After having my fair share of post keratin hair disasters, I decided to make a list of what not to do after a keratin treatment.
And today I’m going to share this list with you to help you avoid all the aggro, and enjoy all the benefits that come with a new botox or keratin hair treatment.
So without further ado, let’s dive in.
What Not To Do After Your Keratin Treatment
While your hairstylist may give you ample tips on how to care for keratin treated hair, I am going to highlight some of the boo-boos that most of you are probably not aware of, and easily take for granted.
So here they are:
1. Do Not Buy Cheap Shampoos
This is the most important thing of all. Choose your shampoo and conditioner wisely.
Put your drugstore shampoos away for 3 months.
Your keratined hair needs gentle shampoos with micro keratin that will progressively enhance the treatment to always look fresh and hold on for longer.
The notorious ingredients you need to avoid in your shampoos are:
- Sodium chloride (Salt)
Because sulfates are surfactants that deplete natural oils from your hair and scalp. They also destroy the acid mantle that keeps your scalp healthy and free from bacterial infection.
Salt, on the other hand, is gritty and abrasive. It contains sodium that works as a thickening agent in your shampoo.
Using salt-based shampoos will dissolve the keratin coating and wash out your expensive treatment prematurely. Oouch!
For lasting results, post-treatment shampoo should be free of sulfates (sudsing agents that can strip hair) or sodium (a thickener that dissolves keratin) Emma Froelich
Vice president of marketing and personal care at Hain Celestial - Today.com
If you’re still confused about ingredients, you can check my aftercare article where I’ve listed my hand-picked non-sulfate and no salt shampoos you can use after your keratin treatment.
Products I recommend:
Arvazallia Hair Repair
This is the number 1 shampoo kit for keratin treated hair because of its sulfate-free and toxic-free ingredients.
Our customers also love LuxeOrganix for its pure ingredients and Argan oil benefits.
2. Do Not Use A Clarifying Shampoo
Clarifying shampoos are excellent for pre keratin treatments as they prime the hair by removing residues and deposits.
While they help your hair absorb keratin faster, you should only use them before your treatment and not after.
Because clarifying shampoos work at high pH to open the cuticles and deep cleanse.
When your hair cuticles are open, alkaline water dissolves the keratin and allows them to escape from the shafts, therefore fading your keratin treatment fast.
Use gentle shampoos with low pH levels.
They are excellent for sealing and tightening the hair cuticles after keratin and color treatments.
3. Do Not Wash Your Hair Frequently
Keratin treatments are semi-permanent. So they wash out gradually.
The key to maintaining your keratin treatment for longer is to wash your hair less.
I know this may feel gross, but I get by with dry shampoos easily.
Honestly, it’s the best way to keep your hair clean and refreshed without using water.
Spray dry shampoo on your roots twice daily on the days that you skip washing. It saves you time, and it makes your hair smell heavenly!
Although you can wash your hair 3 days after a keratin treatment, freshly applied keratin is malleable and still needs time to set in properly into your hair.
Read: Can I use dry shampoos after my keratin treatment?
Products I recommend:
Klorane Dry Shampoo
Allure Magazine best dry shampoo award-winner. This Botany-inspired haircare is a pure luxurious mix of botanicals without any sulfates.
4. Do Not Touch Your Hair Too Much
Touching your hair frequently makes it feel greasy. And when your hair feels greasy, you’re tempted to wash it more often.
Plus you run the risk of kinking up your strands if you manipulate them too much.
So keep your hair down and straight and let it be.
5. Do Not Style Your Hair Up For 2 Weeks
I wouldn’t recommend you to do updos and ponytails as you’ll need additional hair accessories to hold your hairstyle together.
Putting any accessories in your hair can leave dents and lines of demarcation.
The key to prolonging the life of your keratin treatment is to keep your hair down and straight as much as you can.
6. Do Not Wear Headbands For 2 Weeks
Using headbands to keep your hair up will kink your hair into that style.
This will make it look patchy. Straight in some parts, and curly in others.
As I said, keratin is malleable in the first week, and it needs time to blend in. So during that settling period, any shape you whip your hair into will cause your hair to retain that shape, which you may find hard to undo.
Leave your locks alone as best as you can for the first 2 weeks.
7. Do Not Hold Your Hair Back With Sunglasses
Sunglasses are not headbands, but most of us love to use them as such to hold our hair back or from getting in our faces.
Sure, a pair of sunglasses can rescue you from having a bad hair day, but it’s not an ideal hair accessory when you’ve just had a Brazilian.
8. Do Not Use Clips In Your Hair
Just like headbands, hair clips or barrettes leave dents and lines of demarcation in your hair.
Avoid them until the treatment has completely set in.
Otherwise, you may experience hair breakage in some parts while your hair is still adjusting.
9. Do Not Tuck Your Hair Behind Your Ears
Tucking your hair frequently behind your ears creates unwanted creases which require heat to straighten again.
So don’t let your hair bunch up at any point during the first 2 weeks.
10. Do Not Overdo It At The Gym
Heavy workouts and excess sweating will force you to wash your hair each time you get home from the gym.
Even if you get by with dry shampoos, sweating on the scalp will interfere with your keratin treatment setting in.
To avoid all the hassle, plan to start your gym routine again after 2 weeks.
11. Do Not Sleep On Cotton Pillowcases
Cotton pillowcases make your hair crease.
They also absorb moisture to leave your tresses frizzy and dry.
Moreover, the fabric also causes friction in your hair which results in tangles and knots.
If you want smooth and tangle-free hair when you wake up, invest in a silk or satin pillowcase instead.
Satin and silk reduce friction between your hair leading to less breakage, and they don’t absorb moisture from your hair or skin.
