The Truth About Brazilian Keratin Treatments

Recently, I met with Jeannine’s beloved hair stylist, Naomi, from Gemini 14 to get the highly hyped Brazilian Keratin Treatment. I was fed up with my unmanageable hair, and ready to give this treatment a go for the third time (I hadn’t gotten it done in over a year). Here’s the complete lowdown on this process with pictures included so you can see the amazing results!

The Brazilian Keratin Treatment is not a traditional relaxer - it’s free of harsh chemicals so it won’t have damaging effects, and it was specifically designed to recuperate the hair. It’s perfect for those who want to maintain their wave (like yours truly) but get it under control, and it greatly reduces the time it takes to do your hair.  Plus, if you don’t like your results, it’s not permanent and there will be no lines.

As of late, the treatment has gotten negative press due to its formaldehyde content, so if you’re concerned, many options exist that contain different levels of formaldehyde (but greater content tends to produce the best results and will last the longest).  FYI: There’s more formaldehyde in your nail polish than in this treatment!

As for the procedure, Naomi first shampooed and air dried my hair. Then he used a special conditioner which he let soak into my hair for about 15 minutes. Then, he dried my hair again, and used a special flat iron to smooth and seal in the product. Two hours later, I left the salon with  completely pin-straight locks.

I will admit that the look was not the most flattering on me, so I avoided going out in public for the next two days until I could finally wash my hair. As instructed,... I used a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that wouldn’t compromise my treatment, and then simply let my hair air dry. That’s right - n0 products whatsoever. I was pleasantly surprised by the results, and my fears were put to rest - the treatment didn’t get rid of my waves.  Instead, it made them more managable, smooth and silky!

Brazilian Keratin Treatments normally last about three to four months depending on the texture of your hair and how often you wash it. Most people are candidates for this treatment, except for African-Americans and those who have hair with no curl patterns. As Naomi said, “The treatment will make your hair shiny, smooth, frizz-free, and easy to manage.” What more could you ask for?

Gemini 14 Color Bar Salon is located at 135 West 14th Street (between Avenue Of The Americas & 7th Ave). To make an appointment, call (212) 531-6272.