When I went to my salon, I was asked to be a model for the Brazilian Keratin Treament for a training/certification session for the staff. It's a new product most high-end salons will be offering. Apparently, I was the perfect candidate since I had highlighted hair, and natural curls that could be dry/frizzy at times.
I agreed to do the treatment, since they convinced me that I wouldn't lose my curl, only my frizz. I was little leery since everything I read on this said it was a straightener, and I really do enjoy my curls. I think they sort of identify me, too. Add to that, it would be a free service (normally $350-$500 depending on length and type of hair).
So I did it. I went and sat there for about 4 hours while 3-4 people (at a time) yanked and tugged at my locks.
All in all here is what I understood:
- I couldn't wash my hair for 4 days
- I couldn't pull it back or tuck behind my ears
- I couldn't get it wet, and if I did, I had to blow dry it right away.
- I could not use any product.
- Active ingredient? Formaldehyde.
- Lasting effect? 4-6 months (just washes out)
Today I could wash it, and the results are in. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't. I still have curl, but it takes a hell of a lot of scrunching to get it that way. It's softer. Less volume. I think it's really meant for those who have uber-damaged, unmanageable hair (I didn't - my hair is pretty healthy overall). Luckily I didn't pay for it, and it will be back to normal in a few months (or less if I'm lucky).
Final thought: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Even if the fixin's free.