Protein is one of the nutrients your body needs to have (amongst other things) strong and healthy hair. Keratin is one of those proteins. It’s not the kind of protein you get eating meat, nuts, or fish… rather it’s a protein that your body naturally produces.
Keratin is also featured in some hair products to promote hair health. While some swear by Keratin hair products administered by professionals in salons, there are others who claim that it can have an adverse effect on your hair. So, despite Keratin being featured in some hair care products, could it be contributing to hair loss?
Is Keratin Bad For Hair?
Keratin on its own is not necessarily bad for hair. After all, our bodies produce Keratin naturally. People who have gone through Keratin treatment on their hair at a salon have experienced benefits including smoother, stronger hair that’s easier to manage. However, it is not without its potential side effects.
Another chemical frequently used in Keratin treatment is formaldehyde. This is a highly toxic chemical used to create embalming fluid. Formaldehyde is also considered a carcinogen. Too much formaldehyde in a treatment can have many adverse effects which may include hair loss – though that is not caused by the Keratin protein itself though.
Why Does Hair Fall Out After Keratin Treatment?
While formaldehyde can potentially be harmful to your body, that is not why you may experience excess hair shedding after a Keratin treatment. Keratin treatments utilize flat irons at high temperatures.
The temperatures can be high enough to deteriorate your hairs’ natural proteins and protections causing damage, excessive shedding, and loss. Just like with formaldehyde – while the hair damage and loss are not a direct result of using Keratin itself – the treatment can cause harmful effects that result in you experiencing what you’ve been trying to avoid in the first place.
Does Hair Grow Back After Keratin Treatment?
The kind of damage to hair caused by Keratin treatments should grow back. If you experience thinning or loss after a treatment, you should avoid doing any more in the future. That said… there are plenty of tips on how to help stimulate healthy hair growth.
Some of the best things you can do is to make sure you are getting proper nutrition in your diet including protein, staying hydrated, and avoiding using shampoos or other hair products with any harsh chemicals. Keep it mild while your hair is recovering. If you’re noticing your hair isn’t growing back as you feel it should be (or detect other signs of hair loss), consult with a professional.
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