Thanks for all of the suggestions and tips, ladies! I had initially inquired about doing my first at-home keratin treatment to save money and get at just the roots (which my hair stylist wasn't willing to try, even if I paid full price). I ended up purchasing a bottle of Kerapremium (blue label) and I am thrilled with the results! I washed all of my hair with my regular shampoo (Pureology) and conditioned the lower two thirds of my hair (also Pureology) where I didn't want to lose any curl. I applied the Kerapremium to the roots only and stopped combing it through about a half-inch past the new growth. I followed the rest of the instructions, passing the 450 degree iron over the roots about 5 times and the rest of my hair just once. I waited 48 hours, washed, and was so happy to see that my hair turned out exactly the way I wanted! Much less volume, no frizz, and somewhere between beach waves and loose curls. There are a few small sections here and there that I would want to touch up, but I'd say for a first-timer I did a pretty good job. I was also surprised by how little I was bothered by the fumes. With the Brazilian Blowout, my nose would run constantly and my eyes would burn so much that I kept them closed for the entire process. With this brand, I would just walk to the window for a couple of minutes and come back for breaks every now and then and I was fine. The only time my eyes burned/nose ran was when I was blow drying the pieces around my face.
All in all, I'm happy to have taken the risk and I look forward to improving my technique and saving money in the months and years to come.
Im glad you got what you wanted! what do you mean by loose curls? Are you in the 2's category?
Im so close to buying this product...but I really want to make sure I get what I want...im a 3c and I don't want to loosen my curls too much...I want to manage the frizz though...so its choosing between those two things hmmm....
I would say fresh out of the shower after scrunching and diffusing I'm a 3a with the Kerapremium. Day two hair is a bit looser--rolling out of bed it's in the 2s. I wouldn't recommend this product for 3c girls who want to go straight, as I think it would take several treatments to lose that much curl. It seems to be a nice option for those who just want to defrizz and loosen up a bit. I'm pretty sure you could be extra conservative your first time around and only do one or two passes with the iron to make sure you don't lose too much curl, seeing as you could do another treatment on top of that if you needed to. I read reviews here and on Amazon about folks applying the treatment several times one on top of the next to get the desired effect.
Good luck with your decision!
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