Smooth like Butter, My Hair Keratin Treatment
If your hair is anything like mine, you know the struggle of heat, humidity, and hair. I work at a salon throughout the week as a receptionist and more recently my salon starting performing more keratin smoothing treatments. After seeing a multitude of clients leaving with perfectly straight and smooth hair, I knew I needed one of my own. My hair, as you can see, is full of volume and curl, but it's also thick, heavy, and coarse (p.s. red is my natural color).
If you're someone that's wondering why I would want to rid myself of these curls, please keep reading. This is a keratin smoothing treatment, it is NOT a permanent straightener or relaxer!!
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So, what is keratin? And what does it do?
Keratin is the fibrous protein that makes up most of your hair. Over time our hair becomes damaged and broken due to heat styling, stress, and other environmental factors. The keratin smoothing treatment puts that keratin protein back into your hair, leaving it silky smooth and healthy!
How does it work?
The process is simple, but can be time consuming depending on your hair.
First, the hair is washed 1-3 times with a special shampoo. My hair needed to be washed three times due to how coarse & thick it is. After being washed my hair was then blow-dried. While my stylist was drying my hair, she had already mixed up the concoction we were about to coat my entire head with, which needed to sit out for several minutes before applying (it also smelled like piña colada, amazing). My hair went from a Peter Frampton look-a-like contest to a wet dog, to a frizzy mess in a matter of ten minutes.
Although, I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz during her makeover scene...I had two stylists working on my hair once we started. Each taking half of my head & making it more fabulous than before.
My hair was split down the middle, which is where I part my hair, and then from bottom to top of the scalp my hair was painted with protein. This process, with two stylists, took about 30 minutes (again, I have extremely coarse, thick hair most people will not spend this much time in a salon) to finish. Each layer of the protein mix was combed through to soak through to the next layer of hair. The whole process physically felt great on my head.
So once you're completely covered, you're then saran-wrapped and sent to process for another 30 minutes.
After letting the protein soak into your follicles and all for 30 minutes, you move onto the most time-consuming step- the flat iron.
Unlike most salon processes you DO NOT get rinsed or shampooed. My hair was blow-dried again with cold air this time. My stylist cold-dried my hair until all of the protein dried onto the hair. After that, your hair is sectioned by the 1/4" (yes, quarter-inch sections) and flat-ironed 7-10 times per section.
I left the salon with perfectly, pin-straight hair! My hair felt longer than before and so smooth.
You are not allowed to get your hair wet or wash it for 72 hours after getting the treatment. You are not allowed to clip, tie, ponytail, dent, kink, or bend your hair for those 72 hours. (that includes tucking your hair behind your ears) If you do get your hair wet within those 3 days, blow dry and flat iron your hair ASAP. I flat-ironed mine the first and third day after my treatment to keep it as smooth as possible. By the morning of the third day I was completely ready to wash my hair. Typically I wash my hair once a week, but I felt like a greasy teenager and was so excited to see how it dried.
So, how long does it last?
Depending on how often you wash your hair the process can last 4 or more months. The protein will gradually leave your hair with each wash. This means the smoothing agent (and protein) does not grow out, like perms, relaxers, and permanent straightening processes. That is also the reason my hair is not completely straight, it's not supposed to be straight-it's supposed to be smooth & healthy.
What kind of products can I use?
I absolutely need to use a sulfate-free option for my shampoo. Other than that, it is completely safe to use any products or heat tools you were using before. Although, there are keratin-rich products that are recommended.
The Reason WHY
Why did I choose to do have this process done? It's simple.
I've had curly, frizzy, coarse hair my entire life. I've always been envious of the girls that can shower & leave, and not worry about if they might look like Peter Frampton later in the day.
I wanted to smooth my frizz and curl for the next few months, which will be summer here in Pennsylvania (the worst time to have curly hair). I have always felt more like "myself" when I have straight hair. In fact, my sister was looking for me the other day in a store, a day I was sporting my natural curls, and she said she didn't recognize me because my hair was not straight.
I use a lot of heat tools to style my hair and with the smoothing treatment, not only will I be able to use less heat on my hair, but also less time to get ready in general.
I was also excited to hear it would gradually leave my hair instead of having to grow it out. I have had permananet straightening treatments in the past. Not only does that leave your hair fried, but after six months you have curly roots and straight, broken ends.
My hair feels nothing like it did before! It's silky smooth, even when it's not flat-ironed, without products & without any fuss. Needless to say, I am still very excited and will potentially write a follow-up blog when my hair returns to its natural state.
Feel free to leave any questions, I will try my best to answer, but feel free to contact my salon for more info!