La Brasiliana Keratin Treatment

I have been researching and considering the Brazilian Keratin Treatment for almost 2 years, now. I finally decided to get the service and I am absolutely thrilled with my results. I am so happy that I wanted to share my experience with other women with Black or African American hair types (which is very common in Brazil).

Here is some background, first and foremost:

I believe that I am 3c or 4a, but I am not certain. I am transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair and did not want to do the big chop until I had at least a year of new growth. It has been 24 weeks since my last relaxer. My hair is layered and the back length is just beginning to reach my shoulders. I go to a Dominican salon weekly and get a roller set and then have my roots blown straight to match the texture of my relaxed hair. I do not use heat on my hair throughout the week. I wrap my hair each night to protect it and to avoid the need for flat or curling irons. If I do my own hair, I am not able to get my roots straight, so it is very "puffy" and full. When I do my own hair, I let it air dry in a pony tail (or I sit under a hooded dryer) and then I blow it dry at the roots to try and smooth them, if necessary. Finally, I flat iron my hair. I use my flat iron to make curls, also. When I do my own hair, it does not come out as shiny or soft as when I go to the salon. In fact, it looks a bit more dry and frizzy when I do it myself, but not terrible.

I decided to try the BKT in order to manage my natural hair through the heat and humidity of summer. I also read from others that it helps to reduce breakage and is recommended when transitioning from relaxed to natural. My stylist also recommended it to help me manage my hair better on my own, as I was going to her once a week and it is getting expensive as I have more and more new growth.

La Brasiliana Zero Keratin Treatment:

My stylist uses La Brasiliana Zero for her BKT's. The entire process took 4 hours. The treatment has to stay in your hair for 4 days. During this time you are not able to get your hair wet or bend or clip your hair in any way. I did carefully wrap my hair and tie it with a scarf at night however, without leaving any clips or pins in it, as this would create an imprint on the hair. My hair was bone straight like a fresh relaxer, but very waxy to the touch. The hair strands were also a bit "sticky" and I found myself running a detangling comb through it often to keep the hairs from clumping together. The keratin coats the hair shaft and "cures" during this 4 day period.

First Shampoo After BKT:

I could not wait to wash the treatment out of my hair. I did not like the 4 day waiting period at all, as my hair was very limp and stuck to my head. Although, when the wind blew, my hair moved like crazy. I used only the products provided by my stylist, as you can easily strip the BKT from your hair by using shampoo/conditioner with sulfates or sodium. She recommended Smart Protection products (shampoo/conditioner/leave in) by Infinite Colors. After washing/conditioning, I noticed that my natural hair still curled up at the roots, but it was not nearly as puffy and it was very easy to comb. My "S" curl pattern was much looser, soft, had great "slip" and was not tangled. My natural and relaxed hair was very soft and slick in every way! After I let it air dry in a pony tail, I blow dried and flat ironed my hair in 35 minutes! My natural roots were completely straight without much effort and blended perfectly with my relaxed hair. My hair was super shiny, super soft, silky and swinging! I couldn't believe it was MY hair. The movement was incredible. I LOVE IT! I am so pleased that I want to share this with anyone who has been a slave to a relaxer and is tired of chemically altering the core structure of their hair. The BKT is not permanent. In fact, it is a protective coating on the hair and washes out over 3-6 months, depending on how frequently you wash your hair.

The biggest surprise has been how well my hair holds up in sweltering heat, rain and humidity. We had 88 degree heat with very high humidity and my a/c unit failed. I was sweating and could hardly breathe, but my hair was still BEAUTIFUL! The next day when the a/c repair man came, I had to go outside in high humidity and light rain and my hair did not revert, puff or even frizz! AMAZING! I am definitely hooked!
Does it have any harmful chemicals? Ive heard some of these treatments have foremaldehyde . How did your hair take to the treatment and has you hair gone back to its natural state?? Im thinking of getting the treatment this weekend.

Thank You
Does it have any harmful chemicals? Ive heard some of these treatments have foremaldehyde . How did your hair take to the treatment and has you hair gone back to its natural state?? Im thinking of getting the treatment this weekend.

Thank You
Originally Posted by TresNatural
This product supposedly does not contain formaldehyde and adds collagen to the formula in addition to the keratin. It may contain a derivative of formaldehyde, but I am not certain. It is my understanding that all keratin treatments have some form of formaldehyde in varying degrees. I did notice a brief smell that irritated my nose similar to nail polish remover for a few seconds. My stylist did not wear gloves or a mask, as I have read from other folks online. She did have a fan on for the blow drying, however. My hair took to the treatment very well. The most noticeable difference was after the waiting period when I washed out the treatment. My hair did appear to retain it's natural curl pattern, but it was a bit looser and much easier to comb and style. Ironically, as my hair air dried, the curl stretched out more instead of drawing up and tightening more. My hair is still very soft and shiny and easy to maintain in this awkward transition state as I grow out my relaxer. My hair is not at all frizzy or puffy at the root where I have my new growth. I work out and sweat and it does not ruin my hair. I go out in high humidity and heat and it is still smooth.

