Did My Own Keratin Treatment

topic posted Sun, February 26, 2012 - 7:58 AM by  Azeeza
Last night I did my own keratin treatment. I have to wait three days before I can wash it.

Thus far, my hair looks really nice and smooth. I can't wear any hair clips, tuck the hair behind my ears or wear sunglasses (this one is going to be difficult for me).

One thing I noticed is that I can't really get a comb or hair brush through it with the keratin on it. It's a little sticky, but I hope that will go away after the first wash.

I had to change my whole system to a keratin shampoo and conditioner, but I hope this helps. My hair looked okay in the winter time, not the smoothest, but it got really curly and frizzy in the summer months.

It's my dad's hair texture, but at least I have hair to complain about, right?

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  • Re: Did My Own Keratin Treatment

    Tue, February 28, 2012 - 11:35 AM
    What brand did you use? THere are a few out there for the DIY set, and I'm curious. I've used the one from Organix and wasn't too thrilled; it also changes the color of any light-highlighted hair. Suave has a product that they say not to use on highlighted hair as well. Just heard about one from Bumble & Bumble that sounds intriguing, but so far I haven't found anything that works nearly as well as the salon treatments.

    If you used the Organix one, I suggest looking at the reviews on Amazon- they are very useful.
  • Re: Did My Own Keratin Treatment

    Tue, February 28, 2012 - 6:15 PM
    Hi Margaret:

    I have a pro card from Sally's so get their flyers and I saw that I got a discount if I purchased the smothing kit with my card.

    They had a special on the Ion keratin kit. It contained a pair of gloves, clarifying shampoo, brush with comb and the treatment solution. It's labor intensive, as you may have guessed. It took me about three to five hours to complete, but I was messing around with my dogs, laundry, adding a demi-gloss to my hair and I have hair down to my waistline.

    I washed my hair three times in the clairifying shampoo and waited 30 seconds in between. DO NOT scrub the scalp, just use the finger tips through the hair and try not to tangle it because it would be a bitch to untangle when it came time to apply the solution and get a comb through your hair. I dried my hair 50 to 100% and applied a Redken demi-gloss color (I have a cosmetology license) and let that process and rinsed with JUST WATER and then completely blow dried my hair.

    Then, I sectioned my hair in quarters, forehead to nape of neck and ear to ear and sectioned partings in 1/4 inches and applied the solution SPARINGLY and only adding extra solution to the ends of my hair when it seemed dry. I did this throughout my whole head and let that process for 20 minutes.

    Next, I used a paddle brush and completely blow dried my hair, not sectioning it. My next step was using the special Ion flat iron. It was imperative to get the heat just right and with this special Ion iron you can select the heat setting needed for you type of hair. I also purchased the titanitum comb that goes with the whole system. That was inexpensive and the iron wasn't as expensive as I imagined either.

    I parted my hair and didn't use anything to hold it back and just flipped it over my head and parted the hair in 1/8 inch partings and went over it the recommened amount of times needed for my specific hair type.

    For the last few days I've been trying not to perspire or get my hair wet and it's been a challenge not to sleep on it and bend it. I've gone ahead and flat ironed it when I saw a curl forming on the end of one side and at the nape of my neck the last two days. I've also used the blow dryer in the morning post bath if I notice my hairline being damp or post walk and perspiring.

    Do not use sunglasses, put your hair in any type of holder, wear it down and do not put it behind your ears. Use a shower cap when bathing and try, try, try not to get it wet or exercise and perspire. It will ruin the hours you put into the whole process.

    It's been a little difficult to comb because it feels like there is something a little tacky in it, but it was coated and sealed with the flat iron to protect the hair.

    I get to wash it tomorrow and it says to use the same Ion keratin shampoo and conditioner because regular shampoo and condition will take the keratin out of the hair. The keratin smoothing complex supposed to last approximately 12 weeks or so and it's formaldehyde free and safe. It smells really good, like the tropics or like bananas and pineapples.

    So far, I'd do it again, I like it even without the shampoo and conditioner part yet. Yesterday I went to the store and bought the last kit and the last big bottle of solution at my local Sally Beauty Supply store. It must be popular or there would be more it available ;-).

    I'll post more after the first wash :-).

  • Re: Did My Own Keratin Treatment

    Tue, February 28, 2012 - 6:17 PM
    PS I forgot to say I noticed an instant change in my hair texture the moment I used the flat iron. My hair got shinier and smoother and I thought it looked fine in the dry winter months, but what a difference the keratin treatment has made! We'll see after the shampoo! It might revert back to a little frizzy in the winter months and a lot frizzy in the summer months.
  • Re: Did My Own Keratin Treatment

    Wed, February 29, 2012 - 10:06 AM
    Okay, washed and conditioned my hair for the first time in 78 hours post home keratin processing treatment. The conditioner needed to stay on for two minutes.

    The keratine didn't work like it proclaimed to, unfortunately. I still saw waves in my hair when I removed the towel. The drying time was less and my hair was straighter, but not as straight as it was when it was with the keratin in it during processing and when the flat iron was run through it. It does say it's supposed to remove 90% of the frizz and 50% less waves. I still see the same amount of waves and 50% less frizz in my hair.

    Perhaps the next time, I use a hotter flat iron and see if that works. I still haven't given up hope.

    Stay tuned.
  • Re: Did My Own Keratin Treatment

    Wed, February 29, 2012 - 6:26 PM

    I wore my hair in a clip and in an elastic band and no elastic band mark and no bumps from the clip either! YAY!!

    It also rained a little yesterday (covered my hair with my sweat shirt) and was a tad humid today and my hair looked nice. I was even told it looked really nice too!

    The next time a little higher flat iron setting and we'll see. I'll be doing it again in 12 weeks time or so. I'm happy with the results, even though it didn't quite turn out the way I expected, it's still better than it was naturally. Smoother, flatter, no frizz, easy to manage, and less drying time :-).


    Ion Kertain Treatment at Sally Beauty Supply, use the kit with the recommended Ion flat iron for perfect setting and the Ion Keratin Shampoo and Ion Keratin Conditioner.

    Follow directions precisely.


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