My CW Star Experience: The Keratin Complex Treatment

JBentley Studio and Spa

Lately, whenever people tell me my hair looks nice, I’ve got three words for them: Keratin Complex Treatment.

Have you heard of it? I hadn’t until a few months ago.

As I’ve written about in the past, I’m in the midst of the long, grueling process of growing out my relaxer. It’s been about two years now, so my relaxer is mostly gone. I still like to wear my hair straight though, and I was having a tough time getting it as straight as I like. When I told Taira Harris, a stylist at J.Bentley Studio & Spa (an official CW Columbus sponsor), about my struggles she offered to put a Keratin in my hair.

What’s “a Keratin”? Well, according to my research:

The Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy works differently from traditional chemical straightening systems–including Brazilian straighteners–and its competitors. Relaxers are designed primarily to straighten curly hair. The keratin treatment is designed primarily to restore health to damaged or abused hair. The result is straight hair.

Traditional straighteners (thio or lye based) change the chemical bonds of the hair.  Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy does not alter the bonds.  Instead, this system conditions the hair while adding shine and increasing manageability by infusing natural keratin deep into the cuticle of the hair shaft.  As a result, each strand is keratin buffered by this unique, patent-pending process.  Natural keratin is restored and hair is rejuvenated.

“It leaves the hair smoother, silkier, straighter and shinier.  It eliminates up to 95% of unwanted frizz and reduces styling time in half.  It is also safe to use on all hair types, including color-treated hair.

In layman’s terms: It’s. Awesome.

The day, I went to get my Keratin treatment, I got highlights as well. Apparently, it’s best to get color immediately prior to receiving the treatment so the color will be sealed in. After the treatment, the hair has to wait 2 weeks before you can color it. (You can also get a Keratin on TOP of a relaxer!)

I already had red highlights that Mary Beth applied during the CW Star contest, so Steve Napier added lighter brown and blonde highlights to my hair.

All foiled up!

All foiled up!

I’ve always, always, always wanted to get several shades of highlights in my hair, but I didn’t want to get my hair colored while I still had a relaxer. Now, that my relaxer is mostly gone, I was super excited to finally get some variety! I didn’t expect it to come out this nice though. Steve is amazing!

After Steve put in the color and washed my hair, it was time to get the Keratin.

Kinky Curly

The application is much like a relaxer with the parting, applying, smoothing and letting it sit for 20 minutes. The major difference is that it’s not a chemical so I don’t get that painful burning sensation followed by those massive scalp scabs that I’d be pulling out my head for the next several weeks. The thought of that makes me shudder now, but it was commonplace for the 12 years I wore a relaxer in my head. (Hashtag: Never Again)

Keratin treatment

Anyway, after the Keratin was applied, Taira blowdryed my hair then flat ironed it.

Keratin Blowdry

"Steve Napier Color and Highlights"

This color is gorgeous! Thanks Steve!!!

I was finished for the day, but she instructed me to wear my hair bone straight for the next three days. No ponytails, no getting it wet, no curling the ends, no putting my hair behind my ears. Any of that could cause a permanent bend in my hair. I was only allowed to loosely wrap my hair at night as long as I alternated directions when wrapping.

When I left the salon, I was terrified that I was going to mess up the treatment and accidentally get caught in a rainstorm or a hurricane or be forced at gunpoint to put my hair in a ponytail or something.

Day 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3

These fears were unfounded, so on Monday, I went back to the salon where Taira washed and curled my hair.

Taira curled hair

Keratin Care Roots

Look at those roots!!

Keratin Complex Treatment

J Bentley Keratin Treatment

Keratin Complex Treatment

It looked and felt fantastic!! The highlights! The Keratin! I was in love!!!!…but still a little skeptical that it was the Keratin that got my hair straight and not just the fact that a professional washed and flat-ironed it.

Two weeks later, I attempted to do my own hair to really test out this Keratin and see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. After washing my hair, it normally it takes me about 45 minutes to blowdry it. I part it in sections and use the comb attachment on my blowdryer yet still look like Simba when it’s dry (yes Simba from Lion King!).

JBentley sells the Keratin shampoo and conditioner and which helps extend the life of the Keratin and keeps you from washing it out immediately.

Keratin_Complex_Color_Care_Shampoo___Conditioner_13_5_oz_ea_

Remember the earlier picture of my hair wet pre-Keratin? This is hair wet post-Keratin. A lot less kinky curly!

Remember the earlier picture of my hair wet pre-Keratin? This is hair wet post-Keratin. A lot less kinky curly!

So, I washed my hair with those products, parted it and blowdried it in sections like I normally do and it only took 15 minutes to dry! Annnnd it blow-dried straight!

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Ignore my messing dressing room haha

No more Simba! Even when I had a relaxer, my hair didn’t blowdry this straight. I still flat ironed it but it was barely necessary!

So, yeah this Keratin treatment is the truth! Beyond making my hair easier to manage, it makes it megasoft and so silky straight, that it’s hard to wrap it sometimes!

The Keratin isn’t permanent, it just gradually washes out after about three to six months if you don’t get it reapplied. I’ll definitely be getting it reapplied though. This is one of the best decisions I’ve made for my hair since quitting relaxers two years ago.

If you’re thinking about getting the treatment, I say do it!!!!

Unfortunately, this isn’t something your cousin KeKe can throw in your hair in her “kitchen salon” while she fries chicken and babysits her neighbor’s kids. They do have the Keratin product you can buy in the store, but if you want the real deal, you have to go to a professional.

In fact, the Keratin Complex people require every salon and stylist administering the treatment be trained and accredited prior to use. Taira Harris is actually a certified Keratin Complex trainer, so she definitely knows what she’s doing. And for a fairly new (and pretty costly) treatment like this one, you want to go to someone who is qualified.

So, that’s my hair update!

As I said, J Bentley Studio and Spa is a sponsor of CW Columbus, so here’s a video of the process:

This whole natural hair thing isn’t so bad after all :-)

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4 thoughts on “My CW Star Experience: The Keratin Complex Treatment

  1. That looks fabulous! You know, my sister was trying to tell me that I should have this done as I was natural for 1 yr and it was way too much work for the end result! The reason I didn’t do it is because I mistakenly thought that it would be damaging and would leave me with see through ends and problems maintaining moisture! After reading your explanation this may indeed be what I really need! Thanks so much for posting this! :-)

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