Growing out Keratin Treatment
Hi Curlies! Here's my story. So last year i dyed my hair with box color from auburn to jet black. After that i wanted to redye my hair a lighter color but the stylist ended up giving me hot roots! That in itself damaged my hair, causing a whole mesh of frizz. I went to the salon hoping to reverse the damage and my curls are pretty tight, like in between 3b and 3c curls. The stylist told me the best thing i could do to reverse the damage and loosen my curls was to try the keratin treatment. I went for the keratin Treatment and after 24 hours i washed out the treatment. I looked in the mirror and was soo horrified! My curls were non existent and almost bone straight. I didnt know what to do but i know i didnt want to going back to super short hair when i had first transitioned. I've been growing it out ever since but i decided to get highlights because i was bored with the color. Oops! I did it again but this time ten times worse. My hair became so dry and brittle not to mention the abundance of frizz. I couldn't even tell if i had a curl pattern underneath all that frizz. I've been doing deep treatments but i haven't been as consistent. I recently went to a stylist that knew how to work with curly hair and she dyed my hair a lighter chocolate brown because i didn't want the frizz to be as noticeable as i had with the highlights. I still have issues with both the damage and the keratin treatment growing out. I end up having to take up to an hour trying to style my curly hair because my hair instantly becomes dry once i step out of the shower. It's usually easier styling the natural hair that's grown out but once i try to get towards the ends of my hair(where the keratin treatment is) i have be super careful because it's super fragile and it takes much longer to work with in order to eliminate the frizz. My natural curls have grown out about 6 inches but i still have the keratin treatment at the ends. How can i reduce the time i have styling my hair in order to get the perfect curls that i once had?
(This is just advice about cutting, or not. Maybe someone else has ideas for how you can pamper your hair and make it look better, regardless of whether or not you get a trim/cut. ... )
Sorry for your ordeal. Those particular hair stylists didn't do you any favors, did they? And all your/their attempts at trying to readjust your hair only seemed to make matters worse because you ended up w/a lot of over-processed hair.
Congrats on all your new growth! You might want to ease up on idea of looking for "perfect curls" (as you say), especially if you're hanging on to damaged or straightened ends from the Keratin treatment (and don't get me started on what I think of that "treatment" and the chemicals they use).
Two possible actions (regarding a cut):
1. Hang on to your treated ends and deal with the resulting look because you don't want to let go of the length.
2. Cut your treated ends and have shorter hair for a minute. The shorter hair will look healthier, with a strong and consistent curl pattern. ... The modified solution is to gradually trim out the ends over time, trimming it every month or every month.
I'd go with the second action, personally. I'd consider that I took risks w/my hair that led to the consequence of me having to grow some of it out again, and then hit "reboot" w/a new, cute cut.
I agree with korkscrew on either cutting the damage off at once or trimming it off over time. Ultimately, it's how you feel about the health and look of your hair that will guide your decision. I feel that anyone who has BC'd or done a transition knows what it was like to finally let go of the useless or damaged hair that isn't doing anything to help make our curls look and feel good. And the better you feel about your hair, the less fixated you will be on it and before you know it your length will return and then some.
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Let me get this straight. They told you to repair chemical damage by getting another chemical treatment??? That doesn't make sense to me.
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