Full Keratin Treatment Vs Keratin Express

We all loathe the idea of straightening our hair and the never-ending battle with the flat iron every morning. But the results are so satisfying that we keep going on with this boring cycle without ever considering a keratin treatment salon.

To put this battle at rest, and get the sleek smooth look without undergoing the hassle, stylists suggest undergoing a keratin treatment.

What Is A Keratin Treatment?

Keratin is a protein that is found naturally in hair. With excessive usage of styling products, heating tools, air pollution, and product build-up, hair loses its natural luster and elasticity. If not taken proper care of, in no time your hair will start resembling a haystack. Before that, you need to invest in keratin treatments.

Keratin treatments involve treating your hair with a chemical called formaldehyde, which breaks the hair bond to loosen out the curls, frizz or creases found naturally. Then keratin is applied to the hair which is allowed to set in for a few hours. A ceramic iron at a high temperature is used to straighten the hair. Then a neutralizer is applied to hair generously and allowed to set in the hair. This process takes 2 to 3 days. In this time duration, the keratin completely absorbs inside each shaft while the outer layer takes its time to seal it in.

Two Types Of Keratin Treatments

Depending on the thickness of your hair and your time availability, stylists suggest two kinds of keratin treatments.

  1. Full keratin treatment
  2. Keratin express

What Is The Difference Between The Two Treatments?

Overall the procedure is quite similar. You will have to undergo the same process that you have been for the usual keratin treatment. The keratin treatment aftercare is similar for both as well but there will be some limitations too. You will not be able to wash your hair for 2 to 3 days. In case of contact with water, you will have to keep away from water, especially beach or pool water. You cannot tie up your hair or braid it otherwise you will get those creases that will make their permanent marks on your hair. You cannot even pull your hair behind your hair. That too will give those creases. Etc.

Without further ado, let us check the differences.


The time that you spend in the salon will last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours for a full keratin treatment. Additionally, you will have to wait for 2 to 3 days for the treatment to seal in perfectly. Then only you can expect your full keratin treatment to last for a handsome six months.

With the keratin express treatment, the entire procedure is similar minus the time spent in the salon, the sealing time, and aftercare time. Your salon visit will be cut short to 2 to 3 hours at the maximum, the sealing time is also reduced to merely 12 to 18 hours and the time this hair treatment will last on your hair is also cut short. A couple of months to be precise.


The aftercare for both types of keratin straightening is quite similar as mentioned earlier. So it is safe to say that the extra time spent for the keratin treatment is worth the effort. You won’t have to undergo the battle for several months every morning and cherish your decision for long.

But the keratin express treatment is a practical option to consider when you do not have enough time at your disposal to spend at the salon, or you have an important commitment to fulfill and want your hair to look tip-top without waiting for 2 to 3 days for them to look at the best. Or you are bound to wash your hair and cannot refrain from water for a longer time than the keratin express is for you.

Some people happen to love experimenting with new looks and cannot stick to one style for long. Straight hair comes with its perks, but many people happen to get bored of the monotonous look and find the restrictions regarding aftercare too overwhelming. Then the keratin treatment is their best choice.

With the differences mentioned, now it will hopefully be easier for you to weigh in your decision for a full keratin treatment or a keratin express when you visit a hair straightening salon Potomac.