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Tame Unruly Hair with a Keratin Treatment

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Tawnya is a freelance writer and mom of a tiny gymnast. When it comes to buying gymnastics-related gear, I'm an industry pro.


Tired of Dealing with Unruly, Out-of-Control Hair? Me Too

For as long as I can remember, I have suffered from unruly hair. Personally, I refer to my curly, frizzy mop as unbrushable hair, but my sister, Sarah, a licensed cosmetologist, assures me that my condition is better known as unruly hair. Unwilling to deal with my crazy hair any longer, I consulted with my sister who recommended a Keratin treatment. I was reluctant at first, but after she promised that a Keratin treatment would relieve 90% of my frizz, make my ridiculously thick hair easier to dry and allow me to brush my hair without tearing up, I figured I would give it a go. I am happy to report; it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

The picture to the left is what my hair looked like before my sister performed her magic with a Keratin treatment. As you can see from the picture, my hair is huge, full of frizz, and curling up in the back, even though I used the blow dryer for a good twenty minutes before arriving at the salon.

Getting a Keratin Treatment is Extremely Easy

Side image of the unruly hair I have been dealing with my whole life

Side image of the unruly hair I have been dealing with my whole life

When my sister mentioned doing a Keratin treatment on my hair, all I could imagine was being trapped in her chair for hours. Many years ago, I had my hair chemically straightened, and I remember it taking forever and to make a bad situation even worse, it cost lots of money and produced very little results on my unmanageable hair. However, my sister promised the treatment wouldn't take very long. Better yet, I could get my color touched up and receive a Keratin treatment at the same time. She promised that the extra service would only extend my routine appointment by about 15 minutes, and she was right.

How the Keratin Treatment Process Works

I arrived at the salon, and my sister colored my hair like usual. After rinsing the color from my hair, she toweled dried and combed my hair and then begin the Keratin treatment process. For my hair, my sister chooses to use California Smooth, a professional grade Keratin treatment. The Keratin treatment was applied to my hair using the same type of brush that is used to apply color to the hair. To cover my whole head of hair with the treatment took about five minutes. After the treatment had been applied liberally, it was time to blow dry it.

Back of my hair after a Keratin treatment

Back of my hair after a Keratin treatment

Waiting Anxiously to See the Results

As my sister was getting ready to blow dry my hair, I was nearly jumping out of my seat with anticipation. Almost immediately, I noticed a huge difference. Typically, blow drying my hair is a problem because it takes forever.

The reason my hair takes forever to dry is that it is incredibly thick, which means it takes lots of effort to dry my hair. However, after receiving the Keratin treatment, it only took my sister a few minutes to dry my hair completely. In comparison, before the treatment, it was entirely possible that my hair wouldn't be dry without 30 to 45 minutes of blow drying.

Even better, not only was my hair dry, but I looked like a person and not the Lion King when my hair was dry. To give me the smooth look that I so desperately wanted, Sarah, warmed up a flat iron and smoothed my hair out. From beginning to end, the Keratin treatment took about 15 minutes, and I loved every bit of it.

What You Need to Know about Keratin Treatments

Here's the Lowdown on Keratin Treatment Aftercare

According to my sister, the professional, there are several things that I must make sure to do immediately after getting a Keratin treatment. For one, I cannot pull my hair up in a rubber band for at least 24 hours; she also doesn't want me to wash it or let it get wet. She said the longer I waited to wash my hair the better, but I can wash it tomorrow if I would like.

The treatment should last about six weeks, and it is safe to get many treatments immediately after the last, which means six weeks from today I will be sitting in her chair again to get my do tamed and can continue to do it every six weeks until the end of time.

At-Home Keratin Treatment Options

The Difference between Salon Keratin Treatments and At-Home Treatments

If you are thinking of getting a Keratin treatment but are worried about the cost, you may be tempted to browse the hair care aisles of your local drug store for a cheaper alternative. If you do, that is your prerogative, but there are a few things you should know to make the best decision for your hair and your budget.

At-Home Keratin Treatments aren't as Strong

When you go to the drug store to buy Keratin treatments, you aren't getting professional grade products. In fact, only licensed cosmetologist, like my sister, are eligible to purchase this type of product. Since the treatment you can buy at the drug store isn't as strong, you can expect less useful results.

Salon-inspired products at the drug store are often a tad expensive as well, so you are paying good money for a product that likely won't deliver the results you seek. The other factor is doing a treatment on yourself can be a bit tricky. Even if you have someone to help you, they likely don't have the experience that a cosmetologist does, which means you can decrease the effectiveness of the treatment just because you don't apply the product appropriately.

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After spending money on drug store products and using your own time and skill to apply Keratin to your hair, you may as well pay a professional to get the results you want.

Will you Receive a Keratin Treatment?

Talk to Your Stylist about a Keratin Treatment

Side view of my hair after a Keratin treatment

Side view of my hair after a Keratin treatment

Talk to Your Stylist About a Keratin Treatment

If you are interested in receiving a Keratin treatment, talk to your stylist. Most times, Keratin is an easy service to add-on and can even be applied immediately after color. Your stylist can speak to you about the benefits of this smoothing treatment and explain to you about your individual results.

It is also important to note that there are several different types of Keratin treatments available in salons all over the world. While these various treatments offer many of the same benefits, some hair textures may require a Keratin treatment created by a certain brand.

To find out which treatment is best for you and what you can expect your hair to look like afterward; consult with a stylist and make an appointment. When you're done, your hair, your brush, and your blow dryer will thank you.

Keratin Treatment One Month Update

My First Keratin Treatment was 11/21/2013, and this is my One Month Update

It has been a month to the day that I had my first Keratin treatment. I am happy to report that my hair still looks fabulous. It is still incredibly easy to dry, and it isn't kinky at all. I had noticed that my hair is beginning to be a bit curlier than it was when I first had the treatment done, but this was expected.

My next treatment is in two weeks, I will be sure to post updated pictures, and I am hoping that my results, this time, will be even better since my hair is nowhere near as unruly as it was before.

© 2013 Tawnya

Have you ever had a Keratin treatment? If so, what do you think about this service?

julieannbrady on November 25, 2013:

I recently had a keratin treatment for my dry, overprocessed hair -- too much working out in the sun! Well, these days, I have less hair to worry about -- so less unruly hair!

Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on November 22, 2013:

@GabrielaFargasch: It's amazing. I'm going to post what my hair looks like in six weeks and before and after treatment pics for probably the next year or so. I went out in the rain today and still looked like a normal person when my hair dried. It was amazing!

GabrielaFargasch on November 22, 2013:

Wow!!! I love it!! I wish I could get this treatment too! :)

stormy1990 on November 21, 2013:

Great lens to cure bad hair day!

Tasha North on November 21, 2013:

I was enjoying reading your lens, i didnt know a lot of it, thanks

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