Hate flyaway strands and frizz? Then you’ve probably considered salon processes like keratin and the “Brazilian Blowout,” which transform the coarsest curls into sexy, silky straight strands and minimize time spent on blow-drying, styling and flat-ironing. Depending on your hair type, the treatment process you choose and your lifestyle, you can keep that straighter-than-straight look for three months or even longer!
The key is to choose products that will preserve your treatment””not mess or stress your silky tresses! Here are some good picks for keratin-treated hair:
Shampoo, sans the sulfates. Keratin’s “kryptonite” is sodium laurel sulfate, so first and foremost, you want to choose a shampoo that does not contain this ingredient. A safe pick is Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo.
Keratin-friendly conditioner. Conditioners typically don’t contain sulfates””that’s the good news. The bad news? Only a few varieties will truly pamper each strand with moisture””check out Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell Conditioner.
Spritz before you straighten. You’ll still be using your flat-iron after every wash if you’ve done a keratin treatment””fortunately, what used to take you a good 10 minutes might now take 5, max. Before you turn up the heat, protect your hair from damage with a product like Giovanni 2chic Flat Iron Styling Mist with Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil.
Wear a masque. Keep keratin-treated hair silky for longer by applying a deep-conditioning mask once or twice a week. Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Hydrating Masque gives treated hair the TLC it deserves””and it’s great for keeping hair smooth and flyaway-free even if you haven’t had the salon treatment done!
Preserve from within. ReserveAge Organics makes a supplement packed with biotin and other skin- and hair-friendly nutrients designed specifically for people with keratin-treated hair. Check out Keratin Booster for that extra peace of mind””Vitacost customers swear by it!
The Beauty Boss blogs are compiled by our staff editors Rebecca Chopin and Katie Kaleita, who work closely with the Vitacost.com beauty department experts to bring you the most relevant, up-to-date information on natural beauty and anti-aging tips and trends.