I've often longed for world-wide baldness so I didn't have to mess with my crazy locks. But then I realized we'd all be into head makeup and danged if that wouldn't be hard to do in the back! So, hair it is. Rapunzel knew the value of hair and how it completely transforms a look and makes the difference between ugly, passable and Oscar-worthy. And by virtue of the mirror, we all get it too.
What is it that has caused all this hair anguish? Well, crazy hair, of course. I have hair that is wavy/curly but doesn't follow a uniform pattern over my head and it's kind of "in-between". It's not curly enough to wear it curly all the time, and not straight enough to wear it straight without a whole lot of effort. I have recently found out I'm approaching the curls all wrong, but that's a lesson for another time because....THIS post is not supposed to be a rant about my hair, it's to tell you about the KeraStraight Treatment being offered now at Ulta Salons.
Curly hair gets puffy and grows the more you try to dry it. Once you have this mess, it's time to take a straight iron to it and it takes fuuuuuurever to straighten the aerated curls. The whole process from shampoo to almost but not quite flat takes me about three or four hours. Yeah, not kidding. Hair is not my forte and if you know me in real life, you've probably often heard me say, "hair is the bane of my existence".
I had the same amount of curl, but it was less frizzy and easier for me to straighten it. The whole process with that lady was horrifying and physically destructive and I wasn't happy.
Ulta Customer Service was really great to talk to and investigated the incident and offered to do the process correctly. What a completely different experience I had the next time!!! The babe who did my hair was delightful! She was very friendly and the regional trainer so she absolutely knew her stuff. I learned things about the treatment that I hadn't been taught before and she did it with all the proper lengths of waiting in between steps, and I have to say, I'm pretty happy with my hair. *cue singing angels*
There are a few things to know about the process. First of all, there are no "hydes" of any kind used in this process. If you have very curly hair, it won't come out completely straight, but the curls will be relaxed and much easier to manage, particularly if you want to wear your hair straight. Also, don't color for five days before or after. Because the KeraStraight Treatment is a chemical process put on your hair, it will lift your color some, as it did mine. The sun or your next color application will bring it back to where you want it, but I don't think the change was so drastic for me that I couldn't live with it and easily fixable if I decided I couldn't.
Also, you need to use a shampoo and conditioner with no sulfates to extend the life of the treatment on your hair. The less you shampoo it, the longer the process lasts. That's fabulous for me because I have just about zero oil on my head so I can go months without shampooing. I wouldn't, of course, but I bet I could make it a good three weeks, if I had to...like during the Zombie Apocalypse or something. :)
The other thing I'd like to tell you about it is that the first couple of times you wash your hair, it's going to smell a little funky. It doesn't last. Once you put your products on it and/or it dries, the smell goes away but it only lasts a couple of shampoos which I find a good exchange for a more manageable mop.
I don't have a good before picture...I'd fallen on the ice in December and wrecked my shoulder and had embarassing hair till I had my hair fixed by Nikki at Ulta, but I can show you how it looked after she did it.
Say hi to Kelly!! Hey Kels, you made the blog again!! woot!! woot!!!
I just want to say that everyone I spoke with at Ulta was very very nice, even at the corporate level. They couldn't have been more understanding and helpful and I thank them for turning this whole experience around for me and giving me hair that I can be proud of. I tell you the truth, in 14 weeks or so, I will return to have it redone. It makes such a difference in ease of drying and straightening. Thank you, Ulta!!!
I'd love to hear if you've tried this or any of the other salon services at Ulta, and I'd also like to enccourage you if you're curious but on the fence about trying it to give it ago. It is really, really worth it!!