Hair Straighteners With Protein

Straighteners with protein are available in permanent treatments and temporary products.

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Protein isn't just good for your body. It can also make your hair strong. These days, there are even hair straighteners that contain the stuff. Hair is basically made up of proteins. Things like chemically processing and thermal styling hair can deplete it of proteins. If you want to straighten your curly strands and leave them healthier and stronger, try out a hair straightener with protein.

Brazilian Keratin Straightening Treatment

There's a pretty good chance you've heard about the Brazilian keratin treatment. The chemical-free process promises to reduce frizz, loosen curl and make blowouts a cinch. The process infuses protein and keratin onto your tresses and leaves your locks smoother and straighter for up to 12 weeks, after which you'll have to visit your stylist to get the treatment again.

The Keratin Straightening Process

Getting a Brazilian keratin treatment will take you about three hours. First, the treatment is applied to your hair. Then, a flat iron is used to seal it in place. Once the treatment is on, you'll have to leave your hair untouched for 72 hours. That means no washing, no ponytails, no curls -- no anything that will bend your strands in any way.

Straightening Gels

If you're looking for something a little more temporary, try using a straightening gel. Not all straightening gels contain proteins, though, so you'll have to check the ingredients on the package before you buy. Protein-infused straightening gels work in the same way that keratin treatments do in that they make blow-drying your hair straight a much less daunting process.

Semi-Permanent Protein Treatment

If you don't fancy a 12-week-long protein straightening but also don't want to be bothered applying gel to your locks every day before you blow-dry, try a semi-permanent protein treatment that you can find at your local drugstore. These treatments cost significantly less that keratin treatments -- which can run you around $300, at the time of publication -- but they don't last as long. Semi-permanent treatments will tide you over for a few days at a time, but at only around $10 a pop, you can afford to stock up.

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