How to Tame Your Curly, Frizzy or Damaged Hair

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Frizzbuster: Keratin Treatments For Men

Need a solution for your frizzy curls?

Perfect, in this post I’m going to cover why keratin treatments are one of the best long-term solutions for guys struggling with curly, frizzy hair.

Firstly, frizzy hair is a pain in the ass. Secondly, a keratin treatment is my “AK-47” for dealing with it. A keratin treatment provides ultimate control over unruly hair and can save you from long, time-consuming hair routines every day.

 

Why Does Hair Get Frizzy?

Understanding frizzy hair is the first step to finding the best solution.

In short, frizzy hair is caused from the amount of open space between your hair cuticles. If you’re wondering what cuticles are, they are microscopic fish-like scales that sit on the outside surface of the hair shaft and behave in a similar fashion to the pores on your skin.

The proper term for the space between your cuticles is called “porosity,” and depending on the conditions of the air and the natural porosity of your hair, your cuticles can open wider and shut tighter.

Some guys naturally have lower porosity and experience minimal or no frizz, whilst other guys, particularly with curly hair, may experience unpleasant poof and frightfully frizzy conditions.

 
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Understanding your hair type and where you are on the porosity chart is key when choosing a solution for your hair. In the next section I’ll explain how a keratin treatment can help guys who have curly hair and identify on the higher end of the porosity scale.

 

How Does a Keratin Treatment Fight Frizz?

A keratin treatment, made from same protein as your hair, is an in-salon procedure designed to close your cuticles and reduce porosity for an extended period.

Much like hair ties, these hair treatments are not well-marketed to men, usually labelled as a “beauty product.” In fact, both men and women can benefit from this type of treatment.

I recently did a post on my YouTube channel demonstrating how a keratin treatment worked on my frizzy curls and what to expect when getting a treatment. You can also find more useful information about keratin treatments on my blog to get more familiar with what this kind of treatment can do.

 

Are Keratin Treatments Permanent?

No, keratin treatments are not permanent and do not straighten your hair. It’s a common misconception for people to think keratin treatments work the same as a chemical straighten because they both give the hair a significantly more relaxed look.

The main difference between these two treatments is:

 

a) Chemical straightening psychically breaks the structural bonds of your hair. This permanently disables your curl pattern and leaves your hair vulnerable to breakage. This treatment is also irreversible so you need to think carefully before deciding on something like this.

b) A Keratin treatment lightly coats the structural bonds of your hair, giving them a smooth, relaxed look. Instead of losing your curl altogether, it becomes looser and frizz-free, making it far more manageable every day. This treatment typically can last anywhere from two-four months, depending on how you care for it.

When I got my first keratin treatment, I was given 3 different options. I was able to have the treatment on for either 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour.

Each time length was going to give me a different result in terms of how relaxed I wanted my curls to look. The longer I had the treatment on, the more relaxed and frizz-free my hair would turn out.

I ended up choosing the 45 minute option as I still wanted a curly appearance but really wanted a frizz-free result. You’ll see at the end of my video above, I revealed my new relaxed curl pattern two days after the treatment and was pretty stoked with my results.

Since my first treatment I’ve been getting one every three months to keep my maintenance low and feeling awesome. #wouldreccommend

 

How Much Are Keratin Treatments?

Keratin treatments can cost anywhere from $200 - $350 in the USA depending on how much hair you have. Some may consider this to be rather expensive, however, it depends on how you value time. If you spend a lot of time trying to tame your curls and reduce frizz on a daily basis, you may find a keratin treatment more beneficial in the long run.

For me personally, getting a keratin treatment allowed me to stop fluffing around so much with my hair in the morning and focus more on my business and the content I want to make.

Plus it made the act of just doing my hair more enjoyable, which seems to be the biggest problem when dealing with frizz.

 

Where Can You Get A Keratin Treatment?

Well, if you’re in San Diego, The Longhairs always recommend House of Imago. If you’re elsewhere, most professional salons offer keratin treatments. Ask your trusted hair pro—here are some tips on how to confidently navigate your visit to the salon.

