I have never really liked my hair. When I was growing up I always tried to have the "cool" styles, but could never pull them off. My hair just never looked like the other girls' hair did.
My hair has always been wavy, but in my late teens it got curly. I didn't have nice curls, though. I can't even really describe my "curls", but I certainly didn't have pretty ringlets. I had to put a ton of mousse in my hair just to keep the frizz down, but then I also had to blow it dry to try to get some definition to the curl. I had to wash it every day, and I was just never happy with the way it looked.
Back in March 2010 I heard about these fabulous Keratin Treatments that would straighten your hair for several months. The process is supposed to infuse keratin into the cuticle of your hair, which will "restore and restructure" your hair, and in turn, get rid of the curl and frizz. I had it done as soon as I was able to get in for an appointment! First the treatment is applied, and then you sit for a while (30 minutes, I think) and let it process. Your hair is then blown dry and then small sections are flat ironed several times to bond the keratin to your hair.
After my first Keratin Treatment, I was in love! It was worth every penny of the $250 (plus tip) that the treatment cost. My hair was straight, silky and smooth. I could just blow it dry after getting out of the shower, and I didn't have to flat iron it unless I had slept on it funny and didn't want to wash it in the morning. It looked great!
I was told that the treatment would last from 4-6 months, but it didn't. I don't even think it lasted two months before my hair started to get frizzy again. Unfortunately, the keratin did remove most of the curl, so I wasn't able to even wear it curly any longer. That didn't matter, because I wanted it straight. I went back for another treatment.
Since that initial treatment, I have had 5 or 6 additional treatments. Each treatment lasted less time. After the second treatment, I started noticing how much hair was falling out when I would blow dry and flat iron my hair. It would be all over the floor when I was done. I also noticed that the hair around my face was breaking pretty badly. I have so much breakage that I actually have bangs now, and trust me, I do not look good with bangs! My hair is in horrible shape.
The hair stylist I had at the time kept telling me the breakage was from my flat iron and that I needed to keep getting the Keratin treatments and stop flat ironing my hair. Well since the treatments weren't lasting very long, I couldn't put the flat iron away for more than a couple of weeks. I ended up leaving that stylist (for reasons other than this) and found someone else.
That second stylist told me my hair was breaking because of the highlights. I found that odd since I have been getting my hair highlighted for years and never had any breakage, but since she was the professional, I believed her. She did another Keratin Treatment on my hair to "make it healthy". A few weeks after that, she left the salon and I was forced to see someone else.
Thank goodness I ended up with a new stylist! She finally told me that it was the Keratin that was ruining my hair. After doing some research online, I agree with her 100%. She said that for some hair types it is fine to do it a couple times a year, but my fine hair just can't take it. She explained that Keratin is a protein, and just like anything else, too much of it is not good. Since I had several treatments, I was just adding more and more of it to my hair, and then using Keratin styling products on top of it, which was damaging my hair. I have since read several stories online about hair falling out and breaking after Keratin Treatments. I have also heard of the stylists getting sick from doing the treatments!
The manufacturers claim that these products are safe, but have they really been around long enough to know the long term side effects of Keratin Treatments? Some countries have already banned the use of certain Keratin Treatments, and many salon owners in the US have voluntarily stopped using them in their salons.
Since I do not want to go bald, I have stopped having keratin put in my hair. For now, we are going back to the basics until my hair heals from this. I have to get it colored since I am gray, but no more highlights for the time being. I am going in for deep conditioning treatments and using a very good heat protector before I use the blow dryer or flat iron. These days, I miss my curls. They sure did look better than this...
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