Is a keratin treatment right for me?

Hello. I'm trying to decide if I should try a keratin treatment. I have extremely curly, frizzy hair that is very dry and damaged in the back of my head. I just let it dry naturally and use Deva products on it. I hate my hair!! I would love to have loose silky curls instead of tight frizzy curls. Do you think keratin might be a solution? Before finding this website today, I wasn't even aware that there were so many different types. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Don't know if it matters, but I am a 49 year old caucasian female.


  • CurlyJ9CurlyJ9 Registered Users Posts: 23
    I think you might damage your hair more. Are you doing the CG method? If so, how long? I always THOUGHT I had crazy frizzy hair all over till I went CG & now I love my curls. And I always get more compliments when curly than I do straight. Maybe you should research how to care for tour curls instead of the keratin. There are lots of great resources on this site.

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  • mharboldmharbold Registered Users Posts: 2
    I thought that Keratin treatments were meant for my hair type??? I thought the whole purpose was to make frizzy hair smooth and easy to manage. I just don't want my hair straight....I still want curl, just a soft curl. I have been using Deva products for several years now....No-poo, One Condition and Arc Angel. And I have my hair cut by a certified CG stylist. And I never blow it dry or straighten it, yet it is dry and damaged in the back. Suggestions?
  • CurlyJ9CurlyJ9 Registered Users Posts: 23
    I thought keratin treatments were like the Brazilian blowouts meant to straighten? But then again, I haven't been researching how to treat curly hair for very long so I maybe totally confused. There's so much info out there that I have a hard time processing it.

    Have you asked your stylist? She might be able to give you really great advice.

    I wish I could help more :(

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  • SandiSandi Registered Users Posts: 364 Curl Neophyte
    I should probably throw out this comment:

    Deva does not work for everyone.

    Yes, I said it.

    Yes, the Deva cut has brought great things to the curly world, but I know plenty of curlies who would never touch a Deva product because it makes them dry, frizzy, etc. There is no magical line that works for everyone.

    For most, it takes a certain amount of experimentation. In your case, have you examined your hair for its likes and dislikes? Its porosity? Thickness?

    Finding the ingredients that make or break your hair means a lot. In my case, I'm relatively sure a keratin smoothing treatment would not particularly help me, considering that a) transitioning sucked for me and b) when my curls are looser, they're really stringy and refuse to clump, which gives me the appearance of frizz and dryness.

    Don't get me wrong, keratin treatments are fine for a lot of different people. But in your case, I get the feeling that you don't know your hair that well, and that lack of knowledge my harm your hair in the long run when it comes to just about any treatment. For example, a keratin treatment will not magically make your dryness disappear.

    For the record, I wouldn't be too intimidated by curl types and such. They don't matter as much as porosity and thickness (both density and of the size of a strand). Yes, on some days it's frustrating (I remember years of my life that I hated my natural hair and cried every time my grandmother detangled it---she did not know curly hair, having stick-straight hair herself), but I think in the end, it's been worth it, embracing a part of me.
    Hair Type: 3c/4a, Coarse, Med-High Density, Med-Low Porosity
    Curly since '09
  • DEEVSDEEVS Registered Users Posts: 13
    I had a Brazilian blowout 4.5 weeks ago. I do not recommend it unless you want straight hair or plan to wear your hair straight. My ringlets turned to limp waves and I am counting down the time till the treatment wears off. I am starting to worry i will have to transition between two textures if my curls don't return.Yes, my hair is softer but for me it wasn't worth it.

    I would look into conditioning treatments that won't alter your hair texture.
  • Registered Users Posts: 1
    I don't know if it's right for you, but I will say I had the same thoughts about Keratin- that it would smooth my frizz but still allow me to wear my hair curly. I wanted it to make the curls more manageable. I did it the summer of 2011, and my hair still isn't back to normal. Keratin is a STRAIGHTENER, it worked very well for what it was. My straightening time went from 2 hours to 20 minutes that whole summer. I barely had to use any product and I had hardly any frizz. BUT, when I wore my hair curly it was just a beachy wave, not the tight curls I used to have. At this point, almost a year and a half later, my curls still aren't back.

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