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The NANOKERATIN SYSTEM : This new treatment is a godsend for those whose tresses go wild on contact with heat and humidity

MELANIE HARVEY of The Daily Record tries out Nanokeratin treatment, the latest in hair technology designed to beat the frizz.

"I HATE my hair. Not curly, not straight, not long, not short. I could go on but I think you get the picture.

The worst thing though is the terrible cross between frizz and curly I’m left with every time my perfectly dried hair senses so much as they slightest drop of moisture.

Don’t get me started on foreign holidays. Anyone who has seen the episode of Friends where the gang go to Barbados and Monica suffers holiday hair frizz will know exactly where I am coming from.

It is torture.

My holiday hairstyles consist of a variety of DIY up-dos. Even a professional style doesn't usually last long.

Back home I spend a fortune getting it coloured and blown dry. The latter is my absolute favourite thing because I can never quite get it to stay straight, with just about the right amount of body and bounce. Until now that is.

When Glasgow stylist Ellen Conlin asked if I wanted to try out the latest in hair technology there was no way I was going to refuse.

Mel's DIY up-do for keeping her hair under control on holiday
Nanokeratin is the new generation of the so-called Brazilian blow dry, the ­revolution for us frizzy-hair sufferers. It penetrates the smallest of hair fibres to activate inner tissue and smooths it for up to 16 weeks.

I went for the treatment with big hopes. They included less frizz, better condition and when I heard it would cut my drying time by a third I was delighted.

First off though, I was horrified to learn that after the treatment was applied I wouldn’t be able to wash my hair for three days. Three whole days. Or tie it up in a pony tail. In fact you can’t even put it behind your ears.

That’s because the system is so effective that if you put a curl, kink or bump in it, chances are it will stay that way. I also couldn't get my root colour touched up for two weeks. Once I had cleared my diary and warned my husband to face the other way in bed, I was ready to go.

I spent a very relaxing three hours in the salon in the west end of Glasgow getting the treatment applied. For anyone who has had tint on their hair then it is a similar routine. It is applied to small sections of hair then a plastic cap is applied while it works its magic.

Then it was a blow dry, the straighteners were run through and I went home trying desperately not to touch my hair and certainly not put it behind my ears.

I also had a bottle of Nanokeratin refining sulphate-free shampoo and ­conditioner to help keep my hair clean and conditioned, without washing out the treatment.

The next three days were torture – I won’t lie. When my hair was finally washed I have never felt so clean.

The first big test was a trip to the ­Glastonbury Festival. It was hot, a bit wet on days and I must admit I wasn’t that keen on the new texture but a lot of that was to do with the elements I was exposing my hair to rather than the ­treatment. But it did stay straight.

Two weeks later I was off to T in the Park and after braids on the first day, I washed my hair and put in loose curls and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the staying power.

Now, more than a month later, my mornings have been transformed. My hair dries quickly, goes into its style well and stays in better than ever.

People have also commented that it looks in better condition.

My next holiday will take me to a very hot and humid country. Time to make an another appointment, I think.

Nanokeratin System Smoothing Treatment costs between £175 and £200 (depending on hair length and texture).
Get it at Ellen Conlin, 183-185 Hyndland Road, Glasgow, G12 9HT Phone: 0141 339 8223.
Or: 182 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6XF, Phone: 0141 638 0331.
Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty have weekly flash sales on various treatments.
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