My ohhhh my! I had heard about keratin treatments before and I have been curious. As a matter of fact, my friend Kristin in L.A. has MAJORLY curly hair and she gets them ALL THE TIME now. She says it cuts her blow drying time in half anf that sometimes she can just let it air dry and it will still be straighter than it used to be.
Well, when I had the opportunity to be a guinea pig for this treatment at the Ted Gibson/Hela Spa in DC…I jumped at the chance. I was eager to see how the results would be on my hair which is multi-textured and frizz prone. Tiffany Nicole (aka, my hair saviour) told me she would be using the La Brasiliana system. Three of the stylists in the DC salon had to become certified and go through extensive training before they were able to perform the procedure which takes between 1.5 and 4 hours depending on your hair length and texture. After application of the product, your hair is blown out and it is infused with a 450 degree flat iron, which “crystalizes” the product, seals in moisture, hydrates the hair, and creates a glossy finish. The results are visible immediately and apparently it works wonders for frizz prone hair (like mine!!)
Okay so my day started at 10am and Tiffany immediately started with the clarifying shampoo. This is meant to get any and all dirt, oil and product buildup out of your hair. Then the product application started, she applied it section by section until my hair was completely saturated. Then, she blew my hair dry…remarkably my hair was pretty smooth after this step but there was more!! The last step in the keratin treatment process was the flat iron. Now, the main thing about THIS flat iron is that it is extremely hot. This iron is heated to 450 degrees and is specifically developed to work with the system. As soon as she flat ironed the first section I could FEEL the difference when my hair fell on my neck! It was soooo straight. Straighter then just regular flat ironing. The application of the product took nearly 1.5 hours, the blowdry/flat iron took another hour and then I got a trim. All in all, I was there until 1pm. See my transformation below…
A few things:
- You will not be able to wash your hair for 4 days. After the process is complete, you will have to keep your hair free from clips, ponytail holders or barrettes for the 4 day period
- The liquid keratin contains formaldehyde so if that is an issue for you, let the stylist know and they can use the formaldehyde free formula.
- The treatment lasts approximately 4 months AND you will have to use sulfate or sodium free shampoo. Phyto, Alterna, L’Anza and Pureology products are all safe, but ask your stylist which products they recommend.
- For short hair (my hair and shorter) the price is $450, medium length hair $550 and long hair $750. All prices vary and you should get a consultation first so the stylist can check your texture and hair length. I know it’s expensive BUT if you get blowouts on a regular basis…you will be able to cut those out as you will be able to either do it yourself or let it air dry.
I am EXTREMELY happy with it as I can NEVER get my hair straight at the roots when I blow dry it myself. The finished product is shiny, soft and swingy (three things that my hair lacks often…LOL) I will be doing a follow up post after I wash for the first time.