Every few months, I have my hair highlighted at isobel, a chic little salon located at 796 South Clinton Avenue in Rochester, New York. isobel is truly one of the best kept secrets in town because, Owner, Michael Livernash, and stylist Stephanie Hernandez run the place with a level of personal attention not found in many other salons these days where one person may wash your hair, another may do the cut, while a third person might step in to finish. Not so at isobel where Michael and Stephanie work together to make every client feel special.
That said, I’m a little stingy about sharing Michael. First of all, I’m a bad sharer. I like the attention Michael gives me; I eat it up like the needy, little housewife that I am. I am pretty sure Michael gives all his clients this same level of attention; he seems to know everything about all of us. He sure as hell knows everything about me. He knows I want to look like Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker, and he gets me pretty dang close (hair-wise). He laughs at my dorky jokes, but he also answers my questions seriously – when I have them.
Being a twit, I have been toying with trying this Brazilian Keratin Treatment that I’ve been hearing so much about. It’s a pricey procedure that takes several hours and, if done incorrectly, can result in serious damage. A naturally curly-haired girl, I recent saw a Tyra Banks Show where a woman with serious frizz tried the procedure and the results were nothing short of miraculous. She went from hair that was unable to be combed to smooth, shiny locks that obeyed. I asked Michael about it.
He explained that it is actually a pretty cool technology, but there are two different kinds of product: one that contains formaldehyde, a serious toxin associated with all kinds of cancers (you know, they embalm dead bodies with that stuff), and another product that doesn’t contain formaldehyde.
Michael said in either case the “keratin penetrates the hair improving and repairing the quality of the hair from the inside.”
“So should I do it? I asked, uncertain.
“You have great curls. Why do you want to get rid of them?”
You see, this is why I love Michael. Not only does he color my hair perfectly, but he says all the right things, too.
For now I am content to have Michael color and straighten my hair once every two months. It’s nice to know I have a choice. It’s even nicer to know I have Michael.
How many of you have used this Brazilian Hair Straightening Process? And what do you think?
I haven’t used the treatment. I am scared to death of it. I am in the same boat as you with the curly hair, although I think yours is a little more curly. I have mine blown out every time I go to the salon and I try to do it myself at home. The curly look just looks messy on me. Your hair looks awesome both ways…even the messy before pic looks cute.
Why would anyone that has natural curls want to get rid of them? My hair is fine and straight as a ruler and I have prayed for curls all my life. I guess we all want what we don’t have!
I’ve had a Brazilian wax! (Not). Sorry, my hair is naturally short, especially on the top shiny part of my head. 🙂
My life reflects my hair, it can go either way 🙂 Some days its straight, some days curly. I’ve experimented with every hair style imaginable! I’ve got some great pictures from the 80’s. Permed hair, and hair-sprayed bangs, as well as, my Flock of Seagulls stage – wow, thank God that’s over with. But I’ve never done a Brazilian treatment, haven’t done a Brazilian for that matter either! LOL!
My middle daughter Kate has curly, curly hair. You would think her father could possibly be African-American, its so kinky! I think its a throw back to my Sicilian roots…Anyway, she hates her hair!! Once her father took her to get it cut and they thinned it out!!!! It looked horrible, I wanted to cry! Needless to say, I divorced him.
She spends hours trying to straighten it out, but one ounce of humidity, and BAM!!!! Instant fro! I tell her, “Kate people pay money to have your curls!” which she lovingly replies, “God Mom, I know! You tell me that all the time, but I hate it!” Hopefully, someday she’ll embrace the curl. I think Gay is right, we always want what we can’t have!
Although the post-treatment pics look great, I have to be honest. Don’t bother! I think your curls are one of the prettiest things about you and if you permanently take them away, it’s like hiding part of your awesome personality. My vote is to stay with your awesome curls and save the money. Just my opinion…
Cheech and Chong said it best:
“Dude, who cut your hair?”