We've all heard about the costly keratin salon treatments that purportedly reverse the effects of abuse and tame frizzy and flyaway hair. It was only a matter of time before marketers broadened their keratin products to apply to the at-home market. These products contain hydrolyzed keratin, which supposedly fills in the jaggedy gaps in the hair's cuticle.
We tried products now out on the market to see what the effects were.
KeratinComplex Blondeshell Masque
This pale blue goo resembles a paint from Benjamin Moore's colonial colors collection, and is designed to smooth and color-correct abused blonde locks. Yes, hair emerges smoother and highlights less bright. But even more remarkable is its sulfate-free companion product, Reparative Keratin Leave-In Treatment, which detangles and luminizes misbehaving locks without weighing hair down. Masque (6.7 oz.), $36, and Treatment. (5 fl. oz.), $36; at Warren-Tricomi Salon, 1 W. 58th St., 212-262-8899
Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Mask (above)
Star stylist Frédéric Fekkai has jumped on the keratin caravan with his PrX Reparatives line hair face-lift. The Intensive Fortifying Mask contains silk extract, panthenol and hydrolyzed keratin in a light, luxurious milky whip with a light, appealing scent. Sho 'nuff, frizz was finished, tresses were de-stressed and hair felt smoother and well-nourished. Best results were achieved when rinsing out with cool water. Mask (5 fl. oz.), $49; at Frédéric Fekkai Salon, 712 Fifth Ave., 212-753-9500