From: Erin (18.104.22.168)
In Reply to: Re: HAS ANYONE TRIED MATRIX OPTI-SMOOTH? posted by Nicolle on September 9, 2007 at 11:34 am:
Hi everybody, I posted a while ago asking if anybody ever tried Opti smooth hair straightening (the thermal smoothing)... And I went through with it about a month ago now...and I couldn't be happier!!! I had wavy hair with tons of frizz, now I can leave the house without any product or styling and look half way decent!
IT's not perfect (the ends still have some body- but I didn't want stick straight hair and that's why I didn't do japanese straightening).
My hair was "virgin" - no other chemical processes or coloring in years, so it took to the process very well. The only thing is you cant shower for three days (so do it on a thursday night that way you can shower before you go to work monday morning).
I've gotten tons of compliments and I truly couldn't be happier!!!
It's expensive ($400 at Gio Salon in NYC) but worth every penny! I'm very cheap cheap cheap, but again I'd do this again in a heartbeat. I can't believe how soft and manageable my hair is now.
If you're considering and have any questions, let me know. I did so much research before hand because I was SOOOO nervous (I've never done any straightening or chemical processes before) but I know I chose the right process. For me, japanese straightening makes your hair look damaged and too stick straight, BKT brazilian straightening uses either formaldehyde or ether, or I don't want to breath in either! So opti.smooth was the right pick for me, but everyone's hair is different!!
Just PLEASE MAKE SURE you have an experienced hair dresser that has been doing the process for years and has regular clients that get it done (you can even ask for a client reference if you want). I went in for a complimentary consultation before hand and my stylist answered all of my questions and made me feel more at ease.
Bottom line, get an experienced stylist and be UPFRONT about anything that could affect the process (any meds that you take, any highlighting, henna, coloring, if you swim a lot, if you're in the sun everyday, etc).;