Global Keratin Hair Taming System: My Experience and Review

Recently I was contacted about trying out the Global Keratin Hair Taming System and writing about it here on Brown Bombshell Beauty. Naturally, my curiosity was piqued, as keratin hair treatments are all the rage in the hair care industry right now. But I also had a lot of trepidation about the process. What is it? How does it work? It it safe for African-American hair? Is all my hair going to fall out?! Needless to say, I had a lot of research to do before considering this hair treatment!

So, after much due dilligence, I decided to go ahead with the treatment. Before I give you my thoughts on Global Keratin and how it turned out, I want to give you a play by play account of how I came to the decision to try it, as well as give you info on just what Global Keratin is. Ok, here we go!


Before we get started, I want to make it very clear that this is my experience with the Global Keratin treatment, and yours may or may not be the same. Reading my review here shouldn’t be the only research you do! Please keep this in mind!

My Hair’s Backstory

I went natural back in 2008, went back to relaxers, then decided earlier this year to go back to natural hair. After growing out several months on new growth, I fell off the wagon and relaxed my hair about two months ago before I attended The Makeup Show NYC. Transition fail! After I got back home, I decided to rededicate myself to going natural and have since sworn off relaxers. I’ve been trying to find ways to transition to natural, as I made “the big chop” last time, and quickly became frustrated with my TWA (teeny weeny afro), and how slowly it seemed to be growing. I wanted a big head of wild, sexy natural hair, but was too impatient to wait for it to grow. Yes, another transition fail. So this time, I looked into getting twists (and failed at finding someone in my area who does them well) and even seriously considered getting a weave to let my hair grow out underneath the hair extensions. After balking at the outrageous price and upkeep of getting a weave, I was left right back at square one, facing the fact that the TWA might be my only option. It was right around this time that I was contacted by Global Keratin.

My Research

In my research I found that are are NUMEROUS kinds of keratin hair treatments around, and they are NOT created equal. I asked my beauty blogger friends Lianne of The Makeup Girl (who has had a non-Global Keratin keratin treatment) and Kitiya of Mischo Beauty, who is a licensed beauty pro. I even consulted my old hairstylist in NYC, celeb hair guru Keith Campbell (follow him on Twitter @hairmankeith and his blog on I then read tons of other beauty bloggers’ experiences with different keratin treatments, and read every online forum I could find about the subject. Some people’s experiences were positive. Other’s were not so positive. We’re talking major hair loss here people. It seemed like every brand of keratin treatment I researched had it’s share of pros and cons. Needless to say, I needed to investigate Global Keratin’s treatment further.

Global Keratin Hair Taming System: What It Is and What it Does

Here is a description of the Global Keratin Hair Taming System from their website:

The Global Keratin Hair Taming System with JUVEXIN™ incorporates our unique and patented keratin formulation which is found exclusively in Global Keratin Products.

JUVEXIN™ is the only keratin compound scientifically proven to protect and restore hair back to its youthful state. Unlike over-processed hydrolyzed keratins found in the market today, Global Keratin’s Hair Taming System with JUVEXIN™ is an active compound, delivered to the hair in its raw, natural state. Critical amino acids and proteins remain intact, conditioning the hair and protecting it from damaging environmental effects, aging and daily styling. It works on all hair types, leaving it more manageable, soft, shiny, smooth and frizz-free for up to 5 months.

According to Susan, the Global Keratin representative I met and spoke with, Juvexin is Global Keratin’s patented, proprietary protein. She explained to me that unlike hydrolized proteins found in other keratin treatments and in most shampoos and conditioners, Juvexin is keratin (a protein that hair is made up of) in its purest, most active form. This is supposed to allow Global Keratin’s Juvexin to help improve the health of your hair.

Global Keratin Hair Taming System comes in three different formulas. Here are their descriptions from the Global Keratin website:

  • Light Wave/Colored – This formula is for clients who want to keep their natural wave or curl but want to eliminate frizz and cut their styling time in half. This system comes in Chocolate and Strawberry fragrance.
  • Curly/Colored – This formula is for clients who want a sleeker look to their hair while making it soft, shiny, smooth and frizz free. This system comes in Chocolate and Strawberry fragrance.
  • Thick/Coarse/Resistant – This formula is for clients who have unruly hair and are looking to get it perfectly straight. This formula will not only give a straighter look to the hair but also leave it silky soft and smooth to the touch. This system comes in Chocolate and Strawberry fragrance.

Now, one thing that concerned me was the use of formaldehyde in the Curly/Colored and Thick/Coarse/Resistant formulas, which have 2% and 4% formaldehyde, respectively. I was aware that many nail polishes contain formaldehyde, but wasn’t knowledgable about its use in hair products. So I did some digging around for information about formaldehyde and it’s use in beauty products, and found this definition from “Cosmetics Cop” Paula Begoun:

formaldehyde-releasing preservative. Common type of preservative found in cosmetics (Source: Contact Dermatitis, December 2000, pages 339–343). Despite some claims, there is no higher level of skin reaction to formaldehyde-releasing preservatives than to other preservatives (Source: British Journal of Dermatology, March 1998, pages 467–476). In fact, there is a far greater risk to skin from a product without preservatives, because of the contamination and unchecked growth of bacteria, fungus, and mold that can result if no preservatives are used. However, there is concern that when formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are present in a formulation that also includes amines, such as triethanolamine (TEA), diethanolamine (DEA), or monoethanolamine (MEA), nitrosamines can be formed, and nitrosamines are carcinogenic substances that can potentially penetrate skin (Source: Fundamentals and Applied Toxicology, August 1993, pages 213–221). Whether or not that poses a health risk of any kind has not been established.

I also found this info in an article online:

What Are The Effects Of Formaldehyde?

