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Originally posted by RedSoxtober RedSoxtober wrote:

For the past week, I have been watching videos of the keratin straightening treatment. The results look nice, but it's just not something I would do to my hair.

 I  understand your concern Redsoxtober. My concern was the formaldehyde fumes. I think I got around that some by using a mask, fan and two windows wide open in the room. For me, I had to do something because my hair was no longer enjoyable for me to wear during the heat of Summer. I will say that it is a gentler option than Japanese Thermal Ionic straighteners that I used to use because that one is thio chemical like a curly perm.  Thio is a lot gentler than hydroxide based relaxers though. And BKTs are by FAR MUCH GENTLER than any type of relaxer which are the most damaging chemicals on the market.  So there is a hierarchy of harshness for straighteners. Relaxers are worst, Japanese straighteners are a little gentler than that, and BKTs are gentler than all of them in addition to actually imparting strength and shine to the hair by infusing protein.

I will say they are not for everyone.  The cheapest, good BKT is about $25.00 (Keratin Research brand) and they go up from there in cost. Uncurly was $70 and QOD Silver that I am considering for next time is around $200.00  for just the bottle of treatment and you diy! You can buy a relaxer for only about $5.00. I want Black women to be aware of them as an option though for those who are not deterred by the additional cost. At the moment, BKTs are mainly used by White women. Black women go to the extremes of either the harshest chemical on earth or nothing at all and totally natural. IMO BKTs are a much gentler middle ground. I believe that knowledge is power. Many Black women don't really even know much about them at all. It is totally unexplored territory for most Black women, but again they are a staple used by many other races of women. Most Black women are not even really aware that Japanese Straighteners and Brazilian Keratin Treatments exist  or that they are other options available to them without resorting to either of the extreme alternatives. For them it is either lye or totally unenhanced aesthetically. There is a whole wonderful world of other options yet available to Black women to explore in between those two harsh extremes which allow Black women to have the same variety of styling options that all other women on earth enjoy as a natural right.


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Originally posted by LadyAradia LadyAradia wrote:

Originally posted by RedSoxtober RedSoxtober wrote:

For the past week, I have been watching videos of the keratin straightening treatment. The results look nice, but it's just not something I would do to my hair.

 I  understand your concern Redsoxtober. My concern was the formaldehyde fumes. I think I got around that some by using a mask, fan and two windows wide open in the room. For me, I had to do something because my hair was no longer enjoyable for me to wear during the heat of Summer. I will say that it is a gentler option than Japanese Thermal Ionic straighteners that I used to use because that one is thio chemical like a curly perm.  Thio is a lot gentler than hydroxide based relaxers though. And BKTs are by FAR MUCH GENTLER than any type of relaxer which are the most damaging chemicals on the market.  So there is a hierarchy of harshness for straighteners. Relaxers are worst, Japanese straighteners are a little gentler than that, and BKTs are gentler than all of them in addition to actually imparting strength and shine to the hair by infusing protein.

I will say they are not for everyone.  The cheapest, good BKT is about $25.00 (Keratin Research brand) and they go up from there in cost. Uncurly was $70 and QOD Silver that I am considering for next time is around $200.00  for just the bottle of treatment and you diy! You can buy a relaxer for only about $5.00. I want Black women to be aware of them as an option though for those who are not deterred by the additional cost. At the moment, BKTs are mainly used by White women. Black women go to the extremes of either the harshest chemical on earth or nothing at all and totally natural. IMO BKTs are a much gentler middle ground. I believe that knowledge is power. Many Black women don't really even know much about them at all. It is totally unexplored territory for most Black women, but again they are a staple used by many other races of women. Most Black women are not even really aware that Japanese Straighteners and Brazilian Keratin Treatments exist  or that they are other options available to them without resorting to either of the extreme alternatives. For them it is either lye or totally unenhanced aesthetically. There is a whole wonderful world of other options yet available to Black women to explore in between those two harsh extremes which allow Black women to have the same variety of styling options that all other women on earth enjoy as a natural right.

This type of treatment cannot be used on grey/white hair, which is why it's not for me.  High heat causes yellowing on very light hair, and it is a pain to balance without getting blue/lavender hair. Plus, I see it as another form of "heat training"...which I do not want.    


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I have gray hair but I dye mine blonde. The blue violet additive in the QOD Silver is supposed to address any discoloration on light hair. I imagine if you get a blue violet color additive from Sally's and add some drops of it to even the cheaper $25.00 Keratin Research brand BKT, you can get the same benefits of brightening gray. This is what I will be doing. If I don't shell out for QOD Silver.
Try that.
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PS  You may also regularly use a Shimmering Lights Shampoo and or Conditioner and you should be good! 
Regarding heat training, I went no heat right after the treatment. Today I air dried with leave ins combed straight and then simply put it in  a top knot for a bit of a soft set. Roller sets, pony tail roller sets or roller wraps, braid outs and twist outs are other NO HEAT options to use post treatment for the next 3 months


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Wanting a hair steamer.
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It's been a little over 2 months since I Henna'd my hair. I may do that this weekend and skip the ApHogee 2-step.

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I forgot how tedious doing Henna can be. I am clock-watching because I cannot find anything to do to occupy my time
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11 yr old daughter of the owner of Camille rose naturals products. Super shrinkage, gorgeous hair. Can't wait until black Friday to try her products




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