Whether it’s because of over-processing or the drying winter winds, no one enjoys the feeling of dry, frizzy hair. But, if you’re a redhead — by birthright or by choice — those frizzy hair woes may be worse than the average brunette or blonde ever experiences. If this is a struggle you experience, not to worry. Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti of How To Be A Redhead, both natural redheads, visited the Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa in New York City for some frizz help. Their experience speaks for itself.
Whether yours is a fiery red or a sweet strawberry blonde, red hues are some of the most appealing and beautiful shades for hair. The problem, as we mentioned above, is the frizz. The dye process needed to take your hair to red can often be more harsh than going either brown or blonde. The result may be a bright, bold red, but it’s probably also going to leave you with locks that need a lot of additional love to ease the frizz that comes from all the processing.
Even more interesting (though probably pretty annoying) is how natural red hair grows. Natural redheads have hair that is more coarse and frizzy. In addition, individual strands are thicker than those of brunettes or blondes, which makes up for the fact that redheads often have less hair. The overall result is that it means natural redheads are more susceptible to frizz issues than other hair types. It can also mean an ongoing struggle to fight the frizz without straightening away your beautiful curls.
In order to find a more lasting way to smooth out frizzy red hair without losing their natural curl, the Vendetti sisters visited the Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa for some redhead tailored hair care. In 2004, the salon was named the best salon for redheads by New York Magazine and continues to be at the fore of redhead-friendly treatments. Paul’s recommendation for ditching the frizz and enhancing those natural curls? A keratin hair straightening treatment. At first glance, we understand if you did a double-take. A straightening treatment for redheads who don’t want to lose their curls? Yes! Just bear with us.
The idea behind keratin treatments is to condition and reconstruct each strand of hair and leave it sleek, smooth, soft, and shiny. While the treatment does involve straightening your hair initially, it won’t stay that way — only the hair smoothing results will. The duo recorded a video of the process, complete with before and after images, to show you the effects of the Paul Labrecque Salon keratin straightening treatment. The video explains how the treatment works, and shows Paul going through segment by segment to ensure every strand gets sufficient attention. After a keratin treatment, it’s advised you leave your hair alone for two to four days to allow the treatment to really take root. Once the initial few days have passed, you can wash, dry, and style as usual, though you’ll want to avoid salt water and shampoos with sodium laureth sulfate as both can remove the keratin more quickly. Be sure to watch the end of the video because both sisters show off their freshly washed, product-free hair. Even while damp, the difference is clear that the keratin treatment provided lasting de-frizzing without inhibiting curl.
Fortunately, keratin hair straightening treatments aren’t restricted to those with red hair, natural or otherwise. If you’re looking for a way to tame your frizz in an enduring way, contact the team at the Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa in New York City to schedule your keratin treatment!