Keratin Treatments - Why you should NOT get one
Updated: Aug 19, 2019
Keratin Hair treatment, Brazilian Hair treatment and Brazilian Blowout. Although the names imply a difference, they are one and the same hair treatment. This process however goes beyond chemical hair straighteners. The manufactures even tell you it works best applied to hair that is colored treated, or hair that is permed or chemically relaxed.
What is a Keratin Treatment?
The first key ingredient is the “keratin aka amino acid” base solution that is “lightly” applied to hair that has been shampooed. Contained in the keratin solution is the second key ingredient, formaldehyde, which sets the hair in the looser curl pattern.
The chemicals applied to straighten the hair cause fumes to be released when the hair is ironed with a flat iron heated to 450 degrees. This heating process is key to achieving the straight hair. After ironing, the hair is re-rinsed with water and styled as usual, which can mean blow drying and flat ironing the hair again. But here’s the real clincher, you cannot wash your hair, nor can it be put up in hair pins, pony tails etc. because it has to be straight for 72 hours (3 days).
It is the formaldehyde that is sparking much debate and it even comes with a warning to not use it on pregnant or nursing mothers.
So what are you really putting on your hair?
Although the manufactures say the product is natural, formaldehyde is not natural and is embalming fluid used to preserve the dead! Even the formulations that tout “formaldehyde free” contain “Methylene Glycol” which is another term for formaldehyde. The FDA has also issued warnings for the maximum levels of formaldehyde use in products, yet manufactures solutions far exceed these levels.
What are the side effects to using keratin treatments?
Excessive hair loss: thinning hair can result immediately after the treatment, with hair falling out from the roots
Increased risk of cancer: associated with breathing carcinogens from the chemical application
Hair texture deterioration: the hair becomes dry and texture degrades 2-3 weeks after the treatment
The hair care industry is eager to capitalize on yet another product that produces immediate visible results but fail to recognize the long term effects and dangers of caustic chemical use. If the salon has to use a gas mask to apply it, chances are the dangers far outweigh the risk. It is not a hair application that I would ever use, nor would I recommend it.
What does a keratin treatment costs?
Depending on the length of your hair they can cost you $150 to $500.