I do believe there is a lot of fear and ignorance being spread about the treatment. But the truth is that the primary chemical in a relaxer will melt a hole in your head if you leave it on too long. No one is spreading fear about relaxers burning women's scalps on a daily basis across the world. In my opinion this treatment eliminates the need for anyone to ever get a relaxer unless they really don't ever want their natural curly hair. I definitely feel that this is a viable option for those of us that want our natural curly hair with the added option to wear it silky straight without a ton of effort/heat, that won't puff, revert or frizz in hours.
Melroseco2000 thanx for the response.

A brief background about my hair. Its very kinky, both 4a and 4c type hair. I wanted to do La-Brasiliana to help manage my hair better.
So I went to a Dominican Salon as well by where I live. My hair is pretty straight, I'm just waiting out this 4 day period till I can wash my hair.
Melroseco2000: What shampoo did you use to wash out your hair, its supposed to be sodium chloride free. Searching for sodium chloride free shampoo. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
Melroseco2000 thanx for the response.

A brief background about my hair. Its very kinky, both 4a and 4c type hair. I wanted to do La-Brasiliana to help manage my hair better.
So I went to a Dominican Salon as well by where I live. My hair is pretty straight, I'm just waiting out this 4 day period till I can wash my hair.
Melroseco2000: What shampoo did you use to wash out your hair, its supposed to be sodium chloride free. Searching for sodium chloride free shampoo. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
Originally Posted by TresNatural
I used only the products provided by my stylist, as you can easily strip the BKT from your hair by using shampoo/conditioner with sulfates or sodium. She recommended Smart Protection products (shampoo/conditioner/leave in) by Infinite Colors.
Melroseco2000 thanx for the response.

A brief background about my hair. Its very kinky, both 4a and 4c type hair. I wanted to do La-Brasiliana to help manage my hair better.
So I went to a Dominican Salon as well by where I live. My hair is pretty straight, I'm just waiting out this 4 day period till I can wash my hair.
Melroseco2000: What shampoo did you use to wash out your hair, its supposed to be sodium chloride free. Searching for sodium chloride free shampoo. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.
Originally Posted by TresNatural
How did your hair turn out? I hope you had a great experience.
So I finally washed out my hair with Aubrey Organics J.A.Y Shampoo and GPB Conditioner. The Keratin treatment didnt change my original curl pattern (except the front, my curls weren't curly at the root) and I could definately notice that it was still shrinking up a bit as I was air drying it.
However, once I blow dried on low heat, I flat ironed it and it came out really straight. No frizz, lots of sheen and very soft. It looks like I've put a relaxer through it.
Not sure what the results "should" be. But thats what happened with me.
If you haven't done it yet, you may want to reconsider, unless you really don't like your current hair! I had the brazilian tx done 12-months ago and still don't have my curls back! 3b curls. It was such a dissapointment to me that I had to blow and flat iron my hair after the tx to get it into a decent style. Plus, that just caused my hair to split, break off, and fall out! The stylist told me it would only last 3-4 months. That was a lie!
I'm just starting to see a couple of inches of new growth curls. The rest is mostly wavy. I'm really scared that my hair won't be the same after it finally grows back in. My hair is about mid back lenght. Can you imagine how long it's going to take to come back!
If you haven't done it yet, you may want to reconsider, unless you really don't like your current hair! I had the brazilian tx done 12-months ago and still don't have my curls back! 3b curls. It was such a dissapointment to me that I had to blow and flat iron my hair after the tx to get it into a decent style. Plus, that just caused my hair to split, break off, and fall out! The stylist told me it would only last 3-4 months. That was a lie!
I'm just starting to see a couple of inches of new growth curls. The rest is mostly wavy. I'm really scared that my hair won't be the same after it finally grows back in. My hair is about mid back lenght. Can you imagine how long it's going to take to come back!
Originally Posted by Lorizeh
Wow, that is a very unfortunate scenario! What brand of the treatment did she use on your hair? A keratin treatment is simply a protective coating over the hair shaft and washes out over time. It is not supposed to alter the structure of your hair like a relaxer does. There is definitely a difference in the various brands of keratin treatments and even the expertise of stylists that apply it. That is why I did so much research before I got mine. I am still very happy with my results and will definitely do it again.
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Originally Posted by helloyellowbird
I can send pics via private email, if you'd like. I did the keratin treatment at home on my daughters and it came out beautiful. I still have mine professionally done every 3 months. The results get better each time, so far. I have done this 3 times since April 2010.
I noticed you tried the Brasiliana keratin treatment in 2010 and I was just wondering how you feel about it today? Are you still getting it done? If yes how often?
I am asking because I had a great initial experinec with keratin and then it went south and I loved it so much I have been searching for a brand where I could possibly give it another try.
I continued to get the La Brasiliana Zero Keratin Treatment through July 2011. My hair stylist switched brands and used GK Hair with Juvexin during my last treatment this past October. I immediately noticed a big difference in my hair. The La Brasiliana Zero treatment is not supposed to use formaldehyde while the GK Hair with Juvexin does contain some formaldehyde in the stronger formulas. I have to admit that I was not happy when I learned of the formaldehyde content, as I purposely tried to avoid it. I must also admit that the GK Hair product worked a lot BETTER than the La Brasiliana Zero. The GK Hair formula comes in varying strengths (Wavy/Curly/Resistant). Here is my feedback...

