I think I'm going to do a keratin treatment but I'm worried about it's risks!

Hey all,

I've lurked this forum for a decade now and had an account a while ago that I just can't remember. I'm looking for some advice from you experienced ladies regarding keratin treatment.

I'm planning to use this kit on Amazon: ("Brazilian Hair Straightening / Blow-Dry Home Keratin Treatment 100ml (COMPLETE KIT)") but haven't really seen it mentioned on this forum. Has anyone had bad (or good!) experiences with this kit?

I'm quite confident I can do the treatment at home. I'm a student so really can't afford salon prices and I know how to straighten my hair well. I've watched youtube videos detailing the process as well.

My main concern is how my hair will come out post-treatment unstraightened. My curls have totally done a 360 as I've grown older (I'm 24 now), they've downgraded from a 3B in my teens (which I loved) and now they're probably a 2C. I don't know if it's because of all of the straightening I've done over these past years or because my hair is mixed race (mother's hair is bone straight) and this is a common phenomenon? Also, the ends of my hair are already straight (it looks INCREDIBLY odd!!!) which I put down to heat damage (? even though I use heat protection spray and only straighten once every 6 weeks).

Anyway, the main problem with my hair is frizz! It's so frizzy and I've tried everything (Aveda, Tigi, Mixed Chicks, drug store brands, common gel brands, sulphate free shampoos, no-poo method etc) to tame it. It frizzes at the nape of my neck, along the entire hairline and after a day post-wash the entire back of my hair. I've read that this treatment can reduce frizz a considerable amount and I've seen some really beautiful results.

My questions:
1) My hair is currently a very frizzy 2C (or 3A?). Will the keratin treatment make my hair even straighter? I just want to remove frizz.
2) When the treatment (first ever) 'washes out', does your hair revert back to its original state?
3) Is that kit on Amazon as good as the reviews state?
4) Is there anything else that you'd warn me about?

Thanks so much
Hey all,

I've lurked this forum for a decade now and had an account a while ago that I just can't remember. I'm looking for some advice from you experienced ladies regarding keratin treatment.

I'm planning to use this kit on Amazon: ("Brazilian Hair Straightening / Blow-Dry Home Keratin Treatment 100ml (COMPLETE KIT)") but haven't really seen it mentioned on this forum. Has anyone had bad (or good!) experiences with this kit?

I'm quite confident I can do the treatment at home. I'm a student so really can't afford salon prices and I know how to straighten my hair well. I've watched youtube videos detailing the process as well.

My main concern is how my hair will come out post-treatment unstraightened. My curls have totally done a 360 as I've grown older (I'm 24 now), they've downgraded from a 3B in my teens (which I loved) and now they're probably a 2C. I don't know if it's because of all of the straightening I've done over these past years or because my hair is mixed race (mother's hair is bone straight) and this is a common phenomenon? Also, the ends of my hair are already straight (it looks INCREDIBLY odd!!!) which I put down to heat damage (? even though I use heat protection spray and only straighten once every 6 weeks).

Anyway, the main problem with my hair is frizz! It's so frizzy and I've tried everything (Aveda, Tigi, Mixed Chicks, drug store brands, common gel brands, sulphate free shampoos, no-poo method etc) to tame it. It frizzes at the nape of my neck, along the entire hairline and after a day post-wash the entire back of my hair. I've read that this treatment can reduce frizz a considerable amount and I've seen some really beautiful results.

My questions:
1) My hair is currently a very frizzy 2C (or 3A?). Will the keratin treatment make my hair even straighter? I just want to remove frizz.
2) When the treatment (first ever) 'washes out', does your hair revert back to its original state?
3) Is that kit on Amazon as good as the reviews state?
4) Is there anything else that you'd warn me about?

Thanks so much
Originally Posted by leafyleaf
Hey, just saw your post! I've no experience with this BKT but just wondering if you had went ahead with it.
Hey all,

I've lurked this forum for a decade now and had an account a while ago that I just can't remember. I'm looking for some advice from you experienced ladies regarding keratin treatment.

I'm planning to use this kit on Amazon: ("Brazilian Hair Straightening / Blow-Dry Home Keratin Treatment 100ml (COMPLETE KIT)") but haven't really seen it mentioned on this forum. Has anyone had bad (or good!) experiences with this kit?

I'm quite confident I can do the treatment at home. I'm a student so really can't afford salon prices and I know how to straighten my hair well. I've watched youtube videos detailing the process as well.

My main concern is how my hair will come out post-treatment unstraightened. My curls have totally done a 360 as I've grown older (I'm 24 now), they've downgraded from a 3B in my teens (which I loved) and now they're probably a 2C. I don't know if it's because of all of the straightening I've done over these past years or because my hair is mixed race (mother's hair is bone straight) and this is a common phenomenon? Also, the ends of my hair are already straight (it looks INCREDIBLY odd!!!) which I put down to heat damage (? even though I use heat protection spray and only straighten once every 6 weeks).

Anyway, the main problem with my hair is frizz! It's so frizzy and I've tried everything (Aveda, Tigi, Mixed Chicks, drug store brands, common gel brands, sulphate free shampoos, no-poo method etc) to tame it. It frizzes at the nape of my neck, along the entire hairline and after a day post-wash the entire back of my hair. I've read that this treatment can reduce frizz a considerable amount and I've seen some really beautiful results.

