Formaldehyde-Free Keratin Treatment: Straighten your hair without the risk

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Her hair was destroyed.

Totally burned.

It seemed like her hair had been trampled by a multi-ton truck.


Can you imagine what hair looks like after it has been trampled by a truck?

That’s what her hair looked like.

Why was her hair so frightfully damaged?


She told us she had had a keratin treatment.

When she said that, we didn’t need to know more.

It was clear why her hair was so damaged.


It was damaged because she had had a treatment with high concentrations of formaldehyde.

That’s why all her hair was burned and damaged.


There was no way to recover this woman’s hair.

It still saddens me when I remember it.


A few years ago, it was usual to hear these kinds of stories.

People who had ruined their hair or their scalps.


All this happened because they had used products with high concentrations of an ingredient called formaldehyde.

When formaldehyde that is present in hair treatments comes into contact with the heat of a flat iron it generates highly toxic and dangerous smoke.

Dangerous for the eyes.

For the airways.

For the skin.

And, of course, dangerous for the hair.

What’s the solution if you don’t want to end up with damaged hair?


The solution is to use formaldehyde-free keratin treatments.


But be careful.

Many brands, in their eagerness to sell, are capable of anything.

On the label of their products they state that keratin doesn’t have formaldehyde, but it turns out that it has other ingredients that are just as dangerous as formaldehyde – or even worse.

Why would they do such a thing?

Why would they endanger people’s health?


It’s all about money.

Saying that the product doesn’t have formaldehyde is an excellent advertising strategy that allows brands to sell a lot more.


Of course, some hairdressers aren’t left behind in this matter.

They’re accomplices.

Despite knowing how terribly harmful these products can be to the health, they continue using them.


How can you choose a keratin treatment without formaldehyde that doesn’t damage your hair or endanger your health?

How can you choose a salon that ensures excellent results?

Where should you get the treatment? At home or in a salon?

In today’s article we are going to talk about all those topics and more.


Why are hair straightening treatments so dangerous to hair?

Produce headache and dizziness

That day I woke up with watery eyes.

My head was pounding with pain.

My eyes burned so much I wanted to tear them off.

My mouth was dry.


I managed to get out of bed.

The whole room was spinning around me.


The windows looked smaller than they had been the day before.

The door seemed to squeeze out of its usual place.

I didn’t understand anything.

‘What’s happening to me?’ I thought.


I didn’t smoke.

I didn’t use any kinds of drugs.

I didn’t drink alcohol.


I dressed in the first clothes I found and left the room.

With much effort, I got to the kitchen.

I didn’t find my mom or my dad or anyone.


I went to the garage, where my mom had her hairdressing salon.

By that time of the day on Saturday there were already a lot of clients.


In the salon, there was a strong, penetrating smell and smoke so thick that I could barely recognize the faces of the people.


“Hello Carina, good morning,” said a lady whose hair was covered because she was getting a smoothing treatment.


I couldn’t respond to the woman’s greeting.

I had to run to the bathroom to vomit.


My mom thought I was sick from eating something bad, so she called a doctor who lived in the same neighborhood we did.


The doctor didn’t take long to discover the problem.

It was the heart-wrenching smell in my house. The problem was the toxic smoke we were so accustomed to breathing.

Irritates the eyes

We lived with that smell. That’s why we hardly noticed it.

Where did this smell come from?

From the straightening treatments my mother did.


Formaldehyde straighteners

My mother was a hairdresser.

She had her salon in the garage next to our house.

Every Saturday at least 12 women came, ready to straighten their hair.

treatments without strong chemicals

My mom’s clients cared about only one thing.

They wanted straight, silky, shiny hair.

And my mother gave them exactly that.


Thirty years ago, having hair that these treatments could provide was like driving a Mercedes Benz.

Straight and shiny hair was like a status symbol in the lower-middle-class neighborhood where we lived.

That’s why women loved this miraculous treatment.


Despite the incredible results these treatments gave, there was a problem.

A really big problem.

the two types of formaldehyde-free keratin

Many people had strong allergic reactions while receiving the treatment, or even later.

Reactions could range from dizziness to severe headaches to vomiting or stomachaches.

All that was what happened to me that day.

That perfect hair hid an abominable truth

To get straight and shiny hair, one used an ingredient called formaldehyde.


