Anyone tried a Keratin Hair Treatment?

Hot Cuppa
on Feb 08, 2011 @ 01:49 pm

I found a "hot deal" Keratin Treatment for $60 (reg $180). My usual salon charges $300 for a keratin treatment. Why such a difference? I phoned the "deal" salon about this and was told that the $60 (reg $180) treatment lasts approx 5 weeks and that the more expensive treatments use formaldehyde and last months longer. Is anyone familiar with the different processes? Anything to beware of? Also, I imagine that root color touch ups are best done in advance of a keratin treatment?

11 Replies

nope on Feb 08, 2011 @ 01:53 pm

Never tried it, but I am curious to know how it works or IF it works. Please keep us posted if you decide to do it, and let us know of how you feel about it. I'm really interested to hear more about it!

I would love to try this on Feb 08, 2011 @ 02:11 pm

I'm the ideal candidate for this treatment because my hair always frizzes out especially in humidity! The price tag is too much to stomach, though. I haven't heard anything to the positive OR negative about this (other than my stylist who's been kind of pressuring me to do it), so if you do try please keep us posted!

Hot Cuppa
Thanks for the replies! on Feb 08, 2011 @ 03:15 pm

Like "Anonymous", I feel the pressure from my stylist. I simply
cannot stomach the high price tag of $300 ( tax, tip). The $60/deal
elsewhere is more palatable, but if it's a weaker version then maybe
it's a waste of money. I do think I'll take the plunge, unless anyone out
there advises against.

Meanwhile, I just booked a roots touch-up with my regular stylist
in advance of getting Keratin - (and am feeling the guilt about
switching salons for services...Should hair care come with so much
emotional baggage?)

would love to check-in that stylist baggage on Feb 08, 2011 @ 04:16 pm

I know what you mean, Hot Cuppa! I always feel bad when I switch stylists. I was going to one girl, but when she switched to another salon I accidentally-on-purpose lost her new number. Unfortunately, I ran into her somewhere about a year later and felt really silly but thankfully she never asked me about it.

Re formaldehyde: it has been classified as a "known carcinogen" (cancer-causing substance), so I'm always careful about trying to avoid it. However, it's in more products than you might think, including building materials and reportedly in some toothpastes, cosmetics and household materials. It's also a naturally occurring compound as a by-product of some organisms' metabolic processes. This means you are probably exposed to it in one form or another on a daily basis.

Having said that, you need to make an informed choice about how it's used in your hair. Just because you have daily exposure doesn't mean "a little more won't hurt". That would be like deliberately inhaling exhaust fumes since you are poisoned every day by walking down a sidewalk on a traffic-filled street.

There are different formulations with different exposure rates and potential health outcomes. This keratin process could be completely safe - I haven't done the homework to find out. Make sure you do :)

by the way on Feb 08, 2011 @ 04:17 pm

... the reason they use formaldehyde is to make the treatment last longer - that is what formaldehyde is for!

Ali de Bold
Brazillian Blow Out on Feb 08, 2011 @ 04:43 pm

The other one you are thinking of is most likely the Brazilian Blow Out. The Keratin treatment uses less formaldehyde, which is a good thing. I was talking to Eric at Del at Del Monaco Hair Studio about this and he said the Keratin treatment uses about the same amount of formaldehyde as you'd find in an apple (I'm assuming non-organic ones that are sprayed in wax). There has been a lot of controversy over the Brazilian Blow Out due to the formaldehyde so if you are choosing between the two, I'd go with the Keratin.

Hot Cuppa
Thanks for the great feedback!! on Feb 08, 2011 @ 05:49 pm

I now feel better about the "less expensive" option which, while shorter-lasting, has little-to-no formaldehyde. Much healthier selection, and, bonus, I save some bucks too! Thanks for your feedback, Ladies (and Eric too). I'll report back.

Keratin treatment on Feb 08, 2011 @ 07:04 pm

I had the Coppala Keratin treatment. It was a steal of a deal with a group by for $90. It usually costs much more.

I loved having it! My hair tends to frizz and I had frizz free hair for 3.5 months. I do recommend paying more to get the shampoo for Keratin treated hair. I switched to regular shampoo when I saw that the treatment was fading and my hair was back to normal almost right after the switch. I really believe the shampoo helped the treatment to last as long as it did.

My hair is curly, and very hard to manage - especially in the winter when it is dry inside from heating, and humid outside (I live in Vancouver so it rains all winter). With the treatment it was wavy. I could still curl it if I wanted curls. And straightening it only took 15 minutes. It usually takes me an hour.

I would do it again if the price was right. For me $300 is too much on a regular basis, but I would consider it again for the winter months.

One thing reviews never seem to talk about is how soft my hair felt with this treatment. My colorist is against straightening treatments, but even he is reconsidering after he noticed how soft my hair was. He does think that it thinned my hair out a bit. . My hair is a bit thinner, but that that happens in cycles so Im not completely convinced the treatment caused that. Something you should be aware of though if thinning hair is a concern for you.

Ali de Bold
Awesome feedback on Feb 08, 2011 @ 08:36 pm

Thanks Kurichan for sharing your experience! It makes a big difference to hear from someone who has tried it. I wouldn't be a candidate for this treatment as I have straight and very easy to manage hair. It's ideal for those with curly hair or looking for a longer term solution to manage frizz.

As far as your stylists making you feel obligated to try it, I'd honestly go to another salon. You don't need that. It's one thing to recommend a treatment but to make you feel uncomfortable is unprofessional and completely unnecessary.

Hot Cuppa
Fab Feeback on Feb 09, 2011 @ 09:02 am

Kurichan, your hand-on experience is invaluable. As Ali says, it makes a big difference to hear from someone who has tried it. Knowing that you, too, colour your hair and that you'd try the treatment again really has put me at ease on going ahead and trying it.

Interesting about thinning hair. You're right about the cycles. I'll pay attention and include this in my review.

Your point about buying the special shampoo is also good, as I might have thought it was gimmicky. I'll buy it for sure.

Thank you!!


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