Hi I'm Emilie. I'm 12.
I have 3b hair. And unfortunately, my hair type isn't fashionable to the clique of girls my age, nor attractive to the boys :( I'm also training to make a competitive cheerleading team, SO I SWEAT ALOT. <---doesn't help my hair situation. I love my curls, I wish they were longer. But nobody else my age does. They all flat iron their hair.
And I discovered "Japanese hair straightening" the results looked great. A woman in my area seemed to be expert at it, and her price was good. She told me once she straightened my hair, I would never have curly hair again. Only the new hair that grew would be curly. It that true? Will I never see my blonde curls again?!
How long does keratin last? DOES IT BURN!!??
Should I go with keratin or Japanese straightening?
I've done the japanese straightening, it can last from 6 months up to a year depending on how fast your hair grows. The new growth will be curly. If, after straightening, you want your curls back, you will need to chop off all the staight part :/ so it can take a long time to get it back (probably took me about a year to get rid of the straight ends...i never big chopped, that's why)
Keratin, on the other hand, lasts a couple of months, i understand...it's supposed to loosen the curl pattern and the effects wash off? Of the two, the keratin treatment sounds like the one with a more acceptable aftermath?
Besides the cost of each one, also think about the upkeep, the sacrifice each one might bring...
I forgot to add, seeing how you're so young still...you might want to wait before you start altering your hair chemically, once you start it can be very tiring, expensive and ultimately damaging to the hair.
I feel for you and understand the problems of growing up curly in a straight haired world - especially cheering! I would suggest a keratin treatment to start. The effects won't be as permanent as Japanese straightening. Check out your area for keratin treatments that last 3 -6 months. I personally would avoid Ulta if you have one in your area, as I think the treatments are much weaker than other hair salons. You will probably want a keratin treatment that will stay in your hair for at least 48 hours before washing. One of my daughters had the Global Keratin smoothing treatments at a salon and loved the results. You mention sweating, and this will wear out the keratin faster than normal. Although my younger daughter wears a hockey helmet and sweats a great deal in games, but the keratin still manages to stay in for a fair amount of time to keep her happy. She's only had one at home keratin treatment, but it worked really well on her thick 2C/3A curls. Sometimes with curlier hair, you have to have more than one treatment to get the results that you like. Good luck - any other questions, just ask!
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