I've been terrible at keeping you updated. To be honest, I've been doing pretty normal stuff, so there hasn't been much to write about, except that I'm doing it in a different country. However, I have been taking advantage of the relatively inexpensive services offered in Cleveland.
You may remember that in early June, I had the Brazilian blowout. Since then I've been sorta obsessed with the idea of wash-and-go hair, which is something I've never had. I have no problem with having to blow dry my hair, but I would really LUUURRRRVVVEE to retire my flat iron. While I was back in Cleveland, I had my mom investigate getting the Brazilian Keratin treatment done in Mumbai. I figured that like most beauty services, this would be way less expensive that then $400+ price tag in Cleveland. Turns out, while the Brazilian Keratin is available and popular (and around $150-$200) in Mumbai, a lot of friends and family have chosen to go the route of hair rebonding, which is effectively similar to the Japanese hair treatment available in Cleveland. The Japanese treatment in Cleveland costs about $100-$150 an hour and takes 4-5 hours on average. In Mumbai the cost is less than $200 and includes a hair wash and deep conditioning treatment 48-72 hours after the treatment!!! SOLD!!! I had the hair treatment done on Wednesday, washed professionally on Friday, and have been enjoying wash-and-go hair since then!!! My hair looks like its naturally straight and has a lot of body. If I chose to have it pin straight, I can flat iron it, and it will stay absolutely pin straight until I wash it (even if there's crazy humidity)! Overall, I absolutely LUUUURRRVVEEE it!!! The best part? It lasts for a whole year!!!!!
Couple of caveats-
1. Like a perm, this is a chemical process, so if you are pregnant etc. you should probably stay away from it.
2. If your hair is damaged, color treated, or highlighted, please please check with a stylist before pursuing this treatment. This is a different treatment than the Keratin treatment and may not work for you.
3. Make sure you're going to a reputed salon with an experienced stylist and ask to see lots of before and after pictures.
4. Above all, do your research!!!
I have sucked at taking pics lately, but keep an eye out for my straight hair in future posts!!