Every lady loves having smooth, flawless hair. However, if you are hair-obsessed, and have no time for your hair, smoothing will be a gem! You can try out this treatment just before your big event, and you will be all set to display your flawless hair! But then, hold on. You may be looking all glammed up and dazzling, but you need to understand the cost at which it comes. If you have tried it before, you need to reconsider if you want to do it again. For a first-timer, it is good that you fully acknowledge its side effects before making up your mind. Read on and thank me later!
Hair smoothing can also be referred to as Brazilian blowout or keratin smoothing. Specific bonds in your hair are carefully broken down and then glued back into a sleek pattern.
The hair stylist first washes your hair using a deep cleansing shampoo. A straightening solution is then applied and the hair blow-dried. It is vigorously flat ironed under high temperatures to fully seal the strands in a waterproof coat that will last 4-6 months.
Even though keratin treatments always achieve the desired results, they come with the following side effects:
1. Hair Fall Out
Hair fall out may not be directly linked to your beauty, but it is high time we gave a thought beyond aesthetics. If anything, it could be a sign of bad health.
Hair fall out is a leading side effect of smoothing your hair. The harmful chemicals and excessive heat weaken your hair follicles causing them to detach at the roots. Your hair starts to fall out a few months later as it has lost its natural strength.
2. Skin rashes, dizziness, and teary eyes
Sometimes one may feel nauseated and dizzy after smoothing their hair. The harsh chemicals can cause a burning sensation and some itching in the larynx. This treatment also affects both your hair and scalp.
The skin, being the most sensitive organ in the body, can easily get damaged. Great care should be taken so that the chemical does not get into contact with any other part of your body. Accidental contact with the skin could result in blisters and rashes on the neck, face or scalp. Formaldehyde, a component of hair smoothing chemicals can also lead to a corse, itchy epidermal layer.
That’s quite a bit of baggage right there!
3. Damaged texture
Growing up, we all loved our hair regardless of its texture. However, increased curiosity made us yield into making our hair ‘parlor-ready’ all the time.
In the process, the disulfide bonds and amino acids are restructured and rebonded. Your tresses can end up losing their natural texture.
4. Excessive dryness
A few months into keratin treatment, you will experience a sigh of relief at how easy it will be to handle your hair. However, it will only take a few washes for your hair to be extremely dry. The altered structure affects your strands from the roots all the way to the tips. The chemicals that seep into the scalp may make it flaky and the hair strands brittle. Frequent oiling of your tresses is highly recommended to keep the dryness in check.
5. Split ends
A single split end never ends at that. Given a few days, it goes calling a whole army! Containing them could take up to several months if you don’t trim them off. Further exposure to heat styling tools worsens the condition. These harsh chemicals suck all the moisture from your tresses, and in turn, causes split ends which leave your hair very weak.
This is the worst hair condition one can have. It robs you all the goodness of a pretty crown and leaves your skin in a poor state. In fact, dandruff can be an alarming sign of hair problems such as scalp inflammation.
The product build-up of chemicals used for hair smoothing catalyzes dandruff formation. As a result, one experiences a lot of itching and greasiness.
Can you imagine waking up to smelly hair every morning? Excessive application of serums and lotions to maintain smooth hair results in greasiness. Since serums are recommended for maintaining smoothened hair. This means it is not possible to stay away from them. However, overusing them could result in flattened greasy hair. Eventually, your scalp gets prone to dandruff.
8. Hair thinning
Regular visits to the spa could mislead you into thinking you are pampering your tresses. In reality, you are exposing it to harmful chemicals! Smoothing significantly reduces your hair density due to the high temperatures used. This automatically leads to split ends and discolored hair.
Hair discoloration takes a while to be noticed. Regular application of serums and chemically based shampoos as a means of maintaining your keratin treatment could lead to premature graying.
To tell you the truth, post keratin treatment procedures require commitment. So much effort is needed to maintain the hair in the smoothened state. The pressure required to maintain these standards could take a toll on you. Not to mention, you will need to spend some coins on recommended high-quality serums.
Naturally, healthy hair signifies a state of perfect health. To effortlessly achieve perfect hair, you will need to balance between artificial and natural hair care treatments. Thorough research will always provide natural alternatives for your hair in place of keratin smoothing.
About the Author
Candice Hall is the Marketing Manager of Dynasty Goddess Hair, with a factory in Thailand & Office and Shipping Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, they are one of the top retailers in Virgin Remy Hair Extensions in the USA.