As the reluctant owner of a head of unruly curly hair I’ve been on the hunt for straight hair most of my life. Now, don’t get me wrong-I love curly hair-and I did have a few years where I embraced it and admit that it could even look very pretty at times. But it was work. A lot of work. And so much of how my hair looked depended on the humidity and ensuring nothing touched my hair or I didn’t lean on my hair while sitting in the car or a chair-the slightest tousle and I’d have a crowning ball of frizz.
After having my oldest son my hair texture was changed remarkably and the curls loosened and no amount of scrunching would make them return. I invested in a good straightening iron but after 3 kids in less than 5 years, I spent most of my time with my hair pulled back in a bun. Not my best look. After my third son was born, while my husband was deployed, I had had enough. My cousin (who is an amazing stylist-more on that later) recommended I try a keratin treatment and I spent hours researching it. Finally I took the plunge and I haven’t looked back. Because I spent so much time researching keratin treatments before I pulled the trigger on getting my own I thought it might be helpful to others if I posted my experiences with it here.
My cousin Diah (find her at Teaze Beauty Lounge if you’re in the South Carolina Lowcountry) uses Copolla Keratin-she says it’s the best she’s found. There are two types of keratin treatments-the Blowout or Keratin Express, which takes a shorter amount of time but also lasts approximately 6 weeks, and the full keratin treatment, which is what I opt for. The full Keratin treatment usually takes about 3 hours for me-but as you all know, my hair is very long. The process starts with a thorough clarifying shampoo to remove any buildup on the hair. The hair is then blown dry and combed through. The keratin mixture is applied to the hair, the stylist has to be sure to soak every strand.
The keratin soaks on the hair for 20-30 minutes and then the hair is flat ironed with an extremely hot iron in very small sections. After the flat ironing, you’re good to go with smooth, silky hair! The first three days after the treatment you cannot get your hair wet or do anything that would change the shape of it-so no ponytails, no brushing it behind your ears, etc. It’s a little trying but the results are worth it! The length of time the keratin lasts varies on how you take care of it but they say anywhere between 3-6 months. I personally only get my hair treated twice a year and it’s worked fine for me. It’s important to remember to use hair products made for keratin treated hair for maximum results- I use this shampoo and conditioner as well as this dry shampoo.
One of my favorite things about the keratin is that it wears off gradually, there is not line as your hair grows out as with other straightening processes so you have flexibility as to when you repeat treatments and it’s not a huge commitment to try it once.
Over the past 3 years that I’ve been receiving keratin treatments I’ve learned that not all keratin treatments are equal. I tried a keratin treatment at Ulta last year when I couldn’t make the drive to South Carolina to see my cousin and it was pathetic. I felt like I had paid $150 for my hair to be blown out. It was frizzy again within a week.
After that situation I found a local stylist that used Coppola keratin but her application process was different than my cousin’s and again, I had less than stellar results, so when choosing a keratin stylist be sure to get references from others that have gotten the treatment from that particular person. With the treatment costing upwards of $200+ it’s worth it to make sure you’re getting what you pay for!
So if you’re anywhere near the South Carolina Lowcountry I highly recommend you see my wonderful cousin Diah at Teaze Beauty Lounge in Summerville, SC for keratin-she’s the best of the best (we even made a detour there on our drive from DC to Miami for our recent cruise so I could have her do my hair!!)
Have any of you tried keratin treatments on your hair? I’d love to hear your thoughts!