Reaction to Keratin Hair Treatment

My hair is frizz free after paying two hundred dollars to my hair stylist. I did have to sit through the harsh smell while I wore the mask while the hairstylist was wearing his mask and straightening my hair.

However,I have a big dilemma. My hair has been shedding, almost falling out, from the follicle. I'll run my fingers through it and 7 or 8 strands of hair will be removed at a time.

This is heart breaking to me,and I'm thinking maybe at some point it will stop, however, it has been almost 3 weeks and it's still happening.
I almost wish my hair was frizzy again and that it wasn't shedding like this.

Can someone please advise if there is a way to reverse the process?

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Nov 06, 2016
Hi every one
by: Parsley girl here

Hi Sandra, I'm going on my 3rd year, the hairs that grew from the bald spots is thinner or skinnyer than the rest of the hair like I said here in the past I cut my hair off multiple times with the number 2 machine the one the barber use and wash my hair every day and got moust of that quimicals off my head I wore hats wigs until my hair grew no more bald spots that is the good news, now the bad yes I still shed a lot I guess the longer the hair the more it comes out I'm guessing the hair follicle is weakens by the keratine and it can not hold the longer hair, another thing that I want to mention is that I buy that stuff on Amazon and did it at home to my self the kt. I understand the frustration sometimes we think we are doing something good that is going to save us time money or whatever and then we realize that we were wrong, I learn my lessen now I use home reamedies like Rosemary ,cinnamon ,parsley tea tree oil coconut oil etc. the natural stuff works but really slow not fast or like magic wen this first happend I bout viviscal I drink one pill and it gave me a headache and a bunch of pimples the sow I stop drinking it I try again with the same effect so I dint use it one thing that help me faster with the growth of the bald spots was Folicure do reaserch on it is not expensive is a liquid that you put on your head after you wash it and live it and that's it don't smell I did felt a lilt tingle on my scalp wen I put it on but it we away as soon as it dry well that is what work or me I wish every one here to find a solution for this big problem because is not just the hair that affects is mentally, physically is stressful painful and depressing but please don't give up cheer up we will find a solution God bless every one take care.....

Nov 06, 2016
Answer
by: Tsoline

The new hair that is growing from the bald patch is falling also i mean the baby hair i think i will buy a wig so soon😭😭😭

Nov 05, 2016
A question
by: Sandra

I have a question too .. Please answer if you can ! When you talk about the condition of hair not being the same as it was before the treatment , what do you mean exactly ? Did the treatment dry out your hair so that the regrowth is in good condition but the hair that is growing out , that was initially straightened, is in poor condition or do you mean that the new hair that grows in poor condition? In that case, what do you mean by that ? Finer hairs, more dry??

I have noticed, on my daughter's hair that the new hair that grows from the initial bald patch on top of her head is fluffier and lighter and sits on top of the existing hair..

Is there anyone here that is 5 years or more post Brazilian so they can tell us what happens when the new hair is on the second hair cycle ? Does it return even finer or not at all?

Thank you for your support and for continuing to post..

Nov 04, 2016
Approximately 2 years of brazillian blow out
by: Tsoline

I have a question for you have somebody become bald from keratin???????

Nov 04, 2016
Thank you!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your post. It really gives us all hope. I have been counting down the days till I get to 4 years since the last poster and just hoping I have some hair left by then :). I hope that your hair begins to thicken back up now that the fall out has gone back to normal. Please let us know if it does so we have something else to look forward too :). To the previous poster, yes, I've tried Apple cider vinegar, jojoba oil, peppermint oil,castor oil..... and a million different other things that have all promised to stop hair loss. I even tried PRP that cost me $1700 and absolutely no results. Unfortunately none of them have worked for me. I think that (as was mentioned in the most recent post) time is the only thing that will heal this. That's very inspiring that you put your energy into taking care of yourself and going to the gym. I am going to follow your example. Thank you again!!

Nov 04, 2016
4 years also!
by: Anonymous

I remember day one sitting in the supermarket parking lot in my car crying over my hair pouring out of my head and then just heading home. I was beside myself. I sat non stop on the computer trying to figure out what was happening. I saw multiple doctors, yelled at dermatologists and spent thousands of dollars hoping the next product was the miracle stopper. This consumed my life and I missed out on a lot that I wish I could go back and re live. Fast forward to 4 YEARS later. My hair has finally stopped falling. Just like the previous poster. My hair is a lot thinner and damaged but the fall out is now normal. I feel the ONLY thing the scalp needs is to heal. Nothing else helped but time. One thing that did help me get through this was that I signed up for a gym 4 years ago right after this happened. I decided if I did not have a choice over what was happening to my hair, I did have a choice with my body. I am in the best shape of my life, dropped 20 lbs and now I feel great. I wish everyone the best... try to stay busy and even though its going to be hard do not let this stop you living life.

Nov 04, 2016
possible natural cures
by: Anonymous

Hello everyone,
I hear apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper have some type of strong properties that cause hair growth. Anyone tried this yet? Also jojoba oil seems to be another possible remedy that works well.

Nov 01, 2016
Biotin
by: Lilly

I have been using minoxidil 5% (generic rogaine) liquid. I purchase it on Amazon and it is a lot less money.
My doctor also recommended Biotin supplements. Nothing is a quick fix but with the two it seems to slowly be getting better.
Good luck

Oct 30, 2016
Gone natural and doing better
by: Stephanie

My ordeal started earlier this year after 3 successful keratin treatments and super straight hair, it started falling out, A LOT. I was freaked and started going through the usual - meds, shampoo, stress, trying anti inflammatory diet. Though it was my thyroid med so changed it to natural thyroid and no change. Then it was time to get another straightening treatment and my stylist had a hard time believing it was the keratin product. So we opted to do it AGAIN! Mistake. More problems with hair loss. I swore off commercial hair dyes (I'm 47 and have a lot of gray) for the rest of my life too but it wasn't getting better.
So now for my experience trying natural products. I have been using Cassia Obovata available from Henna stores online. I use Mehandi.com but there are other reputable sources for pure plant based hair dyes and treatments. After using Cassia, my hair loss slowed for a couple of weeks quite dramatically. So I did it again, and have completed at least 4 treatments using cassia (over the last 3 months) and most recently a smidge of henna. My hair loss is 1/20th what it used to be and my scalp is growing little sprigs. Cassia does not dye hair per se. It has anti inflammatory properties and makes it shiny and strong. This is what helped me and I swore I would share if I ever found something that worked for me. All my best. -Stephanie

Oct 29, 2016
Thank you for the feedback
by: If I Could Turn Back Time

Thank you Lisa and Rick!!! Fingers crossed.

Oct 28, 2016
Try the Rogaine dropper!
by: rick

Just read your comment. I had my one and only Brazilian blowout back in JUNE and lost quite a bit of hair on top and in the front. I bought CVS generic version of Rogaine - the bottle - not the foam as I have had issues with the foam as well. The drops seem to be working. My front hairline is growing back in. Tiny small hair - also growing back in on top. Still early - I don't know if it's thin and frizzy yet but at least it's filling in the scalp! I'll take whatever I can get. Hope it works for you as well. Good luck!

Oct 28, 2016
I check everyday too
by: Lisa

I check the site everyday too... just looking for hope. My nightmare started just over 2 years ago. Hand fulls of hair coming out in the shower one morning and I still lose piles of hair everyday (with very little regrowth). In the beginning It was very bad - about 400 hairs a day. Now I think I am around 200- 250 on wash days and 100- 200 on non was days ( it fluctuates a little still not much regrowth) I have tried rogaine (and just about everything else under the sun) and I had some issues with it. I used it for a little over 3 months. I did not see any new hair growth, but I did have an inflamed scalp. It was extremely itchy and my scalp was red. I stopped using it because it was a hassle and I wasn't seeing any improvement. I was using the foam version (5% over the counter) and it left my hair feeling greasy and made my hair look even thinner (because it stuck to my head). I considered giving it another shot because my hair has gotten so thin and I am desperate. I have a job interview Monday and I'm so concerned about how I look. I don't have the confidence I used to have. The brazilian blowout has taken so much from me. The people who sell it are criminals. I know they know this is a possible side effect but they don't mention it and instead tell people it will make their hair healthy.

Oct 27, 2016
Has anyone tried Rogaine with any success?
by: If I could turn back time

It is getting so bad that I am desperate and want to hit it from all angles. I bought Rogaine today. Has anyone out there had any success with it? I feel that I really don't have anything to lose at this point, but not sure if it will help? Has anyone tried Rogaine here with negative results? More hair falling out? Feedback appreciated. Thank you! Hugs to all

Oct 27, 2016
You are right
by: Deb

You are right Sandra it is so painful . Everyday we have to relive the horror - every day - I haven't slept in a year since this has happened to me . I still have burning and pain in the back of my head - itchiness is still there - hairs still fall - it just gets worse and worse . I keep having tests done in the hopes that I have something wrong with me and a pill will help. But I know deep inside it won't bc it didn't start from within - it started from the treatment not being properly applied. I have done so much research and have come to the conclusion that something was left on my hair and for days I did not wash as i had been instructed not to. It seeped into my follicles and completely damaged them. Because hair is in different phases it is falling out at different stages and that is why we have not gone bald. The problem is that it is damaged and the hair is not growing back. Where will I end up? I don't know . Will I be bald? Will it ever stop falling ? My thick hair is now so thin . I'm embarrassed and so afraid of what the future holds.. I have 4 children and I feel like I can't even be a proper parent bc I'm so consumed with trying to find a cure. I just don't know what to do anymore . It still feels like crawling and itchy so I'm constantly reminded of what I did to my hair. I wish i didn't feel anything bc maybe I can forget about it for a bit. It's so depressing . I'm sorry your daughter has not wanted to share this with you. But I'm sure she feels like we all feel - maybe she just wants to forget what has happened and not think about it and harp over it bc it makes her feel bad - but I know you can't help but obsess over it bc you see how it is progressing and feel guilty. Please don't feel bad or guilty Sandra because you have done nothing wrong . None of us has . Unfortunately we were the victims of improper treatment that has left us like this. I also look at this site several times a day and look for the little NEW icon on the side praying someone has that fix for us. I just hope someday we do and I probably won't stop looking here bc I don't wanna miss it . From the bottom of my heart I wish you all a day where your hair will grow back to the way it once was . I will continue to pray and look and I promise if I find it I will let you know . God bless you all

Oct 27, 2016
Now I know ..
by: Sandra

Now I know why people stop posting on here .. After a while it just becomes too painful and you have nothing left to say.. I still check in every single day .. I wish I didn't but I live in hope of a positive message so I keep looking . I keep looking for the one day that someone says , " Guess what? I've just tried this... And my hair is growing again ... "

My pain is further exacerbated by the fact that this happened to my teenage daughter and she refuses to discuss it with me . I would have liked a dermatologist to monitor the loss, take photos, check the changes that are taking place. She went at the beginning and now she refuses. I have just bought her the 'Just Natural' spray for hair loss. She refuses to use it. She won't let me have a close look at her hair. I can't believe it doesn't bother her, it must do. It's just her way of dealing with what is happening ..

I have to rely on what I can see in order to know what is going on. Her hair is getting worse at the sides. She really shouldn't wear a ponytail as the hair line is moving backwards and the sides are getting balder. She continues as if there is nothing wrong.. When her hair is wet I see scalp shining through although she hides it when her hair is dry by using a coloured dry shampoo which gives it body. I am not allowed in her bedroom when she is blow drying her hair. I have to sit back and watch this happen with such pain in my heart ..

Unless I see any changes I don't think I will post for a while as I don't feel that I have anything positive to contribute or any questions that I would like answering. I do really hope that things are getting better for many of you and I will continue to read the posts. In particular , I always think it is interesting to read what dermatologists have to say as they are seeing hair issues on a daily basis. Wishing you all speedy recovery from this ...


Oct 27, 2016
Doctor update
by: Sam

Hi, again all another sleepless night for me, OK now I'm convinced this Brazilian blowout will be the falling of my kingdom, I'm really thinking I have had it, so I been noticing my eyebrows were getting thinner like when u see me on the sides of my profile, there gone !!!!!!!! So I went and had every test you can think of including thyroid hormone, everything good there so I called my hair loss doctor and I demanded to see him today, and of course they said no openings, what !!!!! Did you not here me I have a eyebrows loss emergency so OK I'll just go somewhere else I doubt since I pay cash they will refuse me, so put on hold oh and guess what they could see me wow !!!! What I have to go through because of this stupid Brazilian blowout , so had a very interesting talk he said that a damage scalp from example a chemical burn that cause T.E can also cause damage to the eyebrows and eyelids as its all connected, what !!!!!! But he also said only in chronic T.E , I was like OK your fired, I mean I was more sad than ever now there's a chance my thick eyebrows will never grow back, I don't no what to do from this point but just to see if anyone that reads this , had this happen to you as well eyebrow loss I mean , my doctor said be patient don't stress you need to Waite and see, Waite and see and in the mean time what am I suppose to do I have a job interview on Monday only the man above knows how much I need the money , people there are going to think I'm albino, I already have pale skin please no offense I meant it's just me and how I am I'm trying to stay positive here and makes jokes about my new makeover that cost me 400.00 I had to add that in lol , to help me over come this and with prayer, but really I'm tired of crying, I could have already filled the Nile in Egypt by 5 times , and to all who reads this thank you, like I've said before its just me and my dad but I can't talk to him he just wants to hear old reruns of small wounder, :( you no the one with that kid who is a robot oh he just loves that one and I really don't think he understands what's happening to me because he s blind my poor daddy he just hears me cry and I hate that I add that stress to him he tells me he loves me and it's going to get better this blowout was supposed to help me to spend less time on my hair so I can have more time with my dad in the mornings oh it's a process, now look , we're both paying the price well going to say have a nice morning, because it's 1:38am , Sam from Houston TX. Many blessings :) again I always say no more long message, Sam stop it, but if you think about it we all have out different versions of what the Brazilian blowout has done to our family's, spouse, and loves ones and us the ones who are suffering and I don't mind sharing my Brazilian blow hair loss story with any one because this is so real and still happening, Brazilian blowout no matter what brand there is it's all poison and a money hungry industry that we bought in to. we were never attended to have smooth straight perfect hair I've learned my lesson, and one I will remember for the rest of days on this planet!!!! Thanks again and please share if your having eyebrow loss as well which looks like I might be the only one but worth to ask. Oh shout out to Rick buddy I feel you on that front hair line Hang in there. Sam

Oct 25, 2016
Update
by: C.

It's been three months since the keratin chemical burn which started my hair loss, and I've finally seen a dermatologist. Of course she never got to see the inflamed scalp and peeling skin, but she did a thorough exam at this appointment. She didn't see any permanent damage to my scalp that would prevent hair growth, and she pointed out that there were a lot of baby hairs sprouting. She says permanent damage would have left my scalp smooth and shiny.

I told her about what I'd read in this website, and I asked if the toxic chemicals could damage roots/follicles. She suspected it would have to penetrate pretty deep.

I think washing the hair and blow drying before applying the keratin probably makes it easier to penetrate into the tissues. This moisture and heat tends to open my pores. I've gotten chemical relaxers for years, and washing your hair prior to this treatment just makes your scalp more vulnerable.

When I applied the kit in late July, I remember being hot, sweating, and feeling like I couldn't breathe due to the fumes. For that reason, I never got to the flat iron phase. Not being able to breathe may have saved some of my hair.

My doctor also mentioned that some people can be allergic to formaldehyde. She wasn't sure if that was the case for me.

I asked her what I could do now. She prescribed a steroid ointment similar to hydrocortisone. She said the multi-B vitamins for hair and nails might help and won't hurt. They are water soluble so if you get too much it will come out in you urine. She also said a good diet high in protein and green veggies may help. I guess only time will tell.

I would advise you all to check out this website. http://www.womensvoices.org/ Go to the tab for salons. They are gathering information from consumers and stylists who have used these products to encourage the FDA to take action.

Oct 24, 2016
Update
by: Anonymous

It has been 4 years and 2 months with little improvement. I was an emotional wreck for a long time. The worst is the beginning when you think you can do something about the hair loss but you cant figure out what it is that you need to do. Once you realize that there is nothing you can do and only time can tell, is when you start accepting the situation and life goes back to almost normal. At the beginning I was losing about 400 hairs everyvtime I washed every 3 days; I would say now it is about 200. Also, my scalp pain stopped about 4 months ago. I am still very sensitive to hair products so I try to stay on the natural side as much as I can even though they do little to control my seborrheic dermatitis (another side effect from the brazilian blowout). I noticed that my condition improves if I wash more often. My hair is really thin, maybe down to 60% of what I used to have (lucky to have started with tons of hair). My hair line has receded and my sides are super thin specially the right side which looks almost bald. To preserve my happiness, I brush and wash my hair in the darkness and clean the hairs from the floor with a towel so I dont see the hair lost. My hair is still everywhere around the house which I vacuum without looking at the floor. I color every 4 months with foil; I notice that I lose a lot of hair but seeing my gray hair just makes me scared of my reflection in the mirror. I cant wear high pony tails because it exposes my receded hair line and the thin spots on my temples. I am just in denial because I am tired of the suffering. I really dont have hope at this point. I keep my hair in clips so the hair doesnt fall all over the place.

I had some improvement for about a month when I was using a shampoo from a hotel in mexico made from mayan bee honey which is a potent antifungal which made my seborrheic dermatitis go away and made my scalp feel normal. I believe that it cut my hair hair loss by a half. I cant get the shampoo here because the hotel is not allowed to ship liquids. I will have to wait for another trip to the Mayan Riviera to get it and give it a try. If I dont update if because I dont see progress and it is pointless because I dont want to contribute to you guys losing hope.

Oct 24, 2016
try not and worry
by: rick

I know that's easier said than done, but it is what is, and all the worrying and stress in the world isn't going to bring it back. Just reading everyone's stories that they posted has given me a lot of comfort. I had my blowout in June and the hair loss has abated - I hope for good. I'm lucky in that I had really thick hair to begin with so what hair I've lost - which is considerable - isn't as noticeable as lot of you who have posted on this site. And like Sam my front hair line is the most noticeable for some reason. I haven't done much to remedy this as most every "solution" I've read on these boards doesn't seem to work and I'm not going to throw good money after bad. I do however use Rogaine since I'm a guy. It's supposed to be just for the back of the head but I'm using it up front where I lost my hair as well, it couldn't hurt. Also a friend of mine who had breast cancer and lost her hair due to chemo gave me her shampoo and conditioner to use. She said her hair grew back thicker and more luxurious than ever before. I'm hoping it will help me as well. It makes sense. And lastly, I quit dying my hair. I figure my poor scalp needs a break from all chemicals so as much as I DON'T want gray hair I will now be going gray. So far it's looking pretty good actually. Then again, I'm a guy and I know gray hair on men looks good for some reason. Women aren't as lucky. So I don't know what to tell you women out there who are dying your hair. But bottom line...I'd rather have gray hair than none at all. That's all I have to offer. To everyone on this board, "I feel your pain". I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy...well maybe I would! LOL. I can't believe there hasn't been a class action lawsuit. It seems like a slam dunk. If anyone knows of one or how to jump on board let me know. Good luck to everyone and remember all the worrying in the world isn't going to bring your hair back. TRY to get on with you life, disguise it as best you can and move on. Easier said than done but what other choice do we have?

Oct 22, 2016
Just an update
by: If I Could Turn Back Time

Well, I don't have anything too exciting to report. My derm that specializes in hair loss, reconfirmed again that my hair loss is from the chemical hair straighteners. I always beg for a different answer, something I can change, but it just isn't so. She seems to think there is hope for the loss to stop and to have patience. I asked her if she has other patients like me and she says yes. I then ask for a timeline, but she can't provide one. I asked her to pretend that this was the first time seeing me and what would she recommend, she said Viviscal to help improve the hair that I have, the Hair Max laser comb to possibly stimulate new growth, Ketoconazole shampoo to help with the condition of my scalp, and spironolactone 200mg daily, just in case my age isn't helping the situation. I asked her about aloe and she said she didn't feel it would help. I asked her about Rogaine, but she doesn't feel it is female pattern loss, so she didn't feel that is appropriate. She also suggested washing my hair daily to help with my scalp condition and to not bleach my hair any longer. I will decrease the highlights, but not completely stop. It will be wig time before I do that.
As far as a lawsuit, I would love to hold those accountable that have affected my life in such a negative way, but as I mentioned before, it has been 3.5 years since my last treatment. Unless the stylist is willing to cough up some type of proof (not sure she would even still have that), I don't keep my receipts that long. How could I prove it? Everyone else though, that has had a more recent experience, definitely hold onto that receipt and look into a class action law suit or create one of your own!!!!

Oct 22, 2016
Name your product
by: California

I don't need to tell my story because it is nearly identical to so many who have posted, but I will tell you that I used "Inoar Ghair Smoothing Treatment." I bought it from Amazon. I suffered from the chemical burns, and I was ready to move on with my life, but then my hair started falling out and seems to have stopped growing. It has been a nightmare. I cry every time I talk about and as I am typing this message. So many of us have gone through this, and no one else should have to suffer. Furthermore, there should be some accountability. I've recommended that Amazon remove the product that I used, but it is constantly for sale under random companies. There seems to be no stopping the dealers and no way to get the word out to every consumer unless we start suing. Class action lawsuits, media coverage, and writing to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the only thing that will protect others from suffering this devastating loss of hair. Just as these formaldehyde hair products have been banned in many European countries, they should be banned here.

So please, name you product so that we can organize and challenge each company. If you still have your receipt, store it in a safe place. See a dermatologist, take pictures, journal/log your losses. Search the Internet for current class action lawsuits and post them so others can join and tell their story.

A recent judgement awarded $10,000,000 to plaintiffs in a class action suit over a Suave keratin product. Those individuals who had receipts and proof of physical harm were given $25,000. If I had learned about the lawsuit 4 months ago, I would have never tried the product. Several other suits are pending, as some stylists have developed cancers that are believed to be related to formaldehyde products. The money is not enough when I see the bald patch on my head. It will never be enough if my hair doesn't return to the way it used to be. I was content to accept itching/irritation, as long as I had my hair. I can not accept losing my hair.

I will be sharing this page with my dermatologist and my attorney. If you have used Inoar, I would like to know. Thanks.

Oct 22, 2016
Front hair line gone
by: Sam

Hey, everyone Sam here and was just wondering if any body else here is losing their front hair line I mean mine is completely gone I'm so scared and now I can't even hide it I don't wear bangs I'm a guy and right now I look completely ridiculous what the hell is happening to my hair.

I hate hate the Brazilian blowout and what it represents and what it has done to a lot of us, it takes away who were as individuals I will not leave my house I'm so ugly with out my hair, I'm not going to lie. I don't lose the hair only in front and the top every where else is OK and it's even growing and kind of thick too. Its just that damn front hair line. I can live with everything else for now but my front hair line it really looks like I now have male pattern baldness, and if I do, I'm moving out of this country forever and disappear from public life.

I'm like how embarrassing , just because of one Brazilian blowout that I paid 400.00 I'm being punished it's so not fair I'm tired of putting oil in my head tired of not sleeping tired of all the stress. I'm just tired of being tired of all this nonsense. I want the Brazilian blowout and all the makers and all the stylist who do not know what there doing to be punished. I want to do a Brazilian blowout on the girl who did mine and see if she likes it all that burning pain that I went through, I'm just so mad I hate myself so much for doing this to my hair , and I'm sorry I just can't let it go I'm ruined like for ever and my hair growing back dry and dull no more pretty and silky and shiny, I know I leave long messages again sorry. I just want to let my angry out and to let all who reads this that I'm not going to give up and I'm going to keep fighting for my hair if it's the last thing I do on this world next. I really don't want to move I did use to have a happy life , and with out my handsome hair it's like I died and was sent to hell, because this nightmare has just begun only 5 months in , boy oh boy am I tired and running out of funds so I'll have to get a job soon , and risk everyone laughing at me because I'm bald at the front of my hair line, I wish I could send a pic because it's completely gone no hair just a huge forehead now this Brazilian blowout is a dangerous product.

I don't know how its rated the safes natural product out , because the united sates is the only one that hasn't banned it Canada did I think England to but not sure , but then again why would we banned were a nation obsessed with beauty and perfect hair and if paying 400.00 is the normal for perfect hair then why banned it and so what if it makes your hair fall out you could always buy a wig.

Well I'll leave with saying I'm not at all a horrible person I'm just a very sad sad guy who wants his hair back and I no we all do I pray for all of us to win our hair battle and I promise one day we will have our victory some wars takes years and that's how I look at this each hair that falls out is one of my many fighting men that have fallen to the evil queen named formaldehyde and I'm going to keep on fighting her til I claim all my lost fighting men and reclaim my crown back and all if it's original glory. My handsome hair will come back to me, to all of us many blessings again and please share if your front hairline is gone to or did it ever grow back . Sam from Houston TX, I would like to send a personal hi to parsley girl. :) god bless Everyone :) here and not just on here to all who may have a sick family member who's going through some thing or just having it rough. Just prayers to all :)

Oct 18, 2016
Devastating Hair Loss with Keratin Hair Treatment
by: If I Could Turn Back Time

I sure hope and pray that I am almost through and that the 4 year mark is that magical number. My concern though is that we damaged our scalp and hair follicles. I'm not sure if the hair cycle matters in that case?? My appointment with my dermatologist is this coming Friday, so I will give feedback after. My scalp has seemed to stop producing oils too and seems super thin. So my thoughts are to do whatever it takes to nourish our scalp and increase circulation to it......
Thanks again to all who have shared. The support and info is so nice to have. You all feel like friends.
It appears we have all tried the same/similar things without much success. I really want to try ingesting (Aloe2Go) and applying topical pure aloe, viviscal vitamins, pumpkin oil vitamins, and the hair comb. Big, big hugs to all.

Oct 18, 2016
Hi Sam and every one
by: Parley girl here

Yes I'm here since 2014 and believe me it gets better hang in there with natural treatments my hair still falls but not as much as before I use to have 9 bald spots and believe me that was not pretty I did shave my head off for several weeks and wash my hair every day to remove as much as thou se quimicals as possible from my scalp I apply apple cider vinegar and then wash my hair I have no bald spots my hair is past my ears is growing and healthyer don't give up guys and girls wi will overcome this take care 😘👍

Oct 17, 2016
28 months
by: Anonymous

I had my one and only Brazilian Blowout in June 2014. I still lose more hair than normal (probably 100/day) - although it has improved since the beginning. My scalp was very sensitive and tender at first - but has gotten better over past year. My hair is thinner - but nothing anyone else has noticed. My front hairline and part are what I notice most. I still hate going for haircuts and barely do - I hate the thought of anyone else manipulating my hair. Since it has been so long now - I am definately not as worried as I once was. I sort of feel like, for now anyway, the loss and thinning has plateaued. I do see new hairs growing - but because it continues to fall so much it doesn't thicken up, but will hopefully will stay about the same. The people who continue to sell this should be in jail - really!! I've had bad haircuts and even perms in my lifetime - but they always grew out. I still can't believe that I have been dealing with the after effects of this poison for over 2 years.

Oct 16, 2016
Updates
by: Anonymous

Yes, I'd too like updates - specifically from "If I Could turn Back Time". Did your doctor give you any new information?

Oct 15, 2016
Updates anyone ?
by: Deb

Can someone give some updates ? I'm just looking for statuses and how you are doing ?

Oct 12, 2016
Scalp Pain
by: Lisa

Yes. I experience scalp tenderness when I touch my hair and I have also had the burning sensation you mentioned. I get the scalp tenderness mostly on top of my head toward the front. That is also where I have experienced the most noticeable hair loss (although it is definitely a lot thinner all over).. My head also itches. I had some flakes when I first did the Brazilian blowout 2 years ago. I don't have any flakes anymore, but I still get the itching. I can't pull my hair into a ponytail anymore or back into a clip or bobby pin because of the pain. It just hangs there around my face looking paper thin and fried (for some reason, my head does not produce much oil anymore after the trauma of the BB). I have heard from a few people that the hair loss stops after 4 years.. people say that their hair never goes back to the full thickness they had, but it does thicken up a little and becomes bearable. I have two more years to go if that is true :(. Maybe it has something with the hair growth cycle. The average hair growth cycle is 4 years. So maybe the cycle resets after then...who knows. I can't figure this out. All I know is that I wish I had never done the Brazilian Blowout because this nightmare started about a week after I had it done. It sounds like you are almost there, so just hang in there a little longer. Please post though and let us know when that has happened so that we get some good news. It's strange.. some people it only affects for 6 months or so, but then there are some of us that the nightmare just seems to go on and on. I hate combing my hair in the mornings and I dread the days I have to wash because of the amount of hair that comes out (and I still after all this time get hairs with the white bulb at the end. ). I have tried everything (including lasers, PRP, Steroid injections, rogaine, vitamins, oils, pills, etc) and spent thousands of dollars to try to get this to stop. Nothing has worked for me. Maybe I am just an extreme case. I am extremely healthy though, I exercise and I'm the healthiest eater I know. I also don't stress about much (except this!). I've had blood work done and everything is fine... I too wish I could turn back time. I would have never gotten the keratin treatment. For the short time of frizz free hair, I have paid so much :(

Oct 12, 2016
Others with my symptoms??
by: If I Could Turn Back Time

Does anyone else experience scalp tenderness or a mild burning sensation? If I manipulate my hair at all, in example, pulling my bangs back and clipping them with a bobby pin, it feels like I pulled my hair back into a tight "Olympic gymnast style" bun. When I take out the bobby pin and let my bangs fall back into place, my scalp is crazy tender. Then the other day, I was working out and pulled my hair back into a ponytail and my scalp was tender to touch with a constant burning sensation for 24 hours. It's crazy to me that something I did over 3.5 years ago is still affecting me today. I'm thinking I might try pure aloe vera gel on my scalp. It is soothing and supposed to draw out toxins? It sounds good; I'm just not sure if that will equate to more loss? Also considering trying Hair Max Laser Comb...Anyone else try with any benefit?

Oct 06, 2016
Getting Worse...
by: Debi

Ok so got the Keratin treatment last August 2015, Its now October 2016 and Id say I have lost about 60 - 70 % of my hair. The nape hair is completely gone and just riding up to the top my head. My nape still burns and from time to time and the top of my head. I tried tea tree oil and that just made it worse. I had the worst shed with this. I am still keeping it as long as I can but now since the nape hair loss has gotten worse the middle of the back of my hair is so terribly thin and I think Im going to have to cut it even shorter. I have already cut it 3 inches but my hair was as long as my bra strap when I got it done. The worst part is this - MY HAIR IS NOT GROWING! Im talking that my roots are the same - before the Keratin I would get my roots colored every 4-6 weeks. There are some gray strands throughout which I am dying to dye but Im so afraid of putting any chemical on it. I can't understand why my hair growth has completely come to a halt and its literally day by day spitting hairs out. I have to wash my hair tomorrow and I am so so scared. I keep reading and I see there is just nothing that seems to work. Im glad everyone is sharing so much so we know we can avoid this and that. It helps so much. Please Please keep sharing your stories - good or bad. Its just so nice to have other people that are going through this - just for support. Im willing to try anything at all to get my hair back so anything you can recommend that has helped even a little bit please share. Parsley girl - I know you shaved your head and I'd really like to know how you are doing - how are your spots? I feel helpless at times and this just consumes me everyday - have not slept all night in a year - bc I fear that my hair is being pulled at night as I sleep- I can't even turn without thinking that there is pressure on my hair and its falling from the root. My hair is so so thin - the strands are so light - I just wish there was some way to thicken them up - maybe they wouldn't slide out of my head if I could get it thicker. I just don't know what to do- vitamins , oils, massages, tried all kinds of shampoos- just nothing is helping! I just need to know does anyone else have no growth like me ? - over a year still itchy? My nape is shiny and smooth and this such a bad sign - Im afraid it permanent - I have a constant lump in my throat and my stomach is just so sick about this. I'm afraid of being bald - or having to get a wig ..I'm sorry Im ranting but I just feel so helpless and sad. Thanks for reading

Oct 05, 2016
To "if I could turn back time"
by: Anonymous

Thank you for sharing your story. It is very similar to a lot of our stories on this site. I've been to numerous doctors and dermatologist as well. I also tried PRP (very expensive with no results- except more hair loss). My hair is so thin compared to what it used to be. It's been a little over 2 years since I have the Brazilian blowout and I keep searching for something that will stop the hair loss and regrow my hair. Please keep posting to let us know how you are doing and if you find something that works. I will do the same. Right now I'm trying some new Aryuvedic oils that I bought. I'll let you guys know how it works. Take care everyone. I'm so sorry this happened to all of us. I wish that the hairstylist had been honest that hair loss was a potential side effect of the keratin treatment. I never would have done it. I too was told that it would make my hair healthier. :(

Oct 05, 2016
Devastating Hair Loss with Keratin Hair Treatment
by: If I Could Turn Back Time

I can still remember the day when the hair stylist I saw for over 10 years talked me into doing my first Keratin hair treatment. I remember specifically asking her, "Is it safe?" and her reaction being, "It will make your hair stronger! It's not damaging". I had heard rumors about Formaldehyde and asked to make sure what she was using didn't contain any. She then proceeded to tell me that the company changed their formula to be Formaldehyde free, so not to worry. The first time was a none issue. I loved the results as my hair was smooth and my dry time was cut in half. The second time is when I feel my scalp was destroyed. The chemical smell was really intense when I got the treatment done. It was burning my eyes, nose, and throat, making it hard to breath. I actually had to get up from the chair to take a break for a while. I was then asked to not wash my hair for 4 days. I would wake up with my eyes and nose burning for the first two days. My hair stylist suffered respiratory symptoms and told me she was sick for a week after that treatment. She mentioned that she spoke with her rep and was given a replacement solution and was told to throw the one she used on me away. She was happy to get a replacement bottle and asked me to try it again for free. She explained that this new bottle didn't produce that harsh, irritating chemical reaction.
Over a 2 year period, I got 6 treatments. None were anything like that second treatment experience in which I feel I was the unlucky, unknowing recipient of a larger than normal formaldehyde dosing. Bottom of the bottle???
Looking back, it was only few weeks after that horrible experience that I developed enlarged, extremely tender lymph nodes and severe night sweats that lasted for several months. I had a mammogram, breast US, and a lymph node biopsy to rule out cancer. At the time, I didn't realize the cause; I had no idea that the Keratin hair treatment contained Formaldehyde or that it could cause life long damage. The doctors couldn't explain why that was happening to me.
I was in a new relationship and we traveled to the Caribbean and to the river a lot, so I wanted my hair to be low maintenance and frizz free. I had no idea the price I would pay. I started noticing that I had a lot of hair in my brush and that my scalp had a thick build up of dead skin, but honestly it didn't bother me too much. It never crossed my mind that I was losing my hair permanently. At first I didn't even notice that my hair was thinning; I just thought it was "flatter" than usual do to the treatment. It was only when I started developing a receding hair line that I began to panic. My hair loss started at my right temple. My hair on that side is now see through. Then it continued to my left temple and now directly in front. My hair has miniaturized and falls out at many different lengths. I was only 35 years old when this started. My scalp was red, tingled, and sore in the areas of loss. After 3.5 years since my last treatment, I continue to have scalp pain and loss. I had multiple, multiple lab tests and a scalp biopsy done over the last 3 years, all coming back normal. I tried a rogaine type solution only to have a massive shedding; I feel that my scalp was overwhelmed and the last thing it needed was another chemical on it. I tried PRP only to again have more loss. I tried steroid injections to the sites of loss and topical steroids, Nizoral shampoo, hair vitamins, doxycycline, etc. I had one doctor prescribe Keflex, an antibiotic used to treat skin infections, for 4 weeks. Honestly that stopped the pain and shedding, but I couldn't stay on that forever. When the antibiotic stopped, the scalp tenderness and shedding returned. I now see a dermatologist that specializes in hair loss. The first appointment we had, she explained that it is the Keratin treatments causing my loss and that I am not her first patient with the same complaints. She doesn't have an answer for recovery. I am not sure anyone does. She did however continue me on the less potent antibiotic Doxycycline for a while and slowly weaned me off. She prescribed me Spironolactone, which blocks testosterone, in case my age isn't helping the situation. However, my loss continues. I see her again next week and will ask if she has any new insight on how to help heal my scalp or if I am destined to become bald as my hair follicles have been mummified....I wanted to write in because I was so thankful to all of those who have shared their story. Our stories are all so similar. It was hard for me to accept for a while and I continued to search for something to fix- my diet, removing my breast implants, removing my cabinets or flooring that may contain formaldehyde, trying bioidentical hormones, etc. I now feel at peace knowing that I have the right answer. I can now focus on acceptance and trying to heal. Thank you

Sep 29, 2016
When will this end :(
by: Sam

Hello everyone, I'm Sam from Houston Texas, and I no exactly what everyone is going through or has been there and can't tell you I'm so happy to here of some success stories which gives me hope, and I will fight my hair loss until I win, I had to quit my job because for me and I no you as well,this hit me so hard that I went crazy and I mean crazy to the point that I wanted to hurt myself I no it's just hair like everyone was telling me, but everyone's hair wasn't falling out from the root mine is until you go though some thing like this, because this isn't our natural state like when we're in our elderly years and we go bald this is a man made Chemical product that causes hair loss, and shame on the makers for making this product, Brazilian blowout, oh just texting that name or saying it makes me so sick to my stomach, OK I'm calm lol I've herd alot of sayings that it doesn't cause hair loss, umm wrong it sure does play a role or a part in it because of its dangerous Chemical's and it's just like in medicine all effects are going to be different depending on each individual's immune system, maybe some of us suffer like stomach issues or had some off out patient surgery or had a removable organ like a gallbladder so we're all different, and that is why for me I hold my stylist responsible for my hair loss she neglected to tell me all risk and side-effect of this horrible formaldehyde and how very harmful it really is, but then she came back and told me that I'm sick and need blood work and it's my fault for not doing my own research, what my own research yes , maybe your right but you are a stylist you went to training for this you have a certified license stating that you will not put a client in or harm them in any way, you lied lady oh y'all should have seen me there I let her have it, because you see she did not rinse my hair out because she was money hungry and rushing to get her next client. And I sure did tell her she was money hungry, OK so the out come $400.00 to make me bald and I am a guy and I had the most handsome hair in town it was down to my shoulders black very thick I loved my hair just hated to flat iron it every 3 to 4 days and I really thought the bb would be my Savior to help with time in the morning because of work and I'm also caring for my blind father and doing so much I was always late to work, boy oh boy was I wrong :( now I'm jobless hairless about to be carless and maybe homeless to, because you no your savings only gets you so far, that's a whole different story, but yet that girl who ruined my life she's in her brand new Cadillac xts that I probably helped pay her a car note with that $400.00. Sorry for that it just makes me really upset that I'm in misery I don't even leave my house because I was forced to cut my handsome hair all off and I mean short it's like one inch from the scalp I no so sad, and thinning I mean real bad my hairline is gone I hAve a huge bald spot on the crown and my side get thinner everyday, so so sad I'm like what is happening to me no body recognizes me if they do see me I run I don't have a family and it's just me and my blind daddy so everything that has happened to me I still need to look after my dad, so the stress has been on, I try so hard to relax, now to the point sorry ladies and guys if I talk to much it just helps me I don't have no one to help me, OK at first I was losing like 100s to 200s of hair a day and this had been since this June so like only 3 months, OK and right now I'm just losing like around 20 to 50 hairs this is what I'm doing but keep in mind this is my hair routine and it may not help you, I can't take no responsibility for any one unlike my hair stylist, OK at first I washed my hair hair every day because the hair going to fall out no matter, I rinse it with warm water than I apply coconut oil for 3 hours just in case I have dermatitis and this helps for dandruff your supposed to do this for 30days but I get tired and skip a wash here and there, then when I'm ready to wash my hair I rinse the coconut oil off it's better to do this in the shower, then I apply baking soda to help get the coconut oil off I do the baking soda twice OK then after I do this I use caviar exfoliating scalp facial I get it at ulta, leave it in for about five minutes now it has a brush but my hair is no were strong enough for a brush so I use my fingers and get it close to the scalp, at first you will notice lots of hair coming out but it will get better in time OK then I use tea tree shampoo to get Everything out followed by a good coconut conditioner to help bring moist back in the hair air dry, and comb very softly, oh I forgot to mention I been doing this with my hair very short it seems to help if you can cut all that Brazilian blowout off I did now I see some growth but no new hairs :( but my shedding has really really went down and the hairs that fall out I can tell still have the Brazilian on it because of its texture and it's so stiff my poor hair, my hair died may 26 2016 may you rest in peace my hair and please forgive me for doing a Brazilian blowout on you this is your way of saying by America that we sometime let Society think that we're not good enough that's what leads many people to plastic surgery and permanent face damages or like a Brazilian blowout that may lead to permanent baldness. I should have expected the fact that I was once a very handsome young man with lots and lots of thick long hair that I took for granted with sayings like if only my hair was thin and straight, oh how I have eaten my own words I guess at the end of it all I'm left with thin balding hair. If only I could go back time. Wel thanks so much for reading this if you made it all the way god bless Sam.

Sep 28, 2016
The sad story of my beautiful lion hair
by: La Moni

Even as a little girl or teenager everybody have always complemented me on my thick curly voluminous hair. I was never patient enough to grow them pass BSL. In my late teens I never wanted accept my super thick curly hair that were perfect shade of ice chocolate brown (which now I would kill to have back). I used to iron my hair until it would scream and die my whole hair light to make it go blonder on a monthly basis. I would abuse my hair and despite being dry and lifeless I never had issues with them falling or braking.

In uni, I found myself with little time to do all the straightening and I didn't have money to keep up with the blond hair so I decided to go dark and let them breathe. I just one day, stooped putting heat, I would do deep conditioning and loads of leave in, washing every other day and letting my hair live it's life. I never felt so free in my life. My hair did not look great straight away, but everyday the curl patter was getting more bouncy and my hair super shiny and unbelievably thick. After 3 months I got a blow dry for Christmas and notices that my hair went from shoulder length to mid back, also they were so shiny, smooth, heavy and healthy. At this point I decided to put some layers in and the dumb hairdresser cut my hair into two layers, shorter one all around my head reaching mid ear and the longer one reaching my chin. I walked home and cried for hours, that all these months of my hard work were wasted. I was so envious of long hair that I got braided in extensions (I got thee done in Japan) and these helped me so much to grow my hair out. Also I was eating super healthy home cooked Japanese food, I completely stopped putting color into my hair and I would only style them 2-3 times a month. When they reached shoulder length I removed the extensions and had the best most bouncy curls back in my life. I was so happy, I did out few highlights though the hair but as they were in perfect condition. From that time I would never cut my hair more than armpit length and I would either go dark brown all over or have highlights put in every 6 months.
Until I moved to hot and humid Dubai where my curly hair would get super dry from the beach and frizz up form the humidity. With my hair at mid back length way pass the bra strap, big and wavy I decided to put some highlights in and got talked into a keratin treatment (ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!!). What the hairdresser did was he stripped my hair of the color and fried them with keratin and iron. When i got home I could not look at myself in the mirror, my hair had no volume and it looks like half of my hair was gone. My strands were glued together, horrible sticking to my scalp. I did this treatment in May 2014 and I never ever regretted anything this much in my life. For the last two years I have been using tape in extensions as all my hair has broken off to ear length. In December 2015 I made a big chop and decided to cut all the hair with keratin (which basically looked like relaxed hair compared to my curly root). My hair has been shedding like crazy and also it keeps braking off. Two weeks ago I have removed my tape in expansions as I am not able to properly condition and moisturize my hair with the tapes in. I have two layers in my hair, the top one is about 1cm above my shoulders and the longer one is to APL. My ends are very dry and brittle. If I wouldn't have done the treatment my hair would be now at my tail bone tick and gorgeous. I have sewer withdrawals from taking my extensions out, feeling like i have barely any hair left. Two weeks ago I have started taking hair burst pills, drinking pure collagen; doing scalp oil massages, deep conditioning treatments and complete heat restriction. My hair from the root is very soft, curly and shiny, so I am hoping that with this regiment of TLC and hair supplements I will be able to get my hair back.
The most sad part of this story is that I had to completely ruined my hair and loose them to start appreciating what God has blessed me with. I do have significant amount of grey hair (especially at my front hairline and sides) so I do color my roots, but at the same visit I do deep masque steam treatment. In December I will put highlights in my hair to make the gray blend better and I will continue the care routine and no heat until my hair are back to their best state.

I wish you all great hair growth, health and happiness and I hope you all love the hair your have as we do not know what we have until we lose it.

Sep 26, 2016
For Tsoline
by: Sandra

Oh Tsoline,I am so sorry that you are suffering with this. I don't know if it's the keratin that causes this. I know for a fact (backed by research) that formaldehyde in keratin products causes this so maybe you should have told the dermatologists about the formaldehyde rather than the keratin. They can research it for themselves and see that it is true. I do think that maybe you should get fully investigated for other things that case hair loss like low ferritin or thyroid issues. I'm sure your doctors have told you this. I'm not saying to you that it wasn't the hair product but for those of us that have been affected by the hair product it is very obvious that it is the Brazilian as it happens almost immediately. Please be reassured that hair that falls out for whatever reason does often grow back.. I have done so much research on this .. Please let us know how you get on and wishing you the best of luck ..

Sep 26, 2016
I will go crazy😭😭😭
by: Tsoline

Hi sandra thank u for your support but my hair is almost gone i have now only 10% of my hair its all patchy bald spots and the new baby hair is falling also I don't know what to do coz i went to dermatologists and asked them about keratin but their answer was the keratin doesn't affect the hair follicle but I'm sure that it killed my hair because after doing this treatment my hair began to fall now if i touch it it falls plzzzz help me

Sep 21, 2016
Offering support
by: Sandra

Hello

I'm responding to you straight away as I have an 18 year old daughter that has had hair loss due to Brazilian over the last two years so I really empathise and I wanted to offer you some support. So here is my advice to you:

I'm hoping that you have loving,supportive family or close trustworthy friend around you and the first thing you could do is to share your concerns with them. It's much better for you to share this with a kind person that can give you a hug and tell you it's going to be ok , than to suffer alone. I would suggest a family member that you trust.

I don't know which country you are in and if you have access to health care but I do think it's worth seeing a dermatologist that specialises in hair. Even if they can't offer solutions they will at least be able to explain to you what is happening (which areas are thinning and if there is regrowth ) and monitor your hair loss.

Keep chemical free (not everyone agrees on here) but my
opinion is that by using chemical free shampoos and conditioner at least you aren't adding to the problem.

Eat healthily - not always easy for you busy teenagers!

Read all the recovery stories on here and there are many. Tell yourself that you are going to be one of them.. The fact that you seem to have shorter hairs seems to be a good sign as it means that the hairs are regrowing or that it is simply breakage not loss from the follicle. Breakage is a pain but at least it grows back ..

If you want to ask questions on this forum I will try to answer you. As my own daughter refuses to discuss what has happened, in a way, the fact that I can help someone else is of comfort to me. If you could use a name (don't use your real one if you don't want to) or an initial it's always useful as sometimes I can't tell if it's someone new or the same Anonymous person posting on here..

I hope others will be able to offer you some positive stories of recovery , like Brittany's positive news in the post just before yours.

Sep 20, 2016
Sad.. & worried
by: Anonymous

I've Always had very thick voluminous hair.. It got frizzy easily and never looked like I had tried to do it. I researched online and they said he BB was safe and was the best solution to get frizz free healthy hair. I am 18.. & I got this done two months ago & now when I pass my fingers gently through my hair, a ton of hairs fall out, in the shower it is the worst, I understand falls out but I feel like it's way to much then it use to be.. I can't touch my hair with easily getting tons of strands out.. I do think my hair is a little thinner but not noticeable because of how much I originally had.. I have a ton of baby hairs and I think it's because of the breakage.. I really hope my hair stops falling so much.. I don't want to lose most of my hair.. Any recommendations on oils or remedies? It hasn't been super long since this started like 3 weeks .. I just don't want it to be permanent

Sep 17, 2016
Positive Update
by: Brittany

Hello All,

Just wanted to update you with my hair loss (had the BK treatment 1.5 year ago). I believe it is safe to say that the extreme hair loss has subsided! Woohoo! I am finding short hair in some of the thin area which is indicating to me that my hair is growing back.

Overall my hair is thinner than what I started with ,however, it is not noticeably thinner.

Some things that worked for me:

1) Protective Styling: I have African American 4c textured hair. I learned how to do my own box braids and did braided hair styles for ~6 months. I highly recommend getting braids or twists because your scalp is more exposed and it is easier to treat with oils, conditioners, Mindoxil, etc. Additionally, when you have braids you do not see your hair fall out. This is therapeutic because when you have braids extensions you can have long thick looking hair that is easy to manage...you completely forget that you had hair loss in the first place.

2) Hair Products:

(a) Rosemary Oil, Peppermint oil , caster oil, wild growth oil, MegaTek , and water....Mix solution in applicator bottle and apply once a week (or every other week)...there are a bunch of youtube videos on MegaTek for natural hair if you are curious

(b) For shampooing...Apple Cider vinegar, rosemary oil, water.....lather like you would regular shampoo and rinse with water afterwards

3) EXERCISE!!!!! I believe this helped me the most. I was so stressed when I was loosing my hair. Exercise helped me gain my confidence and happiness back.

4) NO STRESS!! Figure out what make you happy and do it. You may not be able to immediately change your hair falling out but what you can change is your attitude and how you view life. When I realized this my hair was the last thing on my mind. I was too focused on living a positive life instead.

5) Take a regular multivitamin. Don't waste your funds and time on all of these "Miracle Supplements". If necessary just take more Biotin (my derm. recommended 1000+ mg)

I wish you all the best of luck in your hair journey! Stay positive my friends.

Sep 15, 2016
Keratin disaster
by: Tsoline

Hello i did keratin before 2 years and i lost approximately 70% of my hair but its like bald spots like alopecia areata are you all the same like me bald spots????? So much stressed no one have pictures i want to become sure if its from keratin

Sep 02, 2016
thank you
by: Maria

Thank you for posting your recovery story.A real hope at last!
I have also update regarding my shedding picking up again.After being also itchy all over and my little boy having even scabs lookalike things on his scalp,I looked into water quality and most sites point out hard water causes that.With my scalp not 100% either,I am positive this is what is causing my shedding now,not a relapse of my hair condition.I will wash with bottled water for a while and update you.Cause if this is the reason,than my recovery was real until now and that is a good news.Even tho I have to sort shower filter or something like that now and hope for shedding to stop.iodineStay well!

Sep 02, 2016
Thank you
by: Sandra

Hi Anonymous
Thank you....from the bottom of my heart dear stranger I thank you . I will read your post, daily if I have to ! Firstly, to remind me that there is hope and secondly to remind me of the kindness of strangers. Not everyone takes the time to post a comment years later and I appreciate that you did ... X

Sep 01, 2016
Over 4 and a half year update
by: Anonymous

I always said I would come back to this site when I recovered. I never thought I would. But, I am so happy to report that I think I did! It has been over 4.5 years since my last keratin treatment. I lost about 60% of my hair, lost hundreds a day, terrible thinning and wide part. Anxiety, stress, sleepless nights, googling nonstop, reading this site over and over, dermatologists, hair specialist in NYC, topical steroids- you name it, I did it. Everyone said it would stop shedding and they all said it would grow back. I can honestly say I started to see a difference at the 4 year mark. Now, my hair is fuller. Is it the same thickness as it was before? No, but my hair was so thick before, it is almost a blessing that it is a little thinner now. I am telling you all from the bottom of my heart, this was the worst experience of my life, but it DOES and WILL get better. I would have never thought I would be saying this and I dreamt of the day I would. Please have faith, stop stressing, and live your life because you don't realize all the time you are wasting over this. I wasted 4 years of my life consuming my thoughts over my hair. It isn't worth it. IT WILL COME BACK. If mine did, yours will too. It will take long, very long, but just go on and before you know it, you will have your hair back.

I hope I gave you all hope. Trust me, you will be okay.

Sep 01, 2016
Thank you MH
by: Lisa

Hi MH, I read your story and it's almost exactly like mine. As I was reading it, I thought, "I could have written this." Thank you for sharing. Hang in there. I still have hope that there will be a turning point for us and our hair will grow back.

Aug 31, 2016
For MH
by: Sandra

Hi MH
As you're the only other Londoner on this forum (we can't be the only two surely !!?) I wanted to ask you if you know anything about the product that was used on you .. Was it from a reputable wholesaler? Did you tell the hairdresser what had happened ? What did they say? im just wondering if by some possibility we could have had the same product used. I think most hairdressers in Uk are using a safe product and only a few rogue hairdressers are still using the old fashioned high formaldehyde one which is illegal btw. I've always been intrigued to know ever since you started posting here..

Thank you for your comments and to everyone else too. Sending prayers and good wishes for a full recovery from this. Please keep posting if things start to get better! It gives me such joy and such hope to read ! Xx

Aug 30, 2016
Thanks everybody
by: Rick

Thanks for all the feedback. Thanks Lisa for the info on dying my hair. I would rather have grey roots and grey hair than none at all. I will skip with dying it for the time being. I'm a guy with relatively short hair so it wont look awful growing in for too long. I don't want to lose anymore hair so will go with better safe than sorry and forgo coloring my hair. If anyone else has comments as to color or not, I'd appreciate hearing. So far I don't have it as bad as the other horror stories I've read on this board. My sympathy to you all. I have had no burning or itching of the scalp - just my hair thinning. It seems to have stopped shedding for the moment so hoping the worst is over. Good luck to everybody here. Don't know why we were the ones to get this when thousands of people get it down with no side effects. Guess we jus got "lucky". Wish I had of known what can happen. Still don't know why this doesn't come with a warning.

Aug 30, 2016
Hi all!
by: Maria

It's heartbreaking every time a new story is posted here.But the truth is,we are not all the same and exchange stories of hopes and tips seem the only way one can survive this.
My product was formaldehyd free but as most post suggest,formaldehyd is produced by the chemical reaction once on so.... Please realize that once you cut your hair short,it's harder to mask the bald patches.I've been there,twice! But I cut it anyhow cause my hair looked fried and I couldn't look at it any longer. Another note,not all my regrowth is a same length.Some is already down to my shoulders,some chunks are just 4-5inches, some ere even very short like 1 inch.I think all those different lengths makes it look frizzy while in reality it's actually not.
Do not use colour on your hair unless you have to.Mine shedding picked up after applying henna only.You're not helping your hair with adding more chemicals.On the other hand,I understand when you are showing grey,you want to look as normal as possible...
Most people have enough biotin from food they eat.Your body won't absorb more than it needs so it's a waste of money but it won't hurt on the other hand.
Omega 3 &6 are useful to take and some ginko bilboa for circulation.
Rogaine=minoxidil works but it's not for everyone.Some people have bad side effects.Also if you stop applying it,you'll shed like old Christmas tree.I use minoxidil for past 20 years and luckily have no side effects besides more hair growing on my legs,arms,etc.Nothig what razor and epilator cream wouldn't fix.When my hair start to fall out again while in Singapore,someone here mentioned it could be from water wich I thought was unlikely.Now as posted here,my sheading picked up again 3 weeks ago when we moved and guess what? Ve have very hard water here.We are all itching,even my 4 year old start to have dry scalp issues.
And what else? You can try Aminexil it seemed to help a little.There are also products which claim to have aminexil and minoxidil combination but I found out that this wasn't registeted medication here,therefore cosmetic category.So I stick to minoxidil morning and night and after a full cure,only twice a week aminexil at lunch time.I don't want to make whole new molecule by mixing it! I am also trying black cumin oil.Little spoon to eat every morning with orange juice and massaged in my hair like twice a week for the night.Alternative sites suggest rubbing first lemon in,wash gently,then black cumin oil.Too exhausted to follow all that.
Will see if anything helps.I am definitely growing hair.It was a year in March for me but I am also losing a lot again now.Scalp pains are gone since spring so yey to that.I went first to very large bald patches and have been on slow recovery since so not gradually losing more and more.
Please don't post negative things like study shows it will never grow back.It's depressing to see and might be the reason people stop posting and reading stuff here.
I read once that Retex (what I've done) damage is always permanent.I had nearly nervous breakdown after that.Took time to realize that this will not be me because despite ups and downs,depression,feeling ugly,facing people not recognize me, I will fight this and try all alternatives I possibly can.Cause hope is all we have.Good luck to you all!

Aug 30, 2016
2 years, 24 months....too long!
by: MH

Hi all,

Deb, Sandra (there is nothing to forgive, it must be horrible to watch), Parsley Girl and everyone else - hello!

Well, it's now been 2 years since I had my BB. I can barely believe I am writing this - 2 years. 2 whole years and this misery still consumes my everyday life; admittedly not as much as it once did. It's become a fact of life and I'm grateful I still have some hair, although I have come close to shaving it off in frustration several times.

I don't want to scare those of you have just joined and realised the horror of the BB, but I hope this account can at least give you an honest depiction of my ongoing journey. I remember reading this thread and others saying I'm 2/3 years in and thinking "that's awful, but this will only effect me for 6 months surely?!?" Well, I'm sorry to say, they were spot on.

I had 1 BB - I immediately had hair fall but it was the damage to my scalp that scared me. What felt half my scalp flaked off and I huge disgusting scalp flakes. At the time my hair was still thick and could cover it. Today, I still have severe dandruff but my hair is so thin it is very hard to disguise. I also had burning and terrible pain for a year. The only thing that helped, which I got after reading a recommendation on here, is a steroid ointment called 'Clobetasol' - I still use occasionally and it's the only thing that my Derm thought may help. I have minimal pain today but still have burning on wash day.

I have lost 70% of my hair. It's is dry, extremely frizzy and brittle. To be blunt, it looks bloody awful. I have not blow-dried or straightened my hair in 2 years. Luckily, I did not lose my curls, so together the frizz and curls have made the loss of volume less noticeable. Albeit it looks terrible, it looks like a birds nest. I have a had a few moments from people about doing more to control my hair (I'm in a very corporate environment) but it's what I have to do. I have cut my hair shorter and shorter, what has surprised me is the sheer level of knots that form - my hair is matted - and then the knots fall out in clumps. It's horrible. I have my mum cut my hair - I can't bear to let a hairdresser touch it. Today we went shoulder length - I am overweight and have a very round face so was reluctant to do this, but it was needed. I use powder and have a receeding hairline.

Although this is a daily struggle and my Mum, friends, colleagues are sick to death of hearing about this, none of them say it is obvious that I al losing hair. Thinner - yes, but not that a stranger would notice. Regrowth is frustrating - it is minimal and does not replace the loss. It is wirey and thin, and clearly damaged, it usually falls out after a couple of months. I have no hair on the nape of my neck and my top hairline is the worst. I lose minimum 100 hairs everytime I wash - if not 200. However, I wash once a week and I know this is bad for my scalp as 1. my hair looks disgusting 2. dandruff builds up 3. my hair is matted by this stage but I find washing it more than one very traumatising. That said, I believe washing does not exacerbate hair fall - you just notice it more. It will fall out either way.

I'm sorry I don't have better news, it is hard and the longer it continues the more disheartening and bewildering it becomes. I am using Aphosyl Shampoo at the moment and that has really helped my dandruff and is far less drying that Nizoral.

Love to all - hopefully this post wasn't too long and boring!

MH x


Aug 30, 2016
Hair smell
by: Anonymous

So I'm wondering if anyone has any tips ? I can only wash once a week bc of the horror of hundreds of hairs falling but what do I do about the smell !

Aug 29, 2016
Hi lisa
by: Anonymous

I'm on the west coast . After reading this board I tossed my keratin care shampoo and conditioner and bought some Argan oil shampoo and conditioner. I also bought the deep conditioner. I have had an amazing result since stopping the keratin care products. In just 2 weeks I'm hardly seeing any hair in the sink or tub. I really think the sulfate free products with the shampoo they want you to buy with your blow out contribute to the hair loss. Now, back on track. Probably be a long time until I see regrow the if any this time.

Aug 29, 2016
Should I stop coloring my hair?
by: Anonymous

I forgot to ask...should I lay off the coloring of my hair? I'm a guy and get the roots touched up professionally every 6 weeks. I figure I should lay off the dye for the time being - even though I don't want my gray roots showing. I don't want to look like Donald Trump! Any suggestions?