 

Shut The Front Door On Frizz

At the end of the day, picking the right solution to deal with your frizzy hair is entirely up to you. I feel it’s also got a lot to do with how your hair makes you feel.

Personally, when I have a frizzy hair day, my confidence sinks. That’s why I deem this type of thing worthy as it’s helped me manage my hair FAR easier and my bad hair days have reduced enormously.

This type of treatment can also work guys who struggle with minimal frizz. Before writing this post, I was talking to El Rubio about my love for keratin treatments and he mentioned that he gets one twice a year. And he doesn’t even have curly hair!

If you have any questions regarding keratin treatments or need advice on curly hair, please swing by my channel and say hi or leave a comment.

I hope you found this post somewhat helpful and would love to hear about your experience if you choose to get a keratin treatment.

Keep rocking that mane!

Yours in good hair,

T.I.A.

 
 

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Thomas In Action is well-known Australian YouTube creator in the mens hair niche. Thomas’ goal is to encourage all males to explore their individuality and express it in a way that feels authentic to them. His most popular content on YouTube relates to topics like hair growth, navigating the awkward stage, man buns and how to deal with curly/frizzy hair.

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Comments

  1. in France, an organic haircare movement dispute against bresilian blowout aka keratin treatment,for much testimonies says that the first is miraculous, the second straight only the hair, and at the third, they get much breakage and very split ends
    at that adress, an advice from a french rapunzel,who did first used colouring and much bresilian blowout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfYP3edxiHU ( french language)
    for the ” dry” hair, it is often deshydrated, and the american too greasy conditioner is often guilty; i propose you a test: add to your dose of shampoo ( no soap based !!!) one coffee spoon of yoghourt; if your hair feels better, there is a deshydratation and no oil or grease an solve the problem; you need glycerin ( 1% in a spray) or aloe vera gel

  2. i am interested to get the ingredient list of keratin treatments for as i am a long haired man ,i also publish a critical blog about hair cosmetics ingredients

    this list is written on the bottles ( ask your hairdresser to take a picture of the ingredients aka INCI list on the bottle)
    as i ask to a female youtuber making a “customer rewiew “of those treatments, i never get any answer…
    let it grow, bros !!!

    1. Yes Chamane, I will look at ingredients list next time. And we are letting it grow, bro!

  3. Are these safe now? In the past keratin treatments contained formaldehyde and carried carcinogen warnings. Some searching shows they still do and that ones without it aren’t as effective. Is the risk worth the result for those that do them often?

    1. Good question HTAE. I had not been aware of these warnings. Worth looking into further.

    2. Author

      Hey HTAE, You’re right, formaldehyde used to be a key ingredient in keratin treatments which did prove to be harmful to humans. It’s now illegal to have formaldehyde in keratin treatment products (at least in Australia anyway). The Keratin Treatment I got in the video on this post is by an Australian brand called bhave and they are completely formaldehyde free.

      I covered the question “do keratin treatments cause cancer” in this blog article I wrote on my website. : https://thomasinaction.com/bhave-keratin-treatment

      Essentially, before getting a keratin treatment you need 2 things:
      1. A good relationship with your hairdresser whom you trust.
      2. Double check the ingredients of the product they stock to ensure it doesn’t contain formaldehyde.

      Hope this helps.

      T.I.A.

  4. Back in August, I tried a DIY treatment: Uncurly, the treatment has done wonders, Now in December, the treatment is on its last leg, ready for a reapplication. I tried to make the treatment last as long as possible, with once a week full wash and condition, with Redkin products.

  5. i have gone to the Bhave’s site; at the faq, i’ have gotten the information of their ” miraculous” keratin called fully bio active keratin: a wool based mix of oxidized keratin, solubilised keratin and peptase issued hydrolyzed keratin
    i suspect it is in fact a bio sourced plastic matter from keratin obtained by a treatment with bleach water and sodium hydroxyde, then neutralized by glucose and acid ( two german high school students did produce a similar plastic with chitin a few years ago)
    i am scarred for i have not found any safety assessment datasheet about this ingredient on the ewg site, and also for the long term effect on the hair…
    on the skin, a product is eliminated within a week, but we want, as longhairs, keep our hair for a few years…

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