Save The Fumes, Give Me The Results: Great Keratin Fortified Hair Care Products For Women Of Color
Want the beauty benefits of Keratin without the noxious fumes, obnoxious salon prices and high heat associated with the Brazilian Keratin Treatment? Then try these super Keratin-fortified treatments that are formulated to strengthen and restore damaged locks.
Nexxus Keraphix Conditioner
Nexxus is by no means a new brand, but in many ways they have been ahead of their time with hair care products. This conditioner changed the game for many women who were looking for something to revitalize and add elasticity to dull, abused tresses. They were also one of the first mainstream hair companies that I can remember that marketed directly to women of color. Over a decade later, women are still being blown away with one reviewer stating that she is astounded by the way it “makes even my very long/kinky hair amazingly manageable.”
Giovanni 2 Chic Ultra Sleek Conditioner
Made with strengthening Brazilian plant-based Keratin and nourishing Argan oil, this conditioner has some reviewers extoling its virtues. (“Giovanni has saved my frizzy curls.”) This conditioner and the matching sulfate-free shampoo is designed to make hair sleek, shiny and easy to handle.
Keratin Complex Intense Rx Ionic Keratin Protein Restructuring Serum
While the entire line of Keratin Complex products are formulated to maintain your Brazilian Keratin Treatment or simply to enhance your daily hair care routine with Keratin enriched shampoos, conditioners and styling products, this serum might just be the star of the whole ensemble. Pricey, but judging from it’s nearly 5-star rating on Folica.com, this protein restructuring treatment delivers noticeable results after only one treatment. Recommended by reviewers for “anyone who wants to soften their hair or wants to be able to manage unruly hair in humid climates,” and by another reviewer for making her hair “restored and feels like silk,” Keratin Complex offers excellent results that you can do at home.
Chi Keratin Mist
Heat-styling divas need extra protection. Chi Keratin Mist, a leave-in strengthening treatment, does just that by restructuring hair from the core with the Keratin, while the Cationic Hydration Interlink proteins adsorb to the surface of hair forming a protective layer that binds in moisture (cationic particles have a positive charge and hair has a negative charge, so they stick to each other). Hair looks and feels more vibrant and soft with this product. Although reviewers use Chi Keratin Mist with other shampoos and conditioners, it is specifically made to work at its optimal effectiveness when used with other Chi products.
ApHogee Intense Two Minute Reconstructor
A tried and true staple in any product junkie’s arsenal, this incredibly effective conditioner gives incredible results in a short period of time for those of us who are on the go. The effects are cumulative, so if your hair is in need of protein and you don’t have time to sit around with conditioner in your hair, this stuff works wonders.
As with all products, you have to know what works for your hair. For some of us, this is going to be a matter of trial and error. The most important thing that you need to know about Keratin products is that they are, essentially, protein treatments. So if your hair gets brittle from protein, you will have to give your hair some balancing moisturizing conditioners too. Or get your Keratin fix from leave-ins, where they can help in the fight against heat damage.