Monday, February 4, 2013

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Pravana Perfection SmoothOut Treatment


Pravana has been one of the top contenders in the professional hair care market. I was really excited that they had come out with a hair smoothing system called Perfection Smooth out. it was formaldehyde free and claimed to "virtually alters the internal textural memory of the hair fiber to transform it to a smoother, frizz-free state." That "virtually alters" claim  made me raise my eye brow a quite a bit so I did a little research on it before I decided to try it out.

I could barely find reviews on it but the few I did said that it was better than the highly popular Brazilian Blowout. They also reported that it made their hair permanently straight after several applications. For these reviewers this was a highly desirable result. I thought that since my hair was way curlier it would have a less pronounced effect. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

 The formula itself was pretty liquidy, moreso than others I have tried. It was an opaque white color and smelled quite pleasant, similar to a bar of soap. It did make me sneeze a little bit which threw me off, but I decided to try it anyway. The formula is also safe to use without any gloves which is a big plus for me! Yet because of the sketchy reviews I decided to do a test section instead of slathering it all over my hair.  The test section came out looser and felt really smooth. I liked the results. After a while it reverted.

I was still wary of trying this on my new growth, so I just applied it onto my texlaxed ends and my test section again. My ends came out so smooth and straight and when I washed it out they were much more well behaved. my test section looked a little bit looser but after a while it snapped back and looked relatively normal. The hair felt very smooth however and straightened out very easily just from tension. It felt like the hair was relaxed.

Something just didn't feel right. I decided to try it out once more on my test section. This is what sealed the deal for me. At this point my hair did not curl back up to normal. Instead, it is just a limp relaxed curl. With a little cajoling I can make it curl up a bit more but it is nowhere near normal.
Control Curl

Undesired curl loosening
I decided to wait a while to see if it would last for 8-12 weeks but it did not not curl back up until a little over 4 months. It is still not 100% back to normal, sadly. It is a good thing this section was small and can easily be hidden. I am so glad I did not use this all over my head. This also shows why it is important to do a test section when every using a new straightening product! Smoothing and keratin treatment formulas vary in ingredients and composition. Because of this, some can last a week while others can be permanent.

This undesired curl loosening was also a "cumulative result." This means that becuase the hair was previously treated, the effects are greater with the following treatments. I tend to avoid these kinds of treatments.

In conclusion, I would recommend this product it you are seeking drastic curl reduction. The initial results are quite dramatic with extreme shine,curl reduction and smoothness. If you would rather to keep your curls, stay far away from this stuff!

Has anyone else tried this product or this brand? What did you think of it?

Thanks for reading! <3
-Mel

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  1. funnyfemale said... July 6, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Yeah, I've gotten the treatment done, however, i am a white female so obviously i had different results. They were HORRIBLE. I went to a salon to get something similar, if not the same, as a Brazilian blowout. I asked questions, did research online and i was blown away by the drastic results. My hair is thick, coarse, frizzy, but it's not curly. It's just really wavy. Also very damaged at the ends and split ends up the a**. The treatment made it worse and the stylist was a big fat liar. Said wow your hair is looking amazing, i can already see a dramatic difference! Girl you look good! Yeah right biatch. It looked worse than before the treatment. WtMf! Not worth it. $200 wasted.

  2. Mel said... July 7, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Wow thanks for telling us your story! judging from the results i got from this i can just imaging how bad your results were!

  3. NymphaJ said... August 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    I know a few people that have done the treatment they do not do it as often ( touch-up) but when done they have gotten wonderful results. I think the kinky-er or tightly curled the hair, the better the results. This will be my first time, for my hair. I'm willing to try it all the way, I love my hair, but I am not my hair. In addition, I plan to wear my hair in its curl form majority of the time. Ill keep you posted on the results.