Aug 29, 2016
Still in shock
by: Anonymous

Thank you Deb and Sandra for your help. I figure I'm pretty much screwed - I can't go back in time though I wish I could. I'm hoping since I only had the one treatment it will be less than some of the posts I've read here. I'm not seeing it in the sink or my pillow so I'm hoping the initial shock to my scalp has subsided and most of the damage is done. I'm using Rogaine type of product - don't know if it will work but I figure it can't hurt. I'm distressed to hear it killed my follicles and wont grow back for 3-5 years but I guess it's good to know. Still hoping that maybe my scalp is just in shock and like a plant that goes in shock and drops it's leaves, it's leaves and my hair will come back. I don't know. I just want the hair loss to stop. I'm a guy and can keep my hair short and disguise the hair loss somewhat. Right now I'd settle for fuzz as long as it covers my scalp and blends in with the hair that I still have. I can't believe this treatment doesn't come with a warning. Also I bought Biotin. Does anyone know if that helps? Thanks again for all your responses.

Aug 28, 2016
Hi
by: Sandra

I'm so sorry to know that you're all going through this too. Two years here ..No words of wisdom or answers here but I just wanted to say that I'm reading all the posts. When the initial bald patch at the top of my daughter's head began to fill in and the hair appeared to stop falling after nine months (from what I could see - certainly no hairs on the pillow in the morning) I thought that she had perhaps had a lucky escape. However, I knew that the research done in USA stated that if the formaldehyde had entered the follicles then new hair would not be growing back. So I knew that I had to wait for a hair cycle (3 - 5 years) to really know that that things would be ok. It always amazes me when people say after two years that their hair is thinner but going to be ok. The reality is that you don't know if your hair is going to grow back until each hair has been through its life cycle. It's the formaldehyde that does this, according to research and I would be very surprised if there was anyone on here that has used a formaldehyde free product. I guess there might be some people with an allergic reaction to keratin but hair that goes through its life cycle and isn't replaced - I feel sure that is the pattern of formaldehyde. It appears to mimic female hair baldness as it's often worse on the top. Maybe the gas seeps in at the top. I wish I knew and I'm amazed that the dermatologists are not interested in accessing this research. The regrowth that my daughter has had is very frizzy and fly away indicating that the follicles are indeed miniaturised. This is typical of female hair baldness but her regrowth is all exactly the same length. This shows it all fell out and then re grew again at exactly the same time. Female hair baldness does not do that.! I'm so angry not just at the hairdressers that use this but at the medical profession that aren't addressing it ..

Aug 28, 2016
Hasn't stopped yet for me
by: Deb

I'm sorry Rick to hear you are going through this. I am on 1 year right now and have lost about 60 % of my hair . Unfortunatly in my case it has not grown back yet, but I keep researching and won't stop until I find a way. Lisa, I was in in Disney with family and now I'm home but it seems we are experiencing the same thing - in regards to the amount falling out per day. What color is everyone's hair? I'm just wondering bc mine is blonde and I had gray roots that would come in but now they are very sparse . I guess my hair isn't growing ? Or he healthy hair that was growing has fallen out? I have no idea what to think . It's on my mind about 50 - 75% a day. My sinks get clogged , hairs all over I have to vacuum a lot. I'm just so embarrassed. I see people walking around that have strips of hair on their head and wonder if that will be me some day in the near future. I put the powder in but what kind do you recommend. Does anyone dye their hair? Does massaging help? I'm going to have to do the inevitable and have to cut it short soon . It's just very strangley but I do out it in a pony tail which I'm sure isn't helping but it looks tame this way and i can hide some of the spots of baldness. This is just super depressing. My son is going to kindergarten and I look like I'm so old. I'm guess now that the girl didn't wash something off she was supposed to and it killed my follicles. I just wish I could stimulate any that are trying to hang on bc why doesnt it all fall out at once? Well still feeling helpless and now I know why people stop messaging on here - no bc they got better but bc they don't want to keep typing about it - they just want to forget it or only look on for some hope of a cure .

Aug 26, 2016
Will this hair loss stop????
by: Rick

I had my one and only Brazilian Blowout done 8 weeks ago before I went home to Florida. I have ALWAYS had thick frizzy hair. Thank God I had a full head of thick hair. That said, I started noticing about 4 weeks ago that my once thick hair on the top of my head was now thinning out. I especially noticed it when wet until it got to the point that I realized something was causing me to lose my hair on top. I finally put two and two together and googled Brazilian Blowout and hair loss and was horrified to read the results. Now I know what is causing my hair to thin out. Will it stop thinning? I too notice it when I am under lights. I am scared shitless. Will it grow back? Is it going to continue to fall out? I don't notice a lot of hair in the sink, just that each week it seems to look more and more thin on top. I can't believe I finally figured out what's happening but on the same hand am terrified.

Aug 22, 2016
Hi Deb
by: Lisa

Hi Deb,
Where in Florida are you? I live in Florida. This is my second year of severe hair loss after the BKT. Every morning I cry as I count the hairs coming out of my head. I lose 100-150 on no shampoo days and well over 250 on days I have to wash (I only wash once a week) I've been told that it will eventually stop and that it will fill in again, but right now I'm terrified to stand under any overhead lighting because my scalp is so visible. I try to hide it with powder as well, but it just doesn't look right. If you'd like to meet for coffee while you are here and it's not too far away, we can swap stories about things we've tried to get this to stop. I had the scalp pain and itching for the first year really bad. Now I get itching (usually when I haven't washed for a few days) but it's not as bad as it was. The hairloss is still killing me though :(. I would do anything to have never done this terrible chemical treatment. Take care and hang in there.

Aug 20, 2016
Ugh keratin!!!
by: Deb

How terrible "Sandra"!! Your poor daughter !! I am so sorry this has happened to her ! I pray that she gets better !! I have a 20 yr old daughter and would feel terrible if that was done to her instead of me. But ... She is the only one that I confide in about this. She is the only one who I can turn to and I think she is sick of me asking her daily how is my hair.... Everyday... I know she notices but she tells me I'm fine -- I've lost like 60% at this point - hair has not stopped coming out-- I'm on vacation in Florida right now and I'm so scared of washing my hair in the water here . I live in NY. I see on the hotel floor I've lost about 50-100 hairs without washing in 3 days. It's 1 year from today that I had the keratin done . I'm so embarrassed with how I look. I use powder on my scalp and I'm so scared of the overhead lighting bc my scalp looks painted ! It's a mess - I don't know what to do - I try to put on nice makeup and dress nice but since I tried to go on so many vitamins I've gained 15 lbs or more . And the vitamins don't help but thought I'd try . My scalp is burning - nighttime is the worse - how horrible this is - I just pray I'm not bald in two years bc as this shedding is occurring -- I will be :(

Aug 17, 2016
Shedding
by: Anonymous

I've had several Brazilian blow outs over the past 5 yrs. I had one over a year ago and noticed a lot of shedding and bald spots. I attributed it to the hair extensions I had. So I did rogaine 5% and high amounts of vitamins. My hair was looking good but in May I noticed it was frizzing a lot , I'm in the south so went again with the blowout. Since that time I've had more loss and shedding than ever before. I mean it's awful. So here I am again with the rogaine and super vitamins for hair. Very upset that hairdresser would agree to this knowing about my hair loss. I also switched off the keratin shampoo and condition and using a new one that is for damaged hair and has sulfates in it. We'll see. Last time it took me 6 months to notice a difference.

Aug 12, 2016
Update
by: Sandra

Hello to everyone
I always said I wouldn't be one of those people that stopped posting when things got better and I would stay to support others. I'm sorry I haven't updated in a while as I know what support it gives to read others comments. I still check in every day to see what updates there have been in hope that someone will say there has been a wonderful cure. The most distressing posts are ones like yours Maria, where there has been recovery and then things get worse again.
I have a confession to make: this didn't actually happen to me and you may be surprised to know that I wish a million times over that it had.. It happened to my daughter who was 16 at the time. I treated her to this hair straightening as she was going on her first holiday with friends to somewhere very humid and I have felt sick for the last two years as I watched this happen to her. The reason I pretended it was me and actually have used a false name is because when its first happened I was so worried that she would google and find out I was on this forum and get upset with me. We had the most perfect 'mother daughter' relationship and for the first time ever she saw me collapse over this. I felt such guilt and pain and this has continued. She is now 18 and our relationship is back to what it once was except for any discussion over hair. Other than the initial two trips to a dermatologist and trichologist she refuses to discuss it with me and refuses to see anyone. Believe me,I'd fly her to USA if I felt that there was someone there that could help. She says that she forgives me but I will never recover from allowing her to have this done without properly researching. Consequently, I can only tell you what I see. In the initial stages when her hair was falling out rapidly I knew because of hairs on her pillow in the morning and because I would follow her into the bathroom after she had washed her hair. She would put her hair into the plug hole so that I could not see how much she was losing and I would pull out maybe 2-300 hairs at a time with tweezers. I am so lucky to have a truly wonderful relationship with her yet I cannot discuss the one thing that I would like to talk with her as she will not talk to me about it . So I can only tell you what I see and that's only from a distance as she will not let me look at her hair closely (I've begged her) her hair is thinner,when it's wet I see scalp at the top, there has been regrowth but very little (my hairdresser trims her hair occasionally and confirms this to me). The new hair kind of sits on top fluffier than the rest of her hair and never kind of blends in with the rest even when she uses hair straighteners. Does anyone else have this?? Thank you for your support everyone. I truly would have found this so much harder without you all as I feel so alone.

Aug 12, 2016
update
by: Maria

Hi to all. Just a short update as I obviously "toot my horn" too soon :( I start to notice my hair on floors and sink for the past few days.I went to the bathroom in furniture shop on Tuesday,no overhead light and could see my scalp everywhere on the top.I felt sheer panic,sick to my stomach scared.I start to look around more carefully when we got home and there was hair everywhere :( I am shedding again...or I fooled myself into thinking I was getting better before... I don't know.This is obviously far from over.My scalp is little itchy,my hair has gone very frizzy.
I am due to finish whole aminexil cure so now I am panicking if to order another one and use as a prevention 2-3x a week.I am still on minoxidil and I am also putting in some scalp simulator from Alterna (but that is cosmetics,not medicine). Last night I read about black cumin oil and how it's very healing for many conditions,so I ordered that.I feel like all I do is massage something in my scalp whole day long :(
I don't understand why shedding picked up again.We moved and it's lot of stress.Also water here is much harder.Could that be it? I was being so grateful for every new hair and now to see them all over the floor :(((( I don't deserve this,none of us does.I hope things go better soon for all of you.With all we do to get better,something has to work.Take care of yourselves.M

Aug 06, 2016
checking in
by: Missy

H, Parsley Girl, Maria, Sandra and all the peeps. Glad to see good news for some of you. Great to hear. I completely identified with Alana's symptoms of the itching. So true. Get to day 3 of no shampoo, and it does itch and feels like something is crawling around. Never had that before. Ever. I'm still doing the Just Naturals dandruff shampoo and avoiding all coconut oil and protein based oils like shea, etc after having spent a fortune with them. For me, I think it's too much protein. I use more moisturizing products instead and castor oil and avocado oil and a tiny bit of rosemary oil mixed with jojoba. But not much. I was slathering too much on and the trichologist said it was likely blocking up follicles. I still have the thin, doll hair that comes out easily just touching it and definitely worse when wet. Every expert told me brush with wet brush when dry before shampoo. Never wet. I have gone back to coloring my hair on the scalp with organic color i think it's Goldwell Nectaya. I'm supposed to go next month to the hair doctor to have the allergy tests to see what ingredients mimic keratin to avoid them. I realized one of the conditioners I had used from the VItamin Shoppe that's called Biotene I think had keratin in it. No mas. I will consider the PRP. I hope Lisa & others get some good results. i know it is supposed to be sometimes it works and others not. The Acell I think makes it work, but again, I won't use that and can't use monoxidil, and on and on. So just doing what I'm doing. I should moisturize with hot oil before a shampoo. I have to take time to do that & I should massage the scalp. My hair in front is absolutely thinning, which I think is the alopecia worsened by the keratin. At this point, it is what it is. Just pray for stability or improvement is all. I'm grateful right now & pray time will improve it as all keratin comes out March was only a year. I cut off lots of hair trying to grow it longer again. wishing all good thoughts to all of you.

Aug 06, 2016
It will be ok
by: Princess v

Hi guys first i want to say thank you for helping me thru this hard time . It has been a year but my hair is back to it curl and thicknesses. I cut my hair all real short and then wore half wigs for about 4 months and yes im latin but i whore a wig and in florida in this heat. I only co washed my hair and deep con. Now my hair is is back to it curl and thicknesses i couldnt be happier. Now my hair is not falling out not going bald . It is back to what it was. And i dont but heat in it. But oil you scalp with coconut oil

I hope this helps you all as it helped me. Trust me i eas losing my hair and mind .

Aug 05, 2016
It's been six months since the last time I posted
by: Hi Parsley girl here

I want to say hello to Sandra,Missy, Maria,HM and every one here well my hair is doing much better were my bold spots were is full of hair you can't see any baldness my hair falls out not as much as before I did se some hairs growing thinner then the hair around weren't bald spots were they don't have the same texture as my hair was before de kt but is way better than having those bold spots like I said before go quimicals free as much as you can parsley cinnamon coconut oil drink horse tail tea and dandelion tea so you can clean your blood stream in your body and drink lots of water thank you all for the moral support and I wish everyone here the best of luck God bless each of you.....

Aug 05, 2016
keratin disaster
by: Anonymous

hello everyone,
I did the keratin treatment in December of 2014. Similar to all of you, I began experiencing hair loss 3 or 4 months after I did it. My hair fell out at alarming rates and thinned considerably. Eventually the shedding stopped but my hair did not return to its original thickness. Luckily I have very thick very curly hair so me losing 30 or 40 percent of it was not a huge tragedy but I was still very depressed by it. I have taken biotin, iron, and b complex supplements and used castor and pimento oil on my hair. I just want it to be thicker but I can see my hair growing back slowly so I'm confident that eventually it will all come back to normal. I saw a post down below about the inversion method so I am doing that. The biotin and castor oil helped my hair and I would recommend those for everyone trying to help this. I would also reccomend avocado treatments because those make your hair thicker and healthier. I hope all of you who were fooled into thinking this was safe eventually find peace again and are able to have the hair that you are trying to get.

Aug 05, 2016
keratin
by: Anonymous

hi everyone,
I'm new here and so glad I found this thread. I had the keratin treatment done December of 2014 and ever since I've noticed my hair has gotten noticeably thinner. The first 6 to 12 months it felt like more hair was falling off my head than was sticking to it and it felt awful. I have very thick curly hair so for me to lose the 30 or 40 percent that I lost wasn't the end of the world but it still hurts to see my hair being thin when it used to be thick and beautiful. There is nothing more I wish for than to be able to go back and tell my younger self not to do it. So far I have used biotin, castor oil, iron supplements, b complex supplements and pimento oil to attempt to get it back to normal. My hair has stopped shedding which I am very happy about but it still isn't as thick as it used to be so I am currently trying to do everything I can to make it all be back to normal. I read a post down below about someone doing the inversion method so I am on my 3rd day of doing that and hoping for good results. I am praying for all you ladies that have been affected by this and I think it just takes time and slowly but surely you will be back to normal.

Aug 01, 2016
To Alana
by: Anonymous

Hi Alana,
Thank you for sharing your story. It is very similar to many of us on the site. I check the page almost everyday to see if someone has found something that works. My hair used to be very thick like yours. I had a total of 3 keratin treatments over 2 years. My last keratin treatment was in May 2014. I have lost so much of my hair and the shedding has not stopped. My hair is extremely thin now. Please let us know what you find out at your visits. Many of us have tried everything under the sun. I think it's some kind of chronic inflammation that's occurring that is causing our immune cells to attack the hair follicles because they have taken in too much keratin or formaldehyde. If only someone could find a way to reverse this. Take care.

Jul 27, 2016
Finally seeing a Trichologist
by: Alana

Greetings friends,

So glad I found this thread. I have a similar story to you all, but it seems I am many more years removed from my last keratin treatment. I started having stylists do the keratin treatments on me in 2009 (Aug) and my last treatment was Nov 2012. Yes, I am devastated to admit that I used keratin for 3 years, about 2-3 times pr year. It wasn't until the end of my 2nd year that I saw a bald spot. When I asked my mum and my sister about it, it was so small that they told me I was making a big deal out of nothing. When I asked my stylist at my next Keratin appointment about it she said that sometimes our hair/scalp goes through phases and I shouldn't be to concerned. Boy, were they ever wrong. My hair LOOKED amazing, beautiful, shiny, healthy and LONG...(according to my cousin people had major hair envy) but little did I know that this terrible chemical was completely destroying my scalp. In the 3rd year I realized that my hair was falling out and when it finally began to fall out it was coming out the way I've heard cancer patients talk about hair loss. I was terrified of washing my hair - I would get an entire handful of hair with each and every wash. Like from a horror movie, large strips of my scalp started coming off - think terrible sunburn kind of peeling. Also the pain and itching...words can't describe how sometimes my scalp itched so badly that I was tempted to scratch it until I drew blood. But I knew that I couldn't, so would just lay in bed for hrs crying because of the intense, almost unbearable itching.
I stopped Keratin and started seeing dermatologists and dermatologists who supposedly specialize in hair loss.
One of the dermatologists that I saw told me he daily saw clients losing hair because of Keratin and that I was lucky that I was taking massive amounts of hair vitamins throughout the ordeal as I probably would have ended up completely bald. Because my hair by their standards was relatively thick still, they basically all told me that I was overreacting. The thing I said to them all "don't you get it, I KNOW my hair and I've lost half of it, are you going to wait until I'm truly half bald before you start taking me & what is happening to me seriously?"
Three years removed from my last Keratin treatment I have finally decided to really fight for myself to find out the truth. To truly find out what has happened and is continuing to happen to me.
Good News: My hair loss has stopped considerably - I am no longer afraid of washing my hair. The Keratin is completely grown out/gone, my hair no longer has that weird DEAD, burnt smell and my hair continues to grow. Today my hair actually LOOKS completely healthy. It is below my shoulders. I don't have the intense scalp pain often anymore.
Bad News: The intense itching still brings me to tears. It is very difficult to go more than 4 days without washing my hair because it feels like something is crawling below my scalp and the intense itching feels like it can drive me insane. Before Keratin that NEVER happened. I never even had dandruff or any other scalp issues.
Bad news: Those two tiny bald spots have turned into a general, overall hair thinning/balding areas on the crown and back of my head. What I notice - a spot on my scalp will itch intensely, turn a slight pink/red color and then the hair in that area will fall out. I dread localized itching because I know that could very well signal MORE hair falling out. Hair stylists are finally starting to comment on what has happened with my hair because it is so noticeable from the time you start manipulating my hair. Also, when my hair is blow dried straight (naturally it is super kinky/curly - like a slinky) you can see the bald area on the crown/back of my head.
Stylists used to comment on how thick my hair was - at least 2hrs oftentimes more for me under the hood dryer - and now the first words out of their mouth "OMG - what happened?"
Tomorrow I see the trichologist and then three weeks from now I'm seeing my primary care doctor to get a script for a scalp biopsy. I'm finally ready to do this and not give up/stop until ALL of my hair has grown back.
I'll let you guys know of the results. Thanks for letting me vent and I wish you all the best of luck on your journey.

Jul 21, 2016
One more thing
by: Lisa

I forgot to mention that I had cut all of my hair off when the hair loss was at it's worst (I thought it might help slow it down because I would have less to detangle) it is growing back extremely dry and brittle. I used to have to wash my hair everyday, but now it doesn't seem to produce oil so 2 X a week is more than enough. one thing that has helped me is not combing it when it's wet. After I wash, I add a leave in conditioner and wait till it's completely dry. Brushing when wet gives me the most hairloss. Anyone else experience this? I would love to share before and after pictures, at this point I'm so mad at myself for just not loving the hair I had. I got the keratin treatment to reduce frizziness in the summer and cut down on styling time. All the time and money I have spent trying to reverse the effects has really taught me a lesson :(

Jul 21, 2016
PRP Update
by: Lisa

Hi Everyone, As a reminder, I had a Brazilian keratin treatment in May 2014 so it's been just over 2 years of hair loss for me. I used to have very thick hair that was past my bra strap. Now my hair is paper thin (I estimate that I lost at least 70 % of it) the top of my head and hairline are the worst. I can see my scalp very easily and I am still losing 200 + on wash days and about 70 on non wash days (I wash my hair 2X a week). I did not want to leave the house for a long time, but I finally just gave up. A wonderful girl I met who is dealing with this nightmare too told me about some hair powder which I use daily to make my scalp less noticeable. I have tried everything!! All kinds of vitamins, oils, shampoos, steroid injections, scalp treatments, rogaine and non of them worked. I decided to try PRP. I did a lot of reading about it and some people had great success. I paid the $1400 in March 2016 for PRP and microneedling and I have to say that so far I'm very disappointed. My hair loss seemed to pick up after the treatment (I don't know if it was from the needles or just moving my hair around so much to do the treatment). I think that hair loss has gone back to what it was prior to PRP (which is still very heavy) but I am not seeing any new growth at all. It was a very expensive treatment for no results. I honestly think that the Brazilian keratin treatment has killed my hair follicles and once the hair falls out it's just not coming back. I am trying to stay positive and keep reminding myself that no one has reported complete baldness, but I have started looking at wigs just in case. I'm so sorry this is happening to all of us. I am very disappointed in the FDA for leaving this product on the market. It is horrible. It has destroyed my self confidence and it was advertised as being healthy for hair. I will update if the PRP kicks in. The lady who administered it did tell me it would take 4 months to notice any new growth.

Jul 21, 2016
update
by: Maria

Hi everyone,
This update is long overdue and I am sorry but I had decided to try to push all this out of my head for a while in order to stop loosing hair also to stress.
Things are improving.About a week ago was the first time in 15 month that I stood under overhead light and my scalp wasn't shining through. In fact there is a lot of new hair sticking right up on the top of my head. God, how I love them and cherish them. 2 years ago I would be trying to flat them somehow, now I am just happy they are there.
But to make this story shorter, here is what works for me now: 5% minoxidil every evening, 2% minoxidil every morning. I ditched all the natural shampoos and oils as it was really only clogging my scalp and it was itchy, I had dandruff, scalp pains kept coming and going...
I went back to what I used prior to my hair disaster and that is Alterna Caviar-Rx. It's without sulfates, parabens,etc. but there is a mild agent to give hair a thorough clean and god knows my hair and scalp needed this. I am now scalp pain free for a few month already. I cut my hair last Sept to about 4 cm, so very short. Now it's semi long, almost can make a ponytail and a lot of my new hair is about 6 cm long now. So a real mess on the top but I am loving it. For the first time I am starting to allow myself to think I may make full recovery from this nightmare.
I am still losing more then I should I think which is why I added to my routine Aminexil. I put that in in the afternoon. So far for 4 weeks now and I think it helped a little.
I keep my natural color, I don't straighten but I blow dry with Bio ionic hair dryer as it supposed to be gentle to the hair and drying faster.
I am going to stick with this routine as I think most change made coming back to shampoo which cleans thoroughly. I wash my hair every day, I always did. Maximum every second day.
I really hope you ladies will see some progress soon as well. It's heartbreaking. I hope this will give you some hope too. I don't get haircuts. Last one was about 5 month ago just a very little trim. It depressed me how my stylist commented on my thin hair and it was also very unpleasant to get my head massaged (I used to love it). I told them to be very gentle, etc. but the wash and also blow dry actually irritated my scalp for couple of days. And they use same products as I do so it was just pulling and pushing and all that.
I stopped using vitamins regularly as they didn't do much and oils made just all my pillows greasy but 0 help for re-growth. Really just minoxidil and good wash! Hang in there, it has to get better!

Jul 20, 2016
To Lisa
by: Anonymous

Hi Lisa,
How is PRP working for you?

Jul 20, 2016
Hair regrowth
by: Anonymous

Hi Deb,
I had a Brazilian blowout in late January and lost about 60% of my hair. I was very depressed and at times I couldn't get out of bed. Despite this, I was very aggressive in conducting research on hair loss and I have found some success. I saw a friend on Saturday who couldn't believe how much more hair I had and how fast it grew in the course of about 6 weeks. This is what I have been doing: I use Rogaine 5% twice daily. I take the following vitamins. Viviscal, hair omega DHT, saw palmetto, biotin, niacin and pumpkin seed oil. I mix vitamin e oil, castor oil, cocunut oil and tea tree oil massage in my scalp while doing the inversion method. I do this to get blood circulation to the scalp. I believe this is the reason my hair is growing at a rapid rate. I also use a DHT blocking shampoo. I also have an appointment next week for A Stem cell and PRP.
I don't know exactly what stopped my hair fallout but I believe it's a mixture of everything I have been doing. Miss Deb, please let me know if you have any questions or how I can be of support to you. I know how depressing this could be.

Jul 18, 2016
Shedding
by: Deb

Well I'm still shedding . Keratin done last August and noticed severe shedding November. It is now July and next month will be 1 year since I got the treatment. I only wash my hair once or twice a week , I wish I could wash it every other day like I used to but that is impossible bc of the severe hair loss that occurs every time I wash it. My part is unbelievably noticeable now and I am using a filling powder. Very embarrassing. When I move my hair around it just shows scalp on sides. My hair is not growing that much . But I do see grays a bit. It's still long only bc it helps cover the scalp when I play around with it. I'm afraid to cut it short bc my hair on top that is shorter than the back hairs is falling out at the same rate so why bother cutting it if it's coming out anyway. I do blow dry my hair since I only wash twice a week just to get it into a style and I even straighten it once a week as well. My hair is still dry and itchy from time to time as well. Obviously this is permanent. I look on here everyday looking for some hope. But there is nothing. It's so terrible that the hairs that are falling out are not being replaced. If there was I could deal with it knowing it would grow back. But that is the most depressing part . Each hair that falls out never comes back and leaves my scalp showing. I guess I will just keep looking on here to see if someone someday has some sort of advice that can help me and others. Thank you to those who have shared this experience and continue to try and find a cure. If anyone can update id really like to hear from you .. Sandra , parsley girl, missy Maria .. Etc .. I just like to see how things are going . Also I'd like to know if you get a haircut how does that go since I have to delicately brush my hair and I would fear someone else brushing it but I really need a trim. Haven't gotten one since last November.

Jun 21, 2016
responding to horses mane
by: Anonymous

My hair is exactly the same as you describe. It's been 2 years since the keratin treatment nightmare and hairloss began. I've lost about 70% of my volume so now I have a thin mess with no oil and shine. I wash my hair once or twice a week and on wash days it feels super thin. I have it at my shoulders because I was trying to grow it to it's original length for my wedding. Before the keratin treatment it was below my bra strap. I cut it all off when the hair loss began. And now it's growing dry and unhealthy. I wish I had some words of wisdom. I tried PRP a few weeks ago but unfortunately, I am not seeing any improvement in oil production and the hair loss doesn't seem to be slowing too much. No new growth yet either :(

Jun 20, 2016
horses mane
by: Anonymous

My hair is so dry and lost all of its natural shine. My scalp is not producing any oils. I can seriously not wash for a week and it looks like I just blowed it out. its a dry horses main mess. Its so dry its see through from all the hair loss and looks like a match hit it.
Anyone else still have their shine after the keratin is completely gone? I have cut so much off over the years and now its growing in like this. the texture is so disgusting. My hair is a little past my shoulders and I thought of continuing cutting it but I'd rather have long frizz mess than a short mess that I cant throw up in a ponytail and hide.
Any suggestions... Did anyone's hair grow back with shine? Did you cut it short? Keep it long? Is it super super crazy dry? any advice ?
Thank you!

Jun 09, 2016
Update
by: Lois

I've posted on this forum a few times in the past and would like to give an update on my situation.
It's been a year since my keratin treatment and I'm 26 years old. Soon after I had contact dermatitis and my scalp has not been the same since. I've had burning, itching and sore spots on my scalp and lost at least half of my hair. It feels strange every time I look in the mirror.
I have been diagnosed with androgenic alopicia which I'm really not sure I believe is true, as every health provisional has dismissed the keratin treatment (which was exactly when this nightmare started). I am using Nak shampoo and conditioner and I no longer have pain in my scalp (such a relief).
I am taking mimoxidil and spirolactone and I have a lot of new hair growth. In fact, the dermatologist has said my part is back to normal and now it will take two years before the bulk of my hair fills out.
I am feeling much better although still become very scared every time I wish my hair.
I wish everyone the best with what you're all going through. It's an awful situation to be in and I'm so sorry this is happening to everyone.

Jun 02, 2016
Fingers Crossed 4 U, Lisa
by: Missy

Thanks for replying. I love your love of animals! I won't use it for fear of an inflammatory reaction from the protein. I sure hope it works, and I am strongly considering you try it myself. I think it was one of those things where it works for some and not for others. It's just a chance you have to take. A speedy chance, but a chance. I hear you. All the worst thinning on me is right on top and in the front. Not great anywhere else. It was hard to really get a complete response from the doctor, but I think it kind of falls in line with what others have said. There are certainly hereditary issues that I have, but the allergic reaction to the Keratin I think creates problems with the follicles over time. Basically she was saying it's an allergy that you can develop overtime to the Keratin and similar products. If we could all rewind time.

Jun 02, 2016
Answer to Missy
by: Lisa

Hi Missy,

I did not try ACell, just the PRP and Microneedling. I chose not to the Acell for ethical reasons (I'm vegan). I will let you guys know how it turns out in a few months. They said it will take a while to notice any results. Have a great day everyone.
Lisa

Jun 01, 2016
Botched keratin
by: Anonymous

Hello everyone ! I too am a victim of a "botched" keratin treatment . I had mine done about 3 months ago. The first day my hair was beautiful with body and a wonderful shine . It was no less than 48 hours that I knew something was wrong . I would run my fingers through my hair and about 10 strands of hair would be in my hand . The hair was coming directly from the root of my hair, it seemed to have some follicle involvement as well. It picked up to the point in which I was losing about Palm sized clumps of hair each and every time I combed my hair . I phoned my stylist and said I am afraid of what is happening and her response was , "me too". Livid I realized that I was on my own. She gave me oils to use and all kinds of other "herbal" remedies to try. But the hair loss continued and I now have viable bald spots. It is depressing and I've been wearing wigs , but I used to have healthy and shiny hair . It has grown some in the areas that had no hair , but it's still noticeable .

May 31, 2016
Lisa
by: Missy

So great to hear from someone who did it. Did they use the Acell as well or did you do the just the plasma? They say it can totally work so I hope yours does. Please keep us posted, but I'd really like to know if they also used the Acell matristem, which is porcine protein as well as your blood. Thanks

May 31, 2016
PRP
by: Lisa

After two years of excessive hair loss from the Brazilian Keratin treatment I decided to try PRP. I have tried everything else under the sun (many recommendations from this site). I spent $1700 on PRP with Microneedling. I'm not going to lie, It hurt!! I was told that the hairloss should improve immediately. It hasn't yet, but I'm hopeful that it will (it's only been a week). They said it takes 4 months to start seeing any improvement/ hair growth. I will report back then and let you all know if it is helping. I couldn't take the hair loss and seeing my scalp anymore so I was willing to try it. I really hope it works.

May 23, 2016
Everyone- helpful info
by: Missy

It's so nice that we all have friends here despite not actually knowing each other in person. I wanted to report my latest for the benefit of others. I saw the main doctor in the department who is quite nationally renowned in her field down in south Florida. She specializes in hair. If you all recall, I had a total hysterectomy so I wasn't sure how much is hormones or chemicals. However, she said, as seems logical, the scalp tightening, flaking, sensitivity, continued sensitivity- all chemicals. She said you can develop an allergy to the Keratin and then you have all the symptoms we do. In addition, I have androgenic alopecia. Interestingly, it says on my info sheet of recommendations that for that condtiion, eat red meat 3x a week, try to make it organic, grass fed so it's healthier. I'm not much of a red meat eater. I think that's the female pattern hair loss that I inherited. In hindsight, my hair did thin some over the years on top, but i noticed it more so after the keratin. But basically, she's saying most of what's going on is the chemicals. Unfortunately, the hair that is growing in is miniaturized, which is why it feels like doll hair. Also, if I understood, she's saying that's from chemicals as well. She says you must do an allergy test to see what particular ingredients in shampoo, conditioner etc that MIMIC keratin and can keep you shedding. I haven't done that because it's a hassle to come back 3 days in a week but I'm going to. She says you must so you don't keep potentially using products that aggravate the condition we have, which is from the chemicals. She said only those hormone-type things can help grow hair, I guess like Propecia, which I won't use. Also, the only thing that does is monoxidil. She is one of those docs, however, who poo-poos that you can have side effects from the monoxidil. I know I had a racing heart any time I tried using that stuff to the point like I was jumping out of my skin. She says no, but I have high blood pressure and take meds for it, and I know it absolutely affected me. That makes me so mad how drs never want to say meds can affect you. She says it's not systemic, but I tried it months apart and got the same effects each time. Anyway, so I can't do and I can't take hormones because family history of breast cancer. So she said only thing left is the PRP, which may or may not work. Again, I researched it previously and found that in order for it to really work, they add that porcine protein with the blood, but it can have an inflammatory effect in the body. No way I'd do that either. I might try just my own blood plasma, although it's very expensive. At least that's natural. I still like my Just Naturals products, but I will have to see if that has any ingredients that could cause the shedding. She did say the shedding is bad because I'm not replacing it with regular hair so it'll keep thinning over time :( Oh, Lord. If we could turn back time. My mom didn't have thinner hair for like 15 years post-hysterectomy. This is from those damn chemicals. She also said she doubted my continued shedding has to do with the hair color. She says she finds it's mostly due to the mimic ingredients that exacerbate the allergy. There you have it. Good luck, girls. My hair texture has completely changed. Like hay. I think she said that's the chemicals. Unreal. did it to myself. But, it is what it is. I'll let you know how the allergy test goes when I do it in a while when she's back in town. Good luck and good thoughts for all.

May 17, 2016
PRP Hair Treatment
by: Lisa

It's been almost 2 years for me since I had the Brazilian Keratin treatment. I've lost about 75% of my hair. The shedding has slowed down, but like many others, I am not seeing new growth. I can see so much of my scalp on the top of my head especially in the front. When I look in the mirror with overhead lights my scalp shines through. It's so embarrassing. I used to have extremely thick hair before the keratin treatment. I wish I had never done it. I am considering PRP to try to stimulate some new hair growth. Has anyone else tried it? If so did it work and were there any negative side effects?

May 07, 2016
3 years post horror show
by: Owl

Three years ago this week I had my straightening treatment done.

I had no bald spots but an overall thinning. I lost about 60% of my hair and had a burning and itching scalp.

It has been a very long road but my hair did grow back. It is not it's original thickness. I'd say I have about 75-80% of what I once had. You can no longer see my scalp and it's a major improvement. I finally feel mostly normal.

Just recently the burning and itching has decreased to almost none. It does itch on occasion though.

I have finally colored it but did not color close to my scalp.

I did nothing special except kept it trimmed and used a gentle sulfate free shampoo. The only shampoo I could tolerate was Soignee shampoo. I can now use store bought sulfate free shampoo with no problems. Deep conditioning, coconut oil, tea tree oil, argan oil....they all still fire up my scalp so I don't condition my hair at all. It seems fine.

My hair works best now as a bob cut about an inch below my chin. This is the length my hair looks it's fullest.

I do blow dry my hair but no other styling.

It was a very long three years and my hair will never be the same but it's much much better and livable. It no longer consumes my every thought.

There are some really neat hair toppers if you YouTube some. If I knew about them three years ago, I would have bought one for myself.

My daughter who has naturally thin hair pain $320.00 for one and it looks like her own hair. Hers it made of real human hair and really looks good.

I am considering a hair topper for myself just to add more fullness.

Best of luck to you all through this terrible nightmare.

May 07, 2016
How u doing Guys?
by: AK22

14 months for me since the nightmare starts; the hairs falling right now is the normal amount; i'm starting to see new hairs growing like 1 cms long in my left temple; i hope these hairs are growing all over my head; my part is wide and my front have less hair than the rest of my head; i have new hairs growing; ill update soon!! Hope recover for all of you!

May 03, 2016
Hi Deb
by: Sandra

Hi Deb
It will be two years for me at the end of June. As I said earlier, my excessive hair loss ( pillow covered in hairs every morning,handfuls coming out in the shower .. just agony) was over after about nine months so hoping that this might be the same for you. My bald patch at the top of my head towards the back has filled in with new hairs (not like before but acceptable) but my hair is so much thinner. My scalp is now visible at the top of my head when my hair is wet, particularly at the front. I just generally have less hair all over but particularly on top. It's not because of excessive hair loss, it's because new hairs aren't coming in as the hairs fall out. There is no doubt in my mind that the formaldehyde caused this. There is research to back this up. You might want to mention the research to the dermatologists or doctors if you see any. Do you know how much formaldehyde was in your product ? I don't think there's an answer but there is some comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one .. Not that I would wish this torture on anyone !!! Thinking of you and I'll always try to respond to messages.. I wish I knew why this happens to some of us and not to others .. Why were we the unlucky ones? And why haven't hairdressers stopped using the product when we told them what had happened to us?

May 01, 2016
Checking In..How are you?
by: Deb

Just touching base with everyone to see how you are doing. I'm not doing good. I've lost alot more hair. I'm continuing to shed at a horrible rate and top of hair has scalp showing through and I'm having a difficult time hiding it because of all over hair loss. Very depressing. I will be going on 9 months after keratin and really feel helpless. I am still feeling itchy and tight dry scalp. I don't know what to do anymore. Nothing works for me right now because my scalp gets so irritated. Ugh this is just awful...

Mar 27, 2016
thyroid tests
by: Missy

Another thing. Lots on how folks can be told their thyroid is normal, but it isn't. I'd tell anyone here to see an endocrinologist and get every test with a t in front of it. There are all ranges of "normal" and if you have other symptoms along with hair loss that suggest thyroid issues, it might be despite being told your tsh was normal. And, of course, if you have hair loss in your lineage, that could be part of the equation as well. Good luck to all.

Mar 27, 2016
Coconut Oil and Seniority girl and the usual peeps
by: Missy

So I just read a blog post about coconut oil not being so great for everyone's hair. Really made me take notice. Basically, she said it's not the panacea for everyone's hair as touted. What really made me take notice was her saying there are those who suffer HAIR LOSS from it! And that hair becomes more dry and brittle! Holy shizzballs! That really made me take notice. She basically said how those with dry, brittle hair (me!) may not benefit from it, well may clog up hair follicles and not a good idea to place on scalp (just as my trichologist said), and maybe those with oily hair can benefit from it without overdoing it. Wow. I've been slathering myself in it for months and months and only stopped when I switched to the Just Natural products. And as I said, I backed off of putting a ton of any product on my scalp and mostly just put conditioner on my mid-ends rather than near scalp. The blogger likes castor oil. Today, I used some castor oil, 2 drops of rosemary, 1 drop of lavender, jojoba oil in my hair and scalp to sit for a bit before I shampoo. Of course, just touching my hair, tons of fine, thinner hair comes out. I always had thick strands. Oh well, thank you Seniority girl for some good news. And, after all for all of us, it is what it is. I try not to think about it. SG, you are lucky you can tolerate hair color on the scalp. I can't let anything near my scalp. I do foils which cost a fortune. I still like the Just Natural products, and now wonder if just staying clear of the coconut oil is improving my hair's moisture and condition!

Mar 27, 2016
Thank you from London - UK
by: Sandra

Seniority girl where have you been ?! We have needed you on here !! and thank you for your lovely message .. I often think to myself that if my hair ever regrows as it once was I will try and keep posting on here to support others. Thank you to everyone that posted on here after my message. I have at times felt so alone and then I post a message on here and get responses immediately from Missy,MH,Deb and Anonymous so thank you to all of you. It always makes me feel quite emotional to think that strangers (that I wouldn't even recognise if I passed them in the street ) from different parts of the world take time to support someone going through the same pain. As you all know, unless you are going through something yourself, it's not always easy to empathise and on here we all understand the frustration of coming across professionals that can't help us , of friends that are supportive but you know that you just can't keep going on about it or they will stop seeing you! , of the joy of thinking it's over and then seeing it get thinner and thinner,the anger of this awful formaldehyde laden product being available in hairdressers.. I could go on and on but i really just wanted to express my gratitude to all of you .. X

Mar 26, 2016
Seniority girl
by: Anonymous

It's been almost 4 years and I have to say things will get better. I disagree with Some of the posts. My hair is filling in, not much but it is. I used to use powder to cover the wide parts years ago but haven't in along time. I also had the throbbing scalp pain for the first year as well. I only wash once a week and my hair very rarely gets greasy because it's so dry. I only put conditioner on the ends. I color my hair every 5 weeks because of the gray hair and have since day one. I take probiotics and that's it. I lose about 60-80 hairs on my one wash day and lose about 5 + on non wash days that I notice. It does get better and it will. I use to check this site every day and now very rarely. It's scary when you are losing 300 plus but it will diminish over time. I too thought I was the exception and it would last forever. Hang in there and enjoy life. It will get better. Not one person has ever said they went bald.

Mar 25, 2016
All have same pattern..
by: Deb

It's so strange to me how we all have the same pattern of hair loss. How the hairline recesses. And the part widens and all over thinning. It just amazes me. I just wish I knew exactly what this was. I must say my hair is less irritated than it was. Hair still falls out a lot when I was and brush. A comment that sounds so sad but true is the the hair is "dripping". It's so true. I'll lean over my white sink to brush my teeth and see hairs. I'll take off a black shirt and see hairs. My hair is blonde and I don't see it on my pillow in the morning but I'm sue it's there bc when I run to mirror every single morning it looks thinner to me. I'm really just using regular shampoo and conditioner bc even tho everyone here has gone natural we still have the same outcome no matter what we seem to use. This is so sad to me that there is no cure. I just can't believe it . Has anyone tried apple cider vinegar or castor oil ? I saw some tutorials on you tube and thought something has to help. I can deal with a little thin hair but that darn part in the middle that is getting worse is just awful. I would love to just shampoo my hair like I used to by massaging it in. Now I can't barely touch it for fear that handfuls will go down that drain. My hair doesn't even seem to be growing bc I used to have lots of gray that would come in about 4 weeks and now there is little gray and my hair is just brassy and dull. I'm just hoping that if we try new thing a maybe there is something that can work to help us get hair back. Maybe I'll try the castor oil and see for just my hairline ? I feel like I should try it and give it a month and see. I have a wedding next weekend , I'll try after . I need to color my hair and have it styles nicely for this wedding but how can I do this? Any suggestions would help. I'm so glad we have support like this bc nothing else is out there and I feel so alone at times bc I don't want to tell anyone what is happening although I'm sure they see it. I just don't want to draw attention to it :(

Mar 25, 2016
Deb, Sandra UK etc
by: Missy

Sandra, exactly right. In hindsight, I realize that my hair was thinning over a long period of time of doing the keratin, for years and I never made the connection because I didn't have clumps of hair and tons of shedding like now. But when I think of when I would wash my hair right after I did the treatment, it felt markedly thinner, but I attributed to the fact that my hair was straight versus curly. That's why they say hindsight is 2020. If only we can turn back time, none of us would do this again. Here I am back with kinky hair, and now I can't even blow it dry! So I have less hair, absolutely thinning in front and I think of someone on this board had said how frustrated she was going to see doctors when they would tell her how much hair she had. Same with me. And then she said how three or four years later, she had thin hair. I know that will be me. It's only a year and I can already see scalp in the light in the front. But, all we can do is just do the best we can now and forget about it because nothing else is going to change it. If I was willing to do those plasma and pig protein injections, and if I could do Rogaine, I know I would grow hair. But I can't so it is what it is. On the just natural products, I still really like him. I got the pre-shampoo Shea butter which I put in my hair with a plastic cap Prior to shampoo. First I brush my hair out, since the doctor told me not to brush wet hair, Put on some of that product, and leave it on for however long and then shampoo. I got the dandruff shampoo. I do find it to be a little drying but I think it does help & doesn't have a strong scent or ingredients that bother my scalp so I just follow up with a good conditioner. I also started using the elucence conditioner again. I don't love all the ingredients, but, for the once in a while I blow dry, I think it makes my hair feel softer. It has parabens in it which I despise. I also got the just natural dry scalp Shea butter and put a little of that on my scalp maybe once a week. I'm concerned about clogging up my follicles so I don't condition my scalp as often as I used to. In hindsight, I think even with the coconut oil, I had more shedding using it on scalp every day. I also went back to taking fish oil and biotin, both of which I think are very important to Hair health. Again, I know that I am not doing what I should and not using any chemicals, but I refuse to walk around w gray hair. Whatever hair there is. I still have a lot of hair that comes out, and shedding throughout the day and night and between shampoo. Just like you all. Maybe the shedding is a little better now that I have conditioned my hair more and now that I don't brush it when it's wet. Good luck to everyone. I'm glad you guys keep posting so we all can see what is working or not for everyone.

Mar 24, 2016
Update at 18 months
by: MH

Today, is the 18 month mark for me and I'm sad to say nothing has changed. Possibly I have less pain but that's it.

I wash once a week because I can't handle showering and seeing all the hair fall. I never blow dry or stay my hair. My hair gets thinner everyday and I have large parts of my scalp that are noticeable and which I use powder to cover up. I am petrified of overhead uv lighting. I have permanent very bad dandruff. I have no regrow th, at all. I have lost 70 percent of my hair and even my friends describe my hair as thin now. I have a very long parting basically down the back of my entire head. My friends and family are sick to death discussing it. I'm now 25 and can't believe I think about this tortue everyday and have to look at others hair and regret a stupid decision, which to this day, no professional derm, doctor or hairdresser believes is the culprit. I'm sorry not to have much hope but my hairloss has slowed down but I think it is purely because rinhave so little hair, I read the comments going I won't be losing hair in 18 months, I'm sure I'll recover in 3 months. But no, I have severe hair loss and what makes it worse is the receding hairline with has moved back about an inch and which is hue mortifying at my age as you can't do anything to hide it.

Sandra - thinking of you. I was hopeful that your hair would grow back but appears, like me, that our hair may be like this forever.....

Mar 24, 2016
Sandra
by: Anonymous

I feel exactly the same way. Three years later I still lose a couple of hundred from washing and styling plus constantly drip hair throughout the day. My hair is way thinner and hairline recessed. I see people with normal hair and I wish I could be like that. I miss washing my hair and not losing so much hair. The amount I lose In one wash wash is as much hair as it used to collect it my brush over a a couple of weeks prior to the Brazilian blowout. Formaldehyde kills cells and our follicles are hair producing cells there is no other answer.

Mar 24, 2016
Update from London - UK
by: Sandra

I've been adding comments to this forum for almost two years now and I'm reticent to give any advice as I'm not sure that anything really makes a difference. There certainly isn't any one treatment I've seen mentioned that has worked for everyone. My hair fell out rapidly over a period of nine months then it stopped and hair loss returned to normal amounts. You would think that would be the end of the story but no it wasn't. My hair just looks thinner and thinner as the months pass. I can see scalp when my hair is wet and I brush it back, I can see scalp at the sides when my hair is in a ponytail. The original bald patch I had on top of my head has filled in , not like before , but it has. My conclusion is that as each hair completes its growth cycle and falls out, it simply isn't replaced by a new hair as it should be. It isn't telogen effluvium as there isn't any excessive hair loss, it's just that new hairs aren't coming in. The formaldehyde killed off the new hair in my opinion. I feel sick and I just can't bear his torture. That's the only word I can think of to describe it. I've had no pain, just a little itching at the beginning and a little dandruff but it cleared up quickly. I wonder how many people out there had a Brazilian and saw their hair getting thinner and thinner over the years that followed but didn't make a connection... If you see your hair has become thinner why would you connect it to a hair treatment a year or two earlier .. What possessed me to have this hair straightening ? How could I possibly think that it was ok to cover my face with a towel to avoid inhaling the toxic fumes? What was I thinking ?! I'm so so angry ...

Mar 19, 2016
Keratin Treatment hair loss- what to do next?
by: Tay

I got the keratin treatment in a salon I visited frequently since 2011. I trusted the girl that gave me the treatment. About a month after I got the keratin treatment I noticed more hair was coming out than usual. I started to worry and contacted her. She told me it was normal and temporary. However, I don't think this is normal considering my hair was thicker and stronger a month prior. I am now 2 months in (almost 3 now) and this shedding is starting to worry me. I've done some research, but I haven't really gotten a solid answer as to what I should do next. I'm thinking of getting braids to give my hair a test or going back and have her wash this out, and go to the doctor. If any one has any good advice, PLEASE let me know!

Mar 07, 2016
Rogaine?
by: Deb

I don't know if I should now try Rogaine . It had been 7 months since the keratin treatment I had. Shedding still , top more than anything is so thin and hairline getting wider :( I'm going to try the Just Natural brand now Missy but I'm thinking I may need to do Rogaine bc I see no regrowth at all. My hair strands are sooooo thin. It looks like the whole protective layer is just gone and strands are barely there . I can't just let my hair air dry bc it looks like birds nest so I need to style it by blowing it gently straight or just blow drying top and leaving rest curly. I'm just wondering what styles I can do with this. Any suggestions? I do put my hair in a pony tail on days when it was out of control but it really hurts when I do this. I literally think about this all day long and stare at everyone's hair that I see. I'm so jealous of thick hair and horrified when I see Balding woman bc I'm scared that will be me. I just wish there was some miracle we could use to just get it back to where it was or at least fill in these bare spots. I have four kids and come in contact with so many people everyday and I just want to hide. I feel like everyone is staring at me. There is no improvement and it's getting worse bc all that falls out never grows back. Just depressing ...

Mar 07, 2016
Maria, Deb, Iris and all
by: Missy

Maria, I feel so bad for what happened to you. I think maybe it was stress, etc, but my first thought was the water when you were out of town. Absolutely, assuming you got your hair wet, went swimming, etc out of town. But me, too. I was so much better then started shedding badly again. But I did start coloring it again during that time- NOT at the root, with foils only, but still. chemicals. The drs told me that the TE can be chronic. Think it might be for some of us unfortunately that's worse then better and back. :( Iris, OMG. Awful. I use all of those but sparingly like 1x a week. I was hoping Dr. Oz would show our problem but it didn't. Also, I'm really liking that Just Natural product line. I use their oil for damaged hair, use the pre-shampoo conditioner and leave in for a while with a plastic cap and then shampoo with their dandruff shampoo that's all natural. I alternate with the Shea Moisture shampoo for babies or the Biotene shampoo and conditioner. Scalp is still very sensitive. I also use a little bit of the dry scalp conditioner from Just Naturals and massage a little in a little before I shampoo. I'm going to let them know they make a great product. Very happy. I recommend their stuff to you ladies. My hair is like a bale of hay either way, but I think a little better. Also, my holistic trichologist said that I was using too much oil on scalp and not to. I think she was right. I use it very sparingly and only maybe 1 or 2x a week. I was coconut oil massaging scalp like every day. She said that was bad. I'm praying my shedding is a little better. I think because of all the shea butter in those Just Naturals products. And I avoid the scalp and put it on middle to ends.

Mar 07, 2016
Follow up
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone.
My name is Jamie and i was in this site years ago. I had the Keratin for the second time June it was either two or three years ago. Nothing has changed except the loss is slower now. I have hair on my head not like I used to but everything has changed. My sister had the same problem and she had the cortisone shots in her scalp and she hasn't had a problem since. Me - I have a spot on the back of my head doesn't seem to be getting better and shedding throughout the whole head. Cortisone shots have no worked on me- I tried 6. No more can be done. It's a horrible thing but everyone is different. U just gotta rip leith it take vitamins and see what works for u.

Mar 07, 2016
Hair breakage from Pravana Keratin treatment
by: Toneen

I got the Pravana Keratin treatment 2 months ago and exactly 3 days later my hair begin shedding at first I thought it would stop, it has not stopped and now My hair is even breaking off. I can't even wear a simple ponytail it don't look right Becouse my hair started breaking off at the roots so it's just frizz up there around the crown area... This is my worst night mare can someone please where to go from here on what to do on stopping the shedding and work on the breakage, what product do I need to get for this.. Still in shocked I payed 200.00 just for my hair to fall out.... Once again thank you so much for any advice given

Feb 29, 2016
To Missy
by: Iris

Thanks Missy for your response. This board was the closest I could find to anyone experiencing the same exact symptoms that I was having. You are correct, I was using Rosemary, as well as Clary Sage, Lavender, and Cedarwood. The website selling the oils gave a blend, and it seemed that you were supposed to use the blend with each shampoo. So I was really using 4x's the amount that I should have. : ( I think the oils may be a good thing, but they should be highly diluted and done in moderation. After research, I found that they are very toxic so I wanted to warn people to be careful in using them to treat hair loss (or any ailment), like I did. Again I wish you all well and hope and pray for everyone's recovery here!

Feb 26, 2016
Boo dr oz!
by: Deb

Ok so the show had nothing about our hair loss .. Grrrr! Still shedding here a lot :( on month 7. I'm praying this will eventually stop . There is no regrowth. Hair thinning especially at hairline. So sad. I tried carols daughter elixir thinking the oils will help my scalp but it really made my hair so soft and hair was shedding the worst ever. I just don't know what to do. Has anyone had any regrowth without using rogaine? I don't know if I should go this route now

Feb 26, 2016
Dr Oz Show
by: Deb

I think the Dr Oz show is on today , I'm nervous to watch !!

Feb 24, 2016
Thanks for post, Iris
by: Missy

Wow! What a story. I feel so bad for you. You did all the right things, including the scalp biopsy. What oils? I presume Rosemary is one of them, which I've been using. It's easy to go overboard with that. Read 3 drops per cup of jojoba so that's not strong. I can't believe oils caused neuropathy. Jeez. I do know natural stuff can aggravate my scalp easily as well. I can't use the Shea Moisture products. By the way, although I've just started, I found this site with natural products called Just natural I think. Ordered a bunch of products and so, I like them. As I think about it, the more I'm convinced that it really is a combination of factors. Absolutely, the yearly keratin damaged my hair, and possibly my follicle, and then I think when I had a hysterectomy and had no estrogen, in addition to having had IV antibiotics when I was sick, I think synergistically just created a confluence of disaster for my hair. The thing with me that I realize is that even the hair that is growing in is nothing like the hair I used to have. It's so dry, brittle, and basically like hay, even blowing it does nothing. I don't blow dry so I leave it, but my point is it's completely different. I do think this is a symptom of sudden estrogen loss in combination with the damage from the Keratin. It's pretty disastrous. In any case, I really like these products that I just got. There is a pre-shampoo moisturizer that I think is really going to be good for me. Lovely, natural ingredients, not much scent, and moisturizing. I put that on first and then used A dandruff shampoo because I can't stand using that Nizerol all with all of those horrible sulfates and terrible chemicals. We'll see how that works for me. And I really do avoid using the rosemary oil first, because I had previously explained The trichologist just warned me that I can block the follicles and create more problems by using too much oil even if you have dry scalp, and also because of the sensitivity of my scalp. But undoubtedly, the common thread we all share is that sensitive scalp after the keratin. I never had that before. I'm also pretty sure that I don't think that is a common symptom of loss of estrogen. That is because of the chemicals. Good luck to all. I'll give an update on those new products, but so far, I really like them. I highly recommend them so far.

Feb 24, 2016
Takes Time to Heal
by: Iris

Hi Maria,
I have been following this board for awhile now. I never received keratin treatment, but used essential oils for 5 months for postpartum hair loss that ended up causing the same exact symptoms that many here are experiencing-diffuse hair loss, dry flaking skin, and scalp pain. I was told that the oils were safe by representatives and was quite mislead by the website that explained how much to use for hair loss. It took some time and many doctor visits to find out the culprit. It has been a year since this symptoms started and since I stopped using the oils. The hair loss has slowed down to almost normal over the past 6-8 weeks, but still have the dry skin and scalp pain. The scalp pain (sharp, tingling) was felt all over my scalp and now it is mostly my crown where I have the most hair loss. I have had a little hair re-growth, but it is fine, sickly looking. I have had two scalp biopsies that came back TE, but now they think it progressed to female pattern baldness. I will return to the derm in a few weeks to get more info. I feel so incredibly bad for everyone here struggling, I know what a nightmare and how consuming this is! Hair loss may seem trivial, but to those who have struggled with it, know what toll it takes on your mental health! It is a big deal to us ladies. Anyways, I just wanted to share my story even though it is a bit different. I have seen tons of doctors-derm and neurologists, have had rounds of blood tests, an MRI and they only thing confirmed so far was the TE. However, the neurologist does believe that the chemicals/oils caused nerve damage, which is what causes the pain. I am not saying this to scare people, but just to take that in consideration. Nerves do heal, but it can take a few years. I have seen improvement over the past year, but it has been slow. Please stay strong, know that it will take time to heal, and take care of yourself while you are healing and don't lose hope. Also I am using biosil, collagen powder, B12, iron, magnesium, zinc, and OXG niacin and caffeine shampoo and root simulator. Am also taking 150 mg of spirolactone in case it is female pattern. It did cause increased shedding for the first two months, but helped the shedding slow down so it was worth it. The caffeine really helped it slow down for me, as well. Sorry this is so long!

Feb 22, 2016
Scalp pain is back
by: Maria

Hi, my scalp pain is back again and with it itchy,dry feeling on the top of my head all over.I could cry.Shedding has picked up as well.
I didn't change anything,same shampoo,same conditioner. The only thing,I was in Asia for a week so humid and warm weather.Also lots of stress from work...I don't know.It started 3-4days ago.It's painful to the touch. Will this nightmare ever end? Btw I also could see my head by the over head lighting and I could see my scalp so much.It's so thin on the top. In two weeks it will be a year since this nightmare.It occupies my mind 24/7.
I bought today hemp oil mixed with jojoba and olive oil.Tried to massage it in but it's sore to the touch.I just want to go back on steroids to stop the pain :(
I just wish to turn back time.
I want to know why this scalp pain keeps coming and going. What is with my scalp? What is the real damage here? So many questions and dermatologist is just clueless.

Feb 08, 2016
Glad to hear
by: Missy

Glad to hear some positive updates. Maria, I'll check out that shampoo. And yes, i actually read a couple weeks ago about using rosemary oil on the scalp mixed with jojoba oil. I did it once, but will try more often, although the holistic lady said watch not clogging scalp with oil.
Good luck

Feb 08, 2016
Update
by: Brittany

Hey ladies! Thought I'd share some good news. I think my shedding has finally significantly decreased. I had my hair in braids for about 3 months and noticed a lot of growth while I had them in. The initial shedding once I took them out was expected since my hair has been in braids for 3 months. However, when I washed my hair again the shedding was very minimal (still have a tad bit shedding in the front of my hair).

For me the braids helped with treating my hair. The braids made it easier for me to get access to my scalp. What worked for me was to wash with shampoo once a month and Braggs apple cider vinegar (with rosemary and sage oil) every week. Also, I did black/green tea rinses every other week. The game changer for me was using a rosemary and sage oil on my scalp every other day during the morning time. The oil mix really helped to stimulate my scalp.

I also took multi hair vitamins, omega 300, vitamin d, iron, and collagen supplements.

As for regrowth, I am noticing small hairs on my scalp. Not much....but it's a start!

I think the most important thing you can do to minimize the shedding is to find a low maintenance hair style and stop stressing. When I had my hair out I was constantly pulling and messing with it and seeing it fall out was just really discouraging. For a while I wrapped my hair in scarfs (found a lot of neat tutorials on YouTube) and in November I decided to put my hair in braids. I think the braids helped me restore my confidence because I couldn't see any shedding/thinning while I had them in.

No need to do a drastic haircut. The half-life of formaldehyde is very short so I am confident is out of my hair (I'm a chemistry major/nerd). I will, however, at the end of the year get a big hair cut to get rid of the damaged hair and to even it out.

