This is a guest post.
For those of us with wavy hair, and especially for those that live here in South Florida we would do just about anything to get our hair under control. Heck, we have done just about everything including irons that were way too hot and dangerous chemicals on our heads. But the simple fact is that chemicals like formaldehyde are toxic. The chemical can cause immediate, short-term irritation of the eyes, skin, and upper respiratory tract. But the longer-term risks of exposure are even worse. The EPA classifies formaldehyde as a suspected human carcinogen because of its links to nasal cancer and leukemia. And this warning comes from the agency that allowed first responders to breath the air at the World Trade Center after 9/11. So in a nutshell these chemicals must be bad.
What makes matters worse is that hair treatments are unregulated. But independent reviewers recommend safety standards in cosmetics, advises that beauty products should contain no more than 0.2 percent formaldehyde. But since no health agency regulates ingredients in cosmetics, us ladies have to rely on the manufacturers that, most of the time, are simply trying to earn a buck.
The bottom line is that many of these treatments could live up to their claims without formaldehyde. And one such company that I have found and love is Keratin Control. Many companies say their product eradicates frizz (for up to five months) with only keratin, amino acids, or "proprietary conditioners." But none of these ingredients alone can keep hair frizz-free through multiple shampoos. That's why formulas also include these harsh and dangerous chemicals. After the hair is thoroughly saturated with one of these solutions, it's dried and flat ironed; the process releases the formaldehyde, which bonds the conditioners to the hair so it remains smooth for months. But with Keratin Control there are no chemicals. You can have your cake and eat it too.