If your hair is hard to tame, frizzy or wildly curly, smoothing treatment might be just what you need. Smoothing treatments are great for:
- adding moisture to the hair to make it smooth and soft
- eliminating curls and frizz
- reducing the time required to wash, dry and style hair
- preventing grow-outs
- adding a shiny glow to the hair
While most people prefer getting keratin treatments at salons, keratin treatment at home can be just as efficient if performed correctly.
Things to know before doing the keratin treatment at home
There are many smoothing treatment products on the market. Many of them contain a chemical compound called formaldehyde. During keratin treatment, under high temperature of flat iron, this ingredient turns into gas, and it’s unhealthy when inhaled. That’s why I highly recommend you choose a product that doesn’t contain formaldehyde.
According to Elle, you should also try to stay clear of these ingredients in the keratin treatment:
- methylene glycol,
- methylene oxide
- formic aldehyde
- or timonacic acid
The product that I like because it doesn’t contain any of the mentioned chemicals is Saffron Smoothing Treatment. I actually discovered this product only recently, a few years after originally writing this post about the keratin treatment. So I decided to update this post a bit and talk about this product even though it doesn’t contain keratin (but I decided not to change the post headline). But it works great nevertheless!
Keep in mind that we all have different types of hair and skin and even if most people have had good experience with this product, I suggest you try it out on a small part of your hair, just to see how your hair and skin will react. I always like to try out a new product on a small portion of my hair/skin, just in case. If there’s no negative reaction, I do the process the next day.
If you’re planning on doing keratin treatment at home, you’ll need a helping hand from a friend or a family member because doing it yourself is quite difficult.
If you want to dye your hair too, wait at least 24 hours after the treatment. And don’t do it before the treatment because it can mess up your hair color.
You should do keratin treatment in a well-ventilated room – especially if you decide to use the product that contains formaldehyde (which I wouldn’t recommend).
To be safe while doing your keratin treatment at home, use gloves and keep the product away from your eyes. You can even use earloop mask in case the fumes from the product are bothering you.
Avoid keratin treatment if you have psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, or first check with your dermatologist.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do keratin treatment at home.
Keratin treatment at home – step by step
Keep in mind that the keratin treatment process varies depending on the product you use. If you choose another product than the one I mention in this post, you’ll need to read and follow the exact instructions for that product.
If you use the Saffron treatment, 2.5-3.5 oz/80 ml-100 ml of the product will be enough for one treatment (depending on hair length). When using the Saffron smoothing treatment, the process goes like this…
You will need:
- the smoothing treatment product (such as the Saffron Formaldehyde Free Smoothing Treatment)
- a shampoo
- a flat brush
- a towel
- a comb
- blow dryer
- a flat iron
With these in hand, you can proceed by:
1. Applying the product
First, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl, and prepare hair dye brush that you’ll use to apply the product. Your hair should be completely dry for this step. Part your hair into a few sections for easier application. Use the brush to apply the mixture to the entire hair, one section at the time.
2. Combing and waiting
After applying the mixture, you’ll need to comb through the hair for the product to absorb. Now, put plastic wrap tightly over hair and wait 50 minutes for the protein to enter the hair strands. After 50 minutes, you can remove the wrap. Wash your hair under cold water for 30 seconds only and then proceed to the next step.
Before you start ironing the hair, you should thoroughly blow dry the hair with the help of a flat brush. When the hair is completely dry, you are ready for ironing. This is a crucial part of the process as it helps lock the keratin into the hair.
Using a flat iron, divide the hair into small sections and seal the formula in by running the iron over the hair strands. The temperature of the flat iron should be between 380-450 Fahrenheit / 190-230 Celsius, depending on your hair type. If you have very curly hair, you’ll need a higher temperature. If your hair is straight but frizzy, you can iron it at a lower temperature.
Make sure the hair sections are small and thin enough to ensure the heat gets to each part of the hair. When you’re finished with ironing, let the hair cool.
Your hair is now ready to get a completely new look and feel. Wash your hair with warm water, shampoo, condition and then blowdry. The producer of the Saffron treatment recommends using their Saffron Smooth Out Post Treatment Shampoo and Saffron Straight On Hair Conditioner. But if you don’t want to spend extra money on those, you can use another high-quality shampoo, just make sure it’s sulfate and sodium free. Shampoos containing sulfate and sodium can strip the straightening results.
At the end of this DIY keratin treatment, your hair should be frizz-free, smooth, shiny and straight, with a soft glow around it!
This smoothing treatment should last for about 2 months at best. It depends on your hair type.
Did you try keratin treatment at home? How did it go?