Well ladies, I have done it! I did a real hair stretching technique... a Brazilian Keratin Treatment called UNCURLY from www.uncurly.com
It was super easy to do. I had to shampoo my hair with their clarifying shampoo first.
Then I put the keratin lotion in my hair and let it sit for 20 minutes
Then I blow dried it in the hair and flat ironed the hair... simple. The hair will obviously feel coated until you wash it out 3 days later bc you blow dried and flat ironed something like a keratin conditioner in the hair.
I've had to keep my hair straight and dry for the past 3 days so it could cure in the hair.
Basically what I did was flat iron keratin in my hair so that the heat from the flat iron supposedly made the keratin coat and infuse in each strand. It is supposed to fill all the weak spots of any damage on each strand and make each strand stronger. It is also supposed to make the curl up to about 2 letters looser. So if you are a 3c it will make it about a 3a (from c to a) If you are a 4b it would make your hair like a 3c approximately. However, the results are affected by many factors. Firstly, some brands work better and last longer than others. Also, if you don't put enough on your hair it won't loosen much. If you do too few passes with the flat iron or use too low a heat it won't do much to the hair either. They recommend 4-10 passes at 450 but you can do less if you want. Also how long you keep the hair straight and dry before the first shampoo effects it . If you wait only 1 day before you rinse the keratin out you will have very little texture change, whereas if you wait the whole 3 days or even a week before you rinse the keratin out of the flat ironed hair it will supposedly last longer and reap looser curls. Ideally, I would like it STRAIGHT. Since obviously it will not straighten that much the first time, I would really be happy with 2c like Chilli of TLC. I will probably just get 3a. I think I will be somewhere between 3a and straight since I had 3bc hair... either one will be fine for real. The average lady with type 4 hair can expect to get into the 3s if they do it right with a good product. Being in the 3s with humidity resistance will allow you to do wash n goes for curly and even roller wrap for straight with no heat!
In addition to making the curls about 2 letters looser, the hair is supposed to be totally resistant to humidity and obviously have less shrinkage. If you blow dry or flat iron your hair it supposedly much faster and lasts longer with no reversion in bad weather or when sweating. That is the main reason I did it. I also really like the idea of it coating the hair with keratin to make it look shiny without any oil, you need less oil and styling aids to get even better results, and the hair is supposed to be STRENGTHENED by the keratin coating for more length retention. The more you shampoo the hair, the more the keratin coating wears off and the hair reverts. Some brands last 2 weeks, my brand is supposed to last 3-5 months if you do it right. After it wears off your hair supposedly in 3-5 months your hair supposedly gradually goes back to natural. So there is no line of demarcation as it grows out like with a relaxer, rather the whole head just gradually reverts back to where you started. They make a lot of claims. I will tell you honestly how it delivers on each and every one of these claims over the next few months.
So theoretically, since I was a 3b/c I should be at least a 3a after I wet my hair again the first time 3 days after applying it. I will probably cowash for the first time tomorrow for my big reveal of my initial results. I am so excited. They make formaldehyde free formulas that bond the keratin to the hair with something like glycerin, propylene glycol or something else but they don't work very well. The brand I used does have formaldehyde in it so I had to have a fan blowing at my face and I did this in a room with the windows open. I am hoping this works out for me because it really seems like an answer to my prayers..
Question though, since it is supposed to wear out of my hair and leave it totally natural again in 3-5 months, do I still call myself natural now or do I have to wait until it wears out to call myself natural again.
I will update any results. I hope it does something good to my hair.
PS I found out that a WHOLE LOT of people were following the curly girl method because they thought that following that method would loosen their texture so they would have curls. They basically thought the cg method would be like a texturizer or texlax treatment for the hair. (Ironically, the White women were thinking the opposite. They thought cg method would tighten their straight hair and give them some curl
) No the curly girl method does not do that but the UNCURLY girl method might
Brazilian Keratin Treatments like UNCURLY are
like texturizers or texlax that works without the usual chemicals. Where as a relaxer WEAKENS the hair by removing keratin and weakening bonds, the keratin treatment actually strengthens the hair and adds keratin.
Edited by LadyAradia - Jul 26 2014 at 4:03pm