putting the formaldehyde back in - missed the old fomulas

First - I claim NO LIABILITY FOR ANYONE ELSE THAT TRIES THIS. I also won't direct anyone to where to buy chemicals, as it's simple to find. I missed the old BKT formulas that admittedly were loaded with formaldehyde and other aldehydes. So I used a bottle of one of my favs and added a carefully measured amount of formaldehyde. Please do note, I'm talking about adding a a small amount by volume, + approx. 3% formaldehyde (yep, it'll take some math).

Results? Awesome. So much closer to original results, loads of shine, super soft. My sister (again, after discussion) decided she wanted to do the same and her hair looks fantastic. We both opted for a 24 hr wait to allow for crosslinking of keratin, using base formula that does contain some formaldehyde and requires no wait time. The fumes were definitely worse, and the whole procedure was performed outside, with mask, gloves and protective eyewear.

Some older formulas contain much higher amounts of aldehydes (10%+) or glyoxal, but we opted for a slight increase rather than risk scalp irritation. The percentage was also chose based on published info that many of the brands (including ones I had liked) used formaldehyde in the range of 4-5%.

Please don't post "OMFG this is so dangerous", as applying formulas with unknown amounts of un-named chemicals can hardly be considered safe either. Also, please don't try this without calculating the amounts of chemicals.
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Please share with me the product used. I have to do a Brazilian Keratin Treatment on a friend with 4c hair in a week or 2 and I am not sure of the best brand to go with for the smoothest effect. She would like it to at least take her up to a 3 type hair if possible. I was thinking about going with Keratin Forte but it is so expensive.

PS If anyone else knows a brand that produces really good loosening, please post it here!

Last edited by dixygirl; 04-28-2014 at 09:40 AM.
I use Inoar GHair, and have since 2011 after switching from Qod Max White (which was great, but hated the smell). Although you can rinse GHair out right away you do get more lasting results if you leave it in overnight, and I had never bothered to leave it in longer than 24 hours. The formula changed about a year ago, and although still great, it just didn't last nearly as long as the old formula.
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The formaldehyde is available from many sources, the lab type usually comes in a 37% solution - which is actually full strength/fully saturated solution. The strength used to fix a specimen is 3.7-4% usually (whether by volume or weight), so think of that as the amount needed to fix your hair, if your hair is the sample being fixed (lots of info on time and heat here Fixation (histology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ). Unfortunately, there is no way to know how much formaldehyde, if any, is now in the current formula so choosing the amount to add is tricky, and one should start with a small amount.

You do need the base product though, not just the formaldehyde, as the hydrolyzed keratin is important in the reaction. You can read the specifics of how and why by searching google patents - keywords: aldehydes, formaldehyde, hair, keratin.
https://www.google.com/?tbm=pts
Please share with me the product used. I have to do a Brazilian Keratin Treatment on a friend with 4c hair in a week or 2 and I am not sure of the best brand to go with for the smoothest effect. She would like it to at least take her up to a 3 type hair if possible. I was thinking about going with Keratin Forte but it is so expensive.

PS If anyone else knows a brand that produces really good loosening, please post it here!
Originally Posted by dixygirl
I'm pretty sure the friend is not going to become a type 3 with that treatment, especially if she is a "4c." The kinks will straighten, not turn into loose curls.
No shampoo, no hair pins, no heat, no puffs... Just buns.

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actually bkts do NOT actually straighten type 3 and 4 hair. They look straight while they are flat ironed, but after the first wash you see they go up usually from like 4c to ONLY 4b. The stronger ones might take them up to 3c/4a from 4c.
That is why I am asking for a STRONG brand that is not $200.00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CegpqhRRj-w
see these are results on a 4 a taking her only to a 3c. No where near actually straight.

Here is another video showing a bushy 3b/c going up to a silky 3 a/b
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdKYGcQvFhQ

It is so sad that there is so much information about hair out there that is simply WRONG!

PS they do straighten type 2s because that is only 1 level up for them.

Last edited by dixygirl; 05-07-2014 at 12:31 AM.

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