Sooo…a friend of mine is a hair dresser and wanted to try out the RUSK Anti Curl Kerashine Conditioning Formula #1 on my hair. I was excited to try it since it’s very similar to the Brazilian Blowout but without the formaldehyde and as she described it, much better for my hair than a relaxer.
The whole process took about 5 hours from start to finish.
Here are the basic steps:
- Wash hair with clarifying shampoo.
- Apply 1st product to hair (this requires that you follow the application technique to a T! you can do this yourself but I’d recommend getting it done by a professional or at the least have someone else do it for you at home).
- Let product sit for approx. 15 minutes.
- Rinse out first product.
- Blow dry and flat iron hair.
- Apply second product to hair and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Wash 2nd product out of hair.
- Blow dry and flat iron.
Blow drying and flat ironing twice in one day is a daunting thought, but at the end of the process I was definitely happy with the results.
I haven’t done any in-depth research to compare ingredients between the RUSK Anti-Curl and a traditional relaxer, but the truth is…when I used to relax my hair I never asked the stylists what brand or whether the relaxer had lye or not. I will do some research soon, and ultimately time will tell how well my hair maintains this manageability.
When I first decided to “go natural” I read SO many blogs and watched SO many YouTube videos that got me excited but I really don’t have the time (or discipline) to go through all the processes I see women do to keep their natural hair manageable. I have recently found some healthy relaxed hair blogs and that’s made me feel a bit better about chemically treating my hair again. I’m going to try to keep it as healthy as possible as I’ve been doing with weekly coconut oil deep conditioning and I have a list of other products I’ll be trying in the near future.
When it comes to maintaining this RUSK Anti-Curl, I’m currently using the RUSK DeepShine Smooth Keratin Care shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner. Once that runs out, I have some Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner set I’d like to use and see how that fares. I am a big fan of Paul Mitchell products, but the RUSK set has been working nicely as well.
Have any of you tried a Brazilian Blowout or other keratin smoothing treatments? How do you like them?
P.S. - (I got this done 2 weeks ago, so this video is a week old, but I’m going to do weekly updates since this is supposed to last about 8 weeks or so.)