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July 18th, 2012     |    Life

 

When it comes to my thick, curly hair, I’ve struggled with making it look manageable most of my life. In fact, I tried straightening it when I was in 7th grade for picture day, only to discover that my thick, frizzy “dome” of hair exceeded the width of the picture.

After that debacle, I swore off trying to straighten it until I was a senior in high school. And looked like this instead.

Though I certainly had a character-building adolescence; growing up with braces (for five years, and yes, I did sleep with head-gear at one point), unruly brows (which I later over-tweezed until they formed horizontal commas), and frizzy hair… I’ve come a long way in my 20’s.

But it wasn’t until a few months ago that I discovered the thing which I believe, beyond tweezing my brows properly, has improved my overall appearance the most.

I got a Keratin straightening treatment at Salon Sanjoy.

Which is pretty much like getting a hair transplant — a hair transplant of gorgeous, smooth, silky, healthy locks. 

The process is a bit intensive (you can’t wash your hair for three days) and expensive, but the results have myself and Mr. Lively completely converted.

In fact, in our future budget, Mr. Lively considers the hair treatment a “family expense” since he loves it so much, too.

Plus, the treatment speeds up my blowout time, and is waaaaay easier to manage day-to-day. Unlike many similar treatments, this one is FDA approved and actually good for the hair.

So while I might not ever go for Botox, Lasik, or lipo, I will be straightening my hair with the Keratin treatment for the foreseeable future.

In fact, I deeply love this treatment so much, that if I was ever to have a huge, world-famous talk show, I’d make this one of my favorite things.

In my dream world, I’d be shouting,

“You get a straightening treatment!”

“You get a straightening treatment!”

“You get a straightening treatment!” 

But alas, I’m not that famous. But did get you a little something…

 

MML Reader Special Discount

Since Salon Sanjoy is also an MML sponsor, they have graciously agreed to discount the Keratin process by $100 for MML readers who get the treatment for the first time.

If you call to make an appointment, simply mention that I sent you!

 

  • I have crazy similar hair! I’ve been getting Brazlian Blowout treatments for almost 2 years and it has radically changed my hair styling routine. Glad to hear you found a similar solution!

  • looks great! i totally agree that keratin treatments are an investment in your life vs. your hair… they just make everything so much easier. my husband says it’s like getting a time machine b/c suddenly i save so much time getting ready!

  • Why did you have to go and make me reconsider my curls? I am so morbidly curious about this process… I’ve had ringlet-curly hair forever and I thought I was over wanting straight hair. You might have talked me into it!

    One question – how does your hair look when the Keratin treatment “grows out”? I am terrified that if I do it once and miss my trademark curls I will never be able to have them back…

  • Daniela

    Just curious, why don’t you wear your hair curly? I struggled with my hair under my early to mid 20s, until I finally gave up the straight endeavour and gave in to the curls. I had to go to a “curly” salon (where they cut your hair dry), get the proper shampoo and conditioner (without any sulfates), learn new technique for styling and drying, etc. Now I love my hair!

    Regardless, your hair looks amazing in the pic above!

  • Sara Lang

    How did you handle the three days before you could wash your hair? Did it bother you? I’ve wanted to do this for years, but having to go out in public with gross hair for three days has made me reconsider — any advice you have would be great!

  • Jess, I’m a keratin fan as well :)! I have curly frizzy hair and keratin saves me from the florida humidity.

    @Sara Lang The three days went by pretty painlessly for me. I remember thinking that it would be so gross, but it was fine until day 3 (and super shiny straight!).

  • I love that you two are already doing a future budget together!

  • I have curly, frizzy, often unruly hair too that I am constantly trying to manipulate. I’ve gotten better at the manipulation over the years, but still, a ‘hair transplant of gorgeous, smooth, silky, healthy locks’ sounds incredible!

  • CB

    Sounds great! How long does the treatment usually last for you?

  • Jess

    Rita, I can totally relate to the time machine!

    Life Comma Etc., I do think that it can really deaden your curls when used long term, so if you like your curls, I’d consider possibly talking to a professional who does the treatment to find out how it might be possible to get them to come back in the future!

    Daniela, great question! The answer is pretty simple, my hair is really not that great curly. Usually the curls end up more frizz than anything else, and I honestly do prefer the straight overall.

    Sara Lang, I thought the three days would be hard. But I’ve been surprised that it wasn’t as bad as I expected. The super straight hair for 3 days is a bit straighter than I would ever do it normally. But I’ll be honest, Mr. Lively really likes the crazy straight look. So I call it my Model Hair and he gets a “new” fiance for three days every time I get it done. : ) One tip: tie a silk scarf to your pillow case at night (or use a silk pillow case) to keep the hair smooth when you sleep.

    Jenn, yep, we are!

    CB, so far I got 2.5 months out of the first treatment. They say that it builds up in your hair. But now that I’m used to my hair not being frizzy AT ALL, I’m pretty annoyed as the frizz starts to pop up after a few months and go get it done right away. They said after my most recent treatment (my 2nd overall), that I shouldn’t have to get it done again until sometime in the fall. During the winter, when my hair isn’t frizzy naturally, I think I’ll be able to go even longer between treatments – about 6 to 8 months, I hope.

  • Krista

    Your hair looks great!

  • I’ve grown up getting Keratin treatments and ohmygod – nothing is more of a self-confidence booster. I have incredibly curly, thick, and frizzy hair (read afro..no joke) so basically Keratin treatments are lifesavers. I’ve almost always done them overseas though, since I feel like they have more experience and are wayyyyyy less expensive. If you don’t mind my asking,I’m just curious how much it costs you?

    Also, for the girl who asked if it would permanently straighten your hair: I’ve been getting treatments done since I was a teenager ( not back to back though, every few years..like 5 or 6 times total so far) and my hair is STILL curly. It shouldn’t do anything to the chemical make-up of your un-grown hair, just the hair that’s already on your head.

  • I’ve had “curly sue hair” my whole life, and always wrestled with it, too. I want to be comfortable with how God made me, curls and all, but the hard part about curly hair is that it’s just so hard to make it look professional. It’s hard to keep it from frizzing everywhere, and having my hair in a ponytail isn’t ideal either. When I leave my hair curly, people tend to think that I’m an average of 5 years younger than I actually am. At 24 that is NOT a good thing, especially since I work in higher education.
    I use a straightener most days and have refined my beauty routine so that it only takes about 30 minutes to straighten from the time I step out of the shower to the time I’m done with the last strand. And I’ve learned how to manage my hair without having to wash and straighten it every single day, too.
    It’s kinda funny how we all learn to manage our beauty issues in our own way. On the average day, my curly hair kinda annoys me, but at the same time I don’t think I could justify getting a chemical treatment.

  • I love that the Keratin treatment works for you!

    I, like some of the other posters, have wavy/curly hair and have struggled with it for a long time. I tried chemically straightening it years and years ago and somehow my scalp got burned in the process. Not fun! So I am trying to embrace my curls and love the hair I naturally have.

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