Hi, have been on this site for a long time, but never in the forums. Some forums can be so . . . well, people can be a little inconsiderate. However, I am taking my chances and asking for opinions/experiences/advice, whatever. I am going to give you some background . . .
My daughter is 12, bi-racial (I am white,
my husband is african-american), and she has the most hair you have ever seen in your life. That is even what stylists have said. . .I am SO not making this up or exaggerating in the least.
First of all, I would like to say I am not a total hair dummy--although I did not choose that career path, I did go thru and graduate beauty school--even if it was 17 yrs ago... That means nothing, I know. However, it does give me a basic knowledge of hair.
Knowledge, however, means nothing when it comes to my daughter's hair. Everything I ever knew about hair gets tossed out the window. Total trial and error experience . . . with SO many products . . .
Her hair is GORGEOUS when she wears it out and I define her curls, usually using Teri LaFlesh's method of leaving either Herbal Essence or Aussie moist in and the Denman brush. The problem is....she hates it. She hates to wear anything but a ponytail. She is super athletic and plays any and every sport she can get a hold of...(even invents her own).
Before this point, I could contain it with braids or twists of some sort, but she is tween-ish and thinks thats baby-ish now. Her curls are 3c-ish with maybe some 3b-ish, and possibly some 4a-ish in one or two spots. Very springy, corkscrew, about pencil width, and "boingy." But its BIG. And it absorbs products like a black hole....conditioners, moisturizers, shampoos, stylers, you name it. You have to use a ton of whatever you're using.
I have not even been really successful in flat-ironing her hair . . . it takes me about 3 hours to blow dry and go tiny section by tiny section. And even though I am able to get the curl out with the iron, its still HUGE hair and it never looks like I, or she wants it to.
I refuse relaxers, as long as she's under my care, and have only briefly considered a VERY gentle texturizer in moments of despair. So far, I have held out and she is chemical free. She has only had minimal trims, and occasionally conditioning treatments in a salon, everything else has been done by me.
So all of that brings me to this point. I've been reading some of the threads in this forum about the at home keratin products--mostly QOD, and the liquid keratin. Because she is only 12, I refuse to shell out $300+ for an in-salon treatment when she is not even willing to properly care for her hair without nagging by me. I am fairly confident I could successfully apply the products. . . but I am worried about the results.
1. Always concerned about damage and breakage.
2. Wondering if it will decrease some of the volume (A good thing)
3. How straight will it actually be
4. Worried that it won't work at all
I have not looked through every thread, but is there a place where I can see before/after pics of a variety of hair types? Mainly those types close to hers.
I would appreciate any help.