How does Keratin STAY bonded to the hair?

Hey you guys-

It's been a long time since I've posted, but all of this Keratin controversy has got me wondering...

How does the Keratin stay bonded to the hair after the product is washed out? Is it somehow shellacked to the hair? Is it the heat that enables it to somehow fuse magically to the hair?

My wonderful stylist has one of those source capturing systems that sucks all the fumes away while blowdrying but I was wondering if all subsequent blowdrys in the home release more toxins.

I haven't put keratin in my hair for over a year and despite all the warnings, I would really like to do it again.

Any feedback would help!
Hey you guys-

It's been a long time since I've posted, but all of this Keratin controversy has got me wondering...

How does the Keratin stay bonded to the hair after the product is washed out? Is it somehow shellacked to the hair? Is it the heat that enables it to somehow fuse magically to the hair?

My wonderful stylist has one of those source capturing systems that sucks all the fumes away while blowdrying but I was wondering if all subsequent blowdrys in the home release more toxins.

I haven't put keratin in my hair for over a year and despite all the warnings, I would really like to do it again.

Any feedback would help!
Originally Posted by sarahcurly78
I doubt anyone on this board will be able to provide an actual fact-based answer. You'd have to find a chemist or someone who has actually done the research. I think it's more than just bonding the keratin to the hair because my hair has been permanently relaxed by my frequent BKTing. It's super soft now, which I think is probably more a result of the naturally-occurring keratin on the hair shaft being altered or removed all together by the BKT process. I'm skeptical about how it works, but I love that it does, so I'm not looking the gift horse in the mouth at this point. The extreme softness is only problematic if I want to wear my hair straight--then it won't hold a style or curl because of the softness. All I know is that I haven't found any split ends in the 13 months that I've been BKTing and my hair has just continued to grow and grow--and I haven't had a haircut or trim since January 09.

I'd guess that the heat and formaldehyde work together to create some chemical reaction that softens the naturally-occurring keratin and helps it mix/bond/fuse with the BKT formula on the hair strands, which then slowly sloughs off over time. That's my uneducated theory.

As far as the blow drying...I haven't noticed any fumes at all when I blow dry my hair, though, that doesn't really prove anything.

Baby fine, honey & caramel hilites, 4a/3c now 2b w/DIY BKT & LOVIN' it.
Cowash-V05 Extra Body
L'oreal EP Moisture-Rinse-out
JFLVM
BRHG mix w/
KCCC/KCKT (winter)
Clean-smelling-hair freak washes EOD; dry w/bowl diffuser
Cassia+henna+grays=Gold-red hilites
~That you don't share my experiences/opinions doesn't invalidate them
I wondered if it tasted like a hot dog. ~Phoenix
Ghostposter-

I have long been an admirer of your unwavering allegiance to the at home BKT! I don't think I'll ever be brave enough to do that myself, for I am too much of a klutz!

It's fascinating, how even a year out, all the hair that I BKT'd is still super straight, shiny, and frizz free. Unfortunately, I have two kinds of hair texture due to regrowth...to the tune of six inches!!

Fortunately I can coax a curl back into my hair with the aid of some home brewed concoctions, but I am thinking about going the Keratin route again.

All this media involvement regarding the OSHA findings has deterred me thus far, but I think that some truth is coming out about the real dangers of the BKTs. As it turns out most commercial items emit formaldehyde...mattresses, clothing, carpeting. I would imagine that a person working retail in Forever 21 or H and M inhales more formaldehyde than a person in a salon!! Most clothes manufactured in China are sprayed with formaldehyde to ensure longevity of the fabric!!

Formaldehyde worries aside, I am still very curious about how the keratin remains bonded to the hair. There MUST be an adhesive. So far, I have come up with nothing despite extensive online research. Hopefully, all of this media attention and bureaucratic involvement will shed some light on all aspects of the treatments so people can feel both beautiful AND safe!

Thanks again for your reply!

Sarah
Ghostposter-

I have long been an admirer of your unwavering allegiance to the at home BKT! I don't think I'll ever be brave enough to do that myself, for I am too much of a klutz!

It's fascinating, how even a year out, all the hair that I BKT'd is still super straight, shiny, and frizz free. Unfortunately, I have two kinds of hair texture due to regrowth...to the tune of six inches!!

