Brazilian Keratin Treatments have been in the news a lot lately, but not for their seemingly miraculous ability to straighten hair. They have garnered a lot of attention for the serious harm they can cause to users, including an increased risk of cancer. The Environmental Working Group (of which I'm a HUGE fan) has conducted their own investigation of this chemical straightening treatment and found numerous reports of blisters, hair loss, burning eyes, noses and throats, headaches and vomiting in those who had been given or applied the treatment.
Some manufacturers of keratin-based treatments tout products that claim to be formaldehyde free, explaining that they use methylene glycol as an alternative. As EWG and the American Chemistry Council, have pointed out, methylene glycol is simply formaldehyde mixed with water. So, don't be duped folks...this stuff is not good for your health, the health of your hair, or the environment. Embrace those curls girls!
For more information, check out this news release from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Now that you know more about it, would you still get a Brazilian Keratin Treatment??
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Ever heard the phrase, "there aren't enough hours in a day"? Well, I'm living proof that this is true. I make all these plans in my mind for what I will do in a day, and before I know it, the day is over. Granted, I've been told to cut myself some slack because I have a newborn (Ava is almost 3 months!!), but she's so pleasant and laid back that I feel that I could get more accomplished during the day. I just can't pull myself away from her though, she's such a joy! I have clothes to fold, dinner to cook, summer classes to prepare for (I'll be finished with my Master's this year, yay!), and other random grown-up stuff that needs to be done. I also need to give some attention to my third child (my hair). So, I started putting in micro twists at about 11:00 this morning, it is now 9:20 and I have a quarter of my head done. This will be a 2 day process, maybe even three, but I'm planning to keep them in at least until Easter. We'll see how that goes because my hair gets unbearably frizzy normally within a week, but I've never done micro twists. I'm really trying to get my childhood hair back, which was super long and extra thick. I've got the thickness, but the length has been eluding me. I'm determined to leave my hair alone so it can retain more length, but I love it so much! Anyhoo, let me go so I can get these twists done while Ava's asleep.