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Can Keratin Treatment Ruin Your Hair? 8 Expert Recommended Ways To Reverse The Damage

Can Keratin Treatment Ruin Your Hair? 8 Expert Recommended Ways To Reverse The Damage
Can Keratin Treatment Ruin Your Hair? 8 Expert Recommended Ways To Reverse The Damage

Keratin is an important protein for hair but artificial keratin treatment is not the best option for anyone.

Written by Kinkini Gupta |Updated : November 24, 2023 7:52 PM IST

Keratin treatment has become very popular among women of all ages. This is a chemical procedure which makes your hair look more straight, reduces frizz and increases hair shine. This straight hair look lasts for about 6 months. But, it is not permanent. As soon as your hair roots start growing, your hair will look exactly the same as before. Why is this treatment so famous? There is only one answer to this, the impossible beauty standards imposed on the youth of this generation by celebrity beauty trends and the way they look on screen and magazines.

Our natural hair will have some amount of frizz in it but that does not mean that your hair is not healthy. If you have naturally straight hair, you will have less frizz but if you are born with curly hair, you will have more frizz and it is only natural. Our motto should be to embrace our natural hair but it is easier said than done in this day and age. Every salon ever promises that keratin treatment will make your hair healthier, will reduce hair fall, will make it stronger but a the end of the day, it adds a bunch of chemical in your hair which do not have any benefits.

How Does Keratin Treatment Damage Your Hair?

Here are the cons:

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  1. Firstly, this treatment adds a lot of chemicals in your hair.
  2. They use formaldehyde to give the straight look, this can be harmful when inhaled.
  3. They add high heat that can make your hair dry and brittle.
  4. People who have chemically processed hair should be especially careful because it is like adding more chemicals to fragile hair strands. This can be more damaging.
  5. Keratin treatment is expensive and you have to get it at least every 6 to 6 months.
  6. Oher environmental factors like chlorine, hard water exposure, pollutants can shorten the span of keratin treatment.
  7. It can lead to hair fall, breakage, dryness and less hair growth if you get it done too frequently

How To Reverse The Damage?

You have to understand that Keratin treated hair is not your natural hair so, the more appointments you take, the more your natural hair will become weaker, dryer and thinner. How can you reverse the damage?

  1. Stop the treatment. You have to go cold turkey. It will be difficult to maintain your natural hair at first but it will get better gradually.
  2. Nourish your hair both internally and externally. This means along with deep conditioning you must also eat a good diet.
  3. Focus on eating a lot of healthy fats.
  4. Do not use more chemicals on your hair.
  5. Use hair oil and home made masks for deep conditioning.
  6. It might take one year for your hair to recover but it will be worth it.
  7. You can get a haircut to avoid the half natural and half keratin treated hair.
  8. Protect your hair from harsh water and air.