There is nothing more liberating than getting out of the shower and doing absolutely nothing to your hair. That’s been my life for the last 4 years. I used to have frizzy, coarse hair that would take a good hour to blow dry and I don’t have time for that with 2 small children.
Until this week, I’d been straightening my hair using the Japanese hair straightening method. It was available in Hong Kong and is in New York at limited salons. Instead, I decided to try the Brazilian Keratin hair treatment Le Salon East in New York.
The Brazilian Keratin treatment reviews are stellar for good reason.
What is Brazilian Keratin Hair Straightening?
A stylist applies a keratin hair-straightening product to your hair and then uses the heat of a flat iron to seal it in. The process takes about 90 minutes or longer, depending on your hair’s length. Salon keratin products include Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola, Global Keratin Complex, the La-Brasiliana treatment, Brazilian Keratin Treatment, the Brazilian Blowout, and Brazilian Hair Straightening.
How Long Does Brazilian Keratin Last?
On average, Brazilian Keratin should last between about 3-5 months. After that, your hair will return to it’s normal state, except it should be healthier and softer due to the conditioning impact of the keratin. You’ll reapply the treatment to all of your hair when the treatment wears out. My experience with Japanese hair straightening is that it lasts between about 4-6 months. As your hair grows, the straightening will grow out. So, the ends will stay straight whereas the new growth will be natural. The chemicals will usually be applied again only to the new growth as not to damage the ends. However, because of the way my hair behaves, they would pull the chemicals lightly to the ends since the ends would start to frizz. That can’t be good for my hair, but I admit it sure looked good.
Caring for Your Hair after Hair Straightening
With either treatment, you can’t wash your hair for 3 full days or put any kind of hair clip or rubber band in it. You shouldn’t even put it behind your ear. Any of these will wreck the straightening. That means no exercise, in my case. With the Brazilian Keratin treatment you can’t use any shampoo or conditioner with sulphates or sodium chloride. They strip the moisture from your hair and are just bad for you in general. Here is an entire post about caring for Brazilian Keratin.
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