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'My hair looked great, and air-dries like a dream'

Keratin treatment at Jamie Stevens

The blurb

Want a shortcut to manageable hair that doesn’t misbehave at the first sign of inclement weather? The latest smoothing treatments are brilliant at making hair softer, straighter and more manageable, eliminating frizz, and protecting from pollution, rain and humidity. They even make hair quicker and easier for you to style at home!

The three-stage KeraSpa Intense hair smoothing system uses a new technology, Matrix Plus, a complex of amino acid cysteins that releases proteins sequentially. It reduces up to 90% of curls, volume and removes all frizz. Matrix Plus combines the benefits of babassu oil, wheat germ oil, carob and vitamin E to improve the moisture of the hair, leaving it smoother, stronger, healthier and shinier.

The treatment even decreases frizz from chemically damaged/over coloured/over processed hair, as it adds keratin and strengthens the hair shafts.

The process

Jamie Stevens’ reputation precedes him. Having worked on everyone from Elle McPherson, Kylie Minogue and Nicole Scherzinger, to Stella McCartney, Eva Herzigova, Myleene Klass, Emilia Fox, Little Mix, Hugh Grant, Christian Slater and Gok Wan, he even did Lottie Moss’s (Kate’s baby sister and model-du-jour) hair for the Brit awards last month. As the youngest person to ever be nominated for the title ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’, this year for a fourth time, he’s the go-to guy if you’re serious about haircare.

His Kensington salon is really more Olympia than Kensington proper, small and modest for someone of his calibre, but I suppose the greater the stylist’s gravitas, the less peripheral fanfare is needed to keep clients in chairs.

Anyway, back to my Brazilian Blowout. Keratin treatments can be slightly unpleasant—some give off a huge amount of steam/fumes as the product is sealed with hot irons, but not this one. With minimal time in the salon and a less-drying-than-usual requisite pre-shampoo, KeraSpa is one of the best keratin treatments on the market.

The results

My hair looked great, and air-dries a dream. And if conditioning in the shower hasn’t totally untangled it, any residual knots just fall out as it dries. I found this out by accident, having run out of conditioner already late for an appointment, I had to jump in the car with wet knotted hair, but by the time I arrived at my appointment, it had dried itself totally sleek and tangle-free!

The details

My KeraSpa treatment was £220 (£150–£250+ depending on stylist)

Jamie Stevens, 9 Russell Gardens, Kensington, London, W14 8EZ; www.jamiestevenshair.com

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