Post # 1
Just wondering your thoughts – I would love to try it , but I’m not sure how they work and if they really smooth coarse hair etc. I’ve also heard that there are some very bad chemicals in certain products (formaldehyde) so I’d want to stay clear of that . Thank you!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@asb983: My friend has super curly red hair and the Brazilian Blowout totally tames her curls and gives her straight hair.
Post # 4
I’m a hairstylist and I do the keratin treatment. It’s awesome! Don’t do the brazillian blowout though because it has formaldehyde in it and its SUPER bad for you. The keratin treatment that I do at my salon is formaldehyde free but some of them are not so make sure that you ask them! If you have curly hair is won’t straighten your hair but it will make it SO much easier to manage, and it gets rid of the frizz! Plus it makes your hair feel healthy and look shiny!
Post # 5
@asb983: I have had both treatments at different times. I personally could not tell a difference between the two, they both worked just the same on me. These treatments make my hair poker straight, with no body. I have very soft & fine hair though. I think some wave & body would be left on courser hair. I wash mine a lot with sulfate shampoo & rinse it with salt water in the first few weeks so some body returns quicker & then it’s perfect for several months. I get a treatment before every hot/humid vacation & I love it for this, it’s a game changer.
If you have a problem with frizz & unmanageable hair I highly recommend giving it a try.
Post # 6
@hayleyelizabeth: Agreed. Brazilian Blowout fumes gave me the worst sinus infection of my life. Never again!!
I like Coppola Keratin Complex a lot.
Post # 7
ive tried keratin and the pravana treatment which is my favorite. Pravana smoothing is fomaldahyde free and the smell isnt so bad it usually last me two to three months and i have fine frizzy curly hair i would highly recommend it if you can find a salon that offers it.
Post # 8
I did Keratin and while it was nice to have smoother nicer hair for a few weeks (I have naturally curly hair) it did some major damage to my hair. Now it is extremely dry all the time, a nightmare to comb, and my original bouncy curls are gone and its half wavy half frizzy curls.
Post # 9
I bought a DIY smoothing kit from target, no dangerous chemicals but it made all my hair break off 🙁
my hair stylist told me that salon treatments can do the same thing, especially if you color your hair – I’d ask the advice of a trustworthy hair stylist and be sure that treatments are done at a reputable salon (dont risk it on a too good to be true groupon)
Post # 10
Alright, without getting into too much detail… I am a licensed stylist and am certified in 4 brands of keratin smoothing treatments.
Any and all treatments currently on the market that boast semi permanent results contain an aldehyde compound or ingredients that will create one. Those “organic” ones that just use “natural vanilla” actually combine it with urea which, when heated, creates an aldehyde which is the reason that they stay on your hair. Hairstylists will straight-up lie to clients and say things are “organic” or “natural,” or will deceive by saying that the process is “formaldehyde free” which it may be, but formaldehyde is not the only dangerous chemical compound.
HOWEVER- I performed these services 5-20 times a week for the 5 years that I was doing hair, still give them to myself, and would recommend them to clients. YOU, as the CLIENT, are not the one at risk as you are ingesting a microscopic amount of fumes. The stylist is the one at risk, as they stand upstream from the chemicals and end up with it on their arms, in their eyes, and in their lungs if they are not careful.
For me, it was worth it because I was super careful, worked in a well-ventilated environment and had practices to not blow vapors into my clients faces. I would 100% recommend it to nearly anyone.
For those who have had adverse results- the process uses a flatiron that should be 425-475 degrees, which WILL wreck your hair if you don’t apply the heat properly. I’ve had more than a handful of clients come to me with botched “keratin” treatments, when in actuality their former stylist toasted their hair by burning it with a flatiron (very little can be done at that point.)
As for my favorite formulas, I’d recommend Lasio for a lighter formula or coppola for a heavier formula (I would stay away from global and brazilian blowout only because they are stupid expensive.) And, despite what your stylist tells you, any sulfate free shampoo and conditioner will work (not just the ones they sell, even though they may smell nicer [and are the ones I use.])
Post # 11
Oh and anyone whos done a keratin and hates their new curls can strip it off effectively with shampoo mixed with salt and/or dish soap. Give it 3-5 good shampoos and you should get most of it off, assuming it’s not a bunch of treatments layered on top of eachother.