Feb 07, 2016
Update
by: Maria

Hi everyone.Since everyone seems to be updating nowdays,so will I.My hair is still growing but shedding has picked up as well.It's not enormous but it's definitely more than what it was few weeks ago.Quality of my hair is very baby soft.Remember I cut all the burned hair off so this is only new hair and therefore very healthy.But they are very fine,thin.No bald spots any more but still thin patches.Density on affected areas is poor.Judging by my hair line where new growth can be seen,I am hoping I am growing new hair.Time will tell.Shape is horrible as I am trying to let it grow long and right now it's in that awkward way,sticking out everywhere.
But the main thing what I want to share is that scalp pain comes and goes.Sometimes it lasts for 2-3 days,sometimes 2 weeks.I switch shampoo,conditioner,oil... It seems to be always improving with change for a while and than it happens again.For now I use Alpecin or Khadi (sensitive scalp).Urkram no parfume conditioner.I am considering hemp oil.Has anyone tried that? I keep reading about its healing powers and whatever it is with our scalps,evidently needs different approach than steroids cause those work but it will come back.At least for me it did.Pain is not all over my scalp but patches or spots.You cannot see any irritation on the scalp.It hurts more like a bruise.Sometimes it's on the left,other time on the right,several small spots or one large...every time different.There is no pattern in it.So I am guessing it keeps flairing up...whatever it is. Now that I shed more,I try to wash every second day but my hair is disgusting that second day.I just cannot bare to see my hair in the shower going down the drain just like most of you. Please keep posting.It helps to see what everyone is trying.I can say Khadi shampoo seems very mild and good.I keep coming back to it.I'll give you an update on hemp oil once tried out.Oh and I am still on minoxidil twice a day which I think is the only reason my hair grows.It might be all in my head but too scared to even lower the dosage or skip one aplication.Stay positive and speedy recovery to you all.M

Feb 07, 2016
Clarinda, Dani, Deb, Ce,
by: Missy

To the Dr. Oz staff, please, please get the expert to advise why the scalp is affected despite having good beauticians who do not get it on the scalp. As so many have said, and referring back, my story is similar, I had burning scalp and my whole scalp basically shed in big pieces, like it was snowing on my pillowcase. I went to an experienced, good operator, but I feel it was the first use of the particular product of Brazilian Blowout for me that proved disastrous. It could be just having that formaldehyde near the scalp is enough to do the damage, but I had about 7 or 8 prior Keratins in my life using different products and never had that. And like the others, it definitely kicked off a permanent issue with scalp sensitivity. Anything with fragrance, even natural products, kicks off a reaction and even just trying the natural alternative to Rogaine, I forget the name now, kicked off burning on the scalp. I think, as others have said, it permanently damages the follicle, which is why some of us have telogen effluvium chronically now. I believe some need to get bloodwork to ensure that other issues are ruled out, I did, and it's the product, not thyroid, etc. So few drs are experts in hair, and even those who are, can't really give an answer. But I believe it kicks off a damaged scalp, which in turn causes hair loss permanently. I've experienced the same as Deb and others- the hair that does grow back is thinner and weird- like when someone undergoes chemo or whatever and their hair changes. I believe this is due to follicular damage. I have thinner, finer strands coming in. My old hair had much thicker strands so, on top of losing hair, if you are lucky enough to get some new hair, it's finer and prone to damage/break. Also, I hope this show addresses what the other show didn't clearly- how can we ensure that the lights in the combs for regrowth, etc, don't do something to brain waves, or won't be found to cause cancer 20 years from now given how few folks actually use these things? Thank you.

Feb 06, 2016
After keratin treatment
by: Ce

I received a keratin treatment on 2/5/2016 & ended up at the DR 2016. I had been growing back out my hair for over two years and now I have to start over. I had an allergic reaction and lost a lot of hair. Its not coming out in my hands or nothing. I noticed the hair loss when I was preparing for bed, I instantly had a mini heart attack. After speaking to a friend she stated that it will come back, and in a few days I should she some hair covering it. It calmed me down. At 9:30 on 2/6, I woke up to throbbing pain in my head. The spots are red with a damp feeling where there is no hair. I instantly went panic mood. I called my mom she referred me to her stylist, who stated that I have had an reaction to the Keratin Treatment. At the same time I was talking to my stylist whom is well educated and is an instructor, she stated I need to come in to the salon. At 11:15, I went got my hair washed to get the treatment off my scalp. That was the best step but the burning didn't stop it decreased. She felt like I had an allergic reaction and stated also go to the dr bc there was nothing else she could do and the sooner I got to the dr the more likely I can save my hair, meaning I can grow it back. Dr appt, at 3:30 Dr stated that I had a contact dermatitis and my blood pressure was 154/97 but if I hadn't went to the salon today I might got burns if the solution was still on my scalp. He asked about anything I experienced, I said about three hours after I got my hair treated I experienced a bad headache that I assumed was a migraine because I get them frequently and he stated that was my body showing the reaction because my migraine meds made it worse and I couldn't shake it and I take very strong meds for my headaches. I asked him would my hair come back, he stated in most cases yes, but only time will tell. He said that because I am being super proactive and responded fast that the likelihood is high. He gave me a Steroid shot and three prescriptions. I picked them up at 5:30 and ate a light snack because I haven't ate all day. As of 9:45 my head is still burning, no hair has came out but it has decreased in pain. I am added fish oil and vitamin e to my daily routine to increase blood to the area. After the 10 days of meds I am going to pick up some hair stimulating oil from Ulta beauty or Sally's beauty supply.I will be putting an update up in the next two weeks. I won't whomever reads this and is experiencing anything similar go to an urgent care or minute clinic, or etc and got your scalp looked it. Do not allow you head to continue to burn and hair to fall out. I am one of the few Black Americans that has enough hair I can hide the lost but do not wait it's not worth it. And also, WASH YOU SCALP, yes you paid alot of money but what did you gain when it's on the floor. I hope I helped someone tonight.

Feb 05, 2016
Status
by: Deb

So my head was extremely itchy as everyone else here , still losing lots of hair from scalp and so I went to dermatologist. She, like most dermatologists, completely didn't wanna hear about the problem being from the Keratin treatment. She was talking about blood tests and telling me how in the winter hair sheds and feels thinner, blah blah blah...I said it must be from this because I never had the problem before and she looked at my scalp and said it was just a mess. Now mind you I was washing once a week so this must have contributed to it. But I couldn't bear the sight of the hair I'd lose in the shower. She told me I must wash my hair more often because that is not good for the scalp. She said it was seborrheic dermatitis and gave me RX for diprosone lotion and clodan shampoo which I am going to get filled and I'll see what happens. Hopefully this will calm the itch but I saw one of the side effects can be hair loss ;/ Im nervous to use this but I'll try anything since I'm still losing so much hair. The front being the worst right now. I desperately need a dye job too. My grays are gross but I wanted to try this special shampoo first. Has everyone had problems with their scalp being itchy accompanied with the hair loss? And when you are no longer itching does the shedding lessen? I really hope Dr. Oz can help bc I think these treatments need to tested to see what is the wrong ingredient that is triggering this is some of its users. Could it be the ingredients alone or an allergic reaction to this treatment? Could it have been wrongly applicated to our scalps? Could the not washing for 3 days trapped the solution into our follicles to kill them ? It definitely stripped my hair strands making the actual hair strands thin as well as the shedding. Also my hair had been highlighted and it has an all over orange tint now. My hair was thick and frizzy and now its limp, thin and frizzy. But a different type of frizz. Its also very light. I'll update after I use the products. Keeping fingers crossed.

Feb 05, 2016
Thank you Sandra
by: Parsley girl

For your wishes everything went well on the wedding my wig stood in place, well I'm planing on letting my hair grow now is 2 inches long because I was cutting it every 2 weeks is been like 2 months since I last cut it is growing wierd half stair half curly let's hope I can mange my crazy hair I still shed no a lot at least my bald spots grow the hair I notice that after cutting it sow many times the hair is thicker than wen it first started growing so now looks even with all the hair around were my bald spots use to be well that's my update oh I'm no using vitamins just lime or lemon juice castor oil and olive mixing it up putting it on my hair with a plastic bag or cap whatever I find firs the liver for 30 minutes or overnight and then washing it off for growth and dandruff well take care every one God bless us all,. Amen.....

Feb 05, 2016
Keeping Fingers Crossed for others
by: Missy

Maria, so glad to hear you have improvement! I'm pretty discouraged because my shedding is REALLY up there the last couple months. As bad as ever. Convinced if I sat there with the brush and kept brushing, every hair would come out. Went to the holistic hair lady and got a big haircut. But, as I pointed out, the hair that's coming in seems pretty darn dry and lifeless as well. My bangs have been cut so I think all the Keratin is gone, but they're still a hot mess. I, too, remain very sensitive to certain products, even good stuff like Shea Moisture. My scalp goes crazy from most of their stuff. I have to use the Nizoral, which is drying and has horrible ingredients I hate using, and then the rest holistic products. BTW, my lady said brush the hair when dry, it's worse to brush it wet, more vulnerable. Regardless, I still have clumps from everywhere. It's unsustainable. But I continue to foil color, the organic one, but still. I can't deal with gray and I'm considering going darker. Holistic lady said sticking closer to natural hair color is lower volume of color and less damage. My hair has completely changed. I'm very happy to see that Dr. Oz is going to be doing a show on this. Saw the one where he had the folks doing the plasma injections, but again, that has the porcine protein base in order to work with your own blood to spur growth, and I'm leery of getting an inflammatory reaction. I won't do it. Also, sadly, though even the specialists don't have a straight answer, I'm told the TE can be chronic. :( I was greatly improved to almost no loss and then it's really up again. I had little loss when I wasn't coloring and used the steroid, but I will not walk around nearly 70% gray. Looking into darkening up my base to get closer to my dark natural color (with lots of gray). It is what is it is. But my brush is loaded with hair every day. loaded. I have to wash at least every couple days to keep the scalp clear, as holistic lady said it's bad to clog up the follicles with oil, etc. So that's a tip to you all as well. Good luck to all for a much better 2016!

Feb 05, 2016
Carlinda
by: MG

I am a veteran on this hairloss and I haven't posted in a while as I have been really busy but seeing that finally someone is willing to expose the hairloss from keratin treatments, I would like to recap my case.

Had a Brazilian blowout on 8/2012. Two weeks later my scalp peeled off in 1cm pieces. At this time, burning, tingling and pain started. I would wash about 200 hairs during showers plus non-stop all day long. If I would stand in one spot for 5 minutes, I would drop 5 hairs. I have lost about 60% of my hair and my temples are now see thru. I used to have tons of hair. My hairline has receded up to about 1/2" in some areas. 3 1/2 years later I still lose over 150 hair from washing and drying every 3 day plus another 50 a day in between. I try not wash at home because I don't want to see my hair all over my house. In my case, the stylist applied the solution to my scalp which caused me to develop seborrheic dermatitis and my scalp became very sensitive and can only wash with non fragrance baby shampoo. I think that this treatment weakens your follicles as formadelhyde is supposed to kill cells (our irreplaceable hair cells) plus the corrosiveness of the treatment caused me to develop seborrheic dermatitis (which is even listed in the MSDS of yhe product). What they hide completely that it causes hairloss. Why??? Because they wouldn't sell a single bottle of this poison. I would not like to be part of any shows but I hope you can share this.

Feb 05, 2016
Response to Carinda and Dani
by: Sandra

Hi Carinda and Dani
I really hope that there are some people on this forum that are willing to share their stories for the TV show. And thank you so much for making an effort to publicise the dreadful side effects of this horrible product. It's so important that others are warned! I'm sorry that I can't help you as I'm in London-UK. Believe me, if I could help you, I would, as I'm keen that nobody else should ever suffer in the way that I have. Good luck with the show and please could I ask you to publicise on here, when the show will be aired so that I can at least try and watch it? And if you have any evidence that can explain why so many of us have suffered hair loss it would be so appreciated. If you scroll down you will see that I mention several times that there is some research about BB associated hair loss that has been done at The University of Berkeley .. many thanks !

Feb 05, 2016
The Dr. Oz Show - PLEASE READ
by: Carinda

HI EVERYONE!

I work with Dani at The Dr. Oz Show and I'm reading the comments below from people who had a bad experience with a Brazilian blowout.

I'm a producer for the show and I'm looking for ladies who can share their terrible experience with this so that we can informs other about this chemical procedure.

Did your scalp burn from it, hair loss, or hair thinning?

Our show is in NYC and is taping next Wednesday.

If you have questions about this show please call me at 212-259-1529 or email me at cbenson@zoco.com
Thank you!

Feb 03, 2016
PLEASE READ
by: Danni

Hey everyone! I'm doing some research for my internship at the Dr. Oz Show and I'd love to talk to some of you who have had a bad reaction to an at home brazilian hair straightening treatment. Please email me at danni1352@aol.com if you're in the tri-state area and want to tell me about your experience. I could really use the help and you can be featured on the show!

Jan 27, 2016
It will stop eventually
by: Lisa

My hair loss from the BKT lasted over a year. The shedding has slowed down a lot, but I'm not noticing much new growth yet. My hair is still very thin on top and on the sides where I lost the most. My hair also doesn't feel very healthy right now. I'm taking a bunch of supplements and babying my scalp/ hair. I don't know if it will ever be back to it's full glory again, but at least there is some relief from watching all my hair go down the drain. Good luck everyone. I really hope they remove that product from the market. It's horrible.

Jan 26, 2016
A Question!!! 9 months post Keratin
by: ALF

My hairloss was diffuse thinning after three shittiest keratin process. My question is tje next; in rcovery proccess the hair pass for diferents cycles and throw this cycles the hair sheds to grow more thicker and dark? or from the same strand the hair change his texture? because my hair has been shedding throw cycles to grow more thick and dark; i am better than 9 months ago; but i think this gonna take a little more time to comeback to my original thickness. what do you thinl about my point? sorry for my english and good luck to all!!

Jan 22, 2016
Thank you Sandra
by: Deb

Thank you so much for letting me have some hope that this can grow back. Or at least some of it. Washing is the worst. Very very scary. I just can't believe how much comes out I thought I saw some regrowth in back but now I'm not too sure. The top is just awful. So thin on top and scalp is showing at my side part. Did u ever use rogaine or anything for the hair growth? I was trying to just pretend nothing is wrong and go back to my regular shampoos and conditioners before this stupid keratin. My scalp tho is getting dry now that it is exposed and itchy at times. So weird bc I can go hours with no itch and then suddenly it itches out of nowhere. I will keep u posted. I guess I'm am going through the most shedding right now
.. Or so I hope!!

Jan 21, 2016
Please don't worry Deb
by: Sandra

I know that some people on here have their hair loss for years but my extreme hair loss lasted for nine months. So you might have a little way to go yet but if you follow the same pattern as me, the end may well be in sight! Hang on in there, accept that the scalp is shedding the hair as a reaction to the chemicals/keratin/formaldehyde and that's what it needs to do. Share your joy with us when it does stop shedding.. !

Jan 20, 2016
:(
by: Deb

Hair still falling out. :( So sad....When will this stop? Did treatment in August

Jan 14, 2016
To Deb
by: Mina

Deb

Atm im taking Biotin, vitamin D, multi vitamins and iron pills ... Sometimes I even add omega 3 supplements .. gosh I hate taking pills !! But I'm willing to go lengths for my hair to come back or At-least to stop shredding!! I had an itchy scalp, therefor my doctor recommended me not to wash my hair with shampoo, since my scalp needed a break. Surprisingly it actually helped wit da itchiness!! I'm currently washing my hair once a week.
I also use almond oil for my hair..

I'm planning to wash my hair wit shampoo this week... I think my scalp can hack it now, since the itchiness is gone ..

Im seriously contemplating a wig!! Since my hair is too fragile for extensions.. (But I'm too embarrassed, of ppl reactions when they discover I'm wearing a wig) Lord!!

I seriously think I'm going to be bald! :'(

It sucks we can't share pictures, would have loved to see others with similar experience

Jan 13, 2016
Mina
by: Deb

Mina when did you get your hair done? What are you presently doing? Shampoo? What kind? How much washing? Vitamins? Anything else ? I wish we could also share pics too bc id love to see those with hair growing back , for some hope...

Jan 13, 2016
Hair loss
by: Mina

Hey Everyone

Like most of you a.t.m. I'm suffering from tremendous hair loss... This is a very harsh time for me.. I fear that I'm about to develop a depression... Being around people just makes everything so much more hard for me.. I'm so hurt!!!

Big curly hair - was my signature!! Now I'm left with straight extremely thin hair with bald spots .. It's almost not possible to cover the bald spots anymore ..

I've taken all the vitamins and healthy living ,.. It won't stop, for 2 months now!

I would love too see some pics of others ???

Jan 12, 2016
Yay
by: Deb

So happy to be reading some positive comments. Makes me definitely sleep so much better at night. I couldn't sleep thinking i would wake up bald! I am washing 1 x a week and just using regular shampoo right now with a leave in conditioner on my ends only. So much still coming out in shower so that's why I'm washing less. Scalp still itchy but notice if I don't scratch it doesn't fall out as much. I am trying not to touch hair, but I need to play around with top to cover up thinning hairline. I use tiny claw clips so it doesn't pull in front a few times a week. I haven't had the nerve to cut it yet bc I don't want to go to salon bc I'm afraid too much hair will fall out bc they are rough and I try to be as gentle as possible. It's been almost 5 months now and I think I'm seeing some fine baby hairs growing in back of neck where it started to mostly fall out, but top still thinning as days go on. I'm also taking Biotin. Will update with profess...

Jan 11, 2016
Update
by: Maria

Hi all, I wanna wish you all the best for 2016 and may your hair grow back to the way it was!
I am growing new hair,no doubt about that.My hair is now about 7-8cm long and bald patches are filling in.But they are not what they used to be and I did have few bald patches which I couldn't mask.Especially the large one where my hair parts.So I guess this is something different for everyone.I waited it out in hats for 6 month. I am also glad I cut the damaged part off as I couldn't look at it,dry,orange and had kind of ridges when you looked closely.
Anyhow,so still using Alpecin shampoo with coffin and it's doing it's job.However,I run out of Vatica cwctus conditioner I was using and start using Bio ionic and Alterna.Big mistake.I have sore amd itchy scalp again! Especially from Alterna.If I scratch the itch,I can feel a little dandruff coming off my scalp.I start to loose more hair again but for a while I was loosing nothing so this might be normal.Just don't want to panic.I blow dry every day but my hair it's short so it's just a quick blast.It's all very strange.Sulfate shampoo doesn't hurt me yet mild,repairing hair mask does.Well,I'll go back to what worked before and I'll let you know.I can find new growth at my hairline so I presume there will be more all over...I hope.
Regarding hair dye,Missy I think it's only henna with indigo which cannot be bleached after because it goes green.I think blonde henna can be done over with normal dye.I think that might be the root of your problem.Chemical hair dyes are very harsh.I think hair dye which isn't penetrating the hair but coating it is the way for you.I read some info on it on Khadi website.So I guess I cannot give more info or advise,just be aware that if your hair doesn't get proper wash,you are slowing it's growth.On the other hand sulfate is harsh chemical... so you choose.Ironic,isn't it?
I agree that worrying just makes things worse.Go and get yourselves busy,with time passing you will see improvement.I still get a lot of shocked looks but luckily now they are from seeing me with short dark hair as opposed to long,blonde before. So I always say to people: yes,my hair was ruined and now it's growing back.People accept that and I feel relief that I no longer hide.Much love to you all and keep posting!

Jan 10, 2016
low thyroid here again
by: Anonymous

Just in case anyone missed it- I have seen improvements.

Although my part still extends to the way way back of my head and although I have thinning and bald spots, the hair loss has slowed WAY down.

Aveda shampoos and conditioners, Biotin, Romaine for women and steroid scalp injections and topical have been my approach along with herbal DHT blockers.

New hair grows in and sticks up or is gray or lighter but hey, I'll take it.

Good luck!!

Jan 10, 2016
Positive news
by: Anonymous

I am so annoyed with the people who have posted of their keratin nightmares and not had the consideration to post an update as things improve. It is really unhelpful. I promise you all - in the vast majority of cases, your hair will, indeed, grow back. And it won't take years to do so. The first thing you need to do is go see a dermatologist and get them to take a look at your scalp. In the vast majority of cases, no damage is done to the scalp - it is just the shock of the harsh chemicals that are causing the hair fall. Most likely, what is happening to you is called Telogen Effluvium caused by the chemicals in the keratin treatment.

Once reassured that there is no damage to your scalp, now you need to focus on recovery. First, throw out your sulphate-free shampoos and get a regular shampoo - I use Aveda's Shampure. Using it a couple of times removed the treatment from my hair. I should add that after an initial couple of shampoos to remove the treatment, you should only wash and comb your hair once a week. You want to be touching / moving your hair as little as possible. That means no plaits, no buns - leave it loose, or at least make sure you aren't in any way pulling on your scalp.

You will lose around 50-70% of your hair's thickness but please be reassured that you will ALWAYS have enough hair on your head at any one time to hide the thinning patches. Most people, believe it or not, will not notice you are losing hair if you're clever about it.

You cannot repair the damaged hair although I found using Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner as a leave-in, helped to hide the damage. The thing to focus on is getting new growth. I managed to get 3 inches of growth in 3.5 months by putting a few drops of peppermint essential oil in my conditioner and leaving it on my head for 30 mins each week. The scalp will tingle and stimulate blood circulation which is great for growth. Obviously you can stimulate growth by massaging your scalp but since this is not suitable for people with hair falling out, peppermint essential oil (which you MUST dilute with conditioner) is a great alternative and actually seems to work a lot better than massage.

I now have loads of new growth, which obviously looks ridiculous - very bouffant - as the rest of my hair is bra strap length and the new hair is 3 inches - but hey, it's progress! All I wanted to say is please do not stress about it, as that will increase hair fall. I promise you will not go bald and the hair will grow back. Just relax, treat yourself nicely - and focus on growing new hair. I noticed new growth around four months after my keratin treatment. Note: hair will grow back first in the first place you noticed losing it. It doesn't grow back all at the same time because you didn't lose it all at the same time. Best of luck.

Jan 09, 2016
Parsley girl and Deb
by: Sandra

Congratulations Parsley girl!!!! I hope that you have a fabulous wedding day today, that your wig looks beautiful and that 2016 sees all your hair grow back as it once was..

Deb, maybe some people have scarring alopecia as you say. It certainly seems that not all my hair has grown back as thick as it once was so maybe some follicles are not going to produce any more hair,as in scarring alopecia. Its so strange with my hair because it feels as though it isn't falling out as much as it was initially but the regrowth cycle seems completely messed up. I constantly seem to have lots of shorter hairs growing (more than is usual ) and the new hairs seem much finer than they used to be , creating a more fluffy look to my hair than it used to have. Hard to explain but it's just not as it once was.. A dermatologist will be able to give you an answer on the scarring alopecia and also tell you if the hair follicles are miniaturised (thinner than they should be) which is the case with me, probably resulting in finer hair. If you see a dermatologist,please let us know what they say. Any information gratefully received ! Still hoping someone will be able to access the research on this ..

Jan 03, 2016
Scarring alopecia
by: Deb

Is what we have scarring alopecia? As I read more and more about this it seems this may be the case, although some of you are saying that hair is growing back although it's very little. I have to say I'm soooo afraid to wash my hair right now. When I wash so much falls out. I used to wear my hair up in pony tails on days I wouldn't wash but now I'm afraid it will pull hair out. It looks so shaggy and part widening everyday. I'm going to try biotin and probably make appointment with dermatologist to discuss this and see if it really is permanent hair loss which makes me so sick to even think of! The nape of my neck is the worst bc I have a huge patch of no hair. Anyone else ? She put a lot of treatment on that part bc that was the most unruly part of my hair and I told to her concentrate on that! Ugh makes me so sick . My hair is gray in some areas so I need to color it soon but I'm so scared to do this after reading posts. It's weird bc I usually have more gray so maybe my hair isn't growing at all in some spots.. Anyone notice this?

Jan 03, 2016
For MH
by: Sandra

I really am so sorry to hear that you're suffering MH and thank you for posting a comment when I'm sure the last thing you want to do is be reminded of what happened. Please keep commenting as I'm waiting for the day that you say: It's stopped ! And beginning to grow back! It sounds like you're managing to stay positive and I just want to remind you that some people on here have said that they suddenly begin to see regrowth after 3 years. Can I just ask you if your product had lots of formaldehyde (you'd know if it did - fumes - strong smell) as I'm trying to work out if it's the keratin or formaldehyde that causes this. It really bothers me. Mine had loads. The whole hair salon was filled with fumes. The EU regulations prohibiting excess use of formaldehyde work very well for honest hairdressers that don't illegally import the high formaldehyde product from Brazil but there are always those that will disregard the law and clients' health in favour of making money. Good luck MH and let us share in your joy the minute this starts to get better ! Please let me know about the formaldehyde too ...

Jan 03, 2016
Update after 15 months
by: MH

Hi all

I thought I'd give you all an update. Hello in particular to the regulars Sandra, Missy and Parsley Girl.

It has now been 15 months since I had my BB in London. I'm sorry to say I have seen very little improvement...and it is an ongoing daily struggle but I am really trying to not let to get me down too much.

I still have dreadful and noticeable dandruff due to my hair being so thin. I use Clobetasol on a regular basis (my GP has put me on repeat prescription for it). I wash all the time with Nizoral -it is drying, yes - but the only thing that works.

The pain is gone but my scalp is still very itchy and for example over xmas I stayed at my Mum's and forgot my chemical-free conditioner and used her cheap store bought stuff and I am in a world of scalp pain again - I know now that my scalp is forever scarred and may never handle the shampoos/conditioners I used to use.

I lose hair daily and still shed every time I shower - it is maybe marginally less - but I still pull hundreds out of my brush. It is noticeably thinner (I believe I have lost 60-70%), and see-through from mid-way to the tips. It is very, very dry and frizzy. I have not blow-dried in 13 months!! I let it dry naturally - I have very little hair left, use powder on a daily basis and have huge gaps, although I don't believe I have obvious bald spots - I have stopped taking photos as they make me too upset. I have very little regrowth - I have asked friends/family/derms and none see any. I think this is the most frustrating thing - my scalp seems totally stilted and I can't improve it.

I really wish I had better news but sadly I am one of the cases where I think it will be years before I see improvement, I used to read this board and think - that won't be me, but it is! Though, at least I am not at wig stage yet.

One other thing, I know people on this board have speculated whether it ages our scalps and I think it might! The tiny regrowth I have had, I have notice a couple of grey hairs - I never had greys before. I have now just turned 25 and I checked with my mum she didn't turn grey until she was 30 so I think it has had a negative effect.

Sorry not to have better news but I promise I will keep you updated.

To those in pain or with really bad dermatitis get CLOBETASOL - it does not slow down the shedding but does noticeably help your scalp.

MH

Jan 03, 2016
Update after 15 months
by: MH

Hi all

I thought I'd give you all an update. Hello in particular to the regulars Sandra, Missy and Parsley Girl.

It has now been 15 months since I had my BB in London. I'm sorry to say I have seen very little improvement...and it is an ongoing daily struggle but I am really trying to not let to get me down too much.

I still have dreadful and noticeable dandruff due to my hair being so thin. I use Clobetasol on a regular basis (my GP has put me on repeat prescription for it). I wash all the time with Nizoral -it is drying, yes - but the only thing that works.

The pain is gone but my scalp is still very itchy and for example over xmas I stayed at my Mum's and forgot my chemical-free conditioner and used her cheap store bought stuff and I am in a world of scalp pain again - I know now that my scalp is forever scarred and may never handle the shampoos/conditioners I used to use.

I lose hair daily and still shed every time I shower - it is maybe marginally less - but I still pull hundreds out of my brush. It is noticeably thinner (I believe I have lost 60-70%), and see-through from mid-way to the tips. It is very, very dry and frizzy. I have not blow-dried in 13 months!! I let it dry naturally - I have very little hair left, use powder on a daily basis and have huge gaps, although I don't believe I have obvious bald spots - I have stopped taking photos as they make me too upset. I have very little regrowth - I have asked friends/family/derms and none see any. I think this is the most frustrating thing - my scalp seems totally stilted and I can't improve it.

I really wish I had better news but sadly I am one of the cases where I think it will be years before I see improvement, I used to read this board and think - that won't be me, but it is! Though, at least I am not at wig stage yet.

One other thing, I know people on this board have speculated whether it ages our scalps and I think it might! The tiny regrowth I have had, I have notice a couple of grey hairs - I never had greys before. I have now just turned 25 and I checked with my mum she didn't turn grey until she was 30 so I think it has had a negative effect.

Sorry not to have better news but I promise I will keep you updated.

To those in pain or with really bad dermatitis get CLOBETASOL - it does not slow down the shedding but does noticeably help your scalp.

MH

Jan 02, 2016
Comments
by: Sandra

I'm glad that you've found comfort from these comments. I do too! I'm always checking to see if something new has been posted, feeling so happy if someone says their hair is growing back and equally so sad when some people are suffering hair loss for years. Deb, you asked what shampoo to use and my experience has been to keep as chemical free as possible, using fragrance free organic and dimethicone free products has been the route I've taken. My hair is much better now and the initial bald patch on top has filled in with hair. It's still thinner all over but better than a year ago. I wonder how many people there are in the world suffering hair loss that just haven't made the connection between the Brazilian and their hair loss. Any update from anyone in the UK? I'm interested to know what dermatologists are saying as I had no help from mine. All the best to everyone..

Dec 31, 2015
Coping methods
by: Anonymous

I feel so much comfort reading this article. I've been fiercely trying to diagnose my own hair loss. I experimented with the Nuvaring birth control in June and opted against it. In August, I got my first Keratin treatment. I couldn't figure out if hair loss was due to getting off of hormones or due to Keratin. I've had all sorts of blood tests run and all vitamin levels are fine. Yesterday, I tested for Lupus. My hair loss started calming down, but I colored my hair in October and OMG it became so much more extreme!! It seems to have calmed down again. Here is what I'm doing while I wait this out:

- no more color. I'm using Oscar Blandi hair shadow to cover up gray hair.
- I use Redken One United and body full volume amplifier sprays along with Oscar Blandi hair lift thickening serum.
- because my hair loss also started at the hair line, I blow dry my hair differently. Starting from the back of my hair, I blow dry towards the front. I only wash my hair every 6 days. I also don't fully dry @ the roots to leverage some of my frizzy roots to cover some of the bald. Also I only use sulfate shampoo and conditioner.

I don't know what happens when this doesn't work anymore, but I'm prepared to be gray for the sake of getting my hair back.

Dec 31, 2015
Which Shampoo
by: Deb

which shampoo do you find best? Can I just use regular ? like herbal essence?

Dec 31, 2015
19 month update
by: Anonymous

It has been just about 19 months since my one and only Brazilian Blowout - huge mistake! 2 weeks after the treatment my hair began to fall and hasn't stopped since. It has fluctuated at times - but has always returned. I will say though that it seems to be slowly improving. I would say on average I was losing about 150 hairs per day( I used to lose probably 10 or 20 and always had insanely thick hair). Over the past month or so it seems to have decreased to about 75-80 per day. Still way too much, but better. My scalp also seems to be calmer and returning to normal. My biggest issue at this point is my thinner hairline. The front of my hair just seems so thin and not growing in. I'm hoping once hair loss totally returns to normal - it will thicken up. But I'm being realistic, I figure it's taken 1 1/2 years to decrease about half the hairloss, so it will likely be about another year before it decreases to normal levels. I think I will likely get bangs cut soon to hide my hairline. For anyone just starting to go thru this I will assure you that in my case no one has ever noticed my hairloss. My husband thinks I'm nuts. He thinks my hair looks the same. I have used clobetasol, which definitely helped - I'm considering trying another 2 weeks with that. Don't think it could hurt. I just have to be patient. I do color my hair which I believe has delayed my recovery a lot. I would be curious to know if everyone going thru this for more than 1 year colors their hair - it seems to be a common issue with those of us still suffering. Hang in there everyone - I do think it very very slowly goes away.

Dec 30, 2015
PG
by: Missy

Thanks, girl! Will check that out. I'd love to find something without the chemicals, but I'm gray and lighten my hair to almost blond so it's hard. I have dark hair and gray.

Dec 30, 2015
Try water works hair coloring
by: Parsley girl to Missy

Is another one nemed madison reed hai coloring I rush you girls the best of luck and please take care ....

Dec 30, 2015
Parsley Girl & Deb
by: Missy

I agree PG I'd like to go as natural as possible & thank you. Are you referring to henna? No can do on that plus there are folks that have reactions to that. I was told once you use henna, you can never again use regular color. I'm using the ammonia free version of Goldwell at the salon. The supposedly organic they used on me at a salon I went to made no difference. I don't blow my hair at all except for the heat they put me under at the salon while color is processing, for about 5 minutes only. I realized I was pulling bangs to straighten them blowing only those out and that is where my loss is the worst so I stopped. What natural color do you mean? I'd certainly try it. Otherwise, I don't blow dry it and bought a new showerhead that takes out most of the chlorine so it won't dry my hair out. Deb, you do need to get bloodwork done to be sure it's only related to the chemicals. Absolutely. You need to rule out iron, ferritin, Vit D, hormones, thyroid as culprits. Those can all cause hair loss so be sure (assuming you haven't had recent surgery, as anesthesia will cause it). If those are all negative, as they were with me, you know it's the chemicals. You don't want to be losing time you could fix this with supplements, etc if it's that. In the meantime, take care of your hair regardless. Coconut oil, cut some of the damage off, and use natural products, use your fingers to detangle if possible, etc. Good luck.

Dec 30, 2015
Girl you are using to many quimicals on your head
by: Parsley girl to Missy

Try vigen hair coloring but is one dimension do it at home and don't blow dry your hair vigen is a hair color that you mix with water or try to make your own hair color just for your greys go online and do diy on how to make natural hair color remember all those quimicals that you are putting on your head are going to be absorb by your body thru your pores and blood stream please go as natural as you can and don't waste your money on the salon and for Deb read all the old comment here your not sick is nothing wrong with your blood is that stupid kk I recommend cut your hair off because the quimicals on your head are going to leave you with no hair if you don't cut it is sad but true it happen to all of us the longer the hair the more you are going to shed and is going to take time don't be scared and don't think about it to much take care every one be strong and go natural make your own stuff remedies at least you will know what's in it with those products they call natural you really don't know what else they put on it take care

Dec 30, 2015
Salons reaction
by: Deb

I called salon and they suggested I go for blood work bc something is wrong with me internally!! Imagine! Of course that makes me want to panic bc they couldn't give me any advice on what to do so there really must be no treatment for this. I can't believe this is happening right now. I'm scared to wash hair. I've been taking women's vitamins and using a loreal sulfate free shampoo .. Should I not be doing this? I don't know where to start .. Should I go to a doctor? My scalp is itchy and burns but only really at night or when I'm completely still . It must be in the beginning stages since it started a few weeks ago so maybe I can somehow stop it before it gets worse. What has worked for you if anything has? Has anyone had any health problems since this treatment ? That's very important for me to know since my health has been perfectly fine . So glad you have responded to me. Thank you so much for your help.

Dec 30, 2015
update
by: Missy

Well, things have been pretty bad. The shedding is still bad. At this point, although it started happening after I started using a different mousse and more importantly, foiling color with some heat lamp at the salon, I'm now thinking the Clobestol is the culprit, maybe in combo. Despite it helping me before, maybe I'm not sticking with it long enough, but man, in 2 days even, my hair starts coming out in hand fulls. I realize that I had used it a couple days prior to my last hair color when I had the hair coming out & now I just tried it again for aggressive shedding & it's really coming out again. After 1x of use. So, I'm too scared to keep using it. When my hair is wet, it comes out like crazy. I think every hair would come out if I kept touching it to the point I'm too scared to brush it because it keeps coming out. I think it's worse than it was. I don't remember it just coming out like this after the initial damage. So March 11th will be a year since I did the Keratin, & this is still going on. I refuse to leave my hair gray. I will go back to the foiling as I tried it just trying to avoid the scalp under the lamp no foil last time. As far as I can tell, it sounds like the plasma injections work. The issue is they are used in combo with I think this stuff Acell that comes from pigs. A protein. I'm scared of kicking off an inflammatory reaction in my system because of a scare I had 20 years ago so I won't do it. But I think it does work . So has anyone else had mass shedding with the Clobestol? Maybe it's the alcohol in it or whatever. So I can't use monoxodil, or now the clobestol, or the injections, and I'
m paranoid about putting lights next to my head. It's horrible. I'm doing coconut oil on the scalp again, and I need to find an alternative to the Nizoral, because as I said, it has lots of lousy chemicals in it I don't want all over me. Any suggestions? Very scary and sad. I went back to the organic store and spent a fortune on stuff and also will try this organic version of monoxidil to see how that goes. I finally got serious about being healthy and taking off weight, 20 lbs almost, so I said, I'll be thin again, but now I'll be bald! It's sad but it is what it is. For me, estrogen could be the issue as well since my hysterectomy, but that only accounts for some loss, not like this. And I can't take estrogen- family history of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. I won't risk it. This is totally damage to the follicle and sensitivity that's permanent now to any chemical or heat, etc. I don't have hope it's going to go away. I thought i was out of the woods because it was so much better, but using the color, etc, it's back. And as I say, I refuse to walk around with old lady hair, little of it as it is. Well, I wish everyone a great New Year and hope we all have some better results for the New Year. Maria, a big hug to you :)

Dec 30, 2015
Thank you for your wishes
by: Parsley girl to Sandra

I was thinking of letting it grow my hair is really curly but after the kk some pets of my hair grows stray and other part curly is hard to style it because the strait part won't take gel or nothing to get curly and if I try to make it strait it looks like if I got electrocuted it just don't look or feel like it use to maybe because I wash my hair to much but if I don't wash it often I get to much biuldup from dandruff my scalp change so much after the kk that I just feel like I don't want to deal with it that's one of the reason why im keeping it very short I will try ones more times to Se how it grows and how much falls because wen is long that's a different story well thanks again Sandra you been a support for me :)

Dec 29, 2015
To Parsley Girl
by: Sandra

Hi Parsley girl! Thank you for the update - it's always appreciated! I remember you mentioning your wedding on this forum when your hair loss first started. I'm pleased that it doesn't fall out as much. It's such a relief when that initial extreme hair loss stops and it begins to slow down, even if it does still fall out more than it used to. Will you start letting it grow soon? Maybe after the wedding ? I would be interested to see how it grows back - if it comes back thick or it becomes finer. My regrowth does seem to be more flyway and finer than before.. Anyway, I wish you happy new year and I hope that the wedding is everything you dreamed it would be and that the wig stays firmly put !

Dec 29, 2015
Hi Sandra and Deb
by: Parsley girl

Well let me start by saying that I keep cutting my hair every 3 to 4 weeks with the machine until my hair is even I stil have a nickel size bald spot on the back of my head hairs still fall out not as much as before I have dandruff which I never had before that stupid kk I'm not usin quimical stuff on my hair everything home make remedies for hair loss parsley blended with water and mixin with shampoo before washing hair or just putting that parsley water in my hair and just leaving it on my scalp and hair since it don't smell bad for dandruff I'm using apple cider vinegar 5% and baking soda before washing hair that seems to control it and I try no to think to much about it don't want to get stress out by the way wedding is on the 9 super nerves hope my wig doesn't fall of hahahaha we'll take care every one happy new year and hope we find a solution that works for everyone since the same product made our hair fall out... God bless...

Dec 29, 2015
Response
by: Sandra

Deb, I hope you've been ok over the holiday period and not too scared. Just to give you hope - my story - the hair did keep falling and morning pillow hair was horrible but it eased up after about 9 months. Not all has come back sadly: when in a ponytail you can see some scalp at the side of my head (that was never the case previously ) but the bald patch on top has filled in although not like before. I was also scared but calmer now. I've used natural shampoos and dimethicone free conditioners. That is all. Was your hairdresser any help?

Is there anyone out there that can give us an update on their hair loss? It would be nice to start the new year with some news and hopefully some of it might be reassuring for Deb.. Happy New Year to all of you .. I often wonder how everyone is doing, especially regular contributors that somehow you feel you get to know after months of sharing our pain and hopefully recovery !

Dec 21, 2015
Scared with hair loss :(
by: Deb

I'm so scared after reading this. In August I had a global keratin treatment done for the first time. It felt funny from the start but looked good after I blowdried and straightened it. It always felt rough and dry and very knotty. Now it's been 4 months and I have noticed so much hair falling out from root! My pony tail is so thin and it feels like at night the hairs are literally popping out of my head! I'm so scared reading all these stories and don't know what to do first. My hair was very thick and now it is so terribly thin. I have a bald spot in the back underneath section of my hair ! I had such thick curly hair here . Now it's just so thin and fine and .... Gone! If there is anything you can do to help me please let me know .. I'm going to go to salon tomorrow and see what they suggest :(

Dec 16, 2015
Low thyroid checking in
by: Anonymous

Hi All.

I think my hair loss has finally slowed down.

I have been putting steroid topical on my scalp, getting scalp injections, taking DHT inhibitor herbs, and using Damage Remedy by Aveda. (They tried to sell me on the Invati but it's way too pricey.)

I have also been using women's Rogaine.

The derm said he sees new growth but I still see bald spots and a part that travels into the back of my head.

It was in May that I allowed a hair stylist to apply a supposedly formaldehyde free PURE BRAZILIAN to my hair.

The Aveda color gloss that I have been getting helped tremendously with the appearance of my hair which got very orangey and dry.

I cut about five inches off my hair of totally dead and destroyed ends from that damned treatment.

Dec 12, 2015
Update
by: Sandra

It was 18 months ago that I first had my Brazilian hair straightening at a hairdresser in London in England and I can't believe that I'm still contributing to this forum. It has been the most horrendous time of my life with all over hair loss, especially around the hairline at the sides and large patches of hair loss at the top of my head that looked as though it was the start of female hair baldness. It happened quickly and within a couple of weeks of that ghastly product touching my hair. It continued for almost a year. My eyes still well with tears when I remember waking up in the morning and removing hair after hair from my pillow. My wish for everyone is that nobody should ever be tempted to touch this product thinking that they won't be the one to suffer because it could well be anyone that has this reaction to the strong chemicals. I have pretty much recovered (I have less hair than before but it certainly has grown back) and I don't know how or why other than I use shampoo and conditioner that is as natural as possible. Interestingly, the Green people shampoo that I use has salicylic acid.. For those of you that are still suffering hair loss I pray that you will recover soon. Thank you to all you kind people that contribute to this forum and have helped me get through this. I will continue to post for the benefit of others when I can .. And if there are any hairdressers reading this, that in their ignorance and arrogance continue to use this product in their salons I have no words that are strong enough to express my disgust at putting the pursuit of money over the health and well being of their clients. The evidence here in front of you ...

Dec 11, 2015
Hairline
by: Maria

Hi,my hairline receded about 1cm but that was from overall hairloss.Once my hair start to regrow,it regrew at hairline as well. I think if your hairloss would be from keratin,it would be everywhere,not just your hairline.I am sorry,cannot give you any advice.M

Dec 10, 2015
Receding hair line and keratin treatment
by: Anonymous

Hey guys I was wondering if any pros here can help me I can't really find any information online. I'm a guy about 22 hair is receding a bit its a given. I've done a keratin treatment before I was wondering if it has any negative side effects to the receding hair line or increases the rate at which it goes.

Dec 07, 2015
Missy
by: Maria

Hi Missy.I am sorry to hear your troubles but you are brave to keep positive.You just have to.I am sure hair dye isn't doing your hair good but I understand your need to look pretty.I blow dry now every day but my hair is still very short.I think I loose reasonable ammount.Missy all that stuff you mentioned sounds expensive and experimental.I think it still comes down to calming your scalp.As I already mentioned,I found shampoo with salycilic acid great relief for my itch and pain.I recently saw my dermatologist for different thing and I mentioned to her it is helping a lot.She was really surprised and said she would never believe that but prescribed to me salycilic acid liquid to dab on my scalp.I haven't start using it yet but I will just to give you a feedback.My scalp feels just little dry but no other issues.That was the turning point for me I think when I start using that shampoo with salyciluc acid and cofein.Everything else till then just irritated it no matter how natural it was.My hair feels dry too but all the patches are filling in.Aren't you experiencing shedding now because you came off rogaine? Because that causes massive hair loss but some of it will come back I promiss.I have no problem with minoxidil,still using it twice a day.So I guess I am lucky but it doesn't mean it won't have side effects which will show later on.I wish you lots of strength and please keep updating us.Have lovely holidays.M

Dec 06, 2015
4 years?
by: Anonymous

Anyone almost at 4 years with any luck?

Dec 06, 2015
Plasma shots
by: Missy

Has anyone tried these? The hair loss specialist so I saw offer them, but I did not discuss them. Did any of you see Dr. Oz? He showed that. Also, I wanted to see if any of you had tried, not just the blood plasma injections but the laser light caps, combs, etc.? I don't know what I think about any of them. The laser lights have me very worried. You know how they say something is safe and OK now and then three or four years from now they tell you it gives you cancer. That's my fear. I would use it and try it but I am not thrilled with the concept of laser lights right up against my scalp and brain. Please let me know if any of you all have tried any of these things and if they have worked.

Dec 05, 2015
To Parsley Girl, Maria, Anonymous et al
by: Missy

Thanks so much for the BP info, PG. points taken but I'm saying my BP was under control until I used the Rogaine. It made me feel anxious and BP went up each time I tried it :( Maria, hope the Rogainr is working for you and doing well. I'm really freaking lately because the hair is coming out again A LOT. I hardly blow dry, but did realize I had bangs that I blew straight and my hair thinning is most in the front. Think it's stressing the hair so stopped. I'm frizzy/ curly. My hair has dried out big time not being able to use all the heavy duty conditioners I always did for frizzy hair with silicone. I'm sticking, rightly or wrongly, with theory silicone is bad and suffocates hair and scalp. Even the Biotene shampoo and conditioner from Vitamin Shoppe is irritating my scalp again. The big difference is I am using Goldwell organic color that she foils in. I left my hair alone for months but also used organic hair stuff that I haven't used much. Maybe that's it but I think it's the color. Also, in watching a YT video, she raised issue of chlorine in water. Lightbulb went off. I'm trying to get healthy again after surgery and meds and working out a lot. I rinse my hair with water nearly every day and shampoo every 2nd or 3rd day. I think the chlorine is drying out my hair as is the Nizaol shampoo. But it's the color I bet but I,m not walking around with grey. But my hair is really coming out again and I was advised it's also female pattern loss so you need to keep what you have because it won't grow back on top. It's devastating. I had gorgeous hair my whole life. I just brought out the clobestolliquid again. Anonymous, you need to watch that. Cortisone shot should be used a very short time. They thin the scalp and cause systemic issues. This liquid I think is for 2-3 weeks at most 1 x a Nite and rinse in morning. I'm disgusted. Bought desert essence shampoo & c fragrance free today so will see since my scalp is so sensitive. I'm getting a shower head filter. Should've years ago. Chlorine kills hair and skin. Anyway, I'm trying not to freak too much with the ball of hair I get daily. Read to try jojoba oil with a little rosemary and lavender oil for hair loss and dandruff. Tried it last night but now that I'm using the steroid, will only put a little coconut oil on again to moisturize. I'll try not to think about it because I've reached a dead end with Ina Iliad for Rogaine use. The shedding is unreal. Keratin get was in March! They did say TE could last a year. It was down to almost no loss before I colored, but I'm choosing hair loss over grey. Anyway, bigger fish to fry. I wear pretty makeup, I'm working on getting off 25 lbs to look better and that's that. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. :) thank God there are weaves and wigs as a last resort.

Dec 03, 2015
To Missy
by: Parsley girl

Hi Missy for your blood pressure use beets if you have a juicer you can drink that and also wild garlick tea it don't taste like nothing and an herb call llanten in Spanish make tea of that and it will lower your blood pressure my husband suffers from high blood pressure to and with thous tea and juice it comes down also try to cut your salt intake you probably now that some other things that I keep away from my husband is ginger root and cinnamon because it naturally bring your blood pressure up well I just wanted to let you know what I do to help my husband with that hope you are doing well take care...

Dec 03, 2015
Dear pure Brazilian
by: Parsley girl here

Your hair stylist is crazy to tell you that,it don't matter what brand is it if he or she used the same proses to apply the bb then yes your hair is going to fall, wen I had it done not even one hair fell off but time went by an girl it started raining hair off my head until the point of 9 bald spots and they were big not little I look like a Dalmatian but with skin color spots now it's better my bald spots are grew the hair but the hair is not the same texture it was before and I still lose hairs but believe me if I can turn back time and not do that bb I would in a hart beat take care all Sandra, Maria, Missy and all the girls here reading your comments and advise had help me a lot thanks to all God bless and have a merry Christmas and a wonderful new year...

Nov 23, 2015
Yes I had the pure brazilian
by: Anonymous

Yes I had a pure Brazilian. Yes it made my hair fall out.
Please take the time to read these comments below.

Nov 23, 2015
Pure brazilian
by: Anonymous

Hi:) its a bit much to read through all the comments, but I just had a PURE Brazilian blowout, my stylist said that kids and pregnant women can use this.
I have not lost any hair. But after reading a bit here I'm afraid I will... Did any of you loose your hair after an PURE Brazilian blowout?

Nov 23, 2015
Janette E. Ramirez
by: Janette E. Ramirez

:)

Nov 21, 2015
hair loss
by: Inna

I also faced the problem of hair loss after the Brazilian straightening. I'm from Russia. Hair falls out with the bulbs become dry and greasy roots. But I see that the loss has decreased. Recipes:
1) Salt peeling scalp. 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon of balm for hair, mix, apply to wet hair, massage for 1 minute, rinse, then wash with shampoo.
2) Massage the scalp with the help of micro electric current, we have such devices, for example Darsonval. It stimulates dormant follicles and strengthens the follicles.
3) Oil Bay. Araganovoe oil - a few drops of arms and smear wet hair
4) Hair mask with pepper

Of course, the massage device to dry hair. The sequence is as follows: cleaning heads salt scrub, shampoo, mask, oil device.

Sorry for my English

Nov 20, 2015
Hair loss treatment
by: Anonymous

I've been losing my hair since I had a Keratin treatment earlier this year. I have a sore and itchy scalp and a dermatologist has put me on strong steroids. I haven't noticed any improvement from the steroids - maybe the itching has gone down a little but my scalp is even more sore and so tender. I'm not sure if I should continue the steroids? Also I say a hair loss specialist today who has me using a coal tar shampoo. Does anyone have any experience with coal tar shampoos? I'm so scared everything seems to irritate my scalp and I've lost almost 50% of my hair and I'm 25 years old.

Nov 18, 2015
to Missy and all fellow sufferers
by: Maria

Hi,here is what is new with me.Painful scalp reacured mid August. Eucerin shampoo seemed to agrivate it even more.Went to all herbal Khadi shampoo. Pain lessened but didn't go a way. Occasionally was really hurting a lot.I concluded I will have to go for more steroids even though I hated that thought. Since a lot of people here wrote scalpicin helped,I wanted to order it but could only get it shipped from US. So I searched what is main ingredient and foud out it's salycilic acid. I found shampoo with same ingredient Alpecin and ordered one with coffeine. It's a full sulfate shampoo but it worked for me! I start using it on October 30th,washing my hair every day (short hair look so yuckie unwashed).After exactly 5 washes scalp pain went away and my hair is growing bit faster.Had hair cut second week in October and it's really out of shape by now, a lot! So keep fingers crossed for me,this seemed to have work so far.Maybe there are more shampoos with same ingredients but sulfate free. I wasn't searching any more as I wouldn't want to risk changing what works for me anyhow. I still feel my scalp little dry but it's improving. I use any conditioner with it.My hair has filled in on the top so I no longer look sick.I am still using minoxidil but now I use 5% solution in the morning and 2% in the evening trying to gradually over few month swap to 2% only. I haven't died my hair and I don't intend to for at least a year.All the oils for scalp I was using was just very temporary (few hours) relief. Good luck guys and don't give up.

Nov 18, 2015
Type-os
by: Missy

Oh autotype! That was SHEDDING has picked up again. Only reason I think maybe coloring my hair. In foils, no scalp. Still shedding. And problems with the shampoos itching scalp with any fragrance, even all natural. That keratin kicked off an allergy or follicular damage that hasn't stopped 8 months later. Yes, to others, after seeing 4 specialists, vitamin d, thyroid, iron, all vital to hair health. But none of those were an issue for me.

Nov 18, 2015
Not Good
by: Missy

I didn't have burning from the Rogaine foam, but I got a fast heartbeat and I got very anxious from it. I didn't realize are connected until three days later and then realize that was the only thing that changed. I am only talking about using the recommended dosage on the top part of my scalp and I absolutely could not use it. That is beyond depressing meaning that I will never be able to grow back here because I'm not going to be able to use that product. I have high blood pressure and it was more the anxious feeling I had using Rogaine that was the dealbreaker. Also, my shutting his continued. My scalp seem sensitive still but the shouting has picked up again. The only thing is I am using the color and for oils rather than on my scalp. But I cannot walk around with all gray hair. Whatever hair I have left. It's just really depressing because I'm losing it in the top on the front, and as the hair specialist said, my hair is curly, but it will show. I do OK with the Biotene shampoo and conditioner, but even that has too much fragrance in it for my sensitive scalp. The free and clear made my scalp itch and Leslie. I do not know what a good shampoo is and I have very dry hair and I need a very rich conditioner and shampoo that doesn't dry out here. Any recommendations would really be appreciated. The shame oyster has too much fragrance to it and irritated my scout despite it being a great product for me to use before the Keratin incident

Nov 18, 2015
Hair Loss
by: Hayley

Hi all,
I too have experienced extreme hair loss after having keratin nano treatment in June this year. About 10 days after the treatment I had severe contact dermatitis. Then things seemed to get better but after 2 months I started noticing excessive hair loss and my scalp itches all the time. I've been to 2 doctors and seen a dermatologist. They all say that my scalp is inflamed but they are not sure why. I am on my second week of used topical steroids but I haven't really noticed any improvement. I feel very sad about my hair but I am learning that I must accept this is happening and try to get on my life although I am finding this extremely hard! Reading this site is good to know I'm not alone but it feels so sad that this has happened and that it is not being acknowledged or recognized by any medical professional. I feel so powerless.

Nov 07, 2015
One more thought
by: Sandra

It might be worth getting Vitamin D levels checked. Apparently, that can contribute to hair loss and many of us are deficient in this part of the world as we don't get enough sun..

Nov 07, 2015
Hair loss
by: Sandra

Hi Roxy. As a fellow U.K. resident (London) I thought I had better answer you straight away as most people on this forum are in USA and will be asleep right now! This is scary, I know. I remember how it felt when I first noticed it happening to me. Roxy, you will just have to grit your teeth to get through this as there is nobody on this forum that has mentioned any one thing that has seemed to definitely work,straight away to stop the hair loss. Furthermore, not everyone's reaction has been the same. Some people have lost hair in patches, others all over. For some people they've had an obvious allergic reaction and had dermatitis, itching and pain, others less so. So you can see with different symptoms (other than significant hair loss that unites us all) different things have worked. I just want to reassure you that my hair loss did stop and return to normal levels after about nine months. Much of it has grown back but sadly it's nowhere near the same thickness as it was. I'm also slightly anxious watching as each hair falls, that there is new hair to replace it. I'm sure you've scrolled back and seen me mention that Daily Mail article. I have mentioned this before but I'm going to tell you what I've used , for what it's worth. I'm not saying it worked as I don't know. I started with Aveda products for hair loss (Invati) I think. Then I moved on to Jason's tea tree shampoo as I had a bit of dandruff, then John Masters organic shampoo and now Green People unscented shampoo and Liz Earle conditioner. The reason behind choosing all of these is that I wanted to be as chemical free as possible and also dimethicone free, I just picked up bits of information from what others had said on this forum. I know that low iron can cause hair loss but I do believe you that the Brazilian has accelerated this. So do get your iron levels up and do stay positive. By all means, visit a dermatologist but don't build your hopes up. They just don't seem to know about the chemicals used in this product and their effect. Good luck Roxy. I know this is so upsetting but use this forum to help you as I've found others to be so kind and supportive on here and I always try and respond if I read someone else's pain on here as I've been there myself .. . I'll keep posting on how things progress

Nov 06, 2015
Rapid hair loss
by: Roxy

My hair was shedding anyway but since having the Brazilian blow dry in Manchester UK 18 weeks ago my hair is falling out at a rate that is scary and I am willing to do anything to make it stop. I have low iron so I am taking iron tablets now as well as vitamins. Any advice please. I'm very scared xxx

Nov 05, 2015
More shedding
by: Missy

So my scalp had improved then I used color with ammonia that she foiled on my hair and seems like the shedding has picked up. Seems that it was since the monoxidil that burned. My scalp is sensitive again. Saw the hair dr down at UM again and she said use Rogaine foam 5% for men since the propylene glycol in a liquid aggravates people. I'll give it a try again. More shedding though for me now for about a month and a half or more. I was doing great until the monoxidil. I also felt a fast heart beat when I used the monoxidil. I'll have to see. I have high blood pressure. It's so depressing. But hopefully, the shedding will diminish again. I hate the idea of Rogaine because it's forever. I hate medicine. But as the dr said, you've gotta hang on to the hair you have while you have it so you have to start it. Also, they all said by the time someone sees a hair specialist, they've usually lost half their hair. But thank God there are weaves and extensions, etc. I didn't want to use the clobestol again because its alcohol is strong for the scalp. I do coconut oil still whenever I think about it. This damn keratin kills your scalp. I think that's what's happened. Ruins the follicles and damages the scalp like others have said. My friend takes meds for her thyroid, which is now normal, but her hair comes out all the time. Anyone with shedding has to get bloodwork to make sure it's not from something else. Just have to deal with it and focus on other stuff and hope for the best. Good luck to all.

Nov 05, 2015
Low thyroid
by: Low thy

Thanks sandra.

I looked back on Instagram to get a sense of when I had the keratin treatments and I noticed something interesting.

85 weeks ago I got my first keratin treatment. I know this because I took a photo on Instagram which dates the weeks.

My hair was thick - still fine because my hair has always been fine but I had a lot of hair. At 85 weeks and prior to it my hair was thick and pretty gorgeous.

My hair was my thin.

As I scrolled through the photos I noticed how my hair thinned which at the time I thought was from stress.

A few months later my thyroid was a little low so I thought that's why I was losing hair.

And then not knowing the culprit,

6 months ago I got another keratin which left my hair bent and like straw.

Then the hair loss accelerated.

Looking back at the photos it's so clear to me that the keratin destroyed my hair.

It's paper thin now- bald spots every where.

I want to sue the FDA!!!

Nov 04, 2015
Stay positive
by: Sandra

Please don't lose hope 'low thyroid'.. It has only been a few months since your excessive hair loss started and as Lucy (thanks for your lovely post!) said, it was three years before hers stopped falling excessively. Obviously, daily hair loss is normal but I think we all know on here what excessive hair loss looks like. I know what you mean about the parting getting wider towards the back and looking like a bald spot. That is exactly what I had.. That and overall hair loss. My hair has grown back ( had mine 16 months ago) although much thinner and I went natural and 'chemical free' pretty much as soon as this happened to me. I don't know if it helped or not, I don't know if it was an allergic reaction to keratin/chemicals on the scalp as some people have suggested or whether it was a reaction to formaldehyde as the research suggests. I'm actually hoping it was just an allergic reaction to keratin and not the 'formaldehyde scenario' as that is much more scary. If the formaldehyde has created this, then I'm playing a waiting game to see if new hair grows as each hair goes through its natural life cycle of several years and falls out. If the dermatologists don't know then how can I possibly work out what has happened. It's just comforting to know that I'm not alone although I would rather that none of us were having to face this. Scroll back and look at the stories of recovery , there are some there .. And good luck ..

Nov 03, 2015
low thyroid checking in
by: Anonymous

My thyroid has been normal for so long now. I am convinced that the two Keratin treatments that I had about a year apart have caused the bald spots on my head.

Yes, when I put my hair up I have bald spots and my part gets so thick towards the back of my head that it is a bald spot as well. I can't put my hair up without knowing that my scalp is showing in several places.

My friends and family are shocked. No one says, "It doesn't look that bad," anymore.

I am mortified.

I have been taking biotin for months. Nothing.
I have been taking NuHair DHT blocker for two weeks. Nothing.
I have been putting women's Rogaine on my head for four months. Nothing.
I have putting steroid ointment on my head that a dermatologist gave me for two weeks. Nothing.

Hair hair everything. In the car, on my bathroom floor, on my food, on my clothing...

