Keeping things straight – Hair Treatments

After I had my daughter, I noticed a change. Who are we kidding. She has a prominent byline on most changes in my life—physical or otherwise.

This particular change was an unwelcome one. My straight hair became wavy. Not in a sexy siren way. In an unkempt, does-she-bathe way. Hair that air-dried surprisingly to a sleek elegant style now was a frizz-fest.

I bought a flat iron. I don’t even like ironing my clothes. Now I have to iron my hair. Great. This also meant adding an extra 30 minutes to my prep time. So now my days have to be 24.5 hours long.

A friend of mine suggested professional straightening. This, to me, was just a change in location, not a time-saver. Having someone do to you in their salon what you were already doing in your bathroom. Add drive time, and now my days have to be 25.5 hours long.

She meant really straightening. Going above-and-beyond just having someone flat iron your hair for you. Although pricy (the $400 tag is enough to straighten your hair on its own), semi-perm to perm treatments are no-fuss ways to achieve frizz-free locks. Because really, no one likes ironing every day.

There are other more permanent treatments, like Brazilian blowouts and Japanese Hair Straightening, but I opted for the semi-perm keratin treatment, which infuses hair with a protein naturally found in hair. This washes out gradually over the course of four months and gets rid of to 95% of frizz and curl. Perfect for most hair types, some colors beware—platinum blonde and white hair might see a slight tinting in their hair shade.

I can’t wash it for three days, but between you and me, I’ve gone longer. I also didn’t know that you can’t get your hair colored for two weeks after you get the treatment, so I’ll have to wear a ponytail or headband my roots. Oops. Can’t wear a ponytail, headband or a hat for the first three days. Well, when I’m finally able to wash and wear a hat, I’ll be out with my new ‘do.

Here are a few at-home straightening tips from well-known Boston area hair expert, Leon de Magistris, owner of Leon & Co.

1. Be sure to dry hair about 50% before trying to blow straight.
2. Use a round brush to gently pull hair taught; don’t wrap around the
brush. Not only will it give too much curl, but your hair might get
stuck in the brush!
3. Use a flat iron sparingly – too much heat is damaging to your hair.
4. Best case: If your hair isn’t too curly, dry naturally and then flat
iron. The less heat the better.

Say bye-bye frizzes. Wave so long to unwanted waves. It’s time to get a few things straight when it comes to your hair.

Photo by John Horner; Hair by Leon de Magistris, Leon & Co.

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