Smooth Operator: Boston's Best Keratin Hair Treatments

In the hair war against frizz and lackluster shine, keratin treatments are the weapon of choice. The protein-based keratin conditions and strengthens hair--combating any unruly mane. Whether you desire pin-straight locks or frizz-free waves, seek salvation in these Boston salons and spas that employ keratin-trained and -certified stylists. The treatments (about $300-$400, depending on the stylist and your own hair) are worth every penny, and you're also sent home with complimentary keratin-specific, sulfate-free, full-size shampoo and conditioner. Bad hair days don't stand a chance.

Updated: September 24, 2009

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James Joseph Salon

30 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

At James Joseph Salon's lofted digs, you'll feel like a celebrity being primped for a personal photo shoot. More star-studded cred: The stylists have extensive experience working the fashion and entertainment circuits. Coppola's Keratin Complex is the salon's choice for treatment, which begins at $325 and includes 16-ounce bottles of SOMA's vegan shampoo and conditioner and covers gratuity.

Melt Salon & Spa

172 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

With a more intimate and exclusive vibe, there's Melt where complimentary wine and champagne puts you right in the lap of luxury. Laura Ciaramitaro, lead hair designer, first conducts a thorough consultation, which even takes into account your astrological sign. Melt uses Coppola's Keratin Complex, with prices starting $375. The service includes 13.5-ounce bottles of Coppola's formulated shampoo and conditioner for maintenance.

Stilisti Salon

138 Newbury St Ste 2, Boston, MA 02116

Stilisti makes you feel welcome, providing a chic atmosphere without the attitude. The salon uses Bio-Ionic's product line for its keratin treatment and its complimentary shampoo and conditioner; services begin at $300. The salon also sells premium product lines, including Davines haircare, Jane Iredale makeup, Sundari candles and GHD styling tools.

HC Studio

30 Station St, Brookline, MA 02445

HC Studio features Simply Straight BKT, starting at $400. This higher price quote includes a follow-up wash, blow dry and style the fourth day after the keratin application, in addition to complimentary shampoo and conditioner from Simply Straight. The cozy salon maintains a community presence by regularly rotating local artwork and handcrafted jewelry, as well as supporting local charities. Leave looking--and feeling--good.

Judy Jetson Inc

1765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

The yellow, purple, red and black colors splashed throughout Judy Jetson Salon resemble a cartoon-esque mechanic's garage--complete with Craftsman toolboxes used at each of the stylists? stations. Marcia Teixeira is the featured Brazilian Keratin Treatment, purported to reduce 85% of curl. Quotes begin at $350 and include Teixeira's shampoo and conditioner.