Well at least that’s the word on the street. A friend sent me this ARTICLE with the comment “thought this may interest you”. I did find it interesting but more interesting was the underlying question of “what the heck am I doing using Brazilian Blowouts on my own hair?” I bet the rest of you are wondering the same thing too now! Well read on and all will be explained.
Since Brazilian treatments came onto the market a few years ago, there has been a lot of controversy over the safety of them. This is mainly due to the fact that the early treatments contained Formaldehyde or its derivatives in fairly high quantities. I remember when the Brazilian Keratin Treatment (BKT) first came out and a lot of women jumped on it like it was Denzel Washington. For some it worked and for others not so much. One of the most worrying trends that kept cropping up though were stories of allergic reactions, respiratory difficulties etc. Look, anything that requires me to wear a mask whilst using it does not inspire great confidence in its safety. So I side eyed the BKT and bided my time.
Very shortly after came the Brazilian Blow out and Blow dry which promised to be aldehyde free and safe to use; no masks or extra ventilation required. I still hesitated as my need wasn’t yet great and I wanted to see how things played out. When I did finally decided to take the plunge, I did my research which at the end of the day is all anyone can do when it comes to trying new things out.
I decided to go with the Arosci Restructuring System for the following reasons:
1. Arosci is a very well-known and pre-existing black hair care brand
2. The Treatment is certified 100% Aldehyde free (which means I can sue them if this should turn out to be false)
3. The Treatment doesn’t straighten hair like a relaxer. It smooths out the texture, elongates the curl pattern and adds strength. More importantly it’s not permanent and wears off after 2-3 months.
The Arosci system can’t truly be called a keratin treatment as it’s a protein based smoothing treatment which uses Amino Acid technology. See HERE for a more detailed explanation of how this works. Here is the ingredients list for the Arosci Intensive Restructuring Foam:
Water, oxoacetamide carbocystene/oxoacetamide Amino acids, glycerine, Coco glucoside, avocado extract, sweet Marjoram extract, sunflower extract, lemon grass extract, green tea extract, anise extract, comfrey extract, jasmine extract, polysorbate 20 fragrance, methylchloroisothiazolinone.
Even as I was sitting in the salon chair waiting for the treatment to be applied, I was busy reading the ingredients on all the products scheduled to be applied to my hair. Believe me, if I’d seen anything that rang alarm bells, I’d have been out of that chair and out the door so fast with only skid marks to prove I was ever there. Andree Marie didn’t need to wear a mask when applying it; neither did I and I felt fine after the treatment was applied. I’ve had no adverse reactions since and last time I checked I’m still breathing.
Now this is not to say that I won’t find out in 10 years’ time that Arosci are big fat liars. However I’ve entrusted my well-being to a higher power and He gets to decide when and how I shuffle off this mortal coil. This in short is why I’m not particularly worried about using the Arosci Intensive Restructuring Treatment. Lets face it, previously I was putting Sodium Hydroxide in my hair quite happily. Now if you’re reading this and have decided to try it or indeed any other such treatment, then DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. Go have a conversation which whichever God, Stylist, Doctor or Insurance company you trust in. Do your own safety checks and be sure you are happy with the risk level. Remember MLHJ journey takes no responsibility only the glory for any successes you have :)!