How to Reverse Or Wash Out Keratin Treatment ?

I had the Coppola keratin done yesterday. I was really excited to get it done. I loved the idea of pretty waves when air dried versus frizz but I have fine hair and not a ton of it. I have read so many posts about fine hair not doing this treatment. I thought it was healthy! Now I hear all of this other stuff. Lots of hair loss! My scalp burns and my skin around my face where my hair falls on it.

I want to get this stuff out of my hair. Is it too late to reverse keratin treatment process? I don't want hair loss. I am really scared now.

I also read not to use any product with protein in it that the hair can't handle that much protein. I just want to reverse this process or wash out keratin treatment now!
Please help!

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Sep 27, 2017
by: Anonymous

my hair is falling out fromj keratin treatmen. what do i do?

Sep 27, 2017
tried lush shampoo as the person below suggested
by: Rosebeauty

I also had a keratin treatment done about 2 months ago and I'm looking for my hair to be healthy again. the keratin leaves my hair looking so soft and smooth and manageable but my hair is super oily on the second day. my hair doesn't really curl much anymore. years ago i had 2c to 3a/b curly hair and with all the flat ironing and bleaching and color processing I've done to my hair i just want my curls back. looking to go natural for the first time in over 10 years...
the person below suggested purchasing lush BIG shampoo and i went and purchased it 2 days ago. i felt such a difference in the first wash. I can tell my hair is a little frizzier and it seemed more texturized and not as smooth. I'm also hoping to have this out in 10-12 washes but ill come back and post an update for you ladies. i wish everyone the best of luck. if anyone has any advice for me going natural (best products to buy, etc.) it would be greatly appreciated.

Sep 22, 2017
Luckily I found this shampoo
by: Deepika

Like everyone else, got a shock with keratin and flat iron treatment.. Hair went flat.. Fortunately just a week ago I had bought BIG Shampoo from LUSH handmade cosmetic store containing sea-salt, citrus juice etc.. I'm on my 4th wash now and it's really helping bring my hair some bounce back. Prior to wash I make a mix of yogurt and bath sea-salts (half cup yogurt and 1spoon of bathtub sea-salt) and apply for an hour before shampooing with LUSH shampoo. I'm hoping with 10 more washes I'll completely get rid of keratin in my hair. Goodluck to all and no more flat-iron for me..

Aug 22, 2017
Oily greasy hair after treatment
by: Anonymous

Thanks god its a sign of relief, today the 3rd day after the treatment i noticed my hair roots oily and greasy but with one time wash of salt water and apple cider vinegar i got bounce of my hair back to some extent i think it has worked 50% . I will wash my hair again tomorrow morning with yogurt and salt water.. i had a very bad experience with keratin treatment.. from now on i will apply only natural things on my hair..

Aug 21, 2017
Why are idiots allowed to have computers?
by: Anonymous

To the person who thinks that sodium hydroxide is salt. Do everyone a favor and stop posting advice until you educate yourself. I've been a cosmetologist for over 30 years. Sodium hydroxide is an EXTREMELY harsh chemical used in the "old style relaxers" and also depilatories (for people like you I'll elaborate and say hair-removers ). Yes, that's right, if you leave it on a little longer it breaks the hair off right at the root leaving a smooth hairless area wherever it was applied. Lovely for your legs and bikini area but probably not what you want unless you're trying to rock that Bruce Willis look. Look up sodium hydroxide before you tell people to put this crap on their hair. As for any shampoo containing sodium hydroxide, I've never heard of it. Most shampoos do contain sodium laureth sulfate which does contain salt . That's what sodium means! Instead of giving advice about something you know nothing about, why not invest your time in going back to school???

Aug 02, 2017
keratin be gone
by: Anonymous

After reading all these posts, I went to the beach (thank goodness its summer) and went in the water. Upon getting out of the ocean, i saw small waves come back. I filled up an empty water bottle and brought some of the ocean water home. I transferred the water into a spray bottle. Ive been soaking my hair in ocean water and leaving it until the next day. I also gave my hair a coconut oil, honey and apple cider vinegar mask. I left it on over night and my hair went from flat, lifeless, zero volume & smelly to wavy. Im slowly getting my hair back. I will keep using salt (ocean water) and coconut oil masks until this treatment is gone. I had the treatment done last Wednesday, tomorrow will be a week & I already see a huge difference. Let this be a lesson to all of us. Natural is best!