  4. Sarah Kirby said... October 27, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    If you are planning on wearing your hair curly, this is not for you! I use this on clients who (like myself) flatironed daily pre treatment if you read all literature from Pravana, it does exactly as promised. And of course your hair was still straight 4 months later, your hair was relaxed And to the girls who got 'horrible' results, I would definitely blame your stylist, not the product As with any chemical service, not everyone is a good candidate, and your stylist should have recognized that. Unfortunately there are many so called professionals who only see dollar signs

  5. Sarah Kirby said... October 27, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    If you are planning on wearing your hair curly, this is not for you! I use this on clients who (like myself) flatironed daily pre treatment if you read all literature from Pravana, it does exactly as promised. And of course your hair was still straight 4 months later, your hair was relaxed And to the girls who got 'horrible' results, I would definitely blame your stylist, not the product As with any chemical service, not everyone is a good candidate, and your stylist should have recognized that. Unfortunately there are many so called professionals who only see dollar signs

  6. Hairgenius101 said... December 13, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Coming from a professional point of view, while using this pravana perfection smoothing treatment..I have produced nothing but georgous, full of shine, wonderful results on every client I've ever used it on. This fantastic, versatile product allows the stylist to achieve various results like from extreme curls to loose frizz freeto shiny smooth flat hair stick strait.

  7. frizzy said... January 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    I just had this done and am not happy with the results, still alot of frizz

  8. shecouldbe said... January 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    if you still got frizz that means that they didn't wash out all the grease and product from your hair beforehand.

    i'm on my 3rd treatment and am experiencing a ton of breakage brittle hair. it was amazing at first but now breakage and A LOT of breakage. and the nappiest roots you could ever imagine.

  9. shecouldbe said... January 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    if you still got frizz that means that they didn't wash out all the grease and product from your hair beforehand.

    i'm on my 3rd treatment and am experiencing a ton of breakage brittle hair. it was amazing at first but now breakage and A LOT of breakage. and the nappiest roots you could ever imagine.

  10. christy meier said... March 3, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    I used this as well for the first time. I have breakage and a lot of it. I have never had this before. What have u done to try and stop the breakage.

  11. christy meier said... March 3, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    I used this as well for the first time. I have breakage and a lot of it. I have never had this before. What have u done to try and stop the breakage.

  12. frizzy said... March 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    I find that I have alot of breakage also not doing anything just alot of conditioner, and considering getting my hair cut, which I don't want to but don't know what else to do

  13. Seqoiya Bryant said... March 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I'm a cosmetology student, with natural hair clients and my children are natural. I have used this product as directed on several people who have loved the results, it is not intended to be a permanent relaxer, it's for those who enjoy wearing there hair straight or for those who have frizz concerns due to humidity when haor is straitened with heat alone. The amount of heat used to process this is minimal compared to similar treatments. It is mild on the hair and I have a client with severe eczema and dry scalp, this treatment was perfect with amazing results, the product gave her versatility curly frizz free curls and straight relaxed blowed out and flat ironed on 375 temp. With no irritation to her scalp. My daughters have had success as well are able to blow dry there hair in a matter of minutes which used to be an hour process, Pravana delivers if applied as directed. At some product I'm on my second bottle and the amount used is minimal for applications.

  14. Seqoiya Bryant said... March 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I'm a cosmetology student, with natural hair clients and my children are natural. I have used this product as directed on several people who have loved the results, it is not intended to be a permanent relaxer, it's for those who enjoy wearing there hair straight or for those who have frizz concerns due to humidity when haor is straitened with heat alone. The amount of heat used to process this is minimal compared to similar treatments. It is mild on the hair and I have a client with severe eczema and dry scalp, this treatment was perfect with amazing results, the product gave her versatility curly frizz free curls and straight relaxed blowed out and flat ironed on 375 temp. With no irritation to her scalp. My daughters have had success as well are able to blow dry there hair in a matter of minutes which used to be an hour process, Pravana delivers if applied as directed. At some product I'm on my second bottle and the amount used is minimal for applications.

  15. frizzy said... March 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I don't know what happen to mine, but it is still really frizzy, and it is breaking alot. For the price of it I won't do it again, I straightened my hair myself one time and turned out great and the straightener was 11 dollars at sally beauty.

  16. Jay said... May 3, 2014 at 10:42 PM
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  17. Jay said... May 3, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Hi I have been using this treatment for a long time now, it works great for frizz if you use the flat iron too hi when applying the product you will experience breakage you need to make sure you use the right temperature for your type of her, also my first treatment wasn't as good as the second one, it really eliminate my frizz and my moms but it does soften s the curls a lot which is exactly what we want.

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