How to do a keratin treatment at home.

Do you have a lot of hair? Do you have long, curly, or frizzy hair? If so, then a keratin treatment might be right for you. A keratin treatment can help your hair become smoother and shinier. It also helps to prevent split ends. This article will show you how to do a DIY Keratin Treatment at home!

The word Keratin has become a buzzword in the hair world. It’s time to get educated on what it can do for you and your hair type.

If you’re looking to restore and replenish your colour treated tresses, this treatment can work wonders.

What’s amazing about keratin treatments is not just that they transform your dry, colour-damaged hair into silky smooth tresses, they also help you to control your hair better in the months that it lasts – cutting down styling time, products and frizz management.

That’s why we’re here to guide you through how to get it right first time!

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What is keratin?

Keratin is a protein that makes up the main structure of your hair and skin. It acts as a natural, protective shield against heat, humidity and frizz.

You might have seen the word keratin on shampoo bottles and wondered what it is. It is the protein that makes up your outer skin, hair and nails. It can help to make your hair smooth and straighten out so it becomes more manageable.

Over time, your hair loses keratin from things like dyeing and straightening your hair, but also from exposure to the sun and weather and life. 

Keratin contains powerful amino acids and works by smoothing over the cells that make up your hair strands.

When you use products containing keratin on your hair they help maintain the health of your hair by giving it strength while protecting it from breakage due to brushing or styling.

Products containing keratin can be used before blow drying or flat ironing which helps reduce frizziness in the process-plus they make your locks more manageable!

What are the benefits of keratin?

  • Helps to improve the overall quality of the hair
  • Increases hair strength
  • Enhances hair elasticity
  • Makes hair look more shiny & healthy
  • Helps protect hair from harsh salon processes & environmental stressors
  • Locks in colour and helps it last for longer
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Does keratin make your hair straight?

A keratin treatment is a straightening process for your hair.

Keratin products are used primarily for smoothing curly or frizzy wavy hair by reducing the formation of new waves or curls after they have formed. If you want to use keratin in order to make your hair straight, it’s the product for you.

What is a keratin treatment?

Hair can get frizzy, dry, and unmanageable. A keratin treatment is a solution for this!

In just one session it repairs damage. Your hair will be frizz-free, softer, shinier and smoother. You’ll have less breakage and more volume.

The treatment helps to seal the cuticle of the hair which results in less damage from heat styling tools or environmental factors such as pollution or UV rays that can lead to split ends.

Keratin treatments are good for all types of hair including colour treated hair because it seals in moisture while restoring elasticity for better manageability.

In a nutshell, keratin treatments (aka Brazillian blow-dry) work by filling the broken bonds in your hair with keratin goodness and then you seal it in with straightening irons.

It’s a lengthy process, (and expensive if you’re getting a professional to do it for you) but when it’s done, you’ll have silky straight and smooth hair that should last for up to 3 months. 

How long does a keratin treatment last?

Keratin treatments are a great way to give your hair a break from the harsh chemicals and heat damage of styling tools. But how long do they last?

Well, a keratin treatment lasts up to three months, and can be done on all lengths and types of hair.

Depending on your lifestyle, it can be cut shorter or even longer in some cases.

For example, if you have naturally curly hair that requires more maintenance than straightened locks, then you’ll find it wears off quicker.

In general, you can expect to go 3-4 months before having another session done. Plenty of time to save up!

Does a keratin treatment damage your hair?

Many people think that hair straightening treatments like the keratin treatment are bad for your hair.

But what is really true? Is it damaging or not? The truth is, if done correctly, a keratin treatment can be beneficial to your locks.

It’s all in how you prepare for it and how you take care of your hair after the treatment.

Having keratin treatments too often CAN damage your hair because of the chemicals and processing involved.

If you have too many treatments, your hair with dry, break and frizz and you could end up with split ends. All the things you’re trying to cure!

If you’re in any doubt about whether your hair is in the right condition for a keratin treatment, always consult with your hairdresser.

Are keratin treatments safe for coloured hair?

Keratin is perfectly safe to use on coloured hair and a long-lasting way to lock the colour and shine in.

The treatments are usually made up of a chemical like formaldehyde (which creates the long-lasting smoothing effect), conditioners like coconut oil, argan oil and most importantly, keratin.

There was a point not long ago where people got scared of the amount of chemicals in keratin treatments, but since then there are a lot more products available that aren’t so harsh on coloured hair.

Can you give yourself a keratin treatment at home?

It’s a good idea to get your keratin treatment done at the salon as a) the professionals have done this many times before, and b) it’s quite a laborious process, especially at the straightening stage, so it’s a much nicer experience to have this done to you while you get on with drinking tea and reading a mag.

HOWEVER, we appreciate that there are times when you’ll need or want to DIY it.

So let’s take those six steps to smooth hair heaven and let us show you how to get it right first time.


Colour your hair BEFORE the treatment.

Keratin treatments are great for locking colour in and restoring shine. The keratin seals your hair shaft and forms a protective layer over it, so you need to make sure your colour is in BEFORE you do the treatment not afterwards. 

We recommend waiting at least a week after your colour has been put in to make sure it’s really set and the first wash is out of the way. 

Which is the best at-home keratin treatment?

