My hair didn't take well- a little advice?

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  • 1 Post By stephanielynn

I've gotten 4-5 Keratin treatments in my life, starting in 2012. The first 3 came out pretty fantastic. I don't heat straighten my hair often after damaging it pretty badly when I was 16 and I got the treatment to make managing my hair easier. It was slightly wavy, shiny, and looked healthy.

However, the last two look horrible! My hair is frizzy and dry, and since I can't put any products in it, I cannot tame it. It's also a lot wavier (and curly in some areas) than it ever was with the treatment. I take care of it, follow all the proper steps after getting it (don't put my hair up or get it wet for 72 hrs after treatment, sulfate free shampoo & conditioner, etc).

I've never liked my curly hair, but I like it on other people. I can't even tell you how many times I've almost cried while sitting in a salon chair. I am forever jealous of people with straight hair or wavy hair. I thought this treatment was a miracle and it worked for a while, but now it's almost pointless.

The thing is that I think they used a different formula on me. The first 3 made my eyes, nose, and throat sting and my eyes water like crazy. The fourth one didn't really work on my hair but it had the negative side effects. The last one had no scent whatsoever and had no negative effects but did not work.

The stylist that did the first four moved to a different salon, and apparently he offers some type of natural treatment that's better and cheaper. I don't know how true this is but I'm considering giving that a try instead of the keratin.

But right now I'm leaning towards not even following through with the keratin and just letting it grow out of my hair and restoring it to its natural state.

Anyone have a similar experience or anyone have any advice? Thank you!
Why can't you use any products (to tame it)?

I think you should buy the ketain treatment and do it yourself at home. Yes, you can use styling products (but I think you need to avoid ones contain mag sulf).
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Keratin treatments aren't a magic pill to tame curly hair. I thought the same thing about curly hair too because I wanted the big bouncy curls I saw on tv. To see that I had a **** load of frizz and curls that you could only see at the ends of my hair wasn't what I had in mind. It's wasn't until I learned how to work with my curls and a proper cut that my curls improved. Now my curls look great and frizz free. No keratin treatments. I don't thing it will make my hair more manageable because i have a lot of thick hair. Lol
I've gotten 4-5 Keratin treatments in my life, starting in 2012. The first 3 came out pretty fantastic. I don't heat straighten my hair often after damaging it pretty badly when I was 16 and I got the treatment to make managing my hair easier. It was slightly wavy, shiny, and looked healthy.

However, the last two look horrible! My hair is frizzy and dry, and since I can't put any products in it, I cannot tame it. It's also a lot wavier (and curly in some areas) than it ever was with the treatment. I take care of it, follow all the proper steps after getting it (don't put my hair up or get it wet for 72 hrs after treatment, sulfate free shampoo & conditioner, etc).

I've never liked my curly hair, but I like it on other people. I can't even tell you how many times I've almost cried while sitting in a salon chair. I am forever jealous of people with straight hair or wavy hair. I thought this treatment was a miracle and it worked for a while, but now it's almost pointless.

The thing is that I think they used a different formula on me. The first 3 made my eyes, nose, and throat sting and my eyes water like crazy. The fourth one didn't really work on my hair but it had the negative side effects. The last one had no scent whatsoever and had no negative effects but did not work.

The stylist that did the first four moved to a different salon, and apparently he offers some type of natural treatment that's better and cheaper. I don't know how true this is but I'm considering giving that a try instead of the keratin.

But right now I'm leaning towards not even following through with the keratin and just letting it grow out of my hair and restoring it to its natural state.

Anyone have a similar experience or anyone have any advice? Thank you!
Originally Posted by PrettyInACasket
I'm fairly certain they changed the formula of some of the keratin treatments to remove the formaldehyde. That was the ingredient in question that was getting the treatments a lot of bad press. Unfortunately it's also the ingredient that makes the keratin "stay" in your hair. I've heard others complain that the treatments no longer "work" for them. This could be what happened in your case.

I've gotten keratin treatments in the past as well. I had to keep getting them fairly often to have smooth hair. My last one was May of 2013. Over time, my hair just reverts back to curly. I wear it curly 99% of the time now anyway. My goal is to finally have long hair and it just wasn't growing with all the treatments and heat exposure (I still had to blow-dry/flat-iron even with it, though it was easier).
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I've gotten 4-5 Keratin treatments in my life, starting in 2012. The first 3 came out pretty fantastic. I don't heat straighten my hair often after damaging it pretty badly when I was 16 and I got the treatment to make managing my hair easier. It was slightly wavy, shiny, and looked healthy.

However, the last two look horrible! My hair is frizzy and dry, and since I can't put any products in it, I cannot tame it. It's also a lot wavier (and curly in some areas) than it ever was with the treatment. I take care of it, follow all the proper steps after getting it (don't put my hair up or get it wet for 72 hrs after treatment, sulfate free shampoo & conditioner, etc).

I've never liked my curly hair, but I like it on other people. I can't even tell you how many times I've almost cried while sitting in a salon chair. I am forever jealous of people with straight hair or wavy hair. I thought this treatment was a miracle and it worked for a while, but now it's almost pointless.

The thing is that I think they used a different formula on me. The first 3 made my eyes, nose, and throat sting and my eyes water like crazy. The fourth one didn't really work on my hair but it had the negative side effects. The last one had no scent whatsoever and had no negative effects but did not work.

The stylist that did the first four moved to a different salon, and apparently he offers some type of natural treatment that's better and cheaper. I don't know how true this is but I'm considering giving that a try instead of the keratin.

But right now I'm leaning towards not even following through with the keratin and just letting it grow out of my hair and restoring it to its natural state.

Anyone have a similar experience or anyone have any advice? Thank you!
Originally Posted by PrettyInACasket

You can always call and ask your former stylist exactly what the new natural treatment is that she offers, it couldn't hurt, and also if you are in the mood for considering other options, I've heard the Organix at-home Treatment gives pretty consistent results.. Do a search on youtube and you should find a lot of video-testimonials with demonstrations about it.


Good luck.
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I agree with Stephanie Lynn. It's the removal of the formaldehyde.

Have you tried Rusk Anti-Curl? I think you would probably need level 2 or 3. The price varies at salons. Another option would be the phyto relaxer. Level 1 can be done on hair that isn't as tightly coiled as type 4. Before you mix chemicals though see if you have to wait until the keratin grows out.

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What brand was your stylist using? I have been getting the Coppola Keratin treatment for years and about a year ago it stopped working for me. My stylist said that when she talked to the company, first they said nothing had changed, then they told her there was a problem with a batch of the product. Still not sure what the truth is - but I was done spending getting the treatment with such terrible results. She has now changed to a completely new product - Brazillian Blowout. I just had it done for the first time and seems to be much better.

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