Learn All About Keratin Hair Treatments


Keratin hair treatments or Brazilian hair treatments, smooth out and straighten wavy or curly hair. Though popular across the country, these treatments, which rely on formaldehyde, are also very controversial. Find out if keratin hair straightening treatments are safe, if you're a candidate, how much they cost, how long they last and what happens when you get one in this article.


How a Keratin Treatment Works

Basically, a stylist will apply a keratin product to your hair carefully avoiding getting the product on your scalp. The treatment remains in the hair as it's blow-dried and then flat-ironed. Some stylists wear masks as they do the treatment and they may have you wear one, too. Treatments are usually done near an open window with a fan blowing. The treatments usually take 2 hours or longer depending on the length and thickness of your hair. You should not wash hair for 3-4 days.


Am I a Candidate?

Unlike some hair straightening treatments, Keratin treatments can be done on color-treated hair. They work well on people with wavy to tight curly hair. If you are sick of fighting the frizz, you'll love the results from the keratin treatments -- they get rid of frizz even in humid or rainy weather.


How Much Do They Cost and How Long Do They Last?

Cost varies from city to city and depends on the poshness of the salon, but they typically range from $300-$800. The treatment lasts usually about 2 months or a bit longer. And don't expect the pin-straight hair you get with the Japanese treatment. You'll have to blow-dry or flat-iron hair to get it to be straight, or you can let your hair airdry into soft waves. But your blow drying time will be cut down by about 40-60% thanks to this treatment.