Global Keratin Treatment FRIED my Hair!

Joyce (my name is Joyce too), I had the very same experience with Keratin treatments (I had two). The first one, I loved. Completely loved. So much that I got another one 6 months later. That was my mistake. That's when I started experiencing everything that you described. Now, I use Hesh Shikakai Powder and Amla powder mixes to wash and strengthen my hair. There is still some hair coming out, but not nearly as much as before. Shikakai powder strengthens and defines the curl pattern which I love. I may be psyching myself out, but I feel better knowing that I'm not loosing as much as before. I agree... STAY FAR AWAY FROM KERATIN PROTEIN TREATMENTS!!!!
I have long layered fine, yet lots of it hair. it is curly/wavy/ frizzy hair naturally. If I don't brush it after I wash/ cond. it dries in loose curls which are mildly frizzy (ie de-cluster and go different ways) and after a nights sleep they become "soft frizz" body waves. I generally pull it into a pony tail and wear a baseball cap until the next wash unless I take the time to "do" it. I hate doing my hair so a keratin treatment seemed to be a dream come true. I have had 3 keratin treatments over the last 18 months. The first was super flat but after a month my natural curl started growing in and I got some body and then I loved my hair!!! It was how I always wished it would be. it looked thick, had body but NO FRIZZ! The 2nd was more wavy, a little more frizzy and the thin, angel fine hairs around my face were frizzed straight. I went back for a 3rd hoping that if I told her about the last treatment she would adjust her method to prevent this happening again. This time it initially looked great until i washed it after 72 hours. when i started to blow dry it my hair looked like it had static electricity making it stand up in different directions. By the time it was fully dry my hair looked like a wet cat that stuck its finger into an electrical socket. I was at the gym and I was soooooo embarrassed. I took the flat iron to it (which I never usually use) out of desperation and I was able to make it look pretty good but still the ends look like they are split. I just washed it a 2nd time and had the same experience. It is so depressing because my hair has always been my best external feature and like I said before, I hate doing my hair. now I HAVE to do it else I look like a science experiment - no joke. I haven't noticed much hair loss so far.
I'm sorry for the long intro but i'm hoping someone can give me situation specific help: I don't want to cut my hair if I don't have to. Is there anything I can do to remedy my frizzy fried nightmare hair? i have to hot iron because otherwise my hair is a long haired straight kinky afro. But I'm so afraid this will damage it more. i'm using the Keratin shampoo/ cond. and deep treatment but I'm seeing others say not to. I'm so confused. Please tell me what to do. T.hank you in advance
My pre-GK hair was like cotton candy --- totally frizzy and thick. Well, since I had 3 GK treatments, it is now still totally frizzy -- but THIN. I loved the treatment the first time, and so I had it done 2 more times. It smoothed my hair beautifully, but eventually, I realized my hair was falling out. It became so brittle that it was breaking off and falling out to the point where I've lost at least 1/3 or more of my hair volume. It now looks like frizzly dried cornsilk or like the hair you would find on one of the Living Dead's heads. I'm doing everything I possibly can to keep from having to cut it down to the new growth, which would be wayyyyyyyyy too short, as the new growth is now only about 5-6 inches, and my hair is shoulder length. I wear it up a lot, use morroccan oil, heavy conditioners and gels to keep it from flying away totally. It truly looks horrible. How GK can be billed as "formaldehyde free" and used at Aveda salons is beyond me. I am heartsick at what happened to my previously thick head of hair -- which wasn't great, but it wasn't THIS. It's too late for me, until my hair grows out, but I'm posting this as a word of warning -- if it seems too good to be true, it probably IS. DO NOT DO GK!!
The main problem is not the product ingredients but the high temperature of the flat iron on less than bone dry hair.

Formaldehyde is considered a risk to inhale or absorb through living skin.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Hi everybody. So nice to be in a place where everyone is so kind and supportive of each other. I am very sad about what happened to your hair. It is scary, and many hairdressers will hard-sell expensive services. Of course, assuring you all the while of their competence. And when do they EVER offer you the option of having a preliminary strand test to make sure the treatment will be ok for YOUR hair ? !!!

A woman I know named Margee is one of the best, most knowledgeable hairdressers around, and her work is amazing. I would like to share what she taught me. Being armed with the right questions ahead of time can help you ascertain if the hair stylist you are considering is right for you.

BEFORE: My hair was fine, frizzy and curly. About a 3B, but with more frizz. I could not brush it without pulling it out of my scalp and/or breaking the ends. In the years past, I would use a chemical straightener occasionally, but it would revert. I had reached the point where I had given up. It would get even more frizzy, unbrushable and uncomfortable with even a small amount humidity.

If your hairdresser does Keratin right, you get beautiful hair; if the person doesn't know what they are doing, your hair will get burnt or even fall out.

