For the record, I find it obnoxious when people begin posts with statements like “People often ask me…” or “”I get a lot of questions about ….” No you don’t. Let’s be real; you maybe had one person ask you.
But. In “real life” my friends do ask me a lot of good questions about the keratin treatments that I have done to my hair, and so I thought perhaps some of you in bloggy land might want to know more as well.
So let’s talk hair! The treatment that I get is called Keratin Complex. You have maybe heard of Brazillian blow outs, and it’s pretty similar, minus the formaldehyde in the treatment that has since led to them being taken off the market (Ewww, WTF?!).
Basically, a Keratin Complex treatment is a semi-permanent straightening and smoothing treatment. I’ve tried other treatments like the “Japanese straightening treatment” before, and suffered a lot of damage (read: hair literally breaking off). Here’s a quick explanation of the difference:
Many treatments like the “Japanese straightening” or a relaxer work the exact same way that a perm does, just minus the curlers. What I mean by that is that they first break the hair follicle to reshape it, and then fill in the breaks with a chemical that keeps it in its new shape. If it is a perm, the new hair shape is curly, straight if you’re going for a straightening treatment.
The breakage part is what does all the damage, and there is none of that in the keratin treatment. Instead, the keratin (a natural protein that is what hair is made out of) is pressed into you hair with heat so that it fills in cracks that are already there, and bonds to the hair follicle as it is straightened with a flat iron, so that basically the hair has a layer of protein holding it in that shape.
Make sense so far?
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So here are a few things to know:
- it isn’t permanent, and it depending on the curliness of your hair, it won’t make your hair completely straight the whole time. If you have very curly hair, it will just make the curls much looser and less frizzy, and easier to completely straighten. I have fine, wavy hair, and with the treatment I can air dry it and it looks fine– no frizz or kinks. I still flat iron sometimes when I want it extra straight.
- You can still curl your hair with heat. I use a curling iron all the time when I want to change things up, and my hair holds curl just the same as it did before– only not as frizzy.
- It can cost a pretty penny, depending on where you go. However, since I have been getting it done (since August 2010) prices have gone down. I happen to be lucky and have a stylist who is building up her clientele and can thus charge less for the procedure.
- After the treatment, you can’t wash your hair for 72 hours. This is the part that scares off most women. You can’t put the hair up, clip it back, get it wet, nothing.
Third day hair. See, not so bad.
Fortunately the brand makes some great dry shampoo that I spray at the roots during that time, and my hair looks fine.
Fourth day hair. Awkward facial expression, but the hair isn’t too gross.
- You can’t use products with sulfates or salt in them. You kind of get suckered into using the Coppola brand’s products, but fortunately I like the products a lot. It does mean planning ahead and not being able to use regular travel-sized Pantene when you travel, but in my experience you get over that pretty quickly.
- You can still color your hair with the treatment! If you did this with other straightening treatments, your hair would break off.