Used in low concentrations, formaldehyde isn’t a dangerous ingredient.

The issue is that unscrupulous hair cosmetics brands began to abuse formaldehyde to offer a product that delivered perfectly straight hair.

The equation is simple. The product delivers perfectly straight hair. Customers are happy. They keep buying the product.


Obviously, my mother didn’t know anything about it at that time. Thirty years ago, nobody talked about hair treatment ingredients.


Nowadays, the use of formaldehyde is controlled by organizations like the FDA in the United States and equivalent organizations in other countries.

Even so, many brands or manufacturers say their keratin doesn’t contain formaldehyde but in reality they carry it hidden under another name.


At this point, it’s clear that if you’re looking for a keratin treatment, the best thing you can do for your hair and your health is to look for a formaldehyde-free keratin treatment.

But how can you avoid falling into the trap of keratins that say they come without formaldehyde but have it anyway?

Which formaldehyde-free keratin brands are reliable?


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The two types of formaldehyde-free keratin: Which to choose and which to avoid

branded and unbranded

There are two types of products in terms of formaldehyde-free keratin:

1- Branded products

2- Unbranded products


Which of the two would you choose?

I’ll give you a few moments to think about your answer.


If you don’t want to compromise your hair and your health, you must choose branded keratin.

Why do I recommend using branded keratin?

That’s what we’re going to see now.


I will propose to you a business that will turn you into a millionaire overnight

with no harmuful ingredients

Would you like to make a lot of money?

Would you like to become a successful businesswoman?


If you would like to earn a lot of money, I have an incredible business to propose to you.

It’s a very easy business to run.

It doesn’t require an investment.

And it has no risks.


If it works out, you become a millionaire.

If it goes wrong, you don’t lose anything.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?


What’s the deal that’s going to make you a millionaire overnight?

We’re going to manufacture keratin treatments.

Yes. The same keratin treatments used by hairdressers.


Keratin treatments are so in demand, you can’t imagine it.

Where I live, there is one hair salon per block. Imagine how many keratin treatments we could sell.

Maybe hundreds. Thousands.


There are lots of recipes on the internet for producing keratin. Let’s use one of those recipes. Then we pack it and we put a cute label on it.

Then we will sell it at a very attractive price on online sales sites like Amazon, eBay or wherever.


Still with me?

Remember that you don’t need to invest anything.


Our product will have amazing success.

We’ll sell it by the thousands.


Our product is going to have a secret ingredient called formaldehyde.

A lot of formaldehyde.

That way, our product will leave the hair so smooth, silky and shiny that women will love it.


Our keratin is going to be a vice. Women will come back to the hairdresser again and again to get the treatment with our product.

to avoid frizz

We’re going to sell so much keratin that we’re going to be millionaires.


What do you think about the business?

It looks interesting, doesn’t it?

Now comes the bad news.


The business has a little problem.

It’s illegal in most ordered countries of the world.

It’s illegal because a person can’t start making cosmetic products in the living room of her house.

Do you remember that we said before that formaldehyde is a substance controlled by organizations like the FDA?

control the use of substances like Formaldehyde

There are many unscrupulous small manufacturers that are doing this same thing. They manufacture products with high concentrations of formaldehyde and then sell them as being without formaldehyde.

They pack it and sell it by the liter. They get a phenomenal gain.


To close the circuit, dishonest hairdressers offer these treatments at such an attractive price that it’s impossible to say no.

After all, who doesn’t want smooth, silky, youthful hair?

Who can deny that?

Surely no one.


The problem is that these products damage the hair.

They damage the hair by their high concentrations of formaldehyde and other chemicals that are very aggressive to the hair.


These products have no brand; they’re not guaranteed.

Can you imagine how dangerous they are?


All this is solved if we use keratin without formaldehyde, which is offered by well-known brands. I’ll explain why.


Branded keratins are endorsed by the agencies that control the use of these products.

The FDA in the United States.

ANMAT in Argentina.

Just to name two very different countries.

All products, from shampoos to conditioners to any cosmetic product, must be endorsed by these organisms.

Hair treatments use chemical ingredients. These organizations exist precisely to control the use and abuse of toxic substances such as formaldehyde.

Now do you understand why it is dangerous to use unbranded products?


Using unbranded products is dangerous because we don’t know their origin. We don’t know what ingredients they contain. We don’t know if the people who make them are really trained to make these products. We don’t know anything.


