This week, I’m sharing that many bad selfies, this post might need to come with a warning or a sealed section. In the scheme of things, it’s all for a good cause as I try to limit my bad hair days and take back the massive amount of time I’m spending doing my hair each day. Time I could be spending reading all my favourite blogs for starters!
I couldn’t put my hand up fast enough. I even posted a rather alarming (for me) photo to hopefully seal the deal. I’m not sure if it was my speedy reply or the shocking photo but I was in.
Finding myself in the thick of a week of bad hair days, I just couldn’t wait.
Even still, I was slightly nervous. I’d heard more than a few horror stories about chemical straightening from friends who had tried it years ago and for one reason or another, mainly major damage to their hair, had never gone back but I’d also heard there had been major improvements and advancements over the years.
On arrival at the salon, my concerns and misconceptions about the process were explained to me in great detail, making me less apprehensive. While there were chemicals involved, this was more hair smoothing rather than chemical straightening. Apparently, the more damaged your hair the better the outcome?!
This revolutionary smoothing therapy infuses natural keratin deep into the hair’s cuticle, reducing the frizz and curl and instantly adding amazing shine, silkiness and condition to the hair. Hair is more manageable, smoother and easier to style than ever before. It is perfect on all types of hair – including color treated and chemically processed hair!
While I was impressed with the claims, in the long run I knew my hair. I wasn’t convinced this smoothing therapy was anything more than a PR name change and this was still very much a process of chemically straightening and possibly damaging my hair. I was skeptical to say the least but given the starting point with my damaged hair from years of dying, I was more than willing to give this smoothing therapy a shot.
Here is the just washed with a DIY blow dry before photo, taken on my iPhone, apologies for the poor quality but I thought it was important to record and show you this:
I should point out this was very much a training session. A chance for the hairdressers to train on my hair, using the Keratin Complex therapy smoothing treatment, with expert guidance throughout, before introducing the service into the salon.
Being a training session, it certainly was an interesting experience. At one point I had four ladies working on my hair. Luckily for them I had enough hair to go round. In the final stages though it was just two trainees and Lisa the trainer finishing the job. All up it took just under 3 hours.
And the results:
With just a wash and blow dry it did highlight my dryish ends and the fact I was overdue for a decent cut but you only have to look at my before photo to see the difference it makes. Previously, I would have needed a blow dry followed by a hair straightener to achieve similar results at home.
I do feel the process stripped some of the colour from my dyed hair and I was warned this might happen. Ultimately though, I was due to have my regrowth coloured in the next fortnight and I was planning on refreshing the ends at the same time.
I was sent home with the Keratin Complex smoothing therapy shampoo and conditioner, something you must use if you want to prolong the smoothing therapy and keep your warranty. I’m told the results should last roughly three months and prices for short hair start from just $250.
Following the treatment, if I wash and leave my hair to dry naturally, I still have my curls they just look healthier. There is definitely much less of the frizz factor and possibly less volume as a result. It also only takes just a fraction of the time to dry and style.
When blow drying, the results are amazing compared to my normal standards. While not completely straight or smooth, I do have really thick and badly damaged hair, it is definitely a 90% improvement on what I was achieving beforehand and once again the drying time has been greatly reduced, saving me a huge amount of time and effort.
All I really need to do now is wash, blow dry and a quick brush though with a paddle brush. I’m also finding I’m using less styling products in my hair which means less build up, so I’m not feeling the need to wash my hair every single day.
When I want to put the gentle waves back in, it’s just a matter of using a rounded brush when I blow dry or a few quick flicks with the GHD. It’s honestly so much easier to do now. My time with the GHD has gone from at least 30 minutes (depending on the event) to just 5 minutes, which has got to be healthier for my hair in the long run?!
Impressed by the results and the salon itself, I recently returned for a colour and cut. I must confess, I’m surprised at how long and healthy my hair is now looking and how much easier it is to manage. I also ‘cased’ the beautician and nail artist while I was in the salon and can’t wait to head back for more.
What do you think of the results? Do you have curly or frizzy hair? What do you find works for you?
As this was a training session, I did not pay for my Keratin Complex treatment on this occasion. There was also no requirement or expectation for me to blog about my experience with the salon or the Keratin Complex results, hence the poor quality iPhone photos that I initially took for my own records and interest. The results really do speak for themselves, so how could I not share this with you. For more information head to Skatt!