1) Some people are naturally highly sensitive to formaldehyde, others may not be as sensitive but over time develop an allergy to it. It’s in the chemical’s make up to stir the immune system and cause sensitivity.

2) Runny nose, sore throat, headache, itching, and irritated eyes can occur with low levels of exposure.

3) It is also a known carcinogen, and smokers in particular are at a greater risk for cancers of the airways, including nasal passages when they are exposed to formaldehyde.

After all my research, I found that the primary concern about formaldehyde is its carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties when inhaled on a regular basis. Most of the concerns I found online were from hair-stylists who didn’t want to breath it in to perform this service, and I can’t say that I blame them. I gathered two things: 1.) The service probably wouldn’t cause me harm after one use, as it would a hair-stylist who breathes in in every day; 2) There are tons of dangerous chemicals in hair relaxers, and I’ve been using them for years! So, after discussing my concerns (at length) with Bethany (the stylist performing the service) and Susan, I decided to go for it…and told my mother to keep her schedule open in case I needed to do some emergency wig shopping!

The Service

After consulting with my stylist Bethany of Salon Dye*Namics in Shawnee Mission, KS, she recommended that I receive the third formula for Thick/Coarse/Resistant formula, in the strawberry scent, which I must admit, smelled amazing! So here was how the service went down:

Me and all my new growth, pre-Global Keratin…

First, Bethany shampooed my hair with a Global Keratin clarifying shampoo.

Then, she sectioned my hair, and applied the Juvexin keratin mixture to my hair and rubbed it in with her hands. I must disclose that towards the end of the application process, my eyes did start to burn a little bit. It wasn’t terribly major, but I want to make sure you know everything!

Next, Bethany blow dried my hair straight…

Then flat-ironed my hair with a titanium flat iron, set at 450 degrees to seal in the Juvexin keratin.

After 2 1/2 hours, the finished results!

The First 48 Hours

After receiving Global Keratin Hair Taming System, you CANNOT get your hair wet in any way, shape or form for 48 hours. I super paranoid about washing my face and showering, because I didn’t want to ruin my hair! Also, you can’t put your hair in a bun or ponytail, or use any clips for the first 48 hours, as doing so will result in a bend or crimp you can’t get out. Bethany said I could wrap my hair like I usually do, but I was too scared my scarf would leave a dent. So, I slept with my hair down on a satin pillow case, which worked great!

First Wash and Global Keratin At-Home Products

When it came time for me to wash my hair the first time, I was so scared! I’d been reading the forums on about another brand of keratin treatment (who shall remain nameless…), where women were saying their hair fell out in clumps after the first wash. I’m one of the biggest, most paranoid scaredy-cats you’ll ever meet, so I just knew I was going to end up bald! I was being so dramatic, I refused to wash my hair until my best friend could come over and help me up in case I fainted. I know…I was doing the most!

I washed my hair with Global Keratin Balancing Shampoo and conditioner (which both contain Juvexin), and blow dried it with the Global Keratin Serum. I was able to hop in the shower, stand around in fright for five minutes, shampoo and condition my hair, blow dry it and flat iron it in under 30 minutes. Whoa. I have never been able to style my hair from start to finish that fast in my entire life! The treatment makes your hair dry super smooth, super fast. In fact, if you wait to long to blow dry it, your hair will have air dried on its own.

After washing my hair several times since receiving this treatment, I have found that I don’t really care for the Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner. My hair feels rather stripped and has no slip. Not a good look. I’ll be checking with Bethany about alternative products to use. I do, however, love the Global Keratin Serum. It contains argan oil, the same key ingredient in my beloved MoroccanOil, but it much lighter than MoroccanOil. I find that I can use this on my hair when it’s dry and it still doesn’t weigh my hair down. Product love!

UPDATE: I received the Global Keratin Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and they are MUCH better than the Balancing duo. Much more moisture, and much better results!

Final Thoughts and Advice

I must say, I have been very pleased with my results with the Global Keratin Hair Taming Treatment. Despite all my unfounded worry, I don’t regret doing all my research and asking Bethany and Susan a litany of questions. It only made me feel more secure in the treatment! This treatment is no substitute for a hair relaxer, if that is what you’re looking for. When I don’t hit my roots really good with my flat iron, I can still feel the new growth I had when I went in for the service, but the new growth is a lot less frizzy, which keeps my hair from standing on end (like in my “before” picture!).

What I plan to do from here on out, is to continue to grow out my hair and not relax any new growth. As my hair grows out, I’ll cut off my relaxed ends, and work my way down to the Global Keratin formula for Light Wave/Colored hair. Bethany and Susan said that this is the formula that many African-American women with natural hair choose to define their natural curl pattern, without having to resort to relaxers or texturizers. My experience at Salon Dye*Namics was awesome, and I’ll be getting the service there in the future. Susan was incredibly informative, and Bethany was a total sweetheart, who can do a mean blow-out!

Let me leave you with a few final tips if you are considering getting Global Keratin or any other brand of keratin treatment:

  • Please, please, puh-leaze do your research! Research the brand of keratin treatment, the stylist who will be performing the service, and the salon where you will be getting the service done.
  • If you can, get referrals from friends or family members who have had this treatment done. Ask what they liked and disliked, where they got it done, and if they would do it again.
  • Once you get to the salon, ask the stylist to see her certification to perform this service. No matter which brand of keratin treatment you use, the stylist MUST be trained and certified to buy the products and perform the service. If she isn’t certified, run away! For all you know, she bought the treatment on Ebay!
  • Ask to see the bottles for all the products being used. Make sure they are authentic!
  • Ask your stylist how many times she has performed the service, and ask to see an album of her personal client before and after pictures. Not pictures from the manufacturer!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice any and all concerns. This is your hair and your money, and you have a right to keep them both! This is a major investment (prices range from $250-800 depending on where you live, and the length of your hair). If you don’t feel 100% comfortable, close your purse and leave the salon!
  • Finally, please don’t buy a keratin treatment on the black market or Ebay and try to apply it yourself. I don’t care how good a “self-stylist” you think you are, or how many hair relaxers you’ve given to yourself, DON’T DO IT!