I guess I am sad because I KNEW that with as much hair as I was seeing come out in the shower and every where else- I KNEW that I was bound to have bald spots in no time.

And I do.

It's been six months since my last Keratin treatment.

I hate hats, I refuse to get a wig, and I don't think scarves are cute.

I am so angry.

I want to sue the FDA, the makers of Pure Brazilian, and the makers of whoever made my first Keratin treatment too! What started as an idea to make my hair healthier turned into something that makes me look soooooo disgustingly unhealthy.

I suppose I'll be single for a few more years.

I've spent so much money trying to make my hair grow. It will likely be years before it is ever back to normal. This feels like a nightmare.

Oct 30, 2015
Thank you Lucy!!
by: Lisa

This gives us all some hope. Thank you for sharing.

Oct 29, 2015
Ideas
by: Scott Duncan

Thank you for such informative post.

Oct 28, 2015
Lucy
by: Anonymous

Checking in to see how everyone is doing. Almost 3 years and my hair slowed down to almost normal within the past two months. Hopefully it continues to stay this way. I can run my fingers or a brush threw it and only 1 or 2 hairs falling. After blow drying twice a week only 20-25 hairs each time. Hardly any hair throughout the house. Hair feels thicker but still lost a lot that I don't think is recoverable. Can this really be the end? Is this vicious cycle over? Am I normal again? Keratin is like a disease and I am hoping the fight is over!!!
Please keep posting and keep everyone updated.
We need each other.

Oct 21, 2015
Clobetasol !!!
by: Anonymous

I had a Brazilian Blowout in June 2014 (almost 17 months ago!). About 2 weeks after the procedure I noticed huge hair loss in the shower - shocking really. I tried everything - Nioxin shampoo, coconut oil treatments, different sulfate free shampoos, selsun blue, scalpicin (actually did help a little), etc etc etc. I finally made an appt to go see a dermatologist a week ago (took 6 weeks to get appt). I told her that my hair was falling out, but also that my scalp was not the same. Irritated at the back, hurt when I put my hair up for any extended period of time, itching etc. She said it was from the treatment - allergic dermatitis. She said it is not Telogen Effluvium (which I agree) - this was caused by STRONG chemicals coming in contact with scalp. It has nothing to do with your hair - hair is not alive, it is dead. It is falling out due to condition of scalp. She told me there was nothing you could do to directly help the hair grow but wait it out - but need to get scalp better. This is the same type of thing that can happen to some people as result of different hair dyes ,etc - not unique to keratin treatments. She prescribed me clobetasol (potent topical steroid) scalp treatment. It is a liquid in small squeeze bottle - to be applied twice a day. It is challenging to apply between hair but I just dab it over all areas of scalp and rub in. After only 2 days huge improvement! I am just starting 2nd week - and plan to use for 3 weeks total. I will update after I have stopped using it to let you know how scalp reacts when treatment has ended. My dermatologist was wonderful. Made me feel much better - If you are having this problem I recommend you see a dermatologist - tell them your hair is falling - but make a bigger deal about your scalp. They will treat that and hopefully you will get better.

Oct 20, 2015
Message to Anonymous in UK
by: Sandra

I'm so sorry that this is happening to you too.. It really is a scary experience. I wouldn't waste a penny of your money on seeing a private dermatologist or trichologist. I have spent hundreds of pounds on both! I live in London and I didn't waste any time in going to top trichologist and a top London dermatologist. Neither of them acknowledged that it could be caused by the Brazilian. I just wanted to scream at them - You don't get dramatic hair loss a week or so after a treatment for it to be unrelated ! After I had seen them I came across the Daily Mail article that refers to the research that I've mentioned. I wish I had taken it to show them! When you get your NHS appointment take the article with you so that they believe you.. Google Daily Mail, Brazilian blow dry , hair loss and you'll find it.. The dermatologist actually told me it was female hair baldness and it wouldn't grow back . Well it has... If your Brazilian was only done a few weeks ago please don't lose hope. My hair regrowth wasn't noticeable until several months after the hair straightening. I don't believe it was the keratin that caused this , as the product didn't really touch my scalp although I suppose it was on my hair for several days before washing. I believe it was the formaldehyde gas that penetrated the follicles in my case. My product was laden with it and my hair still doesn't have its original curl over a year later, that's how strong it was. EU regulations are supposed to protect us from these high formaldehyde treatments . My hair loss has lessened and there is regrowth although I can't pretend to you that my hair is like it used to be.. No more bald patch on top but very much thinner all over . At the moment I use Green People fragrance free shampoo and Liz Earle conditioner (contains no dimethicone).. I hope that I've been of some help to you and I wish you lots of luck. Please keep posting.. Especially after you've seen the NHS dermatologist ..

Oct 20, 2015
Sandra - can you recommend a UK dermatologist?
by: Anonymous

Sandra, I can't access the research but I notice you're based in the UK, like me, and hope you can help. My hair is falling out since having a Brazilian Blowout. I have a couple of small bald spots and extended partings. I have lost over 50% of my hair. My doctor says there is no scarring, which is good, but also no new growth. It has been falling out for several weeks. And it will take several weeks before I can see a dermatologist on the NHS. Is there a reasonably priced private dermatologist you can recommend? They seem to cost £250 plus just for a consultation!

Oct 12, 2015
Research on hair loss
by: Sandra

There is research about the effects of the Brazilian hair treatment ! And the research mentions hair loss in relation to this hair treatment!! I have tried so many times to access it but I can't get past the first page. If there is anybody out there that can manage to access this research I would be so, so grateful to know what it says. I have mentioned it on this forum before.. The research was carried out at The University of California, Berkeley's school of public health. It is written about in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene ((August 2013). I did manage to get the journal to load on my iPad but I think you need to pay something or be a subscriber maybe in order to open all the pages. Or maybe I'm just not computer literate enough .. Also, I'm in the UK , so maybe that made a difference . Maybe if you have a dermatologist in USA you could ask them if they can access it - at least then they would believe you and have an understanding of what happened !! The research is referred to in a UK newspaper which is how I know about it and the newspaper article refers to hair loss. please please someone please try to find this and let us know how you get on.. There has to be an explanation if nothing else .. At least if you can take the journal with you when you visit the dermatologist they might be able to understand what has happened ... Thank you all for your messages

Oct 12, 2015
to Missy and all fellow sufferers
by: Maria

Hi,here is my little update. After scalp pain came back at 5 month post treatment, I was sure it's from minoxidil use.It was by coincidence I found out it was my shampoo which was causing this. I washed my kid's hair with it and they both start to scratch like crazy. I've been using this shampoo right after the treatment ruined my hair so I had no way of noticing that was the problem. I switched to garlic shampoo-normal sulfate brand.Once finished,I went back to this s..t Eucerin,dermo capilaire,sulfate free,paraben free,etc.Man,how could I not notice this caused the pain,even got dandruff from it. Once I realized (a month later) I switched to Khadi natural shampoo for irritated scalp with tea tree to treat infection and lots of oils to pamper scalp.Pain went away after 2-3 washes.What a relief.So I am back on minoxidil 5% twice a day (I lowered previously to 2% because of the scalp pain).My hair is growing,still thin where bald patches were but getting better.I look ugly because my hair is still very short but it was important for me mentally not to have any burnt hair on my head.Part of getting better,start clean. Lots of strength to you all.Dermatologists are clueless about this problem,stop wasting your time. Oh and before I forget,when my hair was done falling out,it stopped completely.Nothing fell out for a month. Then normal shedding restarted and it's been like that already for almost 2 month.Good luck and keep getting better.

Oct 12, 2015
Thyroid anonymous
by: Anonymous

My hair loss started a year ago after my first keratin treatment but it wasn't bad and since my thyroid became hypo at the same time, I thought that was the cause.

But my last keratin treatment was in April and my hair starting coming out in amounts I never thought possible by May. By June I had bald spots and I still have excessive hair loss today.

Can someone start a blog or a page where we can post photos?

I would like to start a class action law suit as well.

I am also having a very difficult time in my life right now and the hair loss makes me feel like I'm living in a bad dream.

Of all the things are going wrong right now I have to add that I'm mortified about my hair falling out like crazy all over the place.

So let's see since my last Keratin treatment it has been 6 months and there are no signs that the hair loss is slowing down.

My hair is paper thin and doesn't even feel like MY hair. You can see my scalp. I show people and they don't say "oh it doesn't look so bad!"
People are saying, "Oh my god you're going bald!"

So I know it's bad.

Oct 12, 2015
Wish I'd never had the Brazilian Blowout
by: Anonymous

Anonymous, How long have you been experiencing hair loss? I'm at a year and I am still losing well over 100 and can totally relate to showers being a nightmare :(. I wash every other day but think I need to slow down. My scalp no longer seems to produce oil and my hair is so dry because of that.. I have cut off everything from the keratin treatment (9 inches in one lop was so sad, but I wanted it out of my hair and that was the only way I could be sure). I have been to 5 different dermatologist, taken every blood and health test imaginable -I am really healthy...except my hair loss..from the Brazilian blowout..None of them can figure out what the BB did to me that is causing it. I take a pile of vitamins everyday (all related to growing hair and preventing hair loss). I use purador shampoo for hair loss and I have been using rogaine for the last 3 months. I started at 2%, but the last dermatologist told me to go to 5%.. I really didn't want to start using it because of the side effects and the need to use it forever, but it was really a last resort.. my hair is so thin and I have bald patches that i can no longer camouflage with hairstyles. The 2% rogaine did nothing at all for me. I'm hoping the 5% might work better. Good luck to all of you. Please keep posting... I'm hopeful someone will post positive stories to give us all hope

Oct 12, 2015
YEARS???!!!
by: Anonymous

I can't believe that people are posting that they have bald spots after YEARS.

My hair is in better condition thanks to biotin and expensive conditioners but I am still losing well over 100 a day and taking a shower is a nightmare.

Please people- is there anyone who didn't have this problem for years!!???

My bald spots are crazy!!! It's a nightmare!

Rogaine doesn't seem to be working.

Oct 03, 2015
Be careful with Drs.
by: Parsley girl

Doctors most of the time they don't know, don't care and since no one is doing research about that they're just guessing what could probably is wrong so don't believe that doctor when they tell you that is not the keratin because is no coincidence that so many of us from different parts of the world and different countries have the same problem with the same product. Thanks God my hair is growing and I have my bald spots filled with hair so quickly I use folicure look it up, it really work for me unlike rogain that when you stop using it the hair that grew falls of and is expensive to girls just keep searching use your instincts and try to use as many natural or organic stuff as possible and most of all be patient with your hair remember that keratin penetrated the scalp. Hair can't breathe we have a very dangerous chemical on the scalp and is making our hair to fall off from the root so please take care of yourself and your head in anyway way you feel is best for you. Take care all you girls we are in this together be strong...

Oct 03, 2015
Dermatologist is no help.
by: Anonymous

I cut five inches off my hair and had a gloss added.

It looks better but I am still losing so much.

I saw a second dermatologist and he said it's TE probably from stress and thyroid. He dismissed my concern over the Keratin treatment and gave me some scalp oil that burned my eyes and was like putting peanut oil on my scalp so I won't be using it. It's normally prescribed for Psoriasis which I don't have so I have no idea why he gave it to me. He said the steroid in it might stimulate hair growth.

I am still using Rogaine and taking biotin.

I don't see any improvement and my Keratin treatment was in April.

I'm just glad the color gloss make my hair look better and not worse because the color got so orangey after the Keratin it was pretty nasty.

Oct 02, 2015
hair
by: Anonymous

Amazing post!!!

Sep 29, 2015
Same as below
by: Anonymous

Almost 4 years and still a nightmare. My hair is still very thin and barely grows back. The only thing I hold onto is that the shedding has decreased, I barely shed during the day but feel like normal hair loss is not being replaced. I'll never forget that horrible day I let someone pour that horrible Brazilian blowout onto my head. Still very depressed over it. I loved my hair

Sep 28, 2015
Almost 4 Years
by: Anonymous

Its been almost 4 years and my hair still falls out. I lost about 60% and it never returned. It grows but thinner and much slower than before. I still cringe when I have to wash it b/c I still lose so much. Blow drying is still a nightmare. I went into a deep depression for the first 2 years but have now learned to live with it. I still think about it every single day and how it has ruined my life. I am treating it as if I have a disease and have no choice but to accept it and move on. Thankfully, I never went bald. Thankfully, I had enough hair that losing 60% of it wasn't noticeable to anyone. My hair is baby fine now. It used to be thick and coarse. It is as light as a feather and used to be heavy as can be. These changes are only noticeable to me. I wore scalp powder for 3 years but thankfully, my part has filled in slightly. Still sparse but I guess I am just used to it. This is permanent and I am 1000% sure my hair will never be the same. Good luck to everyone.

Sep 24, 2015
Two years plus for me
by: Anonymous

It has been two years and the hair is still falling. I am happy that the scalp pain stopped awhile ago.
My hair is dry, damaged, brittle and thin. My hair is so light. Its really a mess so I always wear it up in a clip. I tried pony's but the thinness and wrapping the elastic around 4x to the size of a dime bothered me too much. I wash 2x a week and the hair loss is about 60-80 plus hairs that I recover from the floor. I would love to buzz it off but just cant. Since I wear it up constantly then washing 2x a week for a total of max 160 is not bad since they say that you can lose that in two days however its the paper thin unruly mess that I can not take. My hair is growing but not as the same texture. My hair is now baby fine and it was NEVER like that. Also the shine is gone. I tried Aphogee 2 step from the recommendation from a lady at Sallys for people who had problems with relaxers, she said it should work on Keratin disasters too and really liked it.. It has tamed my hair however you can only use it every 6 weeks. I have only used it once but I wish I knew about that BEFORE keratin treatments. Bottom line-my hair is still a mess and who knows how long this will be. The keratin has been cut out along time ago and I am still "not my hair". Good luck all!

Sep 23, 2015
Hairloss stop n new growth
by: Suraya

Hi everyone! I'm very happy to share to you all about my success in stopping my hairloss and regrowth new hair. I get my relaxer n hairdye done in march 2014 and it continue to shed like crazy and i lost about 40% of my already thin hair. I tried many things to stop hairloss like minoxidil, hair treatment vitamins and many more but nothing could slow down my shedding until last may I decided to get buzzed haircut. Its very short and almost bald. I started to massage my scalp with castor oil and tea tree oil alternate with vitamin E oil like 3-4 times a week without fail and i can say that it immediately stop my hairloss. Now its already 4 months and I continue to cut my hair short for now because its easy for me to treat my scalp and hair with that thick castor oil. And i am so happy that now i can see so many tiny hair growth all over my head its very thin but i can see that it's slowly filling in. I hope that this may help you guys.

Sep 22, 2015
Almost a year and my hair still falls out
by: Lisa

I had a Brazilian Blowout on October 5 , 2014 . It looked great at first and I did notice more hair loss almost immediately, but I had such thick healthy hair (although frizzy) that I didn't think much of it. About 3 weeks later is when the nightmare started. I was in the shower washing my hair and I looked at my hand and it was completely full of long hair that had come out from the root. This hasn't stopped since then so I am left with very little hair now. It's so thin and I am seeing more and more of my scalp. I am worried it's not going to stop :(. I have a visible patch of bare scalp right above my forehead and it's very hard to hide. I still lose a lot everyday when I comb it very gently or run my fingers through it. I have had every blood and health test available and I am in perfect health. It's just that I had this terrible treatment. I started using rogaine about 2 months ago but haven't noticed much regrowth yet. Since it started happening, I have been taking tons of vitamins (biotin, etc) using all the hairloss prevention products (Nexium) but nothing seems to help. This is really sad and I have been very depressed and can barely look at myself in the mirror anymore. The creator of this product should be locked up. It has been a nightmare for me and it looks like many others have experienced the same thing. I am just wondering what happened to all the people who posted in 2011. Did their hair ever come back. How did they get this to stop?

Sep 19, 2015
My hair story with the Keratin Brazillian Treatment
by: Nika

Okay to Start, I am mixed race so my hair is curly, its between 3b and 3a. I have struggled with managing my curls my whole life and when i heard of the Brazilian treatment I had to try so in December of 2012 I did. Then I did it again in October of 2013. Then not again until September 2015. The last time i did it January 2015, I did it with a new hair dresser. I believe that it was the last treatment that I got that messed up my hair. I found that my drain was full of hair, so was my carpet and my bathroom floor. I couldn't brush my hair unless it was over the sink because of how much hair loss there was. Now my hair looks 50% thinner, especially at the front. My hair is a mess I have cut it, tried millions or treatments and it only seems to be getting thinner and more dry. Please help me find the solution I just need it to grow back. Its been 8 months since the last treatment. Please help!

Sep 18, 2015
Keratin treatment gone bad
by: Debbie

I, too, had a keratin treatment about 3 weeks ago. I was hoping for less frizz and more shine on my platinum blonde, highlighted hair. It turned out horrible. My hair is completely fried in the front around my face and thinner on the sides. I have been using Aveda damage repair shampoo, and conditioner(which I don't rinse out). It helps with the frizz but now I have absolutely no body. Thank God I had just bought some clip-in extensions. Although they aren't comfortable because my hair is so thin and my scalp is tender, I am grateful for them. I have a consultation to have permanent extensions sewn in next week until my hair grows back. I pray it grows back. This treatment may work for some, but not for me. I feel your pain.

Sep 17, 2015
Hair treatment
by: Anonymous

Ladies it have been almost a year since I keratin treatment, now I have cut my hair all up to my ears because all it was looking looking like straw. I am taking biotin and use home-products like and egg protein to shampoo my hair all all natural coconut oil my hair is growing and thickening up and have stop shedding. Sorry ladies but you are going to have to cut all the damage hair out and condition the balance with coconut oil to make it better.
I wish we could sue the FDA for what they have done to us. I use to have pretty curls and only did the proceeds because I want to wear my straight in the heat for work and now my hair is short and regrowing but it will never be the same thickness and curl.

Sep 17, 2015
Keratin Shampoo has quickly ruined my scalp
by: Anonymous

I am a blue-eyed natural blonde with very fair skin. A couple month ago, I asked a young woman how she got her hair so shiny and pretty. Her response was "Keratin shampoo, and taking Biotin". So I bought some Keratin Shampoo & Conditioner, plus Keratin "Hair Shine Spray". I haven't even made it halfway through the bottles of shampoo and conditioner yet (as I use another kind regularly), yet I used the shine spray on my hair almost every day. My scalp has become terribly afflicted, and I haven't been able to figure out why until tonight! "It's like a scab or cut you keep picking - it doesn't have a chance to heal." - The user who wrote this is exactly correct. I have scabs ALL OVER the back of my head/within my hair. Not even using Neosporin has healed these ultra-thick scabs. I CAN'T BELIEVE THE FDA ALLOWS THESE CONSUMER PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET WITHOUT LOUD WARNING LABELS OF POSSIBLY CANCEROUS REACTIONS.

Sep 17, 2015
Yes Anonymous it will grow like I said
by: Parsley Girl here

Before not at the same pace and it will grow thinner than what it use to be...patience and a lot of care with your hair

Sep 17, 2015
Maria and others
by: Missy

Maria, so sorry to hear about your scalp. Oh, mine for sure is aggravated again after the monoxidil. I used a shampoo that totally bothered me because my scalp was sensitive because just a few weeks prior it didn't bother me. I heard 5% produces more issues than the 2%. I have to look but I think mine had 2%. But it's the other ingredients- which lead to my thought- if monoxodil doesn't work, does anything else grow hair? If you can't use monoxodil, are you screwed? I'm feeling really discouraged about that. I just don't know that's it worth it for me to spend a day driving down to the hair dr again if there's nothing else that's going to grow hair. He's not going to be able to do anything else for me, assuming it's not the brand, etc. Maria, I do the coconut oil on scalp, I use the shampoo from Vitamin Shoppe which is the one that's collagen, aloe, Biotin H24. Calms my scalp. Nothing fragrance for sensitivity. I spend a fortune for color with foil so it's not not on my scalp. I think I see more shedding since that aggravation of the scalp. Good luck, hun.

Sep 17, 2015
Will it grow back?
by: Sandra

From my experience and reading the experience of others both on this forum and other places: yes, there is a possibility that it will grow back although maybe not as thick as it used to be. The bald patch on top of my head and wide centre parting that I had a year ago has filled in with hairs during the course of the year although it is not as thick as it used to be. I had all over hair loss as well as the bald patch and not all of it has returned but others have spoken of hair returning after more than a year so I live in hope. There are of course others that have not had any hair regrowth so it's difficult to say for sure. It seems that the treatment affects everyone in different ways, some having bald patches , some all over hair loss, some having pain, others not etc with one common factor being hair loss. Please let us know how you get on and good luck.

Sep 17, 2015
Bald spots
by: Anonymous

CAN someone please tell me if my hair will grow back!!??

Sep 14, 2015
Yes Low tyroid I feel your pain.
by: Parsley girl here

And wait it will keep falling,but it will grow back but not the way it was before my advice is take all the hair off is contaminated. Some girls here don't like that suggestion but I'm telling you it work wen I first cut all my hair with the machine like they do in the army I had 9 big bald spots all over my head it was not pretty before the kkt I didn't had dandruff images that a bald head full of dandruff well I started using Folicure but not the shampoo or the conditioner is a liquid that you put on your scalp after you wash your hair and you live it in and now I only have one little bald spot on the back of my head, yes I cut my hair again this time with number 4 because I look like a crazy sheep it was 4 inches long but I wanted to see how my scalp was doing, and it's doing better I wash my head every 2 days with a detox shampoo its call herbal essences naturals wild detoxifying shampoo deeply clean with Thai lemons basil it works for me not everyone is the same so this is going to be a proses of learning what works for you and everyone reading this.

My wedding is in December I already have my wig that I had to costumise to my head and to my liking that was a lot of work hahaha well I wish everyone here the best. Don't forget to drink vitamins for the hair specially biotin is really good for people with thyroid problems oh by the way my hair was shedding when it was 4 inches long. I think this is going to be the never ending story wen my hair gets longer thanks to the stupid kkt. God bless each and everyone and give us strength to get pass this problem that we all have in common take care everyone.

Sep 14, 2015
Low thyroid
by: Anonymous

Sorry I should clarify it was a keratin treatment.
It looked straight but stringy when she was done and she kept telling me that the treatment would make my hair like "spun silk"
But after I slept on it it was bent at right angles and linked and awful.
She blamed my thyroid.
Then it got really dry like straw.

Now it it is falling out by the root - at the follicle.
I have bald spots.
Showering is the worst part of my day.
Hair everywhere.

Sep 14, 2015
FF Blowout or Thyroid?
by: Anonymous

I don't know if it's my low thyroid or the supposedly Formaldehyde free Brazilian blowout that I had a few months ago (for the first and last time) but I lost a tremendous amount of hair. My part is thicker and I have bald spots.
It's awful.

After the BB treatment my hair was all bent and pointy and it ended up like straw. Now it is just falling out.


Sep 11, 2015
to Missy
by: Maria

Missy,do you have any update on your scalp? I have recently so much scalp pain,I could cry.I don't know what happened,it was all calm for couple of month but now... :( At least I am not shedding again.Hair keeps growing but I am so scared it will start falling out again.Since you mentioned that minoxidil irritated your scalp,I start to wonder if my scalp could hurt from that as well even though I cannot imagine why it wouldn't do that before.I use this one for 6 month now.I am thinking of switching to my old 2%minoxidil which I used for years but again,too scared that I will start shedding from lower potency minoxidil.I can't think of anything else.I cut my hair really short,about 4cm.I've never looked this ugly in my life.No bald just ugly :((

Sep 05, 2015
In answer to your questions
by: DB to mh

Hi MH
I started wearing wigs probably 2 or 3 months after my second treatment my hair did grow back very slowly but kept breaking and falling out it use to just come right out of my scalp with little touching it's still very sparse and I use organic and very mild products to style it. I am 61 and blow dry my hair on low setting every other day I still notice people looking at my scalp.my only saving grace is that when I wear it curly it's not as noticeable. .

Sep 05, 2015
To DB
by: MH

Hi DB

God 5 years that is just horrific. Can I ask you some further questions if you don't mind?

1. How many months/years after the second treatment did you have to shave your head/start wearing wigs?
2. So you currently blow dry your hair?
3. How much re growth would you say you've had?
4. What is your age range?
5. How kind do you keep your hair now?
6. Do other people still notice your hair loss/parting?

Thanks vet much. I'm coming up to a year in a couple of weeks and have lost so much hair and have severe dermatitis over my entire scalp which no steroid has been able to help. Luckily I do not have grey hair yet so don't have to deal with the nightmare of colouring it. But I cannot blow dry it now it is so thin.

Sep 04, 2015
to Brittany
by: Anonymous

I used HLCC products for about a year or so. I posted on here a long time ago about the vitamins. I ordered the products after reading the same post on the long hair care website. I do believe that the vitamins slowed down the shedding. I still lost a lot of hair but I think the DHT blockers helped compared to when I didn't take them. They are quite pricey. I think they are 99.00 per bottle plus shipping. I even drove two hours to a tricologist (spelling?) who swore by the entire HLCC line of hair care. So I used the shampoo and conditioner along with the scalp cleanser and maximum hair growth serum. I think it helped. I got pregnant and I'm nursing so I've stopped taking the vitamins for now. I use a hair tonic made from sea buckthorn..stinging nettle...burdock root and fenugreek. Once I wean my son I'm going to start taking the vitamins again. I also believed they worked becuz I got lazy and stopped using all the products. Now thinking back...I got lazy because my hair shedding had slowed down and I got comfortable.
My hair thickened up during pregnancy but around the 5th or 6th month post partum it started coming out in handfuls. It's been about 3 and half years since my one time keratin treatment. I used the Global system and I think it was an extra strong formula for hard to manage hair. And like a fool I let a hairdresser apply this on top of having a relaxer. I was told it was a conditioning treatment. I didn't do any research and I regret it!
I've lost about 40 percent of my hair. I am thankful that I started out with a lot of hair. My strands are still straw like. My hair is def not the same texture. It feels like plastic. My roots feel softer but my hair texture is weird. It feels rough and it tangles easily. I've cut about 4 inches off and that has helped the appearance.

Sep 04, 2015
Still losing
by: Db

It has been at least 5 years since I had my 2nd keratin treatment the first using Coppola the 2nd using pravana after the 2nd treatment almost immediately after my scalp was on fire tight then numb I followed the same routine most of you I went to derma. I even had MRI people thought I had a tumor with the way my hair was falling out.I tried everything creams,special shampoo vitamins nothing helped I eventually cut whatever. Wadley on my head and purchased 2 cheap wigs then 2 professional ones I woreally them for about 1 yr as my hair started to grow I used organic hair dye to cover the gray everything I used irritated my scalp I cried for a good 2yrs now my hair still falls out very easily breaks off easily and it's so frizzy no matter what I use sorry to say ladies my hair has never gone back to the way it was prior.my scalp is still very noticeable as is my wide part I regret my decision to have keratin

Sep 04, 2015
Forum/HLCC Hair Recovery/ Questions
by: Brittany

I found a forum online with a woman who had regrowth from a bad keratin treatment. She mentioned that she used the HLCC's DHT inhabiting products. I am considering purchasing some of their products since I am also having excessive hair loss from a global keratin treatment done in May 2015.

Has anyone had any success or failures from using their products?

Here is the link to the recovery story. https://longhaircareforum.com/threads/how-i-finally-recovered-from-the-keratin-hair-loss.690423/

Sep 03, 2015
Some comments and questions
by: Sandra

Losing hair after my Brazilian hair straightening was horrendous! It has been painful and scary and shocking! My hope is that this forum will alert others to this fact and protect them from the pain that I have been through. To minimise this in any way is hurtful. You cannot say the hair will grow back as some people on this forum say that there's hasn't, you cannot say that you will not go bald as some people on this forum are almost at that stage. We have a responsibility to others to share our stories, without giving false promises or inaccurate information. I am so sorry for all of you that are going through this (as am I) and I don't have any answers but I so, so appreciate all of you that share the things that they have tried and that offer support on this forum. Anonymous, that has had so much hair loss after three years.. Did the product used on you have lots of formaldehyde or do you think it was the keratin that caused this? In my case, there was lots of formaldehyde. After a year my curl has returned but is still not what it used to be. I have read that the more formaldehyde used, the longer the hair stays straight. I really hope that you get some re growth. I have read that, for some people on this forum it suddenly just starts re growing so I hope that will happen to you. MH, you're in England like me and I wondered if you knew what product was used on you or where it came from. Was it a high formaldehyde product as I have been researching and I think they are illegal in England. Did you contact Trading standards or Environmental Health? And finally, MG , I know you've been contributing to this forum for a long time... I am so pleased that your hair loss seems to have reduced and I so, so hope that this has continued for you. Please do update us.

Sep 03, 2015
Mh
by: Anonymous

My scalp. I can see through to my scalp. It's been 3 years.

Sep 03, 2015
To anonymous
by: MH

Anonymous, how long ago did you get your treatment. I think I am very close to having to purchase a wig. When you say see through do you mean to your scalp or that your hair end are just so thin that it is very happy?

Sep 03, 2015
To YD
by: Anonymous

YD, you just proven the effect of Keratin just by saying you never got your curls back after 4 years! That is not how it suppose to work!! There are women who like to go straight but not in expense of loosing their natural curls to a misshaped retarded looking wavy hair. And yes, there are many who thought like you and went for second and even third treatments. Some were lucky but some went partially bald. So... go ahead and play the Russian roulette but please don't try to convince others that it is worth playing this game.

Sep 02, 2015
To YD please don't get another keratin
by: Helen

It will make your hair fall out it is just a matter of time I dint believe it until my hair started falling of know is growing but not at the same pace an now I have dandruff it is a nightmare my hair is not the same.

Sep 02, 2015
To the person below
by: Anonymous

This is by far the most ridiculous post. My hair is 90% gone and see through all over now. There are women on here in wigs! You want to get another one? Maybe you should start reading about the chemicals are that are in. You wrote that like you think people don't know what's happening to there own hair. If you get another one after reading these comments, I pray you lose all of you hair

Sep 02, 2015
Keratin Treatment lasted 4 years
by: yd

I got the Keratin treatment in 2011 and you can still see the effects of the treatment on my hair. My hair was super curly, I do remember losing a bit more hair than normal but I lost a lot of hair to begin with. for me it wasn't a problem because i had an enormous amount of thick hair, so losing some hair actually made my hair look better. My hair is now wavy, it will never go back to the spring board curls i had before and I am glad about it. My hair can still curl with product but not to the intensity it had before. I am planning to get the keratin done again because the effect has worn off a bit. I know people say it's only suppose to last months but in my case it lasted 4 years. I wouldn't worry about the hair falling out that is normal for this treatment, it will grow back and it won't get to the point where you get bald. I lose a big hair ball of hair when I shower and when I Iron my hair but I believe I still have a huge amount of thick hair.

-Hope this helps

Aug 24, 2015
One more thing
by: JP

If you are going to try the scalpicin be sure to get the one with hydrocortisone. There is also one with salicylic acid - I have not tried that one.

Aug 24, 2015
It's all because of inflammation
by: JP

I had posted here back in January or February and at that time reported that my hair loss was getting better. But not long after that the hair loss returned (about 100-150 hairs/day). It has remained about that since then. I have not been to a derm (probably should have much sooner) - but did recently make an appt. for mid Oct ( long waits!). However a week and 1/2 ago I have started trying selsun blue shampoo and scalpicin. My hair is sooooo much better already. I can't believe it. Here's my routine: every morning I take Claritin antihistamine and biotin. At night I wash my hair with Selsun Blue shampoo, condition with Neutrogena triple moisture conditioner ( don't rub into scalp). After towel drying hair I apply scalpicin rubbing evenly into scalp, then apply Paul Mitchell leave in conditioner to ends of hair. I am losing maybe 50 hairs per day, not falling all day etc. I rinse my hair with cool to cold water. The scalpicin and antihistamine are fighting the inflammation so I am convinced that is what is causing the hair loss. I plan to continue this 6 days a week (taking a day off each week) thru the end of September. We'll see if it keeps doing well. My BB was 15 mos ago - so I am sure time has helped too - but these things are making a big difference! Good luck :)

Aug 24, 2015
11 months and still going strong
by: MH

Hi All

11 months today this hell started and I just can't believe how bad it has become. I have just got out the shower and lost may 2/300 hairs! I'm pretty sure my hair loss has picked up.

I am now down to 40% of my original hair and using hair filler spray everyday. Most my hair at the front has gone, when I get out the shower I just see scalp which is devastating.

I cut it short 3 weeks ago, thinking losing another 5 inches would improve it. It has made zero difference.

I caved and went to see a dorm knowing that few have ever had a satisfying dorm explanation on here. she gave me clobetasol scalp application as my scalp is still incredibly inflamed and said she thinks it is scarring alopecia. That has devastated me. I keep hoping she is wrong.

My hair loss I s now noticeable to friends, who say it is still normal but now admit it is not the mane they were all jealous of a year ago.

I am now having to google wigs, to those years in, is your hair loss noticeable? I feel like if I have another year I will have no hair left, there is just so little.

I can't believe at 24 I am having to deal with this, my life is ruined. I just don't do anything anymore and live in a lonely bubble doing nothing at weekends.

Aug 11, 2015
Maria, thank you
by: Missy

Thanks for looking, Maria. I have to call the dr, but I heard that. That's why I was thinking maybe the foam because it wouldn't have alcohol and propylene in the base. I don't know. I'll call the dr's office to see. Also, this is a question for any of you using the minoxidil or rogaine. As a practical matter, doesn't it have to get at least rinsed off the next day? So that means never being able to blowdry your hair straight because the next day you have to rinse it? I've been my natural curly and not blowing it, but I'm just thinking if my scalp ever gets better, I'd blowdry and wonder how that works. thanks again and wishing everyone the best

Aug 10, 2015
To Missy
by: Maria

Hi Missy,
I checked in Neocapil and Balohair (both minoxidil solutions I used in my life) and both have exactly same ingredients,ethanol and 96% prophylene glycol.Other than that just destilled water.How strange because one is greasy and other feels like pure alcohol.Both worked for me the same.5% is meant to be used by men only for obvious reason.I shave and wax non stop :( But I remember having similar reaction to 2% solution years ago.It subsides after a while.I hope your scalp will calm down in a while because minoxidil really does what it promises including shedding when you stop.Try some khadi oils to calm your scalp and aloe vera straight from the plant.That stopped the burning instantly for me.I wish there was a way I could help you.Feels kind of bad to have progress and seeing other people here with very little improvement at all. This was a life lesson for us all :( Take care.M

Aug 09, 2015
To Maria
by: Missy

Thanks for the info. I actually am using the version made by my hair dr's compounding lab, which is monoxidil with a little of a milder version if clobex, which they say is there because many shed from the monoxidil. It's 2%. I'm going to call them to ask what's in there specifically, and if guess try another type of the m. I hear it's propylene glycol that many have problems with and one other agent. I also guess I can try foam and see if that's any better I guess in Rogaine. Very discouraging because I have to do something but on the other hand this scalp irritation makes it impossible to color hair

Aug 09, 2015
To Missy
by: Maria

Hi Missy

Don't you have different brand of minoxidil you can switch to? We have here 3 brands that I know of and they all have different ingredients judging by consistency.I am actually going to swap soon from 5% solutin to 2% because hair is growing....everywhere :/

Aug 01, 2015
To anonymous
by: Missy

Yes, anonymous. I used clobex for 3 weeks after the keratin burn & it absolutely slowed the shedding. Good luck

Aug 01, 2015
To Missy
by: Anonymous

Missy - sorry to hear that. I have not tried minoxidil. I want to ask you if you thought the clobestrol helped stop your shedding? After using it how much would you still say you shed each day? Thanks

Aug 01, 2015
minoxidil burns
by: Missy

Using minoxidil about a month and finally I can't take the burn on my scalp any longer. I'm beyond pissed that minoxidil has inflamed everywhere I put it after I spent so much time getting my scalp calmed down. They say many can't take the propylene glycol. Mine is liquid and Dr. from whom I get it is a hair specialist. They add a little bit of a steroid since apparently minoxidil makes you shed initially so it keeps the shedding down. So now there's no way for me to use that any longer.

Jul 24, 2015
....
by: Anonymous

I wouldn't lose hope though. A lot of people had there hair grow back. I think it all depends on how much the hair dresser put in your hair and the product they used. A few people on here probably had this treatment done horribly wrong like myself and it just happened to already have an extreme amount of formaldehyde in it.

Jul 24, 2015
Sadly it has not stopped
by: Anonymous

After 3 years I no longer lose chunks but the 60-100 I lose a day is not being replaced. I honestly think by now my hair is living put it's normal life cycle then dying. My hair is now see through when down. Like I can see through to the sides.

Jul 23, 2015
To those losing for 3 years +
by: Anonymous

For those who say you have been losing hair due to BB for 3 years or more can you tell us what your hair looks like now? It would seem after 3 years you would have barely any hair left - unless your hair is also growing in. After 3 years maybe your hair loss/growth has stabilized to a point where it will remain the same.

Jul 23, 2015
Anyone with any luck?
by: Anonymous

3 years and still no luck for me. I really don't want to wear a wig.

Jul 15, 2015
To MG
by: Anonymous

So glad to hear things are improving for you - you have been dealing with this for so long. I just had a couple questions: how many times per week do you shampoo and do you use the Tsal every time? What kind of conditioner are you using? Also, how long after you started using Tsal did you notice improvement? Thanks and I really hope improvement continues for you. Please keep us updated.

Jul 14, 2015
Update
by: Maria

Hi all, what a heartbreak to read all those new stories and posts with no improvement so far. Keep strong,this gets better in time. I know,easy for me to say,I om on the recovery road and improving. But everything comes at price.I put 5% minoxidil in my hair morning and evening.My hair grows.Hairline moved forward and new hair on my forehead are now about 3 cm long.Where my bald patch was and it was about 13cm v 5cm big,I have now over 4cm long spiky hair.Density nowhere near what I used to have but I am thankful for any progress.With overhead lighting you can still see my scalp shining through.I made my peace with a fact this may never go back to normal but it might look descent in 2 years time.Lengths of my hair are getting thinner as I still loose a lot but by now it's only about twice of average daily loss.Lengths of my hair is orange and fried despite putting hair mask on every second day.They are just dead.I plan on cutting my hair completely short very soon but I am worried with short hair all thin patches will be on display.On the other hand,after 4 month I cannot stand to look at this straw on my head.As a side effect of minoxidil I am growing more hair on my legs,arms and on my face (thin peach hair but a lot) so I vax non stop as I plan to keep on 5% minoxidil for further 2-3 month.I know once I go down to 2% solution the hairiness will slow down but so will the hair growth.Here is a tip what helped me most with that painful scalp: aloe vera rubbed in straight from the leaf, panthenol spray (yes the one for burns) sprayed all over my scalp and kept for 2 hours prior to wash. I wish all of you lots of new healthy hair and no more heart ache. I must say being extremely busy helps my mental state,no time to think about it,wearing hat now for 4 month.

Jul 11, 2015
TSAL
by: MG

I forgot to mention that I only apply the shampoo to the scalp as the main ingredient is salisic acid which will dry your hair. I prime my hair with coconut oil before I wash it and use a super moisturizing conditioner.

Jul 11, 2015
TSAL
by: MG

Hi,
I have been using TSAL shampoo from Neutrogena for the past month and the condition of my scalp has improved. I feel like my scalp is less inflamed, less buildup and less hair loss. I have suffered extreme hair loss from a Brazilian Blowout for three years. I was brushing almost two hundred hairs when I washed and lately it has been about 60. I know it is a lot still but for me it is a big improvement. I dont dread washing my hair anymore. Also, I dont drop hairs all day long and when I dry brush I lose about 10 to 15 hairs as opposed to 50 to 100. I am also able to wear clips again because before even the lightest hair accessory would make my scalp hurt. I dont want to jinx it but I wanted to share my improvement.

I think that you need to find something to help with the pain and burning and inflammation. Someone posted somewhere else that Scalpicin Extra Strengh and Selsun blue worked. I think that anything that keeps inflammation down is the key to use.

Jul 11, 2015
Response
by: Sandra

I'm trying to think of what advice to give you and I really don't know but I'm answering you as I know the pain I was in when I first found this forum and I just want you to know that there is someone here! I'm just wondering if maybe it's not cream on your scalp but perhaps it is the skin on your scalp that is reacting and feels as though it is cream that is stuck to your scalp.... If I were in your shoes I would see a doctor sooner rather than later so that they can see what they think is on your scalp. Maybe it will flake off by itself - I had some large flakes for a while. I wish you luck with this and hope that it begins to feel better soon...

Jul 11, 2015
Cream sticks to my scalp
by: Golden Sunshine

I have thin straight hair, but highlighted for several times so it had split ends and my hairdresser recommended a botox treatment, but i believe she did for me a keratin treatment not botox because she used the same product to another customer with frizzy hair and told her its keratin. After the treatment my hair had better ends but i felt clumps of dried cream sticking on my scalp and it's painful. I tried to remove but i couldn't, i had blood on my fingers. I tried to soak my head and to remove them with shampoo but useless. Now im afraid its inflamed as i feel its swollen and more painful. What should I do?

Jul 09, 2015
Don't take Propecia!
by: Anonymous

I've been reading through the comments since I've done keratin treatment for my hair around 4 to 5 times in a year for two years and then twice last year. My hair is thinner but I am not sure if it is because of male pattern baldness or because of Brazilian blowout or both. My center parting is just thin and you can see the scalp through the thing hair where it was really thick before. Under the strong light it really looks bad. Seeing how some people here got scarred just from one keratin treatment I consider myself lucky because I've had more than 10!

Anyway when I've noticed my hair getting thinner I've started using Rogaine, Ketoconazole shampoo, biotin, vitamin B, zinc and even went to mesohair treatment where they roll your scalp with a dermaroller and inject vitamins and hair boosters into your scalp but nothing helped thickened my hair.
I've become desperate and seriously started considering taking Propecia but then found all these young men complaining how Propecia killed their libido, erectile dysfunction, made them permanently impotent, depressed, gave them brain fog. I thought all of those stories were fabricated but then I've met a guy who had the side effects from Propecia first hand and he told me about propeciahelp.com website where there's thousands of men post on the forums who have been damaged by this drug. It doesn't happen to everyone, but nobody knows who can get these irreversible side effects from Propecia and like I've said if it hits you, they are permanent, messes up your hormonal system really bad. Some report they never regained their libido or overcame erectile dysfunction. There were even reported suicides from people who have taken this drug and haven't recovered. Please, inform yourself before deciding to take Propecia. Just google Propecia side effects. Hair is not worth your life. I am fanatical about my once glorious long hair and I am a guy so it devastates me to have really thin, short hair and a comb over but I would never trade my health and sex life for aesthetics. I would rather to for the hair system than risk my life like that.

Jul 01, 2015
My theory
by: Anonymous

I had 1 keratin treatment just over a year ago. I would estimate I still lose 100+ hairs per day. It has improved since its worst - but is still way too much! My hair doesn't look terrible - but visibly thinner to me, especially front hairline. I see some new growth but not a lot. I do not believe any of us have telogen effluvium - that is caused by some sort of internal shock (stress, etc) We are losing hair due to a chemical reaction/poisoning on our scalps. And I believe the more chemicals we put on our scalps - the longer it will continue(I also think that the initial amount of damage done determines how long it will take to get better). It's like a scab or cut you keep picking - it doesn't have a chance to heal. Within the last month I have decided to use only Free and Clear (very little chemicals) shampoo, conditioner and gel. I have to color my hair and have cut down from every month to every other with demi- permanent. I don't blowdry (never really did anyway). I am taking biotin and multi-vitamin everyday. I am also starting weekly coconut/tea tree oil treatments to condition my hair and scalp, I have never been allergic to anything but I think this treatment has caused a significant chemical sensitivity to my scalp. I will update in few months with progress - promise!

Jun 17, 2015
Extreme hair loss
by: Teri

Every since receiving my Keratin hair treatment I am experiencing extreme hair loss. It is frightening but I intend on doing something about maybe even legal action.

Jun 17, 2015
I use Folicure
by: Helen

And it works the box is $ 20 dollars and you can buy it online I haven't try the shampoo or the conditioner but the ampolla works it's made of the same components of human hair research it online good luck girls...

Jun 17, 2015
Upps sorry the lace wig comment it's for Nina
by: Helen

Don't give up HM you are junge and I think your on the rite path for your hair to grow it takes time take care....

Jun 17, 2015
My real name is Helen yes that's a wierd name for a Dominican lady
by: Parsley girl here

Thanks Sandra and Maria and all the girls here I look like a crazy sheep with my hair, I'm going to embrace my curly hair and take better care and be thankful for what God gave me. Sandra I was looking on the news that were talking about the Bb and they warn people not to use that stuff but in my case i dint know about that report until it was too late and no it's no regulations for beauty products or hair products for what I heard and read here in the USA and if there is not to many people know about it. For the 24 year old lady be careful with those wigs and the tape of glue that is going to be use on your scalp you want to let your scalp breathe unless you are going the shave your head and don't care about your hair anymore, those wigs sound expensive i never tried them before. I use a regular wig because I don't think I can sleep with a wig on my head. Well don't give up girls and try to find what works for you. God bless

Jun 16, 2015
Update and message to MH
by: Sandra

Gosh, it's so painful reading all of this, although very happy for Maria and Parsley girl! I'm hoping the hair in bald patches will
grow thicker for you Parsley girl .. Is there anyone that has tried to take this further to get these products banned? When this first happened to me I found the blog of a lady in Canada who had gone to the newspapers and was interviewed on television, attempting to ban these products in Canada. Has anyone done this in USA? In the UK I found newspaper articles in a national newspaper (Daily Mail) documenting possible hair loss but hairdressers are still using it and trichologists and dermatologists seem unaware of it. What is going on ?!! I'm so frustrated ! Does nobody regulate hairdressers ?
MH - I am so sorry to hear that you are still suffering so much. It's unbearable to think that whilst I suffer, the hairdresser responsible still has the sign in his window making money out of this! I don't care if he's done lots of these Brazilian hair straightenings and I'm the only one to have suffered (so he told me). One person is too many ! This is an unacceptable side effect and one that we should have been made aware of ..
It's been a year for me now so I'm going to update.. Hair product used very strong, lots of formaldehyde, burnt my eyes and throat. Hair very straight and silky for a long time. Maybe lots of keratin used .. Who knows? It has lasted in hair for months. Even now, a year later the curl hasn't completely returned to my hair although it's no longer straight and silky. First week, bald patch along middle parting at top of my head. Maybe the product was dripped onto the scalp in this area? Bald patch got progressively wider along the hair line. No other bald patches or general hair loss at this stage. Itching and a bit of dandruff. Within 2 to 3 months I noticed massive hair loss that continued for several months (about 8 months) leaving hair much thinner. Hairs covered my pillow in the morning- I was so traumatized by this. Scalp visible when in a pony tail, pony tail visibly thinner. Used Aveda hair loss products initially and then used Jason's natural tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner as recommended by someone on here. I have also used Malibu Undoo goo shampoo as recommended by a hairdresser in Florida. Hair grew back along the middle parting almost immediately and has continued to grow. At first , spikey like yours Maria but as it gets longer it blends in with the rest of the hair although makes it look fluffy on top. Excessive hair loss appears to have stopped. Praying it never returns ..I feel sick if I see any hairs on pillow.. Regrowth on top, so no bald patch anymore but still very little all over regrowth so hair is much thinner than it used to be. In conclusion, after a year of hell, I'm left with hair that is much thinner than it used to be: my parting kinda goes down the back of my head whereas I used to have a lot of body on crown area, no visible bald patches but just thin hair when it used to be thick. I will keep posting as I know it's so nice to hear from people after years.. MH, I really hope that yours will suddenly stop falling.. I also read that formaldehyde exposure can make you sensitive to other chemicals afterwards, developing allergies where you didn't once have them. I have tried to stay as natural as I can with all products these days ...


Jun 16, 2015
Try vinegar wash
by: Anonymous

Apple Cider Vinegar rinse worked for me. Actually a miracle immediately. I am older than most here, but had the BB treatment and for 4 yrs a night mare. Been using the rinse twice a week, and maybe, 3 strands come out instead of the 11 or 12 every time I ran my fingers through my hair. Yes it's smells. I but the vinegar in shampoo leave it in for a while then condition regularly. When I have no plans i use it in conditioner also.

Jun 15, 2015
MH pls go chemical free
by: Anonymous

I HATE to read all these comments about hairloss. I really do. I'm still losing hair 3 years later after just 1 keratin treatment. Here's my 2 cents...please please please leave the chemicals alone for awhile. Your system needs a break.
Try to go natural. It won't completely stop hairloss but it will ease your scalp issues. Try herbal tea rinses. Or pure oil treatments that are infused with soothing essential oils. Lavender. Tea Tree. Sea Buckthorn. Coconut oil. Garlic. Fenugreek. Stinging Nettles. Black tea. Peppermint Tea. Clary Sage. And the list goes on...
Steriods do calm the scalp but our bodies are already full of toxins and we need to cleanse. I'm not knocking prescriptions by any means because if they work for you then yay! But if they aren't working then it may be time to detox your systems and try some holistic treatments.
My scalp was tight and itching and aching all day. I started doing tea rinses and it immediately calmed my scalp..my hair is dry as a bone. It's brittle and feels like straw but I use marshmallow root to soften it and I also sleep in olive oil mixed with conditioners. I had a temporary win...my hair stopped shedding when I was pregnant but now it's back shedding like crazy.
My heart goes out to everyone. It's not fair. It's insane to be losing this much hair for so long and these "experts" can't help us.
Anyone out there who has had success please chime in...we really need to hear something!

Jun 15, 2015
Thinking of you MH
by: Anonymous

MH - I am so sorry to hear you're not improving. Have you seen an allergist? It sounds as though you are maybe having an allergic reaction to your shampoo on a continuous basis, in addition to the original reaction you had to the keratin treatment. I have read that it is possible to become chemically sensitive after one exposure to something. Stay strong !!

Jun 15, 2015
Sorry to hear MH
by: Missy

Sorry to hear. The clobex foam is best because it doesn't have the high alcohol content that the liquid has. The liquid is good though. I had to settle because my insurance didn't pay for it. That liquid is loaded with alcohol and dried my hair. But the clobex helps calm everything done. Can only use for 3 weeks. I don't like the shampoo because you don't want that steroid in your eyes and ears, good luck

Jun 15, 2015
Getting worse....
by: MH

Hi everyone,

Thought I'd give another update - it has been a bit quiet on here lately. Congrats to everyone growing new hair - I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous, but I am really pleased for you!

My hair loss is getting worse and worse and my scalp is showing everywhere. I took some photos of my scalp and back of head and nearly had a panic attack - ignorance really is bliss. My hairless is now very visible. I can't believe I'm 24 and obviously balding.

The thing that is really upsetting though is that my scalp is just getting worse and NOTHING eases the pain, itchiness and dandruff. I've had it severely for the last 9 months since day 2 but the last 3 months it is really bad. I apply steroid cream, only wash with Nizoral and conditional - I haven't even blow-dried in 7 months - not once! And my scalp and hair loss is just accelerating!

My hair has also lost any remaining shine and texture and is totally snapped and dry all over, it is also flat as a pancake. I have NO regrowth and my hair is paper thin.

I think I may have to cut off all my hair... I know people say it can go on for many more months but I just won't be able to go out.... I have bald spots and see-through hair and I'm 24. It has ruined my life, I barely go out, have awful hair in a top corporate job and have no idea how to remedy it.


Also - any suggestions on another steroid shampoo? The UK does not have access to Clobetasol Shampoo only cream....and to top that Clobetasol is having an EU shortage os no idea what else to try.

Jun 15, 2015
Anyone here know about Full lace wigs?
by: Nina

Hi everyone, my hair is getting worse i'm getting tired of it so i'm thinking of just shave my hair and wear a full lace wig. Has anyone here wearing them? Its very different from traditional wig as you can shower with it , sleep with it and do your activities without worrying that it will fall off as you can chose a cap construction that you can bond the lace at your perimeter of your hairline and it can stays for month without removing it. Its look so real and undetectable . Take a look at this review i view many positive comments about this company they selling very nice full lace wig.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_YE2mU7vYVM

Jun 08, 2015
Getting better
by: Maria

Hi all,
First of all I would like to congratulate parsley girl to her new hair growth.They will get stronger the longer they get.Important thing is, they are there!
I can report a lot of hair growth all over my head. Very visible. My hair line is filling in and where I had large bald spot (where I used to part my hair) is now 2 and half cm long chunks of hair standing up.Very punk style :) But I know when it gets longer, it will lay flat.They are thin but I think they will get thicker the longer they get. I know I owe it to minoxidil and I use way more than I should. I mean mote sprays per application but still applying only twice a day. I still also use hialuronic acid liquid twice a day, every day. Basic vitamins and sulfate garlic shampoo as it needs proper wash after all that every second day. My fried and dead hair is still dead. No matter how much treatment I put in it, it's like a straw. It's been 11 weeks this Sunday and progress is good.As for shedding, it's day 5 today of loosing significantly less hair. But don't take me wrong, I still loose a lot. I just have hope now that in two month or so I might be able to cut my hair short and get rid of all visible damage. This is off course if my hair won't start shedding more again and if all my bald patches fill in as it is much easier to cover up thinning long hair than short. Well I will keep you posted but all that energy and scalp massaging while putting products in is paying off. Using hair oils and masks over night on the other hand is not doing much so I try to think that at least I condition the new hair. To sum it up, medicaments are working, cosmetics are not. Lots of luck to you all and don't give up!

Jun 06, 2015
We'll
by: Parsley girl reporting

I have good news and bad news the good first since I cut my hair I'm seeing less hairs falling out my hair is growing on my bald spots but here comes the bad one is growing thinner and slower than the est of the hair I also notice that my white hairs on the bald spot dint got affected they still grow thick and strong that's wierd we'll I did stop taking vitamins and everything else that I was doing so my hair is now growing slower i guess I will start everything back I'm wondering whys going to happen when my hair grows to my shoulders if is going to keep falling I feel that we still have hope that we are going to find a remedy for this problem stay strong we are in this together........

May 30, 2015
keratin straightening horrors
by: Anastasia

Hi! I'm from Russia, as well as you faced with the problem of hair loss after applying Brazilian keratin straightening composition from Inoar company. Made 3 times, the last in August 2014 and as a result, hair loss can not be stopped for almost a year. There were receding hairline, hair falls out evenly throughout the head, but on the sides and top of the head effected most. My hair always been my pride, curly, very beautiful, and now there is only a quarter of I had left. What will happen next is terrible to imagine. Conducted examination by trichologist, dermatologist, endocrinologist, neurologist and everything is normal. The only reason left for such hair loss is this chemical! Hair fall is long and thin with short roots. The scalp became necessary to wash because of oiliness every second days, and 1 soap every 3-4 days. I feel itchy. Considering that the action of keratin in the hair gone, they supposed to go back to original texture, but the hair is like straw (((. At the moment, I do hair mesotherapy cocktail F-HAIR, I drink tablets of iron and zinc, changed sulphate free shampoo to a regular sulphate. I pray to God that it will produce some results, and stop Baldness!!! My hair has always been very thick and dense and now all remains is dry straws and balding problem areas with translucent scalp and thinning hair. I am in a panic. Here in Russia there is a continuous advertising of "miracle treatments" and there is no information about this terrible product. Research before you do this straightening. I went to foreign sites (((Everyone confronted with this horror. I wish you luck, not give up and believe in victory over this chemical!!!

May 29, 2015
To anonymous
by: MG

You sound just like my case. Mine will be three years in September. I used to have black, abundant and thick hair. I miss it so much. I have lost over 60% of my hair and on top of it I have tons of gray hair. Most of the loss is only right side which where I would say I have about 30% left. My bangs cover most of the almost bare spots. I had to say good bye to pony tails because it shows the loss; I can only wear my hair down. Now I take the chance and color it every 3 months because gray hair makes me afraid of my reflection in the mirror. I have it done with aluminum foil so it doesn't touch the scalp.

I stopped paying attention to my hair falling out (even though it does a lot). I wash at the gym instead of at home and just don't look at the floor and run away as soon as I am done blow-drying my hair. It was hard for me to get to this emotional state as I was a wreck for two years. My hair textile is cotton candy now. They should ban products with formaldehyde.

May 29, 2015
3 years...
by: Anonymous

Anyone over 3 years with any luck?? I've gotten 2 scalp biopsies that come back tele effluvium. Which is now obviously chronic. I just have this feeling that doctors have no idea what it did to our follicles. I'm 29 and extremely depressed over this and ruined a 8 year relationship. I can not stand to lose anymore hair. I do know the hairdresser did it extremely wrong and used wayyyy to much of the product and sadly the product contained more than 10% formaldehyde... I had hair down to my butt and it was so thick. I miss it very much. Hair loss for women should be taken more seriously because it does totally can make a girl feel horrible. If anyone recovered please post?? My original texture never ever came back either. Kinda has a reddish tint?

May 27, 2015
Good luck Laurie!
by: Sandra

I'm sorry that you had to join an ever increasing number of us that have suffered hair loss as a result of having a hair straightening /keratin treatment. You may have a long road ahead of you but hopefully you have read on this forum that many people do have hair that grows back so do remain positive. I know it's hard.. The actual strands of my hair didn't break, the condition remained good. It was just the scalp that was affected. I wished so many times that it had only been hair breakage. I felt I could have dealt with that as new hair would at least have kept growing. Please do keep posting with anything that you have found out about what has happened to us all and if there are any miracle cures out there! Rest assured, that even if you don't always get responses or comments on here, there are many people that are silently reading and post only occasionally. I probably read this too much but I live in hope that somebody, somewhere will post a cure on here.. I wish you all the best ...

May 24, 2015
Wish I would have seen these posts before
by: Laurie

...getting my keratin treatment in March 2015. I began getting most of the symptoms listed in previous posts, starting with losing the color I had just had done 2 weeks prior. I waited the 2 weeks on advice from my stylist. No big deal since I actually liked the lighter, slightly reddish tone on my dark brown hair. But then a couple weeks in, I noticed an increased amount of hair loss in the shower and after combing/brushing/running my hands through my newly straightened hair. I also noticed my scalp was totally flaking off! I didn't experience the burning or itching so much, but maybe I was so distracted from the other side effects, I didn't have a huge problem with those things. A month after the keratin, I noticed my hair breaking off at the ponytail line so that the hair on the sides and the nape was sticking out when I tried to scoop it up in my scrunchie. No biggie, just hairspray it down. Then my friend noticed "a lot of bald spots" when I proceeded to put my hair in a ponytail before a segwaying adventure. I brushed it off as the sun shining through my hair. Not worried. The whispy short hairs on the temples? Again, spray 'em down. But when I got up today, I noticed the sides getting really thin, hair sticking out all over (out of my ponytail) and I decided it might be time to get a haircut to fix it. Then I went online and posed a question about keratin. Wow, are my eyes opened! I too, cannot believe this process is allowed to be done on people looking to improve their appearance or make doing their hair not such a nightmare. Yes, I would take the previous regimen over the current nightmare any day! Reading these comments has made me realize that we have all been poisoned, and left out to dry by the hair industry and medical professionals. Unbelievable. Ok, so now what? First step, get rid of as much of the formaldehyde as possible = haircut (maybe even a new pillow). Second, more research on all the possible remedies re: vitamins, hair-growth products, shampoos and moisturizers. Third, more research on legal ways to influence the ban this product. And finally, report back here on progress. Wish me luck...

May 22, 2015
Thanks, Maria
by: Missy

Thank you for the post. I especially appreciate what you said on the henna. The trichologist said to do a patch test but I will wait on that after what you wrote,gray roots or not after all my chemical damage. A friend did an organic hair color and couldn't stop itching. Good luck to you as well. Hope the shedding calms down. I do think the clobestol slows down the shedding and has calmed the scalp, but will have to see in a little more time.

