I took the CHI Enviro American Smoothing Treatment plunge

Megan before

Megan in all her natural curly glory

Like many of you out there, I was burned by the (dare I say it) keratin treatment companies. We were all led astray with barely factual information and sub par results. CHI Enviro American Smoothing Treatment is a far, far cry from what we are used to. This treatment is completely natural and environmentally safe, being made of pearl, silk, and amino acids (amino acids are critical in many processes in your body, including being a key factor in building proteins).

CHI gave me the opportunity to have the treatment done and see for myself that CHI is the good guy in the market of smoothing treatments, and I will say that I am more than a little shocked and definitely a firm believer in this product. The process is fairly similar to other smoothing treatments, with a few major differences. For starters, when Rafael (CHI educator and stylist at Kent of Europe Salon in Austin, Texas) took his flat iron to my hair, there were no gassy fumes choking me or making my eyes water. I actually didn't even notice anything, until halfway through the process I noticed there was a little steam, which was the product leaving my hair. Rafael made me smell the product before he applied it, and I was surprised to smell vanilla, not harsh chemicals.

Megan after

Megan after her CHI Enviro American Smoothing Treatment

I was skeptical that a treatment with these ingredients could actually work in smoothing the frizz and loosening the curl, but CHI Enviro’s protein and amino acid complex allows temporary change in the structure of hair fibers, leaving hair easier to comb and hair that is silkier, smoother and shinier. The protein and amino acid complex is what allows the system to straighten the hair.

At this point, I felt relieved that I was actually getting what was promised to me, but starting to get nervous that it wouldn't work well, and I would leave feeling underwhelmed. It is recommended to wait at least 24 hours before washing your hair after leaving the salon, and I was nervous about the "after" effects. After washing the treatment out, my hair had never looked shinier and healthier. I was stunned and excited, knowing that stylists and salon patrons around the globe could be safe when getting smoother hair. I told Rafael about the salons that were making stylists and clients wear gas masks, and we both agreed that this natural and safe treatment was a no-brainer.

I will keep you all updated on my journey with this product and let you know how it maintains. So far, so good. I am loving my soft, beach-y waves!

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I love pin straight hair but I don't like chemicals, are too damaging for hair. I prefer straighten my hair with the Karmin G3 Salon Pro, it works pretty good, removes static and leaves my hair silky and shiny, and it's less damaging than chemical treatments. :)

Usually those hair straightening treatments use harmful chemicals that can damage the hair, that's why I prefer the hair straightener, I use the Karmin G3 Salon Pro and it has tourmaline ceramic plates that cause less damage and keeps the hair soft, shiny and very straight. :D

Daughter had this done last weekend at a salon in Denver. Turned out beautiful.

I'm so excited!! I work at a JCPenney salon as a receptionist. I have "wicked witch of the west" hair. Our store in California will be having the Chi Enviro American Smoothing class at the end of June and I will be their first client LOL. I believe that all JCP salons will be offering this beginning in the summer.

I live in Arkansas, I found a salon in little rock called headwaves on the chi website. but its not listed on naturally curly. also, about how much does this treatment cost?

I live in NYC. Do you know if there are any salons here doing this? How much does it usually go for?

So does this treatment leave your hair in it's natural curl pattern with more smoothness and without the frizz or is your hair completely straightened? I would like to have a no-frizz head with my natural waves.

This treatment to straighten sounds much better than other chemical treatments. I live in Mass. and it's hard to find salons that do spicific treatments, I would like to try this one, does any one know of a MA salon that does the CHI?? thank-you for your great articles and research on Curly hair issues.

Sounds great but I hope to see how it works for type 4 curly girls.