Experience With Brazilian Keratin Treatment

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HI everyone

I just wanted to share my experiences with Brazilian keratin treatments to hopefully help people out in their decision. Many people post and ask if they should get it, so instead of doing individual comments, I figured that I should just create my own thread.

Getting this treatment seemed like the greatest idea in the world for me, at the ripe and know-it-all age of 13. After I hit puberty, I stepped out of the pool and let my hair air dry, only to find out that I looked like a poodle! I had thick, voluminous, shiny, 3b curly hair. I was in awe and loved every inch of it until a couple of years later when I started listening to punk music and wanted to have a choppy, straight look to mirror my attitude of nonconformism I went to the hairdresser and she told me about this keratin treatment and I was sold on it. Shiny, no frizz, get to wear my hair curly too, cuts down on styling time, I was in. I did this chemical treatment a total of 4 times; about once a year or close to it.

I can remember the stench that burned my eyes, nose, and throat. Tearing up, unable to breathe with a towel over my face as the stylist wore a gas mask to protect her from the toxic, carcinogenic fumes as she flat ironed my tacky hair, full of chemicals. "Don't wash it for at least 3 days!" she exclaimed as she handed me some random sulfate free shampoo that she pulled off of a shelf behind her. Eventually, I washed my hair, and it was almost pin straight. I was excited, blinded by slightly wavy strands; I was happy i wouldn't have to spend hours with a flat iron anymore. That is, until i had an epiphany in a salon, watching my sister get her hair chopped off by a beautiful stylist with even more gorgeous curls... I wanted my hair back. when I finally reverted to styling curly, the treatment almost out of my hair, and it still wasn't curly. More like wavy with scraggly, damaged ends. I big chopped and my hair still isn't 100% back to normal. I'm a 3a and really wishing that I never messed with my curls.

Sorry this is so long! I like to write and i got a little carried away haha
But please, don't ever chemically straighten your hair, even when they use fancy words like "keratin" it is NOT healthy or natural! You are beautiful exactly how you are, and one day you will regret trying to change yourself.
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Great idea! My experience was entirely different, my hair was the softest it had ever been and straight but when I washed it the curls were loosened but still really nice is have all the pictures and my full detailed review on my blog if you want to have a look. http://kumbear-xo.blogspot.co.uk/201...ightening.html

My hairdresser was not wearing any sort of gas mask that sounds incredibly dangerous for your body and your hair, that is insane. I may have used a more gentle formula as it didn't smell too chemically it wasn't pleasant but it was bearable. My natural curls were back within 2 months so overall I would not have paid the full price but if I ever find a discount again I will definitely go for it.
Great idea! My experience was entirely different, my hair was the softest it had ever been and straight but when I washed it the curls were loosened but still really nice is have all the pictures and my full detailed review on my blog if you want to have a look. Brazilian Blow Dry Review. | Kumbear xo: Brazilian Blow Dry Review.

My hairdresser was not wearing any sort of gas mask that sounds incredibly dangerous for your body and your hair, that is insane. I may have used a more gentle formula as it didn't smell too chemically it wasn't pleasant but it was bearable. My natural curls were back within 2 months so overall I would not have paid the full price but if I ever find a discount again I will definitely go for it.
Originally Posted by kcdauda

My treatment was definitely more intense, because it was supposed to fade out in 5 months, but stayed in my hair for 7. I should have added that the permanent relaxing was a product of multiple keratin treatments. After the first one, the curls pretty much reverted, but the more you do, the straighter it gets. That's something every stylist that has done it for me has said. After the 4th time, my hair was just fried. I think that maybe the chemicals give the illusion of soft, shiny hair by closing the cuticle, kind of like split end "menders". I'm no expert, but I'm weary that anything truly positive comes from it in the long run, so that's my hypothesis.
But thanks so much for replying! I think it's important for people to hear everyone's story!
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I had the same experience as you, only I did the treatment at home myself at the age of 23. I did it every year up until last year and I will be 29 this year. Each time I cut a lot of hair off after it wore off and swore i would never do it again.... but I was drawn in by the memory if the silky manageable hair you get for the first few weeks afterwards.

My last bkt was over a year ago and my hair is finally becoming my own again.
I had the same experience as you, only I did the treatment at home myself at the age of 23. I did it every year up until last year and I will be 29 this year. Each time I cut a lot of hair off after it wore off and swore i would never do it again.... but I was drawn in by the memory if the silky manageable hair you get for the first few weeks afterwards.

My last bkt was over a year ago and my hair is finally becoming my own again.
Originally Posted by Ashleynicol
I think I got addicted to the manageability. It truly was wash n go. I could shower and leave the house with no fear of frizz at all. That and I could have a really choppy hairstyle without the fear of having a curly fro (trust me, short and round is just not my style haha). But if I didn't ruin my hair, I might not have had my little epiphany and fell in love it. I like where I'm at now and I think sharing experiences is an important part of natural hair, so thanks so much for posting a reply!

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HI everyone I was in awe and loved every inch of it until a couple of years later when I started listening to punk music and wanted to have a choppy, straight look to mirror my attitude of nonconformism
Originally Posted by JessiiLeighh
Speaking as an old-school punk (punk is an attitude IMO more than it can ever be a hairstyle), the most "punk", non-conformist thing I ever did was embrace my natural hair texture when most others were still straightening theirs I'm happy to hear you accept your natural curls - now that's revolutionary; that's non-conformist; that's as punk as you get ... even if ya go with the straight look too, here and there

I also think someone doing a BC and growing out their natural hair is brave, nonconformist and punk rock.
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HI everyone I was in awe and loved every inch of it until a couple of years later when I started listening to punk music and wanted to have a choppy, straight look to mirror my attitude of nonconformism
Originally Posted by JessiiLeighh
Speaking as an old-school punk (punk is an attitude IMO more than it can ever be a hairstyle), the most "punk", non-conformist thing I ever did was embrace my natural hair texture when most others were still straightening theirs I'm happy to hear you accept your natural curls - now that's revolutionary; that's non-conformist; that's as punk as you get ... even if ya go with the straight look too, here and there

I also think someone doing a BC and growing out their natural hair is brave, nonconformist and punk rock.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
I totally agree with you 100% now haha, but as a 12 year old girl, finding myself was the big issue. I was always an outcast in school and when I found punk rock, I wanted to be just as awesome and badass as the guys I was listening to; so I dressed like them and changed my hair and wore safety pins in my ears and ripped all of my clothes and basically tried to look like Billie Joe Armstrong in his early days haha. But just as you said, embracing my natural texture is as non-conformist and as punk rock as it gets!
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