I’m always looking up for the latest trend especially when it comes to hair up keep. I recently discovered a woman on the net discussing, ‘No More Relaxers’. She was fed up with the use of harsh chemicals though still wanting to achieve a long lasting straight look, I could only wonder how she could possible do this with out having to use straighteners every say 2 weeks. So I had to read on, she discovered the new hair straightening method; The Keratin Straightening Treatment also known as the Brazilian Blowout.
The keratin straightening treatments are a method of temporarily straightening hair by sealing a liquid keratin and a preservative solution into the hair with a hair iron. The hair becomes straight when the formula is sealed with a flat iron heated to 450 degrees. The process can take up to 90 minutes, and lasts for about 2 months. The use of Sodium-Sulfate-free shampoo helps maintain the treatment.
This straightening method sure sounds like a relatively good way to avoid the use of harsh chemicals found in relaxers, though how far away are you from using chemicals when using this treatment?
Studies show that most hair straightening/smoothing keratin treatments contain a mass amount of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause immediate short-term irritation of the eyes, skin, and upper respiratory tract and its been advised that beauty products should not contain more than 0.2 per cent of formaldehyde (most nail polish manufacturers have removed formaldehyde from their formulas)—and that those products should not be aerosolized (as hair-smoothing treatments are) Read more: http://www.oprah.com/style/Keratin-Hair-Treatment-Facts-Is-Keratin-Hair-Smoothing-Safe#ixzz2Q9scjHix
Many have complained after going through this treatment to achieve straight hair complaining about hair thinning, breakage and shedding. Its funny how we always want what we don’t have and when we realise we damaged what we have we miss what we already had then start to complain about how we wish we had our curly thick hair back after the damage is done.
Personally there is nothing wrong with wanting to change your look once in a while but its also important to do your research, weigh out the pros and cons and make sure you know what your getting in to.