All you need to know about Keratin treatments
Keratin treatments have been all the rage for the past few years. Are they really effective? Do they increase your hair loss? Read on to find out.
Keratin is a naturally occurring fibrous protein found in epithelial cells. Different types of Keratin are responsible for the structure and health of skin, hair and nails. Alpha keratin helps maintain the structure and strength of your scalp hair. Keratin is meant to protect your hair from stress which comes in the form of breakage, heat damage and frizz.
It is used for improving the texture and appearance of your hair. Because it is naturally meant to bond the overlapping hair cuticles rendering it smooth, shiny and safe from exposure damage.
However, keratin used in professional hair treatments and hair care products is derived from animal parts such as feathers, horns and wool. Not only that laying on keratin on its own is not enough and therefore needs to be combined with bases such as formaldehyde or glyoxylic acid. Not only is formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, it can also cause respiratory problems when inhaled. Overexposure to formaldehyde and over-straightening can also cause damage to the hair strands which can result in dryness and weakening leading to breakage and increased hair loss. It can also make hair greasy and limp.
Can I just use a keratin shampoo, conditioner or serum instead of getting the treatment done?
No. Keratin on its own cannot help improve the texture of your hair or make it glossy. It needs to be combined with heat and chemical bases. So using these hair care benefits will not have the same effect. In fact, some salon professionals refuse to do the treatment because of the risks involved.
How long does the effect of keratin treatment last?
For all the stress your hair goes through during the keratin treatment it isn’t permanent. A keratin treatment with formaldehyde as a base will last for about 6 months, whereas, non-formaldehyde milder versions will last only a couple of months.
Can keratin treatment cause hair loss?
Yes. Multiple people have experienced increased hair loss after one or repeated keratin treatment. While the hair fall might not be from the roots always, it will happen invariably because of the side-effects of formaldehyde on your hair and scalp and the high heat exposure used during straightening after applying the chemical formula. This can weaken your hair roots, cause dryness, brittleness and scalp irritation. Not only that for anyone who has a predisposition to hair loss or has poor follicle health on account of an undiagnosed hair loss condition can experience excessive hair loss in the months following the keratin treatment.
Is Keratin treatment for hair loss?
Not at all! Hair strands don’t have any blood supply, they are made up of cells and protein bonds which is why chemical treatments or heat can be used to restructure them. Hair loss conditions occur due to the health of your hair follicles, which receive blood supply, therefore oxygen and nutrition from your body. If your follicles are unhealthy, ageing prematurely or shrinking due to DHT, no amount of external treatment on your hair will help resolve it. It is only possible to treat hair loss safely with prescription medication such as topical minoxidil, topical finasteride. Combined with natural ayurvedic medicines and proper nutrition that help tackle the internal root causes of hair loss.