Can you curl your hair after keratin treatment or smoothening treatments? Of course, you can! Read on to know, how.
I have naturally wavy to curly hair (think 2c or 3a hair) and I often get keratin treatments to make them more manageable and “straighter”.
But sometimes, you really start missing your curls again and want to bring them back? Sound familiar?
So is keratin really a permanent process? Or can you get your curls back? And is it safe to curl your hair after a keratin treatment or will you ruin it beyond repair by attempting to do so.
I’ve answered all these queries and more when it comes to keratin-treated hair.
Can You Curl Your Hair After Keratin Treatment 2022
If you’re bored of having smooth, straight hair after getting a keratin treatment or a Brazilian blowout, and want to try curling your hair here’s what you should know.
Yes, you can absolutely curl your hair after keratin, it’s 100 percent possible. However, you need to be careful about the timing and also to use as little heat as possible.
This is because keratin treatments basically involve the use of strong chemicals and heat to rearrange your hair’s cell structure, changing its texture.
So keratin-treated hair has also been through a lot and adding more heat could lead to damage.
What’s The Best Time To Curl Your Hair After Keratin Treatment
Now coming to the other important bit – when is it okay to curl your hair after a keratin hair treatment. And there’s no simple answer to this question.
Some hairstylists claim that you can curl or style your hair (using heat styling tools) on the same day as you get the keratin treatment, provided you wash it off completely first.
Now I find this suggestion to be very far-reaching as it’s a complete waste of keratin treatment to wash it without even letting your hair enjoy its benefits (and also a waste of money, if you ask me!)
So in case, you DON’T want to remove the keratin treatment, I’d suggest waiting out at least two weeks before using any sort of heat styling tools (curling irons, flat irons, etc.) on hair.
This “2-week rule” varies from person to person. If your hair is thick and healthy, and if your natural hair texture wasn’t curly or coily, to begin with, you can try styling it a bit earlier.
The best thing to do is to check your hair the week after the treatment. Do you feel the keratin treatment has been absorbed your strands properly? Or are there still areas on your tresses that feel “wet” or malleable?
If you feel your hair needs more time to settle into its new texture, I strongly recommend not disturbing it for at least 3 weeks.
However, you can curl your hair without a second thought if you’re nearing the end of your keratin treatment. Most of these treatments start to wear off after 2-3 months, even if they claim to stay for six months.
And of course, there’s the issue of your roots growing out in your natural hair texture. So you can definitely style your hair as you would normally 2 months into the treatment.
How To Curl Your Hair After Keratin Treatment
If you’ve decided to go ahead and curl your hair after getting a keratin treatment, here’s what you should keep in mind.
- Only curl your hair after (at least) 2 weeks of getting the treatment
- Use heatless rollers or foams to get curls
- If you still want to use a curling iron, make sure it comes with a protective ceramic coating
- Never forget to use a heat protectant before curling your hair
Your hair has already been through a lot with the keratin treatment as the process usually involves using heat to add keratin protein to the strands and to rearrange molecules on hair cuticles.
So your hair is already in a vulnerable state and can be prone to damage.
When you’re curling your keratin-treated hair make sure not to do it on wet hair. When your hair is damp, it’s even more likely to get damaged as the cuticles are exposed.
Start off with applying a heat protectant spray, leave-in conditioner, or oil like jojoba oil. This forms a coating on hair strands and prevents excess heat from damaging the hair.
I always use a hair curling iron with ceramic coating or if I’m using a flat iron to curl my hair, one with ceramic plates. This material doesn’t get heated quite as quickly and maintains an even temperature throughout the plate/rod.
So these heat styling tools make sure there are no “hot spots” that can damage hair due to excessive heat.
Also, since the keratin treatment replenishes your hair’s lost keratin, the curls will also hold better.
But it’s still useful to use a hair spray or styling gel to keep them in place.
However, if you go for heatless curls using a foam curling rod or hair rollers, the curls might not look as defined, despite being the much safer option.
How To Get Volume After Keratin Treatment
A lot of women want to get curls in their keratin-treated hair as they feel their locks look too “poker-straight” and limp after getting this process done.
However, if you’re only after volume, then curling isn’t necessary at all! There are several other ways you can volume in your keratin-treated hair without damaging it or ruining your hair texture. Here’s how to do it!
Use a clarifying shampoo once a week
Yes, I know. A lot of hairstylists advise you to avoid a sulfate-based shampoo like the plague. But a good clarifying shampoo (even if you choose one without sulfates) can really help get the grime and oil from your scalp.
This helps lift the roots and prevents your strands from being weighed down from the dirt, making your hair look more bouncy and voluminous.
I’d suggest limiting your clarifying shampoo usage to once a week or even once every 10-12 days if you have dry hair.
Point your hair dryer upwards while using it
Of course, you should only be using a hairdryer on your keratin-treated hair only after 2 weeks or so to prevent it from getting damaged.
But if you’re using a hairdryer, point it upwards so that the hot air blows upwards. Ideally, I suggest you also bend over at the waist with your hair falling down over your head as your dry them.
Sounds excessive, I know. But it really helps add that “bounce” to keratin-treated hair.
FAQs about Curling Hair After A Keratin or Smoothening Treatment
When can I curl my hair after keratin treatment?
Most hairstylists are of the opinion that you should wait at least 1-2 weeks before using any sort of styling products on your hair after a keratin treatment.
I’d advise you to stay on the safer side and only start curling your hair 2 weeks after getting your keratin treatment.
Can I tie my hair after keratin treatment?
No, do not tie your hair back using a hair tie, scrunchie, clip, or any sort of accessory immediately after getting a keratin treatment.
The treatment is still fresh on your locks which are in a very malleable state (they are likely to get reshaped easily). So tieing your hair might add a kink to the otherwise smooth texture of your hair.
You can start using a soft silk or satin hair tie (do not tie it too tightly) 3-4 days after the treatment.
Can I use a curling iron on my hair after a keratin treatment?
Yes, you can use a curling iron on your hair after a keratin treatment. But make sure you wait at least 2 weeks before using any sort of heat styling tools as keratin-treated hair is still malleable during the first fortnight of application.
Also, make sure the curling iron has an adjustable temperature range and comes with a hair protect system (like a ceramic coating) to protect your hair from further damage as keratin treatment can make it vulnerable.
What happens if you curl your hair after a keratin treatment?
Keratin treatments are supposed to break and rearrange the bonds on your hair cuticles, turning your hair texture from frizzy/wavy/curly to straight and smooth. When you apply keratin treatment your hair is still malleable (prone to shaping and reshaping). So if you curl your hair right afterwards, it will nullify the keratin treatment’s effects. And it will be a loss of your money and time. Also applying heat right after a keratin treatment might damage your hair.
A keratin treatment uses high heat to add keratin protein back into your strands, rebuilding the damaged portion of your hair and reshaping the texture, making it smoother.
This process leaves your hair prone to being reshaped if you apply force. So hairstylists often suggest you don’t even use a hair tie, let alone curl your hair.
But after 2 weeks when the hair gets more “settled” into its new texture is when you can start experimenting with new styles if you get bored of smooth, straight hair.
So to sum it up, sure you can curl your hair after a keratin treatment. Just wait 2 weeks before doing it.
Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!