Anxiety tired, I went to a dermatologist in Soho and spilled my story to her.
I started to notice that gobs of hair would come out when I ran my hands through it, in the shower, I was used to losing a few strands when I applied conditioner. Then again, whether it’s emotional stress, hair loss can occur after a stressful event, physical stress on your body or a treatment like that traumatizes the hair root, Hair loss after keratin was common, she said. As a result, the bathroom floor would be littered with stray hairs gross to clean, and on p of that terrifying, right after a blowdry. It began innocently enough. Let me tell you something. What had I done?
Miami, the most humid place on earth. Internet as to whether the hair loss would eventually ease up. While noting that the new hair would come in as baby hairs, she also assured me that the damage wasn’t permanent.
The next day, blow drying my keratined locks ok only five minutes, about ten minutes shorter it usually took, not only did my hair look great.
You should try it! Remember, keratin, I raved back. That said, I was forced to eat my words, because the nightmare began, right after a week or so. Like someone had pinched glue around each strand, my hair felt gummy and tacky, and every time I washed it in the shower I felt like it wasn’t getting clean because of the coatings on it. Your hair looks great!
My true panic set in when I sat in front of a mirror three months after that fateful treatment and realized that my hair looked noticeably thinner. It was a slow Thursday afternoon at work, and I stared at my email. Let me ask you something. Was my hair just going to fal out until I developed serious bald spots? Needless to say, I’m pretty immune but this one from a New York hair salon had piqued my interest. As a site editor for young women, I receive my fair share of beauty pitch emails from publicists shucking their wares, hoping to lure editors in with the promise of free goods or services.
It turned out I tally needed that surgical mask.
Rogaine. The stylist spritzed the chemical solution onto my hair with a spray bottle and started flat ironing it into my hair, which is a more arduous process than it sounds. Wigs! On p of this, googled natural hair growth and started taking biotin supplements, as some people on the Internet recommended. The chemicals acrid smell made my eye waters and stung my nose, Each small piece of hair has to be flat ironed slowly from root to tip and the time, smoke comes off the flat iron. You should take this seriously. I even started researching wig stores, when it looked really awful.
All I really knew about keratin was that it was really expensive and it was supposed to make your hair shiny. Scientifically, keratin, which has a popular brand version called the Brazilian Blowout, is a protein found naturally in your hair. While smoothing cracks and damage to the follicle and giving your locks a ‘long lasting’ silkening effect, when mixed with formaldehyde and applied to the hair with a flat iron, the protein seals itself into your hair. Later I did some Google research and found out that even treatments that don’t contain formaldehyde can literally turn into formaldehyde when heated, this salon claimed their keratin version treatment was formaldehyde free. Obviously, the process formaldehyde part is controversial, as the substance is hazardous and potentially carcinogenic.