STRAIGHT TALK about HAIR STRAIGHTENING
and the newest DE-FRIZZING KERATIN TREATMENT
with stylist Laura Bazante
your hair is ready to be cut or blown dry. The next time
re you one of the millions of people who you wash your hair, it will be straight without a halo of
despise their curly and/or frizzy hair? frizz and all you have to do is dry your hair in any style
Maybe you fall into the category of, “If my you wish. Retouches can be done as often as every two
curls just weren’t so tight I would like them,” or are you months but usually fall into one to four times a year de-
just a diehard hater of how it makes you look and feel pending upon how curly your hair is and how much
— messy, unkempt, unprofessional, or unattractive? you dislike regrowth. Just think of the possibilities of
These are the words I’ve heard my clients use to hairstyles that you can enjoy now that you couldn’t even
describe their curly hair every day for more than 20 consider with curly hair. Prices start at $300 for short
years. With summer’s heat and humidity causing “real- hair, approximately shoulder $400, much longer $500.
ly bad hair days” here, I have great news: You don’t Retouches, if done when recommended, are less. Prices
have to dread that thought another minute. This sum- upon request with complimentary consultation.
mer you can have beautifully smooth bouncy curls or
shiny silky straight hair with NO FRIZZ; take your pick FOR THOSE WHO WANT
because now there are two ways to have it all. TO KEEP SOME CURL . . .
But before you run off to your nearest salon to get . . . but be able to manage them or reduce the
rid of your curls or frizz with the latest fad treatments amount bulk by wrapping the product around a tight
there are a few things you should know to help you curl and not combing, loosen them, turning them into
you couldn’t tell, I’m not a big fan of this treatment big beautiful curls or waves.
make the best decision about which procedure is best
either. For both procedures described above, they can be
for your hair and lifestyle.
One more thing I want you know before I give used on virgin or color-treated hair and, with a consul-
Eighty percent of the time, the dry frizzy part of
you my favorite picks for straightening and remov- tation, hair that has five percent highlights. The process
curly or straight hair is caused by what happens after
ing frizz. Hair is primarily a three-ringed band of ker- takes one hour and you need to wash your hair the
it grows out of the scalp because of how it’s taken
atin. The outer covering has overlapping keratin scales night before — do not add styling product and let dry
care of. Things that affect it most are:
called the cuticle. That’s the layer, when we damage our naturally. There is no odor or burning since it does not
■ Blow drying & flat irons hair, that makes the hair frizzy. The middle layer of ker-
■ How often we shampoo contain any harsh chemicals.
atinized protein fibers is called the cortex and the cen-
■ Type of shampoo & conditioner (or lack of) tral core of round cells is the medulla. A medulla is DE-FRIZZING with Formaldehyde-free
■ Water, whether it’s hard or soft almost always found in course hair and is often absent Keratin Complex Hair Therapy
■ Natural minerals in well water from naturally blonde and very fine hair. It does not claim to be a straightener but the ulti-
■ Chemicals in city water Inside each and every strand, bonded together by mate de-frizzing, revitalizing treatment that repairs dry,
All can, and do, remove moisture and natural oils polypeptides, are carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, brittle, frizzy hair up to 99.5%. For those with curly hair,
from the hair. Every time you blow dry to restructure and sulfate, making what’s called a polypeptide chain. it will define and loosen the curl slightly but remove the
your curls straight, usually followed up with flat ironing, Once a strand of hair leaves the follicle, the cuticle, cor- frizz, leaving hair shiny, moisturized, and soft to the
moisture and proteins are literally evaporated out of the tex, and medulla are responsible for shine, smoothness, touch. For straight hair that is dry or fried, it’s a miracle.
hair. The excessive heat lifts up the scales on the cuticle and manageability. That is, of course, till we go and alter Your hair, too, will be smooth, soft to the touch, and
causing the hair to frizz. Although blow drying and flat it with color, highlights, dryers, flat irons, etc. have a healthy, youthful glow.
