Before Leaping Onto the ‘Brazilian Keratin Treatment’ Bandwagon
…make sure that you do your research!! I’m sure alot of us have heard about the Brazilian Keratin Straightening Treatments and the success alot of curly-hair ladies have had with them. They seem to be the rave nowadays. Well I was never particularly interested because of the amount of heat involved. Heck, I have enough challenges maintaining length without adding that degree of heat into the mix.
Anyway I was just browsing Dr. Ali Syed’s blog and came across one of his post about said Keratin Treatments. If you don’t know Dr. Syed he’s the Prez & Master Chemist of Avlon Industries – makers of popular brands like Keracare, Affirm and Syntonics. In his post “New Relevation Regarding “Keratin” Treatments”, Dr. Syed exposes that 3 of the more popular brands of these treatments contain illegally high concentrations of formaldehyde!!! Now formaldehyde is no joke. This is a chemical used in the manufacture of building materials, household products and in the preservation of cadavers. According to the U.S National Institute of Health, those sensitive to formaldehyde can experience, burning watery eyes, nose and throat irritation; coughing; wheezing; nausea and skin irritation when exposed to formaldehyde fumes. To make matters worse, formaldehyde is also a known carcinogen (i.e. cancer causing substance) and long term exposure has been linked to cancer of the nasal passages, brain cancers and leukemia. So if you’re thinking of having a Keratin Treatment done just make sure that you do your research; weigh the pros and cons and make an educated choice as to which product you will be exposing yourself to.
For more information on the Brazilian Keratin Treatment check here.