This morning I had the pleasure of going down to the recently opened Capelli D'Oro 5th Avenue Salon in Manhattan's Flatiron district to experience Global Keratin's new Functional Keratin Hair Taming System (stay tuned for our writeup of the service in the February issue). The salon's owner, industry vet and hair straightening expert Leslie Correa did the treatment and talked me through the different steps. Once my hair was washed, Leslie started to apply the treatment to my wet hair, which differs from most Brazilian Keratin systems that require the hair to be dried 100% before application. Leslie explained that this saves him—and the client—about 20 minutes. More time was saved by the fact that the treatment doesn't require any time to "rest" on the hair before it's blow-dried and flat-ironed in.
The Functional Keratin Hair Taming System comes in three different strengths for different hair textures/issues and the client's desired results. Since I have fine, highlighted hair with just a slight wave and my main objective was to eliminate frizz, Leslie used the formaldehyde-free formula on me. There are also options for color-treated and coarse hair.
All-in-all, the application process was easy (less than two hours for my shoulder-length hair), odorless (the formulas come with different scents, but I barely even noticed the acai berry smell Leslie chose) and my hair doesn't feel goopy. I'll check back in in 48 hours when I'm able to wash my hair and see the results! For now, some pictures:
Leslie Correa applying the treatment to my hair
The requisite "After" shot