Lisa Thomas Beauty Guide
So, you’ve finally indulged your dream of smooth, silky locks by deciding to take advantage of our luxurious Keratin Smoothing Treatment, but what’s next? In order to maintain your new look for as long as possible, we’ve put together a series of tips and tricks regarding everything from how and when you should wash and style your hair, to the secret of extending the life of your treatment while you sleep. If you’re thrilled with the results of your service and want to enjoy up to five months of shiny, manageable strands without having to worry about frizz or breakage, have a peek at the guidelines below.
The First Seventy-Two Hours
It’s important to be very careful with your hair during this time period, as the decisions you make now are crucial to whether you achieve a gorgeous, long-lasting effect from your treatment or have to potentially start the entire process over again. The good news is that these steps aren’t difficult and only require a small commitment on your part. Plus, any minor inconvenience will be well worth it in the end!
During the seventy-two hours following a treatment, you should never wash or wet your hair, go swimming, stay out in the rain, or exercise heavily to avoid sweating. At least some of the keratin will be washed away if water comes into contact with your hair at any point throughout these first three days, ultimately leading to frizz and uneven texture if you can’t dry it right away. In the event that your hair does become wet, immediately blow it dry and straighten it with a flat iron on low heat.
If you have to spend a few minutes outside while it’s raining, be sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat. In this case, it’s best to choose one that isn’t too snug, and you should remove it the moment you’re inside as the keratin hasn’t set yet and any crease or dent created in your hair will not smooth out on its own. For this reason, it’s imperative that you don’t tuck your hair behind your ears, wear glasses that press up against your locks, or use clips and bands to pull them back. To style your hair within the seventy-two hours post-treatment, all you need is a brush to preserve the shape you want.
Investing in a silk or satin pillowcase to sleep on after your appointment is another fantastic way to make the most of your beautiful new style. While standard cotton pillowcases can cause damage by creating friction where your strands rub together, silk and satin options drastically reduce this problem, ensuring they stay healthy and straight for months on end. These fabrics also prevent hair from becoming dehydrated, as they won’t absorb moisture. If you wake up with a few dents or creases, be sure to straighten them with a blow dryer or use a flat iron to sort them out right away.
Will I Need New Products?
Once you’ve made it past the first three days and are all set to wash your hair, be sure to have keratin-friendly shampoo and conditioner on hand. This is absolutely vital to the longevity of your treatment as many products contain ingredients that could completely or partially remove the proteins from your locks, leading to very short-term results. Avoid shampoos that are marketed as clarifying, and check ingredient labels thoroughly to avoid sulfates and sodium chloride. Sulfates are harsh detergents commonly found in soaps which will strip the keratin from your hair, and sodium chloride dissolves it.
Before you make a purchase, keep in mind that just because a product claims to be appropriate for use on keratin-treated hair doesn’t make it so. Many of these shampoos and conditioners contain keratin, which is great, but the addition of sulfates and/or sodium chloride negate any of the benefits you might have received. Even products that call themselves “chemical-free”, “organic”, and “natural” can fall apart under scrutiny if you check the ingredients. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is often disguised under the names diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), and monoethanolamine (MEA). Similar chemicals that can be just as problematic for your hair are sodium laureth sulfate, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, and sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate.
The shampoo, conditioner, and styling aids you use should all be made with keratin to reap the full benefits of your treatment. This way, even as months go by and you’re regularly washing your hair, you’re also re-introducing more protein, allowing you to maintain a fresh-from-the-salon look for much longer. You won’t need mousses, gels or hairsprays anymore as the keratin coating your strands is capable of holding the shape you want by itself, but it is worth trying a rejuvenating mask, leave-in conditioner, or serum – all containing keratin – to help infuse hair with moisture and protein. If you need recommendations, consult your stylist and they will work with you to find what you’re looking for.
Some Tips to Keep in Mind
Try to wash your hair as infrequently as possible, such as 2-3 times a week, to help preserve your treatment. If you want to take things even further, shampoo with tepid or cool water and follow with a cool rinse for maximum longevity and to seal in moisture.
Use a good shower cap to protect your hair while you bathe in between hair washings. If you are struggling with oily locks, consider trying a dry shampoo. Many people actually find that as they cut back on how often they wash their hair, their scalp gradually begins to produce less oil.
It’s best to avoid swimming if possible, as chlorinated and salt water will strip keratin away. If you can’t avoid it, rinse your hair with tap water and apply a leave-in conditioner or serum before you swim to help prevent chlorine or salt from being absorbed.
After the keratin smoothing treatment, your hair should lie differently and be left with a whole new texture. This is the perfect time to consider a fresh haircut! Your stylist can help you decide on a look that will complement your smooth strands and require very little maintenance.