My experience with Brazilian Keratin Treatment (BKT)

Hi- I wanted to share my experience with getting the BKT treatment for anyone considering spending a large sum of money on it.
I have type 3a curls and a ton of hair that is not behaving very well which is the reason I considered getting it straightened in the first place. It used to hang in spirals and corkscrews and now it just kind of does it's own thing..
I had the stylist just trim my hair once so I could talk with her about BKT. Suprisingly she tried to discourage me from getting it- she was very "pro" natural texture but did say that it would leave it straight and soft. I think I had overly high expectations of being able to jump out of the shower with straight hair. I re-confirmed that I would NOT have to blow dry and flat iron to get straight hair and was told that it would dry straight.
If you are considering it you should know the following:
The process is very very long and smelly! I was at the salon all day. They must wash the hair, dry your hair thoroughly then apply the product, then flat iron completely.
You cannot wash your hair or put it up in any hat, ponytail holder, or tuck it behind your ear etc. for four days or it will cause a "kink" in the hair. (This was a huge pain in the rear.)
The result (for me anyway): was hair that will stay straight when flat ironed but does not come out of the shower straight but wavy. It did seem to be less frizzy and tangly but this has worn off over the months as the protein product has washed out. With the use of the flat iron, my hair was incredibly soft and naturally looking straight.
I have not had the process repeated mainly due to the price and the fact that if I have to flat iron it anyway there really isn't a lot gained. Interestingly, there has been an overwhelming majority of male friends who have indicated they liked the curly hair better ( I am a firefighter so I figured they probably didn't even notice!)
On a positive side- I did learn how to flat iron my hair quickly so I can wear it different for a change and there doesn't appear to be any damage from the process.
Obviously, BKT may work different on other hair types or there may be something my stylist did different but hope this helps if anyone is trying to decide. I am actually planning on starting the CG routine tomorrow if I can dig out some CG products from my closet.
Is this the treatment that costs like 300 dollars? I thought it was supposed to keep your hair straight. hm.
CG since Jan 2009. Hair: 3b, fine
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I've been curious about the BKT but the more I hear about it the more skeptical I get. All this info is certainly helping...sounds like it may not be worth the money.
Modified CG. You'll pry my 'cones from my cold dead fingers! Mixed waves, coarse, below shoulder length, dark brown. I hate my hair but I'm trying to learn to accept it.

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it costs 150 per hour

is it true keratin comes from sheep or something?
Ok. I had been investigating about this treatment for almost 6 months before I decided to do it. It was kind of scary because of a couple of things: first, everyone talks about how straight your hair is after the treatment and I did not wanted my curls to go away. Secondly, because of the concerns about side efects of the ingredients and finally, because of the price! I live in houston and every salon is charging between 300-400 and every time I went they said $ 400 or more, ridiculous!!! I went to a salon near my house Art and Beauty back in February and my hair was kind of long they told me $400. They I asked again in April, by then I had cut my hair twice and the guy told me again $400, two weeks ago I went to have my hair cut again (my hair doesn't grow fast) and now it was maybe an inch or less under my shoulder and he told me the first three oz were 300 and then 100 for any extra oz and he probably would use 2 more on my hair so imagine! I was reluctant to go to the salons in the galleria area, but finally decided to take a chance at sensia studios, they told me 300. So I decided to do it. That was last sunday, just a week ago. the process didn't take long. I was at the salon 2 hrs and 15 minutes, but the guy who was doing my hair was doing another girls' hair as well, so there were moments he would left me there while he was finishing with her. It wasn't that much so it didn't bother me but...i would had been faster it it would be just me. Anyway, at the end of the process my hair was pin straight and it didn't feel soft. He explain that was because of the product. The time I was with the hair that way was horrible, because I hate how my hair looks that way. Anyway, as I told you I wanted my curls and I wear my hair that way most of the time and blow dry my hair from time to time bit never pin straight. The panflet I received in the salon said not to wash for 2 days, but the guy who did my hair told me 3 days. Ladies, I wasn't able to wait the 3 days and wash it after 47 1/2 hrs. my hair was really soft and it feels as if i had less hair. I try to air dry without putting any product as some people say they hace been able to do it, but I could see some frizz coming so I wet my hair and apply the products I regularly use and just crunch a bit. So far I am liking it a lot! My hair is definitively easier to fix. Before, to have nice curls done, I devided my hair in sections to apply the product and even after all that ended fixing my curls with the iron. Now there is no need to do that, I just apply the product to my whole hair scrunch a bit and I am ready to go. I have not blow dry my hair straight yet but plan to do it soon, I will try to post something about the resultswhich I hope are with some volume not pin straight. I decided to write this about the curls because while I was investigated there was no information about the results with your curls, so hope this helps if someone else has been misinformed that you will loose your curls!
looking to keep the curl and eliminate frizz.
will the Brazilian Blow out do this without making
it so straight unless you flat iron? I like to
mix it up with curly and straight looks.not ready to say
good bye to curls.
Back in 2007 they used to use formaldehyde in the Brazilian Keratin treatment and there were the problems like KyCurly mentioned below. But it's all changed now and there is NO formadelhyde in the product. My friend had it done by Michelle Mascari and she LOVES it! Go to http://brazilianblowoutinhouston.com if you live in the Houston area, ask Michelle for a consultation. The website answers all your questions. You can still wear curls in your hair too if you want. It just takes out all of the FRIZZ. Hope that helps.
Don't get confused between the Brazilian Blowout and the Brazilian Keratine treatments. They are not the same! The original post is about Brazilian Keratine, others comment on the Brazilian Blowout. Prestige & Creation salon in Houston explains more here: http://www.prestige-creation.com/bra...ut-in-houston/

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