Shiny, silky, straight, frizz-free hair… it seems to be a dream that will never come true. That is, until you take the plunge and get a keratin treatment. But what about all the potential health risks talked about online? Well, that’s why we’re doing the research for you. While some of the really effective products will contain formaldehyde or some form of aldehyde, we’ll make sure that our top 10 picks are the ones that have been given approval by the experts. Are you ready? Let’s get straight to it!
Top 10 Keratin Treatments of 2018 Reviewed
- Top 10 Keratin Treatments of 2018 Reviewed
- 1. Keratin Research Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment
- 2. L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment
- 3. It’s a 10 Haircare Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin
- 4. DAILY KERATIN by Keratin Express
- 5. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Keratin Intensive Treatment
- 6. Peter Coppola: Smoothing & Refinishing Keratin Treatment
- 7. OGX Instant Repair Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil
- 8. Lasio Keratin-Infused Treatment One Day Formula
- 9. CHI Keratin Silk Infusion
- 10. Keratin Complex Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment
- How to Choose the Best Keratin Treatment for You
1. Keratin Research Brazilian Keratin Hair TreatmentKeratin Treatment At Home
Sold by Keratin Research, this treatment does contain formaldehyde (as most often do). But, unlike other products, the company also includes its breakthrough Keratin formulation called INVERTO™ which ensures that the treatment can be washed off your hair the next morning instead of the usual 3-4 days. In addition to washing away the chemical treatment, the product also contains Moroccan Argan oil, coconut oils, proteins, and amino acid complexes to repair, condition, and strengthen your hair.
- contains argan oil, coconut oils, and other proteins for moisturizing your hair and preventing breakage
- treatment can be washed off the next day
- professional results
- lightens the color of your hair
- doesn’t last longer than a month
- some users have found the chemical smell too strong
2. L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment
Unlike our top pick, L’anza’s keratin hair treatment does not contain any formaldehyde. What it does have is a proprietary blend of Keratin Protein and Phyto IV Complex to create smooth, silky, healthy hair. The Phyto IV Complex contains several oils – abyssinian flower oil, acai fruit oil, babassu kernel oil, and coffee seed oil. These ingredients deep conditions your hair that improves your hair’s flexibility, elasticity, and softness.
- no formaldehyde
- deep conditions your hair to extensively repair damage
- easy to use
- leaves some hair types such as fine hair greasy
- some users found the smell strange
- some users felt it was too expensive
3. It’s a 10 Haircare Miracle Leave-In Plus KeratinKeratin Treatment Without Formaldehyde
It’s a 10 definitely gets a 10 out of us! This quick-fix treatment allows you to spritz your hair with essential conditioners that ensure you get frizz-free, soft, silky hair. No more hours of slowly applying the treatment into your hair. Just spray all over, comb through, and viola! Take note that this is especially designed to remove any frizz and flyaways. It is not designed to straighten curly/wavy hair.
- quick and easy to use
- really affordable
- a little applied goes a long way
- too much spritzing can leave a sticky residue
- Some bottles come with a broken pump mechanism
4. DAILY KERATIN by Keratin ExpressKeratin Treatment for Curly Hair
Daily Keratin is perfect for those who want a softer, gentler treatment. It does not contain any formaldehydes or similarly harsh chemicals. Instead, it makes use of keratin oil, hydrolyzed keratin protein, and Trametes Versicolor Extract that releases natural enzymes which in turn help seal the hair shaft and smoothen the cuticle.
- smells nice
- helps in-salon Keratin treatments last longer
- no formaldehyde or other harsh chemicals
- doesn’t work for all hair types
- requires the use of a blow dryer for best results
- some users experienced residue buildup due to frequent use
5. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Keratin Intensive Treatment
This keratin treatment was specifically designed to enrich and repair color-treated and chemically processed hair. It contains Keratriplex, an exclusive blend of keratin protein that is used to rebuild disrupted bonds and reinforce the cuticle.
- trusted brand
- no animal testing
- not as restorative or reparative for some hair types
- works best with other products of the same line
6. Peter Coppola: Smoothing & Refinishing Keratin Treatment
Compared to all the other keratin treatments on our list, this one really will break the bank. Designed for professionals, the Peter Coppola keratin treatment is an aldehyde-free and formaldehyde-free product that safely softens and smoothens hair while adding volume. The company promises the results to last a minimum of 3 months.
- no formaldehyde and aldehyde
- a rinse out formula so no need to wait 72 hours before washing out the treatment
- frizz-free even in humid weather
- very expensive
- some Amazon sellers are selling fake ones
- company does not release a full ingredient list
7. OGX Instant Repair Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil
This keratin treatment from OGX is a favorite of ours because it’s so easy to use and you see results immediately. It contains hydrolyzed keratin, argan oil, and other keratin proteins that make your hair shiny and healthy, most especially if you have dry, damaged hair from too much chemical processing.