Jul 31, 2017
Help keratin nightmare
by: Anonymous

I have naturally straight fine hair and my stylist suggested I get a keratin treatment. It has damaged my hair so bad that it's breaking and falling out and it turned my hair bright yellow.

Jul 13, 2017
by: Stacy

I have short blonde fine hair. 12 days ago after I had the regrowth blonded my hairdresser put a keratin conditioning treatment through it. I have now lost 1/2 of my hair, some fallen out, some broken, so I have little wispy tuffs all over my head. My hair was like straw. My scalp is still stinging 12 days later. I've put coconut oil on my hair and this seems to have made it softer.
Does anyone know when it stops falling out and breaking off!

Jul 09, 2017
by: Anonymous

i went to the beach and it washed out fast. but salt water should do it

Jul 04, 2017
Salt and apple cider vinegar
by: Anonymous

This may sound weird and almost stupid but can you mix salt water and apple cider vinegar together and let it soak in your hair to revert?

Jul 03, 2017
Maintamer two step straightening system
by: Anonymous

So i used this product its like brazilian blowout and keretein treatment and i would like to have it removed, it flatten my hair and i can't get any volume at all, this is told to come out in 2 to 3 months but does it 100% go back to normal and 100% is removed?

Amazon link :

Jul 02, 2017
by: Anonymous

Would it be necessary to shampoo and condition your hair every day or would this not matter, currently i am shampooing twice a week so i don't strip all oils out but to get rid of the treatment faster would this make a big difference ?

Jun 18, 2017
hair falling out -
by: dtaylor

Thank you to the person who have posted recently..

I washed my hair with salt and water, soaked it for 20 minutes and then after soaking, I used head and shoulders shampoo and then soaked my hair with coconut oil for 12 minutes and shampooed again after soaking.My hair is not falling off my head now.Thank you so much.
I will do this everyday until this keratin is out of my hair!

I had keratin treatment 3 months ago..I used to have a thick hair. Now its as think as a quarter when you put it in ponytail.
I was going to chop all of my hair out of frustration but thank god I didn't.

This post saved my hair!

Jun 14, 2017
Reverse keratin "nightmare"! It works!
by: Anonymous

My hairstylist swore that the keratin treatment is best for frizzy waves and to help for hair to dry quicker... had it done and the minute I got home, my scalp was burning, next day my face was itching! My hair smelled like crap! Held out for a week, and stripped it out after many reviews on how to do it. I used warm salt water (2 tablespoons with 3 cups of water) you have to scrub it into your scalp, let sit in my hair for 10 minutes with plastic bag, rinsed out, then put in apple cider vinegar, 10 minutes of that, then coconut oil, let it melt in your hand and scrub it into your scalp, rinse out, used a clarifying shampoo or you can you dawn dish soap, leave in hair, rinse. Then use a deep condiotioner leave in hair 10 min. Rinse. Did all of these 4 times in one night. Keep in mind rub everyone into the root of your hair to strip it out. The last time I left the conditioner in over night with wet hair and washed my hair the next morning. It was a little greasy from the conditioner and the. the next day I put on a hair thickening shampoo and Acure lemongrass conditioner.. ( I use it all the time! Good stuff and it's natural) Finally!! I got my hair back! What a nightmare! I would never ever suggest keratin treatment, to anyone unless they had extremely thick uncontrollable hair. Make sure you buy a thickening shampoo to use for the next few weeks. I lost a lot of hair and I have my bounce back and will never complain about how long it takes to dry my hair! :-)

May 26, 2017
washing off keratin treatment
by: Anonymous

i just had Agave keratin treatment on my already fine hair just to remove some annoying curls & now my hair is absolutely a hot mess, very very dull with no body ....How can I have this treatment removed...HELP!!

Jan 23, 2017
Follicles permanently damaged from Brazilian Blowout
by: Anonymous

I made one of the worst mistakes of my life by getting a keratin treatment/ Brazilian Blowout five years ago in 2012. Before that I had never gotten a perm or even dyed my hair or used any chemical besides natural conditioners and gels on my hair. At that time I did not know that the product contained formalin or formaldehyde. My thick, beautiful curly hair never came back and my hair has been scraggly, thin, damaged and frizzy ever since. It's randomly straight in some parts, semi-curly/frizzy in others. It's all over the place no matter what products I use, and I've tried a lot of products. Clearly my follicles were permanently damaged. It's been 5 years so of course it is not in my hair any longer. It damaged the follicles.

