Keratin hair treatment- worth the expense?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

I’ve been getting these for a few years now and I will say that they’re not cure-alls but they are worth it, provided you get a truly qualified stylist. 

If your hair is straight and frizzy, I think you’ll have the most noticeable results, from personal experience and the experience of my friends. I have mixed hair and varied texture throughout. The parts that are straight/wavy are clearly the most frizz-free while the curly parts remain a bit frizzier. 

The other thing that I’ve found is that it’s really necessary to use the shampoo/conditioner that they try to sell you. I thought it was a scam but it really does make a difference in terms of how long the treatment lasts. As a whole, though, while expensive and not perfect, it does make your hair look nicer – or at least it’s had that effect on mine. 🙂 Hope that helps!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m a hairdresser who gets keratin treatments, my hair is very curly and frizzy and I LOVE keratin, it is a game changer!! Btw 250 is a great deal for keratin, myself and every stylist I know charges 350 for it. Make sure your stylist uses the Keratin Complex brand one, this is hands down the king of all keratin treatments.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Petersburg, Russia

I think it’s definitely worth the money if you realize what you’re getting. As I know you would probably loose almost all the volume because your hair would be very smooth and silky looking. So if you don’t have a lot of volume at the first place and usually try to create some volume you might not be happy with the result.

Here’s a picture of actual friend of mine before/after keratin treatment. Her hair really do look this way now. 

 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

californiabride2013:  I tried it once, got it done at the salon and the results were AMAZING… until I washed it a few days later. It never looked as good as it did that first day (not even close) after I showered and blow dried my own hair.

So I don’t think it’s worth it at all in my experience unless you just need your hair to look fab for a few days for an e-shoot or something but definitely not everyday.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

californiabride2013:  its totally safe on color, it even seals color in! I usually reccomend my color/highlight clients get everything done the same day.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

GirlyGirl24:  so this is a really good example of someone who did not know what to expect from the keratin treatment. Your stylist clearly did a bad job of explaining what keratin actually does to the hair, so let me explain the steps of the treatment, and then what the treatment actually does.

 

first hair is clarified to remove any build up or oil from the surface of the hair and scalp it also helps to open up the cuticle and prepare hair for treatment this is an essential step and ensures proper absorption of the keratin.

 

next, hair is blown completely dry and the keratin treatment is applied, once it is applied it is then also dried.

 

The last step is the most important step in the keratin treatment. Hair is carefully sectioned off by stylist and then small sections are taken and gone over with a flat iron 8 to 10 times to ensure hair is completely 100% straight. This flat ironing process is not the result of the keratin treatment it is only to seal the keratin into the hair. This should not be expected as the every day result of the treatment but it is just part of the treatment itself. You must then wait 72 hours to wash your hair.

 

now let me explain what keratin is and what it does to help improve hair. Keratin is the protein in that hair is made out of. This treatment coats unruly locks with this natural protein which helps to create a barrier between hair and water in the air. This means that hair is no longer susceptible to humidity and can then withstand weather changes and natural causes of frizziness. This extra layer of protein also helps to create a more even surface on each strand, therefore hair is shinier, smoother, and straighter than it was previously. However, nobody should expect that the flat iron result on the first day of their keratin treatment should be the result that they should expect every single day, this is not the case. What you should expect from your keratin treatment is hair that dries 50% faster than it did before and when it is dry it should be much smoother and much more manageable. Most of my clients find they no longer have to use a flat iron to smooth their hair but those with more unruly textures will find that they may need to flat iron occasionally. A brush and a blow dryer is usually sufficient to smooth hair, as their hair is much easier to style.

 

again, I cannot stress enough that the flat iron results that you see at the end of your treatment is not what you should expect every single day. This is merely a part of the treatment process. However, your hair will be much easier to style and you will not have to deal with flyaways and frizz. 

 

as for the comment that keratin makes hair flat, what I can say to this is that keratin does reduce volume in the hair, but this is mostly because it is reducing texture and frizz. Most of my clients find that after shampooing their hair a few times after the treatment much of their volume is restored. But I will not lie it definitely reduces some volume. For most people I find that not having to deal with unruly hair is much preferred over having a lot of volume. And most of the time volume can be styled into the hair using the right styling products and techniques.

 

I like to describe this product as a permanent styling product, or a long-lasting conditioning treatment, rather than a straightener or relaxer.

 

I hope this helps clear up some confusion on what to expect from your treatment. I honestly feel like you will be very happy with it. Most of my clients say that this treatment changes their life. I know that is an extreme statement but for people who have had to deal with unruly hair their whole lives without any answers or help it truly makes a difference.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

 

Unfathomably:  I don’t appreciate your condescending tone. The salon did not do an adequate job explaining to me that the results would not be anywhere close to that first day. My hair was not noticeably smoother or sleeker or less frizzy, did not dry any faster and it was not more manageable than before. It was a total waste of money in my opinion. And it was most definitely not life changing.

Don’t get me wrong, it looked and felt amazing for those first 3-4 days before washing but after that it was like I hadn’t even had the process done. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

GirlyGirl24:  I absolutely did not imply a condesending tone! Listen, the thing about the Internet is that “tone” is a matter of perception, you are reading between the lines, I’m sorry you were offended but that honestly was not my intention, so take a deep breath.

 

The fact that you salon didn’t even explain what the treatment does is a huge indicator that they probably weren’t very experienced with the treatment, which can make a huge difference in performance of the treatment. another factor is the brand. I have used Agave, Pravana, Keratin Complex and many others and hands down Keratin Complex is the absolute best (hence why I urged OP to see what brand her stylist used). Keratin has become a buzzword and many product lines have scrambled to come up with comparable treatments, and as a result have released subpar products, many of which have Keratin in the name but don’t even have any keratin in the product. And if a stylist doesn’t have anything to compare it to its easy for them to get roped into purchasing a bad product to use on their clients.

 

I’m really sorry that your keratin treatment was bad! Some clients (very very few, but it happens) have very stubborn hair that just doesn’t take the treatment the first time, in this case I always offer to repeat the treatment at zero cost, this is how firmly I believe in it. Every time I make these promises and use the treatment i stake my reputation behind it. It sucks to spend that kind of money on something that didn’t work and if I were you I would not feel shy about seeking a refund or a repeat treatment. Any reputable salon would do that for you. 

 

Again, not trying to be condescending, I just like to try to give as much info on this as possible because plenty of salons don’t advertise what brand of treatment they use, or worse, imply that it is a relaxer or straightener product.

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Unfathomably.
Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have not done a Keratin treatment, but did Japanese straightening/thermal reonditioning and loved the results.  Unlike Keratin, which is more temporary and only treats the cuticle of the hair, thermal reconditioning actually breaks and reforms the bonds of the hair changing it’s structure and making the straightening permanent.  If you have really frizzy hair, this may be undesierable since you will notice as it grows out unless you flat iron the growth.  But until it grows out, you have easy wash and go pin straight hair if that’s what you’re looking for. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I just wanted to add these photos to give an example of my hair AIR dried before and after keratin. it looks even better blown out smooth. They aren’t the best quality, sorry!

 

the Japanese straighteners are awesome too! They are great if you want something that is more like a straightener or relaxer but doesn’t damage the hair like a relaxer.

 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Unfathomably:  Thank you for clarifying that for me! No harsh feelings. For the record my salon used Pravana on me and my friend who also got it done with me (and subsequently had the same lackluster results as I did). 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

californiabride2013:  you should expect 4 to 6 months from your treatment. You could improve the length that the treatment last by using sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.

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