irons may make hair look smooth temporarily, just try There are safe, healthy ways to get your curly hair Finally, a treatment that promises to remove frizz
letting your hair dry natural one day and you’ll see the smooth, shiny, and manageably straight — for those and repair dry, brittle hair that really works!
damage it has caused. That’s why it’s so important not who want to keep their curl but change the tightness The procedure takes 2½ to 3½ hours depending
to hold the dryer close to the hair, use flat irons only and have them moisturized with no frizz. on the length and thickness of your hair. First, you are
once in a while, and use deep conditioner. Did you just FYI: I have performed thousands of straighten- shampooed, dried, and the product is applied, left under
get the big “Uh-oh?” ings in my career. I have used all of the treatments a plastic cap for 10 to 30 minutes, dried again, then by
As strange as it might sound, straightening your hair described above and I now only use the following two taking quarter-inch sections, a flat iron is run down each
with the best non-caustic permanent relaxer one to four treatments. section 10 times, being styled however you like to wear
times a year is less damaging than the daily routine of dry- your hair. You cannot shampoo for the next 3 days, no
ing a curl into fry land. FOR THOSE WHO ponytails or clips. If by chance you get it wet or caught
A few years ago, Japan came out with a new system, WANT STRAIGHT HAIR in the rain or work out, just dry it with a blow dryer.
delivering just what it promised — poker straight hair. I only recom- Then you only have to maintain your beautiful hair by
(They just didn’t mention that in the wrong hands and mend the relaxer using a sulfate-free shampoo (e.g., Alfaparf Spledore
after multiple applications your hair could break right I’ve been using Hydrate Shampoo). For the next two to four months,
off). With that fad treatment almost at a complete halt for the past 10 you will have beautiful frizz-free hair. A must for anyone
from results like dry brittle hair and long waiting times years. Unfortun- who colors or highlights. Because this procedure closes the
between treatments that leave you with curly roots and ately, I can’t outer cuticule not allowing the hair to hold moisture it
straight ends — but mostly because no one likes the divulge the name cuts blow drying time in more than half — that alone is
plastered-to-the-head look. I’m not a fan, if you could- because the com- worth the price. Price, depending where you go and the
n’t tell, but it does have its fan base. pany has length and thickness of your hair, ranges from $300 to
Now Brazil comes to America a year ago with approached me to $600.
“ITS” grand promises to rid us of our curls. The launch my own It’s important you know that both of the treat-
Allure magazine alert, for those who read it, proved that “Laura Bazante ments I have described do not remove body from the
it contains unpredictable amounts of formaldehyde, in hair straightening” product with their help. But I can hair, which means it won’t be plastered to your scalp.
upwards of 30 percent. Some stylists are thoughtful tell you it’s loaded with lanolin and conditioning agents. Laura Bazante feels hair is the ultimate accessory you
enough to supply hospital masks for their clients, while It has a thick white creamy consistency; the stylist have to wear every day. So why not love it!
masking-up themselves for the toxic gases released then measures and adds the active ingredient, actually For an appointment or complimentary consulta-
when the product is hit with a 350-degree flat iron. This customizing its strength, for each and every individual tion call Laura Bazante at the Blaine Rice Salon (203)
process, after being repeated two or three times, can client’s hair type. It is then applied and combed till you 454-9911, located at 772 Post Road East (above Great
deliver the same fatal results as the Japanese straighten- actually see the curl loosen into its new permanently Cakes) in Westport, Conn.
ing. straight form. Then the hair is washed three times with Meanwhile, visit laurabazante.com for other servic-
It is mind-boggling the extent to which people will a neutralizing shampoo that locks in place the polypep- es, such as haircuts, organic hair color, and highlighting.
go to to have straight hair because it’s being performed, tide chain that has been arranged in a straight row. This You may want to save this article for future refer-
probably as your reading this,on hundreds of people. If is followed by applying a deep conditioner, rinsing, and ence or share it with a curly, frizzy haired friend.