Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer Hair Keratin Treatment

With temperatures today at 90 degrees and high humidity, it's safe to say we're in full frizz fighting zone. Hope tried a Keratin treatment a couple of week ago, which falls in the "if nothing else works give this a try" category:


I call my hair naturally frizzy not curly or wavy but somewhere in between (see my before above), especially in the summer. The Keratin treatment took three hours and was similar to getting a perm. For those of you that were too young for an 80's perm, that meant applying nasty chemicals to your hair then rolling it onto curlers. In this case, after the chemicals are applied, they combed my hair straight and let it sit for a while.

It took all the curl out of my hair. Even though I can still use a curling iron if I want waves, I've been wearing it straight because it's a welcome change. It cuts down on the drying time which is a big advantage. Unfortunately my hair still needs styling, I don't like the way my hair looks if I let it dry naturally, it's a little stringy and the ends still have some frizz.

The biggest drawbacks were the perm smell which totally grossed out my fam; and the price which ranges from $250 to $400 depending on the length of your hair. Keratin treatments are not supposed to damage your hair the way Japanese straightening treatments do or traditional relaxers do by using harsh chemicals and stripping your hair. Instead it adds a conditioning layer to your hair that lasts from six weeks to four months depending on how often you wash your hair. Gradually you wash away the Keratin like you would hair color. Any damage to my hair remains to be seen, for now it is smooth and even stays frizz free when I'm out in the elements. Here's a picture of me (on right) with Lauren on our recent girls trip:


I found Salon Michel in McLean, Va. through Spa Week's Monthly Special Steals and Deals section. They have a nationwide selection of salons. Check there for deals on a range of services like hair care, tanning, waxing, facials and more.

For more on the Keratin Hair Treatment, see our Q&A with the specialist at the Warren Tricomi salon and our Q&A with the Keratin specialist at the Blackstone Salon.

See Before and After Photos from our reader Brazilian Blowout contest courtesy of NYC's Concept Salon.

96 comments:

Anonymous said...

a few people said that after getting the keratin treatment still had to blow-dry/iron their hair. did you have to do that too?

The Jet Set Girls said...

I do blow it out, but only use a straightening iron if I want a really sleek look. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have other questions!

Cybelesays said...

I too had this done to my hair two months ago and really liked it. perfect for summertime where you don't want to have to blowdry your hair when it's so hot outside.

Anonymous said...

If this stuff safe to use on color-treated hair? My hair is baby fine and has some natural curl. I want to straighten it but am afraid that, along with the coloring I have to keep up with, it will damage my hair even more.

The Jet Set Girls said...

Two things: now that it's full on summer in D.C. (meaning hot and humid), I can't stand to blow dry my hair everytime I wash it. I let it air dry and it looks good. There's still some issues with my ends which are not as smooth; but the benefit of no blow drier outweights that.

As far as damage to your hair, the treatment should be done after you color your hair. It is applied on top of that. It's not a stripping process which I believe the older Japanese treatments were. This product washes out of your hair over the period of 6 to 12 weeks depending on how often you wash your hair. My only concern if your hair is fine is that you won't have enough body and it will take out all the natural curl.

I hope that helps, feel free to forward more questions!

Anonymous said...

Hey:
I'm thinking about getting this done but I'm a little concerned that if i do my curls would go away. I don't want to have my hair so curly either but i still want some pretty curls if i want to leave it naturally curly.

The Jet Set Girls said...

Friendly warning: This treatment took virtually all the curl out of my hair. As it wears out, my curl is supposed to come back gradually. (Not like a perm that grows out; but more like a color that's fading.)
I can say after 6 weeks now, I'm missing some of my curl. I tried using a Surf spray yesterday then let my hair dry naturally and I didn't get the curl or beachy waves I'm used to getting.
On the flip side, I can still use a curling iron for my hair if I want to; but the days of letting it dry naturally with curl are over until this wears out.
Thanks for your comment!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your post, i've been looking for a salon in the DC area to try this at! I'm originally from LA and everyone's doing it out there. I have super tight ringlets, and just want to go to a bit of a natural wave...after nearly ten years of relaxing my hair, i decided to stop three years ago, and give my hair some life again. It was brittle and breaking and a total mess. I'm wearing it curly now a days, but with the DC rain/heat/humidity, the frizz = an awful night life for me. I'm just nervous that this treatment will take me back to square 1 with my hair (damaged broken thirsty curls)...do you feel like your hair has lost life/bounce?

The Jet Set Girls said...

I don't feel like my hair has lost any life to it. Most of us that have had this done do so because we have an abundance of body/curl/frizz to our hair. Any damage I've done to my hair I would attribute more directly to highlighting. Thanks for your comment and let us know how it looks if you go forward with the treatment.

Cristina said...

Hey there. I have alot of fine hair with curls and was approached at my salon to do the keratin hair treatment. I wash my hair every 2 days and dry it with a diffuser to get a tight curl. If I air dry it, it's not as curly and has more of a flat wave with little curls. Of course I get frizz which is why I'm considering this but I do not want to loose my curl. I love my curl. I'm afraid if I do this treatment, I will loose them. Salon said that the curl will loosen up but not be gone. Frizz will be. Do you think I will have flat, wavy hair from this treatment?

