Tame your Mane

At the beginning of last month, I was invited to try out KeraStraight – a keratin straightening and hair repair treatment at the beautifully decorated Hairven salon at Hillcrest’s Heritage Market. It’s a great treatment to try if you’re having problems managing  your hair, or if it’s just looking frizzy and takes too long to style.

About the treatment

KeraStraight is an in-salon treatment (so no, you can’t do it yourself). The process involves getting your hair washed with a special cleansing shampoo – that deep cleans your hair and opens up the hair cuticle. Then, one of three KeraStraight treatments is applied to the hair (depending on your hair’s condition). It is then combed through and left to develop before blow drying and ironing. Then another wash at the basin before rough drying the hair to reveal how beautifully conditioned and shiny it looks. Be prepared though, you will be spending a good couple of hours at the salon, but the treatment is totally worth it.

What I like about this treatment is that there were no nasty fumes during the process. I have had other “keratin treatments” that left my eyes watering because of the fumes, but with this one there was none of that. In fact, it actually smelt rather pleasant – almost fruity!

I also liked that KeraStraight isn’t a one-size-fits-all keratin treatment and that there are three different strengths depending on your hair’s condition. Colour Protect for very week or fragile hair, ideal for platinum blondes or hair that is highly coloured and porous. KS Complex for normal hair that’s wavy and unruly or damaged and KS Intensive which is ideal for hair that’s very resistant, very curly, afro or “virgin” hair that hasn’t been coloured before

KS Complex was used on my hair because although I do have straight hair, it is quite damaged and gets super firzzy!

What KeraStraight Does

  • Same Day Shampoo
  • Eliminates Frizz
  • Straightens & Repairs Simultaneously
  • 3 Variants - Benefits for all hair types
  • Nano-Molecules of 22 Carat Gold
  • Lasts up to 4 Months
Like most of the keratin straightening treatments, if you want yours to last, you have to use the accompanying shampoo and conditioner as sulphate from normal ones strips out the keratin. I didn’t and the treatment still lasted four weeks which was impressive, but now that my hair is back to it’s crazy-tangly self, I wish I had used the right shampoo!
I found that KeraStraight also cut down my styling time making my hair dry in half the time which left more time for makeup :)

For more information on KeraStraight and to find a salon in your area, visit www.kerastraight.com. If you’d like to get this treatment done at Hairven in Hillcrest, you can call them on 031 765 3014.