I’ll Take a Hair Shine, Without a Side of Formaldehyde, Please

Last night, I read an article in More magazine (for “women of style and substance” who also happen to be over the age of 40). The topic was dry hair, apparently just “like skin, our hair gets drier as we age.” The article provided a 6-week plan to get the silkiness back. Sounded like an ok thing. Week 1 was trim, then tame. The recommended method for taming was a salon Keratin treatment. The article then had a side note stating that the original keratin treatments “contained high amounts of formaldehyde, a chemical best avoided in large doses.” And instructed the reader to ask their salon if the salon offered LOW-FORMALDEHYDE Keratin treatments instead. Excuse me? LOW-formaldehyde treatments? How about NO-formaldehyde treatments?

So, I did a little reading online regarding formaldehyde…it’s in the chemicals used for processing photos, it’s used for embalming, it’s used as a finisher on fabrics, it’s also used in some capsules than surround pill medications (thus, I suppose we are ingesting some of it on occasion.)

Perhaps instead of a Keratin treatment, we should just consider getting a good trim, minimizing daily shampoo usage, covering our hair when we are in the sun for long periods and maybe even just accepting a little dryness with age.

Formaldehyde? That’s just gross!

(though now I have to investigate what is in the hair color I use to cover those “couple” grey hairs…might be just as frightening!)


One thought on “I’ll Take a Hair Shine, Without a Side of Formaldehyde, Please

  1. What about home remedies like avocado or olive oil applied to the hair? They wouldn’t contain any harmful ingredients ….

    The article about low-formaldehyde formulations kind of reminds me of candy companies like M&M/Mars that support breast cancer research. Say what? The corporation that produces candies filled with preservatives, food coloring, corn sweeteners and unhealthy ingredients tries to put up a good front by supporting research for a disease that their products may help to cause? It seems like they are asking the consumer to spend money on a product that contributes to making the consumer sick (diabetes, cancer), but somehow it’s alright because the corporation will spend money to find a cure for the sickness. When, really, the cure is to not buy the candy in the first place.

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