34 Reasons said...

I have super curly hair and would love to hear from someone who did it with really curly hair. When you wash and air dry, are there any curls left?

The Jet Set Girls said...

Hi, Cristina! My hair lost virtually all of its curl. I understand the curl will come out as the product wears out of my hair. It's been 8 weeks or more now and I still have no curl at all. I would be concerned if I were you and have fine hair, because my hair does dry against my head. If I didn't have tons of thick hair, I'd be concerned that my hair looked flat. Talk to your stylist again and see if there are different ways to perform the treatment. Maybe there's a light treatment that has less effect than mine.

The Jet Set Girls said...

34 reasons: My hair was curly but not super curly. I can say there's no curl left in my hair. Hopefully, a reader with super curly hair will chime in about her experience.

Ar said...

I am happy to have found this blog site! I am going to go ahead with the Keratin (non-fermaldahyde) straightening treatment next week. The cost is by the hour, and the stylist believes that it may be an hour or so. I will be getting color and highlight foils as well, first, on the same day.
My hair is thin, naturally curly, frizzy, & w/ breakage. I have been using the sedu iron to straighten it. My hair is shoulder length. I do have gray hair coming in. I am counting on the hair coloring process to give me more volume, as it has always done. Otherwise, my hair would lie flatter on the head that looks poorly w/ thin hair.
I do realize that daily hair care products used can definately effect the amount of frizz, and may weigh down (flatten)thin hair.
I am open to hair product suggestions with my hair type. I have tried many!~

Jewells Santos said...

Hi my name is Jewells, I am a junior highschool. I currently have pretty thick---not too bad, wavy hair. Its about 5 inches below my shoulder straight. Now, I left my hair curly for the summer, because I figured its not worth wasting 150 bucks when I am constantly swimming. I do however often straighten my hair for school which takes about an hour to 90 minutes. I love my curls sometimes, but I want to try something new! Now I figured since keratin gradually comes out after washing hair, I would try it, but I'm scared after 6 months I will never see my natural wavy hair again. Will I? Its not how long it will take, its if it will actually come back to my naturally wavy hair. I have dyed my hair, which is the worst thing I ever did, now my normally light light brown hair, is a little darker with a reddish tint. Will it fade like that? Cause I love my wavy hair and I do want to see it back after the keratin fades. Ive read a bunch of reviews on keratin and everyone says it apparently fades, thats whats said but no one actually knows for sure! What do you think?

Anonymous said...

i have thick wavy hair. my hair looks pretty good when i straighten it but it looks a little frizzy and it takes forever to do! if i do keratin will i still have to straighten my hair?

The Jet Set Girls said...

Hi, Jewells- I've had the treatment for a couple of months now and there is still no curl back. Frizz is creeping is creeping back gradually unfortunately. I miss my curls for the days that I want to do a beachy hair. I also understand that the curl will eventually come back. The treatment can last 6 weeks to 3 or 4 months. I'll keep our readers updated as to when my hair is back to normal. I might caution against the treatment if you want to wear your hair curly sometimes.

SusanColeman said...

If you have long hair, expect to pay about $400 for this treatment. Whoever said $150 for hair that is 5 inches below their shoulders is WAY off base.

Melissa said...

One thing that I have not heard about regarding the Keratin Complex Treatment is that if you are able to use a curling iron and wear your hair curly when wanting to achieve a different look, besides straight?... Also once the 3 days have passed and you wash your hair does the volume come back?

The Jet Set Girls said...

Hi, Susan, yes I totally agree that $150 more is way off base. I would consider paying more for my long hair but that's too much. I paid $250 through a special on SpaWeek.com.

The Jet Set Girls said...

Melissa, as I said in the post, you can use a curling iron to curl your hair. My hair does not have its natural curl if I let it dry naturally. Others may have a different experience. Yes, after 3 days the volume came back to my hair.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know if this product can be used on hair that is over processed and breaking off. I need help not only is it frizzy it is damaged. Is it safe to use?

Anonymous said...

I have had this done twice...once in december and didn't need it again until May. I have supercurly thick frizzy hair. The frizz is non-existent. I have not totally lost the curl in my hair when i wash it. It more like waves than curls. I don't care for the way it dries with no product but I use a little wave enhancing spray and it seems to work just fine. I still have to dry or let my hair air dry and use an iron for the straight look but is takes very little time. I absolutely love the fact that I can easily wear my hair either way without it taking hours.

Zeinab said...

Hey Girls !
I did the keratin treatment two months ago and I must say I had really curly hair ... than I did the treatment and it messed up my curls . I advise you not to do it if you love your massively curly hair. I just hope my curls come back!

Julie said...

Your post have been really helpful. Please keep us up to date on if your curl is coming back. I'm interested to see if once the treatment is completely out of you hair if your hair will go back to how it was.

Anonymous said...

O.K. This treatment sounds fabulous. But, my question is: Does anyone have any comments regarding how this treatment works with African American hair? Extra-curly hair on a black person is a LOT different than tight curls on a caucasion person. Any responses????

