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Keratin and Hair Growth

Keratin treatments are designed to smooth and shine hair. If you have frizzy hair or your hair looks dry and damaged, you may be tempted to get a keratin treatment to smooth hair and add shine. However, keratin treatments may cause more damage due to their ingredients and the high heat required to do the technique.

Keratin is also the name for the protein found naturally in hair strands, which gives hair its structure. In a salon keratin treatment, keratins are mixed with formaldehyde and applied to the hair with a flat iron and sealing the protein into your hair. It is a semi-permanent treatment that smoothes the cuticle (the outside layer) of hair and leaves hair looking silky smooth.

Companies and salons that promote the service say it's healthy and that it will not damage strands, although some experts warn against the treatment because formaldehyde is a harsh and potentially hazardous chemical that may cause cancer. In addition, heating flat irons to high temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit to do keratin treatment can also damage hair, breaking down the natural keratin structure in hair strands. For these reasons, keratin and hair loss may go hand in hand, and keratin treatments can contribute to excess hair shedding and thinning hair. If you’ve had a keratin treatment that has damaged your hair, your best remedy is to get a short, blunt haircut.

To promote healthier looking hair and nourish it from within, be sure to eat a balanced diet of vitamins, minerals and marine proteins, or take a daily clinically proven hair growth supplement that contains some ingredients of natural origins. Cleanse and condition with a gentle shampoo that won’t strip damaged hair of essential oils and will nourish hair strands. A good shampoo and a conditioner that are SLS-free and SLES-free will help create the ideal environment for healthy hair growth. Choose a shampoo and a conditioner that are at least 96% derived from natural sources. Add a lightweight hair and scalp elixir that maintains a healthy scalp and makes hair look thicker. A good elixir will promote the hair’s anti-aging defenses, helping to protect against hair damage due to heat-styling and damaging keratin hair treatments.

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