My hair and I have always had a very rocky relationship. I have always been envious of girls that could jump out of the shower, run a comb through their hair and go, because getting my hair to cooperate is a huge process. The texture of my hair is curly, extremely frizzy, and very thick; so it not only is difficult to manage, it is very time consuming to tame the mane. The Keratin treatment has been the saving grace to my hair. I started getting them when I was in eight grade, and they have been a staple to my hair routine ever since. The treatments cut my blow-drying time by about 75% and also allow my hair to dry with minimal frizz.
The process of getting a keratin treatment is a lengthy one. When you go into the salon, they wash your hair three times to completely strip the oils off your hair to ensure that the treatment can really take up the time. Then the treatment is applied to the hair and then it sits and sets on the hair. After that, your hair is blow dried and straightened with the treatment is still setting. After the treatment, you cannot get your hair wet or “crease” the hair for 72 hours after the treatment is applied. After those 72 hours are over, your hair is free to wash, but you have to be sure to use sulfate free shampoo. I use the Oribe Brilliance and Shine line (more on that to come). The keratin treatment is a smoothing treatment that is not harmful, toxic, or damaging to your hair, which makes it a safe alternative to any other types of straightening. The treatment is something that turns my very high maintenance hair into something that is a lot more manageable and it is worth every cent; taking my blow dry time from an hour and a half to thirty to forty-five minutes is incredibly valuable and honestly life changing. I get my Keratin treatments done at the Lamb and Wolves salon in Red Bank and I love it there, if you are from that area of New Jersey I cannot recommend this place enough.