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Dangers of Keratin Treatments

Posted on: November 16, 2011

Dangers of Keratin treatments
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If you regularly use a flat iron to straighten your hair and create a smooth, glossy appearance, you might be a good candidate for a professional hair straightening treatment such as the Brazilian keratin treatment.

Keratin hair straightening treatments are currently available at hundreds of professional hair salons around the United States, and are one of the emerging trends in the beauty and salon industry. However, there is ongoing controversy over whether chemical hair straightening treatments are healthy for your hair and scalp. Here’s a close look at some of the potential risks and dangers associated with keratin hair straightening treatments.

What Are Keratin Hair Straightening Treatments?

Brazilian keratin hair straightening treatments are chemical-based procedures and promise to transform frizzy and unruly hair into straight and silky hair after just a single treatment. Results are temporary, but you can save time flat-ironing your hair each morning by undergoing regular keratin hair straightening treatments.

In order for the straightening process to work, an active keratin solution must be applied to the hair and fused into the hair with a flat iron. The flat iron is typically heated to temperature of over 400 degrees Fahrenheit to lock in and seal the keratin solution into the hair follicle. The keratin solution seals in moisture and leaves the hair looking smooth, silky and shiny.

Keratin hair straightening treatments last about two to five months depending on the health and state of the hair, and are best performed on hair that has already been chemically treated.

Potential Dangers Associated with Keratin Hair Straightening Treatments

While the Brazilian hair straightening process seems harmless enough, there are some things to consider before undergoing treatment. The keratin solution applied to the hair contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. When formaldehyde is applied to the hair and scalp, you will inhale a significant amount of toxic fumes.

Many keratin solutions also contain sulfur, a compound that helps the keratin bond to the hair effectively.
There is still a lot of controversy over whether chemical hair straightening methods are safe for your hair, scalp and overall health. All types of chemical processing treatments leave your hair dry, brittle and coarse, so it’s important to use moisture-infusing products between treatments, avoid swimming pools and refrain from using hair products that contain sodium chloride as these can further damage the hair.

Overall, keratin hair straightening treatments are relatively safe, and the only real health hazard is associated with the inhalation of the fumes when the keratin solution is being applied. Still, if you want to maintain the integrity of your hair for the long-term, it’s important to protect the hair from damage between treatments and avoid more than two or three straightening treatments per year.


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