The Jet Set Girls said...

Hi Ladies-
We've done our best to answer your questions about Keratin Hair Treatment in this post: http://thejetsetgirls.blogspot.com/2009/08/keratin-hair-treatment.html

Anon--we'll check on ethnic hair and get back to you!
Thanks!
JSG

Anonymous said...

do i really have to wait a full 72 hours before washing? if I washed it after 60 hours, would I spoil the effect of the treatment?

Andie said...

I have done this treatment twice. Not really pleased at all. They say it lasts for at least 3 months, mine actually lasted only one month. I did like it after it was first done, but I don't think it's worth the $350. You can't wash it for 4 days after you get it done. And you have to wear it down the whole time, no hair ties or anything. It's actually more like a "Defrizzer" not a hair straightener. The second salon I went to sells it as a "defrizzer" not a straightener. It doesn't really straighten that well. Good luck

margo said...

I have extremenly thick, very curly/waivy, kinky hair and had the treatment done 3/09. I loved my hair after the treatment. I did not lose all the curl but did lose the kink and frizz. When I blew dried hair it still was straight but with lots of body. Got LOTS of complements on hair. Approx 3-1/2 months later curl came back but not as kinky & frizzy as before. I did the treatment again 8/09 and really like that the body did not leave, but the kink and frizz did. I did both treatments in Florida and it cost $125 (my sister knew the hairdresser and he went to her house!) I have long hair about 5 inches from shoulder. I also color my hair and it does not seem to effect the treatment.

swllowedinthesea said...

my hair is pretty curly and high maintenance. i usually let it air-dry and keep the natural curls, but when i do blow dry it i HAVE to straighten it or it turns into a big puff ball. i've been thinking about getting this treatment done in the winter because if i don't have time for all the blow-drying and straightening i have to leave it wet in 20 degree weather with snow and ice. not fun. one thing i was wondering is how many of you have had a problem with fluff and frizz after just blow-drying? if you have hair like mine that loves to frizz, is fine, and won't lay flat without a high heat ceramic iron, will this treatment just leave your hair straightish and more manageable, or sleek, flat and frizzless? also, i am worried about getting my curls back. one comment here said that after 6 weeks the curl still hadn't come back. what if you have pretty curly hair that forms big ringlets when left to itself? is it more likely to come back sooner?

Veronica said...

Hey, I am interested in this and have very curly,frizzy hair. I'm not crazy about my big, curly hair that always puffs up when it air drys(no matter how much gel,moose,or setting lotion I apply!!!)but I know I will regret it if i ruin them. I want to make my hair easy to manage, untangle and style, but not if my hair would be less curly. HELP!!!???

The Jet Set Girls said...

Hi, Veronica! I had my Keratin treatment in May which was 14 weeks ago (approx) and the curl in my hair has not returned. It is starting to get the frizz back when I let it air dry; but the curl you see in the top picture of the post is not there. If you covet your curl, I wouldn't sacrifice the curl for smooth, frizz-free hair. That's the trade-off with this treatment. Let us know what you decide. Thanks for reading, Hope

Carole said...

I'm an African American woman who had this treatment and it's fabulous for me. I have done relaxers and hot combs and even a Jheri Curl back in the day. This is by far the best treatment. I still have some wave left in my hair, but don't have to do anything but add product after I wash it. For the super sleek look, I use a flat iron for 10 minutes. That's it! Well worth the high price tag (I paid $310 which included having a touch-up relaxer first).

Anonymous said...

I have very curly fine hair. I had the treatment done two weeks ago and absolutely love it! I still have body but no frizz! It has been so humid here and still no frizz. I hope it lasts for a while. I totally think it's worth it. Even if your curls aren't the same they will eventually grow out the same and change it good!

Anonymous said...

Hey Ladies, I'm from NYC and have very long (a little past mid-back), kinda thin, and very curly hair. I got my BKT in May and almost all of my curl is back. Im suprised yours lasted so long. Maybe my curls came back because I wasn't using the sulfate-free shampoo they recommended.
PS- BTK costs about $150-$200 for long (mid-back) hair in most places in NYC. I got mine done for $120 at a really nice salon.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just found this blog and though I'd ask this question.. Is the keratin hair straightner the same as the brazilian keratin treatment? I read that they both are one in the same and a chemist says that some say non-fermaldahyde or fermaldahyde-free but it still has some form of fermaldahyde (a carcinogenic) it.. How safe is this type of product??

The Jet Set Girls said...

I was told the process I had was formaldehyde free; but I can tell you the smell was super strong and similar to perms I had years ago. I suspect there is something else in the product if not formaldehyde. If you're concerned about safety, or otherwise use only natural products, I would not recommend this treatment. We're not chemists, or doctors, so I wouldn't endorse the safety of any products.

Anonymous said...

Hey. I just did my keratin treatment, and I my hair stylist used a brand called "4HAIR." Its supposed to be better than all the other brands, since you wash your hair the same day. It does have fermaldahyde though. The good thing about this brand is that my hair still has volume, but the frizz is completely gone.

