If you’re a regular reader, you might remember that I had a Keratin treatment to straighten and banish frizz a while back. I was very pleased with the result and had a few months of hair that behaved very nicely indeed.
I had lots of questions from BBB readers about the treatment, particularly for weddings and special events, so I thought I’d try a slightly different version now that the first treatment has completely worn off.
I had the KeraStraight KS Ultimate treatment at the Trevor Sorbie salon in Covent Garden (intrigued to see Trevor himself keeping an eye on things) last week. The massive downside to any of these treatments is the length of time they take – I was looking at 3 hour stretch until I was told that I had the option to wash out the solution myself at home; I took it and ran! My stylist was Petros – so lovely and friendly and clearly an absolute expert. We talked mainly about bad WIFI as the salon’s WIFI was proving to be rather variable!
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So, the process begins with a double wash with an extra cleansing shampoo to get rid of any residue and the second application of shampoo is left on for 7 minutes to dissolve out absolutely everything. Then the keratin solution (using a low pH protein and synthesised urea which softens keratin molecules allowing them to be re-shaped) is applied and left on for up to 45 minutes. After that, it’s rinsed away and hair is conditioned and quickly dried before hot plates are passed over your hair to seal in the smoothness. This takes a good half an hour. Then, you either pop off home or stay to have your hair washed and styled at the salon.
So, two things to note. If you have the KeraStraight Treatment, and you want some body remaining in your hair, it all comes down to the iron passing stage. The stylist needs to not seal the first inch or so from the root so any natural lift you have will stay. If you want it poker straight from the root, then obviously that’s also an option. The second thing is that if your hair is coloured (mine is home-dyed), the treatment can, and did, lift your colour quite significantly. So, don’t bother doing any colouring prior to a KeraStraight – have it done afterwards.
The result is good – after a few ‘flat’ initial days, my hair is now frizz free but with some body (I’m still having to put a bit of volume spray in my fringe though.. that’s an issue I have with or without straightening). By chance my treatment was put to the ultimate test literally the following day when I got caught in the rain while walking Honey. Not a hair out of place! Not one little frizz anywhere which is something of a miracle because after the rain, the temperature became humid, and still nothing (I could have done with this in Majorca a few weeks back!).
As far as a pre-wedding treatment is concerned, I’d honestly suggest having it three to four weeks in advance; remembering to have colour touch ups after not before. You might also need to rely on styling products a bit more if you’re aiming for volume or curl on the day. All these keratin treatments have sweet spot; a few weeks in the middle where your hair is literally perfect, rather than perfection from beginning to end (it wears off at about 4 months).
I didn’t take the accompanying products home with me – I use good quality shampoos and conditioners anyway so I didn’t really feel a need for them, but they do exist if you want to try and extend the life of your KeraStraight. You can find further details and a salon finder HERE.
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