Test driving Julien Farel’s Zero Frizz Quickie
Earlier this week, the fabulous Julien Farel invited me to his Langham Place (Midtown East, NYC) location to try his new Zero Frizz Quickie treatment, an odorless and formaldehydefree treatment that features Hydrolyzed Keratin and Julien Farel’s Zero Frizz Restore to eliminate frizz, tame unruly hair and balance out the negative effect of water and chemicals on the skin and hair.
Oh, and it takes only 45 minutes, meaning I could squeeze it into my (rare, it’s true) lunch break one Tuesday afternoon.
Do you remember the old-school Brazilian Keratin treatments of 5 years ago? They smelled like noxious fumes and you had to cover your eyes and nose for half the treatment?
God knows what it was doing to us — and our stylists.
Not only is it a more pleasant olfactory experience, it is also safer for your skin and will not create
sensitivity around the eyes.
(Praise the lord. I have enough issues with my hair and nails, I’d like to keep my eyes intact!)
As you probably already know, we use keratin more for hair “smoothing” and an anti-humidity hair treatment to smooth and soften frizzy hair than a “straightening” — the idea is to often soften the curl — but not necessarily relax it — without eliminating body and volume.
Once upon a time, if you had a keratin treatment, you weren’t allowed to wash your hair for four days. Hello, Crisco. With this treatment, post treatment, hair can be washed and styled the same day without the traditional wait time.
The hair treatment lasts six to eight weeks depending on how you treat your hair — if you swim a ton, wash your hair every day, or use sulfates in your hair products, your life span will be shorter.
My hair has been through a lot the last year, and even though I got hair extensions a few months ago to sort of “hide the evidence” as those extensions near the end of their life span, the truth is rearing its ugly head once again. While a keratin treatment is never going to do away with the hair breakage and loss I had suffered, it gave so much needed TLC and body — check out those before and after photos — and a boost of confidence SEVERELY needed. (And yes, it was completely safe to do while I was wearing hair extensions.)
Hair is still a super sensitive subject for me — as many of us. Recently, a friend referred to my extensions as my “wig” and I flipped my lid. (No pun intended.) – He meant nothing by it, I’m sure, but it felt a little like making a peg-leg joke to a handicapped person. That may seem like a stretch of a comparison, but I guess you have to had been there.
Next week, I am getting my extensions removed, and going for a new (we hope better!) generation of them. So excited to have long luscious hair for summer!
What are your summer hair plans?