Post # 17
@TurtleDoves: I have had Brazilian Keratin straightening. It always worked very well until the last time. When I complained to my salon, they said they changed the formula they used because people complained about the smell. Whatever they used last time, it was awful, it didn’t last and my hair is bone dry. Someone told me a few weeks ago that it works real well the first 2 times and then it doesn’t look good anymore. My wedding is next May, I am thinking about not straightening it again until then. Any thoughts?
Post # 18
@LaTortuga: It makes sense because the salons use different formulas/brands on AA hair.
Post # 19
The Japanese treatment is called Yuko, and makes your hair poker straight. The alternative is either the Cerathermic process, or the Brazilian blowdry (I think that the Brazilian is a varient of the Cerathermic). That doesn’t make your hair as straight… it still has a kick to it. I had the Cerathermic done about 10 years ago but I’ve never done Yuko.
In Asia, they call it rebonding. I get it done every few months (got my first rebond about a year ago) and it is the BEST thing I have ever done to my hair. My hair is soft, sleek, the texture is totally different, and I look like something out of a glossy magazine every day with ZERO effort. I have bought a load of these chemicals to ship home so I can do it there, as well.
The thing is that when I was a kid I used to say to my black friends “why do you relax your hair? Afros are cool! Those hair care products can melt through a coke can, you know…” And they used to say to me that it made their hair so much more manageable, easy to wash and brush, softer etc…
… Yeah… I’m a huge hypocrite. If I could speak to my younger self, I would say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it (my younger self would be horrified at my risking my health for the sake of hair though)! Although, in my defence, if I had a proper Afro then I wouldn’t touch it… it’s just that my natural hair has that sort of randomly directional half frizz which gives it a “pulled through a hedge backwards” look (unlike Afros, which are nicely symmetrical). It sticks up in odd ways and cannot be tamed by man nor beast, nor expensive hair care products, instead springing back to it’s “just got out of bed” appearance within about 30 seconds of styling. It would be better if it looked the same on both sides of my head but no… it doesn’t.
Basically, I recommend this, but you have to be aware that it comtains nasty chemicals, including formaldehyde. Not good for you… see “Good Hair” by Chris Rock for more details…
Post # 20
@Rachel631: What chemicals did you have shipped, to where? My hair texture sounds like yours, and I wouldnt’ mind trying something that someone swore by just to say I did it once…. but because of the chemicals, I wouldn’t want to do it always.
Post # 21
I’m AA and have been using relaxers for over 10 years. I’ve recently stopped and am letting my natural hair grow out b/c of how thin the relaxers made my hair. However, i have an Irish friend with extremely thick and curly hair and she also uses the same relaxer. It works for her, makes her hair nice and sleek. I think if you want to try the relaxer, do a patch test first. Good Luck!
Post # 21
Oh for goodness sake. She’s not saying they can’t repsond, but she needs advice on non-AA hair. As someone with curly hair, I can understand that struggle, because all the info that is out there about relaxers is ONLY for AA women, whose hair is MUCH different than just naturally curly hair. In texture, in styling needs, in EVERYTHING. It gets incredibly frustrating. And when you ask about relaxers, you tend to only get responses for AA women, which won’t work for you because their hair is
so different. THAT is why she said not AA. Calm down. ]
I did! My hair is very very curly (think Shirley Temple), but soft and fine. I used Dark & Lovely on my hair, left it in for UNDER the minumum time (I think they said 7-10 minutes and I did 5, especially as I just wanted looser curls and not sraight hair). I actually did it twice, about 6 weeks apart, because I wanted even more relaxation.
Also, for less frizzy hair I recommend DevaCurl products. I had a frizzy ‘fro before them, beautiful curls after (it feels wierd at first, but your hair adjusts). Suflate-free shampoos are the key (Redken also carries a line of them). The sulfates in shampoo dry out your hair, creating frizz. Curly hair needs crazy amounts of moisture.
Also, length helps A LOT. It pulls out the curls. I’ll post seperately (they’re on my phone).
And no touching when wet. And a diffuser for blow-drying.
Hope this helps!
Post # 22
TurtleDoves: so, from top to bottom, me before Deva curl at about age 14 (note the braces and acne, lol), me after Devacurl in the hat (like i said, tight Shirley temple curls, lol) then me in the blue shirt after relaxing my hair, and the last pic in he grey cardigan is me now, just to show the difference length make. The last time I relaxed my hair was over a year ago, so I don’t think anything that’s shown there has to do with chemicals.
Hope this helps!
Post # 24
Good grief…get over it! So “PC” it’s sickening