Ok, I’m off my soap box now! LOL! I just wanted to make sure that I gave you guys every last bit of info I have on this treatment. The Global Keratin system last from 2-5 months, depending on your hair, so I’ll be keeping you all posted on how my hair continues to respond to the treatment, as well as my journey transitioning back to natural!

Thanks for hanging in there and reading this hella-long post!

For more info visit the Global Keratin website at If you’re in the Kansas City area and would like to receive the Global Keratin Hair Taming System, check out:

Salon Dye*Namics

7803 W 151st St Shawnee Mission, KS 66223

(913) 602-8488 (Ask for Bethany!)

*Full Disclosure: The Global Keratin Hair Taming System service was provided to me as a complimentary service, by the makers and public relations team of Global Keratin Hair Taming System.

  • Nicki Jones

    thanx for the write up an research. I have been looking for a way to stretch my time btn relaxers without looking a hot mess. I will have to check this option out.

    Great Job,

  • SanTara

    Great post!! It is so important for us to research treatments and not just jump right in for a service. This post was so thorough and informative. I haven't done a treatment like this in years, geesh! I did them when my hair was relaxed because i colored it so much and it was important to me that my clients could see that MY hair was well taken care of. hhhhm, now I have been natural i need to revisit these treatments. Thank you again for such a informative & honest perspective on this treatment. Your hair has grown so much

  • Beata

    My Keratin experience was slightly different, although very positive overall.

    First, I'm mixed, so my hair has a much looser curl pattern to begin with (think medium-sized spirals mixed with frizz). Second, like you, I've been going and back and forth between relaxers and natural for a while. At the time when I got the keratin (which was months ago), I had about 4 or 5 inches of natural hair and 6 or 7 inches of relaxed ends. The type of system used on my hair was Rejuvenol, although I didn't do nearly as much research as you did to find out what was in it! (I just trusted my stylist.)

    I found that it REALLY straightened out the parts of my hair that were relaxed, and kind of relaxed the natural parts. I wear my hair curly more often than straight, and absolutely LOVED the texture of my hair when curly. It had a “beach-tousled” look that was pretty straight with a nice wave. How does your hair fare when you wear it curly with the keratin in it?

    As for the shampoos, my hair never felt dry, but it never felt quite clean either. The shampoos couldn't have any sodium in them so I never got squeaky clean.

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Hey Nicki! Definitely look into it! Thanks for reading!

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Hey SanTara! Thank you for reading my crazy-long post! Lol! I'm definitely interested in seeing how this will work as I transition to natural. The last time I was natural I skimped on the treatments too. This time I'll do better!

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    HI Beata! I haven't tried wearing my hair curly yet with the Keratin treatment, but I've been researching products to use when it's curly, as I'm dying to wear it curly. I'll let you know what I find! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Beata

    I actually had a hard time finding ok products to use when my hair was curly too, because most of them contained sodium chloride to some degree. I found it nearly impossible to avoid, so I either used conditioner (most of them are safe) or ones that had it at the end of the ingredients list. Let me know if you find any good ones!

  • eriguest

    where can i buy the shampoo and conditioner? i am on day 2 of my treatment and need to wash my hair tonight or tomorrow morning at the most. i live in Montgomery county, maryland.

    P.S. thanks so very much for the insightful post

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Hi there!

    The stylist who performed the service should have them available for you to buy. If not, here is Global Keratin's contact info. Give then a call and have them direct you to a retailer/salon in your area. Good luck!

    Global Keratin®

    5555 Ravenswood Rd. STE 16B
    Fort Lauderdale
    Florida 33312
    Phone: (305) 390-0044
    Fax: (954) 514-9043

  • Mischo Beauty

    EXCELLENT review!

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  • Juliek

    wow glad i found your site amber. i'm in day 2 of my keratin, and it was good to finally see positive comments. i should have checked before. But no hair falling out as of yet..I think my biggest fear is no body will come back, its SO straight. i kind of look like a pinhead, LOL

  • guest

    What a great review, and very informative….thank you!!!

  • Sierjon123

    I love this post. I love the keratin treatment in my hair. My hair feels thicker, healthier, more manageable, detangle-free, frizz-free, and has a natural shine–pretty much everythings the product promises. My hair is relaxed but I want to transition to natural, this keratin treatment is making the transition easier. I love it also because I can now work out without worrying about my hair afterwards. I used the strawberry formula and my hair smells great. Everyone has been commenting me about how much body my hair has when I move my head. I am also a licensed Master Cosmetologist who is certified in the Global Keratin with Juvexin. I love the product on my hair and my clients hair. I specialize in healthy hair care so I did some extensive research on the product before offering this service to my clients. Visit my website… or call me at 678-485-2474 to have the service professionally done. You will love your hair.

  • Amber

    Glad to hear your keratin treatment is working out well for you!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • swalker

    Thank you for this excellent article. In 24-hrs in with La Brasilliana w/Collagen. So far I love the shine, texture, body & feel.

  • Janiceadams27

    Great review! I too was apprehensive about the Keratin Treatment, but eventually I did get one, and I have the Global Keratin as well. I am extremely satisfied, and my hair has grown SO much since gettting the treatment 3 months ago. I recently got one for my 18 year old daughter who has never had a perm or any other chemicals in her hair. It has done wonders for her once course hair.

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  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Hey Janice! Thanks for sharing your experience with Global Keratin! I'm glad to hear your hair is growing so beautifully. Keep us posted!

    Thanks for reading!

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Glad to hear you got such great results! Thanks for reading BBB!

