Have you used the Brazilian Hair Straightening / Blow-Dry Home Keratin Treatment from Amazon?

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nobodysfool Wed 22-May-13 13:11:35

I have read lots of threads about this kit and people seem to rave about it to reduce the frizziness in hair but I remember reading a while back that some contain formaldehyde and I concerned that this one contains it. I have read the ingredients but am unsure if formaldehyde goes by other chemical names?
Just worried I'll do damage to myself for the sake of frizz free hair.
Any ideas?

AngieM2 Wed 04-Sep-13 14:06:34

Hi all, did my hair beginning of August - have a sensitive scalp and usually use T-gel shampoo which stops me itching. Had a very itchy neck and ears post treatment which has now calmed. Thing is....I'm not too happy with the keratin kits shampoo (white bottle one). Its starting to make me a bit itchy now and I'm greasier. I have gone and bought Tresemme Keratin shampoo and it does say on the bottle that its suitable for use after a salon keratin treatment. Do you think i should give it a go? Or any other sensitive head shampoo tips?

oreoaddict Wed 28-Aug-13 12:39:15

Hey smile

Reporting in.....

So it's gone back to being quite greasy, but I think that's something to do with the weather being hot and humid again. When I sweat, it gets really greasy for some reason grrrrr It's not terrible though.

I've noticed the ends are quite dry, but I don't want to trim them as I really wanted to grow my hair super long. It's not grown at all I don't think, since I did the treatment, which is coming up for 2 months now. Frustrating.

I think I'm going to order some more though. I said that I'd be pleased if I got 2 months out of it and I have, so I'm reasonably happy overall.

trickydickie Sat 24-Aug-13 16:51:18

Put this on last Saturday 17th. Washed off this morning (cause I am a minger) and my hair looks lovely. Swishy and like normal hair looks. I must say it looked fantastic for the week I had the treatment on it. Not greasy at all. Though I have pubic hair on my head so would take some amount to make it look greasy.

I put the treatment on myself (not sure very well) and it looks good. I suppose the proof now will be how long it lasts. I will report back in a few weeks.

MexicanHat Sun 18-Aug-13 10:56:07

Went out last night - windy and rainy and in a busy, warm pub - my hair would usually look like candyfloss by the end of the night!!! It looked the same as when I went out - I can't believe it!!! Have other people been using this for years and keeing quiet about it????

Rohey Sat 17-Aug-13 19:41:11

Great stuff. Had low expectations as I was a little cack handed when applying it. Did it last Sunday and washed it on Friday - I know but it really didn't look mega greasy.

Didn't blow dry or put straighteners through my hair and it was shiny and frizz free. Just a slight wave which I had years ago which I yearned to have again... So very pleased plus I get 2 treatments out of 1 box.. Bonus!!!!!!!

AnLeanbh Sat 17-Aug-13 11:53:22

Amazing stuff!
Just add to add to the chorus...
Best product I`ve used for my hair ever!My overhighlighted ,dry,frizzy shoulder length hair looks healthy+ swishy.
My only worry is that all the interest will cause the price of it to rise prohibitively!

MexicanHat Thu 15-Aug-13 17:31:06

Hi. It's just past the shoulder in length, my hair is fine but I have lots of it and it's layered to make it look fuller. If I leave my hair to dry it looks frizzy. If I blow dry it and use straighteners it looks great but in humid and wet weather it just frizzes again.

I would say I use a teaspoon of shampoo and wash it twice and a tablespoon of conditioner. The frizz has totally gone from my hair so maybe it's just trail and error on how much shampoo/conditioner I need?

oreoaddict Thu 15-Aug-13 16:54:06

Mexican, what's your hair type? I would say that normally, ie, before the treatment, I could get away with washing my hair twice a week(ish), but after doing the treatment, it was more like every other day. I get through a lot of dry shampoo! I'd say for the first month, my hair was greasier, but obviously, much less frizzy, so it was kind of worth it, but then all of a sudden my hair started fluffing up again, so I added more conditioner, which I was told not to do by all. I didn't think my hair would take it and make it even more greasy, but I think with this treatment, the follow up care is kind of trial and error. Luckily, it didn't make my hair greasier, but only because the treatment is wearing off iyswim. How much shampoo and conditioner are you using? I use 4 pumps of shampoo and 2 pumps of conditioner and I have very long, very very thick hair. I used to use just one pump at the beginning, but obviously my hair started getting thirsty.

MexicanHat Thu 15-Aug-13 15:35:56

Hi oreo woke up with hair looking good yesterday and usually hair would still ok the day after too (today) but it does look at bit flat/greasy today. I don't know if that's maybe because I used too much conditioner when I washed it? How are you getting on? Ah just read upthread and see you used keratin conditioner too!!

oreoaddict Thu 15-Aug-13 10:14:35

Mexican, glad you're happy with the results. smile Have you found your style has lasted longer?

MexicanHat Tue 13-Aug-13 19:23:03

So pleased!! Did the keratin treatment on Saturday afternoon and have just washed. No frizz, just towel dried and finished off with round brush and dryer. Just amazing!! Hair looks and feels soft and silky and no straigteners required!!

Will be interesting to see how it looks in the morning and how long it lasts............

oreoaddict Tue 13-Aug-13 15:02:01

Ok, well if it's improving then that's the main thing. Hope you continue to impressed with the results smile

I'm actually happier now than I was in the beginning, because the treatment is wearing off confused That may sound odd, but because the frizz has come back ever so slightly, I just add more conditioner, but because it's wearing off, my hair is less greasy, so it can take it. I didn't realise how good the keratin kits conditioner actually was, because I was scared to use any before. I used such a tiny amount, it was almost insignificant. Now though, I slap a few pumps on and it's brilliant!

