Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Does anyone know anything about this? Have you ever had it done, or do you know anyone who’s had it done?
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is some info: http://hairstyling.suite101.com/article.cfm/brazilian_hair_straightening
My hair is so unmanageable in the summertime – just frizzy and thick and insane. I can’t take it. Keratin treatment isn’t supposed to make your hair stick-straight, but it’s supposed to take out some curl and a lot of the frizz and volume. I really want to get it done but I can’t find any accurate before and after photos. Most of the after photos are from women who have just left the salon. I want to see an after photo of a woman who got the treatment, waited the 3 days, and then washed her hair. THAT is the accurate after photo.
Anyway, most salons around here charge $350-$400 for the treatment, but I found one that has an introductory offer of $200. I think I’m going to get it done. But I’d like to hear some feedback beforehand.
As a reference, this is what my hair looks like when I let it air dry (yuck):
And this is when I try to semi-straighten it:
Post # 3
I have a girlfriend whos a hair dresser and she SWARES by it! ive seen a couple of her clients after they’ve had it done and their hair is amazing!
Post # 4
I had one done back in the spring. I have really thick, curly/wavy and often frizzy hair.
I won’t do it again. It wasn’t a disaster, but I was unimpressed. It killed my curls, but didn’t really kill fizz. It did make it a lot easier to straighten my hair, but I do that only 3-4 a month, so saving 10 minutes wasn’t a big deal.
I think if I had curlier hair or if it was just crazy frizzy, it would have done more. Really, my hair just looked flat.
Post # 5
I’ve done 2 things to my hair before, both did not give me the results I really wanted. The Keratin complex cost me about 400.00 b/c I have super thick hair. It was AMAZING…for the first 3 weeks 🙁 The problem with a Keratin complex is that its not a permanent solution. It suppose to last 3 – 6 months but for some reason my started losing the effect around the 3 – 6 week mark. I went back to the salon and the lady told me I just needed to have the solution in for longer next time (I had it on for 4 hours!!). The other thing I had done was the permanent straightening thing. IT WAS HORRIBLE!!! It was a Christmas present from my mom, she paid $700.00. It came highly recommended but it was just awful. It took like 9 hours from beginning to end and the final product left MUCH to be desired. My hair was fried! I paid more to have it done at a professional salon but it was just not good. Apparently not all hair types react the same way. Something I have started using is Keratin Shampoo, I started with Keratase and then switched to Keratin Complex Shampoo and Conditioner. Its not a miracle working thing but it does help. I’ve had hair issues my entire life, I’ve got tons of suggestions and horror stories if you need more help 🙂 Sorry this was so long!!!
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
@monitajb – That’s kind of my biggest fear, that it’ll just be a waste of money. I’m not too worried about damage or anything, and it wears off after a few months anyway. So worst case scenario: nothing happens and I’m out $200. Which will suck, but not as bad as being out $200 and all my hair falling out.
Post # 7
@ dana: I don’t think it damaged my hair at all, I just thought it wasn’t really worth it.
But, some people have loved it, so I’m glad I gave it a try.
I should say that I could see myself doing it again in the future if I cut my hair much shorter, say a chin length bob. It would calm my hair down enough to do that.
Post # 8
@dana, I agree with what monitajb said, its not really worth the money. While the permanent one damaged my hair, the keratin complex just made it pretty for a short period of time. It isn’t practical for me to spend 400.00 every 3-6 weeks for my hair. Just using the shampoo and conditioner really gave a lot of the same effect and it only cost $40.00
Post # 9
One of the ladies I work with has them done and her hair always looks incredible after. So soft and healthy looking.
Post # 10
I LOVE IT! but my hair is pretty damaged and dyed blond, and super curly, so i think all 3 factors make it work well, and the difference is very noticeable. it’s $$$ but so worth it bc i don’t have to spend 45 mins blowdrying in 90 degree heat.
danadelphia- my mom lives in philly and is taking the bolt bus to nyc to get it done for $150 from someone on lifebooker.com… just a thought, if you love it and the $200 is a one time only deal.
Post # 11
I don’t have thick hair but I have a lot of it and it gets frizzy especially in the humidity/wet. Using straighteners tends to make me bald. After reading Ms Potato Chips’ post on the keratin treatment I thought it was worth a try and I got mine done about 6 weeks ago – not the Brazilian one, mine is called Global Keratin. It was expensive, $300+ (Australian dollars) for the treatment plus shampoo and conditioner. It took ages in the salon, and felt gross until I could wash it 2 days later. BUT. Oh, how I love my hair now. Every time I look in the mirror I think “I love my hair”. I have a job interview today and I’m not at all worried about whether or not I look well groomed, because of this treatment. I have no idea how often I’ll get it done, because it *is* expensive, but then again it is so great to not have to worry about it at all.
I’d recommend talking to your hairdresser to see if they think it’s a good idea on your hair (mine wasn’t sure because my hair isn’t highly processed or damaged, but it’s turned out fine obviously) and then give it a go. Why not 🙂
Post # 12
I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Brazilian Blowout too. But for now I’m just sucking it up and using Aussie 3 minute miracle to try to help with the frizz. I’m hesitant on spending that kind of money on a temporary fix.