My questions:
1) My hair is currently a very frizzy 2C (or 3A?). Will the keratin treatment make my hair even straighter? I just want to remove frizz.
2) When the treatment (first ever) 'washes out', does your hair revert back to its original state?
3) Is that kit on Amazon as good as the reviews state?
4) Is there anything else that you'd warn me about?

Thanks so much
Originally Posted by leafyleaf
Hey, just saw your post! I've no experience with this BKT but just wondering if you had went ahead with it.
Originally Posted by bani
Unfortunately, I'm still in two minds about it! I was hoping this forum might help but everyone ignored my post haha. I ended up watching loads of videos on YouTube which helped a bit, maybe I'll do it someday!
Hi, Leafyleaf~

I'm mixed race too. My mom has thick straight hair. My dad has 4a curls. My hair is of the frizzy 3b fine corkscrew variety. I am neither a stylist, nor a BKT expert.

Through trial and error, and with much advice from fellow users, I have learned how to properly self-apply BKT's.


The level of straightness seems to do with the product and heat used. Some of the kits on Amazon work quite well. I like original formula Kerapremium myself, but have tried a few others that were good, too. I'm on the fence, however with Uncurly. My hair does not get as shiny when I use it compared with other brands. Also, I did not care for the non-formaldehyde BKTs I tried, which left a VERY stinky odor even after many washes and they simply did not work for me.


In my experience, those who are very confident and capable of coloring and flat ironing their own hair are also competent in self-BKT processing AS LONG AS THEY FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. (I thought air-drying and not following the instructions properly would give better results. Plus, I treated my hair badly. The results were not desirable, but then I learned how to do it right).


Here are some tips that have helped me undo the damage I initially did with self-applied BKTs so that my results over the last several years have been consistently successful:

1. Staying on my deep conditioning schedule.
When I started BKT in 2009 I thought that Keratin would give me indestructible hair and so stopped taking time to extra condition. By 2011 my lifeless, thinning and breaking hair was very unsightly. Conditioning, even with cheap stuff, and bunning a couple times a week returned my hair to its shiny and lively state by 2012 (though thinning at the scalp continued until 2014 for other reasons).

2. Keeping BKT off of the scalp.
I had gotten greedy - wanting the whole length of my hair to be perfectly straight. Slathering on too much product and being careless about getting it on my scalp, I think, clogged my scalp pores making it hard for new hair to grow. Leaving 1/4 inch of space at the roots seems to have helped tremendously. (Also I use distilled water as a final rinse after washing/conditioning with sulfite-free products VERY irregularly, plus, hassle the scalp as little as possible - rubbing instead of scraping with my nails. Eating more raw fruits and vegetables, drinking more water and taking supplements are also part of my regimen. My hair seems to have bounced back almost fully).

3. Using the proper amount of heat and product (For me, less heat and less product).
I was torturing my fine hair. After coloring, blow drying, applying BKT and then blow drying again, my hair couldn't handle the gobs of product I was scorching into my hair at 450 degrees. I'd find long and short strands alike all over my clothes, bed, in my food ... my hair was distressed. So these message boards helped me find a better way. I still color before doing BKT but then gently blow dry on low heat, and afterwards use just enough Keratin to dampen my hair. Drying the Keratin with medium heat, medium force and a round brush is followed with only 3-5 passes of my flat iron at 375 degrees. After 60-72 hours I wash with sulfite free shampoo and use a leave in conditioner (usually just diluted regular conditioner).

This process, done every 4-5 months, has been enough to satisfactorily tame my frizzies. I wear my hair curly.

**Those with thick/strong hair who want to wear theirs straight will likely need more heat and maybe more product.

When performing BKT processes, my goal is to do a full treatment on the hair from the ear area and up. From the ears down very little product and just one swipe of the iron at around 310 degrees serves as a quick touch up + melding of the old and new.

**Those starting with untreated hair will likely need to re-do the whole head until the desired level of curl is reached. From then on, only treating from about the ears up could be a good maintenance procedure for you, too.

Last tip:
In my experience, a regular sized bathroom is not a good place to do the whole treatment. It's fine for brushing on the product with a color brush and then blow drying on low/medium heat if the bathroom window and door are both open. But you'll notice when using Keratin products containing formaldehyde, that the fumes seem to cause eye irritation (much like when cutting raw onions).

My solution has been to leave the bathroom after blow drying (keeping the door and window open) and then to go into the living room or near a sliding glass door and perform the flat iron process with that door also open while a fan blows up at me from a couple of feet away. I also position myself so that I'm aligned with the door and fan so fumes can be directed outdoors.

AND FINALLY:
After using BKT products some people seem to forget what their natural hair is really like. Especially, it seems, those who've had a bad experience with BKT. Suddenly we're glorifying the hair we were trying desperately to "fix" while simultaneously vilifying the misused product. I'm just saying ... the grow out process can be disappointing.


Do research, follow instructions, get help if needed and be nice to your hair.


TC

Last edited by TeasingCombs; 05-24-2015 at 05:05 PM.
Teasing Combs - your post essentially summed up every good piece of info and advice that I have personally gathered over the month or so that I have been researching BKT all over the internet. You absolutely hit the nail on the head with every one of your points. Excellent post!

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