Camila said...

Dear Jet Set Girls,
I want to congratulate you for your blog! its really informative!

This is a great treatment for your hair. I have done it 4 times now in the last 1.5 years. Given that I live near the ocean (miami) this really makes my life easy! I can fix my hair with a light touch of my iron in a few minutes... I have never heard of "4hair" before... But I do recommend sunliss keratin.
To everybody out there, make sure you use a formaldehyde free product. and if it comes from brazil it should have an "ANVISA" certificate. (thats like the Brazilian FDA)

Rose said...

I had the Keratin treatment almost two months ago on my fine wavy hair. It removed ALL the waves/curl and body from my hair making it flat and limp. The stylist told me my curl would return but it hasn't. I stopped using the good shampoo they told me to use to prolong the treatment and started using the cheap stuff to help strip it off. I hate it and hope it eventually wears off and my waves come back. Think twice if your hair is really fine and you don't want it to be a stringy mess.

Carole said...

Rose, if you have thin, wavy hair, why did you get the Keratin treatment? It seems that your stylist just wanted to make some quick cash. He or she should have never recommended this treatment for you and you should have done your homework, too.

HollyG. said...

I read through this blog and it was helpful in deciding to have the keratin treatment done, so I thought I'd share. I just had it done yesterday : )

I went to a salon in McLean and the stylist gave me some basic information on the procedure then looked at my hair. The first thing she said was that BKT is not a straightener, and that with my hair type (partially ringlets with a 100% chance of frizz), I could expect to have some waves or even loose curls. However, the treatment would make it much easier to straighten my hair and cut blow-drying time. I don't care if my hair is straight or curly or in between--I just wanted the frizz gone--so I was fine with that.

She also said that the more processed and damaged my hair was, the better the treatment would take, since the hair cuticle was wide open and very porous. The worse your hair is, the better BKT will work. Sweet.

For the process itself, the stylist touched up my color then:
1. shampooed my hair three times in a row
2. did a rough blow dry
3. painted on the keratin treatment
4. blew my hair out straight
5. went over the dry hair with a flat iron

I've had blow-outs and flat-irons before, but this one took two people and lasted 90 minutes because they have to basically bake the keratin into your hair, so they go in little tiny sections. That's why before-and-after photos on salon websites show perfectly straight hair...until you wash it the first time, you won't know exactly what the texture will be.

And speaking of washing your hair...the stylist used a keratin product from Marcia (Marciya?), which requires a four-day waiting period before getting it wet. She said that there's another product called For Hair that only requires one day, which the salon was about to switch to. If it's an issue, you may want to check around salons to see what they use.

HollyG. said...

Oops, I also wanted to add:

I asked about the formaldehyde in the treatment. This is what the stylist told me...the liquid keratin contains formalyn, which is used as a preservative since the keratin is pure protein. Formaldehyde is the gaseous by-product created when the stylist heats the hair. (So technically none of the BKT treatments "contain" formaldehyde, but they'll PRODUCE it if formalyn is the preservative.)

I was expecting huge clouds of evil vapors, but the keratin treatment itself smelled like jelly beans and when they ran the flat iron over my hair, it produced steam but didn't smell different than any other time I've used a flat iron. I sniffed my hair cautiously when I left the salon, but it doesn't smell like chemicals.

Also, given the formaldehyde issue, I thought they'd put me in some kind of HAZMAT quarantine. They didn't--I sat in a regular salon chair with a ventilation tube nearby, I didn't have to take my contacts out, they didn't put vaseline on my skin, and when I went to the ladies room before they ironed my hair, I quickly sneaked a feel and my hands were fine.

Anonymous said...

Hello from the UK! THought i'd add my 2 cents worth. How much this treatment differs over here to the US I don't know but i'd be intereseted to see the difference. I had it done yesterday so i don't know what will happen until I wash it out on Friday. My hair is very very fine and incredibly damaged from repeated bleaching. I used to have perfect ringlets some years ago but bleaching and straightening irons have left me a straggly frizzy weakly curling mess. I went brown in a bid to get the health back in my hair and my hairdress recommended the Keratin blow dry to infuse some health into my hair and give me a couple months of managable hair while I grow it out. Even though I ultimately want to get back to perfect curls this treatment seemed a good idea to give me better hair during the waiting process.

The worst thing so far is not being able to wash my hair, it's killing me! How did everyone else cope??

Also regarding the smell and the chemical debate. My salon is Aveda who generally promote the use of natural products so I can't imagine they'd use something that was unsafe. The actual stuff they put on my hair smelt of strawberry yoghurt! I wanted to eat it ha ha

Maz from the UK!

Hart and Dorothy said...

What keratin treatment did you use? THere are so many kinds, it gets confusing. My hairdresser mentioned keratin connection, coppola and liquid keratin..do you know which you used?

Anonymous said...

if i wash my hair after the 2 or 3 days, without blow dry, it would be straigh?

i mean i really have to blow dry before every wash?

i will get curly hair if i dont blow dry and leave it to the natural air?

i have really short hair so that means less curls before air dry?

natmom said...

