How to make your natural keratin smoothing treatment at home
If you could get perfectly smooth, silky, shiny hair at home without paying a fortune, would you do it?
Brazilian straightening is no longer such an expensive and unattainable dream !
Today, there are ready-made kits that allow you to do your keratin treatment alone at home.
Are you interested in this solution? Discover how to proceed in this article!
Why do a Brazilian straightening?
Here are the main reasons to have a Brazilian straightening:
- To have straight hair (no joke) for a long time! The effect of keratin straightening lasts between 4 to 6 months.
- To help repair damage to your hair if it is damaged by chemical treatments or straightening irons.
- Straight hair is simply easier to style and maintain than other hair types. You’ll save a ton of time getting ready in the morning!
- This treatment is 100% natural since it is based on the use of keratin. This protein naturally constitutes your hair.
Last point: the Brazilian straightening is particularly suitable for natural hair. It makes it stronger and more flexible. This is also the opinion of hair professionals who use it in hair salons and sometimes consider it the best products for african american natural hair care.
Brazilian straightening: how does it work?
The Brazilian straightening works thanks to the addition of keratin in the hair.
Keratin is an all-natural protein already present in the skin, nails and hair. It is responsible for the strength, shine and elasticity of hair.
It is thanks to this protein that Brazilian straightening improves the overall condition of your hair while making it smooth.
If you have Afro hair and are looking for a way to get straight and smooth hair, Brazilian straightening is a wonderful solution for you!
Let’s take a look at the steps to do a Brazilian straightening alone at home.
1. Preparation before the Brazilian straightening
What is the condition of your hair?
Even if the keratin treatment is above all a regenerative care, your hair will receive it all the better if it is already in good health.
Don’t hesitate to double up on moisturizing treatments a few weeks before straightening. Do oil baths and protein hair masks to put the odds in your favor!
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Healthy hair makes the Brazilian treatment even more effective. It will also withstand the effects of the straightener all the better.
Avoid any treatment before straightening
The keratin treatment will be even more effective if you have not colored your hair in the days leading up to it.
If you have colored your hair or had any other chemical treatment, it is recommended to wait at least 15 days before doing a Brazilian straightening.
Note that it is strongly advised not to wash your hair in the 2 to 3 days following your homemade Brazilian straightening.
This is the only slightly unpleasant period of the treatment since the hair has an oily appearance. It must be protected at best.
2. Washing your hair
It is very important to wash your hair before starting the Brazilian straightening treatment yourself. This will remove any impurities or chemical residue from your hair and ensure that the keratin penetrates the hair shaft.
Which shampoo should I use?
A clarifying shampoo is normally provided with your homemade Brazilian straightening kit.
If not, you can use a mild shampoo enriched with keratin. You can also add a few drops of rosemary or peppermint essential oils to further strengthen your hair.
During shampooing, massage your scalp well. Circular movements with your fingers will stimulate microcirculation and stimulate growth.
Depending on the condition of your hair, 2 to 3 washes are recommended to prepare it for the application of the product.
If you have very curly type 4 hair, one wash may be sufficient. Several shampoos could dry it out and reduce the effectiveness of the straightening.
Keep in mind that your hair must be well washed since you won’t be able to touch it for the next 3 days!
A little tip: you can leave the shampoo on for a few minutes to improve the wash. You should insist on washing even more if you have long hair.
Detangling and drying
If you find yourself with knots, you can remove them with a wide-tooth comb.
You can also use your fingers to detangle knots that are too difficult. Use a fine-tooth comb when the bulk of the knots are out.
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After washing your hair, you need to dry it.
To do this, first get a towel and then a hair dryer.
It doesn’t matter if some of your strands are still wet, the treatment will be just as effective.
However, a homemade Brazilian straightening can’t be done on wet hair.
3. How to apply your Brazilian straightening at home?
To apply your homemade Brazilian straightening, start by separating your hair into four sections: two in the front and two in the back.
Then, take a thin strand from one of the two back sections and apply the straightening iron to it.
The straightener should be applied to very thin sections each time, no more than half a centimeter thick.
Repeat the process strand by strand, from the nape of the neck to the front of the head, until all of your hair is straightened.
How long should I leave the treatment on?
For Brazilian straightening of wavy or straight hair, it takes 20 minutes. For curly, natural and/or thick hair, it takes 40 minutes.
This is because wavy or straight hair has less volume than curly, natural and thick hair. The treatment can then penetrate more easily and quickly.
In addition, natural hair is more resistant to treatment chemicals. It therefore takes longer for the treatment to work on this type of hair.
The maintenance of the Brazilian straightening house
It is better to space your shampoos as much as possible to increase the duration of your Brazilian straightening.
For initially natural hair, one or two shampoos per week is more than enough.
Just be sure to use a good quality shampoo that will not strip your hair of its natural oils. You can turn to gentle shampoos enriched with keratin for this.
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Here are some other precautions to take:
- Avoid contact with chlorinated water or salt water, they can reduce the effectiveness of the keratin treatment.
- Just like shampooing, you will need to be patient before using a heated styling tool on your hair for at least 3 days after your treatment, as this could damage your hair.
The results of the homemade Brazilian straightening
After the treatment, you will have straight, smooth and shiny hair for 3 to 4 months!
If you want to extend the treatment time as much as possible, you can use a keratin-enriched, sulfate-free shampoo.
This type of shampoo will also help protect your hair from daily stresses such as pollution or humidity.
So if you’re looking for a way to get smooth, shiny hair without damaging it, the homemade Brazilian straightening treatment is definitely for you!
What are the advantages of Brazilian straightening?
Brazilian straightening penetrates deep into the hair cuticle. It repairs damaged areas to strengthen each hair. Thanks to the keratin treatment, your hair regains strength, robustness and flexibility.
In addition, the treatment perfectly disciplines the hair. After a Brazilian straightening, your hair is softer, smoother and above all very easy to style every day!
You won’t have to fight frizz or unruly hair every morning. And the best part? You get a natural and lasting result!
How long does the Brazilian straightening last?
Brazilian straightening generally lasts between 3 and 5 months, depending on the type of hair.
Since kinky hair has the tightest curls, it usually lasts no longer than 4 months, which is already great!
And don’t forget that it also depends on how you take care of your hair after the treatment.
There is no reason not to use a straightener to prolong the effect of the treatment when it starts to fade, provided of course that you use a heat protectant.