Brazilian Keratin Treatment FAQ
This entry was posted on February 20, 2008.
Still thinking of going for the Brazilian Keratin Treatment? All in all, it's a toxic treatment in my book, but here are some FAQ's you might find helpful when considering your options.
Is it approved by the FDA? No. No way. You should really stop reading right now. That sentence sums up the entire article, but if you are still interested, keep reading.
A Brazilian Keratin Treatment (BKT) can be used on every hair type whether natural or chemically enhanced. This includes virgin hair, color-treated hair, Japanese straightened hair, relaxed hair, permed hair, highlighted hair, gray hair. The results will last longer on 'non-virgin' (translation: porous/damaged) hair. Sure, so your hair can soak up more of the toxic chemicals. Who wouldn't want that? Me!
It is not a relaxer, it's a chemical treatment (with Formaldehyde with a capital "F") that straightens your hair. Read more about the dangerous risks of a BKT treatment here.
If you are coloring your hair, you should color your hair first, then get the BKT. If you want to color your hair after a BKT, you must wait at least two weeks. Assuming you don't have any issues from breathing in all of those toxic fumes and have a Doctor's appointment instead.
To help protect your hair against any dryness during the treatment our friendly hairstylist, Dave, gave us a great tip! About 1 week before your keratin treatment use the Maijan Pure Organic Argan Oil infused with Grapeseed Oil as a deep oil treatment. This will help reduce breakage and keep your hair shiny and silky!
If you're cutting your hair, wait until after the treatment. Sure, why not sit around having more hair straightened to cut it off right after? Great idea.
It can be done on anyone over six years of age. Assuming they know all the risks of getting a chemical treatment that is loaded with potential risks (including cancer) due to the toxic Formaldehyde fumes. I'm sure kids like that...NOT!
While getting the BKT you should wear a mask and keep your eyes closed during the entire blow drying session due to the large amounts of (potentially toxic) Formaldehyde fumes. Great huh? A MASK. Why are you even still reading this?
After the treatment you must wait 4 full days before doing anything to your hair. This includes washing, wetting, using any type of hair products, wearing a ponytail, headband, etc. Nothing can be done to the hair until after 4 days - this will allow the hair to 'set'. I'm sure you'll smell nice and Formaldehyde-y by then, people at work will love you. And best of luck taking a shower and not getting your hair wet without tying it up, pulling it back or twisting it.
If for some reason your hair does get wet you must blow dry it immediately. This of course will subject you to more toxic Formaldehyde fumes. Toxic bonus!
After your 4 day 'sentence' feel free to treat your hair as you normally would. Wash it, wet it, go swimming, go nuts with the ponytails, whatever floats your boat. At least you'll be washing off the Formaldehyde.
Your BKT will last anywhere from 2 to 4 months depending on your hair type. Like I mentioned above, it works longer on 'non-virgin' hair. But I'll bet the potential dangers will last way longer than that.
After your BKT make sure you wash with a Sodium Chloride free shampoo. Sure, they'll smother and cover you in Formaldehyde but stay far away from the Sodium Chloride - that'll keep you safe...NOT.
The best part? Aside from the fabulous danger your putting yourself in, of course, the entire treatment must be done again after the 2-4 month time frame. No touch ups. The whole entire process. YAY, more Formaldehyde.
Looking for a better and safer alternative? There are many formaldehyde free keratin treatments like Coppola Keratin Complex, Rejuvenol, and Global Keratin Treatments which are a safer alternative to the Brazilian Straightening! Yes there is an alternative to the nasty fumes!
Check out our picks for the best flat irons to use when doing and maintaining your keratin treatment.
I find this You Tube video frightening...and I'm sure the stylist doesn't know that she should be wearing a mask as well.
Still thinking of getting a Brazilian Keratin Treatment? Me neither.