Meira Ottomano for BEST japanese straightening
After years of HATING my dry, frizzy, curly hair & dreading the rain or even the slightest humidity I started to do a lot of research on japanese straightening. I searched all over the internet and saw some very scary reviews from women whose hair was destroyed & some amazing reviews from those who loved it. The product could be the same, but the ultimate deciding factor which determined success or disaster seemed to be the stylist who does the job.
Since I didnt know anyone personally who had done this before it took me a long time to get up the courage to trust someone. I hated my hair but damaging it further wouldve been disastrous. So, I did hours of research, through the Milbon website & read hundreds of reviews, said a prayer and found Meira. There were a few others who I had my eye on who also had great reviews but something about what was said about her sparked my interest. Anyway, I took the chance and went to see her. She took her time and explained everything so well that it was apparent she knew this process INSIDE & OUT which put my mind at ease. I also saw her book with pics of before and afters which was very helpful to see. But the ultimate test was the actual results.
Meira did an unbelievable, AMAZING job. If you see/touch my hair you could never ever tell that it was straightened. Its really silky, shiny and soft. It looks like naturally straight, healthy hair. Somehow it looks like the product even reversed the last 8 years of damage done by my flat iron. Its like totally different hair...unrecognizable.
Meira is the ONLY person I will ever allow to use this product on my hair, because although the product is wonderful, if the stylist is not properly trained, experienced, careful and really just good at it, it could have very bad results. Meira is not only talented but you can tell she really loves what she does. She really explains every step and exactly what she is doing. She is a real professional and has a client for life in my and MY MOM. My mom is in her early 70's and also was tired of constantly blow drying her naturally curly hair so she had it done as well with the same wonderful results. Everything I said is DITTO for her! We will both be back religiously for touchups on new hair growth. I could never ever go back to being a slave to the flat iron. I love washing my hair now. I do not blow dry or use any kind of heat styling at all. Out of the shower I comb my hair and let it air dry. Washing my hair was always such a long and tiring PROCESS and the worst part about it was that as soon as I went outside in the humidity all that work was out the window anyway. I lived in NYC much of my life and going out in the rain was the ultimate mood killer because whether just trying to quickly catch a cab or walk to the train, it usually meant being exposed to the elements for a few minutes and thats all it took to ruin 1.5 hours of hair ironing. So frustrating. Now I have NO fear of rain or any type of humidity. My hair looks just as good in any weather and regardless I spend no time on it in general. If I am going out to an event or something dressy I will spend maybe 5-10 minutes to curl the ends and bangs with a dryer, thats it. If you are going to have this done, I can promise you that Meira is the best, safest way to go. I could not be happier.