begins with cleaning the hair to remove dirt, oil or Leftover hair products which may prevent the keratin from penetrating your hair. The hair is then dried to remove excess moisture.
The stylist continues to divide your hair into sections and generously applies the Keratin treatment mixture. The treatment is left to sit on the hair for 15 minutes. They blow dry the hair again to dry the keratin mixture, and then the stylist comes in with a flat iron at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The high temperature of the flat iron activates the keratin protein and seals it into the hair.
After flat ironing, dry the hair with shampoo and dry it once more. It should be straight or slightly wavy by the end of this process, depending on whether you choose an intensely smooth component, or a moderately smooth one.
Although the main part of the treatment process is done at this stage, the keratin protein continues to set in the hair for the next 72 hours. If you use an advanced keratin treatment formula, it fully integrates within 24 hours. Therefore, proper aftercare of the hair after the treatment is essential to optimize the results.
What can cause your keratin treatment not to work?
Keratin treatment may fail for various reasons, including:
If it is not implemented correctly
As mentioned above, the keratin treatment procedure follows very specific steps. If these steps are not followed or if the correct products are not used, it is likely that the treatment will not work. For example, if the hair is not washed before applying the treatment or if the flat iron is not heated to the recommended temperature range, the treatment will not work.
If you do not adhere to other appropriate treatment
It is recommended to keep the hair dry for the first 72 hours to prevent it from frizzing, including avoiding activities that cause sweating. If by chance the hair gets wet, dry it immediately.
You should also minimize manipulation of the hair by styling or tying the hair, as it is quite flexible and tends to retain curls. Also, don’t brush or comb it aggressively, as it tends to fall out.
If you must comb freshly treated hair, use a wide-toothed comb. Also, it is recommended to stop washing your hair for the next two weeks as this action may wash keratin from your hair.
If your hair texture is too coarse or too light
You should use an advanced keratin treatment formula if your hair is particularly coarse or curly. On the other hand, if your hair is light and you use an advanced formula, the keratin treatment can cause damage and hair loss.
So when does the keratin treatment start to work?
Keratin treatment begins to work immediately after application. It goes in, seals and continues to integrate throughout the actual application process and up to 72 hours later. Even after 72 hours, you should treat your hair properly to optimize the results.
If well combined, a keratin treatment can last two to three months, depending on your hair texture and how well-groomed it is.