Summer is approaching and more and more people are signing up for poison. Yes poison. They say that they only do this a few times a year, they can't live without it... etc etc. But a few times per year is too much, and that is really all it takes to inhale the toxins and suffer the consequences. What am I referring to? Keratin straightening treatments sometimes referred to as Japanese or Brazilian straightening treatments.
Each year I am shocked when some of my most health conscious clients tell me they are going for their hair straightening appointments. They say their hair is unmanageable in the summer and that they know it is bad but they need to do it.
Why is Keratin so bad?
Let me first start by saying that I have not personally had my hair chemically straightened. But at one time my hair dresser was trying to convince me to do it for the summer. So I began to research it. What I found is that formaldehyde is one of the dangerous ingredients in the product and many manufacturers are disguising this ingredient by using different names for it such as aldehyde, and more. Not only is formaldehyde and its derivatives dangerous to the sinuses, lungs and skin but it can also damage the eyes. People should actually wear masks during the process, customers and hair dressers alike. Many people have reported that they feel nauseous during the treatment, that their eyes burned and that their hair fell out in clumps afterwards. Yes their hair actually FELL OUT! In addition two of my family members had it done and they are still dealing with their hair breaking two years later. If you think about it, your skin is one of your largest detox organs. It is actually referred to as your second liver. So would you pour a substance on your liver that needs to be used in a ventilated area and with such caution? I think not. Instead people are pouring it on their scalps.
I can personally say that I have treated many hair dressers and oftentimes they have more issues than the average person. Why? They are inhaling chemicals from color treatments, straightening treatments and relaxers-even if they are not applying them themselves, they are still surrounded by the odor. They often have thyroid and liver issues because of these toxins. So please spare yourself the future agony of either chemical exposure or hair damage and nurture your hair in a more natural way.
Natural Fixes For Frizzy Hair
Many times frizzy hair is just a product of dryness!
1. Some of our favorite fixes for dry hair are : jojoba oil, avocado oil, emu oil and or coconut oil. You can apply them to the scalp and leave one of them in for an extended period of time or rinse it out 20-30 minutes later.
2. A regular trim can help with frizziness because the breakage is usually part of the hair's frizzy appearance.
3. Vitamins and minerals that are best for the hair are B vitamins, Iron, Zinc and Silica.
4. Of course diet plays a role as well. Hair will thrive with a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. Oftentimes people who are afraid of eating fat suffer from damage to their hair.
5. We also found this remedy from Natural Health Magazine:
Mix 2 egg yolks with 100 ml warm water (not hot, as this sets the eggs). Stir in a few teaspoons of clear honey (an excellent moisturizer), 3 drops sandalwood and 2 drops rosemary oil. Bend over the sink and apply the mixture to your hair, working it through to the ends. Wrap your hair in a towel or shower cap and leave for an hour. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and towel-dry. Use the pack twice a week after shampooing. If pregnant, avoid rosemary oil.