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a chemical that can reverse the effects of formalin/formaldehyde on a cellular level, to restore the follicles to their original state. Thank you

Dec 12, 2016
How to take keratin out
by: Anonymous

okay I'm a 14 yr old guy. I don't know if that affects anything, but I recently had a keratin treatment. Like a month ago, I don't know the difference between the types of keratin. All I know is that it stunk. On the first day not even an hour after I got I washed my hair cause I really didn't like it. I think I used shampoo or I didn't cause I was scared that would make it worst. But now I'm reading to put shampoo with sodium chloride in my hair. I wanted to know how I can revert and how long it'll take. For my hair my insta is woahdami

Nov 19, 2016
removing keratine from hair
by: Anonymous

Hello all,

This is in response to the persons who just had keratine treatment done, you can still revert it's effect easily as long as it has not been 48 hours post the treatement as this is the required time for the treatement to set on hair and fully dry.

I suggest that you wash your hair as soon as possible with a normal shampoo not designed for the keratine treatement. You can also add some cider vinegar to balance it's ph.

Hope this will be helpfull and let this be a lesson to all of us... learn to embrase the nature of our hair and stop looking for perfection!! it's deos not exist!

Nov 18, 2016
Keratin hair be gone
by: Anonymous

I had my last keratin treatment Sept 2015. I stopped washing my hair with shampoo and conditioners made for keratin hair. I went back to the old products I use. That strips the keratin from your hair faster. My hair slowly became wavy. Now it's 90% back to the natural 3c curl. Keep up with hair cuts regularly. Take biotin to strengthen your hair. It also helps me with hair growth. Also, patience. Your hair will grow back out the the natural texture. It will take time.

Nov 15, 2016
remove keratine out of your hair....what a nightmare
by: amma


After days and weeks of searching and a dead straight hair, I think that I found a way to remove the keratin from hair.

Here is the trick most of you know that the BKT has a percentage of formaline which is used to preserve aliments, in a hair straitening treatment this is what hold the hair strand in place and keeps it in a straight state consequently if we manage to get that formaline out of the hair than the hair will gradually revert and bye bye keratine.

Here is the link about formalin removal:

I started soaking my hair in salt and water for 30mnt just yesterday I used about a full tea spoon mixed with 80% of water wrapped my hair and let it work ..the keratin is still there but hopefully it will be all gone with repeated use, especially that one or two curls are coming back so I can only guess that it is working slowly but surely.

Ps; it's better to add some coconut oil or argan oil with the salty water to avoid extra dryness.

Let me know girls how it goes.

Nov 07, 2016
This might help.
by: Tiago

I am also struggling here.
I found this. Hope it can help someone.

"Keratin Hair Straightening Removal Some Keratin therapy smoothing system infuses
Keratin deep into the hair cuticle and seal it there with the use of a flat iron at high temperatures. Another systems associated with Keratin hair straightening work with the amino acid bonds in the hair and are referred to as amino fusion treatments.

To remove a Keratin Hair Treatment - where keratin has been bonded to your hair with a flat iron:

go swimming in the ocean or on a cruise ship where they fill the swimming pools with sea water
the salt in the sea water helps remove the keratin that has been bonded to your hair
Not Near the Ocean or going on a cruise? Make a solution of salt water at home in sink or tub.
first soak you hair in the salt water then shampoo with
Roffler Blue of Gold Shampoo pH=8 or
a Chelating Shampoo like Lanza Step 1 Chelating shampoo from the Lanza Ultimate Treatment or
use the Thermafuse clear oneĀ® Anti-Residue shampoo or
another deep cleansing CLARIFYING shampoo of your choice
next soak you hair in salt water again and repeat the shampoo
finally recondition you hair. Try the Lanza Ultimate Treatment or Color Lover Moisture Masque
To reverse the effects of the amino bonding treatments like ThermaFuse Smoothing Treatment or a Brazilian Blow Out Treatment

shampoo with a highly pH shampoo
Roffler Blue of Gold Shampoo pH=8 or
a Chelating Shampoo like Lanza Ultimate Treatment Step 1 Chelating shampoo or
use another deep cleansing CLARIFYING shampoo of your choice"

Oct 14, 2016
Keratin treatment 2011
by: Anonymous

I did the keratin treatment in 2011. I never got my curls back. I feel like it completely changed my hair. Even new growth isn't curly.

