Keratin First-Timer

By on May 31, 2016 in Hair, Keratin |

Keratin Before and After

DAY BEFORE (left photo)

I’ve not had a keratin treatment before.  And since my teens, I’ve had frizzy, difficult to comb, dry, and raspy-feeling hair.  You won’t catch me complaining about having curly hair – overall, I’m lucky with my hair.  But two instances drive me crazy.

One is when I meet with clients or go out.  (Unless, of course, I get a Halo blow out!) I don’t feel or look polished.  Occasionally, I’ll get lucky and my hair will dry OK, but mostly I feel that my hair is hurting me when making an impression on clients, or while out being social.

The other instance that makes me crazy is when I’m traveling – especially if I’m visiting a place with more humidity than the Bay Area.  My hair can frizz to epic proportions and solidify into the most unflattering, un-movable, un-comb-able helmet.  If I do manage to comb it out, it just gets bigger and bigger.


I had an appointment with Hazel at Halo Menlo Park.  As usual it was nice to walk into Halo.  Lots of smiles and greetings.  Hazel sat me down and went through expectations and the process – totally safe, no formaldehyde.  She explained about not getting my hair wet for 72 hours and how to care for my hair to maintain the effects of the treatment for as long as possible.

She gave me a fabulous head massage with shampoo.  Then I dozed for a few minutes while the product opened up my hair cuticles.  She then blow dried my hair and applied the keratin.  I was expecting a long wait, but it was only half an hour – perfect for catching up on e-mails and news.  I left with ironed and great-looking hair.  Hazel sold me the Keratin Complex shampoo and conditioner I’d need to hold onto the treatment effects as long as possible.  Now I just had to make it through 72 hours without getting my hair wet.


By the third day, I was eager to wash my hair.  It still felt softer than usual and looked good.  I had been worried that the keratin treatment left in my hair would start to look greasy, but it did not.  Keeping it dry had been easy.  I used my Dry Divas shower cap.  At the gym, I rushed to the locker room as soon as possible and used a dryer on my sweaty scalp.

My hair felt like someone else’s.  I was able to comb it through without tangles.  It was soft, felt thicker and healthier.  But I did not look good.  My cut was for my curly hair.  Several people, including Hazel, had mentioned I’d probably want to get my hair cut to suit my new tresses, and they were so right.  I immediately scheduled a haircut.

TEN DAYS AFTER (second photo)

Getting a cut to suit my new hair made all the difference.  Shout out to Brandau Brandau – my colour by Kerrie Brandau and my cut by George Brandau.


“I got a keratin treatment at Halo,” is now on the tip of my tongue as I’ve said is so much this last week.  I’ve had compliments from strangers, but mostly friends and clients have been amazed at how different by hair is and how good I look.

I’ve experienced a new outlook on client meetings and being out in humidity.

Since my cut, I’ve met with several clients and every one commented upon my hair or how good I looked.  The ladies, of course, wanted all the details.  There’s no better brand ambassador for a blow dry bar than great hair.  My appreciation is about feeling polished.  It’s nice to walk into a meeting with clients and feel that I’m looking professional, not disheveled.

Yesterday, I walked the trail, in strong winds and heavy fog, at Devil’s Slide Park overlooking the ocean.  I know from past experiences that the combination of wind and moisture from sweat and fog would have been disaster for my hair.  Post hike, I’d have a terrible hat-head, or an unmanageable, solidified frizz ball around my head.  Since I was writing this post, I went sans hat and embraced the conditions to see how my hair would cope.  I had a lot of fun getting totally wind-blown and wet.  Right after the hike, I went to Princeton By The Sea to have dinner and see a friend’s band perform.  Upon arriving at the restaurant, I went to the ladies room, hand brushed my hair (no tangles – amazing!), and looked good for the evening.

*The third photo is after air-dying no styling at all, just a few scrunches of wet hair with product (same as the first photo), three sleeps (bedhead x3!), two non-hair-wash showers, and the above-mentioned exposure to hair-style-killing wind and fog.  I think is shows that my hair is much healthier and can easily stand up to moisture.  I’m loving the waves and control and the bliss of no tangles, frizz, and dryness.


I will get this treatment again.  I’m not really sure that any endorsement can top that.  I’ve heard that once you’ve had keratin, you always want it.  Now, I’m a believer in that too.