  • Dctrmel

    Thank you so much for the honest review. I had my stylist ask me to consider this treatment for my 100% natural hair that I have been wearing in twists and cornrows for the last 5 yrs. I'm going to go for it! Time for a change!

  • Michelle- stylist

    the ONLY other shampoo and conditioner you can use with this hair treatment is Paul Mitchell's Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin moisturizing shampoo and cream rinse.. its 10000000 times better than the juvexin shampoo and conditioner and it contains keratin so you will get the max expectancy of your treatment

  • Kim

    Hi Amber!

    I am beginning my research on Keratin treatments, and discovered your site and post. I've been natural for 1 year and considering doing a Keratin treatment for the fall and winter to eliminate wash n' go's during the cold months. I'm not looking for a straight look, but one that will eliminate frizz, stretch my curl pattern, and can be dried quickly with a diffuser. The lightwave/color formulation may be what I'm looking for.

    There are several brands of Keratin treatment on the market; even one called Express (the process is very similar to the Global Keratin). However, what I didn't find was before and after pictures for black hair. I appreciate your willingness to be transparent and share your experience. Like you, I am a “scaredy-cat” when it comes to my hair. You gave some good points to consider and now I'm armed with more knowledge and can make a decision that's best for me. Keep it coming!!!




  • ejguest

    Thanks for the great review. I've been doin gmy own research as well (for about 8 month lol i'm so scared!) but i did go ahead and make an appt to get this treatment done. Just wondering, it's been about 3 months, how do you feel about it now. Still all sunshine and rainbows?

  • Tonibm3312

    I recently began using the Volume Conditioner, from Shielo, which is known for having alot of keratin in it. It works wonderfully, especially as a reconstructor. I can definitely tell a difference in my hair. Before my hair was brittle and damaged. Due to over-processing with chemical relaxers, my hair was breaking off. Since using the Shielo Conditioner, I've noticed that the breakage has stopped. My hair has become stronger and healthier. Currently I use the product weekly, but once my hair gets back to normal, I will probably use less often and start using leave-ins. Since my hair is very coarse, I leave it in for 10 minutes instead of the recommended 2 minutes. I can definitely attest to this product contributing to my hair growth.

  • Rondee

    I have tried several KT and by far this one is great. It did burn my eyes a little but irritated my roommates eyes (burned) as well. We are in Afghanistan and I've had my 1st Oct '09 Marcieux I think; the French brand at a salon in Austin, TX, $300 at 3 hrs. My hair was in its most natural state 4b/c. with no chemical treatments since Aug '08. My next one was from Ulta, $185 special, 2 hrs, Feb '10 and I loved it. My 3rd was QOD purchased on line of course in May '10 b4 I deployed (kitchenista – my own services). It came out really well however, I still was not satisfied since I sweat like crazy when I work out and need a product that will allow my hair to stay straight. I just tried this one lGKT ast night and can't wait to see how it turns out once I shampoo it on tomorrow or Sunday. I am just curious how your hair reacts to sweat or humidity. I did purchase the deep conditioner, leave in spray and the serum all from GKT. Thanks for such a transparent posting. I am a hair fanatic and have done a lot of research on the KTs b4 letting anyone put their hands in my hair. My mom is a licensed cosmetologist and she examined my ends b4 I left (June) and she couldn't find a split end any where.

  • harika

    hello,thks for posting my questions i just had it done look ok i may have to get a second one after a week is anyone have the sameprocess again in short time isit ok the get a hair colar after thankss so much loss of love from istanbul turkey

  • maya

    thanks for posting this article. very helpful.
    I recently got the global keratin treatment done. liking the results so far.
    Did you find another shampoo that can be used after this tratment which is not as drying as the GK Balancing Shampoo?

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Hi Maya! I tried the Global Keratin Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and loved them. I recommend checking them out!

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Hey Rondee! I didn’t have any problem with sweat or humidity after the Global Keratin process. I’d love to know how it working for you so far! Thanks for reading!

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely have to check Shielo’s products out!

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    After a few months I was still in love with my hair after the treatment. I recently cut off my relaxed hair (post coming soon!), and am planning to get the Global Keratin for curly hair now that I’m natural!

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Hi Kim! I’m so glad my post provided some insight! I’m planning to get the treatment re-done for my newly natural hair, so I’ll share the results! Thanks for reading!

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Hey Michelle! Thanks for sharing. I love Paul Mitchell products!

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Awesome! Let us know how it turns out! :)

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Thank you for reading!

  • Happy

    Really good and informative reviewI am from Canada just tried Global Keratin 2 weeks ago with a professional stylist – so far so good. A bit expensive but worth the money. It feels so much better than a relaxer.

  • Amber

    Thank you! I’m so glad you love the treatment. I felt the same way!

  • Never Again

    This is so odd that I found this!! my experience is that.. my hair is spliting all the way to the root.. major hair loss.. and I regret doing it!! I am researching to find out how to get this OFF my hair..

  • Kelley30

    Never again, did you use the Global Keratin or another Keratin brand?

  • Amber

    I’m sorry you had such a bad experience! Did you use Global Keratin, or another brand? I’m curious to know…

  • Indianqueen

    I had the global keratin treatment done and I swear by it.My hair has never looked more glossy and it wasn’t super straight and nerdy looking like with straighteners and relaxers. Having said all that, I did experience 2 things…1. hair fall 2. oily hair. They were not too bad although I got worried about the hair fall. I countered that by using Kerastase aminoxil solution and it seems to help. The only way to know what effects one experiences is to try it yourself. I recommend it.

  • Lynn

    Thank you, Amber! I plan to put your blog on my facebook page! I am a hairdresser who has been using Global Keratin for 4 years now. I love it, my clients love it and I’m so glad you do too! I use all precautions while performing these services, I want my clients and myself to be safe and comfortable.
    Thank you again for posting your experience. Glad I found you, you’re so fun to read!

