Posted: Oct 28, 2012 4:00 PM
Brazilian blowouts are the rage, but if you're like me, you ruled them out because they’re time consuming (not to mention the side effects and concerns). Keratin hair treatments make your hair shiny, smooth and manageable. You should be able to roll out of bed, shake your hair-shampoo commercial style and look fabulous.

If you've been considering a Brazilian blowout or keratin treatment and haven't found the time or money, you're in luck! Rio de Keratin Release Yourself Keratin Kit has created an affordable at-home treatment. It will take you about an hour and costs $55.

How Rio de Keratin treatment works

Rio de Keratin product imageThis at-home treatment is easy to apply — the hardest part will be finding the time to actually wash and dry your hair in one continuous session! The instructions in the kit are thorough and easy to follow. Simply spray the keratin treatment all over your hair, comb through, rinse, condition, blow dry and straighten. The only caveat: a flat iron that reaches at least 425 degrees F is recommended to fully activate the product.

The treatment will last up to a month, though my results lasted for nearly two months. Depending on the length of your hair, you may also have enough product for two treatments.

Ingredients in the Rio de Keratin home treatment

The major concern over the Brazilian blowout procedure was the use of formaldehyde. Rio de Keratin is formaldehyde-free, but does contain chemicals — as that's the only way to semi-permanently process your hair.

  • Keratin: Hydrolyzed keratin works as a shield for your hair, protecting against everyday stressors and reversing long-term damage.
  • Coconut oil: Regular use of coconut oil has proven to promote rapid hair growth and keeps the scalp free of dandruff.
  • Germaben 22: This liquid preservative is gentle and exists in many personal care products. It protects products from bacteria, yeast and mold.
  • T-50 Vitamin E Oil: Vitamin E oil is great for hair growth, acting as a scalp massage in oil form.

The results

AllParenting road-tested Rio de Keratin in both dry and humid weather, on moms with naturally wavy to naturally curly hair — and we're impressed! Both moms experienced a total change in their hair, saying it felt smoother, looked shinier, and all the frizziness they normally experienced from air drying was gone. My hair was smooth even without blow drying and styling, and when I did leave it wavy the texture was much improved. It air-dried nicely without product or constant manipulation. Our other tester actually performed the procedure on her own thick, wavy hair before traveling to the Philippines for a few weeks. The humidity at the time was around 90 to 95 percent, and she reported back that her hair stayed straight and smooth the entire time (where it used to begin frizzing and curling as soon as she exited the airplane).


The only complaint I had about the product was the chemical odor. Initially I began doing the treatment in my bathroom, but had to move to a more open area of the house because the smell was overpowering. However, no odor remained on my hair after finishing the treatment.

Bottom Line^ Rio de Keratin is a great product for moms who want to try an at-home treatment and want to cut many minutes from their styling time.

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