Some keratin treatments contain formaldehyde, however there are many on the market today that don’t. ALWAYS check the label and know what you’re putting on your hair.

We’re choosing a formaldehyde-free formula that has excellent reviews on Amazon, social channels full of tips and tricks and was our fave in Best keratin treatments your coloured hair needs today

COCOCHOCO Gold Hair Treatment

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COCOCHOCO Gold Hair Treatment is a premium hair treatment whose advanced, keratin-based  process will give your hair a smooth, straight, and glossy look.

How to do a keratin treatment at home step by step.

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What you’ll need:

  • Clarifying shampoo to remove dirt, debris and styling products from your hair. 
  • Hair straighteners that can heat up to at least 185 degrees.
  • A hair dryer with both medium and high heat settings.
  • Butterfly clips to hold upper sections of hair in place while you straighten the under-layers.
  • A plastic bowl and brush (optional) to pour COCOCHOCO Gold Hair Treatment into for ease of application.
  • A wide-tooth comb to separate hair sections and remove knots after shampooing.
  • A mask for the fumes if not included (it isn’t always).
  • A friend to help straighten your hair/amuse you (optional).

Set the scene.

You’re going to need to set aside anywhere between 2.5-3 hours to do this from start to finish. So make sure you’ve got the time, and the patience. 

Although our chosen keratin treatment is formaldehyde free, it still contains magic-making chemicals that work wonders on repairing your hair, but don’t half pong. So make sure the room you apply it in is well ventilated.

Step one: Wash your hair

Wash your hair TWICE with Clarifying Shampoo, to make sure all dirt and debris is removed. This makes sure the keratin treatment can really get into the fabric of your hair and fortify the bonds. Then, you rinse and towel dry. Easy so far!

Step two: Dry your hair

Blow-dry your hair on a medium heat until it’s completely dry. You don’t need to worry about products or styling it. The point of this step is to make sure your hair is completely moisture free so that the keratin treatment has no barriers to penetrate your hair.

Step three: Prepare the treatment

Comb your hair thoroughly and shake the product well before use. Pour it into your bowl. 

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Step four: Apply the treatment

Brush the Brazilian Keratin Treatment onto sections of hair (avoiding the scalp) and comb out the excess. Don’t worry if your eyes start watering! Leave this on for 10 minutes (enough time for that cup of tea!).

Step five: When your 10 minutes is up, blow-dry your hair again, without styling or using products, on a MEDIUM heat until completely dry. You should already start to feel the difference in the texture of your hair. Exciting!

Step five: Straighten your hair (a lot!)

The COCOCHOCO GOLD instructions say: ‘Using hair straighteners set at 220°C or 430°F, straighten the hair up to 5 times to seal in the treatment.’ 

This is the part of the process where the hair shaft is sealed, and the new proteins that are restoring your hair start to get locked in with the irons. This is where you may want some help for the hard to reach areas.

We found the 185 degree heat of our ghds was hot enough and we wouldn’t have liked to go any hotter on our colour-treated hair. It’s a real arm-ache straightening your hair five times! 

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We divided our hair into sections using the clips. With shoulder-length, thick hair, this was about 8 sections. We worked through each section, straightening it five times each. A heat proof glove would have been useful as our hair got very hot to touch which meant we had to keep stopping!

Depending on the length and the thickness of your hair, the treatment and its application can take anywhere from an hour and a half to up to three hours. It took us two and a half with shoulder-length hair but we were extra thorough on the straightening part.

Step six: Be amazed!

ADMIRE and BE AMAZED! What keeps you going with the straightening is that you can see and feel the results straight away. Our hair is so much smoother, shinier and glossier than it ever is when we straighten it. Our colour just seemed to pop more and your hair feels healthy and like new.

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Watch the professionals in action.

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How do I look after my keratin treated hair?

You’ve just had your hair treated with keratin and now you’re wondering what to do next. Here are a few do’s a don’ts to keep your hair silky smooth.


  • You cannot wash or tie your hair up for 3 days after the treatment.
  • After that, try not to wash your hair too much as this will remove the treatment product which has been applied during the process.


  • If hair gets wet, you must re-straighten it. Use a shower cap to protect it in the shower!
  • When you do wash it, use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
  • Stick with shampoo only every other day.
  • Always use a conditioner after washing as it helps put moisture back into your hair.
  • Sleep carefully after a keratin treatment – on your back and on a silk pillow!

What happens when my keratin treatment wears off?

Our hair had a glossy sheen that lasted well after the first wash.

We loved doing our own treatment at home as we didn’t have to be so thorough with our straighteners again. In fact, we used them a lot less as our hair stayed straight and smooth for weeks. 

The results began to fade after a month or so but were still evident after six weeks and our hair still looked smoother if not as colour bright as ever.

We wouldn’t recommend doing this more than 2-3 times a year because of the chemical processing involved, although the results are fantastic. 

Parting words.

If you’ve been looking for a way to save money on salon treatments, or if you are simply too busy to make time for it in your life, then this article is right up your alley.

You can try your hand at doing a DIY Keratin Treatment yourself using the steps we outlined here to get smooth and shiny hair without spending an arm and leg on salon prices!

We hope that the steps we have laid out will help lead you towards smoother and shinier hair! Good luck!