During the GKT process

I want to apologize to those that have been waiting to hear my final thoughts and results of my Global Keratin Treatment that I received on October 21 from Jordana Lorraine (now at Phenix Salon Suites in Marina Del Rey).  The delay is not that I’ve been busy with my kids, because I’m always busy with my kids.  It’s not because I didn’t have a picture to share.  It’s not because I had more important topics to blog about.  Honestly, it’s because I wasn’t quite sure how to present my opinion without sounding wishy-washy.  I have a definite opinion about which of the two keratin treatments, the Global Keratin Treatment and the Brazilian Blowout, that I like best.  I’m just not sure I have a really good reason to like one better than the other as they both gave me the straight locks I lusted for.

Let’s start with the Brazilian Blowout that I received in July.  The process took just over 2 hours to complete.  I left the salon with my hair completely process, washed and dried.  My hair did feel like it had a coating of product on it and I’d say it remained “heavy” for at least a week.  I could wash it, dry it, style it, add product, swim with it….anything you can normally do with your hair.  The Brazilian Blowout lasted about 7 weeks before some minor waves started to come back.  By 10 weeks, I’d say most of my curl was back but the frizz and volume of my curl seemed to be missing (which is OK by me!).  While I was back to blow drying my hair straight with the hairfreé™ brush I told you about, I’d say it was easier to get straight than it was pre- BB.

Four months and 1 week after I had my The Brazilian Blowout™, I returned to Jordana for a Global Keratin Treatment.  I wanted to try the GKT because it is a gentler formula of keratin treatment and does not contain any of the “hyde” family of chemicals.  I had experienced eye irritation with the BB and hoped not to have that same experience with the GKT.

I showed you pictures of the Dino-Clark keratin treatment room and ventilation system that Jordana used.  Dino-Clark is now closed, and Jordana is at Phenix Salon Suites in Marina Del Rey, where she has a private studio suite with an advanced air filtration system.  Granted, the fumes were less intense due to the ventilation so the comparison is not exactly accurate.  During my GKT, I had very minimal eye irritation (we are talking 10 seconds!).

The other differences this treatment had, compared to the BB, was that the process took 1 hour and 30 minutes but I left with the treatment in my hair.  My hair was dried straight but the keratin remained in my hair 72 hours.  My hair felt heavy but silky soft.

Now, having to wait 72 hours to wash my hair was like torture.  It feels similar to when you have to wait for a service company to arrive during a 4 hour period of time!  The waiting kills you, you thinking of a million things you could be doing but instead you are stuck at home waiting.  While waiting to wash my hair during the 72 hours, I couldn’t go to the gym because I could neither put my hair up in ponytail while I worked out or wash my hair after the workout.  I could not clip my too-long bangs back.  I could not wear a headband while washing my face.  Even showering proved to be a hassle as the humidity of the shower needed to be avoided if possible and no, there would not be any pulling my hair up with a hair clip.

Don’t get me wrong, I do sometimes go 72 hours without washing my hair.  Life gets busy so I’ll skip washing my hair when I shower.  The difference is, I can pull it back into a clip or headband or wear a cute hat until I do have the time to wash, dry and style my hair.  It was more the inconvenience of not clipping my hair back that bothered me.   I wasn’t going to take the chance of causing a bend in my newly treated hair!

After I did finally get to wash my hair, I was pleased to be able to rough dry it and get straight hair without sectioning my hair and blowing each section dry with a brush.  The results of newly washed hair gave me soft, smooth hair but with definitely more volume than I experienced with the BB.  I think the GKT left my hair with more fluff, though it was straight fluff. (This should not have been a surprise as the GKT formula is the most gentle of keratin treatments.) I personally prefer the sleekness that I got as a result of the BB.

Hair in Natural State

This is my hair in it’s natural state, air dried

Hair rough dried after GKT

This is my hair 72 hours after my Global Keratin Treatment.  It has been washed with GKT shampoo & Conditioner.  I rough dried it, using no styling product or brush while blow drying.

In addition to my treatment experience and results, I will add that I don’t like the GKT shampoo as much as the BB shampoo.  The GKT formula  is made with Aloe Vera and appears separated when poured from the bottle.  It also has no sudsing power.  I’m sure the Aloe Vera is very healthy and gentle on my hair but I really liked the BB formula much better.  The special shampoos and conditioners are recommended as “these products will generally contain the same hydrolized keratin and botanical extracts that were in your treatment, so each time you use them you will be refreshing and enhancing your results. Shampoos should be free of sulfates and sodium chloride.” Get more tips from Caring for Your Keratin Hair Treatment.

