This article reveals the ugly truth and inform you the real Side Effects of Keratin Shampoos and Treatments can do to you. Keratin has become a big name in the haircare industry in the recent years. Lots of Keratin shampoos are available in the drugstores/supermarket which you can find easily on the shelves everywhere.
These shampoo and conditioner that contains keratin complex are said to be good for our hair. Advertising of Keratin products are said to be a added protein for our hair that can strengthen, protect it from breakage, improve colour, remove hair fizz giving us the smooth, straight and shiny hair we all want to have.
But does Keratin really makes our hair healthier as it claims? How about Keratin Treatments at the hair salons? You will be shocked to find out the truth.
What is Keratin?
Keratin, which is made up of amino acid, is a protein found in hair, skin and nails. Made by cells named keratinocytes it is found in the flat cells of your hair.
Truth Number 1: Keratin is not natural or organic
What is the keratin in hair products made from?
The best keratin for hair repair comes from human hair. However, within Europe it is banned and it is no longer allowed to use human protein (or other human ingredients) in making any products.
Therefore, keratin can only be obtained from animals alternatively. It’s impossible to get keratin from plants and flowers. I have seen many hair salon advertised their keratin treatment being natural or organic. This deeply annoys me!
Even if there’s a trace of protein extracted from the animals, it’s composition is not identical or even close to the keratin of the human hair. This means it is purely a misleading marketing story as it will not have any results of benefits to your hair at all.
Besides EU also banned importing of any goods with animal contents or ingredients too. Therefore, the keratin treatments offered in the Europe salons are most probably just illegal imports without safety guidelines and FDA approvals.
There are two types of keratin from animals:
a-Keratin: found in vertebrates
b-Keratin: found in reptiles and birds
Truth Number 2: Keratin is actually not great for you hair
Can keratin be bad for your hair?
Keratin replacement for sure will be good for hair as our hair loses keratin would need of nourishment and keratin replacement but in the previous point 1, we have discussed that other than human keratin, the animal keratin molecules are too big to attach itself in human hair.
So what if the human keratin ingredients are being used in the shampoos, conditioners or keratin treatment?
It is important to understand that hair can only absorb a certain amount of keratin proteins. After that, it simply cannot absorb any more. People wonder what happens if your hair can’t absorb the excess keratin? Well, then it can start to give problems to clogging your hair follicles and caused build ups especially many of these keratin shampoos and conditioners contains silicones or SLES/SLS sulphates.
Truth Number 3: Keratin shampoo does not work
The main function of a shampoo is cleansing the hair and scalp. But many brands claim that their shampoos have additional functions. For example, creating volume, stimulating hair growth and repairing the hair. A lot of these functions are being questioned.
The most important argument implies that additional functions can’t work because shampoo is usually washed out before additional functions can begin to work. Even if the shampoo is full of amazing ingredients, there is not enough time to deposit them in the hair. Plus 'water' is a barrier that ingredients need to get through in order to penetrate the hair.
The same question can be asked for keratin shampoos: do keratin molecules have enough time to reach the hair before the shampoo is washed out?
Most keratin in hair products is not suitable for shampoos. This is because the molecules are too big and don’t fit in the hair. But even if they were to fit, sometimes the molecular composition and it’s properties are not optimal for penetration of the shaft.
Truth Number 4: Keratin Treatments offered in the hair salons cause more damage to your hair rather than making them healthier
The keratin treatment makes the hair look shiny after a treatment because it is like a wax coating around the hair shaft. You will notice that because of this another side effect is that you won’t be able to effectively do hair coloring or other hair treatments afterwards because this layer of wax is like a barrier created to prevent any moisture or products from absorbing afterwards.
Truth is many people suffer from hair loss after keratin treatments.
There are some hair straightening products on the market that have the name ‘keratin’ in it. So some people assume that keratin is the ingredient that straightens the hair. But this is not true.
The only way to truly straighten the hair is through heat or chemicals that break the hair’s inner disulfide bonds. A keratin shampoo cannot straighten your hair! Again a this is actually a misleading marketing story.
Only ingredients like formaldehyde which is illegal in Europe are the only things that can change your disulfide bonds.
When you have keratin treatments, due to the ingredients involved and the high heat required to do the technique, may actually cause more damage to hair. How can using a flat irons at high temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit in order to do keratin treatment be good for your hair? It will only damage your hair, breaking down the natural keratin structure in hair strands.
In a salon keratin treatment, keratins are mixed with formaldehyde and applied to the hair with a flat iron. It is a semi-permanent treatment that smoothen the cuticle (the outside layer) of hair and leaves hair looking silky smooth.
Companies and salons that promote the service say that you can revitalise hair follicles with keratin, and claim that it is a non-damaging treatment. However, many experts warn against the treatment because formaldehyde is a harsh and potentially hazardous chemical that has been linked to cancer.
For these reasons, keratin and hair loss can go hand in hand, and keratin treatments can contribute to excess hair shedding and thinning hair.
A Keratin Treatment could easily set you back $300 dollars!
Natural products are more affordable and good enough.
To promote healthier looking hair and nourish it from within, be sure to stay away from chemical hair treatments. Use products that contains ingredients of natural origins would be much better.
It is also important to cleanse and condition with a gentle densifying shampoo that won’t strip damaged hair of essential oils and will nourish hair strands. A good shampoo and a conditioner that are silicone free, SLS-free and SLES-free will help create the ideal environment for healthy hair growth.
Add a hair tonic elixir that makes hair look thicker and healthier.
Just remember these keratin treatment products contain ingredients other than keratin (such as formaldehyde) and the high heat of the styling tools used can burn and break hair, causing it to shed. There are salons that advertise that their keratin treatment is formaldehyde free but it research shown that even medications that don’t contain formaldehyde can actually transformed into formaldehyde when heated though chemical reactions.
The American Cancer Society warns that formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. This means that it may cause cancer or help cancer to grow. Products with this chemical release formaldehyde gas into the air. Formaldehyde may also trigger many other skin reactions and health side effects.
Keratin hair treatments may sound like a quick fix for curly or wavy hair, but it may cost you more damage in the long term. Tests show that keratin treatments contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde and other chemicals. So I really won’t recommend anyone to go for keratin treatment for short term gain of having shiny and straight hair for just a couple of weeks/months. It is not worth it because your hair become worse once the effect of the chemical wears off that comes with scalp issues and hair loss due to this.
How to make hair quality better?
You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars for chemical based treatments in hair salons to make your hair look good. Many of the times, it actually did the opposite of spoiling your hair and making it worse than before. As mentioned in the truth of this post article above.
Natural products works better.
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