My hair is thick. Not each individual hair, so I’m told, but there is an awful lot of it. I’ve battled with the bushy barnet since my teens.
Of course, my lovely mum tells me, ‘You’ve got such beautiful, thick hair darling’ (as all lovely mums do). But that beautiful, thick hair was not giving me the Kate Moss wispy tendrils I coveted throughout my 20’s.
Let’s say it was more Jon Bon Jovi than Axel Rose. And I’ve tried all sorts to achieve the Axel, let me tell you.
I started with the GHD straighteners that we all owned in the 90’s. An improvement, but a little Posh Spice in her ‘I’ve just baggsied a footballer who’s a nice enough looking lad, but I shall soon transform him into the hottest man on the planet’ days for my liking.
Next I tried the Brazilian but this wasn’t a great success for me (this is the blow dry variety, the other is for another day).
I didn’t like being unable to move a single hair for a few days after the treatment, for fear of disturbing the straightness, never mind not being allowed to wash it. That’s like telling me the pilot has now put the seatbelt signs on, and nobody can go for a wee for the next thirty minutes. You can bet your TENA ladies that’s exactly what I’ll immediately need to do.
Anyway, I digress. The Brazilian straightened out my frizz, but only lasted four to five weeks.
My next endeavour was a Japanese technique which certainly delivered the straight. Poker straight. For two years. Not a natural kink or wave in sight until it was literally cut out. No perfectly messy bedhead days for me. I do have a natural wave and sometimes it’s nice to have the choice to embrace it.
The man himself, Trevor Sorbie MBE, who is the global ambassador for KeraStraight, says, ‘For clients that have any wavy, frizzy or untamed hair, this is where KeraStraight really fits the bill. It gives the clients something that they’ve never had before.’
And who am I to argue with Trevor, I thought, with his 50+ years’ hairdressing experience? If he vouches for it, then I’ll give it a go.
Now I was sceptical, and reiterated several times that I did not long for the ironed-out Cher look. I wanted fuzz-free, silky locks, keeping some of the natural movement in my hair.
And I need to be able to wash and go. I don’t have time for much ‘styling’ with three kids to get out on the school run each morning. When I have to pretend to myself that I’ll get an hour in a lift with a celebrity of my choice, if I can get them all out of the house in ten seconds flat, there’s no time for a brush, never mind a blow dry (usually I go for Brad or one of the Ryans, but I can be known to go more cheeky chappy on occasion and opt for Ant or Dec, or even both),
I’d also recently had a bob cut and needed to avoid the ‘thatched roof’ look which my beloved Mr S.H.I.T. had so kindly bestowed on me. ‘Triangle head’ was another favourite. So sweet.
Bella Chouhan, KeraStraight co-ordinator for the Richmond salon, assured me I’d have smooth, no-frizz, soft, manageable hair, so off she set to work for three hours. This involved a pre-treatment, two shampoos, solution on for 45 minutes, rinse, then condition, and I was good to go.
She’d warned me it would look Anna Wintour straight until I washed it, but that’s not such a bad thing. I could be Anna, just with a happy face and cheaper clothes.
I tentatively asked, ‘So I can really, really wash it in half an hour if I want to, and tuck it behind my ears with no worries of undoing all your good work?’ And indeed I could, and I did.
You are strongly advised to use sulphate free shampoo and conditioner to maintain the treatment, and I’ve found Trevor Sorbie’s Smooth & Hydrate, works best for me.
Mustn’t forget the complimentary Intense Boost that Trevor Sorbie offer a few weeks in, which revitalises the treatment. My hair looked even more healthy and shiny after that (this is actually a treatment in itself which you can have without having had the KeraStraight, as it repairs dry, damaged hair, and lasts for thirty days).
I won’t pretend KeraStraight is a cheap option at starting prices of £190 (a consultation is necessary beforehand to work out how much you will need depending on your hair type) but it does last up to four months.
I swear I haven’t looked back since. I have smooth hair every day with not a trace of frizz or fuzz, or a triangular straw roof on my head, as well as being low maintenance. Now that’s worth every penny if you ask me.
This is not a sponsored post believe it or not. I genuinely tried KeraStraight and loved it, so wanted to share with any fellow frizz-harassed people. All opinions are 100% my own. Click here to find out more about KeraStraight at Trevor Sorbie.
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