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7/5/12

Hair Makeover At Lakmé Salon ~ Hair Serenity Treatment

This couldn't have come at a better time. My hair was back to it's natural self, and was becoming very frizzy! I was thinking about going for rebonding again, but then something new & natural came along ~ Hair Serenity Service by Lakmé Salon. I was super excited to try it out, because it doesn't have harmful ingredients & chemicals.

Lakmé Salon's Hair Serenity is a hair relaxing treatment without Formaldehyde. It makes hair look smooth & blow-dried, but not poker straight. You might want to read about here
Is it for you? Let me take you through it all, and you can decide for yourself:
STEP 1: Washing. Just shampoo & conditioner.
STEP 2: Blow dry hair till it's only 70% dry.
STEP 3:  Cysteine Complex Curl Softening Cream was applied only on the hair lengths avoiding the roots. This is the main product.
STEP 4: Wrapping hair in saran wrap. 
STEP 5: Leave it on for 25-30 mins. Good thing I carried my guilty pleasure- Fifty Shades Freed, last book of the Fifty Shades Of Grey Trilogy. Haha....yes yes, I look funny, and I have very pointy ears. I used to feel so self-conscious in school when we had to tie our hair up all the time, now I'm displaying them in a very public space - not so self-conscious anymore.
Time for the white masks I showed you here. The guys said the 'fumes' can get to much, but I didn't think they were that bad =) 
STEP 6: After 25 mins, they blow dried the hair while the Cysteine Complex was still on my hair.
STEP 7: After blow drying, ironing. They used the Torlen Soft Touch Fuchsia Hair Straightener which I've reviewed here
STEP 8: Wait for hair to cool.
STEP 9: Rinse hair.
STEP 10: They applied this Reviver Hair Repair Treatment, let it sit for a few minutes, and rinsed my hair clean.
STEP 11: They applied this Amazon Series Acai Oil Treatment.
STEP 12: Blow dry hair with a round brush.
Done!
Below is how my air dried hair looks after washing it 2-3 times after the treatment. Remember, it's not supposed to be poker straight....
As you can see, it's a lot smoother & falls better than in the BEFORE pic up there. I clicked these pics right after I washed it, when it's usually a little frizzier. Hours later, or the day after, it looks smoother at the top and is a little wavy at the ends, just the way my hair looked after I blow dry & iron just the top parts. I got exactly what I expected- mane that's neither too straight, nor too curly.
This will last for 3 months. Hair smells funky when wet- while shampooing. It also needs proper care & the right products to make the smoothness last. Results may vary according to hair types.
If you want your hair to look very straight like mine did right after, then you better go for rebonding. But if you don't want to get rid of the waves completely & want your hair to look blow-dried straight, this treatment is worth a try.
Hair Serenity Service available at all Lakmé Salons/Studios. I got mine done at the outlet in M-Block Market, GK-1.

Price of Lakmé Salon/Studio Hair Serenity Service:
  • Short Hair ~ Rs.6499 + Tax.
  • Medium Long hair (like mine) ~ Rs.7499 + Tax.
  • Very Long Hair ~ Rs.8499 + Tax.

I know, my jaw dropped too. Hair straightening services are still very expensive in India. I usually get mine done in Bangkok & Malaysia under Rs.4000. Oh well, while we're here.....

"Beautiful hair comes with a price."

Amen.

What do you think? 

♥ Cynthia Z *.*

*Disclosure: Service generously offered by Lakmé Salon for review, free of cost. This is all based on my personal experience, and all opinions are my own, as always.

40 comments:

  1. your hair color is looking so lovely! I wish I could rock that hair color like u do lol. Your AFTER hair looking great! Do keep us updated on how your hair is after a month. This looks interesting ^_^.

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    1. Thanks Bharti...I like your black hair! Okies will updated in a month

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  2. This looks great cynthia I too love the natural look. I think its a good treatment. Maybe I will get one for myself. Thanks for the detailed post :)

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    1. I always thought your hair is quite straight already. But ya, this will defo make it smoother

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  3. the service is so expensive!!! but, the acai oil looks interesting...btw, which cam do you own???

