Don’t jump to conclusions just yet. Especially those of you who have used keratin before or are reading this while having the treatment done. This is not a personal attack, just honest advice about the pros and cons of this chemically rich straightening product, as we break down the ingredients and how it actually works. Not to forget the long- term effects that many users are unaware of, until they are unfortunate enough to experience them.
I can understand that for girls with extremely thick curly hair, it gets too much to handle. I have a lot of friends and family members who have almost given up and use keratin to lighten their hair and make it easier to maintain, wash and style. I would admit, it looks great, but I also have so much appreciation for their natural locks and I don’t want to see them slowly flatten out. No one wants straight hair forever, do they?
One of the main ingredients ‘formaldehyde.’ The primary cause of side effects, which includes irritated skin and watery eyes. It’s a chemical used in household products and detergents. This chemical protein changes the structure of the hair and manipulates it to the desired straight form. In worst cases it can change the texture of the hair.
Think about it, a natural protein found in your hair is re applied to your hair and sealed with a straightener. The process seems dramatic in itself, followed by intense rounds of drying and straightening.
The good stuff:
- Cuts styling and straightening time by over 60%
- It does strengthen hair
- Lasts up to six months
The not so good stuff:
- Over straightening during the process can lead to breakage
- Rough texture on natural hair after may treatments
- Over a few years, hair can loose its natural volume, curl or wave
- Causes fizziness
Just like hair straightening there is a sense of confidence and peace of mind when your hair is well groomed and you are in control of it, not the other way around. Although it’s a great alternative to constant straightening, it is nearly as damaging due to the strong heat it is exposed to.