  • Amee Gillihan

    I think your blog is excellent I found it on Yahoo. Definetely will return again! Have a good day, Margot

  • Amber

    Hi Lynn! So glad you liked the post. Great to hear GK is working great for you and your clients! :)

  • Rene

    I was wondering if you had any updates regarding the treated hair after November. Would you do it again? I had Japanese re-bonding/thermal straightening done few years ago with silky straight hair but too much hair fall. My hair has become very thin now and I have heard that the keratin treatment helps to restore the strength back by sealing the keratin protein in the hair shaft…is that true? I am worried as I do not want to have any further hair loss after what I’ve had, I’d rather keep some natural frizz if that’s the case. Would like some input. Thanks.

  • Lety

    I recieved the Blowout approximately 7 months ago for the third time and it fried the ends of my hair. I have highlights, do you think I am a good candidate for Global Keratin. My cousin had it done and she loves it.

  • Christine

    Hi Amber! I just did the GK Hair Taming System a few weeks back and I was wondering how long your initial treatment lasted? I’m interested in hearing a follow-up on your experience and wondering if you have had the process done over again?

    Today is my 3rd hair washing (I don’t wash my hair every day, even though I do rinse it every other) and my hair seems noticeably curlier after today’s washing.

    I agree with you on the after-process products. Sulfate/phosphate-free shampoo/conditioner and conditioner is a must, as normal shampoo will strip the Keratin product from the hair. For me, Moroccan Oil is working wonders on it as a leave-in.

  • xploxite

    Thanks Amber awesome documentary i was searching to find a website to purchase balancing shampoo & conditione, i clicked on your link by accident(cause i already done the procedures)but I’m so glad i did & everything you said was same exact thing i experinced & regarding the shampoo & conditioner i’m getting the ones you suggested. Thanks again Amber& you’re such a cutie.

  • white girl with brown wavy hair

    Saturday 26 March 2011
    Amber, I had the Global Keratin Hair Taming treatment done last Saturday. I am Caucasian (Italian descent) and I have dark brown wavy hair that is dyed and highlighted. I love the results of the treatment. I wake up in the morning with straight hair. If I get caught in the rain or get sweaty in the gym, I don’t have to run home and flat iron my hair, because it stays straight. I use the Global Keratin Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner with Juvexin. My hairdresser instructed me to use the Keratin Shampoo & Conditioner only once a week. I use Bamboo Luminous Shine Shampoo & Conditioner for the times I shampoo in between. Before all this, I was using Redkin Extreme, but the hairdresser said not to use that, but the Redkin products designed for colored treated hair is fine for me to use. I was also told, it’s okay to color and highlight your hair right before having the Keratin treatment, otherwise you can color your hair a week and a half after the Keratin treatment. That’s all I have for you at this time. I’ll stay in touch with any further developments. How often were you instructed to use your GK shampoo and conditioner?

  • Amber

    Definitely give the Global Keratin moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. They’re much better than the Balancing ones!

  • Amber

    Hey there! Since my hair is dry and was chemically treated at that time, I continued with my usual routine of washing my hair 1-2 a week. The GK moisturizing shampoo and conditioner were great, but washing my relaxed hair more than than would have wreaked havoc! LOL Let us know how the treatment continues to work for you!

  • Kechia

    Oh my! I got the treatment hmmm…6 months ago and have yet received a new treatment although I’m scheduled to get one soon! It has been amazing especially for a person who has been natural for several years and really didn’t want to wear a fro. I have loved every minute, day and month! I have been able to curl my hair in half the time it used to take me to create a style with my natural hair. I don’t think I will ever go back and I’ve gone in for check-ups with my beautician just so she can see the progress. She recently said you could really go without one for a few more months but because of the summer I told her I want that silky, smooth feeling and no frizz! I did not use the global treatment shampoo, I used what I had a home Mizani and it was great and kept my hair clean and yes, my beautician encouraged me to get the correct shampoo I failed to listen! Just want to say great research my beautician encouraged me to do the same before I said yes to the treatment. I love it!


    I had the GBKT about three times and I really love it, but unfortunatelly the only treatment available in all the hairdresser´s i visited to is the light Wave one, because there are not many people with my type of hair here so they always use the same one. I was wondering if anyone knows a webpage, a salon or whatever in The USA where to buy the others two treatments??? because I live in Spain and there is no way to buy it here. I´ve got curly hair, not like amber,(not relaxers), but it is very curly, frizzy and unruly. Although i love the treatment beacause it left my hair healthier, shiny, manageable and frizz-free but still curly and I want see my hair straight or at least a bit more straight than it is. Also I would like to know which of those products could be the best one for me the Curly/Colored or the Thick/Coarse/Resistant??

  • Amber

    Hi Isabela! Global Keratin keeps a pretty tight lock on their products, so that people who haven’t been GK certified can’t get a hold of them. What I would recommend you do is contact GK via their website at to see if they can find anyone else near you with the other formulas. They would also know which formula is best for your hair type. I would also recommend speaking with the owner of the salon you visit, and asking her to carry the formula you need. Can’t hurt to ask, right? :) As far as product, I had success with the GK Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and the GK serum. With GK you shouldn’t need many products at all, but what ever you use make sure it’s sulfate free! Let us know how it turns out!

  • Amber

    Hey, Kechia! Thanks for sharing that tip about stretching the treatments out! I’m glad to hear you’ve had such great results! :)

  • Michael Stevens

    Your article is so right on about the keratin treatments. I was so impressed about how you accessed the formalahyde issue. It is such a non-issue for the consumer and only an issue for the professional proforming the service if they do not follow the guidelines for providing the service.
    You also adressed the expected results with impeccable expertise. Could not have described it better.

