Put an End to Frizz for the Rest of Summer
For those with unruly strands susceptible to heat and humidity, there are plenty of potentially hazardous answers to frizz, such as formaldehyde-based Brazilian blow-outs and chemical relaxers with sodium hydroxide (the same ingredient found in Drano). But if your goal is to gain manageability sans the gas mask at the salon, Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment might be your answer. This odorless, formaldehyde-free service combines keratin, seracin (a silk protein), and glycolic acid to condition and smooth the cuticles. The end result is straighter—but not flat and lifeless—hair.
The process itself is deceptively simple: After a standard wash and dry, a keratin complex is painted onto strands and left to sit for 30 minutes. Next, the treatment is rinsed out, hair is dried, and small sections are sealed with a flatiron. The best part? You don’t have to play the waiting game when it comes to washing at home. (Many treatments require a three-day, water-free grace period to fully penetrate.) The only stipulation is lathering up with sulfate-free formulas in the shower.
Effects last about four months (depending on hair type and maintenance) and are noticeable immediately—especially in the styling department. Blow-dry sessions are blissfully shorter, the results of air-drying are significantly improved, and even the tough-to-tame area near the nape of the neck is substantially less rebellious. As for the grow-out process, there isn’t any. Similar to semi- or demi-permanent hair color, Cezanne slowly disappears sans breakage. Master stylist Nicole Descoteaux of the Butterfly Studio in New York City suggests scheduling a treatment before a color appointment and leaving your hair in the capable hands of a professional. At the end of the day, she quips, “It’s all about the surgeon, not the surgery.”