Keratin Treatment - First Hand Testimony
by Professional stylist
I'm a professional hairstylist licensed and highly trained in both New York and California. When the Brazilian Keratin treatments first hit the market they seemed to be all the rage. The salon that I worked at for 10 years became certified in doing these treatments. I myself have always been a little leary of them for the simple fact that they stunk up the salon and I left there with my eyes burning and tearing.
When we first started performing them the clients loved them. I decided to get one myself. It made my wavy, frizzy hair smooth and beautiful. I could let it dry naturally for the first time ever. I had the Brazilian blowout done once more.
Within one month after this treatment I was finding hair all over the place. Two huge bald spots appeared on my scalp and my hair was coming out in clumps. Being a hairstylist this devastated me. My scalp was constantly tingling and extremely itchy. I lost about 40 percent of my hair in the course of 3 months.
With this I began to do my research and learned that formaldehyde, which I found in many beauty products is extremely dangerous when flat ironed heated up by temperatures of 400 degrees. It can cause serious allergic reactions which can definitely cause excessive hair breakage and hair loss. Even more worrisome it can cause major health problems. We have not been doing these treatments long enough to even begin to look at the long term effects. For example cigarettes were not considered dangerous years ago when people started smoking them.
I quickly brought this information to the salon owner and protested being a part of this. My boss who is a two time can we survivor refused to believe this or to stop doing these treatments. I am a key stylist in her salon and she reasoned with me by performing them outside. The product is never used inside the salon and I felt better about that but I am still concerned for her and the clients who live this treatment.
As a professional, extremely educated stylist I have taken note of the clients with keratin treatments and almost all of them have had noticeable hair thinning. Only one client had extreme hairloss like myself. She went completely bald after doing keratin treatments every 2 to 3 months.
Her hair, as well as mine has fully grown back with the aid of Jason tea tree natural hair products for the scalp as well as multivitamins, biotin, zinc and calcium.
The clients may not notice the thinning of their hair for they just believe it is smoother and sleeker. But I am 100 percent sure that my clients who get keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts have lost substantial hair throughout the past few years.
I can tell right away who has had these treatment when I comb wet hair and see the hair loss. I have never performed these treatments nor will i ever get it done again because it has always gone against my beliefs which are to lead a happy, healthy life!!!