Keratin treatments are quickly gaining popularity among stylist and clients who want healthy, smooth, shiny hair. There are many different brands of Keratin treatments available. Some are better than others. This review of the Kerafusion keratin treatment discusses the benefits and draw backs on this particular treatment.
Expect to be in the chair for anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 hours depending on how long your hair is. My appointment took about 2 1/2 hours (I have hair to the middle of my back). Prior to going in, you may want to wash your hair to help minimize the number of times your stylist will have to wash it during your appointment. They have to get every last little bit of residue off of each strand to ensure optimal results.
My stylist washed my hair three times. Then she applied the product with a flat brush to one-inch sections of my hair. The process does take some time, but luckily, my stylist was chatty and friendly, so it was actually kind of fun. After the product was applied, she put a plastic cap over my hair and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.
Next, she combed out my hair section by section and blow dried it. To set the product, she then flat ironed small sections of my hair until it was stick straight everywhere. It looked glossy and smooth, but felt like I had lotion or tons of product in my hair.
She explained that i needed to leave the product in my hair for at least 24 hours, and preferably 3 days if I could. She said I could wash it after 24 hours, but would benefit more from the treatment if I waited 2 or 3 days. She said I might go nuts by then, but if I could avoid washing it that long, it would be best. I decided to wait. Keep in mind that once you get the treatment done, you must use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner from there on out. If not, the treatment will not last.
Going to sleep that night was no problem. Just don’t put your hair in a pony tail holder or anything overnight.
This day was just fine. My hair wasn’t unbearable, and I was able to go places without it looking completely greasy. Keep in mind however, that my hair is more on the dry side. Those with oily hair might want to hide out for a couple of days.
Each morning, I simply ran a straightening iron through it to prevent kinks or bumps from forming. It stayed absolutely stick straight for the first couple of days or so (by the third day it was still straight, but just felt more brittle).
The evening of day 2, I even went out with friends. When I mentioned it to one of them, I realized that my hair didn’t really look much different, even though it felt very different. You can probably expect it to look like you’re on the last day before you typically wash it. Not terrible, but ready for a wash.
Ok. Today I was SO ready to get the product out of my hair. It was ok throughout the day, but honestly, I just stayed in this day. I’m lucky because I work from home, so I didn’t have to face anyone with my hair in such a state. At this point, I just felt like my hair was super dirty. I still couldn’t comb through very well. As I mentioned above, by the end of day three, it just felt brittle when I flat ironed it. Definitely ready for a nice wash and a especially conditioner.
Hurray! I got to finally wash my hair today. I can’t even tell you how good it felt to have it clean. I used just a bit of my Pureology Super Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner. If you’re getting a keratin treatment done, be sure to remember you HAVE to use sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner and hair care products after your treatment and from there on out.
Once my hair was washed and dried, I can’t even tell you how amazing my hair felt. I have never, in my life, had hair that soft, or that smooth. Perhaps the even better part of the whole deal was the fact that when I went to go dry my hair, it would literally take less than half the time. Saving that much time and effort to get even better results is well worth the cost of the treatment in my opinion.
In addition, if I air-dried my hair before, it turned into a partly curly/partly wavy/kinky mess. I could touch it up with a curling iron for some curly waves, but honestly, it just didn’t look that hot. The curls would always be in the wrong places. It always looked better if i blow dried it straight and then did waves with my curling iron. If I air-dry my hair now, it goes smooth, sleek and soft without any styling products, and without any heat. I can do a gorgeous soft wavy look without having to use an iron on my wispies – and with minimal heat styling too. I can even go without styling it at all. If I want to do it straight, it takes just a few passes with my flat iron and it goes sleek and straight in seconds. It is so much more manageable and soft.
On me, the treatment seemed to last for about two months. My stylist told me it often lasts up to 3 or 4, but for me, I think I would prefer to get it done every couple months.
I have been honestly extremely impressed with how effective this treatment is. Well worth the price and the time in my opinion. Unless I find something better, I will get this treatment done every few months for the rest of my life. Does it feel like I have completely new hair? So far, yes. 🙂