Keratin Treatment at Home: Everything You Need to Know

Here's our guide to help you do a keratin hair treatment at home. Check out the easy steps on how to do it and don't miss our keratin product recommendations.

Doing a keratin treatment at home is a convenient way to make your hair smoother and more manageable. It’s perfect when you can’t leave the house to visit your favorite salon. You can even schedule this hair pampering session for yourself on a Saturday afternoon after a busy week. But before we go into all of that, let’s talk about what keratin hair treatment is and what it does.

Keratin is the protein that makes up your hair, nails, and the outer layer of your skin. It makes them durable and waterproof. And when we talk about keratin for hair, we refer to the protein that fills the gaps between the overlapping cells that make up your hair cuticle.

Keratin treatments, like other protein treatments for hair, help repair the damage on your hair. Keratin hair treatments replace the protein that your strands have lost due to chemical treatments, heat styling, and other damaging conditions you have exposed your tresses to. They rebuild the damaged areas, add shine, and eliminate frizz so your hair becomes more beautiful and easier to manage.

Keratin hair treatments give a wide range of benefits like adding moisture to the strands and leaving them soft, smooth, strong, and shiny. You can maximize the benefits of a keratin treatment by using a keratin shampoo and conditioner in your daily hair washing.

If you can’t make it to the salon, you can incorporate an at-home keratin treatment into your hair care routine. But of course, you have to know how to do it correctly so you can make the most of its benefits. You can begin by getting to know our favorite keratin hair treatment product: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Treatment Mask.

It has KERA10 Protein Complex, which penetrates your hair up to 10 layers deep. This keratin treatment mask also gives your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash, like making your hair soft, shiny, and smooth, taming frizz, and detangling.

Now, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you DIY that keratin hair treatment at home so you can give your locks a major reboot.

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Watch this tutorial video to learn how to give your hair keratin treatment at home.

1. Shampoo your hair.

Keratin Treatment at Home: A woman taking a shower and washing her hair.
Gently massage your scalp with your finger tips (and not your nails!) when shampooing your hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Wash hair with a good keratin shampoo for complimentary ingredient benefits. If you have straight hair, wash twice; if you have extremely curly hair, add at least one more wash.

Note: DO NOT use a conditioner. Also, make sure hair is thoroughly rinsed.

Editor’s tip: Looking for a keratin shampoo? Try TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo. It gives your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash. Aside from making your hair soft, smooth, and shiny, this shampoo detangles your hair, tames flyaways, provides heat protection, has an anti-frizz and anti-humidity formulation, and leaves a long-lasting fragrance. 

2. Massage the treatment onto your hair.

Keratin Treatment at Home: Asian woman putting treatment on her long hair
Apply the keratin treatment to your hair one section at a time. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Towel dry hair gently but leave some moisture so hair can easily absorb the product. Coat your strands with the keratin treatment, starting from the tips going up. Stop at one inch from the scalp. Gently massage your hair with the product.

3. Leave the treatment on your hair for 30 minutes.

Asian woman woman wearing a white rob combing her long hair
Combing your hair helps distribute the keratin treatment evenly. Credit: Dennie Ramon

With the product still on your hair, comb your locks gently with a wide-tooth comb. Then, let the treatment sit on your hair for 30 minutes.

4. Rinse your hair.

Asian woman wearing a white robe patting a towel on her hair
Rinse hair thoroughly after the keratin treatment has been absorbed by your hair. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Rinse thoroughly to make sure there’s no product buildup left on your hair as this may cause dandruff.

5. Blow dry and iron your hair.

Keratin treatment at home: Asian woman blow drying and brushing her long straight black hair
Gently brush your hair while blow-drying. Credit: Hariono Halim

Blow-dry your hair while brushing. Once completely dry, separate hair into small sections and lock the keratin in by ironing each section thoroughly. Iron your hair one small section at a time so the heat is applied evenly.

6. Wait.

Back shot of an Asian woman with long black hair
Just leave your hair be for 48 hours. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Keep hair dry—wait for 48 hours before washing. This gives the keratin treatment more time to seep into your hair and work its magic. Make sure you don’t tuck your hair behind your ears or tie it. Just keep it down and straight.

7. Wash with shampoo and conditioner.

After 48 hours, you can now wash your hair. Use shampoo and conditioner (we love TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Hair Conditioner), then blow-dry your hair.

We’ve rounded up more keratin shampoos, conditioners, and products we love, so you can pick the best keratin hair treatment for you!

1. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum

Maintain the effects of your keratin hair treatment by using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum after styling your hair. This serum contains keratin and marula oil, which help in taming frizz, detangling your hair, adding shine, making your hair soft, and taming flyaways. To use, just put a drop of this serum onto your palms, rub your palms together, and apply the serum to the mid-lengths up to the ends of your hair.

2. Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Treatment Crème

Got damaged hair? Revive it with Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Treatment Crème. With each application, your hair gets the benefits of three keratin products in one. This treatment crème keratin serum to help repair damage, keratin relaxers to tame frizz, and keratin essence to restore shine to dull and dry hair.

3. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner

For your daily keratin needs, you can also use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum Conditioner. It’s ideal for dry and frizzy hair as it has keratin and oleo serum that keep your hair moisturized and calm frizz.

4. Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight & Shine Ultra Conditioner

Add Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Ultra Conditioner to your hair-repair essentials. Complement your hair repair mask treatment with the use of this conditioner to get healthy and shiny hair. It can also help repair your strands from the inside out.

5. Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Ultra Treatment Wrap

Now, keratin smoothing treatment at home has been made easier with Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Ultra Treatment Wrap. Its Triple Keratin Formula penetrates each strand to help give you sleeker and straighter hair. Just put the wrap on your hair for 20 minutes and rinse. So easy, right?

6. Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Treatment Shot

Aside from making your hair smoother and shinier, this deep conditioning treatment also has 10 times more strengthening actives that make your hair up to 10 times stronger. Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Treatment Shot protects your hair from extreme factors that cause breakage, so use this regularly if you’re dealing with hair fall.

7. Dove Straight & Silky Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo

This shampoo has Keratin Tri-Silk Serum, the newest technology that combines the power of keratin, fiber actives, and serum ingredients to repair damage, deeply nourish and protect your hair, and leave it extra beautiful. Dove Straight & Silky Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo also has Amino Essence that boosts hair health and nourishes up to the core of your hair fibers. The result? Hair that’s extra smooth, soft, and shiny.

8. Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Shampoo

Got damaged hair? Nurse it back to its healthy-looking state with the help this shampoo. It has keratin-infused serum capsules that penetrate the hair and repair it from within. Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Shampoo deeply nourishes your hair, leaving it recovered, beautiful, and resilient to future damage in just one minute. Complement it with Dove Keratin Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner for best results.

9. Vitakeratin Expert Salon Treatment Brazilian Straight

Want a keratin treatment that feels like a Brazilian blowout? Try Vitakeratin Expert Salon Treatment Brazilian Straight. It is infused with Vitamin B3 that helps your hair become silky and glossy. Also, its salon-quality keratin helps make your hair smooth, while its Brazilian nut oil coats your hair from root to tip.

What do you think of doing this keratin treatment at home? It is possible, not to mention easy, to give yourself the best keratin treatment at home. Just make sure you’re doing it right!


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