How to Say So Long to Out-of-Control Hair

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No question about it — I have naturally frizzy, Albert Einstein-esque, reminiscent-of-a-fur-ball hair. I've battled with it for years and have always dreaded the summers, when I was forced to sport an afro for three humidity-heavy, scorching months. But this summer was different.

My secret: The Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment and my goddess of a hairdresser, Charlie Regec of The Whittemore House Salon in New York. After the painless 90-minute treatment, I emerged with loose, easy-to-manage, slip-your-fingers-though curls. I can now even straighten my hair within fifteen minutes on my own. It previously would have taken me upwards of two hours. It's unbelievable.

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Can you believe this is me now?

But this wasn't my first attempt to tame my frizz. I once tried Japanese straightening, which chemically restructures the bonds in your hair to make it stick straight, 24/7. It sounded like heaven. But when my new hair grew in, it was obviously very unflattering, with the roots curly and the bottom pin-straight. And I still have nightmares about the damage the treatment did to my hair.

But the Brazilian treatment takes a different approach, with the keratin repairing your hair, actually making it healthier, while simultaneously cutting frizz. I'm also not limited to one look and the treatment isn't permanent, so I won't have an issue with the regrowth this time.

While I admit it is a little pricey (around $500), it was worth every cent for me. I've already signed up for my touch-up appointment in a couple of months.

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