AFTER: Margee treated my hair, it was miraculous. I can now brush my hair; it is glossy and slightly wavy. I have the option to style it very straight, but I prefer it with a little natural looking wave. I no longer have tons of hair pulled out in my hairbrush, and my floor is no longer littered with breakage. And no damage whatsoever. The hair has weight and movement and is about two inches above my waist. After a month and a half, with the ends trimmed, it is growing out without breakage on the ends from brushing, and styling is completely optional. Humid air is no longer a problem.

So this is what I learned:

1. Many of the Keratin treatments and Brazilian treatments contain formaldehyde. This, along with heat, bonds the keratin to the hair. Margee uses a low formaldehyde formula. She will not do Brazillian because it produces even worse formaldehyde fumes. She says the formulas listed as "no formaldehyde" that she has tried are still noxious. And, any product that contains formaldehyde must be used cautiously.

Given that, if your hairdresser gets the formaldehyde on your scalp, your follicles will be stressed and your hair may fall out.

2. High heat with a curling iron is an issue we know about, particularly with fine or processed hair. But I found out there is more:
a. Using a high quality ionic flat iron is important; others are not as effective and can damage the hair because the hairdresser has to struggle to adequately flat iron the client's hair. ("struggling" means the person will be making more passes, turning the heat up higher to get the desired straightening or running the flat iron too slowly over the hair.)
b. When Margee flat ironed my hair, it was done with one pass. She has excellent manual dexterity gained from many years of experience. NO double passes over strands. Her flat iron glided through the hair FAST. Too slow will burn the hair. Just like leaving a hot clothing iron on your garments too long.
c. Flat ironing when wet will damage the hair. The hair needs to be absolutely dry. Steam under pressure is hotter than boiling water, and concentrated steam can cause terrible burns.

4. With most Keratin treatments, there is a 3 to 4 day waiting period before you can wash. And when you finally can shampoo, you need to use a shampoo that DOES NOT have Sodium Laurel Sulfate. It will strip the keratin treatment from your hair. There are special shampoos made for after-keratin treatments. About $20, but a bottle will last about 3 to 4 months on my long hair. I wash every 2 to 3 days.

5. Margee also advised me not to get conditioner on my scalp. I never did rub conditioner into my scalp, but I thought this was an interesting piece of info. Many conditioners and even some shampoos contain dimethicone, and given my fine hair, dimethicone can deprive the roots of oxygen and result in hair loss.

So there is what I've learned so far. Hope it helps to prevent someone from having a keratin disaster, and I wish you the best in finding a stylist who will work with you competently and honestly.
That's a horrifying story. So sorry that happened to you. I've had a couple of horrible ombre stories as well, where a couple of inches from tips were fried! I did so many treatments then got tired of making home remedies. Not too long ago, I started using this masque from MAAZ products and I swear I was hooked. The texture and smell was so delicious. Finally i felt like my hair would be ok and saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I havent stopped using it since. Best 40 dollars I ever invested!

