I think I'm going to do a keratin treatment but I'm worried about it's risks!

Hey all,

I've lurked this forum for a decade now and had an account a while ago that I just can't remember. I'm looking for some advice from you experienced ladies regarding keratin treatment.

I'm planning to use this kit on Amazon: ("Brazilian Hair Straightening / Blow-Dry Home Keratin Treatment 100ml (COMPLETE KIT)") but haven't really seen it mentioned on this forum. Has anyone had bad (or good!) experiences with this kit?

I'm quite confident I can do the treatment at home. I'm a student so really can't afford salon prices and I know how to straighten my hair well. I've watched youtube videos detailing the process as well.

My main concern is how my hair will come out post-treatment unstraightened. My curls have totally done a 360 as I've grown older (I'm 24 now), they've downgraded from a 3B in my teens (which I loved) and now they're probably a 2C. I don't know if it's because of all of the straightening I've done over these past years or because my hair is mixed race (mother's hair is bone straight) and this is a common phenomenon? Also, the ends of my hair are already straight (it looks INCREDIBLY odd!!!) which I put down to heat damage (? even though I use heat protection spray and only straighten once every 6 weeks).

Anyway, the main problem with my hair is frizz! It's so frizzy and I've tried everything (Aveda, Tigi, Mixed Chicks, drug store brands, common gel brands, sulphate free shampoos, no-poo method etc) to tame it. It frizzes at the nape of my neck, along the entire hairline and after a day post-wash the entire back of my hair. I've read that this treatment can reduce frizz a considerable amount and I've seen some really beautiful results.

My questions:
1) My hair is currently a very frizzy 2C (or 3A?). Will the keratin treatment make my hair even straighter? I just want to remove frizz.
2) When the treatment (first ever) 'washes out', does your hair revert back to its original state?
3) Is that kit on Amazon as good as the reviews state?
4) Is there anything else that you'd warn me about?

Thanks so much :happy3:

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  • banibani Posts: 5Registered Users
    leafyleaf wrote: »
    Hey all,

    I've lurked this forum for a decade now and had an account a while ago that I just can't remember. I'm looking for some advice from you experienced ladies regarding keratin treatment.

    I'm planning to use this kit on Amazon: ("Brazilian Hair Straightening / Blow-Dry Home Keratin Treatment 100ml (COMPLETE KIT)") but haven't really seen it mentioned on this forum. Has anyone had bad (or good!) experiences with this kit?

    I'm quite confident I can do the treatment at home. I'm a student so really can't afford salon prices and I know how to straighten my hair well. I've watched youtube videos detailing the process as well.

    My main concern is how my hair will come out post-treatment unstraightened. My curls have totally done a 360 as I've grown older (I'm 24 now), they've downgraded from a 3B in my teens (which I loved) and now they're probably a 2C. I don't know if it's because of all of the straightening I've done over these past years or because my hair is mixed race (mother's hair is bone straight) and this is a common phenomenon? Also, the ends of my hair are already straight (it looks INCREDIBLY odd!!!) which I put down to heat damage (? even though I use heat protection spray and only straighten once every 6 weeks).

    Anyway, the main problem with my hair is frizz! It's so frizzy and I've tried everything (Aveda, Tigi, Mixed Chicks, drug store brands, common gel brands, sulphate free shampoos, no-poo method etc) to tame it. It frizzes at the nape of my neck, along the entire hairline and after a day post-wash the entire back of my hair. I've read that this treatment can reduce frizz a considerable amount and I've seen some really beautiful results.

    My questions:
    1) My hair is currently a very frizzy 2C (or 3A?). Will the keratin treatment make my hair even straighter? I just want to remove frizz.
    2) When the treatment (first ever) 'washes out', does your hair revert back to its original state?
    3) Is that kit on Amazon as good as the reviews state?
    4) Is there anything else that you'd warn me about?

    Thanks so much :happy3:
    Hey, just saw your post! I've no experience with this BKT but just wondering if you had went ahead with it.
  • leafyleafleafyleaf Posts: 3Registered Users
    bani wrote: »
    leafyleaf wrote: »
    Hey all,

    I've lurked this forum for a decade now and had an account a while ago that I just can't remember. I'm looking for some advice from you experienced ladies regarding keratin treatment.

    I'm planning to use this kit on Amazon: ("Brazilian Hair Straightening / Blow-Dry Home Keratin Treatment 100ml (COMPLETE KIT)") but haven't really seen it mentioned on this forum. Has anyone had bad (or good!) experiences with this kit?