May 22, 2015
minoxidil
by: Maria

Hi Missy,

I use minoxidil for past 20 years in 2% solution.Right now I use 5% as I did with my previous hair loss.I even came off it at one point (for the same reason as you mentioned, god knows what it can cause in long term) but after my retex experience, I start to use it again. Only thing when you want to stop using it is to phase it out slowly. If you stop from one day to another, you will experience shedding.
So that much about minoxidil from my experience. I am having a lot of new hair-growth.Even pass my normal hair line.My shedding also slowed down a bit but than I used khadi hair henna as I had to go to an event and my hair looked just fried orange and despite it being all natural, hair loss picked up again.I am hoping it will stop soon.I am keeping positive because I see new hair and I made my peace with the fact that all my old hair which went through this chemical shock will fall out in near future.
I agree with this being a problem of chemicals irritating our scalps more than matter of keratin, retex and whatever else.It'all harmful chemical crap which destroyed our hair and we have to put in maximum effort to get our scalps back in healthy state.
Wish you all fast recovery and please post updates.

May 18, 2015
Update again
by: Missy

So the clobex liquid was covered so I'm using that. That's strong stuff that can only be used for 2 wks. It has calmed my scalp down. What surprisingly really bothered my scalp was the Free & Clear shampoo. My scalp was itching like crazy after I used that. I don't think I used anything else. I have dry hair & scalp and have always had dandruff but nothing crazy. What is freaking me out is found a forum where women have, I forget the name now, but this girl was saying she didn't have inflammation red or anything on her scalp but a biopsy revealed she had this condition from chemicals on her scalp it you need antibiotics for like months and months and it can cause permanent hair loss. Mostly I saw in women who are some type of birth control pill. Anyway, the point is she was treated wrong for years until she got the biopsy. I get a reaction to epinephrine so it can be an issue for me but i want a biopsy. The clobex has slowed some shedding but i don't know what happens once I stop. Sandra, basically i think the reaction the drs said to the keratin is common in sensitivity to the chemical, or it got on the scalp, etc. When I think in hindsight, so many times I squeezed my hair out after a keratin treatment and remember thinking how much less volume hair I had and thinking it was just the treatment straightening and changing the texture. Now I realize- hell no!- that was my hair thinning out from those damn chemicals. But I never had the shedding like I did now, which they think will go away at some point but then there's maybe another issue which is hereditary hair loss potentially must be seen on microscope hair analysis that must be biopsied or just start monoxidil. I hate thought of monoxodil because does anyone really know what that does years later to your body? well, anyway, after my scalp hopefully calms down- no more serums, etc- just nizoral, biotene shampoo and shea moisture conditioner without silicones and no fragrance, etc.

May 18, 2015
SALON FAVORITE KERATIN TREATMENT - BEWARE
by: Anonymous

My friend purchased this keratin at home pack from eBay and gave it to me, telling me that it was a treatment for my hair.

Not knowing anything about keratin at the time, used it. It claimed to be formaldehyde free.

It has been 2 months and I have experienced dramatic hair loss. It started off as strands and now it is clumps.

My friend never experienced this, as she concentrated on the ends of her hair where as I used it all over my hair thinking it was a treatment.

I am going to a dermatologist next Thurs - will provide an update of what he recommends.

I have stopped straightening and blow drying my hair and I have started using Nioxin. Will provide also an update if I notice improvement.

I am also taking hair skin and nail tablets and am going to buy silica liquid to take.

I am really disappointed that this company has sold this product to use at home when it is clearly unsafe for home use. IT SHOULD BE BANNED.

I strongly recommend for others NOT to use this product.

May 12, 2015
Update
by: Flo

About 8 months after my Brazilian and many hair regrowth treatments I notice that my hair loss is slowing down. One of the treatments I used was the Clobestol topical steroid and that really helped sooth my scalp and made my hair seem thicker. I wouldn't recommend using it long term though. My hair seems to be growing back and it seems so much curlier now, really hard to straighten the hairs around my face.

I'm grateful to still have some after all of the hairloss though so I will not complain. My most recent products are Aveda scalp benefits shampoo and Roots from Lush. I'm trying to go a natural route since the chemicals did so much damage. I wash my hair every other day, I used to be able to go longer than that before the Brazilian but now my hair gets oily quicker. I can't quit the blowdrying and flat ironing though, I wish I could but I still prefer my styled look. I try to only do it in weekends though. I also cut my hair every 6 weeks. I like my hair long and now it's around my shoulders but I noticed it helping a lot. Thank you all for your posts and support. It helps to know I'm not crazy thinking this Brazilian Blowout ruined my hair.

May 12, 2015
Thank you and update
by: Sandra

Thanks for all your updates: Missy, Maria,Spring Owl.. It's helpful to compare experiences and in particular to hear feedback from hair loss specialists who might have more of an idea about what's happened to all of us. Did the dermatologists know why the keratin has caused this Missy? Did they offer you any hope ? I presume they have seen it before. At least they recognised it for what it is . The ones in London had no idea..

My update goes as follows:
Had my Brazilian hair straightening last June. Immediate hair loss at top of my head leaving a bald patch that got burnt all Summer long. Diagnosed as alopecia firstly then as female hair baldness and told it would not grow back. It has grown back on the crown but not as thick as before. A couple of months after Brazilian, terrible hair loss. Waking up every morning to at least 20 hairs on the pillow and several hundred after washing. Hair loss has slowed down considerably after 10 months but no significant regrowth although some small patches of new hair coming through at the back of head (according to my hairdresser).

Thinking of you all and hoping these products will be banned one day ..

May 12, 2015
Update
by: Missy

I saw 2 hair loss specialist dermatologists. My scalp is inflamed from the reaction and they recommended Clobestol? which is a steroid for the scalp to calm inflammation and slow down shedding. So it's generic and it ranges $400-750! for generic! I'm trying to see what else I can use. Several things can cause the TE so that's no surprise. I had bloodwork to rule out thyroid, and will have bloodwork to make sure it's not iron or vitamin D. I'm writing this to help all of you to see what might be causing it. It's unlikely it's these things as I take a high iu of vitamin D and I do eat a lot of protein and have no symptoms of anemia. Anyway, then there is the question of whether there is hair loss in the family. Scalp biopsy lets them see exactly the cause. They all said lots of topical supposed hair growth things like hair serum, various whatevers, don't work. They said the only thing that works is Rogaine, etc. In fact, the other stuff may aggravate an already sensitive scalp. Probably need to use keto, etc dandruff shampoo to help scalp as well. One recommended Free & Clear shampoo for sensitive scalps. They both said shedding from keratin, and there are cases of people having chronic TE that can go on for years. I'm afraid of that and also afraid the formaldehyde damaged the follicles from doing one a year for at least 6 or 7 yrs. They said hair vitamins are good with the vitamin C, biotin, etc. It is really important to go to a hair specialist that has those microscopes, etc in the office to do an in-depth look at the scalp and hair to see exactly what's going on. The other dermatologist didn't have that and didn't really know what she was talking about. It's got to be a hair loss specialist. Good luck.

May 08, 2015
Retex-update
by: Maria

Hi guys, it's been a few weeks since I posted here and I wanted to give an update even though my damage is from Retex, not from Keratin but the outcome is the same.Huge hair loss,painful scalp,etc..

My hair was shedding intensely as mentioned below. Probably about 1000 hairs a day. Every time I passed by the mirror I wondered if I am bald already and refused to look.This lasted over 3 weeks or so. Luckily it stopped because at that rate, one more week and I would be bald.I lost so much.I have bald patches and broken off hair.I am still shedding but now it's maybe 2-300 hairs a day which is still a lot and it's visibly thinning every day but it's nothing compare to what I was loosing before. So now it's been I guess 2 weeks or so loosing hair at this pace. But I am not here to cry and feel bad, I am here to give some positive news.

Despite shedding, I am having new hair growth at many places and they are growing quite fast.I concentrate on that instead of my dead,straw like hair.I am using 5% minoxidil which helps enormously but not Rogaine brand, that is way too greasy. I also use product from hyaluronic acid,collagen and vitamin B claiming to help hair growth.Supplements as we all do. I had same experience as Maurice about the shampoo.I found sulfate shampoo somehow worked better and that's a lot for me to admit since I am sulfate free for quite some time. I bought garlic shampoo (with sulfate) and I use also garlic oil from Vatica.I asked dermatologist about my suspicion that sulfate currently works better on my hair than gentle remedies and she said it's all just a big trend and that sulfate thoroughly cleanses the hair of all the oils and therefore hair can grow.Unless hair gets proper cleaning, oils and dirt are blocking them from growing.Btw as I mentioned before, I had corticosteroid cream to rub in my scalp and after two weeks the scalp pain is gone. I stopped using it as recommended.

And lastly,I have event coming up and I wondered if I should get wig since I have bald patch where my hair parts.I went to see few people about this and they all recommend just hair integration. Just a clip in patch, best from real hair and custom made so I can pull my own hair through to give it a complete natural look. I must say this idea took a lot of pressure off as knowing that I look pretty yet I am wearing my own hair is something I didn't expect to happen for at least another year or two. So I just wanted to share all of this with you. Not sure if it's good news but it's some news :) Hope you all stay well and keep fighting and winning this battle. BTW my 4 year old asked me about my hair and I told him that my hair is sick and he said: it doesn't matter mommy, you are still pretty and I love you!

Apr 28, 2015
to Dead Hair
by: Missy

Your story sounds so familiar. Almost like me. Yup, I never should've been given the Keratin in the first place. The trichologist said they should do a strand test. I wish you the best of luck in your quest, hun- all good things you are doing. I'm doing basically the same. And yes, if I am ever lucky enough to stop losing hair like this, I will be so happy to have my thick, kinky hair- it's hair! wish you the best, hun. I thought I had less hair loss in using coconut oil warmed, massaging in and then shampooing hours later, but today I still had a good amount come out. I think maybe the Pura d'or shampoo causes shedding? I notice a difference between that and when I use the mild shampoo or coconut cowosh. Anyone else see this? I'm using all natural products to try to get moisture back in to my hair and not blowing it or coloring it, which is hard with gray.

Apr 28, 2015
Keratin Will Not Win!
by: DeadHair

Six months ago my hair died. RIP hair :( I've always been known as having the biggest, thickest, longest, naturally curly hair in my entire family. Maybe in my town? Any way, I was known for my lion mane of hair which I babied and didn't perm for over 10+years opting to only add blonde highlights.

That was until I found a so called "natural hair care specialist" and it all went down from there. Looking back on it, my hair's destruction was a case of buyer beware. When I think back to the day I was pressured into getting a Keratin treatment, I remember the buzz cut stylist looking at my bra strap length mane with utter disdain. Disgust actually. But being the naive, trusting, uneducated and misinformed natural client that I am, I trusted her when she said it was not a perm or chemical but a "protein treatment that would make my hair shiny, grow longer and healthier". This was the biggest lie I've ever been told in my life.

I immediately noticed the lack of volume when I left the salon. Not wanting to panic I went home and inspected it. Ok, super straight and shiny. Maybe I was imagining things? Fast forward a week and my hair is so greasy and non existent, I mean I have the same length but at least 85% of the volume of my hair is gone, gone, gone, gone, gone! My highlighted ends? Destroyed, paper thin, breaking, greasy, sticking together and horrid to look at. I could have died! When I finally wash my hair, there is a strong chemical odor like a perm strong enough to burn my eyes.

My beautiful, luscious natural curls were reduced to a hard, cardboard like, stripped out feeling, rough, sand papery dry, crunchy, corn silk type of foreign substance that I don't recognize, can't untangle and dread combing. All of my blonde highlights are falling out, shedding, breaking off and disintegrating before my tear filled eyes.

I went in to a severe depression at the loss of my hair. And I mean, severe! On a business trip, while styling it, the angle of the mirror and light revealed a clean, shiny, sparse scalp--which I've never seen before because of the density of my hair--that stopped me dead in my tracks. Although my hair is dense on my scalp, the hairs are not thick plus they are bleached blonde which is how I found out after the fact that I never should have received this treatment because I was a horrible candidate based on my hair and history of bleaching.

All of my beautiful, thick, luscious curls are gone but I refuse to let Keratin win and destroy my hair.

I've stopped flat ironing my hair and although my hair was always thicker than a wig, started looking for a wig in order to give my hair a break.

I've also incorporated the following in my new bring my hair back to life routine in order to fight my depression and win the battle against Keratin hair loss:
1. I started working out 3-5 times a week now, starting with a spin class until I can increase cardio and maybe even start some weight lifting
2. Started taking Biotin and Mineral Rich by Maximum Living after watching youtube videos of their hair testimonials
3. I'm doing a pure coconut oil one hour deep condition once a week
4. Started drinking a full 64oz of water every day whether I want to or not...sometimes I mix cranberry or tea in it if I can't take it
5. Wash and condition with OGX Thick and full Biotin shampoo and conditioner 3 times a week
6. Started taking care of myself both inside and out including my diet, water intake, vitamins and exercise routine, trying to stay positive and focus on loving my hair back to life instead of crying over what I've lost
7. Bought Jamaican black and regular castor oil to use on my now non existent edges
8. Tie my hair in a silk scarf every night and won't sleep on cotton pillow cases because of fear of losing my hair and moisture
9. Just recently bought hot oil treatment to try and incorporate that into my routine either once a week or bi monthly....not sure yet
10.Finally, and most importantly, I am going to fight to bring my hair back! To go from my hair being my crowning glory to almost having no hair at all is indescribable in words. I know that it's only just hair but it's my hair! I have discovered a new love for my wild out of control curls that I never knew existed. The sad part is that it took this tragedy to make me realize that what I hated about my hair was everything I actually love about it. Once it's back I am committed to caring for it, loving it, and pampering it if that means I never see the inside of a salon again. I'm fine with that and finally, at the age of 40 I can honestly say I will be at peace with my hair.

Yes, I've lost my hair but I'm still alive and I've gained an overall new perspective on life. I'm learning take care of myself from the inside out, love my wild and naturally curly lion's mane and appreciate the fact that no matter what, I'm going to fight to turn this keratin damage around!

I wish all of you ladies the best of health, wealth, happiness, hair growth, well being and success!

xoxo,

Summer

Apr 25, 2015
How much I'm losing
by: Anonymous

I would estimate I lose approx 100 per day. I had my BB approx 1 year ago. If I skip a wash day I will lose 200 the next day. I know they say 100 a day is normal, but not for me! Before the BB I might have lost 20 per day, maybe!! When will this end? I so wish more people would post regarding recovery. I see no regrowth so far.

Apr 21, 2015
How much hair are you losing per day?
by: Anonymous

I know its impossible to count every strand, but roughly, how much are you losing? How often do you wash? and does washing less (i.e. 2x a week) cause more shedding on wash day? What is normal and what isn't?

Apr 20, 2015
Hi you all I think we need to take things slow and relax a bit more
by: Parsley girl

I'm 36 years old I have two kids a boy 13 and a 4 year old girl they see my 9 bald spots on my head and they don't get freakout about it I explain to them that my hair is falling out but it will grow, if they see you calm about it they will be calm you know things happend and we have to try and be brave and confront our problems I told my husband what happend and he said that now we look the same bald hahaha and then he told me that I look beautiful and sexy, I don't think so but he gave me confidence what I'm trying to say is that be strong love yourself you know things happend and thank God we are not loosing hair because of a cancer or quimotherapy I believe this will pass it's not going to be fast but we need to keep trying my heart is with all of you take care...

Apr 20, 2015
Websites
by: Missy

Have you all seen this site? Just came upon it looking up the dr I'm going to see. North American hair
http://www.nahrs.org/PatientInformation(FAQs)/TelogenEffluvium(FAQ).aspx

Apr 20, 2015
scalp
by: Maria

Do you guys all have noticeble scalp irritation? Because mine feels tight at times, sometimes burns or hurts at random places but you cannot see any dryness, redness, chage of colour....Nothing at all! I read somewhere a statement from dermatologist that pain in scalp/hair occurs when hair falls out.So I wonder if it hurts because it's shedding or if it's shedding because the scalp is not ok.

Apr 20, 2015
db & others
by: Missy

Interesting you mention Pravana. I'm pretty sure they used that on me for color and I found it harsh so we switched a while ago. I didn't know they made a relaxer. But I think it's whatever chemicals these things have (especially formaldehyde) that's enough to straighten hair can also ruin it. I went to a reputable salon with a tech that's done keratin many times before- interestingly it was his first time using that BB. Who knows, but what we all know is that stuff happens. I had the burning scalp and major, huge flakes. That's chemicals from all assessments of the doctors I've seen so far. Assuming everyone here had bloodwork to make sure it's not thyroid or any other issue, there are enough stories to show chemicals can really hurt your hair. I just hope for all of us something works. Seems like only monoxidil can actually re-grow hair and the rest is hoping the regular process of time will with maybe some help from vitamins and supps. I wear a hat to cover my gray and frizzy hair that I can't blow out. Makes me feel lousy anywhere I go. I have a party to go to next weekend- I don't even want to be seen. This is a new age of adopting to a new reality for all of us. Just pray it's something that changes for the better soon.

Apr 20, 2015
it's been almost 4 years
by: db

Hello all, In answer to you questions about my experience: I've had three keratin treatments the first one in late 2009 it was Coppola no problems, 2nd 2010 Coppola again no problem last June 2011 was Pravana then it all went bad...That night burning,itching numbness you name it day by day my hair started to fall by the summer of that year most of the hair on the sides and top was gone I started to wear wigs several of them. I tried vitamins,sulfate free shampoo, went to dermatologist, had MRI's you name it they didn't find a thing medically wrong. Needless to say I was a wreck. I finally stopped wearing a wig a year later just cut my hair really short . My hair has never been the same I still lose a lot of hair everyday. I only use organic hair products and I am so gentile with my hair. I stopped coloring my hair for a while and when I did I only used the organic hair dye. I even contacted the president of Pravana and guess what? He sent me shampoo and conditioner for my balding head! I would never recommend that product to anyone . That is one of my biggest regrets in life. Also now that I'm older 61 your body is not as resilient so you have to work harder to protect your self. Good luck ladies.

Apr 20, 2015
Retex
by: Maria

Hi,
Yes, I neutralized exactly as instruction says. I think it was 5-7 min. Now by writing your comment you made me wonder if I shouldn't just try to slap it on my head again, I mean the neutralizer to see what would happen.. But the thought of those chemicals going anywhere near me... it's just insane :( On the other hand,I am heading for baldness anyhow :(

Apr 20, 2015
To Maria
by: Anonymous

Hi Maria - I am not familiar with Retex - but have been researching a lot about straighteners and relaxers since having my BB almost a year ago ( and still losing hair). I just quickly googled Retex and it does state you have to use a neutralizer to remove the chemicals ( and stop the chemical process from continuing). You cannot substitute regular shampoo. Are you sure you neutralized for long enough? I have read that failure to use neutralizer after a relaxer will result in hair loss. Sorry for your situation!!

Apr 20, 2015
Retex damage
by: Maria

Hi all,
Thank you for sharing, I read through all and it helped me enormously to understand what is happening to me. Unlike you all, I didn't have BB or keratin treatment. I did Retex and I did it myself. Left it on only for 20 min. First my hair just looked burned and start to shed a little.One week later it start to get more intense and hair was just falling out by handfuls.It's been 4 weeks today and I lost about 50-60% of my hair. I am almost sure it will all go.I read review from 2 girls who ended up bald from retex.They didn't come back to discussion to state if it was permanent. I don't even know what chemicals are in Retex since they have it registered and therefore no ingredients have to be listed.I feel guilty for putting my family through this. I have 2 little kids and every time they hug me, I die a little inside knowing soon they will start asking what is going on. I cut my hair to ear level last week.It didn't help at all but I had anyhow just few chunks hanging on my back so it was needed.It's horrible and you can see my hair is basically dead.Bald patches start to appear on top and back.
What I wanted to write here about is use of minoxidil (rogaine).I have been using it since early 90's in 2%solution.It always worked for me.Now I start using 5% to try to give it some boost.Dermatologist prescribed me corticosteroids after I insisted but as you all know, they are clueless when it comes to retexturing treatments. I had similar episode with anti-malaria medication which also made me loose about 50% of my hair.Scalp was hurting as it was poisoned from inside.Same treatment,corticosteroids and 5%minoxidil was used and 3 month later I had short regrowth all over my head.However, this time,I think it will not be so easy.I already have bald patches and I loose every day 500 hairs at least.If I try to put oil or any treatment in my hair,I end up with handfuls of hair in each hand.I think it's matter of 2 weeks or so till it's all gone.I wish I could shave it all off like parsley girl did but I feel that would stress the kids too much.I am trying different things and I promise to update here if any progress will occur.I am in Czech Republic.Best of luck to you all and keep fighting!!! You are all amazing!

Apr 19, 2015
Coming up on two years
by: SpringOwl

I do come back here every few months to see how people are doing.

In May, 2015, it will be two years. Within the first five months, I lost 70 percent of my hair. My scalp was fire red and itched like crazy. My hair fell out from the follicle and I was certain I would be bald.

As of today, about 40 percent of the hair that fell out has grown back. My scalp still itches in flares and my hair still sheds.

My hair is thin but you can no longer see my scalp. I use Soingee brand shampoo that's sulfate free and that's it.

I find if I do anything to my hair (and I have tried EVERYTHING), it flares things back up.

I did cut it about four inches initially and it only grows about three inches per year so far.

I'm fairly certain it will never be 100 percent normal again. I have no idea what could happen to change things permanently.

I do not have dandruff but I do have itchiness. The burning is gone, thank god! The burning was horrible. I thought I would shave my head and pour aloe all over it. I was tempted more than once!

I have enough hair to fake it but it's about 60 percent of what I once had.

If you are reading this and never had a straightening treatment, DO NOT DO IT!! It's not worth the horror you may have to endure. If something goes wrong, it will change your life forever.


Apr 18, 2015
Anyone try garlic shampoo?
by: Anonymous

I've come across a lot of info online about garlic shampoo and how it seems to help a lot of African American women stop shedding hair (seems many African American women have hair issues due to use of relaxers) Anyone tried it?

Apr 17, 2015
Response to MH
by: Sandra

Firstly, thank you to Anonymous for keeping us upbeat and positive! There has to be hope and yes I agree if I were male I would have cut the lot off! I I wonder why some people stop posting on this forum after a while. I hope it's because they recover and not because they just resign themselves to living with thin hair that falls out. I don't think there needs to be any underlying health reason for this other than the Brazilian treatment we were all exposed to. In the same way that some people react badly to a hair dye some people react to this horrible stuff that was put on our heads and others don't . The difference being that an allergic reaction often lasts a few days and is treatable whereas this hair loss goes on and on. For many people it does eventually stop.
MH I seem to remember that like me you are in the UK. If you are in London (as I am) then try Lucinda Ellery for scalp powder/spray. I have a friend with female hair baldness who has a spray from them and you would never know that she doesn't have a full head of hair. It's amazing and she also said that they are really lovely and supportive. Waiting for the day that someone posts on here with some miracle cure! Also, hoping that people will stop using this awful product. My heart sinks every time I see somebody new posting on here. There must also be others that have had this experience and just haven't found this forum. Sending good wishes to everyone that has helped me with their support and hoping this nightmare ends for us all soon.

Apr 16, 2015
To Aman
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear you are going thru this too. I wish I could tell you different, but based on my own experience, and I think most of us here, you will likely be shedding hair for a long time ( for me 10 mos so far). So please don't say you are losing hope after 1 month! This may sound sexist - but if I were a guy I would have shaved my hair off months ago. I just think it would be so much less stressful! As a woman that is much more difficult to do - kudos to parsley girl!! I do think we will recover from this but it takes a long time. I'm thinking once I hit the year mark I'll be half way there. Then hoping the 2nd year will see slowing of shedding and regrowth. We'll see - I'm honestly just sick of worrying about it so much. Best of luck. I am curious - when you went to the 3 doctors did they say they have seen others with keratin hair loss? Did they say what their recoveries have been? Bye...

Apr 15, 2015
Hi every one you guys are breaking my hart and I feel your pain
by: Parsley girl here

Well I cut my hair like a month or 2 ago with the #2 and I discover that I have 9 bold spots on my head and dandruff like I said before using natural remedies are working for me for the dandruff lemon, beet juice and coconut oil is going to sting a bit if you have cuts on your scalp but it works for me I leaver on for 10 minutes then wash my hair sometimes I clean my scalp with peroxide and I'm using folicure liquid and it's helping my hair grow I see my bold spots growing hairs and it makes me feel better my hair is realy short is less than an inch long and very few hairs fall out wen i go outside I put a hat on or a wig is nothing wrong with that don't be afraid I know is a big deal for some of you to take the hair off but belive me your hair is still contaminated with the keratin so is your scalp and a good way to get tide of that is to take it off and then start treatin your scalp belive me wen you don't se your hair falling of you feel relieved is better tu cut it off I drink my vitamins don't forget C biotin and try to read labels before you buy any shampoo or try to make your own is a lot of information online about things you can do to help your scalp and hair and be patient with these dont give up keep trying good luck every one take care....

Apr 15, 2015
MH
by: Update (sadly not good...)

Hi everyone,

I wrote and update last week but it didn't load for some reason...

Anyway, I've had a horrible April, my hair loss had really picked up again (now month 7 for me). I don't know whether it's because I stopped taking my vitamins in March as I really didn't think they did anything. I think I will start taking them again. The bulb is on EVERY hair.

Whenever I wash my hair I always use nizoral now - even if it does dry out my hair it is the only thing that begins to tackle my dandruff.

My hair is 60% gone and I think I will need to buy scalp powder - any recommendations? My fringe/side parting is just all scalp and whenever I move I have to scramble to move my hair back into place.

My hair is still quite long as although very gappy the curls make it look a lot thicker. I have had it cut once which was traumatic as the hairdresser just kept brushing no matter what and taking more hair each time. However, the knots are getting very bad. I know some people have cut their hair super short and report that this improves - is that really true?

Missy, Sandra thoughts are with you it's horrible.


Apr 15, 2015
hair loss keratin
by: aman

Hi there,

I have had a keratin treatment done. Biggest mistake. From thick wavy hair, my hair is super fine, limp and falling from the root. I have been to 3 dermatologists and all say it's telagen efluvium. It has reached a point where the doctor has put me on Propecia (I'm male). I have changed my shampoo to phyto, and clarify once a week. I am extremely depressed so much so that I have stopped eating much and cannot concentrate at work. I have been for blood tests etc. everything seems fine. Please please can somebody give me some advice. Has anybody recovered from hairloss after a keratin treatment? I see alot of ppl posting online about their hairloss post keratin treatment but nobody posts their recovery. I had the keratin done about a month and a half ago. Please help me somebody, I can feel myself slowly losing hope.

Apr 15, 2015
A Hug to All Struggling
by: Missy

This is awful. For most women, I'd say all, our hair means everything to us. Losing my hair is devastating because it's one of the things I liked best in my appearance. I always had beautiful, thick hair- frizzy, but blown out it was beautiful. I'm so sorry I ever went down this road. It's so humid where I live, but it's the worst mistake I ever made. The dermatologist & trichologist said it's a 3-6 mth process, which is horrific to me, but hearing you ladies talking about years- my goodness. I'm worried that stuff got on my scalp as well. This blog has been so helpful. Sandra, you seem to have a good attitude and I'm praying for you and all of us that we all get back to what we were and if not, that we are granted the strength to make peace with it. But I will not give up on finding an expert to try to make my situation better no matter what.

Apr 15, 2015
Thank you
by: Sandra

Thank you so much, both of you for your words of support. I can't put into words how much I appreciated your responses. You can probably tell from the amount of times that I message on this forum that I'm really struggling with this. This was the first time I had ever had a Brazilian straightening and I have no health issues that could contribute to hair loss. The loss was so quick and so dramatic within a week of the treatment that it could only have been the product. I'm trying to stay positive! Your messages helped :) I wish you all the best for a recovery from this..

Apr 14, 2015
Try to keep things in perspective
by: Anonymous

If these treatments caused people to go bald there would be thousands of bald people walking around due to keratin. I have to believe also that they would be against the law if that were the case. Although these forums can be helpful -- when people post that they are losing hair for 3 years with no additional info, except that they have used keratin - it stresses me out. I think no 2 of our stories will be the same. These treatments cause different degrees of damage to the scalp - like a burn is classified - the damage might be 1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree. Depending on how many treatments you received, how much got on the scalp, the type used, how long it was left on, amt of heat used, your skin sensitivity, etc etc etc - everyone will be different. Try not to stress and just do what you can to baby your hair. Personally based on everything I've read we will recover - it just seems to take a long time. (When I called my hairdresser after I noticed my hair falling, she told me she had never heard of that (which I find hard to believe!) and basically admitted that although the product is applied above the roots, some will still get on the scalp) I think it would be impossible to not get on scalp - it should be illegal.

Apr 14, 2015
More
by: Missy

Sandra, so sorry, hun. I'm scared about that formaldehyde on the scalp thing. I assume you have seen a doctor to rule out anything health wise? And the only ones I think who know about hair loss are at those places that are there to make money peddling whatever.dermatologist said be leery, but I'm going to pay $285 for one of those places while waiting for the UM dr. I won't do plasma injections.

Apr 14, 2015
Response
by: Sandra

As the months go by (nearly a year for me now) I become more and more distressed as I see my hair get thinner and thinner each month. I keep thinking about the newspaper article (Daily Mail) that I referred to. It basically says that if the formaldehyde enters the follicles then when the existing hair falls out it is not replaced with a new hair. I think this is happening to me and I don't think that I will know how bad it's going to be for several years. My understanding is that the hair cycle is 3-5 years after which time the follicle rests for a while and new hair starts growing in the follicle again. So at any one time on your head there are lots of hairs at different stages of the growth cycle. It's normal to lose hair at the end of its growth cycle but my feeling is that as my hair reaches the end of it's growth cycle and is falling out, there is no new hair to replace it. I'm guessing that I won't really know the extent of this damage for 3 to 5 years until each hair has been through a growth cycle. That's what I'm thinking but I'm praying that I will be one of the lucky ones that gets regrowth. Even as I write this I can't believe its happening to me.. I hope the dermatologist listens to you Missy and is able to offer some support. This is a unique situation and doesn't seem to fit the pattern of other hair loss scenarios although it seems that many dermatologists attempt to make it fit a particular diagnosis that they are familiar with. If your dermatologist is able to access the research it might offer a solution or at the very least an explanation..

Apr 14, 2015
Response
by: Missy

I understand from everything I've seen and heard that there's no way the formaldehyde doesn't get on the scalp in some way. I used this product for the first time. I later had burning on my scalp and huge flakes. My scalp is still so sensitive I can't really put anything on it. I can't color my hair, I can't really put anything on it. I'm just leaving it without blowing it or coloring it (grey frizz is so attractive). I read that scalp biopsy is the gold standard and I'm waiting to get that in a few weeks with an appointment I have with a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. I see what you all mean- doctors not really versed in hair loss, etc are not helpful. Also, I presume everyone has had bloodwork to make sure it's not thyroid, hormones, etc. I'm freaking reading your stories saying it's YEARS! OMG! If you all have been tested to ensure it's not thyroid, hormones, etc, I'm nauseous thinking this loss of huge amounts of hair every time I comb is unsustainable.

Apr 14, 2015
A couple more ques's for those losing for 3 yrs+
by: Anonymous

To those who posted recently re: losing hair for 3 + years would you mind sharing some more specific info? How many keratin treatments did you have done? What kind were they ( Brazilian blowout, etc), did you do them yourself or did a professional? Have you had any scalp biopsies done? With no hair growth for that long seems a Dr should be able to tell if follicles still active and capable of growing hair. Any additional info is much appreciated. Thanks!

Apr 13, 2015
A couple of questions
by: Sandra

Those of you that have had very little regrowth after three years, did you have strong Brazilian treatments with lots of formaldehyde? Did the product touch your scalp? I'm trying to work out if it is the formaldehyde touching the scalp as suggested by the newspaper article that I posted or the keratin in the product.. I don't know what difference it will make to me but I'm trying to make sense of this.

Thank you for the update Missy. Appreciated !

Apr 13, 2015
I am at 39 months
by: Anonymous

I am over 3 years and still losing tons of hair. My hair is super thin and falls out every time I touch it. I just don't know what to do anymore, so I do nothing. I have grown immuned to it and don't stress as much as I used to. About how much hair are you losing per day? I don't really count anymore, but the amount is the same as it has been since the treatment. I never remember losing hair before so maybe it is normal to lose some but losing every time I brush, style, move, or sneeze, can't be normal. I have lost about 60% of my hair and maybe 1% has grown back.

Apr 13, 2015
Anyone any luck past the 3 year mark?
by: Anonymous

I'm still shedding bad and it's been over 3 years. The back and sides are almost gone. Does it stop? Anyone hit 4 years?

Apr 09, 2015
Update
by: Missy

So here's my update. The woman from Salon Zero was very helpful and she also has a hair supplement that I bought (by mail) and just started taking. I did one of those Malibu C crystal treatments. My hair comes out like crazy so I'm now using a wet comb rather than a brush. I'm avoiding products with silicone like Salon Zero suggests. Still taking some basic supplements. I saw a trichologist who said no more crystal treatments because my hair is too fragile, but she does like that product and uses it. She has some lovely truly organic products (unlike many that are supposed to be a health food store) that I'm using. I like the Pura d'or shampoo as it has good ingredients for hair loss, but my hair is SO dry and damaged. Once that silicone comes out from the keratin with that crystal treatment, my hair is a bail of hay. I saw a dermatologist who said the burning and flaking was the keratin, but she's one of those who says just wait it out. She says nothing helps other than just taking care of yourself. My diet has always been very healthy in terms of juicing, mostly only organic food, exercise,etc for years but going out of my way for more salmon, which I generally don't care for. She said plasma injections could actually do more harm than good. She's of the opinion to just be gentle on the hair and wait. I got home & kicked myself because I forgot to ask her about a scalp biopsy. An article in NYT from a woman on this said that's the gold standard and tells you the reason. So I'm waiting for a hair specialist next month because he does that. I saw another hair guy but he was unfamiliar with this situation. My gyno said it's the chemicals that caused it also & she said also it's the TE, which is temporary loss from a shock to the hair. I'm freaking still because, if this loss keeps up with every combing, I'll have bald spots in a while. :(

Apr 09, 2015
havent had a problem
by: Anonymous

Hello, sorry to hear about your problems with your hair loss. I have had keratin treatments for a few years now. I get the treatment done at least 2 times a year. Although I don't get pin straight hair from the treatment. I keep using it cause it manages it well. I no longer have frizzy hair. My hair begins to get a bit curly after about 3 or 4 months but my curls are manageable. I used to have to infuse my hair with gel and mousse and hairspray to keep it managed. And even after about 6 months I can straighten my hair and it will last all day without the fizziness. before I ever had a keratin treatment ever. I would try to straighten my hair and within 2 or 3 hours my hair would frizz it was no point.
I'm sure that there are many treatments out there.
I've had the chocolates keratin treatment. I have not had severe hair loss at all. I do have some hair loss but I also have a thyroid problem which causes hair loss. But nothing so severe. Maybe you should see another doctor to find out what is really going on. Or at least finding out what type of keratin treatment was used on you. Good luck treating your problem.

Mar 30, 2015
Thank you
by: Sandra

Thank you for all your comments everyone. Any piece of information really helps ! The reality is that we are all just doing our best to make sense of this in the best way that we can with limited information. If doctors and trichologists can't make sense of this what hope is there for those of us without their qualifications? I went to a well known top trichologist and a top dermatologist (specialising in hair loss) in London. The trichologist said it was alopecia and had no real knowledge of how the Brazilian could cause hair loss. The dermatologist only a few weeks later said it was female hair baldness and would be 'progressive and permanent'. I begged her to consider that it might be the Brazilian keratin and she said it was unlikely. Now months later, the hair on top of my head has grown back, so it hasn't followed the pattern for female hair baldness at all! I do however have all over hair loss which hasn't grown back but I'm hoping it will, like the patch on top of my head. The only research I'm aware of is the one that is documented in The journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene August 2013 ( case study formaldehyde exposure during simulated use of a hair product ) . This was researched using the Brazilian blowout Acai professional smoothing hair solution. I think you need to be a health care professional to read the whole document although I have managed to download the first page. If anyone can get to read it and let us know what it says please do as it might help explain this shocking and disturbing hairloss we are all suffering. I actually can't believe that this product is still on the market .. How is this being allowed to happen ?! Missy, please do share with us what your trichologist says about this. I hope you have a more positive experience than I had. It's so frustrating to be doubted! A healthy person doesn't just suddenly and rapidly lose hair following a strong chemical treatment for any other reason than the treatment itself, in my opinion!

Mar 30, 2015
Supplements
by: Missy

Thank you, Flo. You are right about the supplements. Generally, I take the lowest dose of anything. I'm taking the hair and skin one by Gaia (which has like horsetail, burdock, etc), bought 500 mcg of Biotin and will be taking 900 of Wild Salmon oil. That's it. I'm not doing the fat soluble vitamins. Good advice. I have, however, spent a lot on hair products. Based on that Salon Zero recommendation, I saw they use Malibu products so I ordered several of their products that seem good for the restructuring of hair and scalp. I also today got Biotene shampoo because it's pretty much all natural- just a very simple, not strong ingredients shampoo although I'd still like to get the saw palmetto, non DHT shampoo from Sally's. I didn't go because I wanted to see the trichologist first. Hope to get in for an appointment tomorrow to analyze hair and scalp. Made an appointment with a hair specialist dermatologist at UM, but can't get in until May.

Mar 30, 2015
To flo-
by: Anonymous

I know you may think you had vitamin A toxicity but you may want to look into the formaldehyde that's in these treatments. I highly doubt it was vitamin A. I got head to toe body pains 3 months after treatment along with extreme hairloss. The brazilian blowout is TOXIC. It stays on your head for almost 6 months

Mar 30, 2015
Please Read
by: Flo

Please be careful how many vitamins you are taking to try and correct the hair loss. I had my Brazilian Blowout in August 2014 and the hair loss started about 2 weeks after. It continued for many months. I eventually tried Phyto products from Ulta and did not see any results. I then tried Kerastase products and the hair loss slowed down but I couldn't condition my hair without it falling out so my hair became very dry. I then cut 4 1/2 inches off my hair. After months of research I found the symptoms of Vitamin A toxicity. I had massive hair fall, nausea and headaches. I had been taking prenatal vitamins for about a year and the vitamin A levels finally caught up to me. The prenatal vitamin had 4500 units of Vitamin and I should've only had 700 units, that nearly 6 times as much as I needed. I completely stopped all vitamins and can say that the hair loss has stopped. I can even condition my hair and hardly lose anything! (Knock on wood). I wish you all the best and please be careful what you put into and on your body. Remember, it took some time for my levels to get to the point where I felt the symptoms. To much of a good thing is not for you too!!

Mar 29, 2015
Thank you for helping
by: missy

Thank you MG and Sandra. No, I did not have the product apply directly to my scalp. And they do shampoo with whatever that stage 2 part is and rinse. I shampooed 2 days later. And actually, I should have noted that I bought a keratin shampoo that I used twice after my treatment and really that is when I noticed the burning and some irritation on my scalp. Maybe that just irritated something that was already going on. I was going to make an appointment with Dr. Tosti who I read about as being a specialist in hair loss at the University of Miami. I do not know if she is still there. But I will also check out that other doctor. Yes, I live in South Florida so I will see. Thank you for the salon zero tip. It is farther away from me to make it impractical to go, but I can call them and maybe get the products delivered to me. I will also look at their website and see what they say about getting the keratin out of your hair because I'm going to Ulta and Sally's today to get products. I saw that salon zero uses Minardi products. I went on Minardi's website and they pointed to several salons as using their products. The weird thing is that when I went to the sites of all those salons listed, none of them showed those Minardi products on their website. They all used other products. But one I found says that they do organic hair color. I'm going to be calling them and trying that instead. I also should have said that I had highlights on my hair and color and then went & had keratin done about four days later after one shampoo with a mild shampoo, not the keratin shampoo. So maybe it was just a lot of chemicals. I do not highlight my hair except maybe once a year, which is generally when I do the keratin as well. Hmmm.. In hindsight, I do think I had an episode where I'd lost more hair than usual after a prior keratin treatment. Different product. They used some straightener on my hair though for five minutes. So I thought for sure it was that and it was a few years ago. My hair had breakage, not the loss like now. All I know is that I'm going to do everything possible and, if I am lucky, and maintain my hair, I will never put another harsh chemical like that on my hair ever again. Yes I live in South Florida and it's humid as hell and I have frizzy hair that blows up every time I walk out after I blow dry it, but it's my hair and I want to keep it. This is just awful. I cannot believe what all of us have been through with this. Thank you again.

Mar 29, 2015
Missy
by: MG

There is a doctor in Miami Dr Greco Who does platelet rich plasma scalp injections. It works for some people to stop hair loss. I had one done and it helped with the inflammation and saw more regrowth. May be worth paying a visit (since you are close by I am in California) I am still shedding non stop but I definitively saw an improvement in the health my scalp. I should have gone to several sessions but just procrastinated and also It is expensive $1200 a session. I would go visit and see what he says. I emailed him once and he said that the PRP can definitively stop the loss and said that he has successfully treated Brazilian blowput hairloss victims. By now am skeptical of whoever says can stop the hairloss but you can take advantage of a free consultation.

Do you know if the treatment was applied to the scalp? It shouldn't because it is highly corrosive to the skin. If it didn't you may be having an allergic reaction and some people have gotten better with clobetasol shampoo which your dermatologist can prescribe. Anyways good luck it seems like being in Miami gives you access to several places to try. I have also read about salon zero and Hoped I lived near by.

Mar 29, 2015
For Missy
by: Sandra

Hi Missy
Try Salonzero.com. There are some posts about removal of keratin on the website and they may be able to help you as they are in Florida. Please let us know what the dermatologist says..

Mar 29, 2015
Me, too
by: Missy

I decided to Google this after I've had hair loss following the Brazilian Blowout with Acai. My scalp does feel burned and sensitive. I didn't realize this was happening until just this week. I had BB about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I'm not sure when I first noticed the hair in my brigs after shampoo. I'm freaking out. It's not thyroid, it's absolutely related to this. I always had thick, pretty hair. I'm going today to buy I think it's Coconut Cowort at Sally's beauty that has saw palmetto and product for the DHT. I'm also going to buy the Nioxin to see how that goes. I'm supposed to color my hair this week, which I need to do for gray, and I'm really concerned. I also ordered the Pura ad' or shampoo because I don't like sulfates, etc. I have very dry hair. So I see many posting to do all you can to get the keratin out. How do you do that please? What products get the keratin out? I'm also going to go to a dermatologist who is a hair loss specialist in Miami. Calling Monday to make an appointment. Thanks for your help with these posts and please let me know on the way to het keratin out. I'm also starting to take Gaia Hair, Skin and nails. I'll let you all know what happens with all these. Also will avoid blowdrying.

Mar 28, 2015
you have to cut your hair
by: Anonymous

Hi all, I cut my hair up to my chin and been deep conditionin to add the protein back to your scalp. It is working my hair is not shedding and it is thick again and growing. I really wish we could sue who ever made this treatment that has destroyed all of us.. I am sure we all used different treatment but someone she be held responsible for us lose our hair.

Mar 28, 2015
Stay Positive
by: Anonymous

To the ladies who feel they will go bald....of course I am no doctor. Nor can I see you physically but I don't think you'll go bald. I have been losing hair for 3 years. I am talking about a LOT of hair I used to keep it in plastic baggies with the date so I could see progress if the shedding slowed down. I bought tons of products. Cried. Got depressed. Felt like I was no longer attractive because my hair was thinning. But after a while I got used to all the hair loss. I used to stand in the stand in the shower too afraid to shampoo or condition my hair. I spent hours reading and researching hair loss. I never found any answers. Just hundreds of people who were freaking out because of the drastic shedding. I am not happy about the situation. I am mad as hell for not just appreciating the thick frizzy hair I was blessed with. BUT you have to move on and live your life...thick or thin hair. Still pamper your hair of course but please ladies DO NOT allow it to consume you like I did. I accepted my hair loss and stopped stressing. I think about it. I regret it. But I can't change what was done.
So I hope you find some peace. I really don't feel you will go bald. I read so many comments on so many blogs. No one ever said they went bald.
What works for me a little are tea rinses. They soothe my scalp they seems to slow down the shedding. It's not a cure but it helps me. When my scalp is sore the shedding increases. I think it's the build up of DHT on the scalp. I also ordered HLCC vitamins. I can't take them now because I am nursing. But I think they also slowed down the shedding.
I hope this helps. Oh the teas I use are black...fenufreek...burdock root...stinging nettle...saw palmetto...amla powder...and marshmallow root (it softens my hair).

Mar 28, 2015
Going bald
by: Anonymous

This thing has destroyed my life.I cannot sleep i don't want to eat i cried myself in the shower.. Before i sleep.. Its very heartbreaking to see I'm losing so much hair n knowing that i will be bald soon. I feel like i had lost myself. I used to be fun n positive person but this has taken everything away from me. I was always known as pretty one. So much of who i felt i was a person who was tied up in my looks. This has affected my life in every way. My relationship..my career..i just want to die..it's really sad i'm only 22 years old.

Mar 22, 2015
never brazillian again
by: Samantha

I have had three Brazilians . I thought this was hormonal but the only thing I have changed is having the Brazilian done and a keratin rich shampoo and conditioner. My hair has been straight for months and I have lost 50% of my hair . My hair used to be so thick it was freaky, now I am convinced I will be bald I am only 42. Does it ever come right again. It's only been a few months. I get an impression that not everyone gets this reaction. I hope one person will take my warning in case you happen to be the "lucky" one that loses 50% of your hair.

Mar 17, 2015
Response
by: MG

The doctors said (back then when I got a steroid shot and did not improve) that the chemicals on my scalp may have made my scalp age. My hair comes out so is easily even when I brush and I have a knot instead of my hair detangling all the hair in the knot come out. I think that there are two things simultaneously contributing to her hair loss. Honestly, for those of us who had the treatment touch the scalp, we have seborrheic dermatitis plus the chemicals in the treatment weakened our follicles now are easily attacked by androgens.

I think steroid shots on the scalp may not be a bad idea after all. Also the platelet rich plasma shots can help. I wonder if any of you had ever taken any medicine for hair loss like spironolactone or Propecia?

Mar 17, 2015
Thank you
by: Sandra

Thank you for responding to me - it's useful as we both had our Brazilian at the same time. Mine wasn't actually Brazilian Blowout it was Brazilian straightening and keeps hair straight even longer than the BB and probably contains more formaldehyde. Hairdresser couldn't even tell me the name of product as he couldn't read the language on the packet he told me - ugh! Stupid me .. Just one question that you didn't answer .. Have you had any regrowth at all ?
Suraya, please let us know if the steaming helps.. Don't just disappear everyone, after recovery, it's so helpful to know what helped and when the nightmare ended for you.. Thinking of you MG and Faith and all the others that have posted several times over the years and that continue to suffer with this. Hoping so much for good news from you ... And hoping my hair will grow thick again :(

Mar 16, 2015
Dry scalp cause excessive shedding
by: Suraya

What i realize that after i did my relaxer in march last year, my hair and scalp conditions become very dry and brittle. My original hair is fine and straight but i did a relaxer for the first time in my life because i don't like the perm that I've done before and what cause this trouble because i let the stylist applied the relaxer really near to my scalp. After that relaxer i notice that my hair is easily pulled out whenever i ran my finger through my hair. From what i read in those articles they said that relaxer and keratin treatment or whatever chemicals threatening product can dried your scalp. Dry scalp causes excessive shedding and the hair produce by the dried scalp is also dry and prone to breakage and dry scalp also cause very little hair regrowth. I've read that anyone who had relaxer or dry scalp should deep conditioning the scalp to moisturize it. I tried so many things to stop this shedding such as rogaine for 3 months but it only makes things worse. I went to several dermatologist and trichologist but nothing helps. I steam my hair once or twice a month because i heard that steaming help to remove chemical in scalp.. Now I'm going to try deep conditioning my hair using natural remedies like tea tree oil and using TRESemme renewal hair & scalp deep conditioning mask.. Who knows it may help. Sorry for my bad english.

Mar 16, 2015
To Sandra
by: Anonymous

Hi Sandra - I have not been to a dermatologist. I don't think our follicles are clogged - I do think that the keratin wears away with time. I would hope after 10 months ours is gone. I have had no dandruff, no pain. I have thought at times that the back of my head feels more sensitive - but I don't know if I am imagining that. I think that the chemicals used in these keratin products injure the follicles and maybe cause them to go dormant. I do think with lots of time they will recover (based on everything I have read - I have found NO stories of anyone going permanently bald. Please keep that in mind. Although these forums are helpful, they can also stress me out because people tell their stories when at their worst - but usually do not post back after recovery - because they no longer care about it). I am using sulfate free shampoo, multi vitamins and biotin, and weekly coconut oil treatments ( I leave in with shower cap at least 2 hours - good to do overnight but I just can't sleep with the oil on my head - it's messy) . Hope that helps! I think in the loooong run our hair will recover.

Mar 16, 2015
Not 3 years but have some questions for you ! Please!
by: Sandra

I also had my Brazilian done last June (for the first time) and my hair loss appears to be slowing down but not growing back very much. It has grown though, but sparsely. Some people do see my hairloss when I show them photos to remind them of how it was but most don't although if they are standing above me they definitely notice a wider parting . My loss is mainly apparent at the top : the parting is wider and the crown is thinner. The back is also thinner. When I had it done the hair was sleek and straight but it looked like it had greasy globules underneath (at the back where hair loss is) even after washing. Very strange and hard to explain without photos ! I think the product was put on my scalp and seeped into the follicles. Would you agree this happened to you? Have you seen a dermatologist ? If so, what did they say? Do you have any regrowth? Are you using any products that might be helpful? I've been using the Jason shampoo and I've now managed to get some Malibu C undo goo clarifying shampoo in the hope that it might help unblock some hair follicles. I'm getting pretty desperate now to get some thicker regrowth and equally frightened of using anything that might aggravate the situation. What a horrible dilemma !

Mar 16, 2015
How many keratin treatments?
by: Anonymous

For those of you posting on this site who state you have been losing hair for 3 years +, how many keratin treatments did you have? How far apart? Did you do them yourself? From what I've read on other sites - 3 years seems unusually long. Also - keep in mind if you have been losing for 3 years some new hair must be growing or you would be just about bald already. How much hair do you have left? I had 1 BB done at a salon in June 2014 - I have had a lot of hair loss, but it is definitely slowing down. I have been unable to find ANY photos of people online with keratin hair loss. It makes me think (and hope) that means most people with this problem may be losing hair - but maybe not to the point where it is very noticeable. I can tell my hair is thinner - but I don't think anyone else can ( and it's been almost 10 months). And 1 last question for MG - a while ago you went and saw a group of doctors. Have you been back since you're still losing hair? If so - how do they explain losing for so long? Thanks!!

Mar 14, 2015
For MG and Anonymous
by: Sandra

I feel so terribly sorry when I read the same people post comments after years of this suffering. I notice at the beginning that often, like me, there are messages of hope, trying to find solutions and explanations. After years of this, it often appears to be a sad acceptance of this fate. For me this forum is to attempt to find answers and solutions, offer support to others if I can and just to raise awareness. If people who are contemplating a keratin / Brazilian/ straightening find this site and it makes them think twice then I think it's a good thing. I try to tell people that this can cause hair loss and I can't believe that some people still don't listen and think it won't happen to them. They just don't seem to realise the pain of hair that falls out, that doesn't grow back and that the medical profession seem unable to make better. And that's the least of it . The pain and itching that can continue as it has for some, must be truly horrendous. I really hope so much that all of you, will post here one day that your hair has stopped falling. I am guessing that after three years, the keratin that coats the hair is no longer on your hair but do you think that it is still blocking your hair follicles? If so, it is it worth having a treatment to attempt to clear the follicles? The dermatologist said my follicles were miniaturised, a sign to me that something in the keratin was blocking them..

Mar 13, 2015
Thank you Sandra
by: Anonymous parsley girl

I read that red or white onion juice helps the hair grow and the scalp heal i try it but I can't take the smell so I'm back to my other method cinnamon helps make your hair tight i boil some cinnamon sticks and put that water on my scalp we'll good luck every one.....

Mar 13, 2015
Going Bald
by: Anonymous

I am at 38 months since last keratin treatment and still losing hair at a rapid rate. My hair falls out all day, everyday. I lost probably 60% of my hair. Thankfully, it WAS so thick that no one has noticed. I can see my scalp everywhere and my ponytail is half of what it was. Its very sad. My life will never be the same. I used to curse my extremely thick hair, now I curse my extremely thin hair. The hair lost never grew back and after 3 years and 2 months, I doubt it ever will. No one understands the trauma this has caused me. While I am better emotionally (because of so much time passing), I will never be the same. I mourn my hair everyday. I used to spent a lot of time making it look thinner and less bulky because it was so thick. Now I spend time making it look thicker. Its crazy what life can throw at you.

Mar 13, 2015
Still Losing
by: MG

I am still losing after 30 months. I am emotionally better since I started washing my hair at the gym because of its black floors I don't see how much I am losing anymore. The hairloss I can't stop but at least the terrifying act of washing my hair has become more bearable. My hairs starts pouring out the minute I get it wet. It starts going constantly in the drain (I try not to look down), then another 100 when I detangle plus the floor is filled with strands when I am done blowdrying. I don't think about my hairloss that much unless I feel hairs crawling down my arms (every 10 mins). Mine grows back but because I lose more than I gain, my hairloss progresses. I still have itching and soreness that comes and goes and seborrheic dermatitis that don't heal. started the Jason shampoo which has helped with the itching but not with the soreness and dermatitis plus is causing me to have more crusting.

Mar 13, 2015
Hi Kelly
by: Sandra

I'm responding to you straight away Kelly (from London in England) as I know how scary and lonely this feels. Our stories are all very similar and I can also identify with people saying they can't see any difference in your hair when you know that it's so much thinner. Also, I found that partings seemed to form in the hair all over the place. For me, the itching coincided with the hair falling out at the top of my scalp but it did grow back (not as thick but it's grown). Please remember that whilst there are some people whose hair continues to fall out excessively for several years, and doesn't seem to grow back, there are also others who report the hair loss stopping and the hair growing back. I'm trying to remind myself of this too! If you find anything that works for you please do take time to share it with the rest of us. Hi to Parsley girl and hoping that your hair will grow back strong in time for your wedding !

Mar 13, 2015
I wonder if I had known this would I still have done it
by: Kelly

I've asked myself this a million times. I am an African American living in South Korea. There is really know one to do my hair. I had been two years natural and my curls were sooooo springy and my hair was so thick, it was just so TIME CONSUMING.

I decided after I would get the BB. It was so amazing. Like you all said, easy blow drying, loose curls, and a flat iron done in under an hour. But right away i noticed HOW MUCH HAIR I WAS LOSING! and INSANE AMOUNT! I've never seen my hair come out like that.

My sister said, well your hair has been in an Afro for the last 2 years-you wouldn't notice shedding. Okay point taken. But you know your hair. I could see my scalp on the sides and in the front at the top of my forehead. it was starting to part in ways it never parted before.

I was STRESSING SO MUCH about losing my hair that i would dream about it and I over thought it. okay if I lose 100 hairs a day that is 700 a week times 3 weeks equals BALD!

I don't know what to do. My hair had BEEN THICK my entire life. Stylist would ask me if I wanted it thinned. they hated seeing me come in because i had sooo much hair.

I told my roommate and everyone who would listen but they can't see anything. They keep saying it's in my head. Now my scalp is itching where these bald spots are and it hurts a little. I can't tell if it's from new growth or where my hair is about to fall out.

It's really sad. I'm only 33 years old :0( I've been thinking about getting a perm again but I don't know if that will make things worse.

Mar 11, 2015
Parsley girl here I agree with you Sandra
by: Anonymous

I decide to take my hair off with the #1 and to my surprise I have more than one bald spot on my head. I was thinking that in order for me to treat my problem, I have to see it! Long story short, I bought the derma wand, cleaning my head with water, baking soda and rinsing with apple cider vinegar to clear my scalp then using the derma wand and right after the folicure ampolla. I have been doing these for a month now and notice some growth on parts of my bald spot and yes I still use parsley , rosemary and cinnamon on my scalp but I don't use it all at once and I bought my self a wig until my hair grows .....

Mar 09, 2015
My theory
by: Sandra

I am so sorry to hear of this continuing for three years. I'm trying so hard to make sense of this nightmare and to find answers for myself and for others. I know that so many of you have also tried to do this.. I think one of the worst things about this is that it happens so gradually over years. If it all fell out at once you would not live in constant fear of how things would progress as I am doing now. I am guessing that it is not only that the hair falls out more than usual but that it is not replaced by new hairs as it should be when the hair reaches the end of it's growth cycle. This is suggested in the Daily Mail newspaper article that I mentioned earlier. I do think that if I had my time again and knowing what I know now, I would have immediately tried everything to get rid of the keratin on my hair and on my scalp the minute the hair started falling out. I was reading about keratosis pilaris , a condition where too much keratin builds up in the skin's hair follicles and plugs them with rough hard skin. It often occurs on upper arms. I wondered whether this is what has happened to the hair follicles on our scalps thereby stopping new hairs from coming through. In the same way that only some people are prone to excess keratin on their upper arms maybe only some of us are affected by the keratin placed on our scalps. It's just a thought! I have come across a salon in Florida called Salon Zero. They use Malibu Wellness products to help get rid of the keratin and it might be worth checking them out. Sadly, it's not easy for me as I live in the UK. For the moment I continue to use the Jason products as they work on normalising the scalp. I do believe that the dandruff I experienced soon after was the scalp trying to shed itself of the keratin. I haven't tried any of the remedies for hair loss like steroid shots. For me, I believe the answer lies in attempting to rid my scalp and hair of keratin that remains. I feel that in the same way excess keratin plugs the hair follicles on the arms, the keratin from the Brazilian is blocking the hair follicles on the scalp and that explains why any new hair coming through is thinner than before. It's just a theory but it makes sense to me.

Mar 09, 2015
Cortisone shots
by: Anonymous

Anyone have any luck with steroid shots??

Mar 09, 2015
??
by: Anonymous

Is there anyone that went over 3 years of shedding with good news?? This is torture. I'm slowly balding!

Feb 26, 2015
If you have burning itchy scalp
by: J

If your scalp burns, and itches. YOU MUST go to a GOOD endocrinoligist (call first) and get blood work drawn for TPO/TPA. TPO is the same test as TPA, different labs call it one or the other. This test is for thyroid peroxidase antibodies. Before, you tell me that you had your thyroid checked...your average MD and endocrinologist does NOT run this test. If this test comes back with elevated numbers, you HAVE a autoimmune disease attacking your thyroid. Most probably Hashimotos thyroid(hypothyroid-low thyroid function). Then I suggest to get on Naturethroid thyroid medication, and when your FREE T3 levels get in the upper 25%( which is 3.7 -4.0). Your burning and itching will decrease drastically, and so will the shedding. If you do decide to listen, Naturethroid is the only thyroid med I suggest. The other synthetic thyroid meds will not help hair loss. Do to all legal ramifications, this is only a suggestion, in no one can I precribe or promise anything. I supplied you with the knowledge, up to you if want to do anything with it. If anyone decides to listen, and actually goes and gets there blood drawn. I will be happy to discuss your results with you.

P.s you can take all the vitamins, workouts, shampoos etc, you want. They may help some symptoms, but there is a true cause why some of us lose our hair and others dont-who get this treatment done. Best of luck and Google thyroid perioxidase antibodies and hair loss.

Feb 26, 2015
RE: Princess v
by: Anonymous

Since Nov. 2004? Oh wow ... more than 10 years ago - or did you mean Nov. 2014.

Feb 25, 2015
The keratin messed up my hair
by: Princess v

I had the Brazilian treat hair done in November of 2004 and since then my hair has been falling out I was so frustrated and so upset. I did this treatment because my hair is so curly and it looks short and I wanted it to look longer and straight and easy to manage but now that it's falling out I am freaking out I use the conditioner that stops breakage and so far it's doing better but still not a hundred percent stopped I'm thinking of using bowl game as a revote method but I'm not sure if that's completely safe does anyone know can we use Rogaine to regrow my hair? I miss my curls I'm so aggravated and I wish thing that nobody else but I hope no one else does this treatment

Feb 17, 2015
Don't do it!!
by: Anonymous

I had the Brazilian Blowout in August of 2014. It triggered a reaction on my scalp and all over my body that was excruciating. I lost a lot of skin and a lot of hair. After oral and topical steroids, I only had temporary relief. After about 3 months my skin started to heal only to have hypopigmentation all over my body. Now six months later I am still losing handfuls of hair and my hair looks awful.
So my advice is never to have this treatment. Especially if you already have some kind of psoriasis or skin condition. My hair was nice and sleek after the treatment, almost too flat. The trauma started 2 weeks after. I hope that in time my hair strengthens and stays on my head. I would not wish this experience on anyone.

