Best Shampoos for Keratin Treated Hair

By Kirsten Lalli , last updated February 4, 2012
In order to prolong the effects of keratin treatment, there are some rules to follow in between treatments, and using the correct shampoo can make the difference between a treatment that lasts for weeks and one that lasts for months. If you have curly, frizzy, and unruly hair, you know how frustrating and difficult it can be to have your hair look its best. The introduction of keratin hair treatments to salons in the United States has made it much easier to look your best. The glossy, shiny, silky, and healthy hair that results is nothing short of revolutionary.
There are some key features of shampoos that are good to use following salon keratin treatments. First, most stylists recommend that you avoid shampoos containing sulfates such as sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and ammonium lauryl sulfate. These chemicals are detergents that are often included in shampoos because they are very good at removing oil. But those with keratin treated hair should avoid these ingredients because they can undermine the treatment by stripping the keratin protein off of the hair. Sodium chloride is another ingredient that should be avoided, for it is also believed to strip the keratin treatment. For some specific product recommendations, read on!
Keratin Complex
Keratin Complex by Cuppola offers a range of shampoos and conditioners designed to maintain keratin treatments. Products are available for color and keratin-treated hair as well. Keratin Complex also has an Infusion Therapy Collection of styling products that are meant to complement the salon therapy. Keratin Complex shampoos and conditioners cost from $20-$30 and Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy products range from $15-$50 depending on the product.
Mill Creek
Mill Creek makes a Keratin Shampoo and a Keratin Conditioner, both of which are made with organic ingredients. They are also free of propylene, glycolparabens, artificial colors, SLS/SLES, and fragrances. This is a fantastic economical option, because Mill Creek Products cost as little as $4 on amazon.com.
Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Shampoo
Marcia Teixeira Keratin shampoos and conditioners are all sodium chloride and sulfate-free and designed to complement keratin treatments. The line of products includes shampoos for daily use, color treated hair, and normal hair. They are also moderately priced, as a 10 oz bottle of shampoo runs at around $16.
Elucence
Elucence shampoos and conditioners are also recommended for use by those with keratin-treated hair. These products are developed with all-natural ingredients and lack harsh chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate. The three available formulas are Moisture Benefits, Volume Clarifying, and Moisture Acidifying, the latter of which restores the hair to its natural pH. All formulas can be used for color treated hair. These products range from $7-$20 dollars depending on the size of the bottles.
Most of these products can be found at large pharmacies like CVS, stores like Walmart and Target, and online. Amazon.com and folica.com are particularly good resources for hair care products appropriate for keratin-treated hair.
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