My hair often has its own agenda. One that pretty much involves forcing me and it to become recluses and live the life of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”
My hair is definitely the Bette Davis character.
After they showed me before and after photos, from dry and frizzy to pin-straight and glossy, I gladly handed over my $200.
The only odd part was they kept emphasizing the fact that it was all-natural. Thee does protest too much.
The treatment involved applying the concoction, then flat ironing it into the hair. It was going well until I looked up to find the woman suddenly dressed in gloves and a mask, like she’d be heading straight to her night job as an asbestos remover.
When I got home I researched the treatment. Yes, I know this paragraph should come before the one about how I went to get it done, but I’m a bit dyslexic that way.
Anyway, I found all these articles online about how formaldehyde is the ingredient that facilitates the straightening. Yes, the very same chemical used to preserve three-headed fetuses at that creepy museum you went to in the 7th grade. Yes, the known cancer-causing carcinogen.
I was pissed that they never thought to mention this to me, and that she kept emphasizing that it was all-natural. Yes, maybe formaldehyde is technically all-natural, but so too is arsenic, but that doesn’t mean I want it flat ironed into my hair.
But I angrily digress. The final result: My hair was pin-straight and shiny.
It lasted 2-3 months as promised, but I would never do it again, knowing now what everyone forget to tell me then.
If you’re looking for a non-formaldehyde straightening option, try the Conair Infiniti blow-dryer, which straightens your hair as you dry. Plus it gives you options, like leaving hair a little wavy, flipping it up at the ends and not poisoning yourself with formaldehyde.
Has anyone else had this treatment done? Anyone think it’s worth the risk?