    I'm quite confident I can do the treatment at home. I'm a student so really can't afford salon prices and I know how to straighten my hair well. I've watched youtube videos detailing the process as well.

    My main concern is how my hair will come out post-treatment unstraightened. My curls have totally done a 360 as I've grown older (I'm 24 now), they've downgraded from a 3B in my teens (which I loved) and now they're probably a 2C. I don't know if it's because of all of the straightening I've done over these past years or because my hair is mixed race (mother's hair is bone straight) and this is a common phenomenon? Also, the ends of my hair are already straight (it looks INCREDIBLY odd!!!) which I put down to heat damage (? even though I use heat protection spray and only straighten once every 6 weeks).

    Anyway, the main problem with my hair is frizz! It's so frizzy and I've tried everything (Aveda, Tigi, Mixed Chicks, drug store brands, common gel brands, sulphate free shampoos, no-poo method etc) to tame it. It frizzes at the nape of my neck, along the entire hairline and after a day post-wash the entire back of my hair. I've read that this treatment can reduce frizz a considerable amount and I've seen some really beautiful results.

    My questions:
    1) My hair is currently a very frizzy 2C (or 3A?). Will the keratin treatment make my hair even straighter? I just want to remove frizz.
    2) When the treatment (first ever) 'washes out', does your hair revert back to its original state?
    3) Is that kit on Amazon as good as the reviews state?
    4) Is there anything else that you'd warn me about?

    Thanks so much :happy3:
    Hey, just saw your post! I've no experience with this BKT but just wondering if you had went ahead with it.

    Unfortunately, I'm still in two minds about it! I was hoping this forum might help but everyone ignored my post haha. I ended up watching loads of videos on YouTube which helped a bit, maybe I'll do it someday!
  • TeasingCombsTeasingCombs Posts: 8Registered Users
    Hi, Leafyleaf~

    I'm mixed race too. My mom has thick straight hair. My dad has 4a curls. My hair is of the frizzy 3b fine corkscrew variety. I am neither a stylist, nor a BKT expert.

    Through trial and error, and with much advice from fellow users, I have learned how to properly self-apply BKT's.


    The level of straightness seems to do with the product and heat used. Some of the kits on Amazon work quite well. I like original formula Kerapremium myself, but have tried a few others that were good, too. I'm on the fence, however with Uncurly. My hair does not get as shiny when I use it compared with other brands. Also, I did not care for the non-formaldehyde BKTs I tried, which left a VERY stinky odor even after many washes and they simply did not work for me.


    In my experience, those who are very confident and capable of coloring and flat ironing their own hair are also competent in self-BKT processing AS LONG AS THEY FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. (I thought air-drying and not following the instructions properly would give better results. Plus, I treated my hair badly. The results were not desirable, but then I learned how to do it right).


    Here are some tips that have helped me undo the damage I initially did with self-applied BKTs so that my results over the last several years have been consistently successful:

    1. Staying on my deep conditioning schedule.
    When I started BKT in 2009 I thought that Keratin would give me indestructible hair and so stopped taking time to extra condition. By 2011 my lifeless, thinning and breaking hair was very unsightly. Conditioning, even with cheap stuff, and bunning a couple times a week returned my hair to its shiny and lively state by 2012 (though thinning at the scalp continued until 2014 for other reasons).

    2. Keeping BKT off of the scalp.
    I had gotten greedy - wanting the whole length of my hair to be perfectly straight. Slathering on too much product and being careless about getting it on my scalp, I think, clogged my scalp pores making it hard for new hair to grow. Leaving 1/4 inch of space at the roots seems to have helped tremendously. (Also I use distilled water as a final rinse after washing/conditioning with sulfite-free products VERY irregularly, plus, hassle the scalp as little as possible - rubbing instead of scraping with my nails. Eating more raw fruits and vegetables, drinking more water and taking supplements are also part of my regimen. My hair seems to have bounced back almost fully).

    3. Using the proper amount of heat and product (For me, less heat and less product).
    I was torturing my fine hair. After coloring, blow drying, applying BKT and then blow drying again, my hair couldn't handle the gobs of product I was scorching into my hair at 450 degrees. I'd find long and short strands alike all over my clothes, bed, in my food ... my hair was distressed. So these message boards helped me find a better way. I still color before doing BKT but then gently blow dry on low heat, and afterwards use just enough Keratin to dampen my hair. Drying the Keratin with medium heat, medium force and a round brush is followed with only 3-5 passes of my flat iron at 375 degrees. After 60-72 hours I wash with sulfite free shampoo and use a leave in conditioner (usually just diluted regular conditioner).

