First Time Keratin - Pravana?
Hey ladies! This is the first time that I'm straightening my hair other than flat ironing. I made an appointment for Pravana Keratin Fusion Texture Control. This is a permanent straightener, though it may or may not completely straighten my 3c locks. I'm really excited, but I'm really worried at the same time. I'm excited for the manageability and the fact that I'll be able to wear my hair down more often. I'm worried, because it's permanent and I'm afraid I'll miss my hair or it won't be as healthy. So,
Has anyone had this treatment done? I would really love to hear from others' experiences.
Also, overall do those of you that have permanently straightened your hair regret it?
Thanks in advance!
Some people do regret it if its not done right, atleast it seems that way from what I've read on here. Otherwise people are happy. If u have fine hair be careful :)
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Hi there. I don't have any experience with this product, but I did a little research for you.
This site has a good description of the process.
About Pravana products
It doesn't actually seem to be a true keratin straightener. It seems more like a mild relaxer. The active ingredient is cysteamine. Reading the description of the process, it sounds like it works on the same principle as the Jheri curl.
They have a demi-permanent option. If you are really nervous about it, you could do sort of a test run, and see if you like the results before going permanent. Also, you should consider the cost. Presumably, you're going to have to get touch-ups on your new growth.
This is a stylist's opinion:
TR Forum - Pravana Keratin Fusion
Thank you for the research! It was really helpful. It's interesting to know that the procedure is closer to Japanese straightening. I thought I had found something close to the BKT, only formaldehyde free. From what I understand, Japanese straightening is really unhealthy.
Well, when you're just getting this random information off the internet, it's hard to know what to believe sometimes.
The chemical service you're considering might very well work for you. I think the key is just to have a good stylist who knows how to apply the product right without overlapping the chemicals.
Chemical treatments in general make your hair more fragile. So, just treat your hair gently.
This article is talking about perms, but the chemical is the same:
Want Curls With Less Damage? Try This New Way To Perm!: Beyond the Beauty Pages: Beyond the Beauty Pages: Self.com
Keratin hair straightening is flat-out fabulous for the formerl... - Topix
Pravana's Keratin Fusion: Before, During and After Photos
If you have any concerns, maybe you should discuss it with your stylist. Hopefully, there is someone who posts on this board can really advise you.
Delighted with Pravanna Keratin Treatments
I've been getting Pravanna Keratin Treatments for about 1.5 years and I'm delighted with the product and process. My hair (natural state) is unruly wavy, coarse, and wiry -- and will frizz in a minute. With the Pravanna treatment I have sleek, straight hair that moves when I move my head! I was anxious about the results the first time because I had no idea what to expect. The instructions I rec'd were to leave the product in as long as possible after the flat ironing. Not washing my stiff, broom-like hair for 4 days was difficult and uncomfortable, but the payback was that I got a good 6 months out of the first treatment. Subsequent treatments have lasted almost as long but my hair's sheen and bounce has improved with each treatment. Not a great smell at first, but not cat pee (I have cats and know the difference!).
Critical to use non-sulfate shampoos to protect the treatment. Pravanna shampoo and conditioner are expensive and I didn't like the smell. I've been using WEN (infomerical stuff) and I'm very satisfied.
The better your stylist does the flat ironing, the better results you'll have. If you have a particular place where you part your hair, make sure it's flat ironed that way. On my first treatment, my hair was parted in the middle (I usually part on the side) and I had to fight the middle part for 6 months.
If you color your hair, do color after the keratin treatment. The keratin will strip color by 2-3 shades.
Hope you have equal success with your Pravanna treatment.
Pravana - I would not use it again.
My hair is thin/fine & frizzy whenever there is humidity in the air. It is also color treated with NaturTint, which is supposed to be ammonia free & more gentle on hair.
1st experience - I had my hair straightened on a cruise ship with what I believe was Keratin Express - other than having to wait 24 hours to style it (it looked horrible right after treatment - very straight & flat with no body), I was happy with this. I was able to style, and keep waves in my hair without the frizzies! It was great. I will ask for this when I straighten my hair, again.:happy10::happy10:
2nd experience - I went to my usual hair salon & didn't realize that there were various Keratin treatments (didn't do my research). They used Pravana. My hair looked great right out of the salon - not flat. BUT as soon as I was in a warm area (80 degrees out with humidity), the smell was awful! It would go away & then come back any time there was humidity or when my hair was wet - when I took a shower & washed my hair. It took a few weeks to get better, but there is still an odor when my hair is wet. I called the salon about this & they recommended a sulfur free shampoo (mine wasn't). This masked the odor but didn't really get rid of it. They mentioned that a few other customers had the same complaint, but most didn't (or maybe most didn't call them about it). I would not use Pravana again.:eek::eek:
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