Keratin Treatments Can Make or BREAK You!
Thousands of girls have this problem: Obsessive Compulsive Hair Experimentation (OCHE) Ok, so it’s not a real diagnosis- but chances are you, or someone you know has symptoms of Hairstyle/Color Restlessness.
I recently attempted to dye my raven locks a beautiful shade of honey blonde. EPIC FAIL. The pigment of the dark brown hair color I had applied three months prior wouldn’t budge and I ended up with fried, crispy Ronald McDonald red hair. I’ve since corrected the color to a lovely shade of ginger, but the dry and damage ends re main as evidence of my over zealous blonde-ambition. I’ve been looking into Keratin Treatments to help restore my hair, but when I looked to the interwebs I was frightened at the information I found:
Many people have been experiencing major hair-loss and scalp irritation. Many people have alerted the FDA to the problems they have experienced after receiving Keratin Hair Treatments.
Keratin-hairtreatment.net posted a list of side effects (listed below), while dismissively saying “the percentage of people having adverse reactions are relatively small.” But hey, if out of 100 people you’re in the 1% who lost all their hair- you wouldn’t think it’s anything to sneeze at.
Keratin Hair Treatment Side Effects
The most common side effect of keratin hair treatment is severe hair loss. There aren’t any official statistics available on the number of people that react badly to keratin treatment. Given the continuing and increasing popularity of keratin treatments it seems safe to assume that the percentage of people having an adverse reaction is relatively small – especially since many people have treatments like this based on recommendations of friends and relatives.
Hair loss usually occurs a couple of days after treatment but can take as long as several weeks to manifest itself. If this happens then it’s essential you visit a dermatologist to get a full diagnosis of the cause. Many sites and forums advise that you use certain types of shampoos or creams to restore your hair in the event of hair loss. Please don’t try applying anything to your hair until you’ve had professional, medical advice – if the hair loss isn’t related to the treatment then you may just make the problem worse.
Formaldehyde in Keratin Treatment
Some companies add formaldehyde to their keratin treatments to help straighten hair. The drawback of formaldehyde is that it’s linked to various kinds of cancer (i.e. a carcinogenic). To see the latest US advice and position on formaldehyde take a look at this page.
If the risks associated with formaldehyde concern you then discuss this with the stylist in your salon. Ask if the salon will provide a formaldehyde free treatment, if they won’t or can’t then consider going elsewhere – there are plenty of salons out there. Despite what stylists may tell you there are keratin products available that don’t contain formaldehyde.
Keratin Treatment and Eczema
If you suffer from eczema it’s generally advised that you take full medical advice before you have the treatment. If you want to take the risk of not getting professional advice then at the very least talk it through with your stylist first. Additionally if you suffer from any other kind of skin complaint, especially on the scalp then proceed with caution and establish whether keratin hair treatment is suitable for you.