Home and Straight – Brazilian Keratin Therapy

I don’t know what it is about Brazilians and their hair obsession but they do seem to have every angle covered and at the moment it’s all about keratin! Hair straightening formulas have been in the news since late last year following a law suit being lodged against one brand of salon treatment.  The controversy that has followed centred around formaldehyde and the levels that have been detected both inside the bottles and in salon air following the treatment.  This issue is something that I have been following since October 2010 and will discuss in a later blog post but for now I want to know if it is possible to go straight in the comfort of your own home.

I have to admit that when it comes to hair I leave EVERYTHING bar the washing to the guys at the funky Stevie English Hair Salon in Glebe.  So the prospect of running a hot iron over my locks (when I say hot I mean 200C) was not something I was looking forward to.   Anyhow, in the name of science investigationing I took myself down to the local supermarket and purchased the cheapest straightener I could find plus a little pack of Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy and this is what happened next…..

Brazilian Keratin Therapy claims that it will give you smooth and silky locks for up to thirty days! Although the product looks and smells like a normal conditioner it contains a hefty proportion of keratin plus some heat-activating silicones to ensure that the hair is protected while it is being infused.  There are also some natural oils and butters plus a large dose of propylene glycol which I believe may be transformed during the heating process […]

Brazilian Balls Up at the salon

No we are not talking about hair ‘down there’, this is all about the Keratin hair treatments that have got people all worked up over the last couple of weeks. First I hear that USA company Cadiveu Professional has had a class act lawsuit filed against it for misleading its public about its formulation. They said it had no formaldehyde in it but when tested by the health department guess what they found (allegedly)…. BUT IT DOESN’T STOP THERE.

Then in the Sunday Telegraph this week I see that another product – Keratin Complex from American company Coppola has come under attack from the ACCC. Their product was ALSO tested and allegedly found to contain high levels of formaldehyde and has since been recalled. Oh my goodness, the drama. However, these guys are not about to go down without a fight and brand importer Tanya Nelson (who I really should try to talk to……) says that the test carried out was no good as it mistook one of the ingredients Timonacic acid for formaldehyde and the two things are no way near the same chemical. And by that time I was feeling like old madam detective in ‘cold case’ and just had to go and find me some info on this old ingredient to see if this could indeed be a case of identity theft of chemical proportions.

Man this is fun (for me).

OK, so after a few hours of searching I’m highly frustrated as I can find next to nothing in the way of ingredients list on any of these products. That sucks and gets me a little suspicious as ingredients MUST be printed on the label of every cosmetic ingredient or treatment brought into this fair […]

What mum really wants this mother’s day!

Mothers all across Australia are preparing themselves for the joy that is mother’s day on Sunday. Like many of those mother’s I am packing my little ones off to school with their $5 each for the school mothers day stall and keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t choose some hideous plastic earrings or a tea  cozy (Bless their little hearts).

Anyway, it got me thinking about what mother’s might really want this mothers day….  World peace, an end to poverty and a pollution free environment are all on my wish list but probably best to stick to something closer to home! So, without further ado, here is my wish list for mother’s day 2009!

1) A Good Hair Day.

Hair can make or break your look. It is one of the first places to miss-behave when you are feeling run down and is one of the most time consuming parts of many a beauty regime.  Hair is made from a protein called Keratin that get’s lubricated by  sebaceous glands (Sweat) which sit to each side of the hair follicle. The colour of our hair is determined by cells (melanocytes)  right at the very base of the hair ( in the epithelial cells) – as these age our hair greys! You can blame  your hair type on your mother (and father) as it is passed on through the genes with all hair fitting into one of three ethnic groups- Asian, African or Caucasian. These groups play a large part in how your hair grows and whether it is poker straight, kinky or curly!

While we can’t change our genetics, we can play around with our hair colour, shape and condition.  Once our hair has poked through the skin […]