Considering getting the keratin treatment. 2 QUESTIONS: What brands of the keratin treatment have you used/liked? My salon offers the "Brazillian Blowout" (does not contain formaldehyde, but does contain a sister chemical in the -hyde family) and I know another salon offers the "Global Keratin" brand that doesn't contain any -hyde chemicals. Anyone have experience with these two brands?
Also, I am BREASTFEEDING - anyone else have a treatment done while nursing? I know they say "it hasn't been clinically tested on pregnant/nursing women, therefore it is not recommended..." but I consider that a disclaimer, more than anything. I wonder if certain brands of the treatment might contain less toxic chemicals and be better while i'm still nursing?? Thoughts? thx

gabsi77 said...

So I'm thinking of getting this done to my hair which is presently relaxed (sorta). I've been trying to grow it back because I missed my curl/kinky-ish hair. I live in Jamaica and do dancing so heat and humidity are constant companions. This seems to me like a good alternative to my regular hair and definately better than my hair being relaxed. My hair dresser recommended it to me and she was saying that if you leave it in for 2 days as opposed to 3 or 4 then the hair will retain some of the natural curls and waves. I think I'm gonna get it done around december.

Anonymous said...

After doing much research, I decided to fork over $400(crying) (including shampoo and conditioner) and had the keratin treatment yesterday. The process was pretty much the same like the other posts. My hair was washed 3 times, she used the blower to dry my hair, although she didn't blow it out, in other words she didn't blow it out smooth. She applied the keratin, which smelled like coconut. There was no chemical odor at all, and was told that the treatment contained no formaldehyde. The salon I go to is an Aveda salon in NYC.
She then dried it with a blow dryer, again not blowing out smooth. Once dry she then used the flat iron.
I was told I would lose about 40% of my curls, depending on the structure of my hair. I have mid length hair (middle of back) very very frizzy and very curly medium coarse hair. Don't care much about the curls it's the frizz factor that gets me.
So now I am waiting to wash out my hair. Can't clip it, tie it or wet it.
Will post after the washing to see the actually result.

ailebutterfly said...

Here is my review on this treatment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfPYP6hwsZo

The Jet Set Girls said...

Cool video Ailebutterfly! You're results are pretty spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

i got the keratin hair treatment about a month and a half ago and it's starting to wear off already. This may be because I have very long, very thick, very frizzy and very curly hair. I wouldn't reccommend getting it if your hair is like mine, i feel like it temporarily made my hair manageable but that's about the extent of it. Waste of money. I'm thinking about just getting it permanently straightened but it seems just as costly and also has negatives.
don't let your hairstylist talk you into it if you have hair like mine!

SG said...

I love it. I am African American with extremely ethnic hair. I wore my hair natural for 10 years (mostly braids and twists). I got the keratin in August (coppola brand) and I am thrilled with the results. I did not get a relaxer, because I wanted to maintain the ability to have my natural look from time to time. The results have been great. I roller set mostly, and the look is smooth and shiny. Everyone thinks I have a perm until I wash it and go back to a really curly look. But, now, no frizz. I think this is what Hair Rules was trying to do (but can't for us nappy headed girls).

T said...

I am 38 years old, and FINALLY I like my hair. I had the Keratin (by Coppola) treatment done 2 weeks ago. The process took about 2.5 hrs. I have thick curly hair 3-4 inches down my back. It cost $250 ON SALE.

The hardest part was not washing my hair for 3 days...that was tough! Now, my hair dries faster, does not need any product, and though still curly, there isn't any friz. Amazing.

One thing I would like to add -- it is very important that you DO NOT USE SODIUM CONTAINING PRODUCTS. This will strip your hair of the Keratin a lot faster than you would want. Look at the ingredients, do not buy/use if it contains SODIUM CHLORIDE, or SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, OR SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE.

Good luck!
PS. I LOVE MY HAIR!!!

Anonymous said...

I have had Japanese straightening several times and have really loved it being completely maintenance free-I do not mind it being very flat and very straight- quite the change from the thick frizzy had I have had my whole life. I am thinking of trying the keratin, will it be as easy to maintain? Has anyone had both done and can compare the differences?

Chanel said...

Hey!

I just got the Keratin treatment done a week ago. It looks amazing. I started off with really coarse, curly, frizzy, damaged, long hair.

I havebeen dying, bleaching, highlighting my hair since I was 9 - I am now 21. I dont have much breakage in my hair but between a flatiron and environment -- its pretty unmanagable.

My stylist recommended this treatment. I freaked out reading all the stories of hairloss and did a lot of research.

THIS TREATMENT IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU IF YOU ARE ON CERTAIN MEDICATIONS - most medications can cause hairloss or other issues anyways - this will heighten it.

Otherwise - you will not lose your hair.

I also have a scalp issue - psorasis at the bottom of my scalp. The Keratin treatment requires that NO detergent or salt based shampoos/products be used for the few months -- they said this may even help the allergic reaction my scalp has been having for 2 years.

I am of ethnic background[hispanic] and recommend this treatment.

I got it done at Rodney Laws studio in Annapolis Maryland by Tina.

GET IT DONE! Just be sure to tell them of your health conditions!!!!

