Keratin hair treatment is a type of treatment that is usually done in salons to manage dry, frizzy, and unmanageable hair. In this, keratin is applied to the hair strands externally using high heat in the form of a flat iron. The results for keratin-treated hair last for 2-2.5 months, after which keratin starts to rinse slowly and is completely removed in 6 months. After 6 months, your hair will completely regain its natural texture.
What is keratin?
Keratin is a type of protein that’s found in epithelial cells on the surface of the skin. Different types of keratin are responsible for the growth and structure of the fingernails, hair, and skin. Keratin is an intermediate filament-forming protein that provides support and a barrier of protection. Source
How keratin treatment is done in the salon?
In salons, a keratin treatment is done using a keratin mix. First, your hair is washed properly, then blow-dried completely.
Now hair is divided into so many small sections, and a keratin mix is applied on each and every strand with the help of fingers.
Once all hair is covered in keratin mix, it is allowed to rest in hair for 1 hour. After this, very high heat is applied to hair strands using a flat iron. This high heat opens up the cuticles and allows keratin mix to infuse inside the hair.
Then after 2 days, hair is washed using sulfate-free shampoo.
Such treatment will normally cost you around 10-15k depending on your hair length, and it will make your hair soft and manageable for up to 2-2.5 months.
Moreover, all keratin mix contains formaldehyde which when exposed to high heat, releases vapor which causes the following side effects:
Itching and stinging eyes
Nose and throat irritation
Hair loss and damage
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How to know if your hair needs keratin?
If your hair is frizzy and has no moisture to them, then probably your hair needs keratin. You can identify this physically by noticing the following signs:
You see a lot of baby hair flying when your hair is tied in a ponytail.
Your hair feels rough to touch
When you try to run your finger through your hair, they are stuck in between.
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Why use keratin hair treatment made at home?
As I said above keratin mix comes with formaldehyde and other harsh chemicals which not only harm your health but also damages hair. This is why most people experience insane hair fall after such treatments.
Moreover, you are forced to use certain shampoos and conditioners that are advised by the salon. Trust me those shampoos and conditioners are very expensive.
So you are spending too much money on keratine treatment and damaging your hair at the same time. Additionally, this treatment won’t last for even 6 months.
After 6 months, you again have to undergo the same treatment because the natural texture of your hair has started to reappear.
Most of the time, when all the original texture comes back, the hair becomes rougher than before.
When you complain about this to your salon, they just say that after keratin you should have taken hair spa every 15 days, then only the results would have lasted longer.
In short, you have to spend more to maintain that keratin look in your hair.
But why are we doing this when we can achieve the same effect using simple home remedies.
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How homemade keratin hair treatment will help?
I believe that every type of hair is beautiful whether it is curly, wavy, or straight. You just need to care for them, and you will get the best look out of your natural look.
When your hair is properly conditioned, it will not fly around and look frizzy. Instead, it will stay in place and looks gorgeous.
Trust me you do not need straight hair every day. We want straight hair because they are more manageable and gives us a sleek and classy look. Whereas curly or wavy hair is all over you when left open.
But if you tame down your natural hair, you will not feel to have straight hair, and for those special occasions when you really need straight hair, you can always grab a flat iron to do so.
Using flat iron once in a while will not damage your hair especially when your continuously pampering the hair with oiling, hair mask, etc.
In this article, I am going to tell you 3 ways to make keratin hair treatment at home. These homemade hair treatments are based on rice. As we know rice is highly beneficial for our hair as it provides essential protein to our hair.
I am not saying that these masks will magically turn your hair’s current hair texture upside down in just one use ( as we see in the salon). Instead, continuous usage of these masks will tremendously transform the quality of your hair and will give you sleek and soft hair.
Also, it is very easy to make these keratine homemade masks that you can apply very often. As soon as you feel that your hair is feeling frizzy, just make one of these masks and apply.
I know you will be amazed to see the results. So, without any further delay, let’s begin!!!
How to make keratin Hair Treatment at home
I am going to list 3 methods to make keratin hair treatment at home, all of them are based on rice. I am sure these homemade keratin hair treatments will give you soft, silky, and manageable hair.
coconut milk ( grind grated coconut in a mixer and add 3 tbsp of water, strain, and get coconut milk)
olive oil/coconut oil/almond oil
To use this homemade keratin hair treatment you first need to shampoo one day, then use a keratin mask the other day. For example, if you want to use the mask on Sunday, you should have washed your hair on Saturday.
Grind 3 tbsp rice in a mixer.
Divide your hair into sections and then apply this ground-boiled rice in strands properly using a brush.
Keep this in your hair for 20-30 minutes.
Now wash your hair using mild shampoo (paraben and sulfate-free)
Use this hair mask once a week to get the best results.
Aloe vera gel
Soak 3 tbsp of rice overnight.
Boil the rice for a few minutes in a pressure cooker and allow 2 whistles.
Let the rice cool down in a pressure cooker, then take them out.
Add 2 tbsp aloe vera gel (transparent), 1 tbsp of honey (humectant), 2 tbsp curd.
Blend everything in the mixer.
Apply on hair length (30-40 min)
Wash hair first using water then with a mild shampoo.
Banana – 1
Honey – 2 tbsp
Yogurt – 2 tbsp
Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
Corn Starch or Maida – 1/2 tbsp
Put everything in a blender.
Now strain everything so that no lumps are left behind.
Wash your hair and dry them completely.
Comb your hair so that there are no tangles.
Apply this mixture to your hair and leave for 1 hour.
Wash using a mild shampoo.
Use once or twice a week for best results.
Benefits of rice for hair
Improves hair root strength by nourishing the scalp.
Contains several macro and micronutrients such as vitamins, carbohydrate, and minerals which improves scalp health.
Makes hair smoother.
Adds shine to the hair.
Helps hair to grow long and strong.
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