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    Things You Must Know About Keratin Treatments

    Long Curly Hair Side by Side Before and After Keratin Hair Treatment

    Don’t straighten your hair till you read this!

    Keratin hair treatments ability to tame frizz and yield beautiful strands has sparked a whirlwind of interest as well as controversy.  The controversy has surrounded the treatment’s inclusion of the known carcinogenic compound, formaldehyde. New keratin hair treatments are starting to show up everywhere with claims of no ‘aledhydes’, but do your homework wisely.  Not all are safe. Here what Rebecca Gregory, a top professional industry educator recommends.

    What Are Keratin Hair Treatments?

    The main ingredient of keratin treatments, keratin, is a naturally occurring protein found in hair. Keratin is responsible for the hair’s strength and protection making it an integral part of hair’s structural existence. Conventional keratin treatments, most notably the Brazilian Blow Out, use liquid keratin and an aldehyde solution followed by a properly heated flat-iron to seal the keratin to the hair.

    Who should Use Keratin Treatments?

    Keratin treatments have proven beneficial for all hair types looking to get stronger, frizz-free, manageable hair. In particular, those looking to soften, or tame their kinky, unruly curls have truly appreciated this product. Now it’s become possible to go out in humid weather, or light rain and keep smooth hair for up to 3 months!

    All Keratin Treatments Are Not Created Equal

    The ingredient formaldehyde has prompted the governments worldwide to regulate its use in keratin treatments. Keratin treatments such as the Brazilian Blow Out were found to have 12% formaldehyde . . . not safe! Formaldehyde present in amounts below 2% still cause respiratory problems for both clients and hair stylists.

    Formaldehyde-free Keratin Treatments

    There are no U.S.federal agencies that regulate the use of formaldehyde in hair products, but the Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel recommends a concentration of no more than .2% (Europe and Canada limits are much less and strictly enforced). In recent months, Canada banned dozens of keratin treatments, including but not limited to Brazilian Blowout, Coppola, Global Keratin, and Marcia Teixeira. However, KeraGreen’s Keratin Smoothing Treatment was approved as formaldehyde-free, meeting Health Canada’s .01% need and surpassing it by 182%. KeraGreen is distributed by Organic Salon Systems to professional-only salons in North America. KeraGreen is made with certified organic ingredients and has successfully eradicated formaldehyde and all other aldehyde solutions from their formula. KeraGreen has a more smoothing effect and still allows for some curl/wave retention, if desired.

    The Price of Beauty

    Prices for keratin treatments vary regionally and by salon. On average, keratin treatments cost about $300. These treatments may seem expensive but, anyone with challenging, frizzy hair knows that the elimination of 2 hours from their daily styling routine is well worth the cost. But there may be one cost that none of us can afford, and that is our health. We urge both hair stylists and customers alike to explore and research many keratin treatments until one meets both safety and beauty standards of the people at hand.

    About the Author: Rebecca Gregory has had extensive experience educating people in the beauty industry. She was most recently a Lead Educator for Aveda, the Director of Education for The Salon Professional Academy, a mentor for Redken Education. Rebecca is also an experienced Certified Master Colorist/stylist who has worked in and managed multiple salons. To find a salon offering KeraGreen Smoothing Keratin Treatments near you please e-mail, or call toll-free: (888)-213-4744


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    1. Thanks for your comment Blonda. We always love to hear feedback from our readers.

      We’re happy to hear that you found a curl cream that works well for you! Do you ever straighten your hair? If so, make sure that you check out Styling Products 101: Straightening Balms. It is an amazing article that provides great information about straightening products. Don’t miss it!

      Hope you have a frizz free day!

      Comment by Michelle Skye — April 2, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    2. I first tried this product when visiting in Portland and mistakenly assumed this product left my hair so nice-to-the-touch because the Oregon water was so soft. Not so. Using it in my own hometown, I

      have had the same results — soft, natural curls. Too many styling products on the market leave hair stiff and crinkly. Moroccan Oil Intense Curl Cream is well worth the cost. Be advised that only a

      dime-size amount is necessary to great results

      Comment by Blonda — March 31, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

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