Treatment Process:

Took 3 hours total.

Hair was rinsed twice with Keratin shampoo to clarify hair.

Hair was combed completely out.

Hair was blown out with NO product and a flat brush. [100% dry]

Keratin was "painted" on - no burn, no itch, no bad smell [smelled really good], no mask worn by stylist.

Cap was placed over top and I sat in the chair for 30 minutes [20 minutes for less coarse hair]

Keratin was NOT washed off. Hair was blown dry again. [used a round brush] no product...within minutes my hair was SHINY - bouncy and straight. it looks AMAZING i almost cried.

She then flat ironed each one inch section of hair 11 or so times. and ta - da...

They advised me not to get it wet - if so - DRY asap and flat iron!

If you want before and after photos message me!

I went back 3 days later for their complimentary wash & style - and it looked great with NO product!

4 days later...STLL shiny and straight! WHOOO!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well, I've been doing keratin treatments for a year and a half. I think it's a miracle!!!! As stated before, this is a treatment that is applied to the hair, a coating, that gradually wears off. Using the proper products (no salt of any kind) keeps it the longest. 've done japanese, and the old kind of straightening, and let me tell you, this is BY FAR the best! My hair is kinky curly frizzy, and has never looked this good.
I'd like to add that the more times you do it, the longer it lasts and the straighter your hair gets; in other words, it workds better on "non-virgin" hair. So, if you liked the way it looks at first, but you feel that it didn't last very long, you should be happier with the second treatment.

The Jet Set Girls said...

Thanks for your comments. I've only done it the one time. My hair is official frizzy again (my daughter was saying last night, "Mommy your hair's so frizzy today"). I feel as if I'm in a middle place where I have friz but no curl. Maybe a second Brazilian treatment is the way to go. Thanks! Hope

Anonymous said...

I hope someone can answer my question...I got the Coppola Keratin (which I love. I got it done a few days ago, on Monday. Problem is I just found out I'm almost four weeks pregnant and I'm afraid I could have harmed the baby. Has anyone gotten this done while pregnant or knows someone who did? It was burning my eyes and nose, there is no way it is "100% safe".

The Jet Set Girls said...

You should contact your OB/GYN with your concern. Your salon should supply you with the ingredients to the straightener as well. Our best wishes to you and the baby. Hope and Anne

Anonymous said...

Thank you Hope and Anne, I will definitely talk to an OB/GYN. As I just found out, I have to wait until Monday for my appointment, but I am so worried! Thanks for the best wishes. I will contact the salon and hope that they will give me the ingredients. They told me it is all natural, but my research seems to point to the fact that this solution when heated, gives off formaldahyde. Scary.
Thanks again!
Jen

Anonymous said...

Jen,

Let me know what you find out from your OB and I'll do the same. I got it done not knowing it isn't recommended for nursing women - now I'm freaking out. Thanks - sherri

Anonymous said...

Hello My name is Kristina, and I have been looking up this treatment because I have really tight curly hair and I want to do the treatment to loosen them so they become wavy if it is impossible to straighten my hair because then it can cut down my straightening time in half right? Alsom I have a few other questions, first, will my tight curls come back after a few months once the treatment grows out? Also, can this treatment withstand a pool with salt water and colorine once a week? since I am a swim instructor? and does this treament actually repair the hair? because I have been reading since it is a protein and our body makes proteins in our hair and nails does this treatment repair the damage in the hair? if you could help me out by answering these questions that would be fantastic thank you.

Brittani said...

I have the worlds curliest and frizziest hair. I just had the keratin treatment done and my hair feels amazing. I color my hair and have chemically straightened it and my hair was beyond damaged. My hair is straight and the healthiest it has ever been. It takes me 10 minutes to blowdry my hair now. I have no frizz at all. This is an awesome procedure that I would recommend to anyone that wants straight, shiny, healthy, soft and frizz free hair.

Anonymous said...

I had the Ulta version of this treatment. My hair is thick and curly. I often flat iron it but I moved to florida and the humidity and salty air make it frustrating as far as frizz is concerned. I had the treatment done and it really does make it shiny and it's almost mind-bogeling how much easier it is to straighten it now. the humidity doesn't bother it either...nice. It did ruin my curl however and I cannot wear it curly. I noticed some pieces are curly and some are half curly and some are still straight! wth? So it has to wear out I suppose, but it's been two months and I am still stuck wearing it straight all the time which I like but sometimes you need a break. Not sure if I will do it again.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking about getting this done to my hair because it is VERY VERY thick and gets very frizzy and poofy. My hair is also wavy/curly. I want my hair to look straight and smooth and non-frizzy. Do you think it will work for me?

The Jet Set Girls said...

If your hair is super thick and frizzy, it would work great. Let us know what you think, if you do it!

Anonymous said...

7 MONTHS and my curl has not come back! Now that it has faded out my hair looks worse than before.It is so frizzy and dry.It stripped all the moisture out,think twice before you get it done

Adventure Boot Camp Lady said...

