From: Alison (188.8.131.52)
In Reply to: Re: Brazilian Hair Straightening posted by laura weinstein on March 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm:
Three days ago, I received a keratin treatment at an Aveda spa in Maryland. I have been going to this stylist for over 5 years and before this, she has always done an amazingly good job with my hair. My hair is medium length, medium wavy, and rather fine. After decades of professional (platinum blonde) highlights, and the last few years of heavy flat iron use, I thought I needed a serious conditioning treatment. I also wanted to get away from the flat iron. The stlyist assured me this product had no formaldahyde. I think the treatment stayed on my hair for 15-30 minutes, in addition, she used a flat iron throughout, to seal in the product.
I was asked not to wash my hair for 48 hours. I don't know why I was told 2 days, when everyone else on the internet, (now that I'm researching after the fact) says 4 days. Those two days, my hair was extremely flat, but that was not the worst of it. When I finally washed my hair, I noticed it had been completely destroyed. The structure of each hair strand looks as bent and wiry as corn-husk hair. But drier than dry. The strands do not lie flat, but frizz beyond recognition. It is so awful. My scalp is also pink and tender.
This is the worst hair experience I have ever had. My stylist assures me that others have had great result with this treatment. Perhaps, the product stayed on too long for my particular hair. Perhaps the flat iron within the process was too much. But it is really bad. I do not recommend this procedure for anyone.