michelle breyer

Michelle before her keratin treatment.

So let me start off by saying, I love my curls. It's taken me a long time to get to this point, but I no longer long for straight hair (Okay, maybe every now and then on an excessively humid day).

So when I saw the whole keratin treatment explosion, I had no desire to take the plunge. That began to change when I ran into a stylist at a hair show who had the most beautiful, shiny, defined curls, and he told me he had gotten a keratin treatment. Otherwise, his curls would be a mass of frizz, he said.

The seed was planted. Maybe this is something that could work for me.

So when Brazilian Blowout offered me the opportunity to try it out, I decided it might be worth taking them up on the offer. Especially since so many of our readers were in my shoes: they liked their curls but wanted them looser and frizz free.

 

Consultation is an important part of the process; here Michelle talks with stylist Felice Partida.

That doesn't mean I wasn't scared to death. In fact, as the day approached for my Brazilian Blowout, I felt like a kid anticipating a dental appointment. I had flashbacks to college when I got a "chemical haircut." A stylist applied a lye-based relaxer after I had already had a thio relaxer — something I've learned you never, ever do. Handfuls of hair came out for days, and I had to have my hair cut short to hide the bald spots. To say it was traumatic would be an understatement. My boyfriend at the time told me it looked like my forehead had grown.

I feared I would lose the curls I have worked so hard to love. Not only that, my curls are important to my business. I am a co-founder of NaturallyCurly, and it wouldn't reflect well for me to show up with stick-straight hair. I'm not saying that's not the right choice for many of our readers. Just not for me.

So when I met with stylist Felice Partida of James Allan Salon in Austin, I grilled her. Would I still have curls? How would they look? Did she guarantee I would still be a curly? Although the majority of clients who she's done them on straighten their hair on a regular basis, she assured me I would still have my texture.

 

Here, Michelle's hair is sectioned and the treatment applied.

So we began the process.

First, she took me back to the shampoo bowl to clarify shampoo my hair with the Brazilian Blowout specially formulated Anti-Residue Professional Shampoo to prepare my hair and get out all the styling gunk.

Then she brought out "the treatment." It was much different than I expected. It looked and smelled like lotion, without any chemical smell. That reassured me.

After towel drying, she divided my hair into sections and begin to comb the Brazilian Blowout Professional Treatment through each section of the hair from root to tip, lightly lightly coating each section with the solution. It was hard for me to believe this could actually do anything, but Felice explained that the solution surrounded each hair shaft with protective protein layers to smooth and flattened the cuticle. I took her word for it.