Looking forward to try a hair smoothing therapy like the Keratin Treatment or Brazilian Blowout on your delicate manes to sport frizz-free, pin-straight locks everywhere you go?
But worried about the aftermath of this styling procedure?
Well, you should be worried, because this hair treatment comes with some serious side effects that might affect your tresses as well as your health severely in the near future.
Alongside its wonderful sleek, straight results, this semi-permanent hair treatment also has some serious drawbacks which are not discussed often. Keep on reading to find out more.
1. Keratin Treatment Might Cause Cancer
Many of the keratin treatments that we use for hair smoothing purpose incorporates a chemical named Formaldehyde; Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas that helps to eliminate annoying frizz from your manes and also keep them smooth straight for months.
But even after possessing such an amazing quality of keeping your tresses straight and silky, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared this component to be dangerous to human; this is because this chemical has the potential to cause cancer (or help cancer grow and spread) if exposed to for a long period of time.
Now you might be wondering how this chemical gets inside your body to result in such a dangerous phenomenon?
Well, when you are getting your tresses straightened and smoothen, Formaldehyde gas is released into the air from the treatment solution which then gets into your system while you breathe in the fumes and your skin absorbs it from the air.
Aside from you (who is getting the keratin treatment), the hairdresser who is helping you for the treatment is also at a great risk suffering from cancer and other health hazards.
2. Has the Risk of Severe Allergic Reaction and Other Health Problems
In addition of being a carcinogen (substance that might cause cancer), formaldehyde is also known as to trigger other health side effects and severe allergic reactions to cause extreme dis-comfort; from itchy skin to coughing, sneezing and mood swing, this chemical can turn your world upside down and that’s why in the year 2016, the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth (EWG) sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for not regulating the use of formaldehyde in beauty and hair care products.
EWG claims that the FDA is well aware of the health hazards associated with the products containing formaldehyde since at least the past decade, but they failed to put any regulation on this. Many users, as well as the salon stylists, have faced difficulty breathing, eye irritation, and nosebleeds after this straightening treatment.
Some of the most noticeable allergic reactions from formaldehyde you should know about are:
Nose and throat irritation
3. Potential Increase in Hair Breakage and Hair Damage
One of the main steps during a keratin treatment is drying your tresses with heat and straightens them with a flat iron for an outstanding result. But if you apply too much heat for quick drying or over-straighten them with a very high heat level to lock in the treatment deep into each hair strands, your manes are more likely to suffer from extreme breakage in the long run. Additionally, on top of that, when the heat is applied to the hair, it releases more formaldehyde into the air and the people around end up inhaling it exposing them to health problems.
Additionally, as the formaldehyde causes scalp irritation, it means that your scalp become sensitive which weakens the hair root leading to extreme hair fall in the near future.
How to Avoid the Damaging and Dangerous Side Effects of Keratin Treatment
If you ask us, well will say never try any permanent or semi-permanent treatments on your precious hair locks as they are very damaging as well as harmful. But then again, it’s your life and once in a while, you might want to switch up your hairstyle to change your look. If you want to try the Brazilian Blowout, we would recommend you chose a hair salon that doesn’t use formaldehyde infused treatment chemicals (you already know the dangerous effects formaldehyde on your hair as well as health). Instead, you might ask your stylist to use glyoxylic acid on your manes which is much safer yet ensures the same smoothing and straightening results as formaldehyde would have been produced.
Another salon treatment you can try instead of the Brazilian Keratin one is the Keratin Complex; this procedure uses a few different formulas from a classic smoothing treatment to repair your damaged tresses and make them silky, smooth and frizz-free. But this treatment doesn’t straighten your tresses and therefore, you are not exposed to any dangerous effects of the formaldehyde.
On the other hand, if you wish to practice this salon treatment at the comfort of your home, we would suggest you this INVERTO REVOLUTION Complex Brazilian Keratin Formaldehyde Free Hair Blowout Treatment because it is safe to use as there is no Formaldehyde present in the formula.
Lastly, now that you have a very clear idea about the dangerous side effects of keratin treatments, we hope that you would make a very smart decision before trying it on your tresses for your own safety.