Today I'm talking haircare on the blog. Haircare for sleek, smooth and frizz-free hair. I saw this Marc Anthony Keratin Smoothing Treatment kit at Dischem and decided to give it a go. The goal of the product is to eliminate frizz and to soften waves and curls, as well as to reduce blow drying time by 75%.
The box contains a small bottle of clarifying shampoo and a larger purple bottle with the treatment. You also get a pamphlet with instructions and a shower cap, which is actually just a plastic bag...
I'll be honest...it is time consuming applying this treatment. I waited for a weekend when I knew I would be mostly at home and applied the treatment on a Friday evening as the instructions say to not wash your hair for 48 hours. I wash my hair every day, so this freaked me out a bit!
First you have to wash your hair with the clarifying shampoo, rinse it, and wash it again. The instructions tell you not to put on conditioner, and I must say, that was a weird feeling. The bottle of shampoo is very small, but I still have little over half a bottle left and I have long hair. The shampoo is very light and smells deliciously fruity. I don't know what I expected it would smell like, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fruity smell. The shampoo foams up nicely and you can feel it properly cleaning your hair. By the end of the second wash my hair felt clean and ever so slightly squeaky.
You then need to towel dry your hair and comb it out with a wide tooth comb. This part was horrible as I can't seem to comb out any knots unless I've had conditioner on my hair! After about five minutes of delicate combing and a few swear words, I managed to obtain smooth hair.
You then have to blow dry your hair to 80% dry, comb it out again, and divide your hair into sections. You then shake the purple treatment bottle, pour a little into the palm of your hand, and work your hands through your hair, piece by piece. According to the pamphlet, your hair should feel coated but not slimy or overly sticky. You then put on the plastic bag, ahem, shower cap, and let your hair rest for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes you do NOT rinse out the product: you blow dry your hair with a paddle brush until completely dry. After that you are told to divide your hair into four sections, and divide each of those sections into even smaller sections. You then straighten each small section by running a straightening iron (set on very hot) 5-7 times over it. After this you are finally done. Now you need to leave your hair like this for 48 hours so that the treatment can work its magic.
During the weekend I tried to not touch my hair too often. By the second day my hair started to look greasy, but I could still get away with it. The thing I noticed was that I had no frizz. I washed my hair the evening of the second night that I had the treatment in my hair, and a wash never felt so good!
My hair felt a lot softer, but unfortunately I couldn't see any difference. I don't know if I should have applied more product to my hair, but for all the effort I put into applying this, I am quite disappointed by the results (or the lack thereof). I also don't notice any reduction in my blowdrying time.
- You can do it yourself
- At R139.95 it is quite affordable
- Time consuming
- You're unsure if you have enough product in your hair
- It didn't work for me
Have you ever used this product or something similar? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments section.
Until next time!