I was born with naturally unglamorous curly hair which has no style at all.
Back in 1985 I saw a curly friend named Grace who suddenly had straight hair. She looked amazing.
Grace told me she had her hair straightened. In 1985 this was unheard of.
Since that time I have been straightening my hair every five months.
The first time was a disaster. The salon 'overcooked' a patch on the back of my head which damaged the hair on that area forever. (On a positive note, thank God it was in the back!)
Luckily the science of hair straightening has improved through the years. I've tried everything including rebond, Xtenso, etc.—and the latest of which is called Keratin Complex Treatment, offered exclusively at Piandré salon as its exclusive distributor in the Philippines.
I give it two thumbs up.
Andrea Zulueta, Creative Director of Piandré says they are "super excited to offer it as it's the first time in a long time we've had a service that was this life-changing. We've had clients with super buhaghag damaged hair come back after the three-day no-shampoo period, moved to tears at how soft, shiny, and healthy their hair is.
"Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy is a US-produced treatment that restores natural keratin to the hair. The premise is that some people are born with keratin (the shampoo commercial sort hair) and others are born without it (super curly afro types).
What the treatment does is insert natural keratin within the cuticles of your hair to create a waxy protective cover to make it shiny, smoother, straighter than how it was. So super curly hair will become loose curls, wavy hair will become a natural straight.
What it doesn't do is make curly hair stick straight as with rebonding.
"Because it's an outer layer, it is sensitive to elements like chlorine, salt water and sulfate. It will wash off with normal shampooing between two to five months, depending on the condition of your hair and how well you manage it. The good news is there's no ugly regrowth! You can do it as often as every two months."
Because most shampoos contain sulfate which damages our keratin covering Piandré strongly strongly recommends a sulfate free shampoo such as Pureology (by L'Oreal Professionnel) which is available separate from the service.
In a few weeks Piandré will be offering the Keratin Complex shampoo which is sulfate-free but with keratin, so it will be an exact match to the treatment.
Keratin Complex is recommended for those who have:
• buhaghag, unamanageable hair
• colored hair, to make color longer lasting and brighter
• bleached hair, to seal its ends and make hair look healthy and shiny
• those with chemically damaged hair from rebonding, straightening or relaxing
• those in between rebonding, who have curly roots and straight ends, and your stylist tells you they can't do it and you have to wait
It is not for those with very thick curly hair who want it super straight. For this, Piandré offers Xtenso Rebond and Soft Rebond service.
It is not for pregnant women.
This is not the same as the permanent blowdry or Brazilian Keratin Treatment offered in other salons, which is harmful to the stylist and has some formaldehyde which breaks bonds within the hair.
My treatment took about three hours from start to finish.
Therapy starts at Php 5,000 for short to medium hair and can go as high as Php 10,000, depending on the amount of product used. Andrea says it's best to ask for a quote in person before getting it done. (In the US, same treatment starts from US$350.)
Pureology shampoo and conditioner costs about Php 2,500 but lasts up to 80 washes.
Learn more about it on Facebook or go to http://www.keratincomplex.com/
For questions or concerns, email email@example.com. Andrea will be happy to answer your emails personally.
Piandré Salons are located all over Metro Manila.
Find one nearest you at http://piandre.com/main/stores.
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