Sep 27, 2016
depressed :(
by: Habo

I've done Brazilian blowdry 5 weeks ago.during the process the smell was not really strong and everything was fine.but now whenever I straighten up my hair I got burning in my nose and really worried about the formaldehyde issues though the stylist told me the product they use is plz! :(

Sep 23, 2016
This what I do!
by: Honey

As I have aged several unpleasant things began happening to my very fine hair. There was breakage, hair loss, limp hair, dry, itchy scalp, etc. My Dr. explained that the most likely problem was keratin buildup but only suggested taking a biotin supplement. Tried that. No apparent help. So then I spent hours surfing the net looking for help. What I found recommended most was to use sulfate free shampoo & conditioner. I tried that with some success but the dry itchy scalp nearly drove me crazy. Then one day while waiting in my Dr's waiting room I read an article recommending using aloe vera, either fresh from the plant or a 95% gel. I went with a 100% gel purchased at Walmart, (Not expensive) The article said to apply liberally directly to the scalp, leave for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Do this once or twice a week. Oh, blessed relief from the itching & my hair is shiny & healthy. I still have a bit of breakage & loss bur have been told that is just normal I hope this might work for you.

Sep 23, 2016
HELP please
by: Vidal

I had a keratin straightening treatment done on my hair in May. The stylist said it would last only 2 months. After about 2 weeks of getting it done I started noticing my hair shedding. The shedding just kept getting worse. My hair is so thin now and really coarse. I normally have very soft African hair with naturally defined curls now its just coarse and I don't even know how to describe the supposed curls I have at the roots. Can anyone suggest how to
1 grow out this keratin quickly
2 stop the shedding
3 get back my soft curly hair if possible

Thanks in advance.

Sep 03, 2016
Keratin to remove keratin
by: LaTonya

I've been struggling to remove a Keratin treatment from my hair for months. Two days ago I found a video on YouTube and the hairstylist suggested using a keratin complex shampoo and deep conditioner to remove the treatment which I thought was strange but I went to Walmart and purchased the Matrix Biolage keratin dose shampoo and conditioner. She used a different brand in the video. I washed my hair twice and conditioned for about 30 minutes and am amazed at the results. The video is titled Washing out Keratin from the ends of your hair.
Hope this helps.

Aug 06, 2016
Burning scalp
by: Disappointed

I have done keratin treatment - hair ok, but my scalp is burning so does my eyes and nose- seems i developed an allergic reaction - anybody had similar experience - what to do?

Jul 23, 2016
washing before treatment
by: BB

to kandoush: Who told you to wash with sulfate free shampoo before treatment? not relevant! Discussion is for those who like to remove the treatment from hair in case they regret the procedure afterwards.

Jul 22, 2016
forgot to wash hair before treatment
by: kandoush

I forgot to wash my hair with the proper keratin shampoo. Would it last .how long it will last ? Or shall I repeat the full procedure?
Why should I wash my hair before with free sulfate shampoo?

Jul 12, 2016
Keratin Damage
by: Kathleen

I have had very curly hair all my life and have dealt with frizz. I have a wedding coming up and wanted the frizz gone. I elected to have a keratin express treatment. At first I loved the straight hair but with that came damage from blowing my hair daily. In addition, I did not realize the sodium chloride in my pool would make my hair like straw. I started to panic six weeks before the wedding. I read the remarks on this website. I decided to try Organix Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner even though I did not believe the immediate result comments. I was so wrong, in a great way. I did experience immediate results. Then I tried all of the other Organix products including the Body Wash. None of them disappointed. I am sold and would recommend them to everyone.

Feb 15, 2016
Kerastraight Smells so bad!
by: Anonymous

Please help! My hair is soft, manageable and shiny after the treatment. However, the smell after getting wet is so foul! I've only washed my hair now 3 times with the expensive sulfate free perhaps I need to wait a little bit longer? Honestly though, I don't know if I would have gotten the treatment had I known this would happen. It's that bad.
Please! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
I've been reading on the web, it could even be permanently damaged??
Thank you!!!

Jul 02, 2015
Do not!
by: Anonymous

What makes the hair to fall is the formaldehyde not the Keratin itself. Do not try to remove it, since it will remove the shine you got and leave you with a porous and lifeless hair.
Now you have to work from inside out and nurture your hair
From The inside. Drink this smoothie daily:
2 bananas
1 apple
1 handful of spinach
1 spoonful of soy lecitin
This will strengthen your scalp and will stop the hair loss

Now the hair treatment
Coconut oil
And your favorite conditioner
Place the mix in a microwave for few seconds to warm it up and apply (avoid the root to prevent greasy-unwashed hair look)

Next time avoid keratin with high formaldehyde content (even the ones that claim to be for Dehyde free are not)
Good luck and focus in what you eat that is the key to stop the hair loss.

