My dad’s canary-yellow Lincoln Mark V is synonymous with R& B classics for me. Mostly because before I even entered it, I’d hear the music blaring and my dad belting out tunes. One of his favorites was “Break Up to Make Up” by The Stylistics. As I found myself nostalgically downloading the best of The Stylistics a little while ago, I remembered those days…visibly embarrassed, but singing along with him (in my head). Since then, after loving and losing, I can honestly say I understand the song. I get it now, Papa Brathwaite.
The concept of “break up to make up” doesn’t relate only to romantic relationships. I’ve oft-confronted my split ends with scissors, but recently I was introduced to keratin treatments. As I’m sure you know, over time our hair loses protein (chemical treatments and heat exacerbate this natural process). Protein-depleted hair is dull, rough, dry, frizzy, and lifeless. Sound familiar? I’d heard quite a bit about Brazilian Keratin Treatments and relaxed hair. I gotta’ tell ya, from formaldehyde formulations to just god-awful results, I had no interest in joining that club.
Well, KeratinPerfect is different. It’s called a “smoothing system” because it uses naturally derived protein (from sheep’s wool to be exact) to infuse hair with much-needed strength and shine. So yeah, I was invited to an event where attendees were shown how to complete a successful DIY blowout using KeratinPerfect.
For the record, my DIY hair projects end up with me begging my gracious hair stylists (i.e. hair angels) to fit me into their busy schedules. I figured I’d cut out the trauma of trying to fit a hat over my stay-puft hair and just watch the professionals teach more able-bodied bloggers and editors.
I happily took my products with me to my one of my favorite hair angels, Shedelle Holmes. She used the sulfate-free Perfect Cleanse ($24), Perfect Silk Conditioner ($24), and Keratin Blowout Booster Cream ($34). As she shampooed she said, “you can feel the difference even when shampooing”. As she blew out my hair, she marveled at its shine and said it actually looked stronger and more healthful…score!
I haven’t tried the full, 30-day smoothing process, but it seems so simple…even I could do it (maybe):
Apply Clarifying Shampoo
Apply The Perfector & leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing out
Flat Iron hair using a tool that goes up to 430 degrees
Et Voile…this version doesn’t hold a candle to my dad’s, but I guess it’ll do…