Fortunately I can coax a curl back into my hair with the aid of some home brewed concoctions, but I am thinking about going the Keratin route again.

All this media involvement regarding the OSHA findings has deterred me thus far, but I think that some truth is coming out about the real dangers of the BKTs. As it turns out most commercial items emit formaldehyde...mattresses, clothing, carpeting. I would imagine that a person working retail in Forever 21 or H and M inhales more formaldehyde than a person in a salon!! Most clothes manufactured in China are sprayed with formaldehyde to ensure longevity of the fabric!!

Formaldehyde worries aside, I am still very curious about how the keratin remains bonded to the hair. There MUST be an adhesive. So far, I have come up with nothing despite extensive online research. Hopefully, all of this media attention and bureaucratic involvement will shed some light on all aspects of the treatments so people can feel both beautiful AND safe!

Thanks again for your reply!

Sarah
Originally Posted by sarahcurly78
It's a bit disturbing that information about how exactly BKT works is not more readily available publicly--you can research any other hair process in detail. Interesting info about formaldehyde usage. I've never really been concerned about it--mostly because my hair has just been such an issue for me for so much of my life, I'm just over it. Between the major sun overexposure in my teens and 20s, 14 years of cigarette smoking, and all of the other carcinogen exposure I've had over my lifetime, I'm already high-risk for cancer, though there's no cancer on either side of my family. I have no desire to live forever anyway. I'd rather enjoy the time I do have and BKT has made a huge difference to this end.

I am surprised to hear that someone else is experiencing long-term, seemingly permanent curl relaxation. Do you also have fine-textured hair? Which brand did you have done?

Baby fine, honey & caramel hilites, 4a/3c now 2b w/DIY BKT & LOVIN' it.
Cowash-V05 Extra Body
L'oreal EP Moisture-Rinse-out
JFLVM
BRHG mix w/
KCCC/KCKT (winter)
Clean-smelling-hair freak washes EOD; dry w/bowl diffuser
Cassia+henna+grays=Gold-red hilites
~That you don't share my experiences/opinions doesn't invalidate them
I wondered if it tasted like a hot dog. ~Phoenix
I pretty much have to BKT my roots so the rest of my hair can match. I probably have about 3-4 inches of roots going on, and it ain't cute!! I had one BKT back in june that seemed to perminantly relax my curls. I can actually finger comb them straight sometimes. Not complaining because I love the bottom half of my hair, but just letting you gals know you're not alone.
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I am surprised to hear that someone else is experiencing long-term, seemingly permanent curl relaxation. Do you also have fine-textured hair? Which brand did you have done?
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I have been a Brazilian Blowout girl since the beginning. I have to say, media freakout aside, I love the product. The ease of washing it out and going on with my life was so comforting. It didn't feel like I was doing anything "major" with my hair.

I am pretty sure that the reason I have some straight pieces is because I BB'd THREE TIMES in about 4 months. I got kind of obsessed for a while. It gave me Kim Kardashian hair and it was pretty damned sexy. I had a wedding to go to last October so I BB'd once in September and then once four weeks later. (Bad idea for any newbies reading this)

I haven't BB'd in almost a year and I can get a curl into the straight parts by using an at home flax seed gel, salt spray that I mix up. In truth, it gives me some awesome frizz free curls. And despite all the admonitions to avoid salt with these treatments, the keratin is NOT releasing from my hair. So I just sea salt spray away...

I never wanted to be bone straight. Just frizz free. I live 12 blocks from the beach in SoCal where there was always a misty cloud about to wreak havoc on my frizz prone curls. My natural hair is on the fine side of medium and it is porous to boot. The Keratin in BB made my hair impervious to humidity after the second go round. I was fortunate that even after 4 BB's, I never experienced any scalp trauma or shedding.

I really look forward to the outcome of all these OSHA tests and hope that I can use Brazilian Blowout again.

When I do another keratin treatment again, I am going to let 6-8 months go in between. My natural hair is pretty awesome and I used to and still get compliments on it all the time. It's not an "I hate my curly hair" thing that I have to contend with. Just a bit of vanity and wanting to keep up with the well coiffed Hollywood brigade. I really love the naturally curly philosophy and believe that there is some natural wisdom in the way we were all created.




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