Is there a Safe Keratin Smoothing Treatment?

The Brazilian keratin treatment is one of the biggest innovations in the world of hair care. The treatment is extremely popular because it provides fabulous styling results that were never before possible. After a keratin treatment, hair remains smooth, glossy and easy to handle for up to four months. However, advanced research has revealed that the majority of keratin treatment formulas offered in today’s hair care market emit formaldehyde at toxic levels. Formaldehyde is a highly reactive hydrocarbon that has been linked to several health issues, including allergic reactions on the skin and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
While some product lines are labeled “formaldehyde free”, they actually contain formaldehyde-donors that emit formaldehyde as a gas when heated with a flat iron.

Non-toxic Alternatives to Brazilian Keratin Treatment

Healthy Alternatives to Brazilian Keratin Treatments

While traditional keratin treatments remain widely available, new market research indicates that most consumers prefer safe and more flexible hair-styling options. There is a growing demand for safe keratin treatments, without toxic chemicals and dangerous side effects. Safe hair-smoothing treatments can revolutionize hair care while protecting stylists, clients and the health of the hair. Innovative companies have been researching and developing alternative ingredients to create a safe formula that will mimic the results of a keratin hair treatment.
There are now several options on the market that deliver beautiful results without any toxic chemicals and harmful ingredients. These new keratin-smoothing treatments are safe and scientifically advanced alternatives to formaldehyde-based keratin treatments. They don’t emit toxic formaldehyde fumes and don’t require the use of special ventilation or masks. This new generation of keratin treatments delivers smoother, straighter, frizz-free and healthier looking hair, without any risks for the stylists or their clients. These treatments can improve the health and the condition of the hair over time.
Additionally, new alternative treatments offer more flexibility to clients than traditional keratin treatments. A flat iron can be set on lower heat settings. There is no three-day, water-free grace period after application. You can style your hair immediately after the treatment and go anywhere you choose. You can also choose to wear your hair curly, straight, or wavy after the treatment.

Cezanne™ Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment

Cezanne Perfect Finish is 100% formaldehyde free smoothing treatment that delivers similar results as formaldehyde-based keratin smoothing treatments, but without the use of harmful ingredients. The treatment does not require special ventilation or a mask.
Cezanne Perfect Finish uses a blend of botanical extracts, amino acids, vitamins and proteins, including sericin, a protein created by silkworms, to straighten the hair from inside the shaft and to restore hair’s luster and brilliance. Cezanne treatment reduces unwanted frizz and leaves your hair stronger, healthier and more manageable, without turning it too straight or flat.
The process includes three easy steps: After a standard wash and dry, the Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment is applied and left to sit on the hair for 30 minutes. The final step is to blow dry and flat iron the hair. Available only in salons CPF can be used on any hair type and texture. Effects will last about four months. You will enjoy several distinct advantages over common straightening methods:

  • You leave the salon with whatever beautiful, style they want.
  • Hair can still hold a curl if desired. You can style hair immediately with a curling iron.
  • Color can be done the same day (either before or after the treatment).
  • You can go right from the salon to the gym, swim or anywhere you choose.
  • There’s no inconvenient waiting period before you wash your hair.
  • You can use pins or wear a ponytail.

KeraGreen Keratin and Protein Hair System

KeraGreen Keratin and Protein Hair System is a non-toxic, formaldehyde-free keratin treatment designed to improve the health and beauty of the hair and to ensure similar or better result than its’ toxic alternatives. The KeraGreen system provides soft, silky, shiny and manageable hair for up to 3 months. The treatment also helps treat hair loss.
The organic-derived formulation won’t expose clients to any health risks through the use of harmful agents. The ingredients include keratin complex, hydrolyzed collagen, silk, L-Cysteine, Vitamin B5, as well as 18 amino acids and proteins.
Some Benefits of KeraGreen:

  • Natural and organic ingredients
  • Easy application
  • Does not emit toxic smoke
  • Faster drying times with no residue
  • Does not irritate scalp, so can be applied from the root
  • Eliminates frizz, softens curls
  • Deposits a high level of shine
  • Seals in color & highlights
  • Organic UV protection
  • Does not contain silicone
  • More frequent sessions ensure a better result
  • Controls hair loss

