Different hair straightening products have a various degrees of formaldehyde, which is not the healthiest substance around. Up till now, the going belief was the more formaldehyde in the mix, the better the result will be. There was a lot of debate about the blow drying process, when the formaldehyde is heated and turns to gas. After much noise, OSHA (Occupational Safety and health Administration) did tests in some hair salons and found that the amount of gases in the air was above the allowed levels. It cited hair salons and manufacturers for mislabeling products as “ formaldehyde free keratin treatment ” when they did contain the chemical. Newer products decreased the amount of formaldehyde in the solution. Because of this it it’s important to know:
- Whether at a hair salon or at home, make sure the place is ventilated.
- Blow dry your hair in sections with the help of a brush. Use medium heat and start at the bottom – the lower part in the back of your head.
- Don't, and this is important, flip your hair forward and blow dry it this way. The fumes will go straight into your nose before they had a chance to disperse.
- The hair should be completely dry, from the roots out, for the next process (flat iron) to be successful.
- Wait a few minutes between the bow dry and the flat iron to let your hair settle and cool down. Check again to make sure all the hair is indeed dry.
- Use flat iron and go over each section 5-6 times.
Now that the keratin smoothing treatment is over, don’t you love the way your hair looks? Silky and shiny without the waviness or the frizz you hated so much before. You want it to last as long as possible, don’t you? After all, you’ve invested time and money to look this way.
Here are some things you should know about maintaining your new look.
- For the first 3 days avoid playing with your hair. You should give the keratin treatment some time to settle in your hair. No washing it and no tucking it behind the ear. Of course no pony tails, braids, or up-dos. Different products require different immediate after care, so if you do it by yourself follow the instructions.
- Do not use styling products for the first 3 days. No sprays, mousses or gels. Do not get your hair wet.
- You will probably need to change your shampoo. Some shampoos contain sulfates that can reduce the effectiveness of the keratin treatment . There are special shampoos formulated for hair straightening treatments, some contain vitamins and silicones, and they will help to maintain the sleek look. You can use those shampoos daily.
- Spray the hair with leave-in conditioner after you’ve washed your hair. Start at the root and spray to the tips. Work it into your hair with your fingers.
- If you do a lot of swimming, cover your hair with a swim cap. The salt of the ocean and the chlorine in the pool can cause the keratin treatment to disappear from your hair quicker than usual.
These are the only things you need to do after a keratin treatment to maintain a silky hair. Not much, isn’t it?