Keratin Earth

The whispers of keratin hair treatment got to me, so I bought Keratin Earth when the Today Show offered a special deal. I researched a little first, but mostly just got the impression that Keratin Earth gave their product to a bunch of bloggers when it was released, they all loved it, surprise, surprise and then it was never heard from again.  Until now. Like I said, I wanted it, I bought it, so this is my experience with Keratin Earth.

 

The special was something like $30 for a 30-day supply (but there’s plenty to last through at least two more). It’s an at-home, supposedly organic treatment. Was I expecting miracles? No. Was I mostly just hoping it didn’t make my hair fall out? Yes.

 

Here’s the quick and stinky:

 

Was it easy to use? Yes.

 

How long did the process take? About two hours? It requires multiple showers, but my hair takes an hour to straighten, so someone who’s better at it or has shorter hair might not take so long.

 

Did your hair fall out or turn green? Not yet.

 

Did it smell delicious like they say? In my opinion, no.  Does anyone like that rotten egg/permy smell? No? Okay then. The final conditioning step wasn’t so bad, but it didn’t mask the stench from the straightening cream.

 

Did it make your hair soft? Yes.

 

Did it make your hair limp? No.

 

Did it make your hair straight? Well, here’s the thing…and here’s where the “quick” ends…

 

My issue with the bloggers who initially reviewed the product is that they were like, OMG, MY HAIR IS STRAIGHT! Well,  girl, you just spent (in my case) an hour straightening it! The initial process wasn’t necessarily easier than without it.

 

I got caught in the rain that night and it didn’t stay stick straight (and it really made the smell come out again), but it potentially stayed straighter and less frizzy than it would have normally. The next day, I went to spin – and again, the smell – and showered, washed my hair with their shampoo and conditioner (and I realized the shampoo has a bit of the stinky stink to it too) and straightened it again – trying to “train” it straight I guess!

 

The difference I did notice was that it was softer and didn’t get as oily as usual when I straighten it.  I didn’t resort to a ponytail and it still looked good after a few skipped washes. When I did wash it again and wore it naturally, guess what? It wasn’t straight! Anyone surprised? I wasn’t.

 

It’s my understanding that keratin defrizzes and makes hair soft and I would say that, yes, it did that. Most treatments don’t try to claim to straighten, but Keratin Earth’s Step 2 is literally called Straightening Treatment, but it’s not.

 

After about a week I got really sick of the smell of the special shampoo and conditioner and switched back to normal, so if that was my mistake, I will take the blame, but my ultimate review is that Keratin Earth is a harmless, but unhelpful product. It was a waste of time because it really didn’t do anything that I couldn’t have done without the extra steps and smell.
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The Best Weirdest Thing I Ever Put on My Face

True to form, the universe sent me just what I needed, just when I needed it. About a week before my sister’s wedding with thoughts of make up trials and eye shadow colors dancing through my head, I read on Emily’s blog that she had just been in a wedding and used Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel as a makeup primer. Totally weird, but if it’s on the internet, it’s worth a shot, right?!

A quick search to reassure me that my face would NOT turn Bayside maroon led me to understand that it’s not Monistat Monistat, it’s part of their skin care line and basically it’s designed to reduce chub rub by creating a dry barrier on the skin.  It creates the same barrier on your face, sealing in the moisture from your face lotion and creating a smooth base for your makeup.

It’s not thick or heavy or oily – starts as a gel and rubs to a powder – and doesn’t have any noticeable smell AND, the best part…it really does keep makeup looking fresh all night long!  I don’t wear a ton of makeup and normally by the end of the workday or the end of a night out, my face looks completely naked, but I felt great about how my makeup looked all night long at both parties.

How does it work? The gel is made with the same key ingredient (dimethicone) as MAC primer and sells for less than $5 at Target, thus the appeal.  I found it at the first store I went to, right with the feminine care products.  (Isn’t it funny the aisles you used to be embarrassed to walk down or the products you never wanted to hand to the cashier that you really could care less about the older you get?!)

So, yes, it’s the weirdest thing I ever put on my face, but it might just also be the best thing (tied with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Facial Cleanser…my skin has been incredible since I started using this).  I even got another bridesmaid to try it…spreading the good word everywhere I go!

Whip My Hair

I know this took off on the internet like months ago, but, yeah, hi, late to the party as per usual. I’ve heard the chorus and thought it was catchy but I listened to the rest yesterday and wow! Will and Jada, man, they make some talented babies.

Anyway, the reason I listened to it in the first place was because I was hoping it was the perfect lyric to describe my reaction to something a friend put on Facebook. And it was.

I have strong feelings about my hair.  It’s curly.  Always has been, presumably always will be. 

So yesterday when I saw the following post from a college classmate on Facebook:

I need a test subject! Are you a girl that has naturally curly hair but always straighten’s [sic] it? Have you had a Brazilian Blowout (BTW these are bad!)? I have a product for you to try and sample. I’ll let you try this new product if you promise to write me a review and summary of it! Let me know if you’re interested.

…my inner curly-headed bra-burner came out with this:

Hold the phone! You’ll LET me try this product that is new so, in my mind, could potentially turn my hair green and/or make it fall out in an attempt to “fix” my natural hair and perpetuate a one-dimensional standard of beauty? No thanks, I whip my hair.

See?  Strong feelings.

I’m trying to spread the curly hair pride, but out of 15 comments, I was the only one who didn’t jump on the please-torture-my-hair-and-make-me-like-everyone-else wagon! Really?! Come on, ladies!

I mean, trust me, I’ve been there.  Occasionally.  Briefly.  I’ve straightened my hair, but it’s not for me. 

It takes so long.  It takes so long that you want to keep it straight for a few days, which means you can’t sweat.  That obviously doesn’t work for me.  

When I straighten my hair, I don’t look very much like myself.  I look like a lot of everyone else.  This also doesn’t work for me.  I’ve embraced my curly hair and love that it makes me unique.  Everyone has something that makes them unique.  Embrace it and make it work for you.