My Most Yikes-Evoking Hair Horror Story
Disclaimer: I’m not saying this will happen to everyone that tries the treatment. We all have different hair that might not react the same way to certain things. I’m also aware that some hair professionals may be more experienced than others in this process and may therefore do a better job.
I am at a point in my life where I’m really happy with how my hair looks and feels, but, like many of you (well, I'm assuming), this hasn't always been the case. I have a hairy (har har) hair past, with some good and some not-so-good phases. And while chopping your hip-length hair all the way up to your shoulders might not be a hair terror per se, I now know that it is better for me to avoid super drastic changes.
But no matter what haircut I had, I did always find myself wishing my locks were not as frizzy and puffy as they naturally are. Yes, I might have straight hair, but I have A LOT of it. And it is very, very thick. I’ve now learned to embrace that as a positive trait, but young silly me would look at girls who didn’t seem to have a single hair out of place and wished for just that.
After voicing this to my mom, she took me to the salon and they told us about the keratin treatment. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a semi-permanent hair straightening and smoothing treatment that’s supposed to get rid of all frizz for at least 2 to 4 months. While the main ingredient is keratin, a protein that’s naturally in our hair, it can also include some chemicals such as formaldehyde. And with the heat that’s used to seal the treatment into your hair, this chemical evaporates and can then be easily inhaled. From personal experience, I can tell you this is not a walk in the metaphorical park.
Besides feeling like I couldn’t breathe when I was having mine done, my eyes also started burning aggressively and my face felt like it was on fire. And at the end of the day, it really wasn’t worth it. What I mean is that the results didn’t last very much for me and my hair didn’t really feel any different. If anything, it just got dry and more prone to breakage.
I am merely telling you my experience. Right now, my hair is the healthiest it’s ever been thanks to the help of smoothing oil (which I’d never tried before) and sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. If you suffer from really dry and damaged hair, this is definitely what I recommend.
So that’s my hair care mistake story. Let me know what yours is and what you did to bring your mane back to life via Twitter!