Related: How to sleep after a keratin treatment »
Product I recommend:
SLIP Silk Pillowcase
Experience the finest, creamiest and shiniest seamless charmeuse silk that gives you a good night sleep without messing your hair.
12. Do Not Use Heavy Oils Like Coconut Oil
Coconut oil or Jojoba oil nestles deep into your hair follicles to provide moisture.
While this is a good thing, the bad side of it is, you’ll need a lot of shampoo to wash them out.
Be patient, get through the first 2 weeks of transition, then you can use them as you wish.
If you’re a big fan of using oils, I recommend using a lightweight keratin infusion oil in the meantime.
Product I recommend:
Lanza Keratin Aftercare Oil
The best lightweight oil with keratin infusion. Without sulfates, parabens, or salt.
13. Do Not Color Your Hair For 3 Weeks
The best time to color your hair is before your keratin treatment. That’s because keratin seals the color in nicely and provides a protective coating to stop your hair color from fading.
However, if you do it within 3 weeks after your treatment, the hair dye will struggle to penetrate into your hair. You may not get the best results from your color service.
Related: When is the best time to color your hair after a keratin treatment
If you do need to, I recommend you do it after the first 3 weeks.
14. Do Not Swim For 2 weeks
You cannot, I repeat, cannot let your hair get anywhere near chlorine for 2 weeks after your treatment. Unless, of course, you have money to burn!
Chlorine will dissolve freshly applied keratin in no time. Just one dip in the pool is enough to see how your hair unfolds into a big mess.
14. Do Not Bleach Your Hair
Similar to Chlorine, bleach is a hair killer. It’s corrosive and will leave your hair feeling fried and out of sorts.
I recommend doing your highlights and blondification well before your Brazilian keratin treatment.
A keratin treatment will make your highlights and blonde hair more radiant.
15. Do Not Use Beach Sprays
Bleach sprays contain salt to give your hair the beachy waves texture look.
Avoid them as much as you can.
Instead, use a keratin mist spray for light hold hair styling.
Products I recommend:
Beach Glam By Sally Hershberger
Salt-free beach spray that gives you texturized waves without making your hair feel crunchy. Sulfate-free.
Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Sunshine Spray
This spray contains no harsh and gritty ingredients like sea salt. And you’ll love the smell too!
16. Do Not Use High Heat
High heat can melt away the keratin layers from your hair. Stick to the recommended 365° F to straighten or curl your hair when using heat styling tools.
Additionally, you should use a heat protection spray that shields your hair against heat damage.
Products I recommend:
The Platinum styler reaches a maximum 365° F temperature, and it has super smooth plates that glide through your hair.
ORIBE Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray
Contains Argan oil that binds with keratin in your hair to form an invisible layer of protection against heat.
17. Do Not Wash Your Hair With Hot Water
For long-lasting results, Walt Winslow, director at Alberto Culver hair and skin beauty products suggests shampooing with tepid water followed with a cool rinse.Hot water can melt away freshly applied keratin, and you need to avoid it as much as you can.
A cool rinse, on the other hand, shocks your hair cuticles to shut thus preventing frizz and tangles.
18. Do Not Rub Your Hair With A Towel After Wash
A rough cotton towel creates crease in your hair.
Use a microfiber towel instead to gently dry your hair. Microfiber towels are super absorbent, and they quickly grab all the excess water from your wet hair without rubbing.
And they don’t create crease and frizz in your hair as they are friction-free.
Product I recommend:
DevaCurl Microfiber Towel
The DevaTowel’s friction-free surface keeps your hair smooth while drying it. And it’s big enough to wrap around your head!
19. Do Not Overload Your Hair With Styling Products
When your hair is coated with keratin, you shouldn’t need to use mousse, gel, and hairspray to tame your hair into the right shape and style.
Styling products can cling on to your hair and leave residues behind. The fewer styling products you use, the less build-up, and the less you need to wash your hair.
It ensures your keratin treatment stays fresh and strong for longer.
20. Do Not Brush Your Hair To Fix Kinks
There will be days when you wake up, and your hair is all over the place.
For example: A bit bent and out of shape.
Don’t panic. And please do not reach out for your hairbrush to fix it.
Read: Can I brush my hair after a keratin treatment?
Just grab your blow dryer or flat iron (at medium heat), and try to straighten your hair back gently.
If you want to keep your hair tidy, use a soft boar bristle brush at night before you go to sleep and in the morning. The natural bristles gently detangle your hair, and they simulate your scalp too.
Unlike regular hair brushes, a boar bristle brush works with the texture of your hair to keep it smooth and minimize friction.
Product I recommend:
Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Brush
The smooth friction-free brush that conditions your hair and detangles without stripping keratin.
Here’s your quick list of what not to do after a keratin treatment:
- Do not buy cheap shampoos
- Do not use a clarifying shampoo
- Do not wash your hair frequently
- Do not touch your hair too much
- Do not style your hair up for 2 weeks
- Do not wear headbands for 2 weeks
- Do not hold your hair back with sunglasses
- Do not use clips in your hair
- Do not tuck your hair behind your ears
- Do not overdo it at the gym (Excess sweating)
- Do not sleep on cotton pillowcases
- Do not use heavy oils like coconut oil
- Do not color your hair for 3 weeks
- Do not swim for 2 weeks (Avoid Chlorine)
- Do not bleach your hair
- Do not use beach sprays (They contain salt)
- Do not use high heat (365° F recommended)
- Do not wash your hair with hot water
- Do not rub your hair with a towel after wash
- Do not brush your hair to fix kinks
So there you have it.
A useful combination of tips from my hairstylist and my own experience.
If you think about it, all of them make perfect sense.
Now that you do know what not to do after your keratin treatment, I’m pretty sure you’re not going to end up with a keratin hair treatment disaster.