KERAPURE™ Smoothing Products

This keratin and amino acid-based smoothing treatment is another safe alternative to Brazilian Keratin Treatment, without toxic chemicals and the dangerous side effects. KERAPURE™ smoothing products use natural agents to enhance strength, shine, glossiness and manageability for all hair types.
KERAPURE™ smoothing products combine gold peptides, safe keratin proteins, cross-linked amino acids and exotic oils to penetrate through the hair cuticle to restructure and rebuild individual strands. The vapors released by KERAPURE™ products have been tested by independent laboratories in enclosed environments and actual salon environments to reveal that there are no toxic levels of formaldehyde released at any point throughout the process.

Liquid Keratin 30 DAy Straight Smooth & Long Treatment

Liquid Keratin’s 30 Day Treatment is an innovative, formaldehyde and aldehyde free at-home and salon keratin smoothing system. The treatment is also free of all formaldehyde donors, sodium hydroxide urea, thio and guanidine.
This non-toxic and easy to apply treatment tames frizz, loosens curl, softens hair texture, adds shine and keeps hair healthy and manageable. The results may last for as long as 30 days with one application.
Lately, Liquid Keratin has launched the new and improved Liquid Keratin 60 Day at-home treatment with results lasting up to 16 weeks and beyond.

Cysteine Hair Treatment

Cysteine Hair Treatment is the latest innovation in hair smoothing technology, which revitalizes and straightens your hair by infusing cysteine. Cysteine is an amino acid that is naturally occurring in the hair. Cysteine smoothing treatment is considered much safer for you and your hair than formaldehyde based keratin treatments. The main active component in the formula is cysteine, but it can be combined with collagen, vitamins, and herbal extracts.

Cysteine softens the curls, eliminates frizz, helps manage weak and coarse hair, and improves the overall condition of your locks.

Medical disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.



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3 thoughts on “Is there a Safe Keratin Smoothing Treatment?

  1. Liscio by Milbon makes a product that smooths the hair for 4 to 6 months. It’s a different technology than the Keratin treatments that are on the market today. It can be used for permanent hair straightening (thermal reconditioning) by using a stronger treatment and applying more heat. By using a weaker solution and adjusting a few more things, it can be used as a smoothing treatment that wears off in in 4 to 6 months. There is no formaldehyde in any form (hidden or not). It’s a wonderful treatment that works! -Blair in San Francisco

  2. It is my understanding that the Goldwell Karasilk treatment is all natural and should also last 4 to 6 months. Has anyone else tried this?



  3. Yes. I have. It’s not totally natural like others I have read about but then again- ‘natural’ could be buzzword, just like keratin is for marketing purposes. Kerasilk Keratin Smoothing Treatment (Goldwell). I have very curly frizzy hair (ringlets with much frizz that looks like natural perm after washing and not touching- but frizzy without mixture of products and twisting or scrunching). I used to get professionally straightened decades ago(in a place where they call straightening a perm) like in Malcolm X movie. Hair is natural blonde with highlights so very damaged. The Kerasilk smoothing treatment is not all natural (unless sodium hydroxide is considered natural?) and uses Glyoxylic Acid (for the Control Shape Intense. (Depending on strength you get – there are 2 products a shaping product and in Medium & Intense) and a Smooth Product (for frizz) which has Hydrolyzed Keratin that are used together. It does use flat iron to seal in but you don’t have to wait 2 days to wash hair (although I waited a week). My hair is very smooth and curl relaxed ALOT! You have to use the products to keep it lasting (they also have sodium hydroxide, hydrolized keratin, etc. in them) and are not sulfate free but if they were- they wouldn’t work due to nature of ions, etc….I love it. My hair is shinier, healthier, and ends that needed cutting look amazing 2 weeks after, but still need cut for healthy hair. It hasn’t reduced frizz totally especially around hairline but it has stayed frizz-free in rainy weather & hair is much silkier,smoother & curl is a bit relaxed, not defined as they claim but just limper after second wash. After 1st wash it was more wavy and I’ve been using their after-products. I’ve never had any other straightening treatment done as I wouldn’t use formaldehydes, since youth. I’m looking forward to seeing how it works on my curl in the summer.

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