I have been getting a keratin treatment also known as a smoothing treatment since my 16th birthday. Seven years later, and I still get them twice a year. Are they expensive? Yes. Are they worth it? Yes. My hair is naturally thick, wavy/curly, and always frizzy because of the Houston humid.
I have been going to Visible Changes for years. They are definitely on the pricier end, but the results are always on point. I have never been disappointed by them. On the other hand, I have had bad experiences with other salons and have had to get my hair redone and fight for my money back if they truly just messed up my hair. It truly depends on the salon and the person doing your hair. If she/he doesn't know how to do the treatment correctly, then you are about to lose a couple of hundred dollars. So yes, pay for the experienced stylist. Also, not all keratin treatments are the same. There are different types and different chemicals each one, so please do your research and ask your stylist all and every question you may have. The treatments are not created equal nor, are they meant for every hair type and texture. I get the smoothing treatment done every six months.
Take less time to style my hair. My hair is thick, and I work an hour away from home, so I do not like to spend a lot of time in the morning trying to tame it. I like being able to wake up do my morning routine and head out the door in 40 minutes,
Hair is less frizzy- My curls look like I spent 45 minutes curling with a wand...but I didn't.
Healthy shiny looking hair
Longevity- It can last up to six months, depending on how well you take care of your hair. I wash my hair only on Sundays. I have trained my hair over the years to where I can get away with washing it once a week, which means the treatments last longer in because I don't wash it out as quickly. Also, using the correct shampoo and conditioner is what will keep the treatment in your hair longer. Your shampoo and conditioner have to sulfate-free. Anything else will ruin your hair and wash away all the hours that went into getting your hair done. I always get mine on sale from Ulta during the jumbo sale.
The price tag is what gets me every time. I have learned to set aside money every year in my budget for the treatments so, I am prepared, but it is still expensive. I know it is expensive, and I know that it is not affordable for everyone. So I would not recommend it if you have manageable healthy hair, to begin with. Everyone's financial situation is different. Do not go into debt to look good for others. You do this for you. Only for yourself.
The chemicals If there way an organic, chemical-free way to get hair treatments then, I have yet to hear about it. If you want to take your hair from coarse and curly to flat-iron straight, you'll need some formaldehyde also known as chemicals. Yes, Formaldehyde has a bad rep, even if the product says its free of this chemical there is a chance it's still there, because of the ingredients that create the gas. As long as you aren't getting four treatments a year, in a bad ventilated are, you should be good.