Straightening curly hair can be a difficult process. Using blow dryers, straightening irons and other pieces of equipment can be quite time consuming, and the results are only temporary. Many women and men have turned to keratin treatments to tame their curly hair. According to Total Beauty, “keratin hair treatments are a semi-permanent, hair-smoothing, curl-softening professional chemical treatment” that can make hair softer, shinier and straighter. It is important for individuals considering these treatments to understand that they will last for a significant period of time. While it is possible to get natural curls back after a keratin treatment, the process will require some work and a little bit of patience.

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Wash your hair. Individuals who receive a keratin hair treatment are typically restricted to washing their hair just twice a week or less often. To remove the chemicals used in the treatment and promote the return of natural curls, wash your hair much more frequently. Washings should occur at least once — if not twice — per day to ensure the best results.

Use the right shampoo. After keratin hair treatments, individuals are instructed to use specific shampoos that do not contain sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is often used in “clarifying” shampoos, as it has been found to be quite effective at removing added dyes, chemicals, and other man-made products from the hair shaft. Washing your hair with shampoos and conditioners containing this ingredient can therefore be an effective way to get your natural curls back.

Exercise patience. Depending on your hair’s texture and condition, keratin treatments may last anywhere from eight to 20 weeks. While it may be difficult to wait this long for hair to return to its natural state, it is the only sure-fire way to get your natural curls back.