There is a lot of misinformation out there about Brazilian keratin hair straightening treatments. Let’s try to set the record straight about what it is … and what it isn’t.
First of all, Brazilian hair straightening treatments are a salon technique that are used to eliminate frizz ande straighten hair. A single treatment can last anywhere from a few weeks to up to three months.
These treatments are not inexpensive. Typically, they can cost between $100 and $600, depending on the length of your hair and where you get it done.
Who Can Get Keratin Treatments
Practically anybody can get a Brazilian keratin hair straightening treatment, even if they have chemically treated hair, such as hair that is bleached, has highlights, is colored, permed, relaxed or has been straightened in the past.
Even if you haven’t done anything to your hair — in other words, you have virgin hair — you can get a keratin treatment.
Keratin treatments don’t completely straighten hair every time. But if they are performed properly, they can reduce the amount of curl in the hair by between 50% and 80%, depending on how curly or frizzy your hair was in the first place.
Maintaining Your Keratin Treatment
In order to give your keratin treatment time to set, you usually are advised not to wash your hair for 72 hours after it is applied — although some treatments allow you to wash your hair right away if you want. Ask your stylist for your personal wait time period.
In the meantime, you shouldn’t wet your hair, exercise, tuck it behind your ears, pin it up with a hair clip, headband or ponytail holder because this could affect the outcome of the treatment.
After about 10 to 12 weeks, if you want to allow for new growth of your hair, you can repeat the treatment if you want.
Now that you know the facts, you are better prepared to make an informed choice about your Brazilian keratin hair straightening treatment.