Global Keratin Treatment FRIED my Hair!

Joyce (my name is Joyce too), I had the very same experience with Keratin treatments (I had two). The first one, I loved. Completely loved. So much that I got another one 6 months later. That was my mistake. That's when I started experiencing everything that you described. Now, I use Hesh Shikakai Powder and Amla powder mixes to wash and strengthen my hair. There is still some hair coming out, but not nearly as much as before. Shikakai powder strengthens and defines the curl pattern which I love. I may be psyching myself out, but I feel better knowing that I'm not loosing as much as before. I agree... STAY FAR AWAY FROM KERATIN PROTEIN TREATMENTS!!!!
I have long layered fine, yet lots of it hair. it is curly/wavy/ frizzy hair naturally. If I don't brush it after I wash/ cond. it dries in loose curls which are mildly frizzy (ie de-cluster and go different ways) and after a nights sleep they become "soft frizz" body waves. I generally pull it into a pony tail and wear a baseball cap until the next wash unless I take the time to "do" it. I hate doing my hair so a keratin treatment seemed to be a dream come true. I have had 3 keratin treatments over the last 18 months. The first was super flat but after a month my natural curl started growing in and I got some body and then I loved my hair!!! It was how I always wished it would be. it looked thick, had body but NO FRIZZ! The 2nd was more wavy, a little more frizzy and the thin, angel fine hairs around my face were frizzed straight. I went back for a 3rd hoping that if I told her about the last treatment she would adjust her method to prevent this happening again. This time it initially looked great until i washed it after 72 hours. when i started to blow dry it my hair looked like it had static electricity making it stand up in different directions. By the time it was fully dry my hair looked like a wet cat that stuck its finger into an electrical socket. I was at the gym and I was soooooo embarrassed. I took the flat iron to it (which I never usually use) out of desperation and I was able to make it look pretty good but still the ends look like they are split. I just washed it a 2nd time and had the same experience. It is so depressing because my hair has always been my best external feature and like I said before, I hate doing my hair. now I HAVE to do it else I look like a science experiment - no joke. I haven't noticed much hair loss so far.
I'm sorry for the long intro but i'm hoping someone can give me situation specific help: I don't want to cut my hair if I don't have to. Is there anything I can do to remedy my frizzy fried nightmare hair? i have to hot iron because otherwise my hair is a long haired straight kinky afro. But I'm so afraid this will damage it more. i'm using the Keratin shampoo/ cond. and deep treatment but I'm seeing others say not to. I'm so confused. Please tell me what to do. T.hank you in advance
My pre-GK hair was like cotton candy --- totally frizzy and thick. Well, since I had 3 GK treatments, it is now still totally frizzy -- but THIN. I loved the treatment the first time, and so I had it done 2 more times. It smoothed my hair beautifully, but eventually, I realized my hair was falling out. It became so brittle that it was breaking off and falling out to the point where I've lost at least 1/3 or more of my hair volume. It now looks like frizzly dried cornsilk or like the hair you would find on one of the Living Dead's heads. I'm doing everything I possibly can to keep from having to cut it down to the new growth, which would be wayyyyyyyyy too short, as the new growth is now only about 5-6 inches, and my hair is shoulder length. I wear it up a lot, use morroccan oil, heavy conditioners and gels to keep it from flying away totally. It truly looks horrible. How GK can be billed as "formaldehyde free" and used at Aveda salons is beyond me. I am heartsick at what happened to my previously thick head of hair -- which wasn't great, but it wasn't THIS. It's too late for me, until my hair grows out, but I'm posting this as a word of warning -- if it seems too good to be true, it probably IS. DO NOT DO GK!!
The main problem is not the product ingredients but the high temperature of the flat iron on less than bone dry hair.

Formaldehyde is considered a risk to inhale or absorb through living skin.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Hi everybody. So nice to be in a place where everyone is so kind and supportive of each other. I am very sad about what happened to your hair. It is scary, and many hairdressers will hard-sell expensive services. Of course, assuring you all the while of their competence. And when do they EVER offer you the option of having a preliminary strand test to make sure the treatment will be ok for YOUR hair ? !!!

A woman I know named Margee is one of the best, most knowledgeable hairdressers around, and her work is amazing. I would like to share what she taught me. Being armed with the right questions ahead of time can help you ascertain if the hair stylist you are considering is right for you.

BEFORE: My hair was fine, frizzy and curly. About a 3B, but with more frizz. I could not brush it without pulling it out of my scalp and/or breaking the ends. In the years past, I would use a chemical straightener occasionally, but it would revert. I had reached the point where I had given up. It would get even more frizzy, unbrushable and uncomfortable with even a small amount humidity.

If your hairdresser does Keratin right, you get beautiful hair; if the person doesn't know what they are doing, your hair will get burnt or even fall out.

AFTER: Margee treated my hair, it was miraculous. I can now brush my hair; it is glossy and slightly wavy. I have the option to style it very straight, but I prefer it with a little natural looking wave. I no longer have tons of hair pulled out in my hairbrush, and my floor is no longer littered with breakage. And no damage whatsoever. The hair has weight and movement and is about two inches above my waist. After a month and a half, with the ends trimmed, it is growing out without breakage on the ends from brushing, and styling is completely optional. Humid air is no longer a problem.

So this is what I learned:

1. Many of the Keratin treatments and Brazilian treatments contain formaldehyde. This, along with heat, bonds the keratin to the hair. Margee uses a low formaldehyde formula. She will not do Brazillian because it produces even worse formaldehyde fumes. She says the formulas listed as "no formaldehyde" that she has tried are still noxious. And, any product that contains formaldehyde must be used cautiously.

Given that, if your hairdresser gets the formaldehyde on your scalp, your follicles will be stressed and your hair may fall out.

2. High heat with a curling iron is an issue we know about, particularly with fine or processed hair. But I found out there is more:
a. Using a high quality ionic flat iron is important; others are not as effective and can damage the hair because the hairdresser has to struggle to adequately flat iron the client's hair. ("struggling" means the person will be making more passes, turning the heat up higher to get the desired straightening or running the flat iron too slowly over the hair.)
b. When Margee flat ironed my hair, it was done with one pass. She has excellent manual dexterity gained from many years of experience. NO double passes over strands. Her flat iron glided through the hair FAST. Too slow will burn the hair. Just like leaving a hot clothing iron on your garments too long.
c. Flat ironing when wet will damage the hair. The hair needs to be absolutely dry. Steam under pressure is hotter than boiling water, and concentrated steam can cause terrible burns.

4. With most Keratin treatments, there is a 3 to 4 day waiting period before you can wash. And when you finally can shampoo, you need to use a shampoo that DOES NOT have Sodium Laurel Sulfate. It will strip the keratin treatment from your hair. There are special shampoos made for after-keratin treatments. About $20, but a bottle will last about 3 to 4 months on my long hair. I wash every 2 to 3 days.

5. Margee also advised me not to get conditioner on my scalp. I never did rub conditioner into my scalp, but I thought this was an interesting piece of info. Many conditioners and even some shampoos contain dimethicone, and given my fine hair, dimethicone can deprive the roots of oxygen and result in hair loss.

So there is what I've learned so far. Hope it helps to prevent someone from having a keratin disaster, and I wish you the best in finding a stylist who will work with you competently and honestly.

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