I’m not a big fan of hair product brands.

They deceive people with their misleading advertisements. They play with the wishes of people, promising impossible results. Hair cosmetics brands, just like millionaires, are unscrupulous.

In spite of all that, branded products are still the best and only option.

But Carina, are you crazy?

excellent quality brand used at professional salons

First you say that brands are rubbish, then you say that they’re the only option.


No, I’m not crazy.

Using unbranded products, made in the living room of a house, is much riskier than using branded products.

Using unbranded products is almost suicidal. It’s like jumping off a plane without a parachute.


A clarification before continuing.

If I still haven’t convinced you that it’s better to use branded formaldehyde-free keratins, I recommend that you close the page.

If you prefer to use cheap, unbranded keratin that will endanger your hair, everything that follows won’t interest you.


What formaldehyde-free keratin should you choose?


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The three best formaldehyde-free keratins

side effects

There are many brands that provide keratin without formaldehyde.

In this article, I will talk only about keratins I know because I used them myself or they were recommended by colleagues.

These are formaldehyde-free keratins that work and are not harmful to the hair.


There are two ways to get these keratins.

The first and more logical option is to get it in your trusted salon.

The alternative method would be through specialty hair product stores or online stores.


Alfaparf Keratin Smoothing Treatment Kit

Are you one of those people who fights every day with the brush to make your hair more presentable?

Then this product can help.

like alfaparf

It’s a formaldehyde- and paraben-free smoothing treatment.

Parabens are another family of chemicals that should be avoided whenever possible.


Alfaparf is a classic brand of professional-level hair products. It’s used in professional salons all over the world.

The product works. That’s the most important thing. It smoothes the hair.

straight, silky, shiny hair.

Reduces frizz. And as if that weren’t enough, it also leaves hair shiny.

If you’re tired of fighting with your hair every morning, this is the product that will help you win the battle.

reduce frizz and smooth hair


Pravana Perfection Trio
Do you live in the USA or Mexico?

If you live in the USA or Mexico, I have good news for you.

used by hairdressers

Pravana is a Mexican hair product brand of excellent quality. Pravana products are available only in Mexico, the USA and perhaps some countries in Central America.

As I said at the beginning, I want to be as transparent as possible. That is why it seems important to clarify that I have never used Pravana products myself. However, I know they are of excellent quality.


I have a friend who is hairdresser and a stylist. She lives in the USA.

She is one of the best professionals I know. I don’t say this because she’s my friend. I say it because I really think so. She has a precision and quality that’s difficult to find in the hairdressing field.

My friend has been using Pravana keratin for several years.


She told me that all her clients leave her salon delighted with the results of the treatment.

She even told me that once a lady was so amazed at the results that she was thrilled.

If a professional stylist like my friend is using and recommending this product, it must be really good.

There are a few people I ask for suggestions about new products or treatments. My friend is one of them. When she recommends a product, I know it’s because it’s really good.

for curly hair


Peter Coppola Keratin Smoothing Treatment
Who is Peter Coppola?

He’s a New York hairstylist.

A few years ago, he created a line of hair products that became world famous.


Nowadays Peter Coppola products are used in professional salons all over the world.

with no formaldehyde

One of the star products of the Peter Coppola brand is the formaldehyde-free keratin treatment. It’s based on keratin proteins, ceramides and collagen.

The goal of the treatment is to add volume and smooth and repair the hair.


If you want hair that everyone admires, this is the treatment you need.ingredient called formaldehyde


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What’s the best place to do the treatment? A salon or at home?

or at a professional hair salon

A few years ago, only hairdressers had access to products for keratin treatments.

Today the situation is different.

Nowadays it’s relatively easy to get any of the keratin treatments we named before.

They can be obtained in pharmacies, specialized stores, online stores, etc.


This is very good news but it’s also a double-edged sword.

The fact that the treatments are easy to get doesn’t mean that everyone should do them.


Many people think that keratin treatments are easy to do. They buy the product, go home, do the treatment and end up damaging their hair because make a mistake.

In many cases, these mistakes can’t be undone.


That’s why I said that the fact that keratin treatments are easy to obtain is a double-edged sword. Only people who have experience with this kind of procedure should do it.

Otherwise, it’s better to go to a skilled professional in the field.