  • GKhair

    Amber, we love that you still get comments about your GKhair experience! How is your hair, when was your last Hair Taming? Email me at about doing a review and giveaway!

  • Michelle

    3 treatments of Coppola . And I thought it was awesome too.
    I ignored all post about hair falling out.
    Well two weeks ago if started.. My hair is coming out guys. Not breakage, coming from the ROOTS, like all the posts I read and ignored.
    It makes me sick to my stomach because I hope to god I don’t end up bald.
    Not worth it you will regret it

  • Cindy

    My story is exactly like the previous post. After my first treatment I was simply amazed at how gorgeous my hair was. My hair was like that of the Chinese girls I work with, straight, shiny and easy to manage (I am black-white biracial and have very curly hair). I too ignored all the hair loss stories I read on-line.
    Three months later (November 2010) I got a second treatment, and my hair has been falling out from the root ever since. Some days are worse than others. Today was bad, I lost 250 hairs in the shower this morning (yes I do hair counts) and more fell throughout the day. This has been going on for 6 months now. My hair is ruined, I’m starting to see my scalp. All this time I’ve been hoping and praying the hair loss would stop, and that I could continue the keratin treatments. But today I’ve finally decided to just cut all of my hair off. I’ve spent so much money on various shampoos and hair loss treatments.

    The strange thing is I’ve done just about everything to my hair; it’s been braided, bleached, straightened numerous times with japanese thermal reconditionaing systems… I’ve never had a problem with hair loss before. All I can say is stay away from these treatments. This may not happen to you, but is it a chance you are willing to take?

  • Inga

    Hello Amber
    Thank you for your job :)Sorry, but I have the same storry as Cindy. It`s been a year since my GK “treatment”.I lost 1/2 of my hair.With natural oils and drinking vitamins etc. I was able to get a lot of new hair out.I`m European my hair was never perfect – waves and frizzy.First 3 months after GK it was shiny,soft,straight after that nightmare started loss of hair, dry like never before, panic, sleepless nights..What`s really said that I checked before info on it and trusted big beauty magazines, TV shows etc. that it is natural treatment.Right now after year it looks like nothing: thin, break off from 1/2 of my length.M hair doesn`t grow very fast so it will take years to get the length back……………….
    Who will take a responsibility for all the circumstance it caused to a woman all around the world?
    Amber – tell us how is your hair after 3-4months.I hope you don`t get paid by GK.

  • Rebecca

    Great article! I love the treatment and use the resistant formula for my textured hair (although I am Caucasian, my hair is more multi-ethnic) The first time I went they used the curly formula and I hardly saw a difference. My salon did it for free again with the resistant formula and it was great.

    Just wanted to drop a note that Organix makes a great line of Brazilian Keratin shampoo/conditioner/serum that is sulfate/sodium free. It smells delicious and is very moisturizing. Best part is I get them at CVS or the supermarket for about $6 a bottle. They also have argan oil conditioners you can use.

  • sweety

    i want ask about some thing please i have global keratin but not with jovenix its name functional keratin hair taming system 500 ml because i heared that they dont have 500 ml . is it true or cheated plz i nead a quick response thnx

  • Dee

    I am due to get the GKT by the end of the month. My 14yr old neice is interested in getting it done as well but she has questions like:
    1)Once her 5 months is up, how is the product applied again?
    2)Will she lose hair if she doesn’t continue the product?
    3)After putting the treatment in the hair and after the 48hrs is over,
    can she wash, press & hair.?


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  • Maria

    You can purchase them at the Glynn Jones Salon in Dupont Circle. That’s where I had my keratin treatment done. They are fantastic!

  • punkrockgrrrl07

    I have naturally curly hair, kinda loose spiral curls, but I do like to straighten my hair occasionally.  My hair is a little frizzy, and my stylist offered to have a certified GK trainer do my hair for free as a model.  They used the Curly/Colored level treatment and gave me samples of the shampoo and conditioner to use for aftercare.  It was very straight but easily tangled for the first 48 hours.  When I washed it the first time, it felt greasy and dirty.  I blow-dried my hair first, which still took about 20 minutes and then used my flat iron (which the stylist told me I would no longer need to do!) to finish my hair.  A month later, I hate my hair straight because it has no body and is easily tangled.  I hate my hair curly because the curls are just waves now.  I am trying to find a way to get this stuff out of my hair!!!  My hair always feels greasy no matter how many times I wash it.  Any suggestions on how to remove the GK system???

  • Najahzenthoefer

    Great article and very informative. I am also natural and have been for more than 3 years and all I do it wash, blow dry and flat iron. Then again my sister is a hair stylist in Atlanta who deals in only natural hair and alternative hair straightening services. I hope you stick to going natural it is soo much better than relaxing the hair.

  • Najahzenthoefer

    Great article and very informative. I am also natural and have been for more than 3 years and all I do it wash, blow dry and flat iron. Then again my sister is a hair stylist in Atlanta who deals in only natural hair and alternative hair straightening services. I hope you stick to going natural it is soo much better than relaxing the hair.

  • Najahzenthoefer

    Great article and very informative. I am also natural and have been for more than 3 years and all I do it wash, blow dry and flat iron. Then again my sister is a hair stylist in Atlanta who deals in only natural hair and alternative hair straightening services. I hope you stick to going natural it is soo much better than relaxing the hair.

  • Bebe fabulous

    I herd this product was pulled from the shelf overseas due to concerns of unsafe levels of Formaldehyde which is a major health concern. I blows my mind that people would would put the same stuff into their hair that they use to preserve dead bodies.

  • Hairspott

    what type of shampoo are you using on your hair balance shampoo on moisture shampoo by gk hair taming system ? the system You can all ways just shampoo your hair with regular shampoo and it will eventually it will wear off because i did a customer that wanted to be able to wear her hair both way straight or curly she just stop using gk hair shampoo and her natural curl came back remember  last up to 5 months depends on maintenance you use.  