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    1. I use a Sony Cybershot, Swati

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  4. Your hair looks super smooth! =)
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  5. My hair is tiny bit more wavy than yours. This looks tempting but i'll rather do rebonding, it's around the same price i guess.

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    1. Yes, rebonding is around the same price Ruhi

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  6. I was waiting for a review of this, thanks! I think I shall pass on this treatment. You are right, it's freaking expensive to get your hair straightened out here!

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    1. I know! We are being ripped off everywhere- salons, clothes stores...etc :D

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  7. I got it done 2 days back..can so relate to everything..since my hair is naturally straight with just some waves and I dint want that straightening effect and this is without keratin..I like it overall..I love the smoothness..cant stop touching my hair..:D

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    1. Great! Want to see yours too now :)

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  8. I have waist length hair and its slightly wavy because I usually tie it up in a chopstick bun when its partially dry. This treatment looks promising Cynthia, but it is way too expensive... But your hair makes me wanna give it a try nevertheless.

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    1. Wow your hair is long! I know, I wish it wasn't so expensive...sigh.

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  9. I like this blow dry effect :)

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  11. thank you for all the details.. its really helpful..
    keep up :)

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  12. Oh I really like the end result! I went and booked an appointment right after I read your previous post :D But they were a little blank when I said hair serenity services.. they kept calling cystine infusion service. And then I realized even the lakme website calls it that. But all the press releases and beauty blogs called it hair serenity.. now am confused as to if they are the same thing :(

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    1. Hey they both are the same..they had named it cysteine infusion when it launched last year..and have renamed it hair serenity now..which the salon people are not aware of...even my stylist dint know its called serenity now :p

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    2. Yes it's the same thing. Hair Serenity is only a fancy name for it :)

      It was simply called Cysteine Infusion before

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  14. hi cynthia..i just wanted to tell you i simply love your blog..i follow everyday..and never buy anything without reding your ...i have a query regarding this hair serenity treatment.i have super curly, frizzy hair..so just wanted to know after3-4 months does all hair slowly and gradually gets back to curly/wavy form or just new hair appears curly and treated hair stays as it is?

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  15. I'm going for this treatment after 2 weeks. Just paid for the services today as there is a newly opened Lakme outlet near my house in Pune and they were handing out 30% discount on services. Was skeptical whole day today, was thinking whether I invested in the right thing or not. After reading your detailed review and seeing everything picture by picture, I'm confident enough and I'm glad I read your post :)

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  16. Great review, thanks! Going in for this!

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  17. hey can you tell me which shampoo to use after this treatment?

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  18. Hi cynthia. am a regular reader of ur blog and i love your make up tutorials. i ll be glad if u couldtell me any good place for rebonding in bangkok?

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  19. Hey Cynthia.. I also have curly-straight hair.. its neither curly and nor straight.. can you please tell me which treatment is better.. Hair Serenity or Straight Therapy..??

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  20. hey cynthia...ur hair looks naturally beautiful..
    hso how long did this smoothend effect last on ur hair,,,:)

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  21. Hey i did cysteine too.hair luks amazing but i hope it lasts can i make it last for more than 3 mnths

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  22. hi Cynthia. this is Sunita.. I have frizzy curly hair. I had done smoothening 1 yr back and it damaged my hair a lot. This time I dont want to get rid of my curls just decrease the frizzz. Can this therapy help? Also I dont want it to be damaged ( the straigtened hair breaks at the ends).. or do you suggest an alternative therapy... can you share your ideas on protein treatment..

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  23. Hey Cynthia, have you had any long term issues after this treatment? I am planning to go in for it now..

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  24. Hey Cynthia, did your hair go back to normal in 3 months? or did you find any difference in the texture of your hair?

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  25. I have dry frizzy hair and after wash, they become unmanageable. I am afraid of damaging my hair more by any treatments. is this the right thing to do?

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  26. Can u plz tel me if I can do curls with curler on smoothenened hair by keratin or cysteine treatment?

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  27. was your hair back to normal after this cysteine traeatment wore off..? or it was damaged..?

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