I'm hoping to get another month out of this treatment, but I fully intend to re do it. Yes, there are negatives, but the positives far outweigh them......... in my opinion anyway.

AngieM2 Tue 13-Aug-13 13:46:59

Hi oreo nah, didnt to the patch test....just braved it out. I think it's from the treatment cos although I did my first wash yesterday, I've also been able to put my hair up off my neck and it's better this morning,. Yes it was itchy and a bit rash like but improving.....

oreoaddict Tue 13-Aug-13 12:14:22

Angie, I haven't had that. Did you do the test beforehand? It won't be the shampoo because it's just an anti build up, clarifying, kind of prepping shampoo and these don't contain anything harsh or likely to irritate. When I did the 48 hour test, I started to itch and assumed I couldn't do the treatment, but 2 minutes later, the itching stopped.

Have you noticed any redness, or swelling?

AngieM2 Mon 12-Aug-13 21:46:52

Washed this morning, hair looks really soft and smooth, is long and quite straight anyway but has a bit of frizz to it that i usually straighten out. This morning just was it and rough dried it and it didnt need straightening at all! Only downside is i think im sensitive to either the keratin treatment or the shampoo as my neck (and a bit of my ears) have been really itchy (noticed it a lot today) Anyone else had this?

kittykarate Fri 09-Aug-13 14:10:13

I did mine about 3 weeks ago, my hair is wavy and prone to frizz. Usually when I wash my hair it looks good for 1 day, and then gets bigger and frizzier as the days go on. It's no longer the magical poker straight of week one, as the wave has come back. It's like I have a pretty good hair day every day, rather than one day of goodness straight after it has been washed.

oreoaddict Fri 09-Aug-13 12:27:57

Angie, I'd be surprised if it was exactly the same when you washed it, but it depends on what you're looking for really. Personally, I was dreading doing the treatment because I hate having my hair poker straight and flat, but actually, it looked alright and I got a lot of compliments. I was still relieved when I could wash it and I haven't really used the straighteners for over a month now. What's your hair normally like? Curly? Frizzy? If you've had problem hair before, you'll probably find you're very happy with the results. If you're just doing this because you want perfectly straight hair, but haven't really had problems with frizz, then I don't think it's as impressive. My hair would still be quite wavy/curly if I left it to dry naturally, but when I blow dry it, it goes very smooth and practically, completely straight.

Also, I've found the last couple of times I've washed my hair, it's less greasy. I think it's because the treatment is probably wearing off slightly, but I've just started adding a little more conditioner and it's gone back to being frizz free.

So if you have hair like mine, I'd say for the first 3 or 4 weeks, stick to just a tiny amount of conditioner and then after that, just add a little more.

I was panicking slightly a couple of weeks or so ago, because I thought that was it. I think you just need to read your hair as you go along.

Any other updates?.......

JemimaPuddle Fri 09-Aug-13 06:56:07

*some not done

JemimaPuddle Fri 09-Aug-13 06:55:49

oreo a good tip I read when I started using sulphate free shampoo is to add more water if you can't get a lather. Done are better than others but I find this usually helps. smile

AngieM2 Thu 08-Aug-13 19:56:50

Just done mine. Took about 2 and a half hours. Got quite long hair. Used my straighteners on 235degrees even though it said 220. Hair looks really nice, straight, shiny and swooshy! Will it look like this when it's washed? Dreading the next 3 days - no gym, no rain and no thine back. Eek

oreoaddict Wed 07-Aug-13 14:17:24

nobodys I heard that tresemme is good, but I use the keratin kits range from Amazon, which isn't that expensive really. I didn't get on with it at first, made my hair greasy, but I think I was just using too much shampoo. The problem with sulphate free shampoo is that you don't get as good of a lather, if any. With the keratin kits one, you do, so you feel like it's getting clean. I've used a couple of others, but I get hardly any lather and it almost felt like I hadn't washed it.

nobodysfool Tue 06-Aug-13 22:11:56

Can I ask ladies which is the best high street shampoo and conditioner please?

oreoaddict Tue 06-Aug-13 21:26:50

Hey Hopas Yeah, it's still much better than it was, but can definitely see some frizz returning and I'm having to go over it with the GHD's, which I haven't had to do at all for the first 3 weeks. I only run over bits of it very gently though, so it's not the same as it used to be, when I could literally see and hear my hair sizzle, as I fried it grin section by section. Thanks for the tip about the sock bun smile

Hopasholic Tue 06-Aug-13 19:22:07

Hi oreo is it still frizz free? Mines doing ok. I've been wearing it up in a sock bun at night and the next day it gives a really nice loose curl. This might help with the sweaty head grin

oreoaddict Tue 06-Aug-13 17:43:05

DOoin, no definitely not a good idea to put a hair band on. If you sweat that much, I think you may just have to stay away from the gym for a couple of days.

Actually, whilst we're on the subject of sweat (nice grin) does anybody find that their treatment wears off quicker if you sweat a fair bit? I just find that with the hot nights, I wake up with damp hair at the back and I just wondered if maybe the salt in the sweat is stripping off the treatment. It makes sense considering you can't use hair products with salt in them.

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