Today was the day, I did it! I did the hair keratin treatment! After years of debating if I should do it or not, I finally came to a verdict.... guilty of first degree beautiful hair! Throughout the years I have heard the good and the bad. I heard stories of don't do it because it damages your hair and your hair will start falling. And the good side, when I often saw a lady with beautiful hair and I couldn't resist asking what she did to maintain amazing hair and she swore by the keratin treatments.
I didn't have anything to lose. I went on Yelp specifically searching for keratin treatments and deciding for a salon based on the reviews. I spotted the adequate salon. I called and made the appointment. I was scheduled in two days. What's the worse that could happen? I thought well maybe if my hair starts falling it will always grow back. And if it gets damaged, coconut oil comes to the rescue. Coconut oil is great for maintaining soft,and shiny hair. The day finally came, and I was nervous and really looking forward to it. If I never try I will never know if it's right for me.
|Xtasis Beauty Salon|
I wanted to do it to reduce the time it takes to style my hair in the morning. I thought getting hair keratin is like a magical treatment that even after you wash your hair stays perfectly straight all the time but that's not the case. The hair stylist, which by the way was so sweet, explained to me hair keratin basically closes the hair cuticle and gets rid of frizz. You still have to style it but not as much. She confirmed I had dry hair and mentioned I was losing my hair from the crown area of my head. This could be due to a recent dietary change, or stress. In my case I know it was stress.
There are different types of hair keratin. One that will maintain a really straight hair, but this one contains a higher level of formaldehyde or the one I chose that had a value of less than 2 percent and this one will maintain my natural waves. First she washed my hair with a special shampoo as a pre treatment. Then she applied the keratin that has like a conditioner texture. It will be left on your hair for a few minutes while it penetrates. She left it on me a little longer because of my dryness and this would add more moisture. Then followed by drying the hair with a blow dryer. Final step, a straightener is used to straighten the hair. The result is a noticeable sleek straight hair.
Your hair is not suppose to come in contact with water for three days and don't add any other products. Maintain the hair always loose without using any ponytails or hair pins if not it will leave a mark on your hair degrading the whole straight hair look. A sulfate-free shampoo is recommended and I already had the Palmer's Coconut shampoo and conditioner which is free of sulfate and parabens. Everyone that knows me already know I go crazy for rose scent or coconut. I have coconut oil, I love coconut water, and I have even used coconut face toner in the past.
Shiny, and healthy. The after look is an immediate shiny, and healthy hair. It looks amazing and makes me feel like if I have barbie doll hair.
Turn heads. Be prepared for more attention than regular. You will be turning heads with people mesmerized by your hair haha. Being honest here, we noticed this with my sister (we did the keratin together) people would just stare at our hair.
Sensitive scalp. If I touch my head my scalp feels a bit sensitive. It doesn't bother me but this is normal and will fade away within a few days.
Hair behind ears. Similar to not being able to wear ponytails or hair clips, you cannot place your hair behind your ears. This is so that your hair is not marked with any waves and I had to keep reminding my sister not to do it. It's just a habit for some. She also caught me doing the same when I was going to eat. I was just trying to protect my hair from getting any food on it.
No volume. It is pin straight. That's it, no volume. Of course this is only the first few days. After you wash your hair it should return to normal minus the frizz.
Avoid the pool/beach. Pool water contains chlorine and beach water is salty and this is the last thing you want your hair to come across with. The chlorine and salt in the water will make the treatment fade much faster. You can always get in the pool or go to the beach with a loose bun and be careful the water touches your hair.
What happens next?
After the three days of no shampooing you can style your hair as usual. Keep using sulfate free shampoo and the next treatment should be in three months or less. The first few sessions should be done more consecutively but with time you can do treatment with less time in between.
|Before & After|
My henna eyebrow experience....
That was my awesome hair keratin experience, and while I was at the salon I noticed they also did henna eyebrows. I had been thinking of doing this as well for a while so it was the perfect opportunity I thought!
This was my first time so I didn't know what to expect. Henna is a tint that can be applied on the eyebrows and the color will remain for about two weeks. This is great because you don't have to be doing your eyebrows each morning. An extra step to save.
In my mind I thought they would have eyebrow stencils to achieve an almost perfect look but that was not the case. I went in with my makeup done, so naturally of me I already had my eyebrows done. I mentioned I wanted the same shape as I had. Somehow I thought the product would be applied on top of what I had to kind of use as a guideline. The stylist continued by removing all of my eyebrow makeup. She guided herself by following my natural eyebrow hairs, which I never do because I know I don't have them even and I have less hair on my left eyebrow. She filled them in with henna and gave me a mirror to kind of pin point the shape I desired.
|I love this eyebrow shape.|
The result was a curvy look. I noticed it was similar to what she had but I feel like it doesn't work with my face. It gives me a clownish look and makes my eyes look kind of droopy. Honestly I didn't like the end result. I like a more of an angular and pointed design to them with an arch. For next time I asked if I could bring in my own eyebrow stencil and she said that was fine, or better yet, I think I might try doing this on my own. Now I have to wait for the henna to fade out until I can color them in again.
This is me the next day, happy with the results. I already got a compliment from another mom this morning about my hair. As for my eyebrows, I had to fill them in to give them an arch. Good thing it's only temporary, if not imagine the disastrous look.
Until next time, thanks for reading! :))))
UPDATE 10/1/15 - I did a video on How to Tint Your Eyebrows at home. You can also read more about it here.
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