Recently, a reader wrote in and asked some great questions about keratin treatments.  Please see Jessica’s questions below (in bold), followed by my answers, followed by a few other FAQ’s in the same format.

Thank you so much for your review of the different keratin treatments. You saved me a month worth of research! I have a few questions I was hoping you could answer. You’re welcome, and I’d be happy to!

I have half wavy/half curly hair…and a lot of it! I love my beachy waves, but in the humid east coast summer months, my frizz is out of control. It is also highlighted, so it turns into a puffy cottony looking mess. I have gotten the Coppolla blonde keratin treatment for the last several summers. It is the only thing that allows me to go outside in humid weather. “Combination hair” is more common than you might think!  Many of us have different textures from front to back, around the hairline, etc.

My concern is although it removes my frizz, it also takes out all my curl and volume & leaves me w/ straight limp hair. Which product would you recommend to decrease frizz (as well as Coppolla), but maintain some body & my natural wave?  Great question!  Brazilian Blowout is known for being more flexible (Coppola can come out a bit stiff, though their blonde formula is softer then their original) and it is also more customizable.  If you have two (or three, or four) different hair types in different areas, you can (and should) receive different treatment details.  You can reduce curl down to a wave in one area,  defrizz while maintaining wave in another, and just softly condition and defrizz an area that is straight or just a little wavy.  We often do this with color; many clients have more grey in one area than another, and so we formulate a different color for the section, in order to have a more even final result.

Brazilian Blowout, the first company to invite their most experienced stylists to do re-certify as Masters with advanced training, also provides a concierge service to help you find Masters in your area.  You will find other helpful tips here, in a post about choosing the right stylist for you.  If you are having Brazilian Blowout, Keratin Complex by Coppola, or any other treatment with formaldehyde fumes involved, make sure your salon is properly equipped to keep the air clean and safe.

Do the aldehyde-free treatments compare in frizz reduction & length of time they work?  There are many options in this category, and each has its pros and cons.  You can see a review of several aldehyde-free treatments here, and please also check out a more recent review of my new favorite, the updated and reformulated Pure Brazilian Clear.

Some other FAQ’s are:

How do keratin treatments work?  Are they damaging?

The treatments work by filling in dry, cracked cuticles with keratin (the protein your hair is made of), while botanical extracts moisturize and soften the newly smooth cuticle.

The result: hair that is healthier, stronger, shinier and straighter than before–and virtually frizz-free!

Are keratin treatments safe while pregnant or nursing?

Testing has not been done on this, so the manufacturers suggest waiting until you are done nursing before having the treatment done.  I do not perform the service on women who are pregnant or nursing.

For an alternative during this time, check out Pure Brazilian Clear!

Are they OK on colored or highlighted hair?

Absolutely!  In fact, porous hair absorbs more product and holds onto it longer. The first time I had mine done, my hair was bleach-blonde!  Color should be done before your treatment, or more than 2 weeks after it.  The treatment also locks in your color, so you’ll have less fading in between color appointments.

Are keratin treatments safe?

This topic has received a lot of attention in the past few years.  See our recent post about what salons can (and should) do to protect you, as well as their staff, during keratin treatment services.

How long do they last?

Results can vary based on product, hair texture and condition, but most clients repeat their treatment done every 3-4 months on average.

It is also important to follow aftercare instructions to prolong the life of your treatment.  Each company makes a shampoo and conditioner formulated with the same hydrolized keratin and botanical extracts as the treatment, so every time you use them you are refreshing it.  Repeating the treatment before it reverts completely will also increase longevity with each service.  Your wave will return before your frizz, providing an easy transition should you choose to go back to natural.

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Jordana Lorraine
Los Angeles, CA (Marina Del Rey)
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  1. Thank you for this Q&A, it’s very useful. I would like to ask what happends with curly or wavy hair if you make keratin treatment constantly for years? Your curls can stretch or they will get bach the original shape?