Keratin hair therapy is something I’ve seen buzzing around for some time, but I wasn’t quite sure what it was all about. I knew that it relaxed otherwise unruly hair but I also knew that there was a bit of controversy over the treatment in recent years due to some having damaging ingredients that are known carcinogens.
I thought a bit of additional research was in order since I tend to need some mane taming to look decent when heading out of the house. Unfortunately, after doing some reading, I’m pretty sure the costs and risks associated are not worth it to me. Take a look for yourself and let me know what you think.
Here’s what I found out:
- Keratin is a natural protein found in our hair that is formaldehyde based – some of us obviously have more of this protein than others. The treatments carry this active ingredient to relax the hair. It is also the ingredient, when used in high level formulations, that can be carcinogenic – according to some studies.
- Treatments are pricey – they can run upwards of around $300
- They last about 2-2 1/2 months
- It requires that you wash your hair with sodium sulfate free shampoos to lengthen the life of the treatment.
- By having the treatment, it is reported that you can hop out of the shower, use very little drying time and have a straight and frizz-free hair day. Even on the rainy-muggy days. (Awesome!)
- Formaldehyde is a concern and you should inquire as to what is in the keratin product that you are being treated with. Ask about levels of formaldehyde in the product, if they make their own (if they do, they may be adding too much – pre-made versions are more regulated) and make sure to read more on those levels prior to getting the treatment to ensure you are comfortable with the risks. For example,Â 8.7%-10% in a treatment is a dangerously high level, while 2% will likely not have the quality effect you are looking for in the treatment- so finding the right level will be key.
With all of this in mind, consider your time constraints as a busy mother, professionally and socially. You may find that this will be a worthy option for you, but it’s important to practice due diligence and research it thoroughly.
The above is only meant to give you an introduction into the idea of keratin hair therapy. To read more, check out the following:
WebMD’s article which covers what it is, the formaldehyde factor, a dermatologist’s take as well as the discussion as to who might be a good candidate for these treatments.
Oprah.com has a sobering article on the topic and it is definitely worth the read. It presents clear and informative facts (all cautionary in perspective) in short bite-sized pieces – a perfect read if you want a quick run-down of the risks associated with this type of hair therapy.
Have you had keratin hair therapy? Would you consider it after reading all of this?Â