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The Liquid Keratin Diaries: Part II

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It's 48 hours later, and I'm back with a Liquid Keratin update. After the requisite two-day wait, it was time to use the provided shampoo and conditioner. I still had zero lather with the shampoo, but the conditioner did noticeably detangle my waves as I left it in for a few minutes.

The biggest part of this step was coating towel-dried hair with the leave-in conditioner spray, once again in that awkwardly shaped bottle. It said "style as usual," but didn't say anything about adding other products. Eek, an rule-follower's impasse – what to do?

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Since Step 1 explicitly said not to put anything else on your hair, the editor in me assumed they would have used the similar wording if the same was true for this step . . . but didn't want to take any big chances. I added a tiny amount of my favorite styling product (whether wearing curly or straight), but significantly less than I would normally. While I didn't have stick-straight results, my hair combed easier with less pulling than before and dried straighter but became fuller than usual. Much fuller. Not exactly the look I was going for.

My conclusion? At nearly $70 for 30 days, Liquid Keratin is a commitment that I wouldn't make again based on my results, but my reaction may be biased. If I had tried this before I dove into light-poo and plopping, I wouldn't be comparing this product to that noticeable difference and feeling; I just like the plopping. I can see the product working better on people with finer hair — my chemically-altered, thick texture definitely didn't maximize on its potential — but there were no life-changing results for me. If any of you have tried this product, please share your take in the comments below.

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Purti-Bali Purti-Bali 7 years
i tried this product this weekend and had great results. I have thick wavy/curly indian hair and it worked great. I used the shampoo and the treatment and then blow dried my hair as directed. what i didnt like was that it made my roots look oily and the texture of the ends of my hair seemed dry to the touch. i flat ironed my hair and it looked fine. i did not have any frizzes which was a plus. last night i washed my hair with my regular shampoo and conditioner (i didnt feel like their shampoo was really deep cleaning) and put in the leave in conditioner and slept with my hair wet over night. this morning i blowdried my hair it took literally 5 minutes compared to my usual 20 blowdry routine. i didnt even have to tug hard with my hair brush to get it straight and my roots were straight (often hard to reach with a brush and dryer). overall im really satisfied because it let me blowdry my hair with minimal effort and saved me 15 minutes every other day to style it. i havent tried letting my hair airdry and see how it looks wavy. it did not make my hair poofy as bella's did.
Purti-Bali Purti-Bali 7 years
i tried this product this weekend and had great results. I have thick wavy/curly indian hair and it worked great. I used the shampoo and the treatment and then blow dried my hair as directed. what i didnt like was that it made my roots look oily and the texture of the ends of my hair seemed dry to the touch. i flat ironed my hair and it looked fine. i did not have any frizzes which was a plus. last night i washed my hair with my regular shampoo and conditioner (i didnt feel like their shampoo was really deep cleaning) and put in the leave in conditioner and slept with my hair wet over night. this morning i blowdried my hair it took literally 5 minutes compared to my usual 20 blowdry routine. i didnt even have to tug hard with my hair brush to get it straight and my roots were straight (often hard to reach with a brush and dryer). overall im really satisfied because it let me blowdry my hair with minimal effort and saved me 15 minutes every other day to style it. i havent tried letting my hair airdry and see how it looks wavy. it did not make my hair poofy as bella's did.
sabriel2 sabriel2 7 years
thanks for doing this review! I just tried it recently as well. I was really hoping the shampoo and conditioner would be a tad bigger than a couple ounces. pollypo- i noticed a color change, it actually made my hair lighter. i wonder if that's happened to anyone else. one thing about using keratin that i can't get used to is that it makes your hair stink- kind of like the smell of burnt eggs. especially after applying heat. it feels kind of gross during the 48 hour no-wash period, because you can smell it on yourself all day. other than that, it worked fine for me but definitely didn't last longer than 3 weeks (even though i bought sulfate- and salt-free shampoo.) I think for the price and the effort it would be much better to go to a salon for the treatment. Even though it costs upwards of $300 it lasts 6 months, if you're willing to spend that much on your hair I guess.
sabriel2 sabriel2 7 years
thanks for doing this review! I just tried it recently as well. I was really hoping the shampoo and conditioner would be a tad bigger than a couple ounces.pollypo- i noticed a color change, it actually made my hair lighter. i wonder if that's happened to anyone else.one thing about using keratin that i can't get used to is that it makes your hair stink- kind of like the smell of burnt eggs. especially after applying heat. it feels kind of gross during the 48 hour no-wash period, because you can smell it on yourself all day. other than that, it worked fine for me but definitely didn't last longer than 3 weeks (even though i bought sulfate- and salt-free shampoo.)I think for the price and the effort it would be much better to go to a salon for the treatment. Even though it costs upwards of $300 it lasts 6 months, if you're willing to spend that much on your hair I guess.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Good to know, thanks Bella.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Good to know, thanks Bella.
pollypo pollypo 7 years
Hi, SofiaNYC - question for you: did your hair color change at all after using this product? I'm always wary of that effect (my hair is dark brown and fine). Thanks for your review and any answer to my question!
SofiaNYC SofiaNYC 7 years
well i have a success story about this product, i do have very fine hair. For me my biggest fear and my biggest nightmare was to survive the humidity of NYC summer, my hair would get so frizzy that i wouldnt dare leave the house without my emergency hat. I tried the Keratin and my hair became instantly (well after 4 days with the product on my hair) humidity resistant...it was heaven, a total pardise for me! Now im not afraid of the summer anymore....bring it on!!
scully22 scully22 7 years
Yeah, me too. I was all excited hearing about it but money well saved! Thanks Bella!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
Thanks so much for doing this review, Bella. I also have this on my "to try" list, but based on your experience, I am crossing it off!
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