If you can't tell from the photos above, my hair is A LOT when left to its own devices. I've gotten a routine pretty down pat over the years, but it's just that. A ROUTINE. I was looking forward to anything that would eliminate frizz, add softness and shine, and cut down on drying and styling time -- not to mention a treatment that would let me air dry my hair and walk out the door without the fear of my tresses turning into a lion's mane.
The KCMAX Maximum Keratin Smoothing System is a transformative three-step system that combines a proprietary keratin blend with the most advanced smoothing technology. What does this mean? Straighter, smoother, HEALTHIER hair -- because it's delivering high-quality keratin protein right into your strands. And, not only that -- it's done in just 90 minutes!
The treatment promises the following:
Straighter, smoother results in just one treatment
Eliminates frizz for up to three months
Dramatically increases the strength of damaged hair
Delivers luminous shine and silky softness
Cuts styling time and makes blow drying faster and easier
Conditions and moisturizes
Plus, there's no wait time -- the minute you leave the salon, you can put your hair in a ponytail or clip. Unlike Brazilian straightening, you don't have to worry about tucking your hair behind your ears. AND you can wash your hair the next day if you want! All of this sounded pretty amazing to me, so I was super excited to get this treatment started.
|In the chair, pre-treatment. You guys. MY HAIR IS SO BIG.|
Jesse first shampooed my locks with the KCMAX Maximum Keratin Pre-Treatment Shampoo, which works to remove buildup and prepare the hair. He then set to work applying the KCMAX Maximum Keratin Smoothing Treatment, which delivers Keratin Complex's proprietary keratin technology to smooth and soften while increasing damaged hair's strength, using an application brush and then combing it meticulously through every single strand. After my hair was liberally spread with the treatment, Jesse covered it in a plastic shower cap and let it set for 25 minutes. He then rinsed it out and applied the KCMAX Maximum Keratin Treatment Spray, which locks in and optimizes the longevity of the KCMAX Maximum Keratin Smoothing Treatment.
|After the KCMAX Maximum Keratin Smoothing Treatment was applied.|
|In my shower cap. Aren't I pretty?|
Jesse finished by blowdrying my hair to perfection and then flat ironing it with the Keratin Complex Stealth V Smoothing and Straightening Iron. He used 12 passes of the flat iron so that I would be left with smooth and subtle waves when I wanted to air dry, or be able to create effortless straight hair with my blowdryer and flat iron at home.
And that was it! The whole treatment was done in a mere 90 minutes. All that was left to do was check out my gorgeous new locks.
AND ... OH. MY. GOD. I am OBSESSED with how straight, shiny, smooth and HEALTHY my hair is now. I could tell immediately upon application that things had changed for the better, which you can witness for yourself here...
|Post treatment, with super shiny, soft, STRAIGHT hair!|
But the even bigger happiness came when I started doing my hair myself post treatment. Since it's been two weeks, I've had the opportunity to wash it, air dry it, blow dry and flat iron it, see how it performed in humidity, sleep on it, the works. I am not kidding when I say my hair has NEVER performed so well, looked so good or felt so healthy as it has these past couple of weeks. It's so much straighter no matter how I let it dry, and it's frizz free even in humidity! I've documented a few of my hairstyles in different climates (read: humid 108-degree Vegas and kind of humid 90-degree LA), and you can see for yourself...
|This is my hair air dried. As you can see, it's almost straight, but with a bit of wave, and it's SHINY. My hair never looks like this when it's air dried!|
|This is after I'd let my hair air dry, worn it that way for a day, and then flat ironed. LOOK HOW STRAIGHT AND SHINY!!|
|This is after walking around in the 108-degree humidity in Vegas. I had flat ironed, and it was CRAZY straight even through that humidity, but the pool brought out a touch of wave and texture. Swimsuit by Shein.|
I honestly can't say enough good things about how amazing my hair looks and feels since experiencing the KCMAX Maximum Keratin Smoothing System. It’s especially great because I’ve been coloring my hair a lot (including my recent pink and red), and it’s so incredible to have hair that’s been strengthened by the keratin infusing my strands. I'm thrilled to make it through the rest of the summer with WAY easier to manage hair!
To learn more about the Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment Services, visit keratincomplex.com. Follow Jesse German on Instagram here.