Post # 13
Not all BKTs are created equally & not all salons are doing it correctly. I have had some friends who have had HORRIBLE results from cheap salons or people who aren’t certified. I got the Brazilian Blowout, which is the brand of the solution and is considered to be one of the mildest (www.brazilianblowout.com) at a salon in DC and I really don’t think it was worth the money. Obviously it’s kind of hard to tell from a picture, but I think we have similarly textured hair… not SUPER curly, but definitely won’t stay straight on it’s own. My BB faded really fast and I made a concerted effort to only wash my hair three days a week (haaaard cause I work out every day) My ultimate advice would be, if you want it for your wedding GO FOR IT. If you want it cause you hate your hair (my rationale) you will probably still not be happy, or if you are, not for long. I analogize it to Botox.. looks good for a while but just really makes you want a face lift.. maybe I have been watching too much Bravo though. 🙂
I have actually heard, though I obviously can’t be sure since I had it done to my hair and THEN used the shampoo, that if you use the Brazilian Blowout shampoo that they sell on the site (it’s called Acai afercare), you can get decent frizz control from the products. The shampoo is pretty cheap on Amazon, so worth a shot.
I have had the Rusk anti-curl treatment and really liked that much better. More like 100 dollars instead of 300, not permanent (same as BB), and lasted for longer than BB – like three months.
Post # 14
i got the brazilian blowout (meaning the brand ruby noted) about 5 weeks ago for $150 is los angeles and i LOVE it. i can’t post pictures from where i am right now…but my hair is still drying smooth silky and straight..it’s like i went from hermoine hair to jennifer aniston hair. not exaggerating. love love love it. granted, i have zeo coordination with a blow dryer or flat iron and could never get my hair to behave without help or alot of effort. so here’s my 2 cents.
1. i think you just have to try it. the benefit of brazilian blowout imo, is that it isn’t meant to last as long. so you don’t like it, it washes away and you don’t do it again. i was told it lasts 3-5 months. i would rather such a treatment gradually fade out rather than have straight hair on bottom and wavy roots.
2. shop around. my stylist told me the salons that are listed on the sites pay more for that listing, and therefore tend to charge more. i got lucky, the girl i was already going to is really awsome and doing it for only $150. (if anyone in l.a. area wants her info, pm me) so i would call salons in your area and ask friends.
3. my stylist, who did the treatment to herself suggests if you want straighter hair and you want it to last longer, leave the product in (after the flat iron step) rather than rinse it out in the salon. she left hers in overnight and rinsed it out the next morning. i was afraid i’d get a weird dent while i was sleeping and mess it up (this is fixable with a flat iron, but as i mentioned not so coordinated with the flat iron) so i left it in the rest of the day. i rinsed it out and let it air dry before going to bed.
4. it’s kinda weird having straight hair all the time of you aren’t used to it. be prepared for a little hair shock at 1st, just like any drastic cut or color change.
5. also be prepared to get a little obesessed with mirrors, i have to be pulled away sometimes. my friends make fun of me for staring at my magic hair.
Post # 15
@danadelphia: i am certified by Coppola to do the Keratin Complex. I perform at least 2 a week in my salon and it really is a great process. I don’t know much about any other Keratin treatments, because as @rubydooby2004: said, these treatments are not created equally and many are done incorrectly. With Coppola, the directions are simple and placed right on the back of the bottle, so it is virtually foolproof. Why salons are still doing this wrong is beyond me, but the aftercare is the second most important part and if your hair is cared for properly, you will waste the couple hundreds you will be caused to spend at any salon. The product is formaldehyde free and can work wonders!
This product is applied into the hair, left on for 20-30 minutes, flat ironed in and then not washed out for 72+ hours. Then, depending on the products you use (must be a sodium chloride free shampoo, NOT sulfate free shampoo as a lot of people are confused by) and how often you shampoo, it could last 3-5 months. I have women who come to get this process done every four months, whether they feel it is still having an effect or not, because they love how strong and manageable it makes their hair. The only damage this treatment could cause is from using a 400-450*F flat iron on the hair during the initial process to infuse the product into your hair. The stylist should adjust the temperature accordingly.
So it can be great, but most people don’t realize that the Keratin Complex only works well if you are very particular with how you care for it. Also know that many salons that quote a price is based on a certain amount of the product. If more is used, your price could increase dramatically. At my salon, we charge $195 for 2 ounces and another $30 for every HALF ounce. The 195 base price is a special and normally it goes for $250 (which wouldn’t go up for a while). Some women get away with $195 out the door, but I’ve upwardly charged $400 for the amount of hair this woman had (and that was discounted by 80!). So shop around and look into the fine print!
Post # 16
My mom has been getting the Brazilian Keratin treatment for 4 years now. Her hair was so curly (think telephone cord) Now it is as straight as a pin. She loves it!