Feb 16, 2015
Hi every one it's the parsley girl :) happy face to cheer up a bit
by: Anonymous

We'll I just want to let you all know about a shampoo and conditioner called Folicure. I read some reviews and some people say that it works but it does not smell too good. It is not too expensive. I have the "ampolletas". I don't know how to write that word in English but is a liquid that you put on your scalp and don't rinse off but first you wash the hair then conditioner and then that liquid. It smells like vitamins the meme is FOLICURE do some research on it maybe it can help. Well my head still shedding and my bald spot looks shiny and bald. Hope to grow hair soon ahhhh

Feb 16, 2015
Thank you Lexie
by: Sandra

I just wanted to add my gratitude to you Lexie,for giving us an update even though you have now recovered from this horrible experience. I thought I would add more about my own experience, incase it benefits anyone..Initially (a week after Brazilian) hair fell so rapidly from the crown area that I quickly had a bald patch. It was so bald that it burnt in the sun. This has begun to fill in with new hair so that it now looks sparsely covered rather than bald. However, it is nowhere near as covered as it used to be and my middle parting seems to be travelling down the back of my head which I guess is caused by the hair loss on the crown. I also suffered terrible itching in these first couple of months. After about three months I began to notice the diffuse shedding and although this seems to have slowed down it has not stopped altogether. However, there is no regrowth in any area other than the crown. My hair is so flat now and it took me a while to realise that the lack of body in my hair was actually a lack of hair. The other thing that has changed is that I used to wash my hair every 3-4 days and I now need to wash it every other day as it gets so greasy. This site has been so therapeutic for me because as you said Lexie, nobody wants to hear after a while. It feels so scary to me because there doesn't seem to be any medical authority that is able to say,' Yes I've seen this before , this is what has caused it , this is what is going to happen..' Which would be so reassuring ! Instead, here we are, all of us in different countries across the world, having done the same or similar Brazilian keratin treatment and suffering in the same way, trying to offer each other some sort of support. If nothing else, I am grateful for that..

Feb 15, 2015
thanks Lexi
by: Anonymous

Your update is much appreciated! It gives us hope which lowers the stress.
I'm going on 3 years of diffuse shedding. My new hairs are still falling out and they are looking thinner and thinner...so thin that they seem too weak to remain in the follicles.
I'm so glad to hear that this may end one day.

Feb 15, 2015
update
by: lexie

sorry- this may be duplicated- my computer froze -At the worst stage my volume definitely changed and became thin and unruly with overall diffuse, shedding and loss. I would find long hairs with the bulb on my floor, car mats, clothes and just about everywhere. Thinning around areas that were not as thick to begin with (bangs, temples, crown and nape) so because they have less hair to begin with they thinned out more quickly. My hair did grow but the growth could not keep up with the hair loss. I did not have any bald spots but areas were widening and I used powder to cover up. I also had inflammation issues for a long time. My scalp hurt a lot and I could see pink areas at its worst. The dermatologists said my scalp was fine but they were wrong. I try to massage my scalp nightly as well which did produce more hair loss but at that point everything created excessive loss. My family, friends and co-workers thought I was crazy and no one wanted to listen anymore. They could not see a difference. I pretty much lived in my own little bubble for the longest time. I never thought it would get better but it did and I am so relieved that I do not have to think about this every minute of my life. I wish others would have come back to post because I would stress so much after reading posts and thought there would be no end.

Feb 15, 2015
Thanks for the update Lexie
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your update! It's encouraging to hear that you are healing :) it's very frustrating to read all of the horror stories from people losing their hair and they never update their status - so no way of knowing what happened. I have to believe everyone isn't going bald!
I do have one question - At your hairs worst how would you describe its appearance? Was it visibly thinner? Did you have any bald areas? Did other people notice? It's so hard to gauge what peoples hair looks like from reading the stories. Thanks!

Feb 14, 2015
30 month update
by: Lexie

Its been over two years and my hair started returning back to normal around the two year mark. I thought it was only a good day or a good month but it has been steady good for 6 months. I cut an inch to two inches every month. I am sure that all the keratin hair is permanently gone now. The first 15 months was the worst as my scalp hurt so bad that I had to put ice bags on it. I went to every doctor and tried EVERY recommendation. Everyone's scalp is different and you just need to wait it out. My hair texture returned to pre-keratin although some areas are still thinner, the right side and the nape area are the thinnest. My hair over all is damaged and frizzier than I remember but I wont complain! I wash 3x a week and now the hair fall is about 30-40 on wash days and about 20 on non-wash. The hair loss initially was 250 plus falling all day. The loss slowly slowed down around the 15th month mark and that's when the scalp tightness and pain stopped as well. I never thought this would end but it did and yours will too. I truly sympathize and feel bad for everyone going through this. Hang in there!

Feb 12, 2015
Sandra & Karen
by: MG

I agree with Sandra's comments and would like to add that most of us had healthy scalps to begin with. These treatments can cause seborrheic dermatitis and this is declared by the company's MSDS (material safety data sheet). Read with your own eyes the link is below

http://www.brazilianblowout.com/literature/bb-msds.pdf

Most people in this site have the dermatitis sypthoms including Myself. Tight scalp, itchy scalp, painful scalp, and hair loss. I have been using the Jasons Tea Tree shampo for a couple of weeks and so far so good I haven't had a single itch nor scalp pain but still my hair is still pouring out of my head.

It is money well spent to have your hair professionally dried at least once a week (Instead of these keratin treatments) so you can enjoy the beauty of your hair. I wish I would've known this.

Feb 06, 2015
Response to Karen
by: Sandra

I cannot believe that you are asking that after having read the posts on this forum! Please read carefully and you will see that we are all suffering after having had some kind of Brazilian/keratin/hair straightening treatment. I don't know how many people get affected in this way but I do know that you have evidence here that some people lose their hair from having the treatment and some people never seem to have any hair grow back, even after years. There is an article in an English newspaper that I posted on here a while back. It refers to research done in America that documents this. In addition to the pain of losing our hair often rapidly and straight from the root, after having this treatment, we are further distressed by the fact that the medical profession are often perplexed by this phenomenon, unable to explain it and unable to treat it. Can you imagine what that feels like? If you had suffered in this way, with no apparent cure, no support,other than the people on this forum that share their stories, you would not be asking such a question. Many people have no immediate side effect from this treatment, but it is not a risk I would ever, ever want to take in the light of the knowledge that I have now. I wish so much that someone had taken the time and trouble to warn me not to have this treatment . I do hope that this answers your question.

Feb 05, 2015
brazillian keratin treatment for scalp psoriasis?
by: Anonymous_karen

is it safe to have a Brazilian keratin treatment even if you have a scalp psoriasis?

Feb 05, 2015
try parsley
by: Anonymous

Hi I'm shedding to I have a bald spot on the front of my head, I did the keratin treatment myself like 3 times and now I'm bald I did abuse it , my mom told me to use parsley on my scalp yes the one you buy at the supermarket blend it with water strain it an that green water you put on your scalp every day it don't smell,and you can put some in your shampoo to I'm trying every thing that is natural and chemical fee to see if my hair start growing back I'm worried for the damage that I course to my hair but I know I m the only one to blame because I read some warnings online before I bought it , that it could make my hair fall and I did it any way I'm also take in blood circulation pills they are call circuvite to help with the blood flow to my head I will post as time go by to let every one know about if the parsley is working or not my problem jUST started so I'll let you all know how I goes for me by the way my wedding is 12-5-15 I'm supper worried if my hair don't grow by then I guess I'll wear a wig excuse my English is not that good oh and I'm taking biotin to the one that says extra strength..

Feb 01, 2015
Message for MH
by: Sandra

Hello MH
Please, do consider using the Jason tea tree products. They may help or they may not, but it's got to be worth a try as I do think my hairloss is slightly less since using them. The person that wrote about them was a professional stylist that wrote on this forum on Sept 21st 2012. It took me ages to scroll back but I found it eventually! You asked if anyone had suffered from acne type lumps and I noticed that Maurice (also posted in 2012) said that he had suffered the same. The only remedy for this that he mentioned was Tgel shampoo which I know that you have tried but it might be worth reading his posts from two years ago as they seem really helpful. If you're there Maurice, please let us know how things are going a couple of years later and thank you for your really helpful posts. Let's stay positive and support each other as much as we can - many people have recovered from this and maybe it takes longer for some than for others.

Jan 31, 2015
Idea
by: Anonymous

Anyone tried minoxidil solution 5% (50mg/ml) daily at hair root?

Jan 27, 2015
ME too!
by: MH

Hello everyone,

I've been reading for months but thought I'd add my comments finally. I also had a Brazilian blow-dry in England and it has destroyed my hair. I'm 23 and had it done in September - I have lost at least 50% of my hair - and that is saying something as mine was incredibly thick. I barely have a fringe left and have to cover my scalp. I think I will be one of the awful cases which go nearly bald due to how mush I have lost so quickly. I have my resignation written from my dream job as I refuse to wear a wig.I am overweight so the thinning of my hair is more noticeable as well.

I suffer from eczema which I think is why I have had such terrible dandruff - I also can feel huge acne-like spots on my scalp does anyone else have these? It was ok for a bit but T-Gel doesn't seem to work either now.

I never blow-dry, always wear my hair up, barely every brush and have disgusting hair as I wash it every 7 days but none of this seems to make any difference. I also take Viviscal, Biotin and Sea Kelp.

Seeing how many people on this board makes me question how this is legal - they don't even do patch tests! I know people have reported recoveries after 18 months but I doubt I'll have any hair left. It is a horrible thing to be afraid to wash your hair and not be able to look presentable.

I'll keep posting with updates.

MH

Jan 26, 2015
Thank you JP
by: Sandra

Thank you JP, from Sandra in England! I sometimes feel so alone and it feels so supportive to hear from someone that is sharing a similar story. I agree with you, how can these products be legal?! Someone in England has told me that the high formaldehyde Brazilian hair straightening products aren't legal in the UK but nobody seems to be monitoring this as they are still being used. I also had my treatment last Summer and I regularly check these posts. At times, I feel hopeful when I see that someone has posted several years ago and then stopped posting after recovery. When I see others posting several times over a period of years and still posting it makes me feel so sad. My story is just like yours: hair falling from the root after a week or so. I also had itching but no flaking scalp as some people have had. I'm using the Jason shampoo and have had less hairs on the pillow in the morning. I hope and pray this continues. I check the pillow with absolute fear every morning. I will keep posting with any bit of news or information and I look forward to reading your update in June. If there is anyone that can access the research into this that was from The University of California, Berkeley it might answer some questions for us!

Jan 26, 2015
Getting better
by: JP

I have been following the posts here since last July - when my keratin nightmare began. I am 45 yrs old and decided to get a BB because I have very thick, somewhat frizzy hair - and thought it would make it better. What a mistake! Let me start by saying I can't believe these products are legal here in the US where consumers are supposed to be protected. And I can't believe the lack of info or solutions to this seemingly common problem of hair loss due to keratin. I got my one and only BB on 6-5-2014. About 2 weeks later I noticed my hair falling from the root. About 1 month after the treatment I was losing about 150-200 hairs each shower. I felt sick to my stomach. I immediately thru away all of the BB products I had been using and started washing with Neutrogena cleansing shampoo and taking daily vitamins and biotin. I just wanted the Keratin out of my hair! I bought Nioxin for my hair and really didn't style (air dry, no heat etc). I also decided recently to get a new pillow - I'm sure the Keratin must be out of my hair by now but didn't want to chance sleeping on formaldehyde or keratin every day! I am also taking b-12 vitamins. It has been about 8 mos now and my shedding has slowed to about 40-60 hairs a day and I no longer can pull hairs from my head by running my fingers etc. It seems to be getting better. I guess I have lost maybe 40 percent of my hair. It seems thinner to me - but I don't think anyone else has noticed. It looks a little thinner in front and on top but I am hoping now it will fill in. I will post back with update in June at 1 year mark. Good luck to everyone!

Jan 26, 2015
Offering some support
by: Sandra

I did read somewhere (don't ask me where, as I've read so much that I can't remember!) that someone had got some respite from hairloss after Brazilian by using a shampoo by Jason called Tea tree treatment shampoo. I ignored it at first as so many people have offered different remedies and I just didn't know where to turn. I have recently bought some from their website as it doesn't contain parabens etc. I was very wary of using any shampoo or treatment with anymore chemicals in. There seems to be a reduction in hair loss since I've been using it. I'm wary of getting too excited but I do think that this might be worth a try. I do think it would be so much easier to accept this hairloss if it hadn't been caused by this dreadful hair straightening treatment. There is so much support and understanding of hair loss but nobody, it seems, including the medical profession, is able to offer any suggestions or solutions to this hairloss after Brazilian/keratin/ straightening. Has anybody been able to access the research that was mentioned in the newspaper article that I referred to in my earlier post? I wish all of you that are still suffering with this all the best and please, please post if you have some recovery. It is so heart warming to read positive stories ...

Jan 22, 2015
I am 3 years with no good news
by: Anonymous

Hair still coming out all day, everyday. Hair still thin. Hair still frizzy. Hair still see through. I feel your pain. I feel like I died 3 years ago.

Jan 22, 2015
Anyone?
by: Anonymous

Anyone going on 3 years with good news? Hair is now see through.

Jan 16, 2015
Mk
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your post. But I'm pretty sure most on here probably had more than one of these treatments. I myself had 2 Brazilian blowouts and my hair still shed and its barely growing back at 3 years. I assume my hair follicles are very damaged. I workout and take care of myself!

Jan 15, 2015
READ - Stop focusing on your hair
by: MK

You must stop focusing on your hair. Until you do that the stress you are creating is making the hair loss much much worse. Focus on your health. WORK OUT, EAT RIGHT, take prenatal vitamins. WASH once a week. It took over a year and a half to see results. It is a bit thinner in areas that were not previously thing but once I was too busy to focus on the hair, there was an immense improvement in the loss. Please focus on distracting yourself and becoming healthier. Stress is extremely powerful, it on its own can be causing the hair loss you are experiencing and from the sound of your posts (I also went through feeling this way too) this seems to be playing a huge factor. Your follicles are already weakened so the hair you are losing from stress is going to take much longer to grow back in!

Jan 07, 2015
Alopecia Areata Treatment
by: Anonymous

My hair was falling out and balding around my temples. I went to the dermatologist who prescribed injecting steroids into my scalp which was not too uncomfortable because the needles were pretty thin and highly effective. My hair completely grew back from the stimulation of the steroids. I recommend asking a dermatologist about it this type of treatment.

Jan 07, 2015
Hair loss after Brazilian in UK
by: Sandra

I'm afraid that I can't answer your question about hair loss continuing for over three years as it hasn't been that long for me. However, I have suffered terrible hair loss that started within a week of having this treatment. I am devastated and scared. I have searched the Internet for information and I can't see anything that offers me hope. It's difficult to know how many of us there are as so many people post anonymously but I'm sure there are more than we realise. There must be many people that never access this forum. I read it from time to time but it upsets me so much that I try not to. My treatment was done in England. I have found an article in a national newspaper that refers to some research done at the University of California. I have tried to find the original research that it refers to but I haven't been able to do so. If you're living in USA you might be able to do this easier than me. My understanding from this newspaper article is that if the formaldehyde was put on the scalp then the hair does not grow back. I hope that there is someone that has had recovery that can post something positive for those of us that are suffering in this way. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2379071/Safer-stick-straighteners-Levels-cancer-causing-formaldehyde-Brazilian-blowdry-dangerously-high.html

Jan 07, 2015
I am at 3 years too
by: Anonymous

And my hair never grew back and continues to fall out everyday. It falls out when I wash it, brush it, move it, touch, sneeze, etc. It is about 60% thinner and my part is very wide. I am devastated over this. I thought it would get better in time and it has not. I am glad to know I am not alone but we are very few and far between.

Jan 06, 2015
Anyone?
by: Anonymous

I'm only 28 and on 3 years of shedding from this stupid treatment :( is there any hope? Did anyone have it stop after 3 years and grow back??? Anyone!? Please?

Dec 23, 2014
To MG
by: Anonymous

I do believe the DHT blocker helped with slowing down the shedding. I started taking them about a month after I started losing tons of strands. But I think they kind of prolong the inevitable...which is OK with me. I stopped taking them (I was working a lot and preparing to move) and I noticed that my shedding had increased and my hair looked thinner in recent pictures. I think the tea rinses help too. Because my scalp will hurt and burn just like when I first got the keratin treatment. Once I use the tea, my scalp stops aching. Usually when my scalp starts aching it's followed by a period of very heavy shedding.

Dec 23, 2014
DHT BLOCKERS
by: MG

to the previous post...did you notice any improvement in shed after you started taking the DHT blockers? I am still shedding a lot and hair is super thin. I get tons of regrowth that falls right after. 2yrs 4mo post Brazilian blowout. I just started using a shampoo with Saw Palmetto and I think it has made a slight improvement. The DHT blockers you mention contain Saw Palmetto. Congratulations on your baby and lets hope your hair stabilizes.

Dec 23, 2014
3 years...pregnancy
by: Anonymous

I have also been shedding for 3 years since the @$!#! Keratin treatment. I see that my new growth is extremely thin and it sheds like crazy. My ends are straw-like and brittle and they don't retain moisture. I said this before... I constantly use tea rinses (burdock root/nettle/fenugreek/saw palmetto/black tea) and take DHT blockers by Hair Loss Control Clinic. My hair is about 60% gone. I am grateful for what I have left though.
When I got pregnant I noticed that my excess shedding stopped and returned to normal around month 5 and has stayed normal so far. I am one month post partum and I fear that the shedding will return with a vengeance once my hormones return to normal. I wish we could bottle whatever pregnancy hormone cocktail stops the shedding. There has got to be someway to mimic the body's pregnancy hormone levels and send the hairs into a longer growing phase.
I hate that everyone is going through this ordeal. People who haven't experienced this don't understand what it is like to deal with extreme hairloss from a so called conditioning treatment.
Happy Holidays.

Dec 23, 2014
Not alone
by: Anonymous

At least we are not alone! I can still wear it down and make it look somewhat normal but I hope my hair cycle goes back to normal!!!!!! I can't take this shedding anymore!!! I can't believe you can still buy this product... the owner of this company needs to be locked up in jail!!

Dec 23, 2014
I am 3 years too!
by: Anonymous

It will be 3 years in 2 weeks for me and my hair is STILL paper thin. I see little hairs coming in but my hair never gets thicker. I am still shedding way beyond normal too. Wow. I really thought I was the only one. My whole texture went from thick and coarse to thin and baby fine. I am depressed over it everyday and not a day goes by that I don't think about it. I can't believed I have lived this for 3 years. A nightmare I will never get over.

Dec 23, 2014
New growth?
by: Anonymous

Anyone experiencing new growth but still shedding more than normal? I have new growth all over the top but hair still thin? Will this stop? Feb will be 3 YEARS. Has anyone that was on 3 years get somewhat of a recovery? I'm so depressed.

Dec 09, 2014
Wigs
by: MG

I am heading the wig way very quickly as my hair is so thin after 26 months post Brazilian Blowout. I still have some coverage by the little bangs I have left. I haven't check the back in a while just to avoid the shock. I have read a lot of good things about a place called Follea that sells natural Russian hair wigs that are really beautiful. I have been preparing myself for the moment. The Womens Hair Loss Project website offers a lot of options and information on wearing hair. The site owner is a very cool girl (I guess lives in Beverly Hills) and wears them and she looks quite good.

Dec 09, 2014
Help?
by: Anonymous

Has anyone had to buy a wig yet? My hair is almost see through?

Nov 28, 2014
Keratin experience - good to bad
by: Elise

I had been wearing my hair natural, relaxer free for years. I decided to let my hair grow out from the short "fro". But then I was in between stages. I didn't want to wear anymore braids, twists or wigs. A friend suggested I get a bb. I did and I was well pleased. In fact I hadn't realized my hair had grown so much. It has been years since my hair went past my neck. My friend couldn't believe how silky and bouncy my hair was. So the next week I decided to get the keratin treatment. My hair was gorgeous. And I liked the fact that it was still somewhat curly when washed. I went for the last blow out three weeks ago. The stylist roller set my hair, blow dried and then flat ironed it. That took my hair over the top. Way too much heat! Days later I noticed my hair started to shed in the back snapping from the new growth. I am so, so disappointed. I should have stopped at the bb with no chemicals. I went to another stylist last week and had her deep condition it and trim the hair in the back.

Nov 11, 2014
Nightmare
by: Sherri

I went to the same stylist every week for a few years and always liked my hair. For 8 months she pushed me week after week relentlessly to have a keratin treatment. I should have either flat out refused or found a new stylist but, to keep peace, I acquiesced. Terrible mistake.

My hair is completely limp. It has no body and, even after professional styling at top Chicago salons, looks dirty because it's so flat and lifeless. No one understands why she pushed so hard or why it was even recommended. Obviously, it was for money. But in the end she lost a loyal customer. I guess that didn't matter.

Nov 06, 2014
Still Losing
by: Anonymous

I feel a permanent knot in my throat because I am constantly on the verge of crying. I have been losing my hair for 26 months now and done everything possible even PRP injections. Everything I do makes things worse. My scalp still burns and it seems like in the past 3 months I have been losing a lot more. I have lost maybe 70% of my hair; this is not enough to justify a wig but my scalp is starting to show and becoming too conscious about it. Washing my hair, going out or getting my hair done is a traumatizing experience. I feel like not getting out of my house. I wish this nightmare would end but it will not until all my hair is gone. I am strong and go about my life but going through this metamorphosis is exhausting and it hard to stay focused on the great things we have ahead of us. I need a break from hairloss. I try not to pay attention but I see my hair everywhere even if I vacuum 2 times a day.

At first I thought I was going to heal but now after 26 months post-brazilian blowout I know I wont. For the person who suffers from PCOS I have read that spironolactone helps with hair loss as it brings down your testosterone levels and there is some action in women that protects your follicles from being attacked by DHT.

I really hope more of us still losing hair recover or at least stabilize the loss. Even though, I have so little hair left I would be the happiest person on hearth if I get to keep this much. Hugs to everyone.

Nov 05, 2014
Not alone
by: N.F.

You certainly not alone. You doing a good thing to vent. That will help. Do not let anxiety to build up. Scream out-loud if you must but let it out and talk to someone near you. I can't offer you any healing advice beside what others have posted in countless lines of text here. But just to let you know. We hear you and you not alone. Hang in there!

Nov 05, 2014
The nightmare continues for me after 3 years
by: Anonymous

I am balding. Its been almost 3 years. My hair continues to fall out in handfuls everyday. My part is very wide. My hair is limp, thin, and airy. I was told by doctors, derms, specialists, hairdressers, etc. that this would be temporary. It is not. It is permanent. All bloodwork is normal. I am healthy. This treatment ruined my life. I was a once happy girl with model hair. Now, I am ashamed and worried all the time about my hair. I have to wear it certain ways to avoid my scalp showing. I have to wear scalp powder to fill in the bald spots. I am forever traumatized from getting a keratin treatment. I am forever baffled why it doesn't grow back. I am forever scarred to step in the shower. I have no advice for anyone. I just wanted to vent since no one I know cares or wants to hear about it anymore. I am so alone in this.

Nov 05, 2014
The nightmare continues 2 1/2 years later..
by: Faith

I posted in this forum two or three times over the years. My hair is continuing to get worse, so much so that I believe shaving my head and wigs are in my near future. I just can't take it anymore. I've been severely depressed, on the verge of losing my job cause I just can't get out of bed in the mornings and look at myself in the mirror. Recently, I've become public with my journey as I feel it is the only way I will ever feel comfortable in my own skin. I created a blog:
www.diaryofbaldingbeauty.com In my last post I talked about my experience with the BB, which I truly believed caused my TE. I was also diagnosed with ADA, but the jury is still out on that one. Please take a moment to come by. I'm hoping to foster a supportive and informative community. Hope everyone is doing well.

Nov 04, 2014
NEVER AGAIN
by: KC

I did a keratin treatment October 27, 2014. When she applied the treatment I made stylist aware that I felt burning around my edges. She stated it was normal and would stop, in which it did. When I went into dryer to set the chemicals in my eyes began to water, she proceeded to bring a fan over for ventilation and my eyes stopped watering after 5 minutes. So I went on with treatment. After flat ironing it in I left. When I got home the burning began again, I called stylist and she stated no one had ever had this problem, but if it kept happening wash it out. So I ended up washing my hair 2 days later. I am mad with myself, hair is thinner and I'm already experiencing hair shedding. My scalp still has a burning sensation when I wash it. I am afraid, and I wish I would have never done this. I was all natural chemical free,thick, healthy hair. She said she used the 3 star brazilian keratin treatment. I wish i would have research before I agreed instead of going on a coworkers word. Silly me for wanting the best of both worlds curly and straight.

Sep 22, 2014
Do not worry
by: MK

I too dealt with severe hair loss post treatment and not until recently ( 1 year and a half post treatment ) am I noticing my hair regrowing. It takes a long time, I thought it was permenant but it's just going to take awhile. Just relax and don't freak out like I did !

Sep 21, 2014
Hope after hair loss due to brazilian hair straightening
by: Anonymous

So grateful to those of you that have taken the time to share your stories after hair loss due to hair straightening.

Sep 17, 2014
Update - 16 months later
by: SpringOwl

I had my straightening done in May of 2013. It was Bracotta brand and the girl was a total ditz.

My sister had it done and they gave her a coupon and a discount if she referred a friend. (ME)

I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and my hair grows about three inches per year so I am always super careful with my hair and have been going to the same girl for 16 years.

I went out on a limb because of my sister telling me how great it was.

My hair was totally fried and I lost about 70 percent of my hair. My head burned and itched and I didn't sleep for months. EVERYTHING made it worse: coconut oil, tea tree oil, zinc shampoo, sulphate free,.........MISERABLE.

It took about four months before new hair started to sprout up. At Christmas, it was almost an inch long and although it still itched, I was happy it was growing back and my anxiety calmed down. I did cut it short because the hair that was left (30%), was totally fried.

16 months later and it's about 4 inches long but not the same thickness as before. You can no longer see my scalp but it is not thick like it once was.

My scalp still flares up with itchiness and I can only use Soignee shampoo. I spent hundreds of dollars on several different shampoos.

PLEASE DON'T GET YOUR HAIR STRAIGHTENED.

I WILL SUFFER FROM PTSD FOREVER BECAUSE OF THIS NIGHTMARE.


Sep 16, 2014
Hair
by: Hope

I got the treatment back in June 2013. Hair started falling out instantly. Scalp itched non stop, couldn't even sleep. It was terrible. Doctor just gave me prescription strength Benadryl for the itching so I could sleep at night, didn't stop the itching, but made me so drowsy I slept. The itching started getting better after 3 months, but still would have flare ups. I would only wash my hair once a week. I wore a shower cap the rest of the time. I did not color my hair, did not style my hair, did pretty much nothing to my hair. I would lose hundreds of hairs everytime I brushed or showered, and hair just fell out constantly. It took 9 months, of barely washing or doing anything at all to it and it's completely back to normal. New hair is growing and it's started to get thick again. I can shower as often as I like, dye it, and style it with normal amount of hair loss. I will never do a treatment like this and so glad it's over.

Sep 15, 2014
hope
by: Anonymous

Next week will be 2 years for me and I am happy to say that this nightmare is no longer consuming my day to day life. I would say it started to get significantly better about 6 months ago, the hair-loss slowed to normal amounts and my natural texture started to return which helped a lot with the thin appearance. I still have some places that are thinner then I remember (temples and nape of neck) but they are showing lots of short, soft baby-hairs which I hope will eventually thicken up and fill in.

I wish I could say I have a magic remedy, but I just tried to stop obsessing which I truly believe made it worse. I also continue to baby by hair and scalp with natural shampoos and conditioners with no harsh chemicals, sulfates, silicones etc.

Best of luck everyone.

Sep 15, 2014
hair falling out!
by: Anonymous

I got Keratin bliss treatment ( similar to Coppola) done 2 months ago. At first the hair was smooth, soft and silky...The effect is quite less now but still my hair isn't as frizzy as it used to be, before the treatment. Only issue I am facing is "hair loss" which is more than usual! :( Since this treatment doesn't touch the scalp I am skeptical about the keratin bliss shampoo! I have stopped using it now...I regularly massage oil to my scalp and use different hair masks. Its helping though! I would never get this treatment again :S

Sep 13, 2014
anonymous
by: Anonymous

Mine has grown back a little. A lot thinner than it was pre-keratin. The hair strand itself has become thicker and less translucent than it was. Scary, depressing and a long journey.

Sep 10, 2014
Any hope ?
by: Anonymous

Thank you for responding to my question. It's a horrible thought to think that this will continue for a year or more. Does the hair grow back at all? Is there any hope ?

Sep 08, 2014
anonymous
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately, hair loss for most of us has been on going for 12 months plus. It seems like the only thing that works is waiting it out. A lot of us have been told that its chronic TE.

Aug 30, 2014
Hair loss after brazilian
by: Anonymous

Like most of you , I am suffering hair loss after Brazilian hair straightening treatment. It started almost immediately with a wide parting towards the middle and back of my head and now the crown area is thinning. All this after only two months. I have been researching on the internet and I have read some good stories of recovery after only three months but also hair loss continuing for years. Is there anyone out there that can tell me of anything that has worked for them? Has anyone tried uv light or laser therapy? Homeopathy? Has anyone had this for years and does it end in baldness or does it stop before that stage? Please help, if you can.

Aug 20, 2014
Coppola treatment- severe hair loss
by: Anonymous

Has anyone done a Coppola Keratin express blowout and had major hair loss? I am in the process of figuring out what is wrong with my hair loss but all blood tests have been normal. I think it must be the treatment because it started falling out about 10 days after. Anyone else had a similar experience or found a good way to test your hair to see what happened to it?

Thanks!

Aug 04, 2014
Kiki
by: Anonymous

I wouldn't go near the treatment again. It has been two years for me and lost over 60% of my hair and keeps going strong. I lose over way over 50 a day and when I wash and style at least 150. Regrowth is weak and falls out. I am getting Propecia medication to see if it helps. All I know is that this nightmare started the day of the treatment.

Aug 04, 2014
HAIR LOSS
by: KiKi

I got my treatment in Oct 2013 without any problems. Now recently in June I have been having some hairloss. I thought it was because I needed my ends cut so I got that done. It stopped for a little while but now it's happening again. Can it be that it's time to do another treatment or should I just stop all together? I might just be over reacting but I say I'm losing about 50 strands a day. Keep in mind I did get the 3 month treatment but it's still going strong. Thanks for any advice that you have.

Jul 28, 2014
Keratin Treamtent bad idea!
by: Jenny

I went into a cheaper salon to get a Keratin treatment done and boy do I regret it. The guy who did it was an absolute moron( shouldn't even be called a hairdresser). He was so rough and unprofessional I wish I had just told him to stop. As soon as i left the salon I was so unhappy with my hair. Firstly it had stripped my beautiful blonde balayage and turned it into this awful yellowy/brassy colour, secondly my hair did not feel smooth what so ever; the ends had burnt off and looked so unhealthy! Thirdly my scalp was burning. I got home and called my usual (expensive) hairdresser. I told him I wanted to wash it out and if what I was experiencing was normal. He advised me to wash it out and seriously thank GOD! It has been nearly 2 weeks since my treatment and my hair feels okay; I have gotten it toned and treated and cut at my good hair dresser to get it looking healthier. The ends however are quite damaged still even cutting some of it off and the top of my hair has so many short bent hairs that sort of stick out; and also bits of small frizzy looking hair.

I am praying my hair is at its worst now and won't start shedding as my hair is already so thin :(

For those of that had hair loss; did you guys see it straight away? Like in the first few days? Or did it happen weeks/months after???

Please let me know!

Thank you

Jun 22, 2014
Hair loss
by: Anonymous

I had a "new style" Keratin treatment a few weeks ago. Right away I noticed a horrible smell when my hair was wet. Shampoo did not make the smell better. It would not be as intense when the hair was dry. My scalp burned for a few days after. Then the hair started falling out. It is very brittle and thin. I guess it did it's job of controlling the frizz but now I have thin, limp, lifeless hair and scalp is showing. I HATE looking at myself now and it does me no good to even try and fix my hair. I wish I had done some research before getting this very costly beauty procedure. It is so sad to hear that it may take years for my hair to return to how it was before I did this. It is just terrible!!

Jun 22, 2014
Time
by: Anonymous

Judging from the dates on the thread, I think I am a veteran. My first treatments were over 5 yrs ago. The first few were the Brazilian with formaldehyde, then we switched to keratin that didn't smoke when applied. My super thick course hair responded great until 3.5 years ago. I left the salon and it was fine, a little less soft but overall fine. I waited the days, washed and wow, it looked like I blew dry while holding my head upside down. Then the hair rain started...day and night for several months. I did the blood test, saw dermatogist, googled but nothing much was out there yet and started every moisture treatment I could find. Fast forward to today, shower day is still annoying with 100 hairs lost but the quality and texture looks great. I think the whole head is going to regenerate and I am just trying to keep as much as I can as long as possible. I have been using Keratin and It's a 10 products. There doesn't seem to be a magic cure but time.

Jun 22, 2014
At home Keratin products
by: GKM

I have been using keratin shampoos, conditioners and leave in spry, It's a 10 with Keratin. I never knew that the smaller amounts of Keratin in these products might cause my hair to be like straw and start falling out!

I have always had thick, naturally curly, hair that I would blow out every 2 to 3 days with no real damage. However since I have been using these at home products my hair had changed to a more wirey texture. As of the last few weeks, it's now falling out like crazy, my scalp tingles and is itchy, and it's becoming SO thin.

My question is whether others have seen these symptoms with these at home type of products? I have obviously stopped them, but want an idea if this is permanent damage that will subside or if this is long term damage.

Also, anyone have good suggestions for a sulfate free and dime thicken free deeper conditioning shampoo and conditioner?

Appreciate the advice! :)

Jun 19, 2014
Regrowth
by: Anonymous

Coiled hairs, thin, wispy and lack of pigmentation Could be a sign of weakened follicles. Regrowth comes in thin and wispy but gets thicker once it grows over one inch. I do have the same regrowth (poor pigmentation, thin and wispy) only my gay hairs come back thick. My black hairs don't improve.

Jun 17, 2014
new hairs?
by: Anonymous

9 months for me. Hoping anyone can answer. I have tons of short kinky- spiral hairs everywhere. I am not sure if these are new hairs or breakage. Most of the hair lost that has been checked has the white bulb. The short hairs are thin and sickly looking. They are everywhere...

May 29, 2014
To J
by: Anonymous

Have you seen any regrowth yet with the iron pills? I am at 29 months and still losing with no regrowth. Anyone else regrowing hair? Please share.

May 17, 2014
Any changes
by: Anonymous

Hi Everyone,
I used to Japanese straighten my hair for years and then went over to the Keratin treatment since I was told it was better for my hair. I have had atleast 7 treatments over the years with no problem. The last one did it for me. Once washed out it was a totally different texture of fine falling hair. All day, all night.
It was everywhere. The only thing I did different was that I quick smoking and working out ( heavy weight lifting with a trainer) 5x a week. Wondering if there is a link to that. Anyone else work out ?? I heard this could change the dht in your body. Not sure it that's true. Anyone have any changes in there life they can remember before your nightmare happened? Hope everyone is recovering!

May 16, 2014
Hair stopped falling
by: Anonymous

I also had this awful side effect of the Brazilian Keratin Treatment. I did it once and my already very fine hair started falling non-stop. After 3 weeks of this torture I decided to wash out the treatment with regular Protein Feed shampoo. After just two washes my hair is no longer falling and I don't care about the frizz! I now intend on following my usual stylist's advice and purchasing some good hair products (Nioxin) in order to rehabilitate my poor hair!!

So relieved.

May 05, 2014
Answers
by: Maurice

-yes I did have pain and tenderness. It lasted about a year or so.
-when my hair was thin, it was frizzy. And no shine. As it got a little thicker, it went back to normal for the most part. It's still a little frizzy but it's better than before.
-I did notice a little re growth, nothing major. But for the most part the biggest difference was the thickness that covered up more scalp. The re growth for me at least was about 10-20%
-the only chemicals I put in my hair are like protein holders, it's gentle and it's made from soy protein instead of keratin. It's just something to keep a hold on it and keep my hair a little loose. But other than that, no other chemicals. It didn't trigger any more fallout.
-I did notice as the seasons change and the weather was harsh, I did lose a couple extra hairs a day but it's just the body adjusting to the weather.
-a full year of 100+ hairs
-it decreased to a normal rate
-in my case, stopping my vitamins helped a little. Especially because it was mostly biotin supplements. I was kind of over doing it, so yes it helped to get my body back to normal levels of biotin.
-I cannot remember the exact brand of the keratin treatment. It was too long ago. It was done at home. (Probably the biggest mistake after actually doing it)
-lower sulfate shampoos helped very little. It was probably the only thing I can use. I used Wen for a bit but it was too rich and heavy. Anything with oil to sooth the scalp helped. But no vigorous shampooing. I literally run gently and let the water rinse it off by itself.
-hope this helps!

May 05, 2014
I am still losing
by: Anonymous

It has been 28 months and I am still losing hair everyday. Not normal hairloss either. I lose about 100 hairs on days I wash which is every 2 days and about 30 on the other days. This is way too much hair and it has been like this ever since the treatment. I lost about 70% of my hair and it has not grown back. I have a very wide part and receding hairline. I believe mine is permanent since there have been no positive changes. My hair texture went from thick and course to baby fine. Good luck. I am an extreme and rare care. Most peoples lives haven't been ruined by a hair treatment. Mine has.

May 02, 2014
Maurice- Maurice- Maurice :)
by: Anonymous

Questions for Maurice:
Did you have scalp pain/tenderness? If so, when did this stop?
You said you hair went from thin to thick. When your hair was thin was the texture frizzy, dry with no shine? If so did that go back to normal? You said that you did not have much re-growth but the texture went back to thick. Did you ever notice any regrowth during the 3 years? Some of us have short halo damaged hair. Not sure if that's breakage or new hair coming in damaged as the scalp has not recovered. Since you recovered have you put any chemicals in your hair at all? If so, did that trigger more fall out? Did you notice any pattern or cycles of more hair loss during your three years? i.e. season changes, product changes etc. How many total months did you have fall out of 100+ hair fall? Did the hair fall decrease after that or did it just stop immediately (back to normal hair fall). Do you think stopping your vitamins helped? What keratin product did you use? Was it done in a salon? Did certain shampoos help with the hair loss? Thank you very much for coming back and posting and updating us. Sorry for the long interview. I have lots more questions but did not want to overload you. Thank you- Thank you-Thank you!!! Sincerely -Dee

Apr 28, 2014
venting
by: Anonymous

I wonder why there is not more people on this site? It seems like its only the handful of us. This is the only site on the web that seems active with people currently going through this nightmare. Not only has this altered my hair but it has altered my life! I know the chemical changes texture of the hair and everyone gets this on their scalp especially leaving it in for 3 days before washing. The chemicals cant be a good thing . My hair and scalp could withstand anything. I wonder if our solution was outdated and old? What is the shelf life? Its now been 15 months and my hair is still falling from the root. Who would have heard of such a thing and where is the rest of the world? I guess I am just venting today. Its either that or cry!

Apr 08, 2014
To: McKenzie
by: Maurice

After 3 years I would say I am much happier with how it looks now than I was when all of this was at its peak. It's not back to normal, I'm pretty sure it will never go back to normal, but its so much better now, I feel much more confident about my hair now, i have thicker hair, which equals to better coverage and some slight growth here and there. It won't be normal like before, but its good now and I'm very happy that I don't have to worry as much anymore.

Apr 02, 2014
Maurice
by: McKenzie

You are so helpful, thanks for all the advice. Is it safe to say that after 3 year post treatment your hair is completely back to normal ?

Mar 26, 2014
Shedding
by: Maurice

Once the shedding slowed down, there was very tiny growth, probably nothing noticeable. The noticeable thing was my current hair going from baby thin to becoming naturally thick (or close to it). Time frame wise: 2-3 months before I really noticed it.

Mar 25, 2014
To Maurice:
by: Anonymous

Did you notice your hair growing in right after the shedding slowed? Or was growth delayed? At what time frame did you notice thicker hairs replacing those thin baby hairs? Thank you so much for your answers and help :(

Mar 24, 2014
Just to clarify
by: J

If your blood work of B12 is abnormally low-that can be pernicious anemia. Which is NOT the same thing if your B12 is abnormally high-that would be MTHFR.
Pernicious anemia you don't absorb B12(no intrinsic factor), and MTHFR you absorb it, just don't convert it to the usable form that your body including your hair needs.
Hope that clarifies abit

Mar 24, 2014
One more blood test ...(that makes 3!!!)
by: J

I forgot to mention one more blood test. I know everyone is sick of lab work, but there is something missing in our health or diet to cause this to happen to us (for this long) and not to others. Anyway, everyone probably had there b12 levels checked(pernicious anemia-another reason for hair loss). My question to you is... Was your B12 serum level high(like off the charts, possibly your folate (B9) levels were high too. If this is the case you have a gene defect -google MTHFR. It's the body inability to convert B12 cyanocobalamin to the usable form of methylcobalamin. So, all that b12 that you get from your vitamins is just building up in your blood and not converting for your body to use. This will inhibit hair growth!!! There is more to this....just shoot me question. I can tell you what to do if needed. Just trying to help.

Mar 23, 2014
Shedding
by: Maurice

It definitely slowed down over time. I really didn't see that much of a difference until about after 2 full years. But it did slow down with all the hair supplements (biotin, vitamin b). I really think that you have to let your body just naturally recover without supplements like biotin that speed up growth to let your hair absorb all the essential nutrients. Protein shakes worked really well, working out did slow it down. But yeah i say give yourself a month without any pills. Protein is cool, and see what happens. Propecia just gave me a boost to thicken it and make it a little stronger but I've only been on it for a few months so I don't really contribute it that much to my improvement.

Mar 22, 2014
To: Maurice
by: Anonymous

Do you think that your shedding slowed down because of time passing or because of the Propecia?
Thanks in advance.

Mar 22, 2014
To: J
by: Anonymous

Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm going to get my ferritin levels checked. Please update once you're up to 70.
Thanks!

Mar 19, 2014
keratin
by: Anonymous

Hi All, I have not posted in a while so I thought I'd give you an update. It's been 3 years since my first keratin treatment and my hair still falls out right from the root. I've lost so much volume and shine to my hair. I can't dwell on it too much for fear of going into a deep state of depression. Everyone has given me advice as well as me researching on the web and nothing has changed. I've had so many ideas as to why this continues, my age (59) maybe the fact that I've had some neck injuries, my diet, stress level you name it.
I can never go back to that fateful day, all that I can do is put on a happy face, buy some new clothes and put on some make-up. All that I keep telling myself is that it could be so much worse and we're only here for such a short time, I want to enjoy myself. So I bought myself a keyboard and I'm learning how to play. Good luck all:)

Mar 18, 2014
One more note
by: J

You do not have to have any symptoms of Hashimotos (hypothyroid) to have a positive thyroid peroxidase ab blood test. You don't have to be overweight, sluggish, fatigued, slurred speech etc. just remember there is some reason our hair is not growing back in! Get it done. God bless

Mar 18, 2014
2 blood tests that you need to get done!!!!
by: J

Ok, I am closing in on 3 years of little hair regrowth. In the past 2 months my husband(works at a hospital/has doctrine) has realized that there are 2 tests that ALL of us should get done that your regular MD/Endocrinologist/trichologist just do not do.
1) your Ferritin level
2) Thyroid Peroxidase ab
These are blood tests.
Your ferritin level is your stored iron. Do NOT go off of serum iron level, get your ferritin checked. Go ahead and google ferritin and hair regrowth or with chronic tellogen effluvium. You will find endless material/ medical journals stating you need a iron ferritin level of above 70 to get hair regrowth. My ferritin was a 12.
Your thyroid peroxidase ab checks to see if you have the positive antibodies to give you Hashimotos Thyroiditis. You can easily have " normal" ranges of thyroid levels, but if you have a positive thyroid antibodies-means you have Hashimotos, and you should get treated to get your hair to return.
Either one of these blood tests are reasons that your hair did not return. Your average dr will not do these labs.
NOTE: DO NOT SUPPLEMENT IRON TO RAISE YOUR FERRITIN until you get your levels checked. Iron can be toxic if you do not need it.
I'm currently taking ferrous sulfate 325mg twice daily. I'm currently at a 39 ferritin level.
When you google ferritin you will see that low ferritin is often misdiagnosed as female pattern baldness. Because with low ferritin you get those little wispy hairs that don't add an volume. I check this site often.
Here's to a blessed 2014 with plenty of regrowth (once I get my level up to 70!!!)

Mar 18, 2014
3 years
by: Maurice

It's been a while but I'm back and I still read all the posts. It's been almost 3 years now since I did the keratin treatment. I am happy to say that I finally see my hair thickening up a bit and the shedding has gone down to almost normal rate. (Remember I am a man so results may differ) I did practically everything the past 3 years to get the shedding to stop but it's honestly just one of those things dermatologists can't really explain or diagnose correctly because it's never really happened before on such a mass scale. So I still don't know what it is. In my honest opinion, I think it was a combination of an allergic reaction, chemical scalp burns and an overdose of protein to our hair and scalp. I decided to take Propecia (for male hair loss) to hopefully slow down/stop my hairloss that would have happened later in my years. It has helped to give my hair a bit of a boost and has gotten it a bit stronger. I also have stopped taking supplements. Biotin and all that stuff, I decided to regulate my body back to normal levels of Biotin to let my hair grow at a normal rate instead of an accelerated rate. Give it time to naturally form and become strong. I think a high protein diet is essential, lots of exercise and whey protein shakes give hair some strength from within. Hopefully everyone here gets to see some difference and growth soon.

Take care everyone.

Mar 17, 2014
4mos out and continued shedding
by: girlygil

Hi, I have for many years given myself my own bkt treatments. I'd purchased Inoar and used on myself and my daughter 1-2x/yr. Nov 2013 I did the treatment on my own hair, but did a few things differently.
1) I think my flat iron was turned up higher than normal (usually 350, used 425)
2) I left the treatment on my hair for 2 days, normally I just wash it out
3) I may have gotten sloppy and gotten more on my scalp than I have in the past.
4) I colored my hair the day earlier

Almost immediately I started to notice heavier than normal shedding. My scalp was sore and was itchy. It's been four months of continuous shedding and my once thick hair is pretty thin. The saving grace is that hair loss isn't concentrated on any one area. The itching and scalp soreness comes and goes and if I wear my hair pinned back it does hurt by the end of the day. Hair loss after showers is about 100, and about 50+ on other days. Hair falls out without any tension and the root is intact. I've also noticed wispy, baby fine shorter hairs are falling out as well. Below is a list of supplements, oils and things I've been doing. I'm not sure how well they are working - I do some some hair re-growth, small baby fine and short wiry white hairs seem to be sprouting, but not at the same rate of shedding. I will be going to the dermatologist this week and will post any new information. I'm not sure that anything I've said here is new, most of this is covered in other posts but it is helpful to see the same symptoms and understand what others are using to for re-growth and whether they are working. I blow dry at low heat once my hair is 75% dry, I do not brush. I use a flat iron only on the rarest occasions. I have not colored my hair since this incident.
My Daily Protocol
1) Biotin 10k mcg
2) Saw Palmetto+Pygeum
3) Vitamin d3-5000IU
4) B12 Super Strength 5000IU
5) Arginine 1000mg
6) L-Lysine
7) Pycogenol 100mg
8) Black Currant Oil 1000mg
Shampoo - head and shoulders with 2 drops of tea tree oil 1-2x wkly
9) NEWS Monistat7 2% Miconozole applied directly to the scalp daily. I will also do a Monistat+Cayenne Pepper oil mix 1x/wk and Inversion scalp massage 3xwkly

I'll post back and let you know if I'm seeing any significant change. Needless to say I've dropped a small fortune and lots of time on this problem. My skin looks great, but I've not seen any real results in terms of stopping the hair fall. I've stopped short on DHT blockers, Minoxidil or Rograine as I really don't want to add a bunch of chemicals that I will need to take long term until I can see a dermatologist and get them to do a biopsy.

Thanks to all who've posted here, finding this information was extremely helpful in determining that the bkt was actually the cause of my issue. It's helpful also to see what everyone else is doing and being able to read progress on those who've stopped shedding and started re-growing their hair.

Thanks.

Mar 08, 2014
we are not rare !
by: kilopatra

we just fed up .. the hair falling rate still at the same level .. no improvement. The same situation as you. Only few hairs grow back and they are thin and week. My scalp become oily.
I am making mesotherapy with no improvement now its 2 years and 9 months :(
depressed

Mar 06, 2014
Ugh
by: Anonymous

It's been 3 months for me. I hope this doesn't last for 2years or I will have no hair! So bummed
Lisa

Mar 06, 2014
We are very rare cases
by: Anonymous

It seems only 2 or 3 of us are still losing hair after 2 years. I am one of them. Every hairdresser and doctor denies its from the keratin at this point. I barely shed before the keratin and my hair is a complete different texture and 60% less than it was 2 years ago. My part is very wide and I am clearly balding in the front. I noticed this a couple weeks after the treatment and it never grew back. I see some small hairs but they are extremely thin and weak and never fill in the balding areas. I tried everything. I am devastated. No one really responds anymore here. I wish I had a support group b/c there are days that I don't want to leave the house b/c of this. I shouldn't be suffering 26 months later b/c of a hair treatment. Its just not fair.

Mar 05, 2014
Still shedding after 2 years
by: Anonymous

I paid for the Global Keratin treatment 2 years ago. I experienced the itching, sore scalp and then shedding like everyone else. The shedding was very bad, slowed down for about 6 months and then picked up again. I always lose 1 to 2 handfuls of hair on wash days. I lose about 15 to 20 hairs whenever I comb or run my fingers through my hair. I am trying tea rinses (black, nettle, burdock root, marshmallow root, saw palmetto). I also started doing pre-shampoo treatments using a paste made of fenugreek seeds and coconut oil (saw a video on youtube). I am taking hair vitamins by Hair Loss Control Clinic. I am not really sure if these methods are actually working. I don't remember what my normal shedding was like since I got the treatment. I do know that I have lost about 50% of my hair. The texture is limp and dry and lifeless. I treat it with olive oil and deep conditioner each week. It helps but my hair is extremely dry. I think I am growing new hairs because I see small gray hairs sprouting around my hairline and in the crown area.
I would love to know if anyone has had the treatment more than 2 years ago and actually stopped shedding.

Mar 04, 2014
Idea
by: Anonymous

Well, no major regrowth. But I am trying something new. I hope I'm correct on what the problem is. I will elaborate more when I see some results. I don't want to have people get there hopes up unless I'm correct. I will let you know when I can. Keep praying

Mar 03, 2014
J
by: Anonymous

Any regrowth yet?? I am at 26 months still with no regrowth.

Jan 30, 2014
To J
by: Anonymous

I am in the same boat. I do have very sparse regrowth but it is very very thin and weak. My hair used to be so thick and corse. Now it is baby fine. All of it from root to tip. I guess that is permanent b/c the new growth is baby fine too. Have you considered Rogaine? I am debating it but am petrified of losing more hair. I am still losing. Do you still lose hair? Is it getting thinner? My top is the thinnest with a wide part and receding hairline. I have some hair growing at the hairline but it never fills in b/c it is so thin. My life will never be the same. NEVER.

Jan 29, 2014
Still a nightmare.
by: J

We'll at 30 months, no signs of regrowth. Still praying.

Jan 28, 2014
To J and Kilopatra
by: Anonymous

Any regrowth yet??? I am at 25 months and no regrowth and I am still losing hair. I am assuming mine is permanent since there has been no improvement at all. My hair continues to thin and now the texture is completely different. I don't think I will ever recover. Are you guys any better?

Jan 25, 2014
Scarring Alopecia
by: MG

I got a biopsy thinking I had scarring alopecia but mine was seborrheic dermatitis with androgenic alopecia. There was no scarring (both lead to the same end). The doctor wanted to do two punches but I only allowed one. I still wonder if I have scarring which could the second punch have revealed. Maybe the spot he did did not have it but others may.

JK...I am sorry to ask but could you provide more details of your condition like: how long ago did u get the treatment, which one, touched the scalp, for how long, how much hairloss, symptoms (scalp pain, swelling, Etc), have u tried steroids, any improvement, how many hairs you lose when u wash and whichever information you are willing to share. Some how I feel like this is my case as well. This crap is really corrosive and should be kept a mile away from the scalp.

I have lost at least 60% of my hair and what i have left is very weak. I noticed I have some patchy hairloss in the back. After 17 months, The shed is still 100 hairs from washing and detangling. I am glad is no longer 400
Which was the peak amount.

Jan 24, 2014
JK
by: Anonymous

I had the treatment and started losing my hair as well. Had a scalp biopsy and found out I have Lichen planopilaris which is scarring alopecia so i guess my hair won't be growing back and i will probably lose most if not all of it.

Jan 12, 2014
Help with hairloss
by: MG

Dear anonymous,
In terms of what stops the shed, different things have worked for different people. From using nioxin to using tea oil to the prescription only which are clobetasol and nizoral. Depending on the esposure is the strenght needed. My guess is that people whose scalps were mildly exposed to the chemicals of the treatment the more natural remedies will work for them and the sooner will cure. If you read my posts I was one of the ones severely exposed and has been very hard for me to have any improvement (I think mine has become permanent).

It seems like the treatment causes some sort of dermatitis from contact (allergy reaction) to seborrheic dermatitis. I would go see a dermatologist (even if they do not know anything about the treatment) he or she can check you to for any sort of dermatitis or allergic reaction. Tea tree works for some as it is a good natural remedy for seborrheic dermatitis. I think I am allergic to tea tree oil because it made me lose more hair when I tried it. Good luck and I hope your hair goes back to normal soon.

Jan 08, 2014
My hair is falling out
by: Anonymous

Mutt hair is falling out also after this keratin treatment and its been over a month. I've tried everything and it still sheds, long strands right from root. I went to the beauty shop and gotten it cut and treated I'm still losing hair. HELP ME PLEASE I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO! !

Jan 06, 2014
Update
by: MG

I have been losing my hair for 16 months now. At the year mark I colored my hair started loosing more I would say about 300 per wash just from detangling. Colored again 3 months later and was losing about 400 just from detangling. My hair was coming out all day long five hairs at a time without any improvement. At this point I decided to go for a biopsy. After waiting for three weeks the results came in. My problem was seborrheic dermatitis and androgenic alopecia. I did not have this before the brazilian blowout treatment . I dont believe it is androgenic alopecia. the way it was diagnosed is by looking at the ratio of terminal Hair versus vellus hairs. Yes I have lost two thirds of my hair which puts me in that ratio. The dermatologist recommended Spirolactone. I still don't know if I will take it. Has anyone taken This Drug for the keratin or Brazilian blowout hair loss with success?

I am glad to know that I've been confirmed with seborrheic dermatitis because I have all the symptoms but no doctor was ever able to tell me. I started using nizoral 2% about three weeks ago and I have to say that I only use about 100 hairs every time I wash And lose very little hair throughout the day. I just apply it to my scalp and wash the rest with another shampoo. It is also helping that I am washing my hair every other day as opposed to every third day.

I hope my improvement lasts long and can move beyond this nightmare. In terms of regrowth I have some in the Mohawk region of my head but not on the sides which are superthin. I may start rogaine soon And still considering the PRP treatment.

Jan 01, 2014
My hair is finally growing back
by: Anonymous

I still have contracted dermatitis from this horrible experience but my hair is growing back after seven month of RAPID loss.

It itches quite frequently and I have hundreds of little hairs popping up all over that look ridiculous but I don't care.

I use Dr. Miracle's folicle healer oil a few times per week. It's mostly for Afro-American or coarser hair but it feels so cooling on my torn-up scalp, I use it on my fine, thin, Caucasian hair.

I take daily orally :

500 mg. vitamin C
3 drops of Molybdenum
1500mg of MSM
1500 mg of black currant seed oil
5000 mg Biotin
5000 mg vit. D

I also found a non drying shampoo that calms my scalp. It's called Soingee. I was using Nizoral but it didn't help and dried out my hair.

I still won't color my hair because of my sensitive scalp, so I look like a skunk but I am so grateful my scalp is not showing anymore. I don't even care about the gray.



Nov 15, 2013
MG
by: More research

I am still looking for answers. I had given up on that but as friends and family see my hair condition get worse their suggestions start pouring over me. First of all colored my hair for the second time in 14 months which is making my hair fall out twice as much. I saw an homeopathic md and she wants me to do a saliva test for hormones and an immunologic test before even talking about the Brazilian blowout. When I asked about possible help if the problem is not hormone related she mentioned plasma rich platelet therapy which is a tissue healing technique in which they extract your blood and process it and is injected into the scalp. Has Anypne tried this? I feel as if my scalp was injured from the Brazilian blowout.

On the other hand I saw an endocrinologist to prove that my problem is not hormonal. The endocrinologist said that my hormones are optimal and no doubt my hairloss is due to the treatment as she had one herself and her hair broke off and the texture has never been the same. She says that her hair grows weaker and damaged. She sent me home saying that my loss is permanent as she thinks my follicles were damaged. She recommended Rogaine. Funny that two days prior the dermatologist said that my follicles look alive and he thinks that I will grow hair. I saw the dermatologist because my scalp blistered after coloring my hair.

Please share your progress or lack of and anything that has helped.

Nov 08, 2013
To faith
by: J

They already had a class action law suit. Not against Copolla the company that ruined my hair.

Nov 06, 2013
faith
by: Anonymous

Faith, I will email you tonight. I also have been doing research and will update you via email.. Sorry I didn't respond last week!
Thanks! - Lisa

Nov 06, 2013
I guess nobody else is interested.. or it's just not as bad.
by: Faith

I've received ZERO responses regarding a class action lawsuit. Don't you guys know there is power in numbers. Look at all of us posting in this forum alone. WHY doesn't anyone feel the need to take action? I want this stopped. Don't you? Not to come off as harsh or rude.. but either you don't truly feel your voice can be heard and feel powerless or the loss simply isn't as bad as you are claiming it to be. My hair (or lack thereof) is on my mind 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I just find it sad that our society is so apathetic and lack luster that not one person has responded to my suggestion to TAKE ACTION. What is the worst thing that can happen? NOTHING. What is the best thing that can happen? We take on this horrible manufacturer, help countless other women save themselves from our fate, and come together.. get to know each others stories, help each other cope, and just take some kind of ACTION. Our society just LETS things happen to them. It's time to take a stand and I am saddened that nobody wants to join me. That's all. Good luck facing this devastation by yourself. I will find others, somehow, to join this cause with me. I am not going bald because of genetics. I am going bald because I walked into a salon and had this horrendous treatment done. Good luck to you all. I hope venting about it on a message board does something for you.

Oct 30, 2013
Update
by: Anonymous

So I'm back with an update on how my hair is doing. I had this done is June, it's been almost 5 months. I went to a second dermatologist and he told me my follicles were healthy but also saw scaling redness and dandruff on my scalp. He diagnosed me with seborrhea dermatitis. I think the treatment caused a chemical allergic reaction and my doctor told me I would always have this. They sent me home with a steroid and anti-dandruff shampoo. I used it once but it made my hair fall out more so I optioned to treaty scalp with natural products instead. I have been shampooing with tea tree oil and my hair isn't falling out as much. I also see new hair growth everywhere. I guess all the scaling was preventing new growth from coming through. I will keep updating in a month or so.

Oct 30, 2013
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT
by: Anonymous

Can we combine our names, stories, treatments, lack of hair regrowth into ONE main spreadsheet. I will keep track of it all. And I will go to a lawyer. If we have ENOUGH people I don't see how we don't have a case. WE ARE HEALTHY WOMEN that are all losing 50% or more of our hair after having this treatment. I will find a GOOD LAWYER. I just need people to come on board. I live in Los Angeles. At this point I would just need, names (just first name for now is OK), phone numbers, date of treatment, % of hair loss, and cost of all treatments, pills, etc. I think we can do something. And it doesn't hurt to try. This is such crap and I want our collective voices to be heard. What do you say? If I organize this and meet with a lawyer, who would be in to share their experience. There is power in numbers. Please let me know. My email address is sedacosta@att.net Thanks!

