The keratin treatment ruined and burned my hair. How can I fix it?

dry, frizzy, and burned hair

  • A keratin treatment can ruin your hair if it was fragile and brittle at the time of application, if the stylist used poor-quality products, or made mistakes during the application.
  • In that case, you should apply specific repair products to recover your hair after keratin. For example, use Olaplex 3, avoid flat irons or blow-dryers for a month, and cut a few centimeters of the ends to strengthen your hair.


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Believe me, I understand your frustration.

You went to the salon for a keratin treatment with the idea of improving the look and texture of your hair. However, the next day, you notice that the opposite is true.


  • If you had frizz before keratin, now your hair looks like the famous boxer’s manager, Don King.
  • If your hair lacked luster before keratin, it looks duller and opaque after the treatment.
  • If you were looking to eliminate body before keratin, now your hair seems to grow and grow at a rate of two inches per minute.


That’s why I understand your frustration.

You went to a professional, you put the future of your hair in their hands, and the results are disastrous. These things frustrate me too.


Keratin treatments are designed to improve hair health, not damage it.

The problem is that keratin is applied with heat.


 If your hair was weak and brittle to the point of breakage, and the stylist didn’t assess your hair health, chances she burned your hair. 

Is there a chance to repair it?


Yes, but you’ll need to act quickly and consistently. If you’re up for it, read on.

Still, be warned.  The recovery plan I’ll give you won’t work or repair your hair overnight. 


If you commit to applying a mask once a week for four months, you must do it. It’s no good applying it one week and leaving it for later the next week.

We’re not talking about a little frizz or a few inches of split ends.

We’re talking about burnt hair.


Your commitment to its recovery is a must. Will you take responsibility?

Then let’s get started!

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Step one: trim the ends

This is non-negotiable.

You should trim at least two inches off your ends, or don’t read any further. I warned you that I needed your commitment.


This is the first step in showing that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get your hair back after keratin.

I’m not talking about you shaving it off like actress Natalie Portman did for her role in V for Vendetta.

 It’s just a few centimeters. You can take the opportunity to ask your stylist to try a layered cut and refresh your look. 


Trimming the ends removes damaged hair from the keratin treatment. I know that most women like a long mane, but it won’t do you any good if it’s not healthy.

Imagine that every strand of hair is an electrical wire. When an electrical wire is damaged, not enough energy flows to run through it.

The same thing happens in your hair.


If you have dry, split ends or missing cuticles, the nutrients sent to the core are lost. Then, your hair will never recover.

 I repeat: you must trim your dry and damaged hair. 

Have you made your salon appointment to trim the ends?


Good for you!

So, let’s move on to your hair recovery plan.


Step 2: Use good-quality and consistent hair repair products

repairs and strengthens hair

I’m not talking about cosmetic products like a mask.

I’m talking about deep repair and nourishment. You’ll need Olaplex 3.

It repairs and strengthens the molecular bonds of the hair, seals the cuticles, and restructures the hair core.


 Olaplex 3 will eliminate the damage caused by keratin in your hair because it works on the innermost part that hair masks cannot reach. 

It also rebuilds the bonds that bind the keratin to your hair. Yes, you read that right.


Don’t forget that your hair contains keratin, which is a protein.

Why will Olaplex 3 help you to recover your hair after keratin?


Your hair couldn’t withstand the heat during the process. So, the little amount of keratin that was absorbed will add to the strength of Olaplex during the repair.

On the other hand, it also restructures the DNA strands. So, your hair will start repairing from scratch. You’ll notice the results immediately.

Although Olaplex treatment has several stages, you’ll only need Olaplex 3.


Application of Olaplex 3

Your hair should be dry and unwashed for at least 48 hours. Also, you can use Olaplex after the Keratin treatment gone wrong.

  • Divide your hair into 4 sections from forehead to nape and from ear to ear, holding them with hair clips.
  • Apply a moderate amount to each section. Then, comb through your hair to allow Olaplex to penetrate. Cover your hair with the product.
  • As your hair is seriously damaged, my advice is to leave Olaplex 3 on for at least 120 minutes. It doesn’t have side effects.
  • Finally, rinse your hair with plenty of lukewarm, almost cold water. If possible, use Olaplex 4 shampoo and Olaplex 5 conditioner.
  • Let your hair air dry even if it takes a while.


Here comes the part where you commit again.

You must use Olaplex 3 once a week for a month. If you can afford it, add Olaplex 4 shampoo and Olaplex 5 conditioner.


 Again, to recover your hair, you need to be consistent and apply Olaplex 3 once a week for a month. 

If you find Olaplex too expensive, you can use other products that also give excellent results such as Wellaplex, Bonder, Brazilian Bond Builder, Smartbond, or Fiberplex.


Step 3: Don’t use heat tools for a month

heat activates keratin

There’s no turning back at this point.

You’ve done a lot for your hair, like trimming it to remove damaged parts and being consistent with Olaplex 3.


Now, I won’t let you fail.

Not when you’ve come a long way to get your hair back.

 So, if you have a safe at home, put your blow dryer, flat iron, and curling iron inside. Ask your partner to change the lock. 

You won’t be able to use any of them for at least a month.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a safe, you’ll have to appeal to your willpower, which you’ve already proven to be enormous.


 You shouldn’t use heat tools. Your hair was ruined by the heat that was applied during the keratin treatment. 

You can resort to styling or leave-in conditioners that will make it easier to style your hair.

All heat tools open the cuticles and your hair loses moisture.

Have you ever noticed smoke coming out of your curling iron or flat iron? That’s your hair’s moisture, which is nothing more than water, amino acids, proteins, and other hair nutrients.



I’d like to meet you in a month and have you tell me the results after following this plan to recover your hair after keratin.

I can tell you something, and not because I’m a witch or have oracle powers. If you follow this plan for a month, you’ll recover your hair health.

Then, your bad experience with keratin will be just a bad memory.

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