Ever since I cut it all off, I’ve been living a real love story with my hair… And with my hair stylist, Clyde. And to think I found him on the internet! Ah, Clyde. There should be a Tinder for hair stylists, I think. Apparently there’s some real romance starting on Tinder these days!
Anyway. I don’t know, I never tried Tinder. I was too afraid someone might recognize me. Hahaha.
I don’t know if you remember, but two years ago, I cut all my hair off. And it was REALLY short. I needed a change*, so I went for it. And like all makeover stories, it was super liberating. It was amazing for my mood, my look – everything. As I had had short hair before, I wasn’t too afraid. I knew I could let it grow back one day if I wanted to. I actually loved growing it back out. It’s the perfect opportunity to try out all different lengths, you can take your time with the ones you like more… And cross off (forever) certain styles from your list.
So, that was about two years ago, and it was SHORT, and it was also very dark. Kind of radical. In the meantime, life has flowed its flow (???) and I’ve… softened somehow – and my hair did too. Clyde and I naturally started looking for lengths that would be softer around the ears and neck. We played around with different volumes. We had fun lightening the base color.
And this summer, I felt like growing it again. I talked it over with Clyde and as he always does, he said, let’s try!
Obviously, I had my doubts. I thought back to how much trouble it was, the frizz, the problems with volume, the rebel curls… And my legendary laziness. No blow out for me. No crazy styling, no complicated routines, otherwise we would be headed straight for hair-tastrophe… And a bun.
And if there was one thing I didn’t want to mess up, it was definitely my newfound love story with my hair…
Clyde reassured me, saying he had lots of solutions, and a little keratin treatment could work miracles, even on short hair…
So I went back, feeling confident, with lots of missions in mind for Clyde and Mirco, his colorist. We had to redo my color, since it had gotten worn out from the summer, the sun, and the sea. We had to cut off the dry ends, while keeping in mind that I wanted to start growing it out. And, at the same time, we were going to have to do “a little keratin treatment”.
Ok, so I have to tell you right now: all of that AT THE SAME TIME was mission impossible. You have to wait at least two weeks between coloring and keratin treatment, otherwise nothing stays. Two weeks??? Aaaargh.
That’s when Mirco found a solution – and my happiness. We realized I only needed to color the top of my head. The shorter hair underneath hadn’t changed over the summer. And I only needed the keratin treatment underneath. The weird frizz, the strange volume, was coming from the hair underneath. Not on top, where I actually like the movement created by my curls.
So we killed two birds with one stone. Keratin treatment on the bottom half of my head, and color on the top. That, plus a little trim, and we were off on a hair-growing-out adventure.
For now, I want to keep it right around this length:
But in a few months, I might get it to here. I think it could work really well for my hair type with a little keratin help from Clyde.
What do you think?
* And yes, I still remember (and it still makes me smile) your comments: “A woman who changes her hair is changing her life!” – I promise, I had no idea what kinds of changes were in store for me at the time…!
Translated by Andrea Perdue
Interview with my hairdresser, Clyde Elezi
Can you tell us a little bit about keratin, and how it’s used in hair?
Keratin is a protein naturally found in the skin, hair, nails, and adding it to hair is restorative and strengthening. It’s mainly used to help control unruly hair. You begin the process by cleaning the hair of all products and environmental residue, so the keratin is applied evenly onto damp, yowl-dried hair and processed for up to 30 minutes. Then hair is rinsed thoroughly before being blow dried and flat-ironed.
What kind of hair does it work best on?
Hair that lacks luster, needs more manageability, and has a lot of frizz! It’s not a traditional relaxer, so you won’t see any differencar on stick straight hair.
And, as always, consult a doctor if you’re expecting before getting a treatment.
How effective is it on short hair?
Keratin on short hair is great! Shorter hair tends to get puffier and this treatment can really help manage a lot of that.
And maybe you can give an overview of what we talked about during my consultation…
We talked about your styling routine, and how you wear it the same way each day – I love the wave on top, but the undercut was a little frizzy. So I suggested we color the top (and you can’t get a keratin treatment and color on the same day), and just do the keratin treatment on the undercut to make it more manageable as a transition style.
And why can’t you get keratin and color on the same day?
They usually advise a 10-day waiting period in between, to ensure hair is perfectly clarified and the keratin treatment is as effective as possible.
How often do can you get a keratin treatment done?
It really depends on how much you wash your hair after the treatment, but typically every 3-4 months.
And any special advice for those considering getting it done?
Do your research! Ask a lot of questions. Keratin treatments have been life changing for a lot of people. Make sure you consult with a stylist to ensure what you expect from it and what it can do for you are in line with each other.