A long time ago I shared my experience with Japanese hair straightening. I mentioned that, despite the amazing results, I haven’t done the treatment anymore because of the price. That’s why I switched to keratin treatments. These treatments also straights my hair for a kinder price.
I promised to share my experiences with keratin treatments, but that took a while. I hadn’t forgotten, but I kept putting it off. But now the moment has come 🙂
I did my first keratin treatment 4 years ago. At that time, I actually wanted to do a Japanese hair straightening, but I didn’t have the money for it. So I started looking for an alternative. I wanted a keratin treatment that also straightened my hair. I did some research on keratin treatments and then found the Jean Paul Mynè Keratine Gold treatment.
The good thing was that a hairdresser in the area offered the treatment for a reasonable price, so I booked an appointment.
I have now done several treatments (about 5) and I will tell you the pros and cons of the Jean Paul Mynè Keratine Gold.
The first time I got a Jean Paul Mynè Keratine Gold treatment
I made an appointment to treat all of my hair. Because my hair was very frizzy and wavy. I agreed with the hairdresser in advance that it would cost 250 euros ($299.44) including cutting. The treatment would last 4 to 5 hours.
So here is an impression of the whole Keratin Gold treatment:
While the hairdresser washed my hair with a special shampoo, she told me that this is an Italian keratin treatment and that a few hairdressers in The Netherlands offer this treatment. She also said that the treatment isn’t expensive and that the result is very good, compared to other keratin treatments.
The shampoo needed to withdraw for several minutes. Then it was rinsed out. Afterwards my hair was blow-dried and when it was completely dry the keratine was applied.
My hair was dived into narrow sections where the keratin was applied with a brush. This process took a while. The keratin had a strong apple scent which wasn’t unpleasant at the time.
It had to work for about 45 minutes before my hair was straightened with a brush. The keratin became flaky and the flakes were in my hair or blown away by the hairdryer. The hairdresser said it was supposed to be like that. I noticed that the apple scent started to smell stronger during blow-drying.
Then my hair was straightened in narrow sections. The keratin became very hot and began to smoke. The strong apple scent hit our throat, causing us to cough regularly. The hairdresser was used to it, she said.
Straightening the hair wasn’t always nice. Sometimes the keratin fumes felt very hot against my scalp and ear. And my throat ached. According to the hairdresser it wasn’t dangerous, because all the ingredients are natural and the treatment is formaldehyde free.
After straightening (which took the hairdresser around 2 hours) my hair was washed again and blown super straight. Then I got a haircut. My hair looked super straight and soft!
The treatment was done and I wasn’t allowed to wet it for 24 hours. After the treatment, I was only allowed to wash it with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. This is a must! If you wash your hair with a regular shampoo and conditioner, the keratin will break down and you hair will be soon back to normal.
I could buy special shampoo and conditioner from Jean Paul Mynè on the spot, but I didn’t as I already had sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. I also was advised to blow-dry my hair immediately after washing.
Once I was outside, I noticed how long I spent at the hairdresser. There were no windows in the salon and it was now already dark outside.
After first time washing
It wasn’t difficult not to wash my hair for 24 hours. During those 24 hours, my hair remained straight and soft. Yet it still smelled like apples. That wasn’t pleasant. After sleeping my pillow also smelled of those apples, yikes…
Even when I was allowed to wash it, the whole bathroom smelled of the strong apple scent. After washing my hair it was easy to comb and I decided to air dry my hair before blow drying it. I shouldn’t have done that!
Even though my hair was quick to blow dry, it didn’t get as straight as at the hairdresser. It was even a bit frizzy! I texted about it with my hairdresser and she told me that I should blow dry my hair immediately after washing to prevent this.
Yet my hair remained beautiful, but less perfect than after a Japanese hair straightening treatment. A tuft of hair wasn’t fully straight. It annoyed me a bit at first, but I was able to camouflage it well.
After I washed it a few times, the straight and soft effect diminished a bit. Still, it looked natural. I had to blow dry it immediately every time to achieve the best result, but it never became poker straight again.
After about 4 months my hair slowly started to frizz again at the outgrowth. Nevertheless the frizz remained easy to straight. A month later I decided to do an outgrowth treatment.
Jean Paul Mynè Keratine Gold Outgrowth Treatment
I made an appointment with the same hairdresser. The outgrowth treatment would cost me 100 euros ($119.84), which I still thought was a reasonable price.
The outgrowth treatment took less time, about 2 hours. The treatment was the same, except that the keratin was only applied to the outgrowth.
Still the strong apple scent wasn’t pleasant and the fumed hurt my scalp and ear. And the hairdresser and I still had a lot of coughing.
After that I was again not allowed to wash my hair for 24 hours and the care of my hair remained the same.
The Keratin Gold treatment is not as good as a Japanese hair straightening treatment, but I was more than satisfied with the result. So I did some 2 more outgrowth treatments.
Why I don’t do outgrowth treatments anymore
And then suddenly we were in a lockdown and the hairdressers were closed. Of course I didn’t see this coming in advance (nobody!). And because of this I missed my outgrowth treatment.
This was of course very annoying, because my hair started to frizz more and more. Out of desparation I bought an OWOW kit with which you can give yourself a keratin treatment at home. But I will dedicate a separate post to that.
When the hairdressers were allowed to open again, I quickly booked an outgrowth treatment. I was relieved to get the treatment again. My hair would finally be manageable!
The treatment wasn’t exactly the same as it used to be. The hairdresser told me that Jean Paul Mynè improved their Keratin Gold formula. The keratin didn’t leave any flakes in my hair anymore. The apple scent was less intense and we didn’t cough anymore during the treatment. With this improvements of the keratin treatment only lasted for 1,5 hours.
But after I had to check out, I was less satisfied. The costs of the outgrowth treatment was suddenly 190 euro ($227.61)! I hesitated for a moment before going to pay. The hairdresser laughed nervously. However I paid, but it didn’t suit me anyway.
I thought maybe it was because of the lockdown. A lot of Dutch hairdresser added some Covid-19 allowance to their prices because of the lockdown. Or maybe my outgrowth was too much and that’s why it was more expensive.
I thought the price increase was temporary, but a couple of months later I saw on the hairdressers website that she increased the price of the outgrowth treatment to 190 euro. And I felt kind of disappointed. Despite the treatment improvement, the outgrowth treatment is almost doubled in price. And I find it quite expensive. A Japanese hair straightening treatment costs almost the same with better and long-lasting result!
So I unfortunately stopped doing the Jean Paul Mynè Keratine Gold treatments. And I’m currently thinking about to do a Japanese hair straightening treatment again…