Oct 28, 2013
Thanks db
by: Anonymous

I had the Copolla Keratin complex. I am at the boiling point wishing it just fell out after the first wash instead of living with the diffusing torture. I saw my dermatologist twice and she is basically useless. I try to wash every other day so the hair fall is less. I did try the once a week but oh my goodness the hair fall was basically creating heart failure so to keep me sane and the heart palpitations down I shampoo more often :). My hair was also coarse and now is baby fine. 7 months later, my scalp still tightens and hurts a lot.. The crazy weird thing is that if I wear it combed a different way than usual my scalp will hurt. When I dry it sometimes it looks and feels like the old texture is back and then an hour later the fine limp less hair is back. My aunt was in the hospital for a month and lost patches of hair and then months later her hair diffused and they called it TE too.. she was at the best hospitals in Boston and they recommended viviscal to her.

Although the causes are different, its good to know that Viviscal is being recommended to patients and not just a scam. Thought I'd share that. I saw on another site that someone used DHT blockers with saw palmetto.. I called the nurse they referred and she said that since I have a history with cancer that I can not take saw palmetto. She said that Viviscal has most of the same ingredients except the saw palmetto. You can Google How I recovered from Keratin.. I think she posted in June. I will try to find the site and post back. /Casey

Oct 25, 2013
to anonymous from last comment 10/25
by: Anonymous

It started growing approx. 7 mos later. I did wear a wig everyday because it didn't grow back evenly and I was too traumatized to go without. The texture is NOT the same. It's dry, frizzy and not healthy looking in my opinion. It looked much better when it was very short and I was only coloring it with organic hair dye. I did contact the manufacturer of the keratin (Pravana) via email and supposedly the president wrote me back and said that never happened to anyone .It wasn't until I found this thread that I discovered so many women and one man suffered the exactly the same way.
/db

Oct 25, 2013
I tried to sue
by: Anonymous

I went to a lawyer last year. He basically laughed at me. He said b/c I wasn't bald, I didn't have a case. I was furious. A year later, I still suffer. My hair is thinner than ever and still falls out everyday. Its almost 2 years. I lost over 70% of my thick, lush hair. I cry everyday and wonder how walking into a salon ruined my life forever. My hair will never be the same. It is getting thinner, not thicker after 2 years so I know there is no hope. The texture is completely different. It was course and now it is baby fine and frizzy. I spend hours trying to cover up my thinning spots. I spend hours counting my hair. I spend hours wondering why this happened. I will never get over this trauma and how it ruined my life. I had to see therapists and take antidepressants b/c of this. I will never be the same. Its a shame I cant get back and of the thousands I spent on doctors, products, therapy. Its a shame my life is ruined and no one cares. Its really a shame.

Oct 24, 2013
To anonymous
by: Anonymous

If you could answer a few more questions. How many months from the keratin treatment did it take for you to have hair growth?
When you say you cut it all off- Did you shave your head or cut it short? How long did you wear your wigs for? I heard that wearing wigs would make your scalp worse? Did you regain your original hair texture back? Can you still see through to your scalp or do you have regrowth all over? I am sorry for all these questions and I truly appreciate your answering us. Not many people come back to post.

Oct 23, 2013
to LT
by: Anonymous

I know how you feel LT even my hairdresser noticed the thinning of my hair. I don't know exactly how much you are supposed to lose. I do know that because of the trauma I am more aware of every hair I lose. Yes it is very thin on top and the sides
For example I had my hair dyed on Sat 19th and my scalp is still very sensitive, like little needles poking me. She uses the organic hair dye and the sweet & low. When I see the gray hair coming through I'm a little relieved that it is growing. The only thing that kept me from falling totally to pieces is when I went to a specialty wig shop and came face to face with many cancer patients . When I realized how much more pain they are in, temporary hair loss wasn't so awful. It was worth it to me to invest in some good wigs.

Oct 22, 2013
To Anonymous
by: LT

Can you tell how many hairs you are losing per day now? I feel the same way. People tell me what I lose is normal but I still find hair everywhere and it still comes out so easily. I think I am scarred for life b/c of this trauma. Also, did you have any balding or scalp showing through up top? That is my worst area and after almost 2 years isn't filling in.

Oct 20, 2013
response to MG
by: Anonymous

I did lose most of my hair on the sides and top. I eventually cut it all off and put coconut oil on religiously. I took fish oil tablets and tried to maintain a healthy diet. It did grow back very slowly at first and I thought it looked very healthy. I only used hair products without any sulfides or chemicals what so ever, I stop dying my hair and wore the wigs for at least a year. Once I felt it was more presentable and growing in more evenly. I started coloring it using the organic hair dye from the health food store. At first I started to panic because my scalp felt irritated but then it subsided. It was a very slow process and it's still falling out. Some people say it's normal however if you've ever experienced extreme hair loss you never forget that horrible feeling. I have my hair colored professionally now and they know to use the sweet & low in the mix. Good luck to all of you . I hope I've answered all your questions.

Oct 19, 2013
Keratin reaction
by: MG

Dear Anonymous,
I feel your pain as I had exactly the same symptoms: the tingling, tightness, hairloss and my scalp became sensitive to whatever I applied to it. I has been 14 months and still losing hair all day long as well as at least 200 the day I wash. I have lost about 60% and the texture of my regrowth is thin and weak and lose the regrowth after a couple of months. My scalp is not as tight but I still have not recovered sensitivity to the touch. For the past four months part of the hair I lose comes out with a sebum plug and feel as if I have sand in my scalp. Not sure what this means maybe seborrheic dermatitis. I am using Nioxin #2 and add a couple of drops of tea tree oil. Not sure whether it is helping or not.
I still sometimes itch. Doctors can't make sense of my symptoms.

From your post it sounds like you lost most of your hair an recovered within a year. Would you let us know what percentage you lost and how much you have now? Also, what products or treatments has your scalp become intolerant of?

Oct 19, 2013
Same Here
by: Anonymous

It almost 2 years for me and my hair still falls out everyday and what I lost never grew back. I lost 70% and not even 1% came back. In fact, it gets thinner everyday. The texture is completely different. Its horrible. This ruined my life and I will never be the same. My hair is permanently ruined.

Oct 18, 2013
keratin reaction
by: Anonymous

June 15th 2011 was the beginning of the worst day of my life. I had a keratin treatment which in my opinion altered my hair texture permanently. Shortly after the treatment I felt my scalp tingling and then it was tight . I believe my scalp became somewhat numb and I didn't realize the damage that was being done. Within days my hair started falling out I was told it would subside but it never did eventually most of my hair was gone on the top and sides the only area that remained was a small area in the nape. While this was happening I was forced to invest in wigs. I tried everything. Derm's, vitamins, creams, ointments, shampoos. I even went for an MRI and bloodwork to rule out any medical disorder. I was a wreck..crying all the time heart palpitations. It took over a year for me to have hair on my head and be able to go wig-less. Since then the hair that grew is very dry brittle and still falls out. My hair has never gone back to it's original condition. Now I cannot use certain hair products - my scalp will still burn.

Sep 30, 2013
Shampoos and Encouragement
by: MG

Thanks to everyone for being so supportive and giving encouraging words. This is a very hard Experience to endure. It gets harder as time progresses and Don't see signs of this condition improving. It has been really hard for me to experience this metamorphosis of going from an amazing long black thick hair to having only 40% of my hair left and going by the minute.

I was wondering any of you have ever found a shampoo that seems to help with the shedding if you could please share the names. Some people have mentioned Pura D'or shampoo, was this any good? It looks good on paper but I was curious to hear from someone who actually used it for this problem.

Sep 27, 2013
Hopeless:: not alone
by: Anonymous

To Hopeless :
You are not alone!!! I have been having the same for a year. My bangs are almost gone- my hair 70% or more is gone everywhere else. The sides are so thin that it is noticeable if I wear a pony tail. My hair is so thin, frail, whispy, frizzy and falls out all the time wash or not. I do not see any regrowth at all. I know my case is bad since it has probably been falling for along time and I did not notice it as much. I too can not believe this is happening. Its just to crazy. At-least we can keep each other company. :)

Sep 26, 2013
Hopeless
by: Anonymous

J, I am at 21 months with no regrowth so do you think this is permanent? Everyone else seems to regrow hair. I don't know why some of us cant. Do you have ANY regrowth? I have maybe 10 new hairs. That's it. I am slowly balding in the front. The hairline and part is the worst. All areas of my hair are getting thinner. I am still shedding too. I just don't know where to turn anymore. I tried everything. I lost about 70% of my hair. How can I live the rest of my life with hardly any hair b/c of what a chemical did to me? I find it hard to comprehend and spend countless nights staring at the ceiling wondering how this happened to me. All I did was walk into a salon. No one should have to suffer from wanting to just look pretty. Its just not fair.

Sep 15, 2013
Bio Ionic Retex System Treatment
by: JK

Hi Everyone. I first had the bio ionic retex system treatment done in Nov 2012 and my hair was very straight and easy to manage. Only thing I noticed was it was extremely heavy, almost felt weighed down and took forever to dry. In April 2013 I did notice my hair thinning a bit at the top near my part but thought that was just due to me constantly parting it a certain way. In June 2013 I had the treatment done again for the regrowth. About three weeks later my hair just began falling out more than usual and has since gotten worse. I have lost most hair on my temples and the back of my neck near the nape. At first it had the white blub attached but now not so much. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it due to the treatment or something else? I went to a derm and had my iron, thyroid, lupus, and hormone levels checked and everything came back normal. Not sure how to stop it from falling out. Please help, I really don't want to be bald. Will it grow back and how long will that take?

Sep 14, 2013
Telegon Effluvium
by: Anonymous

Yes, I have been told I have TE. Will it ever grow back though? After almost 2 years, is it permanent? Doctors all tell me it will grow back but I just don't see it. I am so scared. I am just worried it will keep thinning. I have tried everything but Rogaine. I am scared I will have the dred shed and I cant afford to lose anymore hair. I tried laser, nioxin, revita, nizoral. Nothing works. I just don't understand why my case is so bad.

Sep 14, 2013
CTE
by: Anonymous

Anonymous and MJ,

Have any of your drs shared that it could be CTE (Chronic Telogen Effluvium)?

Sep 14, 2013
26 months
by: kilopatra

No not alone .. now it 26 months and my hair still falling but the only way of improvement I had see is the number of hairs falling ...
But now I feel my scalp appear at top I see some regrowth but very little
can you tell us your trials ?

Sep 14, 2013
20 Months
by: Anonymous

Its been 20 months and I still have very very little regrowth. I seem to be the only one who's hair is still falling out and not growing back after such a long time. All docs say my follicles are healthy. Why is my hair not growing back? I am a healthy 36 year old women who exercises, eats healthy, takes vitamins, and has perfect blood work. I am so stunned by this. Everyday I wake up and my hair is thinner. My scalp is very visible on top and in the front. I don't know where to turn anymore. After all this time, I am still afraid to touch my hair because it falls out so easily. I don't understand this. My life will never be the same again. My hair is all I think about and I have become a different person because of this. Will I ever get my hair back?

Sep 13, 2013
MJ
by: faith

MJ - I've heard of some success with that. In fact I have an appointment next week and was going to ask my derm if I could go on it. Did he prescribe 100 or 200mg? As far as your GP is concerned. I don't believe what he told you is accurate. His speciality is not hair. People have had success with growth after a year. I believe Samantha didn't start to see more new regrowth until 14 months. You also stated that you shad some but you lost it after a steroid injection. I'm wondering if the steroid gave you another TE. I know you'll see more regrowth because your hair follicles are alive and that's a positive.

Sep 12, 2013
for MG
by: kilopatra

I have no idea about spironolactone. I really don`t know any answer !!
why our hairs don't grow back !! I have no explanation and why it didn't full all at one why its gradual?
If its gradual so its affected hormone receptors on scalp ? so we need minoxidil?
I can't believe that no doctor in any country reached how to cure hair loss after keratin !!

Sep 11, 2013
No Improvement + Spironolactone
by: MG

Hi All, It has been one year after my Brazilian blowout and I haven't seen any improvement only getting worse. I had some regrowth but it is all gone now. I lose more hair now about 250 just from washing and minutes after I pull 5 hairs at a time nonstop all day. My hair looks really thin now specially the right side. I got a lot of blood work including all hormonal tests and everything seems normal. My general practitioner thinks that if I have not improved by now it means I won't get better. My dermatologist wants me to start taking spironolactone. Has any of you taken this medicine for this problem? Have dermatologist recommended any sort of pills for this?

My general praticioner thinks that I could get 10 to 15 percent of my hair back and will make me feel better. Some people report hair growth and a reduction of loss but I guess when hormones is the cause. My scalp was poisoned which is different and dont l know it is worth dealing with the side effects. can't believe I am going bald losing my hair was not in my radar. It is going too fast.

I took Viviscal pills for three weeks but I had to stop because my hair was coming out twice as fast.

Sep 11, 2013
My doctor
by: kilopatra

I went to doctor last month and started mesotherapy. I took 2 till now, using nu hair vitamins and lavilon ampoules. No result till now but its only 2 weeks passed. Waiting with hope. The doctor refused to give me rogain. He said that it will make my hair addicted to minoxidil. Hoping to see improvement

Sep 10, 2013
Katy
by: Anonymous

You are losing 150 hairs everyday or just when you wash? If you don't brush it, when are all those hairs falling out?

Sep 09, 2013
Devastated
by: Katy

I used to get keratin treatments twice a year in the salon. 3 months ago I did the stupidest thing and tried a do it yourself keratin treatment from the drug store. WORST decision!! First two times I used it the results were great. Third time hair started to fall immediately.

I am presently loosing about 100 to 150 hairs a day after using this potion. I lost more 3 months ago so the shedding has decreased a little. The hair feels baby thin and weightless. It was alot worse at first though and more hair would come out. That was middle of June so it's been about three months now.

I have been to the dermatologist and she reassures me it will grow back but it keeps getting thinner and thinner. I am starting to see bald spots on the top left side of the scalp. sides are the worst. I don't do anything to my hair besides wash once a week deep condition and leave in condition. Dont even comb it. I drink lots of water biotin pills multi vitamins and am starting gentle scalp massages and I bought some olive oil yesterday that I will heat up in the microwave and rub on my scalp. I hope this works I read that it's supposed to open the follicle and clean the dirt out so new growth can come through. I wonder if the chemicals are still in our hair follicles?? Hmm. Hang in there girls I know this wont last forever :) it's nice to know I'm not in this alone -katy

Sep 07, 2013
MJ
by: Anonymous

MJ, according to my derm anything you start or finish can start a mild TE. I was shedding like crazy at the beginning too. I've been taking viviscal for six months now. The sheddving did subside to 15-25 hairs after washing but Im shedding a bit more presently, (hoping it's just a seasonal shed) but who knows with this last year roller coast ride with hair loss.

Sep 07, 2013
lmt
by: Anonymous

When I started with the viviscal - My hair was still falling like crazy so give it a couple of weeks.
I am now only using viviscal, biotin and gummy pre-natal vitamins daily and on my 3rd monthly update.. my hair is still NOT falling. I think and hope I am done with this nightmare! I still plug the drain so I am losing about 15-25 hairs after washing and drying which is probably what I lost before all this happened. I have tons of re-growth which is now over 2-3 inches that stick out everywhere. This is not breakage as I saw all the little grays coming in months ago. I think the biotin and the viviscal made my hair grow like crazy. The keratin is coming out as my hair now feels like a lions mane. :) Not sure if everyone is different but would love to hear from others who took viviscal, biotin and pre-natal vitamins.

All I can say is that it worked for me. I am so happy! I have my life back. I will post again in a month. Wishing everyone the best with this horrible nightmare!! Lisa

Sep 04, 2013
Viviscal
by: MG

For those who have taken the viviscal vitamins, have you experienced more shedding at the beginning? Has anyone gotten good results from them? If you experienced more shedding at the beginning and kept taking them, did things get better?

Aug 27, 2013
responses
by: Maurice

My hair has thickened up a little, its much thicker than a year ago, but to everyone else It would be considered thin-normal hair. I still use rogaine from time to time, its a very difficult program to follow and it leaves the hair very greasy, but I do it.

as for new growth, a year ago new growth would be super thin, tiny, they would fall out within a week and have no natural color to it. Now when ever I see new hairs, they are natural color, dark in my case. Much thicker than a year ago, you can see a difference. Its going to take time, and periodic trimming of your hair.

Aug 27, 2013
J
by: Anonymous

Is your hair growing back yet? Are you using Rogaine? I am not far behind you and I have very very little regrowth that never thickens up my hair. My hair is still falling out to. Please let me know.

Aug 20, 2013
to Maurice
by: kilopatra

Thank you for updating us ..
your story made a big support.
I think rogaine is the next step and it has a rule in hair growth cycle ..
I know my hair is not thicker but some times I say " if i did not make all these trials , I would not have any hair now ! "
stop watching your hair and try.


Aug 19, 2013
New growth
by: Anonymous

How can you tell the difference between new growth and breakage?
I know have some breakage but these hairs are thin and lacking color and very short popping up all over my scalp.
My hair is still falling out though and I got the keratin June 13, so it's only been two months, but I have been using Nioxin for a month now.

Too soon for that to be new growth?

Aug 18, 2013
Update Part 2
by: Maurice

Rogaine helps with speeding up the process, even though it really sucks putting it on and it gets your hair greasy, if you put it on at least once every night and just shower, very gently your hair with very cold water in the morning, you can speed up the process. Also, cold water is crucial! As cold as possible, at least for shampooing, and also technique, no more vigorously shampooing the hell out of your hair, you have to use the tips of your fingers, has to be gentle, has to be in sections of your head, enough that you can just get the shampoo with suds, then rinse. Conditioner should be mixed with shampoo, because its so heavy, it should just be one wash and one rinse. And when you rinse, let the water do most of the work, try not to touch your hair, let the shower head run down the shampoo/conditioner and then pat dry your head. No more rubbing with towel, and when blow drying, only on cool setting, if you have to put it on hot, do it as quickly as possible, the heat damages the weak hair. You have to change everything you know about doing your hair, you have to adjust and learn how to take care of it as best you can, remember its so fragile that any harsh treatment will just rip the hairs out. Silk pillow cases will work with helping the hair not be pulled out by friction from moving and turning in your sleep. No hats if possible, let your hair breath. Drink a crazy amount of water, your body needs it and your hair needs it. No more soda, EVER! inositol caps for stress if needed once in a while. So yes, It takes a while, patients is important, hair cut is also important, no harsh chemicals, no harsh treatment and remember, almost anything is harsh now. Take care of the hair you have, it will fall out, but if you take action now, it will grow back. I am seeing a tiny bit of growth and I know it will take a little bit more time to finally see more growth. Stay strong everyone and positive.,

Aug 18, 2013
Update 2 years later
by: Maurice

Hi everyone, I'm back. Sorry I haven't updated in a while, I've been busy with so much, but I still read the comments and still feel everyone's pain. So Its been 2 years since I did the keratin treatment. Did it around March of 2011 I believe. For those of you who haven't, read my long article posted at the top of this page, there is a link with my name on it. OK, so yes I am a guy, and yes my results are probably very different from everyone's but its always helpful for everyone to know. If you read my article, you will see everything I have done. Right now I will just update on how my hair is. I have regularly been taking my Hairomega pills for months now, about 4-6 on and off, I have noticed a huge difference, less and less hair has been falling off, in my bed and shower. I will estimate from 100-150 a day, which is regular shedding. I used to lose like over 250, or just chunks, it was ridiculous. My hair is not growing as fast as it used to, but its growing, take a very long time. I'm eating right, drinking lots of water, taking some biotin pills once in a while, keeping my stress down, doing what makes me happy (music) and regularly trimming my hair, cutting my ends or even buzz cutting it. I still use T-Gel Shampoo about 3 times a week, I mix it a little with strengthening conditioner, and hair thickening shampoos. After 2 years, you can tell I have less hair than 2 years ago, but way more hair than a year ago when I was at the peak of my hair loss. My hair has either thickened, just a tiny bit or grown a little to fill up some gaps. Either way, I feel more confident now than a year ago. I do believe it takes over 2 years to finally see some good results, I will agree with some theories that the keratin puts our hair in a dormant sleep, rest phase and we some how have to wake it up.

Aug 18, 2013
Don't
by: Anonymous

Don't use any heat styling tools like a blow dryer or straightener on your hair. Let your hair air dry. Keep hair washing down to one day a week or twice a week.

Aug 17, 2013
Laser
by: Anonymous

I tried professional laser for $250 per month for 3 months and saw no result. I also bought the Lasercomb for $500 and used it a few times and my hair fell out like crazy so I stopped out of fear. I am petrified everytime I lose a hair. Kilopatra, how many hairs do you lose now? Does your hair feel any thicker?

Aug 16, 2013
I agree
by: kilopatra

I totally agree with u
we didn`t notice the falling hairs before but when I brush my hair now I feel it stronger than the beginning of the problem my doctor said to me the same but I can`t wait more. I will see new doctor this month and I am thinking of laser sessions ..
Any one tried that ?
I want to say that u have no choice ... only try new ways and new hair ampoules or sessions ( mesotherapy or laser )
I promise to update u when I find good result
I feel u all ... my life changed so much to the worst

Aug 16, 2013
Empathetic: How long did your hair fall out for?
by: Anonymous

How many months/years did your hair fall out? What percentage do you think you lost? Any advice?

Aug 16, 2013
empathetic
by: Anonymous

Trust me, you lost hair before but you didn't notice. Now, like me, you probably feel every piece on your arm or notice it in your brush....or rouch tour 1000 times a day to see how many will fall or come out. I still do that and I am going on nearly 3 years now. If I were going bald as quickly as I thought, I would be bald by now. I always wore lobster clips and could no longer when this was at its worst bc they would fall out bc hair was so thin. Now I can wear them again. Have you ever noticed a bald baby girl and when you see her at 2 she has a cute little thin ponytail and at 5 this gorgeous thick mane? You are starting over....its been 3 years for me and I'm still not where I want to be but thankful for the new fly aways.

Aug 16, 2013
Kilopatra
by: Anonymous

My doctor said it will grow back, but I don't believe him. I lost at least 70% of my hair and none has grown back in 19 months. Are you losing 100 hairs everyday? That is too much in my opinion. I never lost 100 before this happened. I didn't shed much. Now I shed all day, everyday. I truly believe this is permanent since I see no signs of improvement in almost 2 years. If someone would have told me that walking into a hair salon would ruin my life, I would have never believed them. This truly ruined my life.

Aug 16, 2013
Normal number of hairs falling
by: kilopatra

As I searched a lot before the normal in 50 - 100 hairs daily but I have the same feeling that the hairs falling don't replaced again but if you concentrate at your scalp you will see baby hairs some spots delayed to year or more to start regrow hairs you need a visit to doctor now my hair fall in normal rate but I want to regrow the 70% I lost before and regrow the hairs fall every day

tell me what the doctor said ?

Aug 13, 2013
Kilopatra
by: Anonymous

How many hairs were you losing daily? What about now? How do I know what is normal? I never cared or noticed before this. Should I worry everytime a hair falls out? Are we supposed to lose hair everyday? I just don't know anymore. All I know is that my hair is 70% less than it was 19 months ago so obviously my hair isn't being replaced when it falls out.

Aug 13, 2013
u r not alone
by: kilopatra

Please don`t lose hope !!!
it takes till now more than 2 years but there is a big improvement in the number of the falling hair but what I wanna say that I have a small bald spot like 3 mustard seeds in size
finally after 2 years I saw 3 new hairs growing inside the spot !!
So its not permanent. The hair follicles are dormant but not dead. We need activator
I still have hope. When I find answer I`ll post again

Aug 11, 2013
Wondering if I will ever recover
by: Anonymous

Its been 19 months since this nightmare started. My life hasn't been the same since. My once beautiful, thick hair is STILL thin and baby fine. Its amazing how much the texture has changed. It is lighter than air. It used to be so heavy and now I can't feel it on my back. My hair is STILL falling out. Everyday, I lose hair. It is frizzier than it ever was, even before the keratin. I truly believe this is permanent for me as I see barely any regrowth. I take endless vitamins, drink health shakes daily, exercise, and pray. I am not sure what my outcome will be but if it is good, it wont be for years and years. I am baffled that I seem to be the only one losing hair for so long with no regrowth. My scalp is still very visible up top. I took bloodwork several times and everything is fine. I am healthy. I never lost hair before this so this started a lifetime problem. I don't know why it wont stop falling out. I am baffled. I have become a stronger person because of this experience.

Aug 09, 2013
monthly post update
by: lmt

Its been a month and I truly believe that the nightmare is over. I had my hair colored last week and they said there was tons of new "gray growth".. It has been growing like crazy. She also put two sweet n low packs in with the color as I told her that the last color hurt, burned and itched my scalp so much (was still in TE) The sweet n low packs really worked .. I had absolutely no burning during or even after. Overall I did lose a lot of hair during the 3-6 months. I had tons of hair (kinda like pretty woman movie hair) and lost approx. a little under 1/2. Its still feels thinner as it use to be coarse.

The hairs growing in are finer too and that is why I would not be able to tell of the re-growth if it was not for the gray touch up sticking out. The TE stopped gradually as I lost less and less each day. I too put the hair in baggies, plugged the sink, cried, bought every shampoo out there, saw a dermatologist and researched everything online which was good and bad however I found this site and it did make me feel better when I saw that people never came back to post so I looked at that as a positive and I promised myself to come back and post to you which I will again next month.

A few things I did was take vitamins, viviscal, L-Lysene, biotin. Massaged Tee Tree oil on my scalp twice a week at night and left it in all night. When my scalp hurt so bad I would put the tee tree oil on it and then ice packs which helped a lot. I used biolage sulfate free shampoos and living proof conditioner.. really i used many different shampoos here and there but those mostly so i am not sure if that had any difference, probably not. I will never have the keratin treatment again and instead am happy that i have found good vitamins for healthy hair. If i have a puff day in the future i will gladly put it up in a pony tail. :) I think cutting a lot of it off helped with the weight. I don't see hair all over the ground in every room and it actually feels like hair again when I lay on it and I can actually feel it when i move my head back and forth. Before it felt so light and thin and i couldn't even feel it on my back.. Best of luck to everyone... It wont last forever..

Aug 09, 2013
Tips
by: Michelle

Samantha, you mentioned your hair is growing back?
Could you list the products you used and what ones you think helped the most?

Could everyone who has made it through this post what they have done, ie products used or supplements taken and post results, like rogaine had a positive effect, got more hair growth, but mild hair loss at first.
And also tell us products to avoid?

I got my treatment in mid June and started noticing hair falling out immediately pretty much.

Do you recommend not washing your hair often?
I recently bought nioxin shampoo and conditioner, but I still only wash my hair once a week and avoid brushing it but once a day when I put it up in a ponytail.
I noticed that after a shower when I wash my hair, that is when I get the most fall out, which is why I avoid washing it.

My scalp also used to be really itchy at first, it has gotten a lot less after using Nioxin.

To the ladies who have been dealing with this for over a year, how many months of losing hair did it take for you to get bald spots?

My doctor told me I should start preparing myself for maybe wearing a wig until my hair goes back to normal. Do any of you wear wigs or considered it? I'm still in the early stages of this, but after reading all of your posts, if my hair loss continues like all of yours is, for the next year or more than I dont see how I could have any hair left!

It is very depressing because it seems like nothing will work or help, but time, and even then you will never be the same, so I feel ruined.

So maybe I just need to accept this and live my life. Hair is just hair, but it is still hard to think like that.

Aug 05, 2013
Samamtha
by: Anonymous

That is great! Is your hair still shedding? How many hairs are you losing daily? I am 19 months post treatment and still losing tons of hair with very little regrowth. I am scared this is permanent for me. Please share the products you are using.

Aug 05, 2013
Progress
by: Samantha

I have great news- my hair is officially unmanageable. With all the new growth coming in my hair is more frizzy than it ever was, because all the short hairs have nothing to weigh them down. I still don't have half the hair I once had, but I'm definitely growing it back!
I wish I could tell you what triggered it so you guys could see regrowth too! But if anyone wants I can make a list of all the products I used over the past 17 months.
My only fear now is going abroad, showering in hard water, and losing it all again.

Aug 04, 2013
Steroids
by: MG

I had my steroid systemic shot a month ago I think that it did more harm than good as I noticed my hairline receded in this past month as much as it did during the first 10 months. I would say 1/8" total in the first 10 months and 1/8" this months. My derm thought that I was going through an inflammatory procces that's why he suggested the steroids. My hair has officially reached the thin category. Before the steroids I had some regrowth now I don't seem find as much. I have tried all from natural to the most aggressive treatments and it all just makes my hair fall out more. It has been 11 months and haven't seen any improvements in the shedding or regrowing.

For those who have seen some improvement please share.

Aug 01, 2013
Updates?
by: Anonymous

Is your hair still falling out? Any regrowth? Anyone?

Jul 28, 2013
u r not alone
by: kilopatra

we are all in the same dilemma ..
but we have to support each other and keep hope
and say our experiences which might had a little help ..
About my story I made keratin 2 years ago
my hair was heavy and it started fall like crazy
a big ball of hair in my hand every time and brush my hair. I used many ampoules ( photo - folten- kaminomoto tonic ) and oral vitamins.
I made some mesotherapy. Finally the amount of hair falls is lesser but still more than normal and my scalp appears shiny in many parts of my head in other parts there is baby hair

I think the best was mesotherapy + kaminomoto
now I am started Vichy ampoules from today
and waiting the result. Now I am accepting the use of minoxidile

Jul 26, 2013
Me too
by: Anonymous

I wish I investigated this product more before have it done to my hair.
I have fine thin hair. 2 years ago I had a lot of hair loss due to stress. My derm told me to use 5% rogaine for men. My hair doubled in thickness and I was so happy. As women we wear our hair like a crown. My hair is fine and in the Summer the humidity makes it unruly. I asked my hair dresser whom I trust about the keritan blow out. She assured me it was safe and that my hair wouldn't fall out. WELL the first week was great I loved every thing about it but now it's falling out. I keep feeling strands tickling on my arms my scalp feels like its burning. I am still using the Rogaine but I wonder if it can work after the treatment. Does any one know? I wish I had my frizzy hair back. BOO HOO

Jul 20, 2013
J
by: Anonymous

Hi. I'm not sure if it was Rogaine that slowed my TE down. I started using Rogaine after seeing my dermatologist. The first four months after using it, it was terrible. They call it the dread shed, I went from losing 150-200 hairs a day to 40. It states that your new growth could be thin. I am experiencing that a little. I really didn't want to start using it but I felt desperate and scared. My derm told me that after the first 6 months to a year that she would like me to go from twice a day to once a day. Then after some time go to every other day and then eventually stop depending on the shedding and growth.

Jul 13, 2013
MG
by: Anonymous

MG how did your appt. go? Did you share the article with her/him? What were their thoughts? If I remember correctly you stated that you were instructed to use Rogain. I had my treatment done in July and started Rogain in November. Just to warn you some people experience a dread shed within the first three months. I unfortunately did, but it eventually slowed down.

Jul 10, 2013
hl
by: Anonymous

I think I felt like the top was worst bc that was the part that was so prevalent in the mirror and under fluorescent lights. For a long while I would avoid dressing rooms bc they made me very sad with their lighting and large mirror. I doubt I will ever be normal again. There are probably many follicles that died. The sad thing is that the normal aging process already proposes to that we get thinner every year as we get older. I am only 37 so I'm not sure what I have to look forward to.

Jul 10, 2013
Happy this month
by: lmt

Update on my hair- I saw the dermatologist back in May which said I had TE and had probably my 5th and final hair treatment done in Dec. I too watched all the hairs and plug the sink..touched my hair and saw 40+ fall at once.. It has been almost 4 weeks since my last post and I have only seen approx 20-40 hairs a day.. probably only 10 of them in the sink. I continue to take my vitamins and also take viviscal. I have to color my hair every 5 weeks and I not only see gray roots but now see TONS of 1" growth of grays all over. So the good news is that my hair has stopped falling during the day, my scalp doesn't hurt and I have re-growth all over. This sounds weird but when i was washing 2x per week my hair was more oily and i was loosing so much hair.. now i am washing either every day or every other day and my hair texture is drier and less hair falling. (I changed the washing when my dermatologist said that with TE the hair is going to fall no matter what). I know the keratin is almost completely gone as i cut 5" months ago and was at the beach this weekend and my hair was frizzy for the first time in years.. :) (no keratin) and for once i didnt care! I will post an update again in a month!!

Jul 09, 2013
to HL & J
by: Anonymous

I would say I have at least 50% back, but I constantly have my hands in my hair and when I get 2 or 3 strands out at a time from the same area I panic. My loss went in phases or sections should I say. It was diffused and not all from the same area. The top was the last to go and the most disturbing. I cannot let my hair dry naturally and tie it back because of the fly aways....still to this day I have new growth. I don't know if its from hair I lost prematurely a few years ago or what. The lady at hair club said if I lose a piece of hair and the follicle stays dormant for 3 months it dies and hair will never come back there. Can I tell you that scared the heck out of me, because if it fell out a couple of years prematurely then 70% or so of my hair will never return. I looked at wigs also, I even got hair extensions. 1000 k later and they were beautiful....but I felt fake and had most of them removed. I was scared of the damage, although they came highly recommended for no damage at the time. It seems as thought mine lasted for a good year for I started to feel like normal. But, I don't think I will ever feel normal again. The only thing that gives me hope is that I had to cut my hair short because it was so thin....now it is past my shoulders I am pulling it off. One lady said she goes in and out of the TE phase...she loses it and some grows back and repeat:/ I stay paranoid which is how I ended up here! I never had to worry about sunburns on my scalp, but when I was going through this I had to wear hats in the sun. My quality of life changed for sure and is still not the same bc of the constant fear and worry I have internally. I keep it in bc I feel like others are tired of hearing it or just don't understand. It is comforting to find that I am not alone!

Jul 09, 2013
Victim
by: HL

I wish we could talk! I have so many questions. How much of the 70% loss do you think you got back? How much hair do you lose now? I am still losing after a year and a half with MINIMAL regrowth. Does your scalp still show? My part is very wide and I am balding around my hairline. My hair falls out all day, everyday. At least 150 on wash days 2x a week and at least 50 on the rest of the 5 days. It just completely comes out without any resistance. My whole texture has changed too. My hair is so thin and light now. It used to be so heavy. I can't even feel it on my back. I am worried I will soon need a wig if it keeps falling out like this. All the doctors say it stress right now and not the keratin anymore. Well, b/c of this nightmare I have stress. It too consumes me. Knowing this may go on for years gives me no hopes of ever being happy again. I am devastated.

Jul 08, 2013
to HL & J
by: Anonymous

The first one was in 2009 and the second (and last) was done March 2010. In April I started noticing a more than normal amount of hair loss. My hair stylist said something to me as well about the amount that came out when she washed. THat was the beginning of the nightmare. This extreme hair loss 200 or more a day continued full force well throughout November or so, then I think it started to decrease. I was so paranoid that I tried to count every piece that fell to see if I was within 100 a day. At that point, maybe 70% was gone and I couldn't even afford the normal loss. Thankfully there was new growth. I could see my scalp, especially on the sides and top. I almost had a bald spot on the top that I had to cover strategically. So by April of 2011 I felt that I may be on an upward swing. Here we are july 2013 and I have hair past my shoulders, but it is different. It is much thinner and the texture is different. I still feel every strand that falls onto my arm, I still look at my brush after each stroke, I still sweep the floor after blow drying to see how much is there....It's unnerving how this has consumed me. After seeing this site, I am pretty sure it was the straightening treatment that was the cause....After stopping birth control, and having every other test in the world, I think the whole time it was the treatment. I take biotin, MSM, and biosil every single day like clock work.

Jul 08, 2013
To Anonymous
by: HL

When did you get your last treatment? Was it in 2009 or 2010? How much hair were you losing? How long did it fall out for? Did you see your scalp? I estimate I lost at least 70% of my hair with my scalp being very visible on top and at the hairline. I am beyond consumed. This has changed my life in every way possible. I too went to the Hairclub. What a joke. I have tried everything. Can it really be the treatment all this time after??

Jul 08, 2013
To victim
by: J

How long did it take(years and months), before you felt like your hair was back to "Normal"? I am at 2 years and still waiting.....

Jul 08, 2013
victim
by: Anonymous

I am a victim of 2009/2010. I started losing more hair than normal and it slowly consumed me. The right side of my head got really thin, then the left, then the back, and last the top :( I had blood work and scalp biopsies done. I was told TE. I was going through a heart break, but the loss started before. These were the things I had done in the months prior: started rigorous exercise (always exercised but started working with trainer), had acupuncture for back pain, switched birth control (because of insurance), and yes....had my 2nd Brazilian treatment by a new hair salon. My regular stylist said its not the hair treatment......so I thought maybe too much vitamin E . Because I was taking a mulit-vit packet also. Now I was stressing. It was really stressful for me and I sank into depression, but hid it. Came home during the day to cry...when no one was looking. I ended up cutting my hair up above my shoulders. My scalp hurt and itched (and we are talking at least 6 months after treatment). Fortunately, I saw some new growth. I even got so desperate that I went to the Hair Club for a consultation. What a racquet that place is...feeding on desperate souls. SO here it is a few years later and I still have hair but the thickness isn't the same as it was before. It is currently past my shoulders and not so thin that I need to chop it off like I did in October of 2010. It was so thin you could see straight through it. The scary thing is that the last week I feel like more than normal hair fall is happening again. Which is how I found this site. It is comforting to know that I am not alone. Does anyone live in Florida??? Maybe we could have lunch :) It sucks to feel alone in this situation. I know how this can consume your every thought. I even joined the national alopecia foundation and read stories...probably didn't help but I was trying to understand how to live with going bald and embrace it those women did. Please if you have specific questions let me know as I am one from 2009.

Jul 05, 2013
Jamie and others - PART 2
by: MG

Regarding the Brazilian Blowout settlement I think that 2000.00 per person is a bargain for this company. If they could only see my insurance bills on dermatologists, blood work, patch tests and products plus the emotional toll which is sleepless nights, tears, marital stress, etc. I would be happy only if they ban the product or if the company is forced to have the following warning on the bottle which says: PRODUCT MAY CAUSE BALDNESS

Please give your two cents specially of you know something about genetics or chemistry. I had to read the article at least three times. I will bring it to my dermatologist on Monday when I come for my steroids shot.

Jul 05, 2013
Jamie and others PArt 1
by: MG

In my experience my hair loss is because the Brazilian blowout was purposely applied to the scalp and the stylist did not rinse it. Not knowing this was wrong and how toxic the treatment is I washed two days layer. To begin with any treatment like color left in the scalp for too long will cause scalp damage. Where it confuses us is that the keratin treatments are sold as being good for your hair therefore it doesn't cross our mind that the product can cause massive hair loss if it comes in contact with the scalp. I found this article that explains formaldehyde in-depth and has helped me put this puzzle together. I hope that I am really wrong and please comment. I am not looking to get my hair back I just want to know what this treatment did to me. Why I am not seeing signs of recovery after ten months and if this is permanent I need to change my state of mind and take is as a permanent injury. Here is the article:
http://drholly.typepad.com/question_and_answer_forum

This article seems to explain the chemical effects that the formaldehyde has on tissue. From what I understand it seems like the formaldehyde molecule is unstable and binds to DNA and protein (this is called crosslinking) making them disfunctional or useless. This explains the poor quality of regrowth and the coiled hairs I see all over because it turned my proteins disfunctional.Also, the quantity of regrowth is really little I guess because part of my DNA or proteins became useless. Hair is protein which gives formaldehyde molecule plenty of material to crosslinking with. It seems like the crosslinking can go on for a longtime because even after binding the molecule doesn't completely stabilize (the molecule value does not become zero). The article talks about how our body recovers from insults but recovering from crosslinking is really hard. This just explains why this hair loss is taking so long, the lack of regrowth and the quality too. Do you agree with me or did I misunderstand the article? This article is really long but worth reading and understand it.. Please take your time to read it and try to understand.

I run this by my husband who has done extensive research on genetics and still thinks that we are going though chemical shock and that follicles are too deep to penetrate. Of course he is a doctor and thinks like one and he is in denial because he wants to think that I will be okay soon.

Jul 05, 2013
Steroids
by: To J

My appointment got postponed to Monday. I don't know which steroids the doctor is planning on giving me. He said that he was going to give me one in my behind.

Have you had any steroids for this problem? The MD and the dermatologist seem to think that this is a chronic inflammation problem. I just want to give one a try because all the natural methods do not work. Please let me know if you have used steroids for try to curb the shed.

Jul 04, 2013
Still Losing
by: Anonymous

I think I am the worst case yet b/c I am still losing at 18 months post treatment. Not just shedding but losing tons of hair all day, everyday. I am stunned that this is going on so long. Anyone else still losing? J, do you have any regrowth yet? I have little to none and the loss is getting more obvious everyday. Samantha and Jaime, are you still losing?

Jul 03, 2013

by: Samantha

How many of you we're contacted about this class action lawsuit? I got a letter that the Supreme Court of California is suing Brazilian blowout, but the company would rather settle, so I can be reimbursed for up to $2,000.
Well my first reaction was yay! we are finally suing. My second was we are settling for that little???
I don't know about you, but my emotional trauma for every week is worth more than that!!! I'm actually insulted that they would suggest that amount .
And how about the products we bought??? Even if it was from your kitchen, the add up!!!! I spent way more than $2,000 tried to stop the loss and then trying to make it grow back!!!
So I'm gonna contact them and tell them this. I don't think if will do much but I'm gonna try.

Jul 01, 2013
Mg
by: J

What specific systemic steroid shot are they going to give you? I'm guessing cortico-steroid, but which one? Do you have to get more than one shot? Weekly, monthly etc? Thank you also how many mg?

Jun 30, 2013
everyone
by: jamie

Instead of all of us complaining about our problems because we know we all have the same thing lets utilize this website and figure out why this happened to us.

I know that I got the keratin that was like a gel cream form that she painted with a brush on my head as opposed to the one that they spray on.

also, I know I wasn't supposed to sweat and that day it was extremely hot and I couldn't stop sweating which might have opened my pours...anybody else with this?

also, I know I kept it on like a day longer than I should have ....


these are things that could have triggered my problems. lets brainstorm people!!

Jun 30, 2013
MG
by: jamie

I am glad to here you are still working on the progress good luck and keep us posted!!

Jun 29, 2013
Update
by: MG

I just talked to a group of doctors two pathologists and one clinical dermatologist (this is 3 doctors who got together to try to help me). The dermatologist in the group sees all the most complex skin biopsies in my county. The three of them at my request studied the Brazilian Blowout and suggested that I get a sistemic steroid shot (means a shot on my behind) to eliminate any inflammation and the dermatologist believes will help break the hair loss cycle and help with hair growth. I will get the shot on Tuesday and will report back in a couple of weeks. This time I am doing what they say because the doctors really took the time to hear me and study my case. I got all my blood work redone for this appointment and everything is normal.

The dermatologist said that it will be at least another year (it has been 10 months after my BB) until my hair will start growing healthy because of the chemical shock. He does not believe the hair loss it permanent even if the treatment touched the scalp and stayed there for 48 hours. He said that our body can neutralize chemicals before they can reach the growth center which 5 mm deep into the skin. He said also that recovery from chemical shock takes years and as long as there is no scaring you are in good shape.

Another dermatologist friend at my request talked to his colleagues about the blowout and they recommended olive oil with vitamin e gel caps applied to the scalp one hour before washing and just rinse no shampoo. Yeah right no shampoo after olive oil...I have been doing this for one month and my scalp hasn't itch (I guess my itching is from dryness) but I lose a lot more hair when I wash. Research vitamin e for healing skin from burns. I think our scalps got burn and makes sense to use the vitamin e caps on the scalp.

Regarding apple cider vinegar, I have done it at least four times. My scalp felt great every time and eliminated the itch but it really faded and dried my hair. For those who still want to do it, just apply the ACV to the scalp and keep it away from hair some how.

I have tried everything and consulted 6 dermatologists and the hair loss keeps going strong. I lose about 100 to 150 on non wash days and about 200 just from washing and detangling. I don't style nor color even though I am about to give in and color my gray hair. I hope I can bring good news after my steroid shot.

Jun 29, 2013
...
by: jamie

My doctors didn't see inflammation but i know i have it because i have severe burning and heat is coming off my head where the burning is so they can go screw themselves and apple cider vinegar worked but killed my hair.

Has anyone been on antibiotics thinking.it was infection?

Jun 27, 2013
Apple Cider Vinegar
by: Anonymous

How do you apply it? Does it smell? Do you shampoo it out? One derm told me I didn't have inflammation and another one told me I did so I don't know! My scalp is flaky but doesn't itch or burn. Jaime, are you still losing hair? My hair isn't any worse with the antidepressants. It just still falls out all day. The 100 hairs a day thing is not true. Most people I talk to and read on hair blogs only lose 10-20 hairs a day. I am losing 100 and have severe thinning so it can't be true. I wish I could stop blowdrying but my hair is so curly and frizzy if I don't. I have to look presentable for my job. I also use the flatiron and lose so much when I do. I only wash 2-3 times a week and blowdry lightly.

Jun 27, 2013
Samantha
by: J

Be careful of anti-depressants. One of the most common side effects is hair loss.

Jun 27, 2013
samantha
by: jamie

Samantha! So funny...i started with the apple.cider vinegar too. What a difference!! It helps with the inflammation and the acv is an antibacterial. So it kills infections and lessens inflammation. It really is great. But you said your hair fell out alot after that?


Anonymous....stop blowdrying your hair!!!!!

Jun 26, 2013
Samantha
by: Anonymous

How much hair are you losing? Do you see any scalp? Is your part wider? I am still losing over 100 a day. Blowdrying is like pouring hair. Its sick. Not sure if this will ever end. I am pretty sure I have a new TE trigger on top. Its probably stress. I also started an antidepressant to deal with this torture. Who knows. I think mine is permanent since I see no end in sight.

Jun 26, 2013
progress
by: Samantha

So I did an apple cider wash 3 times in 1 week and I think the first wash after that was much better but now I think I'm back at the great fallout. I also think it killed my hair a bit, because the ends look much more dead.
I do think I'm having a lot of new growth though, and the top of my head is going back to its frizzy old self but you have no idea how happy that makes me. And im getting a lot of "wow you hair is looking so much better!"s.
But the last like, 6 inches of my hair tell all, I've lost like 60% of my hair, and my pony tail is still crazy thin.
I'm using loreal triple resist but it makes my hair oily and doesn't clean it properly.

Jun 26, 2013
How is everyone?
by: Anonymous

Jaime, Samantha, J- any progress?

Jun 18, 2013
No progress here
by: Anonymous

Things are getting worse and worse. So much scalp showing at my hairline and part. I am mortified. Anyone else have that? My hair just keeps falling out all day. I bought a laser-comb, used it twice and lost hundreds the next day. Everything just makes it fall out. Any progress on your end?

Jun 14, 2013
Saw my doctor today
by: Anonymous

I went to the dermatologist today and she said that any chemicals whether keratin, hair dye, stress etc, among other things can at one point or another leave your scalp in TE. She said rogaine will help if you use for 6+ months. She said my scalp looked fine and that the TE is probably in a dormant stage. The good news is that over all the cases she has seen she said she has never seen anyone go bald. She does want me to get my thyroid and anemia tests to rule them out. In a way she is right, if you look up any medicine, vitamin, food etc and put in hair loss from the root... you will always get someone asking if that is the cause of it. She also said to keep taking my vitamins and biotin.
Best of luck to all.... I promise to write when the day comes that I actually stop losing 200+ hairs a day!!! :)

Jun 14, 2013
my own diagnosis
by: Jamie

so, I am a firm believer that the keratin triggered Sebhoreic Dermitis. My dr. told me that the first day. he said the hair treatment triggered it and it happens often. it is a chronic condition that I will never get rid off and it causes hair loss. I need to keep it under control. I didn't believe him because i wanted more of an answer. he gave me steroid creams and told me to use those to keep the inflammation down. I did and the burning wasn't as bad. It is a chronic inflammation and it has to do with sebum(dandruff) which I don't' have a lot of but after the past few months I notice that I do get dandruff about a week before my scalp burns and then the hair comes out. and it is always around my period(when my immune system sux) and that is when seb derm is at it's worst. I firmly believe this is true now after really reading into it. it makes sense to me.

Jun 03, 2013
Samantha
by: Anonymous

My hair feels thinner all over too. Not just in one spot. Although, I do have lots of scalp showing on the top of my head on my part and hairline. Are these areas thinner for you? We had our treatment only a couple of months apart and we are still losing hair. How can it be for so long? Seems like most recovered at the year mark. I am attributing mine to stress now b/c I am so depressed over this. But I just don't know. Are you still losing handfuls of hair?

Jun 03, 2013
Scalp Biopsy
by: MG

Has anyone gotten a scalp biopsy? Would you share your experience. I am on my 5th dermatologist who suggested I get a scalp biopsy. I had my Brazilian blowout in 8/2012 I have been losing hair for 9 months now.I haven't had a single day of no hair loss. I still lose about 200 per wash and detangling no styling and at least 150 on non-wash days. I am doing acupuncture for stress once a week and it seems to be calming my nerves.

Where is Maurice? How is your hairloss? are the essential oils helping?

Jun 02, 2013
About that theory.....
by: Samantha

Someone posted along time ago, about how it could be that the bacteria that naturally grows and feeds on Keratin. What if we starved our hair of all keratin; strip it out?

Also, anyone try aloe vera?

Jun 02, 2013

by: Samantha

I know there is no breakage, it all just falls out from the
root. I think there is just a general thinning all over. It's not like one spot is worse than the next, it's all just horribly thin. I don't have any good hair days anymore.


May 30, 2013
Samantha
by: Anonymous

If your new hair is thick at the top and thin towards the bottom, that is normal. It is supposed to be like that. As it gets longer, the ends will get thicker, but in the beginning, the ends will be thin. That is how you can tell if its new growth or breakage. Look at the ends- if tapered, then new, if thick, then breakage.

May 30, 2013
Samantha
by: Anonymous

Me too. I wasn't shedding as much for a couple of months then boom, I am losing more hair than ever. Everytime I touch my hair, it falls out. Everytime. How much of your hair do you think you lost? The top and front hairline is sooo thin, I could see right through. How about you? I went to the derm. last week and he said there is a little regrowth. After all this time, there should be much more. So frustrated.

May 29, 2013

by: Samantha

Well, I just figured out something. each actual strand of my hair- my new hair really- is way thinner at the end. that means that the top is healthy but the bottom isn't. No idea how to fix that.
@Anonymous- I was good for like 2 months- February and March- and then I'm still stuck in what I'm calling the big fallout of spring 2013. I'm shedding and losing tons in the shower. I had my treatment in March 2012.

May 28, 2013
To aguave smoother
by: J

Why did your dr put you on spiro? It's a DHT blocker used only on patients with female pattern baldness. Do you have a high androgen level? Thanks hope you respond? Also when did you notice your hair filling back in (time period), before or after spiro.

May 24, 2013
Please tell us your experience
by: HL

Hi- you said you had a treatment 2 years ago and still struggling. Are you still losing hair? How much of your hair did you lose? Is it growing back? If I were you, I would never get any type of straightener again. Even if it says it is all natural, it isn't. There has to be some chemical in there to straighten the hair. Please don't risk further loss. That is just my opinion. Please let us know more about your experience. I am currently still losing my hair after almost 17 months. I can't even see the word "keratin". A nightmare.

May 24, 2013
Question
by:

Is it Aguave or is it Agave Smoothing Treatment from Bio Ionic? Also, What product caused your hairloss reaction?
Thanks for sharing your experience

May 24, 2013
Aguave smoothing treatment
by: Anonymous

Has anyone had the aguave smoothing treatment? It s made from a plant & has no formaldehyde in it. It s supposed to smooth/straighten but u have more volume, it s not pin straight like the results of a keratin treatment. I lost my hair from the follicle & still struggling after 2 yrs. My 3rd keratin treatment started the loss. Now i take biotin, vitamins and spirolactin (a blood pressure med. with the side effect of hair growth) for my hair. I have thin, frizzy hair when its humid, fine in the winter relatively speaking. I have an appt in June for the aguave treatment & I'm scared.. Any info would be helpful. Thanks.

May 23, 2013
Inflammation
by: Anonymous

Is that what is causing the hairloss? My derm said I have it and gave me Nizoral but it didn't work. Can the hairloss ever stop if there is still inflammation? Jaime and Samantha, are you back to losing hundreds a day? When did you have your treatments?

May 23, 2013
samantha
by: jamie

No. Stop using hair loss products. Nioxin triggered a bew telogen effluvium for me which again lasted about a month or 2. So if its gona fall out its gona fall out. I went back to pantene elsee prov v nernd in between shampoo and conditioner i am using a apple cider vinegar rinse from just naturals to help with inflammation. Stop yhe hair loss s**t because we don't have male pattern baldness....we have something else

May 22, 2013
samantha
by: jamie

Same exact thing happened to me. Just stick with whats working and don't change it for a while. I was doing better and thought nioxin would make my little hairs grow faster and it took them all out and some more. Stop your nioxin and stick to what was working.

May 22, 2013
Samantha
by: Anonymous

What shampoo are you using now? I used the Aveda Avati system for 2 weeks and my hair is falling out ten times worse! At of all the reviews, no one mentioned hairloss. I am baffled. I am going to go back to Nioxin since that did slow my loss. When did you have your treatment?

May 20, 2013
to Jamie
by: Samantha

My hair was doing better, and then I started nioxin and my head was itchy and after a month it started falling out like crazy again. Its still falling out a lot, but I stopped Nioxin so hopefully it'll get better again.

May 20, 2013
help fast!
by: Samantha

My sister, by some stupid, moronic move, has decided to do the keratin treatment! She looked it up online and decided to do lasio- read a few company reviews and decided its not gonna make Her hair fall out!!! I need anyone who has done lasio or knows about it to post asap because she has an appointment in less than 24 hours!!

May 12, 2013
Hair loss for months now
by: Kc62

I am reading everyone's comments and it's devastating when you had a full head of hair then it just starts falling out with a hand full each day!? I have looked into this online and my story is I started a hormone cream last summer and 2 months later it started... So I weaned my self off of that.
Then I had H. pylori about 4 yrs ago and this past 6 months I have had digestion problems. And I am also very low iron & anemic. So for about a month now been on a high dose of iron which can cause hair loss. I will see the doc this week to see if my iron is building up and having low iron , low stomach acid , I may not be absorbing any of the protein, nutrition that I should be and that can have an effect on my hair also. So for me I am working on iron, and supplements to help my digestion such as manuka honey 16+ , mastic gum to relieve tummy issues. I even started rubbing olive oil on the scalp leave it on a few hours massaging it into the scalp to help DHT build up I read? With all of that I will see in a few months if it stops.... I am 51 and do have low estrogen but to scared to mess with that again or I could end up bald!! So hang in there ladies and do a little research such as deficiencies, and the nioxin made my scalp itch too so stopped that.... Try sulfate free shampoos & conditioners.... Olive oil massage on scalp.... And a good multi vitamin like I take from TrueStar which stopped my inflammation big time!! Also fish liver oil taken as a supplement does so much for your body. Just look into alot of those things and might be something inside the body that might be able to help. Detox the liver and clean the body out might help too.... Taking cilantro and steam in some water and drain the juice is a great detoxifier for the body.... Good luck hope it stops for you all too. This is what I'm doing not good for all but this is where I'm starting with what I know about myself.

May 10, 2013
Will it ever stop falling out?
by: Anonymous

That is all I want to know. My hair just doesn't stop falling out. All day, everyday. I jut woke up and pulled 20 hairs out like I was on chemo. It is 16 months. When will it stop? Or is this going to be a life changing problem that I will live with forever? Help. Someone help.

May 08, 2013
Depressed
by: Nikki

I had a treatment on March 11th. Two weeks after that I started to notice an uncomfortable amount of shedding. I was told that my shedding was normal. But then I noticed a balding spot on my hair line. I went back to the stylist who didn't seem half as nervous as I was. Long story short the nape of my neck has broken off, and there are two other spots that have lost hair as well. I'm cutting my hair all off really soon. I'm really sad I've never had this issue before and had a gorgeous head of hair before. Now, because i wanted more manageable hair I will no longer have hair. I guess that's more manageable huh...

May 07, 2013
8 months after
by: MG

8 months into this nightmare I still can't believe I am losing my hair. My temples are gone, my sides super thin and my part getting wider. I don't think there is anything to make it better but only things to make it worse. I shed about 200 hairs the day I wash and nonstop all day the days I don't. I think it is just a matter of time before I start looking bald. Half of my hair is gone. My hair just drips out of my head as if it were no longer attached to my scalp.l I do see shorter hairs but not a lot. I don't style nor color since the beginning. Regarding nioxin and biotin I concur with the previous comments. Nioxin was too harsh and caused my scalp to flake and itch. Anything above 1500 mg of biotin makes my skin breakout. I have seen 6 different doctors all say I will be okay but I haven't seen any improvement. I have done everything this website recommends without any success. I just started acupuncture for stress and depression ( yes all due to this experience) because even without hair I want my life to go on. I wish all of you a prompt recovery.

May 06, 2013
To J
by: Anonymous

Do doctors confirm there is no growth? or you just cant see? I went to someone who looked to see if I have new growth and she said yes. My hair is paper thin so it doesn't appear that there is any regrowth but apparently it is growing. Just not enough to cover the loss. My hair is still falling out alot. I lose over 100 a day still after 16 months. Not sure how long it will be before I go bald. This is a never-ending nightmare.

May 06, 2013
Almost 2 yrs in....
by: J

Well, closing in on 2 yrs post treatment, and still very very little regrowth of new hair. It still does not offset the 60 hairs I lose a day- so it's visually getting worse still. I tried Nioxin(it has lauryl sulfate-which is not good for your scalp, and it makes it itch). I suggest organic shampoo without lauryl sulfate. I don't lose a lot of hair anymore, but there is just little to no hair regrowth. Patiently waiting for this nightmare to end....and my hair to snap out of this. Also, I stopped the high biotin too, that high dose did more bad than good. I just take a great multivitamin 2 times a day, to get my biotin requirements. Either way, I'm still in this nightmare.

May 06, 2013
samantha and anonymous
by: Jamie

Samantha I thought you r fair was doing better and growing back? Mine did and then all the new hairs fell out again but i think it was because I used nioxin. after that my hair was falling out again for about 2 to 3 weeks and now I have new hairs again all over. Its so weird. Right now my hair is really looking normal again, I started using normal shampoo but just last night my scalp was really sore and that is what happens before my hair falls out. so, I guess We will see. I mean it is definitely better than it was !!!!! It is just working out the kinks I think and slowly tapering off. Some showers are good some are bad but it is getting better just very slowly.

May 05, 2013
updates
by: Samantha

So I've been using nioxin for a month and a half now, and for the first month my hair was falling out way less, although I did have minor dandruff- couldn't see it just a bit itchy. Then, for the last week and a half or so, my hair started falling out a lot again. :(
I was also taking 5,000 mcg of biotin every day, but I stopped because I usually have clear, smooth skin and the stuff gave me dry skin and pimples. I tried again for the past week, taking it every other day, but I'm having the same issue, just less severe. But I really saw improvement in my hair- way more baby hair.

Jamie and Anonymous, I posted answers to your questions, but I see that it didn't actually go up, so if you still have questions I can answer!

May 01, 2013
How is everyone?
by: Anonymous

Any updates? I'm still shedding like an animal...

Apr 21, 2013
To all
by: Anonymous

To those that are suffering temporary hair loss from keratin treatment I suggest ordering Viviscal or purchasing it from Walgreens. It stops shedding and promotes regrowth. Price tag is high but I didn't care because I wanted to save my hair. I have softer hair now and tons on new baby hairs. Website is www.viviscal.com, good luck!