Global Keratin Hair Product

Considering the cost of the Global Keratin Treatment and Brazilian Blowout are the same (starting at $350), and I like the overall results of the Brazilian Blowout better than the Global Keratin, I will go with the BB for my next keratin treatment.  Hopefully with the new ventilation system in place at Dino-Clark Salon, I’ll have much less eye irritation.  Until then, I’ll be happy with the fact that I can rough dry my hair straight, and do it quickly, with the GKT.

Considering a keratin treatment?

Before deciding on which keratin treatment is right for you, please consult a certified stylist, read as much information as you can about the treatment you want, and ask to see the stylists certification, as well as the bottles of product to be sure you are truly paying for the experience and product you ask for.

Jordana is happy to answer questions regarding keratin treatments via email or phone.  You can receive a $50 discount off the Global Keratin Treatment or Brazilian Blowout from Jordana when you mention A Mom in Red High Heels through November 30, 2009.

Find Jordana at Phenix Salon Suites in Marina Del Rey, CA.
contact: 310-922-2645


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  1. @Kathy I am sorry to hear of your experience; I’ve never seen anything like it. If it still curls, that is a good sign that you may have had the gentlest treatment, which lasts the shortest period of time. The frizz baffles me, as I don’t see how doing the treatment could possibly add frizz. The best way to increase the fade-out of the treatment would be to use clarifying shampoos, but then you must be sure to sue a very moisturizing conditioner to make up for the good things that can strip from your hair. Or maybe ask that a more senior stylist re-do the treatment, if you’re willing to try that again.

  2. I have been using sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner by Loreal since my keratin treatment. However, when I looked at my old conditioner, I could not find anything with the word “sulfate” in the list of ingredients. Is it ok to use a conditioner (or shampoo) as long as it does not have anything specifically labelled as a sulfate in it or should I only use it if it says “sulfate-free?”

  3. @Kendall The best way to care for a keratin treatment is with that company’s shampoo and conditioner. I would suggest you return to the salon where you had the treatment to purchase that. They are specially designed to protect and prolong your results, and often contain a small amount of the keratin and botanicals in the treatment itself, so they enhance it with each use.

  4. Just had the global keratin done today. But just realized my stylist just used a hot blow dryer and not a flat irOn. Is that ok?

  5. @Mia No flat ironing at all?? That is not the way the treatment should be done, unless it was being done as a mini-treatment to control frizz for 3-4 weeks without affecting curl. The full treatment should be blow-dried on medium heat and then flat-ironed. I would recommend you call the salon first thing in the morning and speak with the stylist and owner/manager. You can review the proper application technique here: http://www.youtube.com/user/globalkeratin#p/u/3/JNgM73OEiVE

    Please check back in and let us know what happened!

  6. The sulfates in products is what creats lather, which we all love, knowing that it is not necessary to cleanse the hair shaft. Sulfates are salt, which is the enemy to to keratin.BB has been pulled off the shelves in many states by the fda, due to the amounts of an ingredient, that I will not say.
    GK uses Juvexin with is a natural and pure protein.GK is the only patented treatment , and it is called a smoother and taming treatment.Yes, by the third day it is very flat to your head, it is worth the wait. The life span of GK is no less than 5 months, and I have had even longer results.
    If you would like to stay current, try GK`s new one “The Best” , there is no wait time, and it contains along with the Jvexin , glyoxilic acid, which really adds to the shine.
    Using the after care line is crucial to the life of your treatment, it is more than not using sulfate free, it is adding back in the Juvexin to continue the replacement of the protein (keratin) into the hair shaft. I work for GK , and really believe in the system, and yes before you think it, I did use some others too.
    good luck to all of you . The ones behind the chair, and the one sitting in it. This is a big ticket expense in these slim times , so to get your moneys worth go with GK.

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  9. Thanks for posting this!! I have been trying to find the differences between the two and you definitely helped me make my decision! Going with the GKT despite the inconvenience of not being able to do ANYTHING with my hair for 3 days! It’s going to kill me! Ah!

    Hopefully all goes well!


  10. Through my readings and experience I’ve come to believe that if a brazilian keratin treatment works it has formaldehyde…

  11. amira adel

    i just had the treatment today but the stylist blow dry my hair on haigh temp and then flot iorn it , is that ok ?

  12. I have used both Brazillian blowouts and GK global blowout hair products for almost ten years now and I love Gk and I have never had one client unsatisfied. It’s a miracle!!!

  13. Is it fine to wash hair in morning and get my hair trimmed in evening along with blow dry on gk treated hair???
    I am getting the trimming done after3 weeks .