Keen not to market themselves as simply yet another “keratin straightening treatment”, Kebelo have arrived with their plant-based, totally formaldehyde-free, 3-step smoothing system, and I was lucky enough to be one of the first people in the UK to try it recently.
Referring to their system as the “foundation for beautiful hair”, Kebelo doesn’t promise stick-straight hair, but instead it swears to free you from frizz for up to 100 days, whilst leaving you with body, bounce and beautiful hair. You know me, I can’t resist something that promises to tame my crazy barnet, so I leapt at the chance to try it out.
The Kebelo Smoothing Treatment starts with a wash with a clarifying shampoo, which strips your hair of all styling products without leaving your hair dry or brittle, in fact, when my hair was dried off a little at this stage, I was pleasantly impressed at how soft and shiny my hair felt! Usually clarifying shampoos leave your hair feeling a little like straw, and the ones that don’t leave your hair feeling a lot like straw, but not this one.
Once your hair is mostly dry, the smoothing solution is applied to your hair, and then this is set into your hair with straightening irons. Because flat poker-straight hair doesn’t suit me too well, Aeron set my hair with a slight kink at the ends, and didn’t start the straightening right from the root, so that my hair would dry with body, I was really pleased with how it looked. But, for me, the best part of this treatment is that you don’t have to wait three days before you can wash your hair again, literally as soon as you finish the heat part of your treatment, your hair can get wet.
The third stage of the system is the after-care, which is included in the cost of your package – which is a nice touch, and a refreshing change, which I’ve been trialling for the last few weeks. In the package (of which there are two, one for oily and one for dry hair), you get a shampoo, a conditioner, and a weekly hair masque. I’ve found them to be excellent, pleasantly scented, nicely lathering and highly conditioning. The weekly masque in particular leaves my hair soft and smooth after use. Sometimes low-sodium, no SLS shampoos and conditioners can be more of a chore than a pleasure to use, and I’m happy to say this isn’t the case with these.
As to my hair, I’m very happy with it. It’s shiny. Very, very, very shiny. To the extent that some people have actually commented on it. It doesn’t, as advertised, dry completely straight, but it is free of frizz:
This is my hair after air-drying, with no product, and more than four weeks after treatment. It still has body and movement, but I can style it with lots of body if I want to, or just run the straighteners over it to smooth out the ends. I’m very pleased with it, here’s hoping it lasts the full 12 weeks!
The Kebelo Smoothing Treatment costs around £200 and can be used on practically any kind of hair. Click here to find out more. My treatment took place at Four London in Mayfair, which is a very lovely place indeed.
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