Apr 15, 2013
Keratin Treatment
by: Anonymous

I have shoulder length hair and in March I had the Brazilian Keratin done only because the salon messed up my color so bad with bleach, toner then color and still did not come out the color that I wanted. So they suggested I go back a week later for this treatment because my hair was so bad and it would fix the dryness, etc....of course everything at no charge. I even bought their products to keep up with it. I used their shampoo once, I have been trying to to reverse the treatment since. My hair has been falling out, it is so dry and damaged that I am embarrassed to go outside. I am looking for a salon in the 33435 zip area that can please help me. I need help,

Apr 05, 2013
To Faith
by: Anonymous

Same here. 15 months and no change. My hair was once so thick, people thought I wore extensions. Now, it is paper thin. I am so embarrassed. I lose hair all day long with the slightest touch. It had slowed slightly a month ago and now is back worse than ever. I just pulled out 30 hairs without a brush. Have you been to doctors? They are pretty much useless just telling me it will grow back. I don't believe it will. I have no regrowth. Do you?

Apr 04, 2013
Hair Still Falling Out 14 MONTHS After Treatment
by: Faith

I don't know what to do. I'm surprised I haven't found this discussion sooner as my hair is a major stress in my life each and everyday. I've always had thin, unmanageable/wavy hair and a large forehead. I've never had it easy in that department. It has to be washed daily or it gets SUPER DUPER oily no matter what products I use. Last February my hairdresser talked me into the BB AND highlights at the same time. At first it wasn't too bad. My hair was silky and smooth for the first time ever but I did notice it looked a lot thinner, but thought it was just because of the treatment. Then it started falling out. And it hasn't stopped. My hair is about 40-50% of what it once was (and even then it looked thin, so imagine!), that coupled with my larger than life forehead from birth, I look like I'm bald!. I'm embarrassed. I hate going in public. But I have no choice as I have 2 kids who are active in sports, a full time job, and a life! I'm 36 years old and I'm scared I'm going to be completely bald by the time I'm 37. I just recently started a 10 day juice cleanse because I didn't have the best eating habits, but that's about to change. I can't take it anymore. I don't know what to do. I'm so mad. 14 months?! And no signs of slowing down. :(

Apr 03, 2013
To Jaime
by: Anonymous

You are still losing 150 a day? Even on non wash days? I know my case is different b/c the chemical completely thinned my hair from day one. A week later my hair was half of what it was and I was seeing my scalp. I wasn't losing much then so I know it was the chemical. My whole texture changed and my hair went from course to fine. I wish I didn't stress but I am sure this is a permanent problem b/c all of my hair is thin from root to tip and I see my scalp everywhere. Shouldn't I have some regrowth after 15 months? I am just so scared of what I will look like. My hair was so beautiful and now its hideous. I am traumatized and devastated. Thanks for your kind words. Maybe we can talk more through the chat forum support group I signed up for awhile ago?

Apr 03, 2013
Anonymous
by: Jamie

Ok I am not a doctor but I am telling you right now, when it starts getting better then the TE is over but a new one begins because you need to calm down. I know how hard it is. I got over the TE and it started again because I was on crazy strong antibiotics when I cut my tendon in my palm and it started again. We are fragile. Anything can make it reoccur again especially during the recovery process. You need to stop I know it is hard but put your hair up in a bun so U don't see it come out or if you do don't pull it out. put it up in a bun and wash your hair in a sink with your head upside down in the sink so you don't feel hair running down your back in the shower and you don' notice as much as when you are in the shower because you can't see the drain. This will help calm the nerves somewhat but at this point, we can only blame ourselves if it is reoccurring because we are making it happen and i don't mean don't stress for 3 days and then start stressing again. I mean, find what works for you to get past this. put it in a bun DO NOT BLOWDRY worst thing for you and wash hair in sink.

You keep asking how much everyone else is loosing but it doesn't change what you are loosing. Do something different and change your habits because you are causing it to reoccur just like I was. I am loosing about 150 a day I was loosing 300 some days I loose 50. Take care of your scalp and hair

Apr 03, 2013
To Jaime
by: Anonymous

I am extremely stressed. Beyond stressed. I don't know how to calm down at this point. I am going bald. I washed my hair 12 hours ago and lost over 200 and just woke up and lightly ran my fingers through and lost 40. That is the most ever at one time. After 15 months, I am clearly only getting worse. It was getting better just a month ago and now it is like it was in the beginning. I lost at least 70% of my hair and don't have much left to lose. I am not sure where to go from here. No one can help me. All I hear is that it will grow back. What if it doesn't? It will take years and years at this point. It is just falling out too much to catch up. I want to live my life. I have a good job that I have to perform at. I cant concentrate and am afraid for my job now. I have to blowdry my hair bc it is so curly and frizzy. I lightly blowdry on cool heat and lost hundreds. I look hideous. This has ruined me.

How much of you hair do you think you lost? Do you have massive regrowth everywhere or some hairs here and there? Do you still lose hair?

Apr 02, 2013
Anonymous
by: jamie

Everyone is at least seeing some regrowth after this MESSSS with the keratin. I think maybe you have Chronic TE which is cured once the cause of TE stops. I think your stress might be triggering it. PLEASE don't take this the wrong way ... I am just saying you sounds extremely stressed and trust me I WAS TOO!! and I didn't see regrowth until I put everything else in life over my depression from my hair loss and tried as much as possible (almost impossible) to ignore it. this weas the number 1 thing people told us we had to do first....is try to stop the stress because it causes TE


Also, the number 2 thing they told us was to stop blowdrying. It was difficult for me but I didn't blowdry my hair once for 3 months. then I did here and there for special occasions after the 3 months but when I did it was like all my new growth came out. My hair wasn't ready to take on the heat of the blowdryer. I can't imagine blowdrying my hair during th INTENSE crazy shed of the first 3 months. You probably lost more than you should have because of that.

nonetheless, I def think it is temporary for you!!! just try to relax and stop looking for answers that aren't there and take care of your scalp and stop blowdrying! its a big difference!

Apr 02, 2013
007 follow up
by: MG

This is 007 Changed my name to MG. Read my posting from a couple of days ago for an update. I do see growth on the top of my head. They are about 1" long mostly gray hair some black. I am at seven months post treatment. It is not a lot of hairs but I can see them when i move my hair around. I hope these hairs Stay on my head. The only thing that I have done differently in the past couple of months is that I am taking some vitamins called hair revive that I bought at whole foods. An employee recommended them to me And told me that she had alopecia and her hair came back using this vitamins.

I am not coloring my hair nor blow drying it. It looks horrendous but if this is the price I have to pay to recover I am willing to do it. I am using a super gentle shampoo called Max Green Alchemy Scalp rescue. I still lose hair all day long and about 150 hairs when I shower no style. I do really hope that all of us get at least 50% of our hair back. It has been the worst nightmare of my life. Research these vitamins they have been working fine for me except that I am breaking out because it has too much biotin 6000 mg so after a month I decided cut the dosage to half.

Apr 02, 2013
To J
by: Anonymous

How are you coping? I am having a really rough time with this. I am devastated that I lost 70% of my hair and it is still falling out. How do you style? Does anyone else but you notice? I dont know what to do anymore. I want to quit my job so I can hide but that is not an option. I am petrified this will go on for years. Any advice would be appreciated. You are 8 months further into this than me.

Apr 02, 2013
I believe
by: J

I do believe it is going to snap out of the dormant stage My hair is in. The question is when. I read people on this site saying around two years and I just don't think that is going to happen for me. My husband let me quit my job, so I do not have the stress of fixing whats left of my hair every morning. My hair loss has decreased, but is it because I only have 30 percent of my hair left?? Hard to lose a lot of hair, when you don't have a lot on your head to lose anymore.
If you research as much as my husband does for me, you will see that there are clinical reports, showing there has never been a case of chronic te that lasts forever. It always snaps out, unless there is some underlying factor like thyroid etc etc. that is why everyone does lab work, and it's always normal. I just wish I knew the date my hair would start to return. It's the unknown that's killing me.
I'm hoping that all the people who did this treatment back in 2009 have their hair back, and that's why they don't visit the site anymore. They don't want to relive the nightmare. I figured if they didn't have their hair back, somebody would have posted "hey, I'm at three years and no hair!" Nobody has ever posted anything like that.

Apr 01, 2013
Doctors dont know
by: Anonymous

They all told me it would grow back within a year. They do not know anything about the keratin. Don't listen to them. I even canceled my follow up appointment b/c it is just a waste of time. J, is your hair still falling out? If not, when did it stop? Also, I had my hair looked at with the microscope too and they said my follicles were super healthy and I should get back all my hair. Hmmm...well its 15 months and I am getting balder by the day.

Apr 01, 2013
Update
by: J

It's funny the more doctors you see, the more they try to push towards AGA. There is no miniaturization of the follicle growing in -the problem is there is no growth coming in. It is chronic telogen effluvium. Anyway, I went and had a microscope look at my scalp, and my scalp looked oily(it's only been one day ago from a hair wash). I never had oily scalp in my life, I have always been told its been dry-never oily. So, I am going to stop the apple cider vinegar.

Mar 31, 2013
To J
by: Deb

What did the doctors tell you? I am not losing handfuls of hair but my hair is thinning all over. Is it because the hairs that do fall out aren't being replaced? I see the most hair when styling but not clumps in the shower. I see no regrowth either. Has this been permanent loss for anyone yet? And when is it considered permanent? No growth after 2 years? 3 years? I had mine done 9 months ago.

Mar 30, 2013
To J
by: Anonymous

I know how you feel. I am going through it too. I wish we can talk. I feel so alone. No one understands. I've tried everything. Doctors guarantee it will grow back. My beautiful waste length thick hair is gone. Its now shoulder length and thin as paper. I am at 15 months post treatment and my hair is still falling out all day long. I cringe on wash days. Its so sad. Does it ever stop falling out? Is your hair still falling out or is it normal loss now? It slowed for maybe a month and now its back worse than ever. I have dramatic thinning everywhere on my scalp and am balding on the top of my head and hairline. Needless to say, I am completely devastated. I think this is permanent for me. I have no new growth at 15 months. I took blood tests. I am healthy. I don't understand. I just want help and no one can help me. You are not alone. I wish there was a support group. I really wish.

Mar 29, 2013
Outlook not good
by: J

I'm at month 23 (post-treatment), and the new hair growth is pathetic. The few new hairs coming in is nothing compared to what has been lost or what I lose daily(normal daily loss). I have worked out (gym 4times/week) for the past 12 years. I always drank protein drinks. I never smoke, and I don't drink. I have always taken vitamins. I tried nioxin, and special shampoos for thinning hair. My husband works at a hospital, and I have had my blood/lab work done every 5 months. I know physicians, and have been to different dermatologists. It's the same story. I have diffuse thinning across my scalp, but it's been going on so long that its bald in spots. I have been told its chronic telogen effluvium, and hair loss does not run in my family. I have been washing with apple cider vinegar for months. I don't style my hair, I let it air dry(whats left).

I read that others on this site said around two years. Did all their hair(or a good portion) of it come back all at once? Kind of like a Chia Pet of hair growth? I wish that people who had positive experience after treatment would respond to give hope.

Mar 29, 2013
To SandynDallas Apple Cider VInegar
by: MG

I had my treatment 7 months ago and have been shedding since then non stop all day long. I also lose 150 to 180 hairs just from washing and no styling. I have lost about 50% of my hair overall. My sides and temples are almost gone and hair hair density is really uneven. Seen many doctors, gotten all the tests, and used all kinds of shampoos. It seems like there is nothing wrong. I am 100% sure that the hair loss started after getting an Brazilian blowout.

Nothing has helped except when I did a apple cider vinegar rinse. I did notice less shedding during the day the following couple of weeks. I did 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water ratio soaked my dry scalp and hair for 20 minutes and then washed and conditioned.

The downside was that my hair color faded and left my hair super dry. I was wondering if you could say exactly how you use the vinegar, do you apply directly undissolved? only to the scalp? or to the hair too?

Mar 28, 2013
Clean Scalp with Apple Cidar Vinegar and wash with sulfate free Shampoo!
by: SandynDallas

Cleanse hair with apple cidar vinegar. Leave on overnight. the next morning wash your scalp very good with a sulfate free conditioner. I use the lisa ray brand. I also oiled my scalp with good old fashioned sulfur 8 in the yellow container. You should see a difference immediately after you wash it and get out the strands that have already come a loose from the scalp. Your scalp should also feel cleaner. I think the problem is that the keratin is in the scalp and is causing the hair to be dry and come loose from the shaft. The hair isn't breaking its come out from the root. I've had the treatment for about 5 weeks now and noticed that my hair was coming out more than usual and i had an itchy scalp. I did this and had immediate results. I still love the keratin treatment as it made my thick curly hair more manageable. so again jus cleanse your scalp and get the keratin off of your scalp. I also didn't use the shampoo/conditioner recommend i just use my own but again its sulfate free. oh and take prenatal vitamins will do wonders for your hair.

Hope this helps!:)

Mar 28, 2013
To J
by: Anonymous

When did you have your keratin treatment? Are you still losing hair? Some women on here have used rogaine but do not come back to report anything so it is a mystery if it works or not. My hair is still falling out after over a year and not growing back at all. I don't know how long follicles could lay dormant without it becoming permanent. I am scared to use rogaine b/c it has alot of side effects. Like you, I wish people who lost hair from this poison would come back after 2 or 3 years to report how their hair is.

Mar 27, 2013
Samantha
by: Anonymous

When did you have the treatment? Do you lose at least 50 hairs when you don't wash and 100 when you do wash? I am lost. I lose so much.

Mar 27, 2013
Thinning in the front
by: Anonymous

Does anyone else have a lot of thinning in the front by their hairline and part? I can see my whole scalp if I lift it up. I have to wear scalp powder to cover it. I am mortified. I haven't had any regrowth in over a year. Not sure what to think. Is this permanent?

Mar 27, 2013
to Anonymous
by: Samantha

I hardly blow dry my hair out of sheer terror. I've done it for special occasions and stuff, and I lose a ton. You have to stop blow drying for your hair to get healthy again. Did you try mousse or hair spray or gel? What is your hair type?
I shower 3 times a week, some times 4.
I do have hair loss on days I don't shower, just definitely not as bad as shower days.

Mar 27, 2013
Please Post Your Bad Reviews on These Products on Web Sites that Sell these Products
by: Anonymous

Class action is really hard in this case, I asked a lawyer. However, the best thing we can all do - is post a link to this web site or personal horror stories on all reviews of Coppolla products and keratin treatments on web sites that sell these products like Amazon. The more horrible reviews and horror stories on style bell, amazon, ebay, on and on the more people we can reach and stop these companies from victimizing trusting customers. This way it will damage the companies reputation publicly and free of charge to us with little time investment.

Mar 27, 2013
Did new growth stay?
by: J

For those saying they see new hair growth-did the new growth stay, or do you find those new short hair in the sink too? Also, is two years the consensus for your hair to start growing, or is it suppose to be all back at two years? Thank you. I sure wish that all the people who had this treatment done back in 2009 would respond on their growth rate, for everyone on this site "wonders if their going to be the one that the hair loss is permanent."

Mar 26, 2013
Another Keratin Victim
by: Katie

Hello to everyone out there..I can't believe this has happened to so many people! I too have had tremendous hair loss due to keratin treatments. My scalp was so dry and itchy and I just couldn't believe that this happened after having to treatment that was supposed to improve hair. Luckily I don't have any bald spots, but I lost about 1/3 to 1/2 of my hair volume. The amount of shedding really was unbelievable.

I've been taking biotin and multivitamins daily and am using Aveda's 3 step Invati system and I am down to MINIMAL shedding---maybe 3-5 hairs in the shower. I've also been saturating my dry hair with coconut oil 2-3 times a week to help with the dryness. Saturate your hair, put it up and leave it be for 30-60 mins. Shampoo out and condition as usual. I'm seeing a lot of improvement in the hair I still have and am so hopeful this isn't permanent. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 25, 2013
Samamtha
by: Anonymous

Great news.things are improving! Me not so much. Still losing tons after 15 months. How often do you wash your hair? Do you blowdry? That is where i lose so much but I have to blow dry. Do you lose any hair on days you don't wash? I am still scared to wash and brush my hair. I estimate I lost 70% and very little regrowth. I'm starting to think this is a permanent problem for me. I am glad others are getting better. Maybe one day....

Mar 24, 2013
Anonymous and Jamie
by: Samantha

In the shower I lose around 30-40 strands and around 10-20 off my clothes which definitely only started happening since Nioxin and biotin. I used to lose 70-80 in the shower, and another 40 off my clothes everyday.

I'm using Nioxin system 2 starter kit which you can find here

http://www.amazon.com/Nioxin-System-Hair-Kit-Noticeably/dp/B005CK3GIQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364173834&sr=8-2&keywords=nioxin+system+2

and is pretty cheap considering the products I used to buy. I use the shampoo, conditioner, and scalp treatment every time I shower, and I comb out my hair while the conditioner is still in. After I use the scalp treatment I put in whatever products I want and it doesn't effect my styling it at all.

Good luck to you all!!
Always available to answer questions!

Mar 24, 2013
looking okay
by: jamie

Things are looking up i have new growth towards the front top of my head but the crown is still missing a lot and I'm still getting some inflammation/burning here and there. Ive been doing the organic shampoos and apple cider vinegar and stuff but now I'm thinking to go to Nioxin now that a lot of the loss has stopped even tho I'm still loosing.

Samantha which number Nioxin are you using and are you using just the shampoo and conditioner? Do you thinik sill cause more inflammation on my scalp going to Nioxin from organic stuff? I just don't want start a new TE and this is why I'm nervous to make the switch.

Mar 24, 2013
Samantha
by: Anonymous

That's great news! How many hairs a day do you think you are losing now? On wash days and non wash days? Is your hair any thinner? Is your part wider or hairline receding? I have both. It is almost 15 months and I see very little regrowth. I am starting to think mine is permanent since there is hardly any regrowth. Glad you are doing better :)

Mar 23, 2013
to Anonymous
by: Samantha

Actually since I started using Nioxin, I think it's been much better. I definitely lose less in the shower, I still shed on my clothes but not as much. I actually started taking biotin around the same time and I think that helped too. My hair is also definitely less oily, I can touch it without freaking out. And you have no idea how much new growth I have! So I past this first anniversary-of-sorts of the treatment pretty well, and I'm hoping it only looks up from here.

One more thing- does anyone here deal with hard water? I'm going abroad for a year, and almost everyone I know who has been there to visit has had hair loss.

Mar 20, 2013
Serre
by: Samantha

I would watch it very carefully, but my hair only started falling out the second time I did it. If you see that it does start falling out, there are washes to do to clean out your hair follicles, and get rid of the chemicals. And I wouldn't use the shampoo and conditioner that they give you.

Good luck, and I hope it turns out well for you.

Mar 20, 2013
Scared
by: Serre

I got the Keratin treatment the other day. I just washed my hair last night. No hair loss...yet. What are the chances I'll lose my hair? The stylist seemed to have done everything right. She was very knowledgeable but I am SO NERVOUS. I shelled out $400.

Mar 19, 2013
Reply to comment
by: Laura

Thanks Anonymous..some of my friends say its not that noticeable and I am seeing it more because my hair was so healthy and long with no breakage. I started taking vitamins and do eat pretty healthy. I'm traveling over 4 hours round-trip back to my old hair dresser next month and instead of bleaching my roots I'm going to get a 'color break' or whatever the call it and a few hi lights to help prevent more breakage. I never thought about trying Rogaine. Is it the female version you are using? I should look in to it. Ill scroll down and find the post you recommended to read by Maurice. I hope you hair grows back to what it used to be. I just can't believe keratin would do this. A big thing for me I think is how it was applied and being sat under a dryer as opposed to being blown out by hand using a round brush. She basically baked that stuff into my scalp. I'm just about to report her now on the BBB. Did you see an attorney about yours?

Mar 17, 2013
To Laura
by: Anonymous

I feel ur pain. After 6 months, many dermatologist appointments, vitamins, supplements, shampoos, etc I am still shedding nonstop. I lose 150 hairs just from washing and not styling and the shedding continues all day long. It has been the worst experience I have and will ever endure. I have lost at least 50% of my hair and had to cut it by about 12 inches. Nothing really helps the shredding I guess time will, even though I still don't see the light. I am starting rogaine this week on the areas where I have lost the most which are my temples and sides. I am making kale, beets, berries, walnuts, acai, protein powder and flaxeed smoothies everyday. Doctors won't believe you when u say the hairloss is from keratin based treatment.

I hope your shedding stops soon but in the meantime the best advice you can get is from a user MAURICE. Please read his posting on JAN 18, 2013 named hair loss recovery from keratin treatment. The inositol pills have saved me from a major depression also started doing new things. I started playing soccer twice a week and enrolled in a college French class to keep mind off this mess. Please be patient as this problem is just a matter of time and getting your body as healthy as you can. Good luck

Mar 16, 2013
Chemical Burn, open wound, infection and hair shedding from keratin
by: Laura

Hi...I had a Global keratin treatment last July and it was ok...I did have some scalp burning but they said it was probably because I had amy hair highlighted at the same time. My hair grew so well I decided to get another when that wore off which was January 28 this year. Well, she sat me under the dryer for 40 mins after applying the keratin, something no other hairdresser has heard of, my scalp really burned. By the time I got home my face was swollen which I thought was because she actually burnt my forehead with the flat iron and also my hair off, but at that time it was the least of my worries. When my face started sagging at the jaw and eyes so puffy i couldn't see I went to the Er and they told me I had a chemical burn which led to an open wound in which I got an infection, cellulitius in. I got antibiotic, steroids and painkillers. I couldn't go out for a week until the swelling on that side of my face subsided...so now, I am 7 weeks post that but my really long blonde hair is breaking off mid shaft???? Some people have questioned if it was really keratin on what they use on ethnic hair. I dont know what to do. I consulted an attorney who said not much we can do unless she burnt my face and its scarred but I can ask her for my money back and the money for my 3 ER visits and rx's. Even my health insurance company are going after her too. I doused my hair in coconut oil last time I washed it and bought some products from Keratase to help make it stronger and not break. Im just wondering when this nightmare will end. I spent 6 years getting my hair healthy, strong and long to be undone. It doesnt even look like ive had a treatment. I can cope with split ends but not my hair breaking off mid shaft. Does this stop? What does everyone else put on their hair to stop the breakage?

Mar 09, 2013
Anonymous
by: jamie

I ask because i have serious burning on my scalp because of inflammation. That is why i use apple cider vinegar on my scalp where it is inflamed. Ive been using nothing but organic on my hair. Pura d'or hair loss argon oil shampoo and conditioner ONLY and nothing else but apple cider vinegar. Vitamins and aloe from the leaf right on my scalp. My hair is still coming out but NOTHING like it was and i have new growth but the growth didn't start until the burning subsided.

Mar 08, 2013
To Jaime
by: Anonymous

My scalp doesn't burn. I had the treatment 14 months ago and it only burned the first week. My hair is still falling out and thinning like crazy. I'm lost as to what I can do.

Mar 07, 2013
Jamie And apple cider vinegar
by: Anonymous

Hi Jamie,
Would you please update us on any progress with apple cider vinegar?

Mar 07, 2013
Anonymous
by: jamie

What's going on with your scalp? I know you have loss but is your scalp burning or anything?

Mar 07, 2013
Anyone out there?
by: Anonymous

It is 14 months today since my treatment. Still losing tons of hair and balding. My hair is paper thin. I am lost. Any stories of hope out there?

Feb 22, 2013
Jaime
by: Anonymous

Has the vinegar stopped the shedding?? My hair will not stop falling out. Clumps and clumps especially when I blowdry. I am almost at 14 months since treatment. Will this ever stop. I realized over the past week just how thin my hair has gotten. Scary thin. I am truly devastated.

Feb 20, 2013
everyone
by: jamie

Hi all
I realized that the only thing helping my scalp is apple cider vinegar. I started it this week and noticed a big difference in everything! As i was reading into it thry said it helps especially with fungus....

I started reading into.fungus on the scalp and it turns out that fungus of the scalp feeds off of natural keratin that we all already have in our hair! Ding ding ding.

Look at this...and tell me this doesnt make sense!! I'm no doctor but they say fungal infections also dont need to be seen they can be in the follicals under the skin.

Please read or look up dermatophyte and keratin for yourself. Adding the keratin treatment definitely fed fungus that we already had that we minor such as simple dandruff. This is my OPINION. I am no doctor but...hey i have common sense.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatophyte

Feb 19, 2013
nioxin
by: Samantha

Hey is anyone using Nioxin? If so, what system? I did the consultation tool and it told me system 5 but then I emailed them and they said system 2. Problem is, reviews say they changed their formula for system 2 and it doesn't do anything anymore. If anybody knows anything, please post!

Feb 17, 2013
Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

I have had two GK Juvexin treatments. I was told by my hair stylist that 1) my color would stay in longer, 2) the treatment would last four months and last longer each time I do it. None of which was true. The first treatment (medium) lasted two months. I enjoyed the shine it added to my hair, but it did take the color out.

On the second treatment (medium), a few months later, I had the treatment done first and then color applied a week later. That worked better. However, I have been having extreme hair loss and breakage. I'm freaking out like everyone else.

My second (and last) treatment was the beginning of October. I noticed after the first treatment that my hair was thinning and asked my hair stylist about it. My hair had started to thin a bit anyway, but I did notice an increase. However, after the 2nd treatment my hair has been falling out like I had chemo or something. I just had my thyroid tested and it is normal. I have been taking biotin, and added protein to my diet, and also taking B12 shots.

I saw that coconut oil helps with hair loss and have been applying that almost daily for about 6 weeks now. The hair is still falling out. I know I have to wait this out, but I am really upset. If there is a class action lawsuit I would be willing to participate. I addressed the hair loss with my hair stylist and she is claiming stress. I have been under worse stress in my life and did not have hair loss. It has to be the treatment. I get exercise also...I walk an hour a day.

Bottom line, none the the things she told me were true for me - the color fades, it does not stay in long, and now hair loss. It is quite expensive $200 to risk all of this. I wish something did work because I like the way my hair looked for the first two weeks after the treatment and then it gradually got worse...and that was with washing about every four days. I try not to wash my hair to avoid stress. I am graying so I dread not coloring it, but I am wondering if I should just get a wig and let it get healthy.

Feb 01, 2013
ECR
by: Anonymous

I am in NJ not Jaime! I joined the group posted in that link. Please join and we can chat there.

Feb 01, 2013
Jaime
by: Anonymous

My scalp burned about a week after the treatment and it lasted for about a week. I haven't had any burning since. I just have crazy dermatitis on my scalp. Its dandruff. GROSS. My doctor prescribed Nizoral shampoo. I had my treatment 13 months ago. Where do you live? I am in NJ. Wish we could all meet and make a support group! LOL

Feb 01, 2013
Anonymous
by: ECR

well salons that do the treatment will say the treatment doesn't cause burning because they also offer the service and it doesn't work their advantage. The hair loss does slow down I was loosing in clumps. OMG isn't awesome we all get to register and exchange private emails!! new feature on the site!!

Feb 01, 2013
ECR and ANNONOMYS
by: Anonymous

Treatment was done in July 2012 so i guess im at the beginning of this hell. 30 hairs in the shower is not a lot ! thats good!! i'm loosing at least 100-200 in the shower alone. i dread showers soo bad. I noticed its mainly the nape of my neck and excuse me for asking so many questions. it is simply because i don't have health insurance and I can't spend any more money on doctors visits.

I went to my hair salon (not the salon that did these treatments) and they assured me that my scalp would not be burning months later from any treatment...I would see those results within a week. This confused me.

Feb 01, 2013
ECR
by: Anonymous

Thanks for all your help as well. Hearing that it will grow back gives me hope. Right now, I dont see it. But with positivity and prayer, I am confident I can get most back! When you say you lose 30 with washing, is that 30 just in the shower or 30 with shower and styling? Do you wash everyday now? Do you lose any hair on days you dont wash? I keep asking these questions b/c I am not sure if my loss is almost normal now. Just trying to see what other people lose. Although, it really only matters how much is being replaced. Mine aren't or so the doctor says, so any I lose will be that much less hair on my head. I CANNOT wait for the day that this is a distant memory. I am wishing my life away so my hair can grow back. A very sad way to live!!

Feb 01, 2013
To Jaimie
by: 007

Where do you live? You may be able to find a clinic and get the clobetasol shampoo from a regular doctor. Let me know in which city you live and will help you find a clinic. You don't need a dermatologist a general doctor can help.

Feb 01, 2013
Jamie
by: ECR

Hi Jamie,
I’m glad I Can help. Yes doing the Keratin I’m sure was a shock to the scalp so the bleach I’m sure made things worse. I also had burning in the scalp and I had to see a dermatologist RX a clobex shampoo to help with the burning. In order for your hair to grow back healthy you need to regain the health of your scalp. I have to tell you my scalp was burning! I will tell you from my own experience your hair will come back but it’s going to take some time. I was shedding tons of hair daily after it slowed down I was shedding about 30 hairs when I washed. My friends hair was gone in the sides and top of her head.. her hair is back but it took about 2 years and a lot of changes to her diet .. When was your treatment done?

Feb 01, 2013
To Jaime
by: Anonymous

So glad we have each other to ask questions and for support! Does your hair feel paper thin? That is what I am dealing with. It went from super thick to super baby thin. Very scary. I never lost 300 hairs a day so it had to be the chemical that thinned my entire scalp. It also felt paper thin the minute I walked out of the salon. Do you lose 300 hairs everyday or just when you wash? So many horror stories. I just wish I knew about this website before I had the Coppola. If we could only go back.......

Jan 31, 2013
to ECR and anonymous
by: Jamie

ECR - I LOVE THE POSITIVE ATTITUDE! you are inspiring me to live my life (as much as possible) around this horrible experience.

My hair is still falling out prob about 300 a day, thinning, thinning, thinning. but i just chopped a good 2 inches off my long locks and am going back for more next week (because i have a lot of events this weekend.

The only concern I have is that it will not grow back. I did bleach twice and keratin within 2 months. STUPID. and now i am seeing the effects for the past 3 months, the past month being the worse. I am using pura dor organic shampoo oils vitamins and aloe vera plant to help to burning. u really think it is going to grow back? the nape of my neck is soo thin and the top crown of my head. I just want it to stop falling out NOW because that is the only thing that depresses me. I can live with the way my hair looks now (which is crazy difference from what I had) but it just keeps going.

When did it slow down for you? how long did it take and how many months was it really bad?
when you say your friends hair was gone, where specifically was she shedding?

Anonymous - my sister has different then me. She has a circle on the crown of her head thats bald but it seems that all of her new hair growing in (not in bald spot) is baby thin and her bald spot did fill in a little with help of shots from the dermatologist.

PS- haven't been to dermatologist because i don't have health insurance

Jan 31, 2013
ECR
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much for your help. I really appreciate it. I woke up to the feeling of such thin hair. I cant even feel it on my back anymore. I used to have such heavy hair. So sad. It is so frizzy and light. The top is literally balding so I am praying that fills in. Isn't it unusual that there is hardly any growth in a year though? That is why I am so worried. Others claim they have millions of short baby hairs growing but I don't see that :( UGH. So scary. How many hairs were you losing daily when you were shedding? How many do you lose now? I have cut my hair so much and am cutting it every 4 weeks. The ends are so light and frizzy. I used to love washing and styling my hair. Now? I cry.

Jan 30, 2013
to Anonymous
by: ECR

If you are washing your hair 2 x a week and shedding 80 to 100 than your are shedding the normal amount. however! trimming your ends every four weeks will give your hair strength and body.. I know it's painful to trim so often when you are use to having long hair. But I will tell you the more you trim the less you will shed.

I had to chop my long locks and do a bob! I was devastated.. My hair dresser said you have to relief some of the weight off and cut your hair. I was upset but the + side I wanted all the hair treated by the keratin gone so I was trimming every 4 to 6 weeks. it helped decrease shedding tremendously!! and added volume to my hair.. Do i think your hair in your crown will grow back? Yes

My friend had a bad relaxer and her hair type doesn't even require relaxer she had beautiful loose curls and wanted pin straight hair.. she did the Japanese straighter and all her hair gone! fortunate for her.. her hair is back but it took about 2 years.. your hair will grow back..

Stay calm and take your vitamins religiously!! Be patient and TRIM!!! I promise this will help you.

Jan 30, 2013
To ECR
by: Anonymous

Yes, I was diagnosed with telegon. My hair started falling out from the first wash 13 months ago. How did you know it stopped? Right now, I am shedding between 15-30 hairs on days I don't wash and between 80-100 on days I wash. Most are from blowdrying. I wash only twice a week because I am still traumatized by the shower. The doctor saw I had some vellus hairs. He saw a lot in the front but very little on sides and in back. My hair is paper thin everywhere on my scalp. The loss is completely evenly difuse. The left side is worse than the right. I lost so much at the crown. My part is very wide with scalp showing. I went to several derms. too and they all said it wouldn't cause permanent loss and my hair should be the same one day. They all told me a year. So is it a year after it stops falling out or a year from day of treatment? I am 13 months and my hair is thinner than ever so I have at least another year and probably another 2 or 3 if my recovery is like yours. My hair is regrowing very slowing which I don't understand because before this mess, my hair grew like a weed. I was always a shedder but my hair was so thick. It was at my waste and now at my shoulders. I am sick over this. Are you confident most of your hair will grow back? When did you notice it starting to grow and fill in? Are you still going to derms? Thanks for all your advice and help. Support is key!

Jan 29, 2013
to Anonymous
by: ECR

Did the doctor diagnose you with tellogen? I was shedding for 1 year i a half like crazy and thank god didn't go bald.. the hair does go into resting phase.. and it is possible for thin hair to grow thicker.. after the treatment i couldn't have bangs i had to keep my hair pulled back because my bangs were thin.. now my bangs have pre-keratin density.however other areas are still very thin.. So you have little regrowth and how long did the doc say it will take to recover? Every single doctor i went to told me there was no way a bad treatment can cause permanent baldness.

Jan 29, 2013
Jaime
by: Anonymous

You said your sister had the same thing happen? Is her hair growing back? Mine is paper thin too. Please let me know how her hair is.

Jan 29, 2013
to Jamie
by: Samantha

I take a boat load of vitamins everyday, and sometimes protein shakes. I started taking biotin- no results yet but they say it takes 3 months. I'm actually on vacation now and I left everything at home, and I'm definitely losing more hair then usual.
I did the treatment twice, once in October 2010 and once in March 2012. After the first treatment, my hair looked much better and was more manageable,and I had no issues. The second time my hair got oily faster, and I noticed that I was shedding like a dog about 2 months later- I don't know if I didn't notice or if it started then.
If you have any more questions I'm always available!

Jan 29, 2013
To ECR
by: Anonymous

Yes, I take tons of supplements and drink protein shakes. I am extremely healthy. I just went to the derm. yesterday and he looked at my scalp with magnifier and saw very very little regrowth. Of course, I am devastated. He said it could take awhile for your follicles to wake up. It is 13 months. How long did your hair fall out for? Mine is still falling out even though I am losing a little less than I was. I think we all lose some hair everyday so I am not sure if the amount I am losing is normal or not. My derm. explained my hairs are not being replaced as fast and that is why it is thinning. He is confident it will all grow back but based on how thin it is, I am doubtful. He said in all his years of practice, he has never seem hair from telegon effluvium not grow back. He has also never seen anyone get permanent hairloss from a chemical treatment. It is paper thin. I am petrified but am keeping the faith that it will be thicker one day.

Jan 29, 2013
To 007
by: Jamie

As the dot blocker I am using pura d'or for hair loss shampoo and I stopped taking the viviscall pills because they made me throw up. My sister has had the same thing as us a year before me and her hair paper thin...nothing like it was. I pray every day mine comes ack normal I want it back soooo bad

Jan 28, 2013
to Anonymous
by: ECR

Are you taking supplements? be sure to take Biotin every day!! I went to 3 dermatologist and every single one told me the same thing,, Your hair will grow back! The treatment did not permanently damage the follicles and the docs also stated my scalp was healthy. And reason why I went from doctor to doctor was because my hair was just falling and breaking,,, when I'd run my hands through my hair id have easy 10, 11 strands on my hand.. and i remember one dermatologist told me it's normal don' worry your hair will grow back.. like you i have areas that are thin but when i style my hair curly you cant tell.. Also my sides are growing in thicker.. but it's taken a lot of patience.. i won't tell you i don't have bad days.. I style my hair curly, I go to the gym about 5 x a week ( keeping my focus on + things) If i stress about it like i was I'm going to really shed my hair.. stress will cause more hair loss.. I don't think your hair will stay this way.. you just have to remain calm take supplements.. drink protein shakes.. Try not to skip meals..Poor nutrition will cause hair loss..

Jan 28, 2013
to samantha
by: jamie

That is great news that you have new hair growth!! are you using anything to help it grow? btw how many times did you get the keratin?

Jan 28, 2013
To Jamie and others
by: 007

Jamie, have you been seen by a dermatologist? The burning and redness on your scalp can be contact dermatitis. An MD may prescribe corticosteroid which is what Clobetasol shampoo is. My itching disappeared after the first wash. I did notice that when I use shampoos with fragrance I get a mild itch. I am going to try nioxin tomorrow and hope it does not make my scalp itch.

Jan 28, 2013
Thanks ECR
by: Anonymous

I too lost at least 60% of my hair. It is 13 months later and it is still paper thin which makes me believe I will have a very long recovery. Like you, all the doctors I have been to say it will grow back in a year and that I have regrowth. But it just keeps getting thinner and there are areas of my scalp that are bare and have been bare since 2 months after the treatment. I am so confused. My whole texture is different and its thin from root to tip. How come it isn't regrowing? This has ruined me. I have become extremely anxious and depressed. I used to have enough hair for 3 people. Now it is considered thin. I wont even straighten it bc it looks sick thin. It was always so full. I miss it so much and fear it will never be the same. Could this be permanent hairloss? All doctors say no but I fear it will be. It will take many years if my hair does grow back. Ive wasted thousands of dollars trying to save my hair and it is worse. I did laser, scalp treatments, expensive products. I cut about 12 inches off. I am literally sick over this every day. This has changed my life forever.

Jan 27, 2013
To 007
by: ECR

I have to say I agree with you it seems llike the treatment alters your hair.. and we all have one thing in common!! the outcome of the treatment has been paper like thin hair.. And like Jaime, I too had an itchy scalp!

Jan 27, 2013
TO EVERYONE
by: jamie

I want all of my fellow people on this site to see what i diagnosed myself because no doctors are help...to have. read these two it's one of the two and i am going to figure it out....I'm not letting this ruin or run my life anymore.

I have all the symptoms for this

* google - Temporal Arteritis

and also here is the other...specific thyroid testing..not general thyroid PLEASE READ

http://www.healthboards.com/boards/hair-problems/468822-if-you-have-burning-scalp-please-read.html

Jan 27, 2013
to others
by: jamie

I am losing an unbearable amount of hair. started with the back crown and is slowly moving to my front on the top of my head in a straight line..(not my part). it's so irritated and is BURNING and i don't know what to do anymore.

The burn is spreading and that is why i think it might be an infection. any thoughts on that? there are no bumps or redness or anything but burning and spreading throughout my scalp not staying in one place. I'm so scared. I need answers unfortunately no one has any :(

I think i am going back to Nioxin and forgetting the herbal stuff. I don't know what to do anymore

Jan 27, 2013
007
by: ECR

ECR, thanks for your update. It seems like the treatment alters your hair genetically. it sounds crazy but its true!!!! how else can we explain growing hair so thin, like baby hair thin.. I was told by a hair transplant doctor that it was impossible for anything to penetrate so deep into the follicles but I guess doctors don't understand the keratin treatment nor out intellectual curiosity have tried make some sense out of it. Given your response it sounds like five months is just the beginning.

you might recover soon.. theres a guy on this site he gives very good advise.. Maurice.. he's made very good suggestion on staying positive and has suggested excellent supplements

Jan 27, 2013
Response to Anonymous
by: ECR

Thanks. I must say I am terrified since reading your comment that is taking you so long to recover. Can I ask you more questions? sure

How much of your hair do you think you lost? I lost 60% of my hair.. 3 months after the treatment my hair fell out in CLUMPS and it all started with this tremendous itch in the back of my head so so severe i had to put ice to numb the itchy scalp not to long after the massive hair loss and breakage..

and how much do you think you got back? maybe 15% I will be ok if I don't get it all back but i am hoping i get most back.

Did you see your scalp in the front too? The hair in the front is thick and the crown is thick my back and sides that are so thin i can cry..

Was your part wider? no

Did this all fill in? I appreciate your response. I'm terrified this will go on for years... Don't be my friend had it done and had some hair loss for a few months.. she and i both got the treatment done for mothers day.. same salon and same hair dresser.. I think the hair dresser burned our hairs.. my firiend was loosing hair too.. she suffered hair loss but recovered in less than a year.. I'm still in hell!! everyone's diffrent.. your recovery might be a few months or even one year.. we have to remain calm this stress is really not helping our hair.. I torture my self everyday!! If i can turn the hands of time.. i would have never!!!!! done it

One more thing. When you say your hair is too thin in back to wear down, is it from breakage or actual hair loss from root? I had both.. massive breakage and hair loss.. i believe the flat iron burned my hair and with the heavy keratin weighing my strands my hair was breaking and snapping.. total nightmare!!

I just dont know why almost 4 years later your hair hasn't grown back. (trust me i wonder the same) I went to a 3 different dermatologist and all 3 told me the same thing... you are not going bald, did blood work, everything came back fine!! doctor said chemical shock to the scalp and hair.. nothing can be done to the treated hair but no worries the doctor said your hair will be back.. did a pull test in the office nope you not loosing your hair.. the doctor said give it a year your hair will be back.. but all 3 doctors never told me my hair wont have the same density and some areas are paper thin...

Im so worried about mine now. Don't worry everyones recovery is different.

Jan 26, 2013
good and bad news
by: samantha

I think everyone has a different reaction to it- meaning that it can take different amounts of time for everyone. I noticed that my hair is slightly thicker until my collarbone, ( I can literally draw a line to show where that thickness is) but when I say slightly I mean slightly. after that, from about my collorbone to my bra line, it's so Thin, its unbelievable. I think that line is the hair that started growing back in right in the beginning- whatever hair I first lost. I think I'm gonna have total loss of whatever hair here was when I did the treatment. But really good news- I have like 2 inches of new hair growing in. If I hold a lock of hair in my hand ( when I say lock you think gorgeous, thick and wavy- not in this case- i just mean a group of hairs ) I can literally get 30 strands nearest my scalp, and at the end, 2 strands. So it does grow back. This is all 10 and a half months later. I will keep posting to record progress (hopefully). is anyone has any solution to actually stop hair loss please let me know. If you have any questions, I'm ready to answer.

Good luck to you all!

Jan 26, 2013
Jamie and ECR
by: 007

ECR, thanks for your update. It seems like the treatment alters your hair genetically. I was told by a hair transplant doctor that it was impossible for anything to penetrate so deep into the follicles but I guess doctors don't understand the keratin treatment nor out intellectual curiosity have tried make some sense out of it. Given your response it sounds like five months is just the beginning.

Jamie, I had the itching and burning for about 3.5
Months until I used clobetasol shampoo for three weeks. After clobetasol I have been using Max Green Alchemy which is super clean leaves my hair shiny and gives me volume. It does nothing for the hair loss though but right now I am focusing on the health of my scalp. Alegra pills also helped relieve itching. In terms of DHT blocking I am drinking four cups of shencha organic green tea, eating pumping seeds and tomatoes. I need to find a DHT blocking shampoo. Which one are you using?




Jan 26, 2013
To ECR
by: Anonymous

Thanks. I must say I am terrified since reading your comment that is taking you so long to recover. Can I ask you more questions? How much of your hair do you think you lost and how much do you think you got back? I will be ok if I don't get it all back but i am hoping i get most back. Did you see your scalp in the front too? Was your part wider? Did this all fill in? I appreciate your response. I'm terrified this will go on for years.

One more thing. When you say your hair is too thin in back to wear down, is it from breakage or actual hair loss from root? I just dont know why almost 4 years later your hair hasnt grown back. Im so worried about mine now.

Jan 25, 2013
Jaime
by: Anonymous

How much hair are you losing? Is your hair thinner? Can you see your scalp?

Jan 25, 2013
RESPONSE TO ANNOUMOUS
by: ECR

My hair is no longer falling out.. Like everyone i have days that i shed more than others..i've noticed with the cold weather i guess because my hair after the keratin is so fine it breaks easy.. but everyone's recovery is different don't be discouraged.. This is truly scary and really does a number on ones self esteem.

Jan 25, 2013
NEVERMIND
by: jamie

Ok.. now the last shower I took was the worst one yet...so much for good results. I am starting to think I have an infection of the scalp because the burning and itching is back and its nonstop.

Jan 25, 2013
TO ECR
by: Anonymous

OMG. I feel that the same thing is going to happen to me. OMG. I had mine done 13 months ago and my hair is just getting thinner and thinner everyday. I lost all density and it is beyond flat. There are areas on my scalp that are so thin I have to keep moving my hair over them to hide them. My hairline is gone and my part is balding. I am beyond devastated. Now that I hear your story, I am convinced that I will take years to recover. Is your hair still falling out? Mine is but not in handfuls. My sides are pretty much gone too. Scalp showing. I have to wear scalp powder to hide the balding and thinning. What did she do to my hair?? This has ruined my life in every way and I am scared to take a shower for fear of all the hair that comes out. Please let me know if your hair is still falling out. I would love to talk to you b/c I honestly believe I will have the same length recovery as you.

Jan 25, 2013
To Jaime
by: Anonymous

When you say you are shedding very little, can you approximate how many hairs you are losing? What is considered little shedding? Do we all lose hair everyday? I never remember losing hair other than in the shower before this mess so I don't know what I am supposed to.shed or what is considered normal anymore. If you can tell me what you think is normal shedding, I would appreciate it! Also, does your.doctor think it will.grow back?

Jan 24, 2013
RESPONSE TO 007
by: ECR

I posted on this thread on 3/30/2010 and I am still living in HELL!!!!! the outcome for me?in some areas my hair is paper thin. I have to keep it curly so that it has body, because if i wear straight OMG it's scary how thin some areas look , I always had fine hair but i had A LOT of hair.. people always paid me compliments, my hair was long and silky.

I got my treatment done August of 2009 and I'm still in the same boat. I live a very healthy life style, go to the gym 4 x a week some weeks even 5.. take my supplements religiously!! Protein shakes and my hair grows but not with the same thickness.. Its like baby thin.. my sides when my hair was going through the shock OMG you could literally see my scalp! My sides are now better and when i wash it you can't see my scalp.. and the hair in my crown is growing in with pre-keratin density but the hair in the back of my head is so thin talking about it makes me wana cry..And when I try to grow it my hair breaks and snaps..

I started using this hair MASK called UNA very good product and that's helped.. so the breakage has slowed down.. .. My co-worker recommended.. I was so impressed with the mask, i purchased the entire line.. the shampoo and drops for the scalp to prevent hair loss.. I will keep you guys updated on how the shampoo and drops work since i just purchase.. But the mask is GOD SENT! because I think the cold weather isn't helping..

Do I have hope that my hair will get back to its pre-keratin state? Well my sides have grown in thicker.. but its taken a very, very long time.. I take a mult-vitmin daily, Inositol, biotin 5000mcg, collagen, Omega, Silica, B-complex,cultural, Niacin (healthy scalp) And protein shake 50grams.. I also forgot to mention after my keratin nightmare I was not able to have bangs because my hair was just to thin for bangs and I recently got my bangs again... but the back of my hair is so thin i cant wear it down.. some areas are super thin and some are better.. I'm not giving up..

This has been very traumatizing as I'm very much on top of my hair, skin, nails and body.. to be going through this is truly frustrating.. I'm hoping that the same improvement I've had on my sides and the front of my head I'll have through out my scalp.. Just takes long.. at least for me it's been a long road.. everyones recovery is different.

Jan 24, 2013
Recovery
by: Anonymous

Hello all,
I am still in the midst of this nightmare (4 months since my treatment and loosing around 100 hairs a day). So this is not my personal story, but I did talk to someone who also experience hair loss after a Brazilian Blowout. It has been over 2 year since she had it done (August 2010) and she said her hair has recovered completely. She noticed a slow down in loss around 6 months and by a year she said it started to actually look better. Today she says it is a distant memory. I know that some of you are experiencing hair loss much longer . . . but this was her experience . . . hopefully that helps provide some hope for people here.

Jan 24, 2013
semi good news!!
by: Jamie

THE STORY
Okay... long story short second Keratin treatment in July 2012, scalp started BURNING in August started losing hair in October (maybe sooner but noticed in October) MASSIVE HAIRLOSS from November until present. Lost 30% of the back of my hair. VERY scary.

January 1st I started Nioxin 4, multi vitamin, hair pills(viviscal) omega pills and iron pills and the hair loss was just getting worse and worse and my scalps burning never let up. cried for months didn't wan to leave my house, I was depressed.

THE DOCTOR
The doctor told me since my hairloss is chemically related and not genetically related to stay FAR AWAY form chemical treatments and just go natural to get the keratin chemicals or other chemicals out of my scalp and system... makes sense.

LAST WEEK
It's been about a week and a half since I started using all natural products, shampoos, oils, and my scalp is not burning AT ALLL. my scalp did a complete turn around and I never thought it would stop. My hair is shedding very little. Showers are still a little hard to bare the shedding in the shower isn't going to stop overnight but it had definitely gotten better!! PS make sure the natural hair shampoos have DHT blockers - very important!!!

CONCLUSION
Don't fight bad chemical reactions with chemicals...think about it...it doesn't make any sense. It is obviously going to get worse like mine did. Go NATURAL.

Jan 24, 2013
Never go for keratin treatment
by: Anonymous

I did Brazilian keratin treatment ten months ago. Actually I was taken away by excellent things told by my hair stylist. First month post treatment was fantastic I was very happy with straight & easy to maintain hair. Then started the problem of hair fall. Now I have lost more than 40% of my hair. I really don't know what to do now.

Jan 23, 2013
Need to hear from Keratin Mess Veterans
by: 007

It seems like only the persons going through the hair loss are commenting except for one or two persons. IF THERE ARE ANY PERSONS WHO HAD THE KERATIN OR BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT HAIR LOSS OVER 18 OR 24 MONTHS AGO please comment whether your ending is happy or not. I had a bad Brazilian Blowout job 5 months ago and still shedding like crazy. I loose about 150 hairs when I wash and if I run my fingers through my hair I will end up with about 25 hairs. I can do this all day and have the same results. Need to hear from people who have recovered whether recovery means hair back or no more hair left. The uncertainty is driving me crazy.

From the stories here we know that you can loose your hair for up to 14 months but what then....I wonder people who have recovered still visit this site. If so please let us know how this mess ended.

Jan 20, 2013
Samamtha
by: Anonymous

I know how you feel. Its almost 13 months for me and my hair is still coming out. I just ran my hands over it lightly and 6 hairs came out. It just never stops. I have tried everything and am just waiting it out at this point. I don't know if it will ever stop but i do know my hair went from super thick and course to paper thin and baby fine. I cry everyday. You are not alone.

Jan 20, 2013
Did my second treatment march 2012
by: samantha

I used to do my hair so well. It took me 45 minutes to iron, and I got so many compliments.
Now? Well now I have this thin hair that I can't do anything with, because I'm scared I'm gonna lose more.
Tomorrow is my sister's engagement party and I have to iron my hair, and guess what? I'm utterly and completely terrified. Because I cannot deal with losing MORE hair.
I have tried mira hair oil, and mane and tail shampoo and conditioner- did nothing but mane and tale made my It's 10 months since I did mine and I'm still losing my hair. I tried mira hair oil (did nothing), mane and tail shampoo ( which just made it fall out more).
I'm trying mostly natural stuff, because I'm scared of chemicals, so if anyone as any ideas, I'd really appreciate it.
I'm crying all the time. I'm still losing hair and it's been 10 months. Is this total loss of whatever hair you had on your head at the time?

Please, anyone with any advice, please answer me.

Jan 19, 2013
Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thanks Maurice! You are a Doll!

Jan 18, 2013
Recap PART 1
by: Maurice

Hey everyone, just responding to some questions and recapping what I've done so far. To Jamie: My hair has probably stop shedding as much, I would say probably to around a little above what is normal on a daily basis. I still see hairs on my pillow most days and in the shower, but not as much as when this whole mess started. Its a day by day process.

For the new comers who want a quick recap of my situation. I did two or three keratin treatments in 2011 I believe. It was at the time when I started to... Read full story here

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Jan 17, 2013
I have tried it all
by: Anonymous

I have tried Viviscal vitamins and they didnt work for me. I recently ordered Andrew Lessman hair kin and nails vitamins and should be getting them tomorrow. Read the reviews. They are good. I also tried expensive laser treatments at a hairloss center. Cost $250 a month and i did them for 3 months. I saw no improvement and didn't want to throw away all that money. I haven't tried Rogaine for fear of further shedding. I have also tried a topical steroid and Nizoral shampoo. Nothing has worked for me.

I take tons of vitamins and have been making protein and fruit shakes. If i can get my stress down, I think I may have a chance of recovering but I am so distraught about my hair, I do not know how to.control my stress. I am going to buy inisotol this weekend. I am currently using Nioxin but still shedding alot.

I have used every expensive shampoo it there and gotten treatments in salons. I think it is just a matter of time. I lose about 60% of my hair. My volume is gone. I cant imagine it will even be the same but I hope and pray I get some of it back. My texture is different and I am not sure if that is permanent. Anyway, lets get through this.together. Stay strong and know you are not alone.

Jan 17, 2013
hair loss for 6 month and counting....
by: Anonymous

YES i am a victim of the Brazilian blowout... This website has been a life saver, it has helped me deal with this HORRIBLE MESS! I have done a lot of research over the past couple months and would love to share it with all of you......

1.) Telogen effluvium-
Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress, IN WHICH YOU SHED LARGE AMOUNTS OF HAIR EVERY DAY, USUALLY WHEN SHAMPOOING, STYLING AND BRUSHING. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During telogen effluvium, hair shifts faster than normal from its growing phase into the "resting" phase before moving quickly into the shedding, or telogen, phase.

The symptoms: Women with telogen effluvium typically notice hair loss 6 weeks to 3 months AFTER the event. At its peak, you may lose HANDFULS of hair.

The tests: There are no tests for it, but your doctor may ask you about recent life events and look for small "CLUB-SHAPED" bulbs on the fallen hair's roots. The bulbs mean the hair has gone through a complete cycle of growth, suggesting that the cycle may have sped up due to stress, ect...
What you can do: In some cases, such as pregnancy or major surgery, you may have to bide your time until the hair loss slows. If medication is the culprit, talk to your doctor about lowering your dosage or switching drugs. If it’s stress-related, do your best to reduce anxiety.

The keratin in these products interfere with our DHT levels and basically cause us to bald. THERE IS NO STOPPING THE SHEDDING!!!! SO STOP LOOKING FOR PRODUCTS THAT WILL!! it will run its course. It sucks but there is nothing we can do about it! You will lose handfuls of hair and i did as well, but it will slow down. Make sure you keep your stress down, do whatever you can to keep yourself relaxed.I don't think any of us deserve this!! If someone told me that my hair might possibly fall out I would of never let this product touch my hair. My beautiful long hair (down to my lower back) is now up to my shoulders :( CUTTING it off will help too, it is still in my hair, my ends are pin straight! I got the blowout about 10 months ago (starting falling out about 4 months after treatment) and I am still shedding but my peak is over, I now only lose 10-20 strands in the shower and brushing but i pretty sure it was about 100 a month ago. I do think biotin and supplements will help with growth but we basically just have to hang in there. It will stop, hair will grow again but it might take a while...

Jan 17, 2013
Jamie
by: Anonymous

I'm sorry your going through this. I too, had the Keratin Treatment done August 2012. My hair is falling out daily and pouring out when I wash it. I'm scared what my hair s going to like at the year mark. I recently saw my derm and he suggested rogaine and the laser cap because they want to treat it as TE. Did you use both of these treatments?

Jan 17, 2013
anyone try this? and to Maurice
by: jamie

I know how all of you feel and I am slowly trying to boost my happiness back up and put this behind me... even though it isn't and i amin what seems to be the climax of this hairloss but from what maurice said, it makes sense to stop stressing even though it seems near impossible.

Has anyone tried Vivscal? I just started taking it yesterday and I have heard great things. I don't even care at this point if my hair gets thicker or grows back. I just need it to stop falling out...that's all! then we can work on the next step which is it growing back but for the people that are experiencing better results...maurice...since you said it is getting better and growing back (soo happpy for you) ...has the shedding slowed or gone down to normal?

Jan 17, 2013
Good Stories
by: 007

For those who have healed please Share your stories. Unfortunately, I don't have any recommendations because nothing has worked for me. I have talked to 4 dermatologists and gotten nothing out of it. I must say that Maurice's advice has been the best. I started on inositol and it did wonders. My anxiety and depression have gotten better.

I am 5 months into this mess and haven't had any improvement other than my scalp not itching anymore. My hair falls out all day long and lose about 150 hairs just from washing without styling.

I went to Pharmaca is a naturist pharmacy and they recommended me to do a kidney detox so my hormones can be regulated. The herbalist thinks that clean kidneys can help heal faster. She thinks that my kidneys may have become toxic from the treatment. I don't know what to believe anymore. Since this treatment my periods became totally irregular and haven't been able to sleep through the night. Insomnia and irregular periods are some of the side effects of chronic folmaldehyde exposure.

Please keep posting good news.

Jan 15, 2013
Itchy Scalp
by: Maurice

If anyone here is experiencing itchy scalp or acne like bumps on their scalp after all the keratin hell. One solution my regular doctor suggested is T-Gel or (coal gel) shampoo. It is suggested to apply about 2-3 times a week. I used it every day for about 2 weeks. It completely took away my itch and bumps.

Also if you have scalp pain, say from moving your hair from side to the other when you comb or if you generally just touch your head and the top of your scalp feels tender. The T-Gel will help a little with that. Also i found out its also due to stress so as I said in my recent post, Inositol is great for stress. Just don't take more than 4 pills a day, in large amounts its actually used to treat people with severe depression. Another reason for scalp pain is wearing a wool hat or any hat in general for a long period of time. flattens our hair, and our scalps are sensitive enough.

And for the small percentage of ladies that think might suffer from natural genetic baldness or is suffering from that. Do some research on DHT blocking. The keratin processes might have sped it up. Talk to a doctor, I usually take Hairomega 3-1 but, there are plenty of natural things out there for women. I wouldn't recommend Rogane for women until you are sure your hair is strong enough for another treatment. Small herbs and minerals that can be found in vegetables and plants contain DHT blockers so do some research. Or if you want to go the heavy duty prescription way, go to 2 or 3 doctors to get several opinions

Jan 13, 2013
Thank you Maurice
by: 007

Thank you for your support. You have bee an angel to this website. In search for answers I had a patch test done and was found not allergic to folmaldehyde and other evils in cosmetics. Now I can say that this treatment weakened my hair roots as opposed to shedding from an allergic reaction. It feels like my hair is no longer attached to my scalp and lifeless. I dont think is even growing anymore. I have lost about 40% and seems like I have a spider web over the top since I am afraid that coloring will make it shed more. Just bought inositol and hope to feel emotionally better.

Has anyone experience more hairloss when coloring your hair? Any recommendation on brands?

Update on clobetasol. I used it for three weeks And my scalp felt great. No more itching, felt moisturized, and my hair at the roots felt super smooth. Once I stopped my scalp reversed. I am staying away from nioxin because I have read that it dries your scalp I am using Max Green Alchemy which is super natural and rated very highly in skin deep website and does not make my scalp itch.

Please keep posting we need to hear about recovery stories. Please give us timelines when commenting about your recovery.

Jan 12, 2013
Stress Control
by: Maurice

I know a lot of you wonder how to deal with stress. And the truth is, everyone deals with it in a different way. In my case It took a few months for me to realize the more stressed I am the more hair will fall out. I had to man up and deal with my decisions I made. I cut my hair short, I started taking supplements (That I mention in past posts below) and I try to exercise. I also have been talking Inositol pills. about 3-4 daily. They really help for those extremely stressful days. Aside from that, you just have to gain control over your emotions, before your stress contributes to even more hair loss.

Jan 08, 2013