18th September 2013

Guest Post by Kitty at Not A Nose – Home Keratin Treatment

By Get Lippie

My dream is to have low-maintenance
hair, and I’ve tried other straightening treatments to achieve this
with limited success. This is my hair on a good hair day – it’s
wavy, thick and quite coarse. It only looks this good in the photo
thanks to the conditioning spray that I liberally applied before
letting it air dry. The waves will turn into frizz by the next
morning, and no amount of spray or scrunching will get them back. If
I straighten it, it pretty much inhales humidity and becomes really
big and scruffy within a day.

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I’m trying this Brazilian Keratin kit
that I purchased on Amazon
. It contains everything you need to carry out the treatment apart
from a hair dryer and straighteners. Unfortunately it did come with
those horrible disposable gloves that are stuck onto the paper. These
always remind me of lobster claws and they always end up letting
stuff run down your arm into the glove.

The instructions supplied were pretty
clear with the step by step process described, and a page of FAQ.
The instructions advise a patch test for 48 hours before applying the
kit. You MUST do this. In the Amazon reviews there are people
complaining about reactions to the product, and as the product will
be left on your hair for 48 hours you do need to be certain it won’t
cause you any problems.

So – down to the process. All in all
this took me about 1.5 hours, if you have a friend to help it
probably will take less time.

Step 1: Wash your hair with the
supplied clarifying shampoo. Comb your hair first as this shampoo
left my hair quite tangled and hard to comb.

Step 2: Blow dry your hair on medium

Step 3: Put on the gloves, section up
your hair and use the brush to apply the product. I wasn’t actually
sure how much product I should use, in the end I’d used half of pot
on my relatively short hair. The product doesn’t smell too bad at
this stage, a bit sugary sweet. Help from a friend at this stage
would be useful, I had to use 2 mirrors and a lot of uncoordinated
hand waving to apply it to the back. Comb through the product just in
case you’ve missed a bit.

Step 4: Blow dry your hair straight on
medium heat. Hooooo boy! Now the product smells like I’ve fallen
into a vat of toxic crème caramel. This stage really has to be done
in a well ventilated room, by the end of it my eyes were streaming.
It also seemed to take a lot of drying, at one point I was really
thinking it wasn’t going to dry at all. At the end of this stage my
hair felt a bit ‘claggy’ as if I’d applied too much

Step 5: Straighten your hair with hot
irons, going over each section up to 7 times. Use a comb to hold your
hair while you do this as the hair will get mighty hot. The smell was
still there, but not as eye-wateringly powerful, and my hair didn’t
feel sticky any more.

And here is the finished result. It
looks pretty flat and straight doesn’t it?

Now I am into the RULES

Rules for first 48 hours until you can
wash your hair for the first time (you can leave it longer if you
want and if you’re a dirty mare like me)

  • Keep your hair dry, if it does get
    wet, blow dry and straighten.

  • do not tie your hair up, push it
    behind your ears or kink it in any way.

  • Re-straighten your hair if any
    kinks develop .

  • don’t feed it after midnight.

  • Avoid hair products that contain
    salt (sodium chloride) as it shortens the lifespan of the treatment.
    It can be found in shampoo, conditioner and non-obvious products
    like heat protection spray.

I used Tresemme Naturals shampoo and
conditioner, but you can buy specialist salt free shampoos on Amazon.

I ended up leaving it 72 hours before
washing my hair due to general laziness, I didn’t find the
treatment left it greasy. I washed it, did a very quick blast dry
with a hair dryer just running it through with my fingers, and here
is the result.

I’ll be back in a couple of days to to let
you know how the treatment held up.

Kitty talks too much on social media,
and is trying to keep her essay writing mojo alive in the summer
vacation by writing about perfume http://notanose.wordpress.com/

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