Funny that Friday’s class is on Alterations to the Self. We’ll be looking at the ways we alter our bodies (tattoos, piercings, weight lifting, steroids, hair dying, and CERTAINLY hair straightening) and how those things impact our body image. I’ve had straight hair for the last 3 hours and I don’t know that I’ll feel any different than I usually do– right now, I just feel like I had my hair cut (because I always have my girl straighten my hair when I get it cut since I don’t have the patience or talent to do it myself). It’ll be interesting to see if this process gives me manageable hair everyday and if it does then if and how that impacts how I feel about myself. More on that later.
For now, I’ll give you the play by play of the process.
Woke up, showered, put some hair product in, actually got the diffuser out (I had forgotten that I owned one) so that I could dry my hair the RIGHT way and make sure that I was still down with the straightening (I was although when BF walked in and said, “Ah, I am going to miss the curls,” I faltered for a moment. And then just wanted to smack him in the rump because, seriously, I’ve been having stress hair dreams for a week that I have told him about every morning and he choose TODAY- THE DAY- to tell me this. I didn’t (smack him) and I didn’t change my mind)
Thus, I began my day with hair that looked like this…
So, I got to my appointment and my girl washed my hair with a Keratin clarifying shampoo that stripped my hair of any products that were on it and just got it down to the essence.
Next, she dried it like she normally would and then she applied 2 oz of Keratin straightening product all over it (in small little sections) with the type of brush she would have used to paint hair color on if I were getting color done.
The product itself sorta smells like suntan oil (Bain de Soleil circa 1988. Don’t use that stuff, though. Use sunscreen).
So here is my hair all gooped with Keratin. Then, she put a shower cap on it and I sat there to let the stuff soak in for 15-20 minutes.
Next, she blew my hair out. And this was the crazy thing. There were flakes flying around and I was like, “Do I suddenly have the world’s worst case of dandruff?” It turns out I don’t. The product just does that as the hair is blown out for the first time. And then it is done with that phase.
After the blow out, she divided my hair into 1/2 inche sections and flat ironed each section 5-7 times. 90 minutes after she started, she did the last section and I was no longer a curly girl.
The end result…
So, here’s the company line from the Keratin folks…
This treatment will reduce curls by at least 80%, frizz by 100% and make one’s hair humidity resistant. You can’t wash your hair for 3 days after you have the treatment done and you can’t put barrettes or pony tails in during that time either (I am going to be looking FLY come Sunday). The treatment washes away over time so the less you wash your hair, the longer it will last. And you have to use Keratin shampoo and conditioner to wash it (which came free with the treatment). My hair dresser did her hair in the fall and took her about 4-5 months for her curls to come back and they came back un-frizzy and not quite as wild. So, we’ll see what it looks like the first time I do it (although my very first experiment is going to be to just wash and go since that is my dream, really) and we’ll see what it looks like each month as the curls start making their way back. I’ll definitely keep you posted.
* Thanks to Poppy and BF for hanging with Happy so I could go get my hair did. I appreciate both of you!