Many girls with curls who are distressed by their unruly, frizzy locks are grateful for the smooth silkiness that keratin treatments offer their tresses. But if you're used to wearing your hair back in clip, you'll want to take note of some special guidelines for protecting your newly frizz-free style, or you'll end up with an unsightly kink in your otherwise lovely locks.
First 48 Hours
Avoid using hair clips for the first 48 hours after having a keratin treatment applied to your hair. Your hair will initially be very fragile and moldable, and for the first couple days after having your hair de-frizzed, you'll want to treat your tresses with kid gloves. That means no clips, ponytail holders or other hair accessories. Using these decorative devices will leave a bend or dent in your hair, ruining the straight effect the keratin treatment is designed to impart.
After Two Days
On the third day after you've had a keratin treatment applied, stylists say it's safe for you to go back to wearing hair clips and other hair accessories. The treatment will have fully set and your hair won't be as malleable. Go ahead — wear that flirty updo to the big party.
Fixing a Kink
If you do use a clip in the first few days after a keratin treatment, you'll probably see a bend or indentation in the hair where the clip was. To fix, immediately touch up the area with a hot blow dryer or a flat iron to re-straighten your locks and get rid of the kink, notes NaturallyCurly.com. If you're unable to remove the indentation yourself, a quick trip to the salon may be in order.
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Ask Your Stylist
A wide variety of keratin treatment options are available nowadays; each is composed of differing levels of various ingredients, and each may have specific post-treatment instructions. An in-depth discussion with your stylist about which keratin treatments her salon offers will help you both decide which is the best for you and your particular hair characteristics. You'll definitely want to factor post-keratin-treatment care into your decision as to which treatment you select.
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