Oh I think they are only online. Google Maaz Products

Hope this helps you as much as it helped me
Perhaps you should have tried The Best JUVEXIN Treatment. Natural and 100% safe with good results as I had personally done it!
Believe me, I understand exactly what you are talking about! I have very baby fine strands of hair and it is very kinky/curly....luckily, even though it doesn't look thick, I have lots of it...otherwise, after the Keratin treatment that was supposed to "make your hair in really great condition, fill in any damage, and make it shiny, healthy, and wavy instead of frizzy, I would have been bald!!!!! When I first heard about it, I decided to wait and see, as I do with most treatments that are new. I have learned from past experience. However, after about a year of rave reviews and having several stylists at salons approach me about this "amazing new treatment for curly hair that doesn't damage it AT ALL, and makes it frizz free, healthy, and shiny, I decided to try it. I figured I would try it once, and if I didn't like it, or it didn't work, no harm done, right??? WRONG!!!!! I swear, I feel like "going postal" on every stylist that told me how "great" it would be for my hair! While it was being done, I was really concerned, because my hair was wet with the solution all over it and she was combing it with a fine tooth comb, something I never do. Then she began to flat iron it, and I could see it smoking like crazy! I asked her several times about this and expressed my concern that the iron seemed too hot because I have baby fine strands, but she assured me that it was fine, and that this kind of extreme heat was necessary in order for the keratin (protein) to infuse inside the hair strand. She also went over and over the same section of hair again and again. My hair was not professionally straightened by any method in a salon. I used to blow dry it out after I washed it, but that's it...sometimes I would flat iron it, but maybe about once a month. I did color it about 4 times a year, because I had some grey hair (less than 30%), as I am 54. She kept assuring me that it was "not harming your hair at ALL, in fact, it is helping because the protein is filling up all of the spaces in my hair strand in order to make it smoother and frizz free"...she kept saying "you won't even have to blow dry it, and it lasts about 3-4 months. It sounded great, but I was thinking I would be very surprised if this was so, as nothing has EVER been able to straighten my hair before...I have VERY frizzy, curly hair, and I have all my life. When she was finished with the repetitive flat ironing, she rinsed or washed it out, blowdried it, etc. (I cannot remember exactly, as this was about 8 months ago. Anyway, it looked pretty straight when I left; almost "too straight", and was hanging in my face, which I found quite annoying, but she said I could not put any clips, pins, or anything in it for 72 hours, nor could I wash it (which drove me crazy, as my hair looked almost dirty to me). I normally wash it about once a week, but after a day or so my hair looked so dirty and gross! As soon as I could, I washed it. It felt kinda dry and weird, but I didn't think too much about it, as sometimes that happens after I get it colored, at least for a little while. However, it did NOT, AT NO TIME, look frizz free!!! It was VERY SLIGHTLY less frizzy, but I still had to blow dry it. I did not flat iron it, because I had just had the treatment. After about a month, my hair was even dryer than before, and I noticed that when I washed it and it had the soap in, it would get extremely tangled, and feel horribly dry and completely TRASHED!!! I was getting alarmed...kept conditioning it like crazy, but nothing seemed to help. I would also loose A LOT of hair everytime I washed it, as it was so incredibly dry and so so tangled, I could not even get my fingers through it! When I rinsed out the conditioner, this knotty ball of hair would slide down my wet hair and eventually end up at the bottom by my ends, where I would then pull it off. I did go back to the salon where it was given the "treatment", but I just got a "I've never heard of that happening" reply....I also talked to several stylists and all of them told me the same thing...we've never heard of that, and it is supposed to be non-damaging to the hair! Oh yeah? Well, guess what? It COMPLETELY TRASHED MINE!!!!!!! I was so angry and upset!!! I thought it would eventually "wear down" like most in salon treatments will do (including coloring) with persistant conditioning, but it has been about 8 months and it is still just as dry and awful as before, especially when I am shampooing it!!! I still can hardly get my fingers through my hair at all to wash it, or to condition it! Wanted to write you and let you know that you are NOT alone, and also to tell you DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PUT ANY KIND OF PROTEIN TREATMENT ON YOUR HAIR!!!! BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT THIS, AS LOTS OF CONDITIONERS, ESPECIALLY "DEEP CONDITIONERS" HAVE SOME KIND OF PROTEIN IN IT!!!! I know that the only true fix is to get it "cut off", but I really cannot do that, as my hair is so extremely curly/frizzy that if I do I will look like a pubic head, and it will take at least 2 years before it will be even long enough to put into a pony tail to pull it back! I know this because once I cut it fairly short (about 3-4 inches long) and it was so freaking curly/frizzy, it was completely out of control, and it took years to get it long enough to pull back, which drove me insane! So all I can do, as you also, is to continue to condition/oil it, but NOT with any kind of protein AT ALL, but just "moisture", as someone else mentioned. I am leery of putting silicones on it too, as I understand that it can actually prevent your hair from "breathing", and can cause it to dry out even more, if it is used frequently, so I am sticking with jojoba oil (got a bottle at the health food store) and avocado oil (also at the health food store). I condition it every time I wash it, blow dry it lightly with a protectant in it, and then put oil on it every day, everywhere except for the scalp. Even though I have some grey hair and don't color it more than 4 times a year, I have decided to completely stop coloring it at ALL, because it is drying it out even more (even though that doesn't seem possible!) I loose SO MUCH HAIR from dryness and tangles when I wash it that it freaks me out, and I have to reassure myself that I still have a lot of strands of hair, by looking at it in the mirror after I have dried it! It is the ABSOLUTE WORST condition my hair has EVER been in, and I am 54, so that's pretty bad! I think the "keratin" people, and hairdressers should be sued, and I have never sued anyone in my life before! About a month ago, I did get one hairdresser to tell me that "it really is not recommended for people who have "baby fine" hair, because it can make it dry and brittle" Yeah, well, thanks a lot for telling me now, 8 months later, after telling me how "great" it would be for my kind of hair! I know you understand and probably feel the same...I am so, so sorry that this happened to you! I would tell all of you if you have, or know anyone who has, baby fine hair and is considering "keratin" treatment, DO NOT DO IT!!!!! RUN, do not walk, but RUN AWAY as fast as you can!!!!! 10 years of blowdrying unprotected AND flat ironing every time you wash your hair could not cause as much damage as one single "keratin" treatment will!!!! By the way, I had the "Keratin Complex Coppola" treatment!!! So NO processing of any kind, NO PROTEIN or DEEP conditioners, NO FLAT IRON, for I don't know how long, probably at least a year or more, or cut it off, and never let them (Keratin people) NEAR your head again!!! So, So, So, Sorry!!!! Hope this helps! Remember, you are not alone!!!
Originally Posted by Joyce M.
I am right there with you - horrified and nothing works. I have had great keratin treatments before but this new stylist tried my hair with keratin. Should I just get it cut extremely short? It's not growing out.

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