Please give me your feedback - Had Global Keratin done and not happy

I'm hoping to generate a lot of responses from people who have first-hand experience.

I had Global Keratin Hair Taming done two weeks (and five shampoos) ago and my hair is back to its original curly, frizzy state. The stylist used the medium-strength formula.

After the first couple of washes my hair was fantastic - the curls became big waves and the hair quality was silkier and smoother. It took out some of my volume as well, which I liked.

Now - after only five washes with the Global Keratin products - my hair is back to being tightly curled, big, puffy and frizzy.

I am perplexed as to why this has happened and what, if anything, to do about it.

Before the treatment, I had virgin hair - 3b, a little past my shoulders, baby fine, big and puffy.

The salon is offering to redo the treatment at no cost to me, but I am scared that a second treatment so soon after the first might damage my hair. Internet stories of hair loss and breakage are concerning me.

Has this happened to anyone else? Should I let the salon redo it?

I know the company claims your hair gets better and better with each treatment, but I'm wondering if there is any anecdotal evidence to support this claim?

Thanks for taking the time to answer my post.

Zal
I'm hoping to generate a lot of responses from people who have first-hand experience.

I had Global Keratin Hair Taming done two weeks (and five shampoos) ago and my hair is back to its original curly, frizzy state. The stylist used the medium-strength formula.

After the first couple of washes my hair was fantastic - the curls became big waves and the hair quality was silkier and smoother. It took out some of my volume as well, which I liked.

Now - after only five washes with the Global Keratin products - my hair is back to being tightly curled, big, puffy and frizzy.

I am perplexed as to why this has happened and what, if anything, to do about it.

Before the treatment, I had virgin hair - 3b, a little past my shoulders, baby fine, big and puffy.

The salon is offering to redo the treatment at no cost to me, but I am scared that a second treatment so soon after the first might damage my hair. Internet stories of hair loss and breakage are concerning me.

Has this happened to anyone else? Should I let the salon redo it?

I know the company claims your hair gets better and better with each treatment, but I'm wondering if there is any anecdotal evidence to support this claim?

Thanks for taking the time to answer my post.

Zal
Originally Posted by zalim
I don't have any experience with the Global Keratin brand, but had I only done 1 application of QOD myself, my hair would have (and did) reverted in no time. It wasn't really reversion that was the immediate problem, but that it really didn't relax my 4a/3c curls much. The first application result was so disappointing, I immediately started trying to figure out what I could do to improve the result, and I decided that it seemed the looser the curl you start with, the looser the end result, so why not apply that to myself and just keep applying the keratin over and over without waiting for the curl to revert, thereby starting with looser curls each time until the desired curl pattern was achieved. Eventually, my curls stopped reverting at all. I did 4 full-head applications in a 2-month period, and after that last application, my curls were about a loose 2a--barely even waves--too loose. So, I stopped all applications, and it finally reverted to a 2c/3a after a week or so, and there I left it, only doing root applications every 3-4 weeks. I've only done one more full-head application since then--about 5 weeks ago--and I did it with very few passes of the flat iron because my hair was still about a 3a/3b curl pattern at that point...it just seemed to be getting really fine and frizzy, but the curls were still relaxed, so I just wanted to do a full-head touchup. I did ~10 passes at the roots, though. My curls are about 2b right now. Roots are problematic because they are either too curly if I don't do them every 3-4 weeks, or they are too loose if I do.

The point to my post is that--at least with my hair--the results ARE definitely cumulative, esp if you do multiple applications at a higher frequency instead of waiting months in between--and eventually, the curl stops reverting at all. Again, this has been my personal experience with QOD Max and QOD Gold. This is why I DIY...this would be obscenely expensive and time-consuming in a salon. Also I have total control over how it's done.

I forgot to answer your question...I have had no obvious damage from my frequent BKTing. My hair has grown and grown and grown. So, I would have them redo it, then I would consider DIY for future maintenance (unless you can afford to go to the salon often).

HTH!

Baby fine, honey & caramel hilites, 4a/3c now 2b w/DIY BKT & LOVIN' it.
Cowash-V05 Extra Body
L'oreal EP Moisture-Rinse-out
JFLVM
BRHG mix w/
KCCC/KCKT (winter)
Clean-smelling-hair freak washes EOD; dry w/bowl diffuser
Cassia+henna+grays=Gold-red hilites
~That you don't share my experiences/opinions doesn't invalidate them
I wondered if it tasted like a hot dog. ~Phoenix

Last edited by ~Ghost Poster~; 12-31-2010 at 02:05 PM.
Hey Ghost Poster,

Thanks so much for the detailed reply. I feel reassured that a second application won't cause me problems.

What is this QOD? Is this a self-application product for loosening curls? What is the active ingredient that does so? Do you need a hairdressing background to safely apply it?

I can see how the root issue would be problematic. I have the same problem - very tight curls at the top which don't stretch out no matter how long my hair is.

Thanks again for the reply.
Zalim
Hey Ghost Poster,

Thanks so much for the detailed reply. I feel reassured that a second application won't cause me problems.

What is this QOD? Is this a self-application product for loosening curls? What is the active ingredient that does so? Do you need a hairdressing background to safely apply it?

I can see how the root issue would be problematic. I have the same problem - very tight curls at the top which don't stretch out no matter how long my hair is.

Thanks again for the reply.
Zalim
Originally Posted by zalim
Detailed = verbose LOL...brevity is not in my bag of tricks!

QOD is just one of the many brands of Brazilian keratin on the market. It still uses formaldehyde (the Gold uses .02%) as the active ingredient. I don't believe that having a license qualifies you to more safely apply BKT (or anything, for that matter) than anyone else with a shred of common sense. Most of the stylists I've met over the years don't really know as much about their profession as you would expect, at least from a chemistry and hair anatomy standpoint. So, it's almost dangerous to put too much faith in their knowledge. I would be willing to bet that the average stylist knows even less about keratin than the DIYers here on the board. So, the short answer is: no, you don't have to have any background.

Well, the roots will loosen if you redo frequently and stay on top of the new growth. I find that if you straighten the roots too much, the hair is flat and lifeless looking.

I buy my QOD on eBay. They have several different formulas from which to choose. Max is always the reliable old standby, but I'm currently using the Gold formula. I buy the full-size, unopened bottle, and they last forever, even as frequently as I use it. You can explore the different formulas at the QOD company website. There are many vids on YouTube showing how to apply keratin. It's time consuming and you'll probably need help to do the back of your head, but it's sooooo worth it.

Baby fine, honey & caramel hilites, 4a/3c now 2b w/DIY BKT & LOVIN' it.
Cowash-V05 Extra Body
L'oreal EP Moisture-Rinse-out
JFLVM
BRHG mix w/
KCCC/KCKT (winter)
Clean-smelling-hair freak washes EOD; dry w/bowl diffuser
Cassia+henna+grays=Gold-red hilites
~That you don't share my experiences/opinions doesn't invalidate them
I wondered if it tasted like a hot dog. ~Phoenix

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