- oil is light on the hair
- a little goes a long way
- can be used as a serum
- some people find the perfume smell too strong
- not for people who want to hold a curl
- some consumers report that the results don’t last long
8. Lasio Keratin-Infused Treatment One Day Formula
Yes, this too is quite an expensive pick. But most consumers agree that Lasio’s One Day Formula deserves all that and more. Most effective keratin treatments used in salons contain formaldehyde or a similarly harsh chemical which enables the stylist to change the structure of your hair, leaving it pin straight and frizz-free. Lasio’s keratin infusion not only gets rid of all the frizz and 90% of your curls, it does this without the use of formaldehyde. In addition to that, you can now wash your hair 24 hours after the treatment instead of the usual 72 hours.
- first initial wash can be done after 24 hours
- salon-like results
- results only last 2-3 months instead of 3-4 months
- some users have complained about strong fumes
9. CHI Keratin Silk InfusionKeratin Treatment for Damaged Hair
This keratin treatment is one of our top 10 favorites because it is specifically designed to treat dry, damaged hair. The formula, which includes jojoba and argan oils, helps restore your hair’s softness by increasing the moisture levels of your hair and smoothening your cuticles. You can use it before or after styling your hair. Some prefer to use is as a polish to give your hair that extra shine.
- smells good
- results in silky smooth hair
- a little goes a long way
- some users found it expensive
- some users prefer the fragrance of the original Silk Infusion
- can leave some hair types feeling greasy
10. Keratin Complex Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment
This is the signature smoothing solution made by Keratin Complex. Like most of the keratin treatments used in salons, this one does contain formaldehyde. Fortunately, it is one of the few in the market that are actually OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) compliant which means that it is safe to use.
- OSHA compliant
- results last up to 5 months
- smoothens your hair but does not change the natural structure so you can style it wavy or straight
- requires a lot of time
- 72-hour waiting period
Want to look at other keratin treatments we missed? Here are a few that we haven’t had a chance to review but might prove interesting: Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Nanokeratin Keratin, TRESemme Expert Selection Heat Activated Keratin Smooth Treatment, Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Pure Luxury Age-Defying Hair Mask, and HASK Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioning Pack.
How to Choose the Best Keratin Treatment for You
Keratin is the protein found in your hair that makes it strong, smooth, and frizz-free. Keratin treatments, on the other hand, is not entirely made up of just keratin. This type of hair treatment contains other ingredients as well such as formaldehyde or similar chemicals to create a long-lasting result and oils to nourish and moisturize your hair. Now, you might already know that formaldehyde is dangerous to your health.
And when keratin treatments first became the rage back in 2008, there were reports on the high levels of this chemical in the treatments. It didn’t stop people from using them though. Fortunately, most keratin treatments nowadays are OSHA-compliant. But that’s not the only thing you have to consider when choosing a keratin treatment. That’s why we’ve made a short guide to help you out.
What you want to achieve?
Before you even begin to look over the current keratin treatments offered in salons, stores, and online, you should first think about what you want to achieve. Individuals who spend a lot of time blow-drying their hair and/or flat-ironing them, those who have frizzy hair, and those who wish to relax their curls are the best candidates for keratin treatments. These people are the ones who will really get the most out of this kind of treatment. A keratin treatment greatly reduces the time spent styling your hair because it’s now more manageable. It is also now more resilient against humidity.
Those who want to straighten their hair using a keratin treatment will have to opt for one that contains formaldehyde such as the Keratin Research Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment. Treatments that contain this chemical are more likely to produce the results you’re after and they also last much longer. Those who simply want tamer curls or frizz-free waves can choose many of the keratin-containing leave-in conditioners such as It’s a 10 Haircare Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin, Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment, and L’ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment.
Consider the time spent in getting the treatment and the aftercare
Once you know what kind of result you are going for, you need to also consider the time spent in getting the treatment and the aftercare involved. Some keratin treatments require prep time plus a lot of time spent applying the product and a 72-hour waiting period to boot. One example of this is the Keratin Complex Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment (which is quite a commitment to make). Other treatments such as the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment works best if you use it with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger products.
You might also consider that express keratin treatments (those that require less time spent applying the product) may mean shorter longevity. The Lasio Keratin-Infused Treatment One Day Formula can be washed out after 24 hours which is great if you can’t do the 72-hour commitment. But you can’t expect your salon-like results to last more than 3 months.
Consult with your stylist
One last tip we’d like to impart is this: consult with your stylist before you try anything out. Keratin treatments are definitely less expensive when done at home, but the wrong choice can give you results that cost you even more. Your stylist can definitely give you good advice and possibly point you in the right direction.