If you channel Diana Ross when there is the slightest amount of humidity or sprinkling of rain, then this post is for you!
I’ve just had my hair straightened for the second time using Keratin. The first time was in June, just before heading to Bali where my face is usually framed by ringlets. Let me just say it was NOT this time. I was able to straighten my hair for a night out and it actually remained that way despite the humid conditions and horrid water with which I was washing my hair. I was still able to swim, but afterwards my hair would be much more manageable. That’s a win in my book!
When I was caught in a rainstorm in New York two weeks ago, I ended up with an afro just as I was passing a salon advertising Keratin treatment for half the price I paid in Aus. I made an appointment on the spot and am once again delighted with the results.
Interestingly, both times the process was different. The first treatment took several hours, but I was able to wash my hair immediately following my trip to the salon. The second time it was a 90 minute turnaround and I had to wait two days before wetting my hair. The result from both treatments has been the same on my fuzzy hair.
There are a few things you should know about this form of straightening. Whilst the result is wonderful, there are also a few downsides that I have to be honest about.
- It really works. It lasted a little over three months in my hair and I’m delighted with the results.
- It will take a lot less time to ‘do’ your hair. You still have to blowave/straighten but it’s easier and lasts longer between washes.
- Your hair will be much more manageable – especially in the sticky heat.
- It can cost anywhere from $170 – $400 per treatment depending where you get it done.
- On top of the cost of the actual salon process, you have to buy hideously expensive shampoo that will make it last longer. This is not a gimmick and does make a difference (as much as the price of it stings!).
- It stinks. Your hair may smell terrible for a couple of washes.
- If the keratin gets anywhere near your eyes, it burns the bejeebers out of them! First hand experience on that one!
- You still need to do your hair. The keratin makes it easier for you to blowave, and straighten (and is apparently activated by the heat of dryers/GHDs) but you can’t just let your hair airdry for a salon finish.
- Keratin will strip your colour and you can’t re-colour for two weeks. This left me with a tinsel coloured GT stripe down my part-line for a fortnight. Not pretty.
- When you walk out of the salon you will have VERY flat hair. It may suit some but felt strange to me. Also, as mentioned this time I couldn’t wash it for two days so I was pleased to be in transit back to Aus!
As someone who has always hated my in-between hair (not curly or straight; just fuzzball) this is a godsend. I will continue to get it done as my hair feels so much better afterwards.
Feel free to ask any questions, and if you’d like a recommendation of a salon in Melbourne, shoot me through an email.
Have you had it done? Did you love or loathe it?
Disclaimer: this is in NO way a sponsored post. I paid to have this done and have not received any gifts in kind or payment. It’s a community service announcement for my fellow frizzy-haired lasses.