Monday, December 24, 2012

Naked Assuage Thermal Smoothing Complex

After I decided to transition for the 3rd time, I began to struggle once alot of new growth came in. I saw a post on about new generation keratin treatments and this intrigued me. These new products used glyoxyl cystine to produce a smoothing effect. This meant hair that was smooth and straight with none of the ramifications of formaldehyde. After a bit of research and penny pinching i save up to buy a bottle of this from a beauty supply distributor. At a bit less that $100 a bottle for 8 oz this very expensive  with my college budget. I figured that it would be worth the investment if i could get many uses out of it.

I used this quite a bit
I do not have a full list of ingredients for this product. Apparently its only supposed to be sold to professionals and the bottle does not have the ingredients listed on them anywhere. I did speak to the company before I got the product and they assured me it was very safe to use.(Although I did not tell them I was intending to use it by myself. Which in hindsight, I probably should have!)
The application was very easy and the formula made my hair very easy to comb through. although the bottle is only 8 oz the foam makes a little bit go along way. I got several full head uses out of this product and I did not even finish the entire thing. Blow drying and flat ironing was also quite easy because the formula is light and dries quickly. My hair did feel a bit parched and crispy after flat ironing however and it wasn't as shiny as I thought it would be. I did this treatment around the summer time and I had a familiar looking result.....

Not a good sign!

The puffiness reminded me of the Ion Keratin treatment I had used a while back. I was worried that when i rinsed it out it would be a big dissapointment. Thankfully after i washed it out i noticed my hair was a little looser and softer. Although with my hair wet with just water my hair did not look that much different as compared to when I rinsed out my OK keratin treatment.
Slightly loosened result
 The best way to be able to see the difference that this product had in my hair is to show a side to side comparison of my hair slicked back with gel. I used the same product in both pictures but as you can see the after effect is visibly different. 


The hair is slightly elongated,shiner and smoother. I was pretty pleased with the results. I would say this is a mild treatment. This product promises up to 12 weeks of smoothing and defrizzing effects. I would say it lasted about 2-3 washes which is about 2-3 weeks for me. This product is effective but the longevity is not as long as I had hoped. 

Overall I took this as a learning experience. I did not see many reviews on this product and the few reviews I did see were very positive.ex:"OMG this is the best thing since sliced bread!!!!" and have absolutely NO follow up.(my pet peeve!) They seemed really biased so that is why I decided to take it into my own hands as a DIY'er to see how this product worked.

There are many factors to consider as to why this product didn't last or why I didn't have the best results.
I later found out that there were many details in the process that  affect the outcome. Some of these include the amount of tension used in the blowdry and flat ironing steps as well as the role of the complementary products. As I gained more info about the product, it seems as if the process was not as simple as other keratin and smoothing products I have tried in the past.

I would recommend this process for someone who is interested in keratin/ smoothing treatments and doesn't want to try anything risky or possibly have long term effects. It would probably be much better if it is done by a stylist who is qualified and familiar with the process. I still think its a safe and high quality product but its just not quite what I'm looking for. I do really like that black owned companies like Essations are pushing the bar and innovating new ways to wear our hair both natural and curly with no harsh and permanent chemicals.

I have noticed many more companies are following suit and have more consumer friendly amino acid based smoothing treatments in which I will be trying in the future! 

Thanks for reading <3

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  1. John smith said... March 18, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Thanks to share this best process to have shinny and straight hair.
    Keratin Hair Straightening

  2. Anonymous said... March 20, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Did you use their shampoo n conditioner too? If not thatcould be why it didn't last long. Their products are made to work together

  3. Nieshia Neal said... March 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I agree. That's why it's intended for professional use only.

  4. Mel said... March 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    The factor of not using the complimentary products is duly noted in the post but from MY experience I didn't see much difference when I use a whole system or not.

    As far as being professional use only that is really another issue. I was actually going to talk about this in a later post!

  5. Anonymous said... March 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Where did you purchase the product from?

  6. Anonymous said... March 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I am a licensed cosmetologist and I use this product. I love it and so do my clients! I took the training class which explained a lot. The product is very sensitive. You must know the results that you are trying to achieve and that will tell you something as simple as how many passes to use with your flat irons. If you don't understand how to adjust according to the type, porosity, density, elasticity, and texture of the hair, then the process can go left. Most professional services are not cookie-cutter; it takes the product and professional training in order to know what to do. You also have to be sure to use the correct tools for the best results. Not every blow dryer nor flat iron will work with this because some of them do not give the right kind of heat distribution. That's just my little info. I hope that you find a system that is more consumer friendly and that works great for your hair. have an awesome day!

