Keratin treatments: do they really work?
Can a keratin treatment reduce the amount of time and product needed to tame your mane each morning? We investigate...

Dec 12, 2013 09:35
by Missy

If you've been thinking about having a keratin treatment, you're probably weighing up whether it's worth the cost and bother of another hair appointment. Contrary to what you might have heard, keratin treatments are not necessarily about hair straightening. Their purpose is to restore condition to hair that may be coloured, chemically treated, or just long and dry.

In my case, I've been colouring, blow-drying, and flat-ironing my hair pretty regularly. I have a lot of hair, and it's prone to frizziness and “pyramiding” out from my head, particularly when it's humid. I've noticed my hair has also become coarser and more wiry as I've gotten older. On top of this, it's long, and gets straggly between cuts. 

Steve at Cream Hair studios recommended using “Global Keratin (GK Hair), The BEST Taming System".

The process:

1. Keratin product is combed through hair, one small section at a time: 40 minutes.
2. Steve then wrapped a turban around my head, and the treatment was left to penetrate: 60 minutes.
3. Hair is very thoroughly shampood.
4. Hair is then blow dryed, section by section, then flat ironed, section by section, this is important as the heat enables further penetration of the product into the hair shaft: 40 minutes.

You can see from the before and after photos the immediate results are pretty impressive.

The results:

My hair feels so much softer and tamer.
Pyramiding is gone, my hair is much more relaxed.
One month later, my hair after a blow dry is so much healthier and less frizzy.
One month later, hair is less coarse, and much softer. 

Would I do it again?

All up, this treatment cost $130. Steve tells me the results last about 3 months. One month down the track I think it's been worth the cost and the time it took to do it. In the morning, my hair is much quicker to manage, and requires less product and work to reduce the frizz. This wasn't some miracle straightener, but my hair is definitely more relaxed and less fuzzy.

Have you had your hair treated with keratin? Which one and what where the results?

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