My experience with Simply Smooth, plus a couple of questions (detailed!)

Hey ladies. First of all, I'm just so excited to have this online community. You guys have discussed nearly every hair issue I've ever had, and I just love the amount of knowledge available on this site. Thank you so much in advance for any suggestions given!

The details:

On Thursday, I went to a family friend to get my hair treated with the Simply Smooth keratin treatment. First of all, let me say that the lady who did my hair blew out my hair in this really bizarre way. I think she created a lot more tangles in my hair than necessary, thus I don't think my roots got as well treated as I would have liked. To top it off, she attempted to style it with the iron while sealing in the treatment/"curing" my hair. Long story short, the style DID NOT HOLD AT ALL. My hair kept puffing up, and it just looked overall horrendous. I burst into tears when I got home. In attempts to fix it, I tried doing more meticulous flat ironing at home to smooth it down and keep it from puffing up. I even trimmed my ends a bit too (I have more to say about that in my later questions). Nonetheless, my hair still kept rebelling, and I just got more upset.

Ever since Thursday evening, I have been ultra fussy with my hair in a strange way. I would avoid wetting it, and have been fighting to keep myself from applying products to my hair. I can't keep flat ironing it though! The thing is though, in all of this heat and slight humidity, I can't keep my hair loose for 4 days because of all of the puffing! As a result, I've been tying it up with an elastic band, or putting it in a mini jaw clip just to keep it from driving me insane. You might begin to see that like my hair, I have my rebellious ways too. Onto my questions:

1. After washing my hair and sectioning it (yay for not tangling up my hair during washing, and also for not ripping out my hair while detangling it) she would loose one section at a time. From there, she would finger comb my hair while shaking the air from the blowdryer back and forth to dry the section. Did anyone else have a stylist do this to them? Her method felt completely wrong, and Simply Smooth's site doesn't explain the process, so I can't corroborate my feelings. I thought it would have been more effective to blow out the hair with a paddle brush first to reduce tangling and allow for a more precise application of the keratin on my hair. Does anyone concur?

2. While applying the treatment, my hair wasn't so smoothed out (obviously), but she proceeded to apply it to my roots and lengths with an applicator brush. She then proceeded to distribute the keratin on my hair with a fine-toothed (rat-tail) comb. Has anyone else experienced this? Not only was it painful, but it was clearly ripping out my hair.

3. After applying the keratin to my hair, she blew out my hair with a paddle brush. Sometimes she went in the direction of my hair growth with the brush, other times against it. Blowdrying my hair against the direction of growth is like a hairstyling sin for me! The only time I don't worry as much is when I flip over my whole head, gently detangle with a comb, and then lightly blowdry with my brush of choice. I hardly flip over my head anyway! In this case, my head was not flipped, so the end result? Tangling and ripping again! Later I get told that I really need to trim my ends. AHH! Once again, have any of you curlies/kinky-curlies experienced this?

4. Shouldn't the stylist trim the ends after straightening the hair? Wouldn't that just make more sense?

5. As I mentioned, I've been tying up my hair. Today I also sprayed some water in a light mist on my hair and then proceeded to blow dry with a small vented brush (the "tourmaline" one from Goody). Surprisingly, my hair came out nice and smooth after all, with a bit more shine too! What's the big deal about tying up the hair? I'm so fed up that right now all I say is screw the rules. My theory is that bending the hair so much probably causes the keratin coating to "crack" and probably then wear off faster. Is that why tying up is a no-no for the 4-day wait treatments?

Thanks again for all of your help, ladies! -Coccolina
Frankly, I think it's a load of bull. I totally wrap my hair, use bobby pins, and clips during the 3-4 day wait without any issues whatsoever. I also use a flat iron to create some waves in my hair during the wait period as well...no issues here

As for the way she blow dried your hair...I don't get it, but I don't think it matters. What matters is that your hair is completed coated with the product and that it is flat ironed in your hair tiny section by tiny section at 450 degree heat.

I didn't do the comb thing because i do it myself, but it does say to use a comb on the bottle for more even distribution. She probably should have used a comb with bigger teath, especially if she didn't detangle your hair 1st.

With my first BKT...the stylist blow dried my hair into the NAPPIEST ball I had ever seen. I never even knew my hair could get that nappy, seriously...I had never seen it, and I never want to see it again. Needless to say, she sprayed on 2 ounces of rejuvenol "boosted" onto my hair...blow dried, and then just flat ironed in...when i washed it out 5 days later...lol...my hair was still frizzy and kinky, just a tad softer..lol...2 weeks later the mess had already washed out. Now when i do it myself i make sure i let the product sit on my hair for at least 30 minutes before blow drying then flat ironing it in...
Ok, I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't take the rules completely serious. Did you ever put product in your hair before the end of the waiting period, Hairguru? Also, I think towel drying my hair and then applying the treatment would have been better (if I had known that blowdrying it first wasn't necessary). At least my hair would have been a bit damp and easier to handle.

Thanks for your input!
Depends on the brand treatment being applied to the hair...

For my Donna Bella Perla...the stylist applied it to my wet hair..she barely towel dried it. I always blow dry before applying my cappolla it helps me to see the extra frizzy parts best.

As for products I totally used morrocan oil and jojoba oil in my hair during the waiting period.
I got the treatment, waited the 4 days, then washed it out with the Simply Smooth products.
My hair was still curly, frizzy(er), and if there was any difference, it was because of the shampoo and conditioner.
In fact, a few days later, I used my normal (bkt-safe) conditioner, and it looked the same as it always has!
So I got it done again.
The lady used a primer and a new straightener, assuring me I would be happy with the results this time.
I washed it out with the Simply Smooth products after FIVE days, hoping the extra day would help it take.
Oh, and it took alright-- to the right-front side of my hair.
Nowhere else.
Every other part of my hair is curly and frizzy, except one lifeless, STILL FRIZZY side.
No matter what products I use, I can't even wear my hair down now because of how awful it looks.

2C roots, 3A/3B for the rest.
currently growing out... pulled down the longest part of hair is a little past the armpit.

curly goals: GROWING OUT!

routine: Condition daily with Nature's Gate Conditioner, shampoo once a week with Organix Hydrating Shampoo .
Wrap in t-shirt and let dry for ten minutes. Scrunch with Redken Ringlet 07 and blow-dry bangs.



What is your hair texture and what made you decide to use simply smooth?
I had the simply smooth treatment done June 24th. My hair was relaxed by (guessing) about 25-30% with much less frizz. After two months my hair feels dry but is still slightly relaxed and less frizzy. I have not been using the simply smooth products. I really disliked the conditioner and never used the shampoo which contains a sulfate. I have'nt used a deep conditioner on it in two months which could explain the dryness.

Today I had a Deva cut and color done. The stylist used Deva styling products and my hair looks much better. I think the cut and Colorance made the difference.

I'm wondering if the 450 degree flat iron is responsible for the dryness I feel or I'm just not using the right products.

What do you think Hairguru?
cg Dec 08
fine to med texture w/ some coarse / high porosity 2c to 3a






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