  7. Anonymous said... March 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I am not only a licensed cosmotologist, but a Senior Educator for Clintex, the company which manufactures this product. I have worked several years with this product, on all types of hair! With all do respect, this is aproffessional product intended for proffessional use. You not only have to understand the use of the product, but exactly what it does chemically from the interior cortex of the hair. With complete knowledge and entire use of complete line, results ars magnificent!! There is absolutely no comparable product!!! Also, this shoyld not be applied by ones self. You willnot get the right tension or heat distribution. You also have to use the correct temperature and heat element. Along with many other factors!! I encourage bootleggers to license up and gain thorough knowledge of products before attempted use! When you don't possess that you are cheating your self and misleading others!!!

  8. Mel said... March 27, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Hello everyone! It seems like my post ruffled a few feathers. This post did not get much attention until recently.

    I am not a professional nor have claimed to be. This is just the experience I had with the product alone so it should be taken as such.

    I read plenty of material before trying this product so I wouldn't say I was completely unaware of how this product works.

    There are certain people like me who do not like going to the salon to get their hair done yet do not want to use the (generally)inferior quality drugstore products.

    If you do really work for the company, please tell them there is a market for DIY'ers and maybe try formulating a line for people who do not want to be a slave to the salon.

  9. FlyestStylistQueenBee said... March 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    A DIY'er should maybe look into a consumer product instead of misusing a professional product then complaining about it online. Leave the professional products to the professionals. This product has too many variables(heat, tension, number of passes, types of irons & dryers, consistency)for it to be done in any other setting than a professional salon environment. Assuage has become popular with my clients and I use it on my children with no complaints. The company offers training and support to professionals who use this system, which is unheard of from most product manufacturers. My suggestion is that you reach out to the company to find a professional in your area that can service you and retail the proper take home items to accompany the system. The fact that the system is milder than most is a plus, it protects stylists and clients from harmful fumes and longlasting side effects associated with most keratin systems. I can appreciate a company that keeps my health and safety in mind when manufacturing products.

  10. Mel said... March 31, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Hi. As far as I know there is nobody in my area offering the service. While I understand how stylists feel about consumers using professional products, this is not something new and It happens all of the time.

    I liked the formula and how mild it was. It just wasn't what I was looking for. Many of these kind of treatments are salon only and only available in limited locations. There are people like me who do not like going to the salon for many reasons but still want to use high quality products. I am sorry if my review troubled you but I have only spoken high of this company if you look at my other posts.

    Thank you for taking out the time to comment and I hope Essations knows just how loyal their stylists!

  11. adaf2460-eb49-11e2-ba43-000bcdca4d7a said... July 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I had my first professional consultation today on the process and use of this product, by a trained & highly skilled natural haircare Specialist

    I can't wait to get the treatment. As complexed and labor-intensive as it was described.. As a layman in this area, I would NOT even attempt this on my own.

    *NOTE: This coming from someone who is no longer a fan of legnthy salon visits (for various reasons).

  12. Mel said... July 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Thank you for your comment. Even though my experience wasnt ideal its still my experience! I still enjoyed the product it just didnt resist humidity as much as i would have liked.

    I wonder if my review was a glowing review would there be a problem?

  13. Nicole Bishop said... August 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I have just received this product from my hairangel and I love it. It's been two weeks since receiving I have been growing out my perm for a few months. Since the summer it's been a little difficult to tame. So my hairangel suggested this product. I have no complaints thus far.

  14. Mel said... September 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Im glad you like it. it seems that these kind of treatments just do not last long on my hair.

  15. keenya smith said... January 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM
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  16. keenya smith said... January 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Hi Mel
    I know I am a little late in responding. You can't please everyone, so don't sweat it. If you had great reviews, someone would have disagreed with you. If you have not so great reviews, someone would have disagreed with you. Such is life. I personally liked the process and was pleased with the results. The process didn't give me totally the results that I was looking for, but I was impressed. I paid $150 for the service and was made to sit and wait until my stylist finished her lunch in order to finish my hair....this is one of the reasons why I hate salon services.
    My question to you is, what distributor did you make the purchase from? I would much rather do the process myself, save some money and avoid the salon drama.
    thanks! Keenya

  17. Brandy Williams said... January 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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  18. Brandy Williams said... January 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    I can respect the professionals opinion as far as proper application... However not every woman wants to keep paying obnoxious salon prices. I pay a ridiculous $250 for the service. I know its labour intensive because you have to wash blow dry and flat iron your hair twice for it to have the desired result. But its still not worth 250 I rather spend 250 on a weave. So I lucked up and found this product online. I have had it done and seen enough 2 feel confident in applying at myself I'll do the labor and save myself a lot of money considering the bottle only cost less than $100...but the service is way inflated. In any case I found it on this website where you can purchase:

  19. Brandy Williams said... January 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

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