Hair breakage from Coppola SOLUTIONS:


I had the Coppola treatment done on Feb 4th. My problems started like most people's I have read on this post. I too found this post in a desperate search AFTER my hair was breaking off in little frizzy pieces after the first wash (three day waiting period.) I'm going to make this to the point and share my solutions intead of all the problems. My problems seem right on with everyone else's.


I first used OJON PRE-CLEANSE TREATMENT so my hair could receive the full benefits from the OJON RESTORATIVE TREATMENT. I also wanted to use the pre-cleanse as a way to remove ANY formaldahyde residue from my scalp. I left the OJON RESTORATIVE TREATMENT on over night.


The next day I rinsed my hair with warm water and shampooed with PUREOLOGY NANOWORKS ZEROSULFATE then conditioned with the PUREOLOGY NANOWORKS LUXURY HAIR MASQUE. I left the masque on for 1 hour.


The two days I spent doing the OJON and PUREOLOGY I was researching everywhere on what I could do further. I tried the above because it was what I had on hand. NOTE: My hair was noticeably better after using the above, but the possible saving grace was yet to come.


I read several reviews on other sites about NEXXUS ALOXXI POLYMEDIC EMERGENCY RECONSTRUCTOR. I had to order it online. The waiting for 3 days was painful! I did my first ALOXXI treatment tonight. MY hair looks and feels full of life and shiny again. I do have many broken pieces around my face and some on the crown. But, I think I have saved my hair.


I think the ALOXXI is the way to go. But, I wanted to at least let everyone know the other options that did help. I am going to continue using my PUREOLOGY shampoo and conditioner as my regular ritual and do another ALOXXI again in one week. I returned all COPOLLA shampoo and conditioner to the salon. I will not support or use their products ever again. I feel 100% certain that the Peter Copolla company will be found responsible for not only damaging people's hair but harming their health.


Good Luck to all of you!

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Anonymous said...

Wow...I was really stunned to read all of the problems that some are reporting. I am on my 3rd application, and my hair is beautiful and shiny. I am African American with extremely coarse hair which I do not relax. The keratin treatment relaxed the coils, and when roller set and brushed out Dominican style, it is shiny and bouncey. Everyone thinks it is a weave.
I am not trying to negate anyone else's comments. This is just my experience.

Best and blessings.

Jessica said...

-When Will I get my Curls back?-

I did the Keratin straightening treatment 7 months ago and I still have not gotten my curls back. I noticed the Keratin has worn off because my hair is frizzy and dry but it is still mostly straight but very poofy. I was told it would only last 3-5 months so I am starting to worry I ruined my hair and I'll never get my wavy curls back.

Has anybody experienced this? Before the treatment my hair was thin, with body and naturally wavy, loose curls. Now it's just a gross, dry mess.

Help!

Janaya said...

i just recently got the Keratin Treatment and it's great! I was wondering if there was a need of a product to use after the 1st wash or if the keratin shampoo and conditioner was enough to keep the hair frizz free?

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I use the Keratin infusion after every shampoo and conditioning treatment. I got the treatment done 4 months ago and it is still friz free. I just have the new growth that is staring to bother me. Otherwise, I LOVE the product and would recommend to anyone. I had it done at ULTA which is $185, a lot cheaper than my salon that wanted to charge $350!! My sister has done it 3x and loves it!!!

Anonymous said...

The sunliss brand is one of the best treatments I have used. And the best part of it is that it is SAFE.

Remember this goes on your head ladies.

save money on the application, and buy it with a friend - then apply it to each other, but dont save money getting low grade stuff. You can buy the product from their website.

daniellee said...

now I have a question because I have really curly hair and its pretty long and I was considering doing keratin for the summer. after like it all washes out will I still have the same curls? cause I want the straightness for the summer so its easier to handle but I do have pretty curls that when it all washes out I want to have back. will they get ruined?

The Jet Set Girls said...

The Keratin treatment is designed to reduce the frizz not the curl; but in my case my curl was effected. I say if you're worried about losing the curl, don't do the treatment. Also, look into our review of the Brazilian Blowout which is cheaper and takes less time than the Keratin treatments.

Anonymous said...

I love this treatment, but hate having to pay so much! I'm thinking of buying everything on amazon and having my mom do it for me.....thoughts?

Also, did that pregnant woman find out details regarding this process and pregnancy/breastfeeding?

keratin treatment said...

I just got this done 2 ago.
and haven't washed my hair yet.
Right now it's very very straight, silky and soft.
My hair is usually pretty course and frizzy and now it has an entirely different texture to it. It's been incredibly humid out and I have not seen the slightest bit of frizz. I'm excited to wash it and see how it air dries!

Gina said...

Hi!

I just had the Keratin Express Brazilian Smoothing done last Thursday at a salon in Athens, Georgia. It costs only $60.00 and lasts from 4-6 weeks, very affordable! My hair looks sleek, shiny and straight. The 1st day, it was super straight, after 2 days it began to get a little more body to it which I liked. But the best thing is NO FRIZz!! The treatment is non-formaldehyde, smells like chocolate!