  • Hairspott

    After the 5 months some may be able to go longer depending on if you using the maintenance products 2) no she will not lose her hair if does not want to continue her hair will just return to her natural state. 3) after her frist 48hours she can shampoo her hair and blow it dry and flat iron her hair what this product will do is reduce her styling time!!!

  • Hairspott

    If the product is Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin or GK Hair Taming System with Juvexin if it not GK it’s NOT Worth Having because this system goes in and corrects what is damage concerning your hair.

  • Aniontedhandssalon2000

    maybe your treament wasn’t done properly may have been the problem because everyone i’ve done their hair and it has grown really fast.

  • Amber/BrownBombshellBeauty

    Hi, I used the Global Keratin moisturizing shampoo and conditioner!

  • Lauramichele85

    This was not the product that was pulled overseas, that was the brazilian blowout formula!

  • Nikki Montgomery

    Your article was very informative. You definitely did your homework. Because of your intensive research I now know what to expect and what not to expect. Thanks for the pictures. As an african american woman this gave me a better idea of what the keratin treatment would look like on my type of hair. Finally , I got a chance to see the final keratin results on an african american woman that pretty much has the same hair texture as me. If there are more picturees that you can post to your site of african american women hair styles please post them

  • CurlyConfused

    I received this treatment last week and waited over 60 hours before washing my hair, and it still washed completely out! I used the GK shampoo/conditioner, and the salon said this was the first time they’d ever had a problem with the treatment. They suggested that perhaps my hair didn’t hold the treatment because of my thyroid medication, but other than that we’re totally baffled. They’re offering to do the treatment again but I’m afraid the same thing will happen and I have less than a week before I have to leave for school! Does anyone have any advice?

  • Hairspott

    Thyroid very well could have been the problem but i woild allow them to redo it for u because it will not hurt u hair at all

  • Beautifullovelyme

    I am African-American with 4a-4c type hair I believe, well basically my hair has small tight curls. I have relaxed hair and less than an inch of natural new growth. I want to discontinue using a relaxer or perm altogether and grow my hair out naturally. However, I do not want to do the big chop. I don’t want to cut off the relaxed ends until my hair grows to the height it is now, which is below shoulders. I’m am highly interested in a keratin treatment that is Hyde- family free that will help both hair textures to coexist and grow out healthy. Please offer me your best suggestions as far as treatments, maintainence, aftercare, etc. Let me know what you think would be the best thing for me I would prefer asking you or an expert on this blog versus another stylist because you have undergone a similar process. Please offer your thoughts.
    Oh and just so that I come across clear, I would like to grow my hair out naturally and little by little cut the relax ends off. I know you’re probably saying in your head that the keratin treatment is a contradiction to growing my hair out naturally because it not completely natural but I understand that the treatment is not permanent compared to a relaxer, perm, texturizer or Japanese straightener. Am I wrong? This can eventually be washed out with shampoo and conditioner that cotains sodium, i can also simply stop using the product once my hair is grown out, or i can switch to light wave if you suggest that i use the global keratin with juvexin treatment. I figure if I use the treatment (well one you recommend) to straighten or loosen natural curls I can reduce breakage or stop damage completely as my hair grows out because like I said earlier I understand that I would have two different textures in my hair but I would like to find a solution that would help them to coexist so I can reduce damage and or breakage to my hair and so I would not have to do the big chop but rather i could cut the hair gradually as it grows little by little. I’m hoping that with this method I’d have a full natural head of shoulder length hair in about 3 years or so. Hopefully this long post helps you to understand what I am looking for rather than confuse you. Thank you so much!!!

  • Beautifullovelyme

    So I jus actually got the GLobal Keratin treatment today. I love it but my hair appeared to be thin and string after. I hate the fact that the flat iron cant really smooth out the edges and it is hard to reach areas. Nonetheles, I can’t wait till Tuesday to wash my hair.

  • Chaparita0728

    i am white female senior citizen.  global keratin was great at first.  don’t know if it was new
    health rules in my state but last 3 treatments did nothing for me.  just tried kerastraight  @ ulta
    and have same results.  hair is thinner and still kinked on right side. recently returned
    from east coast and weather was huge factor that did affect the global keratin which
    i had done only 1 week earlier. so i’ve had 2 keratin treatments (different brands) in
    less than 1 month with poor results. i can only hope in a year or two that the technology
    will progess because it’s still an improvement over my frizzy condition.  hope someone sees
    this and gets cracking in the lab. i need help and i need it now!

  • Amyabuckingham31

    Where did you purchase the Paul Michell products?

  • Amyabuckingham31

    Hello SierJon123, I will see you tomorrow. As you can see I am doing my research. I am still a little scared from reading the posts about the hair falling out.

  • Hanifd

    It is an inferior product to all the others on the market try using an alternative product to Global Keratin

  • Helen P

    It is true Global Keratin is not Formaldehyde free and should be banned worlwide for false marketing

  • Shalon

    I got the Coppola keratin treatment and my hair doesn’t have any body!!!! This is my second month I got the treatment Sept. 2.  The first month it was bone straight ( with relaxer I have full beautiful  thick shoulder length hair) now this is the 2nd month (my hair a tiny afro under a staight wrap).  This hair has no life!!! If you like stick straight white girl hair then keratin is for you!!  I also noticed the ends of my hair are much thinner.  I’m not happy with the look of my hair.  This is a expensive service and my hair has looked much better for less.

  • lovelife21

    My beautician recommended the keratin treatment strictly for hair growth purposes…has anybody experienced any hair growth due to this product?

