I can’t tell you how many times I’ve missed my train in the morning because I’ve been doing my hair.
I know it sounds totally ridiculous, but I can’t bear to wake up any earlier, so I would end up just driving in to Toronto all because I can’t get it together in the mornings.
In the summers it’s even worse, because I spend all of this time doing my hair, then on my 20 minute walk to work after my train ride, Toronto’s terrible humidity wreaks havoc on my hair, and my bangs become wavy and stupid-looking, and my hair getting frizzy and untouchable.
I hate it when my bangs are out of line, and I was getting so frustrated that I eventually bought a mini straightener to keep in my desk for fringe emergencies. Not only was I straightening my hair twice in one morning, but if I went outside, it happened all over again. Definitely a vicious cycle.
SO. I started looking into keratin treatments and found Cézanne Perfect Finish. It isn’t a keratin treatment, BUT, it smooths and slightly straightens the hair with a silk protein that envelops each strand, repelling humidity-induced frizz. As soon as I read about it, I knew I had to have it. This post is a long one, but I promise you the results are worth reading about.
Cézanne graciously set me up with the treatment at Runway Hair Studio in Toronto, along with 4 of their products. Very generous of them.
RHS is run by a lovely Italian husband and wife duo, who made sure I felt comfortable the entire time and did a fabulous job on my locks.
The treatment started with a wash of Cézanne’s Clarifying shampoo. Then my hair was blowdried until it was mostly dry.
The product was then applied meticulously, section by section, and then left to marinate for 30 minutes. There is an ever-so-slight burning sensation on the scalp, but it more tickly than anything. Not bad at all.
After the time is up, hair is rinsed until most of the product is out, but not completely. Hair is then blowdried as smooth as possible.
Now, here is the step that takes the longest part. The straightening. Hair is divided into very small sections and straightened with a fine toothed comb 5-10 times. I was definitely getting squirmy after a while, but I mean, my hair was smooth and shiny as glass, so I can’t complain.
Once my hair was all straightened out, Angelo noticed a bit of uneveness (the super-straightness reveals all), so he cleaned it up with a quick trim in one area.
Cezanne’s results last 4-5 months, depending on how often you wash your hair. Their own line MUST be used–you absolutely cannot use any shampoos containing SLS on your head, or it will undo the treatment.
All in all, the treatment takes around 2-4 hours depending on how much hair you have, and starts at around $300 (gets more expensive the more time you need and also depends on the salon). To find a salon near you that offers the treatment, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hair can be coloured immediately after the treatment (though you would be in a salon chair for a really long time), and hair can also be washed right afterwards. The Cezanne treatment can lift coloured hair slightly, so you might choose to refresh it afterwards. I chose to leave my hair alone for a few days before washing it, but it is not necessary.
I can tell you this much–this is singlehandedly the best thing I have EVER done to my hair. It is so soft and incredibly smooth, frizz-free, and humidity barely does anything at all to it, except add in a slight wave to my bangs. And that, I can handle. I barely worry about my hair in humidity or rain anymore.
For the first week after the treatment, my hair felt like it was stuck to my scalp, but I think this was a mix of the treatment just being done (my hair is super fine), and because my hair wasn’t used to the SLS(non-foaming)-free shampoo. It’s been a few weeks now, and I’ve gotten the hang of the shampoo, and I have some more volume. You do lose a little bit of your natural volume since the strands are so silky and smooth, but it is definitely worth it, and any loss of volume can be gained back with a little mousse and a quick blast of air upside down.
This treatment has really made me envy those with straight hair–all I need to do now is wash, condition, comb and I’m done. In the morning, if my bangs are a bit wonky from sleeping on them, I just wet them down, give them a quick spritz with the heat protecting spray, and brush them a bit with a comb while blowdrying. It’s really perfect for summer. Humidity and heat? No problem. Dips in the pool or lake? Hair will be perfect afterwards.
Before, when I styled my bangs, it was a multi-tool process. My hair needed to be wetted down, then blowdried with boar bristle brush, then shaped with a round brush, then straightened with a flat iron. Now it’s almost a joke how easy they are to manage.
My hair, which was really curly before, is almost completely straight. I was told that the treatment would only loosen the curl, not straighten it, but I am super happy with the results. The more washes it receives, the more a little bit of wave comes back to the ends. Plus! My hair is going to be able to grow and get really healthy now that I can do little to no heat styling on it for 4-5 months. Angelo, the hair stylist, pointed out that I have a lot of breakage (you can see some of the wispy, shorter pieces in the photos), and this will really give those strands a chance to recover.
The treatment is an investment, but it is so worthwhile. I will definitely be doing it again in the future.
Since this post is already very long, I will publish a separate article on their product range next week.
Runway Hair Studio
2409 Yonge Street