I’ve saved myself 20+ minutes everyday for the past 3 years. No blowdrying, no straightening…no hassle. I only have to wash my hair 2-3 times a week (ok, slightly more in summer when it was SO hot).
So what is this time saving treatment?
It’s a natural, organic, environmentally responsible treatment (unlike many of the other Keratin straightening treatments). I also like, having researched it, that the packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.
What does it do and how does it work?
Your hair is first double washed before the treatment is added and left for 30ish minutes. Your hair is then straightened, poker straight, (it stinks) and then you leave the treatment in for 48-72hrs.
I had thought that Keratin ‘defrizzed’ and ‘straightened’ your hair, but it turns out that those have just been used as buzz words, but it does break the bonds in your hair to restructure it. Not only that, but it conditions and protects it. To be truthful, I don’t know exactly how it works, and I found very little online explaining the science.
Whatever the claims, I do know that it has turned my curly frizzball hair, into sleek, straight hair that is in a much better condition than it was when I was blowdrying and straightening it. My routine now involves washing my hair, brushing it…then letting it dry naturally -it saves me so much time!!
My ‘natural’ hair…
My hair with the Keratin Treatment (and highlights!) – air dried.
My hair when the Keratin wears off…
How long does it last?
Personally, I have to get them done every 6-7 months, but the effects seem to be different depending on your hair type and how well you look after it.
What is the upkeep?
I’ve found that my hair lasts longer, the longer I can keep that first treatment on. It turns out the first time I had the treatment, I misheard the 48hrs that you’re supposed to keep your hair straight, down and unwashed, and through Tim said 4 days. So I kept it on for 4 days, and have done ever since that first Keratin.
I’m also meticulous about using sulphate-free shampoo, to help it last longer. Sulphates strip the hair of the treatment and sodium dissolves keratin (why you shouldn’t get a treatment just before going on a beach holiday!). Also, I try not to wash my hair everyday to help prolong the effects of the keratin!
How much does it cost?
It varies…as all haircuts do. I’ve found it between £150-250 in London.
I’ve had my hair done by Tim (Timothy David) for the past four years, and I genuinely wouldn’t let anyone else touch it. I think he’d kill me…but I’ve also worked so hard to get it back into the great condition that it is in now, that I wouldn’t trust anyone else with it.