Let’s suppose you’re encouraged to make the treatment yourself at home.

What things should you consider before doing so?


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Two essential things you need to know to make a formaldehyde-free keratin treatment at home

key steps in all keratin treatments

Have you ever smoothed your hair with a flat iron?

If the answer to this question is NO, I strongly recommend that you don’t try this type of treatment at home.


One of the key steps in all keratin treatments is use of a flat iron.

The flat iron is used to seal the treatment.

Many times I am asked, “Carina, can I do the treatment but without the ironing?”

The answer is no.


Doing the treatment without passing the flat iron is like wanting to make bread without leavening it. For the treatment to be complete, a flat iron must be used.


Using a hair straightener is not complex at all. However, it requires practice; otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your hair.

I’ll say it again.

If you don’t have any experience using flat irons, I recommend that you don’t do the keratin treatments at home.


What else?

What else should you know to do a keratin treatment at home?


The flat iron we talked about above is the most important thing.

The second most important thing is PATIENCE.

to get the best results

What does patience have to do with a keratin treatment?

It has a lot to do with it and I’ll explain why.


Every week I get comments from people who have had treatments done at home and who aren’t happy with the results. For some reason, their hair doesn’t look like it should after a treatment.

Of course, they always blame the product they used, the time, the husband, the children, or whatever.


But the sad truth is, the treatment went wrong because they did something wrong in the procedure. They didn’t follow all the steps or they invented steps.

That’s why if you’re thinking about doing a keratin treatment at home, you need patience.


Some people simply can’t do these treatments at home because they don’t have the patience to follow the needed steps.

As I said before, a keratin treatment is not difficult but you have to follow a series of steps to perfection. If you skip any of these steps, the treatment will go wrong.


If you don’t have the necessary patience, there is no reason to be distressed. It’ll be better for you to go to a professional salon that will ensure good results.

Going to a salon is more expensive.

That’s for sure. But at least you won’t endanger the health of your hair.

less frizz and more straight without damage

I won’t explain the steps involved in making a keratin treatment. I’ve already explained them more than once in other articles. Also, most products come with very clear instructions.

If you have doubts about any of the steps, let me know.

Remember that it’s very important to respect each step to get the perfect hair we’re looking for.


Now suppose you don’t have the time, nor the desire, nor the patience to treat yourself at home.

What option is left?

Go to a professional salon.

But beware.

Professional salons can be very dangerous places. And this is no joke.

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How to choose a professional salon and not end up with damaged hair

that work with branded products

Have you ever gone to a job interview?

They’ll ask you about your education, experience, etc.


Have you ever asked for any of this information about your hairdresser?

Probably not.


No one asks her hairdresser to show her degree.


The world of hairdressing is very special.

Anyone who has two hands and a pair of scissors gets to cut hair.

Or even worse, offer hair treatments.


The other day I was walking around with one of my sons.

We were shopping.


At one point, we passed a small hair salon with some of its prices written on the window.

They were offering keratin treatment at really low prices.


I know how much one of these treatments should cost. I know the prices of the products and the margins. And their prices were suspicious

‘Something must be wrong,’ I thought.


As I’m very curious, I had to find out what was happening there.

With my best poker face, I entered the salon and asked about the keratin treatment being offered in the window.

Of course, I didn’t tell them I was a hairdresser. I introduced myself as a client.

hairdressers are dangerous

They explained to me that it was a new “formaldehyde-free keratin treatment with I-don’t-know-what technology and blah blah blah.”

To which I asked if the product they used was branded or generic. They didn’t like that question.

They looked at me as if they didn’t know what I was talking about. They didn’t answer me.

So I have to assume they were using a generic product.


Which left me thinking the following.


Some hairdressers are dangerous.

They are dangerous because they offer treatments that endanger people’s health.

They say they use products without formaldehyde but actually use products of dubious quality and origin.


It doesn’t matter if they promise you the best, smoothest hair in the world; you should always avoid these kinds of hairdressers. Always.


Many hairdressers don’t want to talk about these things. They prefer that people don’t know about these issues.

Why do some hairdressers do this?

Why do they endanger people’s health?

Generic or unbranded products are much cheaper than branded products endorsed by control agencies.

with formaldehyde and other ingredients

By using these unbranded products, hairdressers can offer the treatments at a ridiculously low price, like the salon I entered the other day.

