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Keratin treatments are long sought after by those seeking smoother, frizz-free looks. The other names associated with the treatment are: Brazilian Blowout, Cezanna, and Goodwill Kerasilk. Though the results sound amazing, we wanted to get to the bottom of it. Is it safe? Does it really help your hair? And how?

We went ahead and cracked down on the 3 myths about Keratin treatments.

Is it safe? And does it ruin my natural curls?

Listen, we are all about healthy, natural and organic haircare here. So we always want to make sure that whatever we are telling our readers, it’s the truth. And when it comes to the myth about keratin safety, well… it’s partially true. It truly depends on where and what your stylist is using. Remember: you always get what you pay for, so do your research before agreeing to put a chemical onto your hair. Certain treatments do different things, and keratin ones are for nourishing the hair, so that there’s less frizz. Chemical treatments that curl or straighten your hair do other things, and they’re not as safe as keratin treatments.

Keratin will NOT ruin your curls, it relaxes them. So you don’t have to worry about that brow-raising grow out, where 10% of your roots are curly, and the rest is pin straight.

The ingredient to watch out for is formeldaguyde, which if used in large amounts, can be damaging to your health. Though you probably won’t find any keratin treatment with dangerous or life-threatening amounts of formaldehyde, it’s always better to be safe. So if you’re looking to avoid formaldehyde all together, consult with a stylist and several salons before making the choice that best suits your wants and needs.

How long does it really last?

This all depends on YOU. How often do you wash it, what are products are you using, how well do you take care of your hair- this all goes into play when debating when gauging how long the results will last. So say you wash your hair every other day, the product will rinse out quicker in a shorter amount of time. If you find that you can’t go more than 2 days without washing your hair, when you do, choose wisely when it comes to the shampoo and conditioner that you use. This will minimize the amount of product that gets washed out of your hair every time you wash it.

Make sure to stay away from products containing sulfate. As we all know, sulfate strips your hair of all its natural oils, so it most likely will remove more of the keratin protein treatment from your hair with every wash.

Can you not wash your hair for a week after?

Well, it depends on the grade of keratin you’re using on your hair, and what for. We can’t stress how important it is to know your hair– this will help you achieve exactly what you want and need. So when deciding on the type and grade of keratin treatment you want to get, that’ll let you know when you can start washing your hair! It turns out that the rule of not washing your hair after keratin treatment only applies to medium and strong strength keratin. When it comes to a light version, suitable for straight hair, the processing time is the exact time you need to dry and straighten your hair.

Again, being knowledgable in what you want and what you’re getting is a huge plus; as it helps you get your money’s worth, and it helps your hair stay healthy and strong for longer.

Keratin-infused products WITHOUT sulfates and parabens

It’s hard to find something without a bunch of chemicals that do more harm than good. But with this smoothing keratin shampoo and conditioner, you don’t have to worry about over-washing and damaging your hair. In fact, since it’s infused with a healthy and potent amount of the nourishing keratin protein, your hair is guaranteed to stay bouncy and brighter with every use.