    This process, done every 4-5 months, has been enough to satisfactorily tame my frizzies. I wear my hair curly.

    **Those with thick/strong hair who want to wear theirs straight will likely need more heat and maybe more product.

    When performing BKT processes, my goal is to do a full treatment on the hair from the ear area and up. From the ears down very little product and just one swipe of the iron at around 310 degrees serves as a quick touch up + melding of the old and new.

    **Those starting with untreated hair will likely need to re-do the whole head until the desired level of curl is reached. From then on, only treating from about the ears up could be a good maintenance procedure for you, too.

    Last tip:
    In my experience, a regular sized bathroom is not a good place to do the whole treatment. It's fine for brushing on the product with a color brush and then blow drying on low/medium heat if the bathroom window and door are both open. But you'll notice when using Keratin products containing formaldehyde, that the fumes seem to cause eye irritation (much like when cutting raw onions).

    My solution has been to leave the bathroom after blow drying (keeping the door and window open) and then to go into the living room or near a sliding glass door and perform the flat iron process with that door also open while a fan blows up at me from a couple of feet away. I also position myself so that I'm aligned with the door and fan so fumes can be directed outdoors.

    AND FINALLY:
    After using BKT products some people seem to forget what their natural hair is really like. Especially, it seems, those who've had a bad experience with BKT. Suddenly we're glorifying the hair we were trying desperately to "fix" while simultaneously vilifying the misused product. I'm just saying ... the grow out process can be disappointing.


    Do research, follow instructions, get help if needed and be nice to your hair.


    TC
  • mamagampmamagamp Posts: 2Registered Users
    Teasing Combs - your post essentially summed up every good piece of info and advice that I have personally gathered over the month or so that I have been researching BKT all over the internet. You absolutely hit the nail on the head with every one of your points. Excellent post!
  • violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Great post. I I'll ask my stylist if they do roots only. I am considering the treatment for my 3c hair.

    One question,why do you mention the use of distilled water infrequently? It should be infrequent as it does not come out of the tap.
  • violetsviolets Posts: 1,689Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I did the keratin treatment and my hair is pretty straight even after the stylist told me a few times it wouldn't. I guess will need to wait for it to wash out. My eyes watered a little during application. My hair is very soft but hardly any curls.
  • leafyleafleafyleaf Posts: 3Registered Users
    Hi, Leafyleaf~

    TC

    Thank you so much for posting, TeasingCombs and excuse my late reply. After reading your post I decided to go ahead and apply the keratin treatment with one of the kits I bought on Amazon. To sum it all up, it was so worth it! Thank you for posting! :D

    The application was harder than I thought it would be, only because I didn't expect my eyes to sting 100x worse than they do with freshly cut onions (I was crying tons of tears), I didn't expect to sneeze and cough repeatedly because of the fumes. It was really intense and definitely difficult, I contemplated stopping halfway though at one point.

    I'm really glad I finished the application though because after washing my hair with salt-free shampoo for the first month, my hair was really amazing. It was just what I wanted. So so so so easy to manage. Smooth, no frizz (!!!), less curly but waves were there. It's been two months now and I can still see the effects of the treatment. My hair is way less frizzy, really easy to style (e.g. straightening) and I don't even need any product for my curls/waves if I don't feel like straightening. I'll definitely be doing it again although with many more precautions in view of the reaction I had to the formula. So happy!

    Thanks again!
  • lifeinmyrootslifeinmyroots Posts: 20Registered Users
    Hey, I done the Brazilian Keratin treatment back in May and it's not as scary as you think. My hair is naturally a 3b/c texture but after the keratin treatment it managed to loosen down to a 3a and gradually as the product wore off I could see my natural texture revert. It's nothing like a relaxer where you have to keep chopping off straight ends because as soon as the keratin bonds in your hair start to loosen, the keratin just "wears off". The treatment really did combat frizz leaving me with sleek wavy/curly hair but it was super easy to straighten as well, it took 30 minutes to straighten my hair with the BK treatment as opposed to 1hr 30mins without it. The keratin treatment will also strengthen and repair your hair, hair is made of keratin so when the extra keratin from the treatment is put on the hair it fills in and "holes" or breaks in your hairs natural keratin, making your hair much stronger and less prone to breakage! Hope I helped x

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