  • Kimcreative

    Okay, I am 41 female white that just had this GK keratin protien hair treatment done a month ago and while it does work at repairing brittle hair. Problem is… IT WONT STOP FALLING OUT!!! Three days after the treatment big chunks of skin all over my scalp started to flake and so much hair all over fall out and from the root each day! This is horrid. I am so mad I want to sue. DO NOT GET THIS TREATMENT DONE!! I was told it was an all natural product, organic and no chemicals but now in doing my research find the formaldihyde in it can cause all sorts of problems including hair loss. DO NOT do this treament and please research any other similiar one so you dont have the same problem as me. And my hair was so thing to begin with, now its only worse. I just hope it grows back. : (

  • Roberto Saggese Milano

    Hi , Amber I’m Roberto Saggese from Milan Italy today I’ve make GK tamming system The Best, I’ m really happy for this service in my Salon . I know the African-American type of hair and I think is very best ultimate conditioning and silking traitment for all hair, every woman need this luxurious service( better in my Salon ) . Find me if we wont Roberto Saggese fb. :-)

  • Emily

    Hi! Im white with curly hair (I’ve being relaxing my hair since I was 12) I have done the GK treatment twice already. I can say that the resistant formula with no scent (chocolate or strawberry) which was the first one that I got was perfect. My hair looked so gorgeous. The second was the GK chocolate scent resistant formula and I didn’t like it at all. The smell and texture of my hair was different and I wasn’t very happy with the results. Im going to try now the strawberry scent. Hope I like it! :)

    btw Im looking for sellers of GK or Paul Mitchell products in Puerto Rico. Thanks!

  • GD

    Then do you know of any other good superior brand. Let us know the name

  • Sheree Perkowski

    I have been a hairstylist for over 30 years. I have been certified in the global Keratin treatments and love it. It is not harmful to colored or highlighted hair. It is a keratin treatment. It will condition your hair. Gives shine, controls frizz, makes hair silky soft and easier and faster to dry. It is important to use non-sulfate shampoo, my suggestion is to use the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This will help your treatment last up to 5-6 months. I love these treatments!

  • Brenda


    Let me start by saying I am a hairstylist with over 3o years experience behind the chair and have tried so many straighteners/relaxers/brazilian blow outs that I am not buying anything anymore without testing this on my guinea pig friends and coworkers!

    I have only used this system twice now so keep that in mind but I wanted to weigh in.
    My distributor is Kevin Ray in Denver CO and recommended that we try ‘The Best” formula of the GK global Keratin system. I did not attend a class but watched the instructional video on you tube and talked to my rep about how this works and what to do. My first two experiences have gone very well and both of my test clients are happy with the results. There is definately a wide variance of timing with this product so you can customize according to texture and results desired. I thought this was a big bonus, but can see how this may alter your results, if you don’t keep this in mind. The one size fits all mentality is not good for this product. Keeping texture and condition in mind is always helpful for any texturizing service. The results are only as good as your consultation. That said, experience and practice have taught me to err on the safe side. Both of my test cases wanted curl reduction but more defrizzing as they are caucasian with compact cuticle but processed hair.. I went 50 mn applying the product first to virgin roots then immediately adding more product to ends and combing through without too much tension and leaving it. after rinsing and shampooing I dried with round brush and flat ironed using about 400 degrees. There is no way I could do this treatment on myself. You have to have the positioning of the brush and iron as well as finer partings for application. I will be getting my cowrker to do this service on me as well and I usually have done my own color/keratin treatments. I absolutely will use the shampoo/cond/deep treatment system as well. so far I am impressed. washing out the product is a huge health factor as blowdrying any keratin treatment left in the hair releases formalin gas. I am extremely aware of this as I have very sensitive system and can’t use a lot of chemicals in my salon and haven’t for 20 years. It used to be so hard to find products I could use but thank goodness many more people in our industry have complained to the point they are listening! our clients visit the salon for a couple hours at most, but then we are left to breathe the toxins in every day all day long! will update as soon as I do another…

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  • judy

    Had global keratin done last week. Need to know if I have to wait to have my color done? Years ago web had on wait two weeks before color. What’s the story with global? Anybody know the answer? Sent email to company but did not receive an answer! Judy

  • Sandy J

    Thank you Amber for this post! I am a stylist and needed a change in the Keratin product I am presently using. You have done a great job researching. Client results and reviews are best! I have consulted on this and it comes highly recommended. It is the highest cost product to carry and I’m glad it gets high reviews!!

  • D

    Yes my hair grew 6 inches in 6 months after I used this product

  • Mel

    Great story! Just got the GK Keratin w/ Juvenix done for my bi-racial daughter. Curious about up keep products. Is purchasing the namebrand products off Amazon safe? Or should they be purchased from the salon directly? Caught me off guard in one of the posts someone mentioned about the company only selling to “certified” people. Just want to see if there is a cheaper place to get the namebrand product or maybe even a cheaper brand that is ok to use with this system?

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  • Alain Sullivan

    I paid $350 dollars at a highly reputable salon. My hair is now breaking off in large clumps. Never, ever again!

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  • kath

    I paid a fortune to have this treatment. I have thick frizzy hair. I have tried everything else and was told that this would work without a doubt. No it didnt. From the first time I washed my hair it was the same. I went back to the salon and she washed my hair and blew it out etc and of course it looked great. I do not have the time or situation where I can spend an hour and a half styling my hair since we are on the road and dont have power a lot of the time. The reason I had it done in the first place! Once again I paid a fortune for nothing. My hair is now in worse condition than before.. never again.. its rubbish. ..not happy at all…

  • Nicole Napolitano Rhonj

    I have to say that the most fabulous product my styllist ever used on me was Magic Sleek! It removed all my frizz without taking the bounce from my hair. It made my hair look silky and so healthy! I was stunned to see that the treatment didn’t cause more breakage and damage but actually helped reverse the damage i’ve caused to my hair. Incredible product- Highly recommended!!