Jun 11, 2015
Reversing the effect
by: N.F.

Read all below comments on this page and take a look at these two pages - They answer your question:

And here

Jun 10, 2015
Help me please
by: Anonymous

In the process of putting keratin in my hair I immediately didn't want it and changed my mind and now I tried to wash it off with treseme but I can still smell the keratin in my hair ... what shall I do ???

May 06, 2015
yogurt and salt
by: Anonymous

First of all thoroughly rinse your hair with water. Mix yogurt with sea salt and gently scrub your hair. What it does is, salt removes the keratin layer while yogurt adds strength to your hair and keeps the shine which will get stripped if only salt is rubbed.

Be gentle with your hair, don't blow dry it or iron it, just pat it dry with a towel and air dry it. Don't worry about the texture initially.

Next evening, apply coconut oil or olive oil to your scalp and leave it overnight. Shampoo the next day with a mild shampoo and repeat the salt-yogurt mixture with aloe vera as a conditioner. Or you can mix besan (gram flour) with yogurt, aloe vera and salt and scrub it in your hair. Continue being gentle and continue the coconut oil massage before shampooing. Your hair will naturally be shiny and the yogurt will give it strength. Use a blow dryer or a straightener later on if you want to straighten it.

Keep the yogurt pack on your hair for 45 minutes to 1 hour for best results. The keratin will get washed off, and your hair will stay smooth and strong, with minimum breakage.

You can also mix yogurt with eggs for extra protein for your hair and use it as a pack.
I recommend a natural shampoo by Pathanjali Ayurveda. It is called Divya Kesh Kanti Natural Hair Shampoo and available in 200 ml bottles on Amazon. I started using it and having good results - both hair growth and strength. Don't forget to oil your hair before you shampoo every single time for long lasting strength.

Mar 31, 2015
I want to Revert my Hair back!!!
by: Denise

I had the Keratin Treatment done in my hair 7 months ago.I washed my hair every 3-4 days, as usual so it can last longer. My hair is naturally really curly, in the first two to three months of the keratin treatment my hair was wavy every time I washed it I noticed that after 3 to 4 months the keratin was washing out as normally is it should, but I started noticing that one side of my head was washing out more faster than the other side of my head. Like the left side of hair was just wavy but my roots were so curly, like the right side of my head. It was so frustrating to work with & scary. I started using the Biotin & Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner to see if that would help, I would even wash my hair every 2 days just to speed up the process. I didn't see not one difference. Other people were saying that they were seeing that the left side is getting curly too. But still, I don't see any resemblance. This was a big mistake getting this Treatment done. What do I do to get it out?!

Oct 07, 2014
RE: HELLLP !! CHI Enviro
by: JJ

Think of it like hair dye you apply! You can't completely take it of! And you can't "completely" get your natural curls/wave back! It will fade faster with strong SL shampoo or salt spray but will not completely go away! I'm Not sure about CHI Enviro but I suppose it works similar to other keratin treatments we seen in market!

Oct 06, 2014
by: Anonymous

I got the chi environment keratin treatment march 2013 , and then again this summer in late June/early July. Now im trying to go natural & does anyone know how to take keratin treatments out. I do not want to have to cut this out :( please help

Jun 24, 2014
Revert usuing Shampoo that Contains Salt
by: Anonymous

You can revert without damage using a shampoo that contains salt (Sodium Chloride). I recommend using Organix Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner. Your hair will revert without damage to either the treated tresses or your new growth. You will notice the difference in the first wash. I used these products following the two day detox using the Terressential Mud Wash. I promised my tresses that I will never mis-treat them again. :)

Jun 20, 2014
Revert Keratin Treatment With Mud Wash
by: Anonymous

I used the Terressentials Mud Wash _Lavender to revert the keratin treatment applied to my tresses. Six months after the application and my natural kinks were not coming back. After the first night of the five day hair detox process rcommended for first time users of Terressentials, I have my natural curl pattern back. Terressentials DOES NOT recommend the use of the mud wash for chemically treated, damaged, or color treated hair. However, since I was already at the point of acceptance of yet another Big Chop, I took the risk. I would suggest strand testing first.

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