PROS:
  • Soft, shiny, bouncy and super easy to manage my natural hair!
  • More soft, shiny, bouncy and manageable than with the La Brasiliana treatment.
  • The GK Hair treatment lasts up to 5 months while La Brasiliana lasted 3 months.
  • I can air dry my hair (fast) and pull it into a nice bun to keep heat off of my hair.
  • I can flat iron my hair in less than 30 minutes!
  • Smells better (post shampoo) than La Brasiliana treatment.
  • I can wash the treatment out of my hair after 2 full days instead of 4 full days.
  • My hair is not nearly as waxy or sticky while waiting to wash out the treatment.

CONS:
  • More expensive treatment than La Brasiliana.
  • GK Hair Resistant formula contains formaldehyde.
  • My hair is way too straight and I am not able to wear my curly afro with this treatment! The only saving grace is that I wash and go in the warm months, and this treatment will pretty much last me through the Fall and Winter months. When it warms up again, I will definitely try a different GK Hair formula that is not as strong (Wavy/Curly).
  • My curl pattern/texture totally went from 3c to 3 with the GK Hair treatment. It loosened up way too much for my personal taste. My natural curl pattern did not change with the La Brasiliana product, it was simply smoother and not frizzy or puffy. Some people may count this as a PRO, but I do not.

The bottom line is that I will get the GK Hair treatment again. I will simply move down a strength to retain my naturally curly afro. As with La Brasiliana, the GK Hair treatment washes out over time and your natural texture gradually reverts back. My hair is so much easier to manage with GK Hair, even more so than with La Brasiliana. I am constantly getting compliments on my hair. I have been natural for two years and will NEVER go back to relaxing. I love the versatility of being able to go straight or curly.
I wanted to provide an update on the GKHair Full Tame/Resistant treatment since my last post. My natural curls are coming back a bit more each time I wash my hair. I am thrilled about this and although I still don't have my curly afro back, I can wash and go and my hair has loose curls mid way on through to the ends. I do not have the volume that I normally do, but my hair certainly isn't flat and straight like it was after the initial wash. For the summer I will definitely go with the medium tame/curly formula. My hair air dries in less than an hour! I can pull my hair back into a curly ponytail or a bun and not fight to control it for a polished look. Excellent!
I am very happy to report that all of my curls have come back as the keratin treatment has been washed out over the past few months! I will be scheduling my next treatment within the next few weeks and look forward to trying the GKHair Curly Hair Taming formula instead of the Resistant formula.
Hi Melroseco2000,

Thanks for all your helpful updates on this treatment. Have been trying to research as much as I could about different types of keratin treatments before I make a final decision on having it done. Look forward to more updates from you or anyone else having it done.
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It's really great and so helpful that you have continued to provide updates over such a long period of time. My stylist has approached me about getting the Brasiliana KT to help with my transition, and I came upon your posts when doing some research. Congrats on your progress, and thanks again!
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This summer I was hoping to try the Curly Taming formula of GK Hair Taming System to step down a level from the Resistant formula. My hairdresser suggested trying the new The Best GK Hair smoothing treatment. My goal was to retain more of my natural curl pattern so that I can wash and go during the hotter months. Also, because I don't flat iron my hair as much when it is sweltering, I was willing to try something new. I am here to tell you that I did NOT like The Best smoothing treatment. It is supposed to be controlled by how long you leave it on the hair, but for me it did not work well. My hair ended up being even straighter than when I used the Resistant hair taming formula. That was completely contrary to my goal. I was NOT happy at all. I am still curious to try the Curly formula instead of the Resistant formula of the GK Hair Taming System, but I will have to wait for that. This just goes to show you that different treatments work differently on everyone. My hairdresser was convinced this was going to give me the results I wanted but it certainly was not.
I having been getting the GK Hair treatment for resistant hair every four months (3 times/year) and I still highly recommend it. I have two girlfriends that were also natural but more "purists" than me that have also started using this product. We have each continued to experience the BEST HAIR WE HAVE EVER HAD! I am scheduled for a treatment in June and expect my hair to be at or near BSL for the first time in my adult life. My last relaxer was in the Fall of 2009 and all relaxed ends were chopped off in the Fall of 2010. I am also getting better at styling my natural hair in twists and knots to get a consistent curl pattern. I have learned that my hair has too many different textures to "wash and go" without the help of a banana clip. I continue to wear protective styles (mostly buns) and only flat iron my hair once a month. I also use MoroccanOil Moisture Repair shampoo and conditioner along with the MorrocanOil treatment, exclusively. Every now and then I will use Miss Jessie's quick curls when I "wash and go" with the help of a banana clip. I find that product to still be a little to sticky or tacky for my taste, but I have not found anything better yet.

I hope this update helps others out there looking for solutions!

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