In this way they sell more treatments and earn more money.

As you can see, nobody is safe in this dark world of hair beauty. Not brands, not hairdressers, not anyone.


Many women accept being part of this dirty business.

Are you one of them?


Many women are complicit in this perverse game involving hair treatments.

As far as I know, no salon obliges people to get a treatment. If someone goes in and gets it done without figuring out what product they are going to have placed on their head, that person is guilty.

This reminds me of when my dog ate a whole plate of hamburgers. Is it my dog’s fault or mine because I left the hamburgers within reach?


People already know that poor-quality treatments can damage their hair, but they choose these treatments anyway because they’re cheaper.

Who’s guilty here? The unscrupulous salons that offer this treatment or the people who go there?


Each person is responsible for doing what he wants with her head. And with her hair. But we have to be well-informed before going to a salon to get a treatment.


What can we do to avoid trouble and not end up with damaged hair?

Professional salons work with branded products

The first thing we must do is look for a professional-quality salon.

Professional salons work with branded products like those we named before.


To find the best salons in your zone, you could use sites like Yelp or even Groupon. On these sites, you can read other people’s experiences and then decide for yourself.

Never go to a salon blindly without having any references for it. Doing so is risky, to say the least.


The last security layer before doing the treatment must be this key question.

Which keratin brand do you use?

If the answer is an evasion, don’t get the treatment in that salon.


I don’t expect you to know all the keratin brands on the market.

If they respond with a brand name you don’t know, it’s as simple as Googling it.


If you consider all these things, you shouldn’t have any problems; you’ll leave the salon with the most incredible hair you ever had.

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What are the results of using formaldehyde- free keratin treatment?

results smooth and shiny hair

Susan had been using keratin treatments for eight years.

She had never bothered to think about the ingredients in the treatments. She simply got this treatment because it left her hair smooth and shiny.


A couple months ago, she had a keratin treatment that destroyed her hair.

We don’t know if something failed in the procedure or if the product they used had expired. The truth is, something failed. And her hair was horrible.


After several months of pampering her hair with sulfate-free shampoos and good-quality products, her hair started to look better.

The problem is that Susan’s hair is curly and she likes to have it straight.


She was determined to have a treatment again. But she didn’t want to harm her hair with bad-quality treatments.


That’s when she contacted me, asking which hair treatment was best for her situation. As you can imagine, I recommended a formaldehyde-free keratin treatment.


I asked our friend Susan if she could write a few words about her experience with this kind of keratin.

Hi, I’m Susan.

My obsession with straightening treatments began when I was about 18 years old.

From that time, I’ve straightened my hair once every two or three months. The truth was that I’d never had problems. I don’t know if it was luck or whatever, but I had always been happy with the results of the treatments I had.


To give you an idea, I had been getting treatments on my hair for about 20 years. I never had problems.

A few months ago, my good luck ended.


I did a keratin treatment with my usual hairdresser. But something went wrong. Very wrong.

My hair was so damaged, I thought there was no solution.

However, with patience and good-quality products I was able to recover my hair.


When my hair had finally recovered, I had doubts.

Should I get a hair treatment again with the attendant risk?

Or should I get used to having curly hair?


The idea of getting used to curly hair didn’t appeal to me at all. As I said before, I haven’t had curly hair for at least 20 years.

On the other hand, I was scared about keratin treatments.


That’s when I found Carina.

When I asked her what I could do with my hair, she told me that a formaldehyde-free keratin treatment would be a really good choice for my hair.

I didn’t even know what formaldehyde was, so I started researching the subject.

When I found out what I had been putting on my head for 20 years, I almost cried.


It wasn’t easy to find a serious and professional salon that worked with formaldehyde-free keratin. Luckily, I found one. And the results are spectacular. I’m very happy with the results.

The treatment left my hair the way I like it. Straight, silky and shiny. Now, washing my hair or brushing it is a pleasure.

All my co-workers praised my hair. Some friends even asked for the address of the salon I went to.


If you’re about to have a keratin treatment, I strongly recommend that you look for a formaldehyde-free one.

Your hair will be happy.

And you will, too.


Thanks, Susan, for sharing your story with us.

Now I would like to know your story.

Tell me about yourself and your hair.


Have you ever had a keratin treatment?

Were you happy with the results?

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