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Suspicious of new hair treatments?

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the keratin companies and their treatments, which are offered across the country and around the world. And as with any new procedure or treatment, there will be some adverse reactions to this sensitive topic. I know we all had flashbacks to hair-melting straightening processes and breakage when we first heard there was yet another treatment out there for curlies, and just like any other hair trend, we here at NaturallyCurly take it upon ourselves to find out the fact and fiction behind a new method or treatment.

Some people are reacting to keratin treatments as a betrayal of their curls and say that this is just another method of straightening. But another way to look at it is that keratin treatments just provide another option for curlies who might be ready for a change. Most keratin companies will tell you right away that this is not a process to straighten out a curl, but that it will eliminate your frizz and will loosen your curl. If you are a wavy-haired person and actually want your hair straight, you are probably going to end up with straight hair. However, for many other curlies, the keratin treatments merely soften the curl and reduce frizz.

Many in the natural hair community, for example, are reluctant to try a curl-relaxing product, given they probably fought long and hard to transition to their beautiful natural hair. However, Type 4s should know that a keratin treatment is not the equivalent of a harsh "relaxer"—a Type 4 should expect frizz-reduction and softening.

So why are people turning to this treatment if they are curl-friendly individuals? Options. Everyone would like to make their curls look their best at all times, and if a treatment can help you achieve your own personal hair bliss, then why not? Michelle Breyer, president and co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com, gave this insight on the controversial topic: "I love my curls. But the unpredictability, especially during the summer, drives me crazy. I feel like the keratin treatments have made my life easier because my hair is so much easier. And I'm still very much a curly. And I get more compliments. People just think I must be using a different styling product."

Give keratin treatments some thought.

I gained even more insight on the topic of keratin companies when I attended the Braziliante educational training seminar in Austin this weekend. The instructor was explaining to the stylists that the product will not change the hair like a perm or a relaxer would; it is simply coating the hair with protein, which will weigh the hair down a bit, which in turn, loosens the curl and eliminates most frizz. The stylists who attended were largely curl-embracing stylists with whom we work on a regular basis, and they soon embraced this idea as an option for some of their clients who struggle on a daily basis with their hair.

So where do we go from here? There are so many curlies out there who will never need one of these treatments done, because they love their hair exactly how it is and they wouldn't change it for the world. There are also going to be a lot of curlies who, no matter what product they use, will have unmanageable frizz due to genetics or climate, and they will have the treatment done. Either way, we are all living in this curly world, and exploring your options seems like a very reasonable thing to do when it comes to being and staying true to yourself, as well as presenting the best possible version of yourself. In the end, we all do what makes us happy, and that is all that matters.

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The betrayal is this whole 'proprietary blend' issue without disclosing ingredients. Brazilian Blowout has been claiming that they are formaldehyde free, yet, the state of Oregon put out an alert because their *unlabeled* bottles contain just under 5% formaldehyde.
I did the KT on myself about 2 weeks ago. As I have transitioned my hair has gotten so much longer and thicker, over the past few months products I love stopped working and my hair was a chore all time. So I decided to do the treatment, I educated myself in the pros and negs, the dos and don't and more. When I felt confident I did it myself and I am very happy. The past two week have been bliss and a nice break from unruly hair behaviour. I recommend not being closed off to this if your a natural because it nice to treat yourself to a break for a few months, my curls are still here but they are more manageable, it's a better non permanent option to a relaxer. I love my curls and would never want to get rid of them, but it nice to have a break- especially during summer. I want to spend my summer outside enjoying the heat not inside fighting with my hair every morning. Point is if your happy with the time it takes to style your hair, or you are getting consistency good results then there is nothing to change. If your hair if giving you grief and you want a break without any drastic measures then I recommend giving this a go.
I think why this is such a hot button topic on NC is some of the iffy information. I remember reading somewhere that your curl pattern and your regular hair is supposed to emerge as the treatment wears off. Why do I think it'd take much longer and you are stuck with funky hair for awhile? It'd be either a. you wait it out or b. you get *another* treatment. I don't know if I'd write of Keratin later on to be honest. I adore my curls. But sometimes it's fun to change it up a little. Straight haired girls get perms. Now us Curly Girls can have a good straightening treatment. And while I agree somewhat with what PGAesthetics said, some girls just have outright unpredictable curls/frizz/flyaways etc. To look more professional at the workplace I could see a girl getting a keratin treatment. You do have to present yourself nicely and it's not curls that are "unbusniess like" it's frizz (which everyone assumes you didn't bother to manage with your hair when in actuality you sat in the mirror for 20 minutes this morning try to fix it).
I understand what you're saying, but for me personally I try to stay away from things that would alter my curl pattern. I have spent years trying to except my hair as is and trying something like a keratin treatment they might alter my curl pattern anyway would be going against what I've been trying to accept. It's not just hair for me; it has widened into to a symbol of self acceptance for the way I am, as is. When it comes to my natural hair, it is nothing like my relaxed hair. Not every hair will be in place, it will be frizzy there will be fly-aways. I have been trying to let go of the perfection ideal that I had with relaxed hair. My naturally can be big and out of control (to some people), but I am okay with that. I spent most of my life wanting someone else's hair and not my own. I'm working on accepting and love my texture the way it is, even it's it's frizzy. I know hair doesn't mean the same to everybody, but this is what it means to ME. I hope you, the author, can understand that some people may have this view or something like it and that's that's why they feel the way they do. I have type 4 hair, and I don't think that I've seen the done on people with my hair texture.

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