Straight Talk: FITNESS Editors' Straight Hair Diaries
Hillary's Straight Hair DiaryDAY 1
I have to admit, I was a little overwhelmed and nervous at seeing my hair so straight. My mind raced with questions: Would I ever have body again? Why did it feel so fine? Did I make a mistake?DAY 2
After my treatment, my stylist warned me not to shampoo for a couple of days because it might wash out the formula. She also said that I shouldn't put my hair in a ponytail or headband because it could create a crease. While my hair felt a little weighed down -- and looked greasy -- I reluctantly followed her rules.DAY 3
My hair was so oily in the front that I had to wear a loose silk scarf to work to cover up the roots. That night I washed my hair and it felt amazing! Even better, it took me four minutes -- as opposed to my usual hour -- to style my hair straight.DAY 4
My boyfriend, who saw my frizz-free do for the first time, said he loved it. This treatment might have to be his next big gift to me!DAY 5
This summer, the weather in New York was more like that in Seattle. Typically, rainy days meant arriving to a last-minute dinner or get-together with huge hair. I soon became the queen of spontaneity, embracing impromptu invites without style stress.DAY 10
A surprise benefit of the treatment: it made my coworkers happy, as my daily complaints (frizz! wonky curls! poufy ends!) finally came to a halt.DAY 25
At almost one month in, my wavy texture was starting to creep back. Rather than just using my fingers to blow-dry my hair, I had to start using a brush.DAY 40
Waves turned into curls, especially on the ends. If I let my hair air dry, it was very visible. The good news: the texture was never frizzy, so I didn't mind the bit of body.DAY 60
I went camping in California for a week and had no hair issues -- this despite the fact that shampooing meant dumping buckets of water over my head! My hair looked so much better after air-drying than it would have ever looked without the Keratin treatment.DAY 80
I noticed my hair was growing faster than before the treatment. Perhaps it was due to all those healthy-hair proteins my stylist was telling me about. At any rate, I was very excited!DAY 90
I started to feel nostalgic. My hair was still holding up, but I noticed I was getting back into my old, near-hourlong hairstyling habits. I started hinting to my boyfriend that gift-giving season was just a few months away!
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, September 2009.
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