What is a keratin treatment? (Before and After)


Collage 2015-02-01 19_24_14I know by now most of you have heard your curly hair friends talking about keratin treatments. You may be asking your self, what is a keratin treatment? I wonder if that will work in my crazy curly hair??

Today I decided to do a keratin treatment before and after to show everyone how they work and explain the up keep process.

Keratin treatments are not  permanent straighteners, and honestly they do require a fair amount of up keep. However they are very good for the hair.

The keratin treatment I choose to use in the salon is the  Simply Smooth brand. It comes in two different formulations. (Mini treatment and original formula).

(In todays   example I have decided to use the mini keratin treatment.)

Simply Smooth Mini keratin treatments generally lasts about 4-6 weeks or longer, depending upon if you follow your treatment at home with the proper hair products. Also depending on how much you wash it.

Simply Smooth Original formula can last up to 16 weeks or longer with proper upkeep and products used at home.

You may still be asking, What is a keratin treatment?

First of all I will explain what keratin is. Keratin is  a protein that is the key structural building block for the hair skin and nails.  Keratin is necessary for shiny healthy hair. When the outer layer of keratin becomes damaged (due to every day environmental factors and styling procedures) it effects the new cells that are no longer being protected beneath it. This results in damage in the form of dry brittle hair.

A keratin treatment reverses this damage by filling in and sealing the damaged hair shaft with keratin. It also creates a humidity resistant barrier around the hair shaft eliminating frizz.

In  the Simply Smooth keratin treatments there are also lots of other natural ingredients that promote moisture and healing in the hair.

Some of these are:

apple pulp, for added moisture and breakage reduction.

Vitamins A,D,E and magnesium, to promote on going nourishment and protection from free radicals within the environment.

Vanillin, helps with healing strengthening and restoring the hair, creating healthy shiny gorgeous hair using a very natural process.

It is very important to remember that a keratin treatment is NOT a permanent straightener. If you have very curly hair and desire straight hair, the keratin will help with smoothing and reducing frizz and it will block out humidity, but you will still need to spend ample time blowing out and flat ironing.

When the keratin has been dried and flat ironed into the hair it will fill in the shaft with all of the nourishing vitamins and natural extracts along with the keratin, creating shiny healthy hair that does not turn into a big fuzzy mess when you walk out side.

With the treatment you can go longer between the shampoo and blow out process, which is also very good for the hair because shampooing and ironing can be very drying. When you wash your hair you will see that you still have your curl but it is more controlled with less frizz and fluff.

It is also very important to remember that you absolutely must use the Simply Smooth at home products recommended for your hair type. These products are created with vitamins and minerals and keratin, especially formulated to enhance your treatment and make it last longer. If you do not use the proper at home care products the keratin will immediately begin to be stripped from the hair shaft and will be completely removed with in a few washes.

If you are wondering if a keratin treatment is right for you call me and set up an appointment for a consultation. We will discuss your hair and decide which smoothing treatment is best for your hair type.



  1. Lucinda Freestone says:

    Dear Jillian

    Thanks for this information.

    I always find it strange that people want to straighten curly hair. I have straight hair and remember about thirty years ago having my hair permed!! It was the fashion then (in the 80s) to have curly hair..

    I use conditioner every time I wash my hair which is most days as I always feel better with clean hair. Also, my hair stands up in the morning so I need to do something to style it and wetting it never feels the same.

    I don’t wash it so often now as I don’t have to go out to work any more and I just leave it to dry naturally which is better than blow drying.

    However, sometimes I feel my hair needs some sort of extra conditioner as it gets a bit dry. I think I might consider a Keratin treatment. From what I can see from your article, it doesn’t matter if your hair is straight or curtly, Keratin does improve the texture and is good for it.

    Thanks for the helpful information.

    • admin says:

      Hi Lucinda!! Thanks for the comment. You are right keratin treatment are great for straight or curly hair. You could also try a light leave in conditioner for your fly aways. Good luck with your hair

  2. Crystal Moore says:

    Your blog/website is wonderful. The information in about the keratin treatment answered all of my questions I have always had about the treatment. I definitely need to book an appointment with you for my daughter! 🙂

  3. christinamk says:

    It sounds like keratin treatments are good for your hair and they help repair damaged ends. Are there products you can use at home with similar benefits as a keratin treatment? I don’t want to straighten my hair but I like the idea of nourishing it so that it is less dry. Would a keratin repair hair product be good to use?

    • Jill Jones says:

      Yes the at home keratin products are great for your hair. The salon treatment is going to be the most beneficial to your hair. I also recommend if you are using at home hair products always purchase them from a reputable stylist or hair salon. The keratin line I love is Simply Smooth they make the salon treatment along with take home maintenance products.

  4. alex says:

    Great information, I’ve always been a bit skeptical about keratin treatments because I’ve heard mixed reviews.However, this is very helpful. I do have a question though. Are keratin treatments safe to use on dyed hair? More specifically, bleached hair? I know that bleaching hair can be very damaging. Could keratin help with that?

    • Jill Jones says:

      Keratin is especially helpful in repairing damaged hair. It is great and highly recommend for bleached and colored hair. Since it doesn’t have any chemicals and only natural vitamins and Keratin to fill in all of the damaged areas. If you treat your bleached hair with keratin you will be happy. But you must make sure this is done by a professional and only using natural ,non chemical ,professional products

  5. Andi says:

    Hi there,
    I have a few questions for you, Jill.
    I have a lot of blonde highlights in my hair and it is fairly curly and also prone to being frizzy especially if it is a damp day outside.
    So is a keratin treatment suitable for my hair too?
    Also, Is it possible to do your own Keratin treatment at home?
    If so, where would I buy such a treatment, please.

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