Keratin treatments have been lauded as the go-to step for attaining silky smooth strands. But, the salon version has its drawbacks, too: some treatments use formaldehyde (a chemical you don't want near or on your body) and formaldehyde-free options can run upwards of $300. Thankfully, some at-home products can work their non-toxic magic just the same.
So, how exactly do they work? Frizzy hair is the result of overly porous strands. "Adding keratin to hair makes it less porous," says Abraham Sprinkle, a member of the Keratin Complex International Creative Team. "Think of it as similar to the way you would spackle nail holes in sheetrock: the surface is left smooth."
Salon treatments can keep hair porosity at low levels for longer than a month, but at-home treatments, shampoos, and conditioners can do the same on a short-term basis.
Looking for sleek strands on a budget? Try out these options!
The Shampoos and Conditioners
Replace your everyday go-tos with these keratin-infused options to smooth strands with every wash.
Looking for a little extra smoothing? Pick up an at-home treatment, and look forward to frizz-free days.
Especially in humid climates, a bit of smoothing can combat unwanted frizz. Tresemmé offers an affordable option for keeping hair smooth for a week.
When paired together, these Keratin Complex products have the same sleek effect as a salon treatment.
Formulated especially for chemically treated hair, this smoothing cream nourishes strands and protects them from heat-styling damage.
This formaldehyde-free at-home treatment promises shiny, manageable hair for up to three months—and all it takes is one wash-out application.
If you want soft hair, you should do a hair hask at least once a week—this one contains keratin to make even damaged, porous hair look and feel super healthy.
A winning combination of keratin and argan oil moisturizes hair from the inside out. Get ready for your sleekest hair ever.
Give damaged hair a much needed protein boost. This mask makes strands extra-strong.
Before blow drying, spray your hair with this mist to make tresses shinier and smoother than ever.
Hair balm is the tool you need to add to your routine—it repels humidity, increases shine, and restores softness to all hair textures.