By Olivia |
Last week, I tried an at-home keratin hair treatment. Some time back, I had a Brazilian straightener done professionally and what it did for my frizzy, long, curly hair made me want to weep with joy. I had no illusions that a home product at the fraction of the price would give me the same result, but I am pleasantly surprised.
But I’ll tell you off the bat: this drugstore hair straightening treatment did not match the Brazilian keratin treatment I was fortunately enough to get for free when I was asked to be a guinea pig, er, I mean hair model, for a salon that was about to offer Brazilian blowouts for the first time.
After I had the professional Brazilian straightener done, I had wash-and-wear hair, an absolute dream come true. If I let it air dry, it was wavy, but it looked good without having to slop a ton of product on it, which I used to have to do just to get the tangles out! My hair was remarkably tangle-free, soft and not frizzy. But the Brazilian keratin hair treatment really shines when I put a flat iron to it. Looked like glass. And I could straighten it in 10, 15 minutes top, about a third of the time it took me before. It scoffed at my hometown’s humid climate and stayed silky smooth. All in all, it saved time and relieved me of constant worrying about and fussing with my naturally willful and unruly locks. (And I’m convinced the Brazilian keratin treatment made me hair grow longer faster — but that’s for another post.)
So here’s the result of my at-home keratin hair treatment. I washed it out after 72 hours, instead of 48 hours as it said to do in the instructions. I saw a few reviews that recommended leaving it in longer and so I did. After all, the salon job I got required me to leave it in for four days, so this was still better. I noticed immediately that my hair looked no straighter than it usually did (I could see that because my hair is down to my waist). I grumbled to myself about this, but then I noticed it was hardly tangling at all. My hair naturally turns into a bird’s nest after shampooing; no getting a comb through that without a ton of conditioner and even more patience.
I let it air dry to see the results. Did not look nearly as good as it did after the professional hair straightening. The only area where it was less curly was in the front, but all in all it didn’t look much different, still having a fuzzy look about it. Not wash and wear.
Time to flat iron. While it was definitely easier to straighten my hair, it still took me half an hour — maybe 10-15 minutes less than before. It did, however, look incredibly glossy and felt great. These past few days haven’t been that humid — figures! — so I can’t really say for sure yet how well this at-home kit did on that. But it has been hot and it has remained smooth even when I got sweaty, so I’m hopeful it’ll perform OK in that regard. (Normally, my hair would begin to kink up near the scalp and the layer of hair near my neck would puff out.)
So this at-home hair straightening treatment was certainly worth the effort for me — I had a really important event last week out of town where I would have no chance to touch up my hair and I didn’t have to. It is not as good as getting a Brazilian keratin treatment done by a pro. But I think there is a learning curve to the DIY straightener and the next time — yes, I plan on using it again — I feel certain it will come out better. (BTW, here’s what I used.)
UPDATE: I got caught in a light rain and my hair didn’t flinch. I didn’t get soaked, mind you, but enough fat drops of rain fell on me to get my clothes and hair a little wet. My hair didn’t react at all. It remained smooth and straight and shiny. Pre-treatment, my hair would have at the very least fluffed up, getting that oh-so-attractive cottony look, and my hairline would’ve curled a bit.