I will be washing my hair today with a non-sulphate shampoo which the stylist highly reccomends. I will then blow dry it in sections (she promised me it would take less time than before) and then flat ironing it in sections. She told me sodium sulphate which is in a lot of shampoos is what dries out curly hair and makes it frizzy. I threw away all my shampoos that had sodium sulphate in it. TJMaxx sells sodium-sulphate free shampoos for 6.99 as oppossed to paying $18-19.00 in the salon. I would advise anyone with frizzy hair to get this treatment, you will love it!! I have made my appointment for August to re-do again. My hair is so sleek and shiny and soft, it's a miracle!! And the best part, it is affordable...$60.00 is a lot less than $350.00, yikes!

Anonymous said...

stylist explained today that the preservatives in the keratin get activated by the heat in the straightening iron and made into vapor that is inhaled and contraindicated for nursing women. I went in to get it an she gave up the job and tip, so I feel this is accurate info.

Anonymous said...

I had super curly, long (middle of my back), thick hair. I tried this treatment, and was very careful with my hair, especially during the first month, using only recommended shampoos and conditioners. Now I use baby shampoo, and five months later, my hair still looks great. It's healthy and shiny, and although it is probably about time to redo it, I have decided to wait until the end of summer because they say pool and salt water strip hair of the keratin coating. My hair has begun to frizz a bit, and my roots are back to being supper curly, but using a bit of leave-in conditioner sorts that out. I do miss have a bit of curl, but the ease of styling is so worth it.

Anonymous said...

Gina, what salon in Athens did you go to?? I would love to get it done!

Anonymous said...

I just got it tuesday and I am freaking out i love my curly hari and its huge and want it back!!!!!! how can I make it wear off faster?!?!? and will my curls ever come back?!???????? I was told it would just reduce friz not curl!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I am considering getting Keratin. My hair is on the thinner side but is very frizzy, especially in the back. It is also quite long. When I straighten my hair it is quite flat and I dont really mind that but my worry is that it will be made TOO flat. My stylist said it should be a good fit for keratin, but it seems that most people on this blog don't reccomend it for fine hair. She is a very reputable hair dresser but I also want to do my homework. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I am 14 and have really curly thin hair. I had this treatment done and though it makes my hair soft and silky-my hair is not curly!!! I would not recommend this to anyone who loves their natural curl. I am afraid that it will not go back to its curl because its so straight. hopefully it wears out, but if you really want it done then make sure you ask your stylist of all the side-effects.

Anonymous said...

Always ask to see the bottle, salons will use cheaper brands and pass it off as the Brazilian Blowout or Global Keratin.

Anonymous said...

LOL wow, you can go to Industry
Source and buy a bottle of the Keratin treatment that they use at A LOT of salons for $30. I am a hairdresser and you need to have your license to go into IS but still...$400 is not worth it. Also, I have tried this on many of my clients and they (as have I) not lost their curl. This is not a relaxing product!

Anonymous said...

OMG...... I had no idea how much that was going to costs me. when it was all said and done I asked how much my trip the salon was he said $530.... WWWHHHHAAATTT I almost freaked..... I had no idea that a Keratin treatment was so much my god I have never spent that much on a trip to the salon. My own fault for not asking up front how much it would b. $400 for Keratin and $130 for highlights. I feel a little better about it after reading this blog hearing that people have had good results with it. Does it really last 3-4 months? I guess its worth it then, but i should have asked the price up front .

Anonymous said...

OMG...... I had no idea how much that was going to costs me. when it was all said and done I asked how much my trip the salon was he said $530.... WWWHHHHAAATTT I almost freaked..... I had no idea that a Keratin treatment was so much my god I have never spent that much on a trip to the salon. My own fault for not asking up front how much it would b. $400 for Keratin and $130 for highlights. I feel a little better about it after reading this blog hearing that people have had good results with it. Does it really last 3-4 months? I guess its worth it then, but i should have asked the price up front .

Anonymous said...

I did the keratin treatment, but forgot to let it set for 20 minutes. I washed it 3 times, blow dried it then put keratin on it then dried it then flat ironed it, but I didnt let it set for 20 minutes. will it still work?

Anonymous said...

I also did the keratin treatment. Loved how my hair felt but it only lasted about 6 weeks. I have been reading that there are different formulations of the treatment. Some are stronger than others. I wished it lasted longer.

Bella@escovaprogress said...

Re your comment about waiting times for Keratin treatment.
It's really, really important to stick to the instructions exactly when using any Keratin treatment.

Leave it longer and you could experience hair loss.

So it's really important to make sure your stylist is very familiar with the Keratin treatment they're using.

mineral cosmetics said...

Good that you wrote all about I thought it is a non chemical treatment and was planning to go for it.Since my hair is long it would take long time and bigger money ...just for a few months I don't see a point getting it done.

Hope said...

I got a 1 day treatment which is stronger than the 3 day because I have super curly hair...my curls are not completely gone buy the frizz is and I have never came across a product that was this effective. The difference between the treatments are that with the 1 day treatment you don't have to wait 3 days to wash your hair a posed to the 3 day treatment.

Hope said...

The one I got last for 3-6 months and could cost $400 I got a great coupon in living social and was able to get it for only $99.

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