Sunday, August 17, 2008

Searching for Nanokeratin alternatives

After posting an entry on the nanokeratin process and its benefits, I received a comment on the potential downside to having the treatment done. Some say that the fumes emitted during the treatment may be toxic. That's because some keratin treatments contain formaldehyde which, according to the FDA, has been linked to cancer. As I continued to research, I did find out that there are versions of the treatment available that do not contain the formaldehyde. But by then I was already pretty much turned off from the treatment and quickly began searching for alternative keratin boosters for my hair.

My first glimmer of hope came in the form of an online article from cosmeticdesigns.com about genetically engineered keratin developed in the labs of Dermaplus, a company that manufactures hair and skin care products. They have somehow managed to replicate the specific strands of keratin that naturally occur in the human skin and hair. The product they created with the technology, called Keracyte, is mainly used to strengthen the hair shaft, not the already existing hair. In other words, the product is used more as a scalp treatment not a topical hair solution.

The creators of the product are mainly targeting men who have thinning hair because this product has the ability to regrow thinning hair(and even restore natural hair color). Even though the product doesn't fully serve the purpose I am looking for, its still a start. Maybe someday they can find a way to incorporate their new strand of keratin into conditioners and other hair products.

My second alternative,so far, is a product from CHI called Keratin Mist (review to come later). I just purchased this product yesterday because I saw some great reviews on LHCF and makeupally. When I first picked up the product from the shelves, I immediately searched the label for the list of ingredients. Wouldn't you know it, Rosewater and silk amino acids were like the first and third ingredient on the list. Sound familiar? There were some other notable ingredients like wheat protein and aloe extract that helped me make up my mind to move forward with the purchase.

I was a little impatient and sprayed a little on my dry hair (instead of waiting 'till wash day to get the full effect). So far I liked what I saw. Stay tuned.....
  1. I've been looking at Chi's Keratin Mist, but haven't purchased it yet. Eagerly awaiting your review.

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  2. You probably won't have to wait long for the review,'cause I can't wait to use it!

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  3. I went to my local Ricky's and they had the Chi Karatin Mist. I wanted to get it, but I decided I'd wait until I tried your other hair solutions. I went out and bought the coconut oil, along w/ the pure rose water. I'm eager to use these product tonight! I am african-america and I have short-medium length hair. I cut my hair into a short bob in Feb. 2007 and it's seems like it's taking 4ever to grow back. I've been doing my hair at home i/o of going to the DR salon, but it's not the same. And my hair isn't growing as fast as I would like it. I'm hoping I can find help here in the world of blogging :)

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  4. Do u know where I can get silk amino acid from to use on my hair or is it better to just buy hair products with SAA in it?

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  5. @ Anon #1: As I type, I am waiting for my roller set to dry. A review is just around the corner.

    @Anon #2: I got my bottle of SAA from Lotion Crafter
    http://www.lotioncrafter.com/store/Silk-Amino-Acids-pr-16295.html

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  6. I also found some other info on the risks of undergoing keratin treatments. Among the risks are hair loss (from the root!), allergic reactions, and hair texture deterioration. I found this info at this website: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/keratin-hair-treatment-side-effects.html

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