How to Prepare for Keratin Treatment

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Keratin treatments help to create the smooth, sleek hair that you want with minimal effort. In fact, women with curly and frizzy hair are flocking to the salons for this new treatment. If you're scheduled with your stylist to receive a keratin treatment, discuss the side effects with your hair stylist. Tell your stylist if you've used lye relaxers in the last six weeks, as keratin treatments may be incompatible with your hair. Also check with your stylist to find out about the ingredients used in the keratin treatment to find out how the treatment may affect you and your health.

Step 1

Deep condition your hair about a week before your treatment. To seal the treatment, your stylist will use a 450 degree F iron, notes The New York Times. Moisturizing your hair will help you avoid any damage that might be caused by the hot iron. Use a store-bought deep conditioner or make your own by combining a peeled, mashed avocado with an egg and a tbsp. of olive oil. Apply the conditioner to your dry hair, and then tie your head in a plastic bag or towel.

Step 2

Turn on the shower in your bathroom to the hottest setting and close all doors and windows. Sit in the steam for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the warmth to open your hair cuticles for better moisture penetration.

Step 3

Rinse out your hair with cool water once the deep conditioning treatment is done. Wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo, otherwise your hair may retain a greasy appearance. Avoid using oils or heavy conditioners at least two days before your treatment, as it may disrupt the straightening process.

Things You'll Need

  • Deep conditioner

  • Avocado (optional)

  • Olive oil (optional)

  • Plastic bag or towel

Tip

Ask your stylist if there is anything she'd like you to do before your treatment. Different stylists may have you wash your hair, avoid washing your hair, or even have you use a specific type of shampoo in the week before your treatment, depending on the formula and her own preferences.

Warning

A wide variety of treatments contain formaldehyde. While the Food and Drug Administration doesn't regulate the use of formaldehyde in cosmetics, the Environmental Protection Agency notes that it can cause skin, eye and lung irritation when inhaled.

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