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How to Remove the Brazilian Keratin From My Hair

Updated April 17, 2017

The Brazilian Keratin Treatment has revolutionised hair care by turning unruly curls into silky straight tresses. Unlike harsh straightening chemicals that break the cuticle of the hair, the keratin acts as a conditioner. It is sealed onto the outer layer of the cuticle with a straightening iron, which traps moisture and creates a glossy finish. However, it is a highly controversial treatment because it contains formaldehyde, a cancer-causing agent. If you are dissatisfied with the results of your treatment, or are concerned about formaldehyde, you can wash it out with a few basic ingredients.

Wash your hair immediately after the treatment. Those who are happy with the keratin treatment are instructed to wait at least four days before washing so the keratin can absorb into the cuticle. By shampooing your hair a couple of times within the first 24 hours, you will speed up the removal process.

Change your shampoo. Purchase a shampoo that has a large amount of the ingredient sodium chloride. It will break down the protein agent keratin and strip the substance from your hair follicle. Most shampoo products at your local drugstore contain sodium chloride or sulphate. Add 1 tsp of table salt for every 2 tbsp of shampoo that you use to increase the effect.

Wash frequently. Brazilian Keratin Treatment is said to last up to four months, depending on how much you shampoo your hair. Wash with sodium chloride shampoo at least twice a day until the desired effect is achieved.

Things You'll Need

  • Sodium chloride shampoo
  • Table salt
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Samantha Cowley is currently editor-in-chief of "UDress Magazine." Cowley began writing professionally for "Traveler-Watchman Newspaper" in 2003, where she created a monthly teen column. Other experience includes internships with "Ports 1961," "Seventeen Magazine" and "Time Out New York." Cowley is studying for her Bachelor of Arts in fashion merchandising at the University of Delaware.