Keratin treatment for kids, seriously ??

I took Nodi to get his hair cut yesterday and saw this flayer on the counter. I was shocked to learn that a lot of parents get this done for their children.

Would you let you child get keratin treatment?

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27 responses to “Keratin treatment for kids, seriously ??

  1. ambaaay!! this is horrid!! 7aram they r just kids ! let their hair be kisha soo what !!

  2. s.

    sooooooooooooooooooooooo many people are doing it, didn’t you notice that girls in KG and elementary schools suddenly have silky hair?? It’s not a 6afra jeeneyaa :p

  3. I am a stylist and I have used 10 different keratin treatments and only ONE stated that it was safe for kids–and in my experience it was so mild it barely made a change in the hair. Did you ask what brand this product is, and if it was approved for kids? Yikes!

  4. I think it’s just wrong. What kind of message are you giving your daughter’s by straightening their hair at a young age? They should be taught that they are beautiful and to love what God gave them. My girls have curly hair and I refuse to blow it out, I kept telling them how beautiful it is and now they both love it and want it to be curly. It’s just bad parenting to teach your children to change themselves like this.

    • pilar

      Well i have to say that i disagree! it’s not bad parenting at all!! my daughter has extremely curly hair, and i have to tell you that although i have tried almost every product out there to try to control her wild curls and frizz. i have finally decided to go thru with doing a keratin treatment on her hair. and only because, she wants it!!! this girl cries every day, just to try to untangle her hair is a nightmare!!! poor kid! the only way for me to comb or brush her hair is by wetting it! its gotten to the point the her hair is soooo damaged from trying to get those knots out…anyway, you just have to do your research… and go to a reputable salon, and stylist.. that knows what their doing! also, there are several different, keratin treatments out there…there is one , that doesnt completely straighten the hair but just controls, and get rid of all the frizz.

  5. I agree with Snow. Its wrong.

  6. Jamie

    With 27 spelling and grammar errors in that one paragraph, Pilar apparently has more to worry about than whether she might be causing her daughter health or developmental problems by having a chemical process performed on her “only because, she wants it!!!” I hope I’m wrong; maybe the ONE kid-safe treatment that Specialist has heard of is the one that Pilar’s daughter had.

    • nina

      oh please we (almost all humans) use everyday products such as soaps, detergents, deodorants, cosmetics etc. that contain super harmful chemicals and I dont see you complaining about it, tell me are you going to stop using them? I guess not. Because they make your life easier….if this product will make that girl’s life easier then let it be. If she didnt have it now she will have it later on in her life.

  7. ms

    First off keratin is not a chemical process,it is after all a natural vitamin for hair. and it isn’t dangerous for kids except for sensitive skins. and it does not affect the kids personality or teach them to change their selves if they are raised right and at right age. Second we should NOT focus on users grammar and spelling and not focus on their opinions . am i right,Jamie?

    • RS

      Snow, I completely agree with Pilar. I too have tried almost every product on the market to help with my daughter’s hair. When you have a child that has extremely unmanageable hair that gets tangled and she runs and screams every time you comb her hair because it hurts, then you have grounds to stand on. How dare you judge a mother based on what she feels is the best for her child? I would rather my child have manageable hair than fight with her every night while she runs away in tears.
      There is a BIG difference between curly hair and unmanageable hair. This treatment is not a chemical that will damage the child’s hair nor will it damage who she is inside as a person. My daughter loves her hair just not what she has to go through every time we have to comb it for school.

    • @MS You are correct that Keratin itself is not a “chemical process,” because keratin is actually just one ingredient in the chemical process known as a keratin treatment. It also contains at least a dozen other ingredients, one of which is some type of fixative, preservative or bonding agent, which seals the product onto the hair when heated with the dryer and flat iron. This is where the concern lies; these fixatives are most commonly formaldehyde, a type of aldehyde, or something that contains formaldehyde. In a properly ventilated environment, most adults who are exposed to occasional, small amounts do not experience irritation or health problems. But, as we know, there are many things that are safe for most adults in moderation, but are not acceptable for children. I have done hundreds of these treatments, but never on a child, because the manufacturers themselves say not to. I can’t imagine they would turn away business if it weren’t for real concern.

      • Linda

        Keratin can be dangerous for anyone still in childbearing years; even though it is “natural”.

      • @Linda Anyone in childbearing years? What is this statement based on? There has been no damage to adults of any age attributed to keratin treatment; the advice not to use it on pregnant or nursing women, or children, is because there is someone in their developmental years who is being affected.

  8. @RS I can only speak for myself, but I never passed judgement on the Moms commenting here. The salon, on the other hand…I am very curious to know what brand they are using and to see if that manufacturer states that it is safe for kids. If the salon is under-informing or mis-informing the clientele by advertising something for kids that is not meant for kids, that is something I take a big issue with.

    As I said above, I have worked with 10 different types of keratin/smoothing treatments, and only ONE has stated it was safe for children. And, it was so mild that it barely did anything.

    I grew up hating my hair. It is curly, dry, frizzy, tangly, and mattes up if not tended to properly. Once, while I was in early elementary school, I had to have it cut very short because it was so messed-up; I learned from this, and with the help of a stylist, my Mom learned how to care for my hair (and teach me how to as well) to keep it in good shape. I have now done the same (major cut and lesson on proper homecare) for a few of my clients’ daughters who unintentionally grew dreadlocks in their hair. One is now 17 and will get her first treatment when she heads off to college. One is 11 and her Mom (who has a treatment every 4 months) still begs me regularly to give her one, but I won’t do it. With each haircut, I remind her of the tips on how to care for her hair. I address it as “unique” or “special,” rather then troublesome or unmanageable.

    Just like skirt length, makeup, boy/girl parties, hair color, and even cosmetic surgery (nose job for Bat Mitzvah…) every parent has the right to decide when their daughter is educated and ready (physically and/or emotionally) for things that could affect her appearance, self-esteem, and health. I just want them to be making an educated decision, having all the facts related to the treatment, and I hope the salon is giving them that.

  9. layal dubai

    Hi everyone ,

    we tired the Amercian global kertain on 12 years old girl and it s absoultly safe because its free formaldhyde 0% try the light wave keratin from global keratin

    • “Formaldehyde-free,” perhaps, but Global Keratin contains methylene glycol, which is what the whole Brazilian Blowout controversy is about, because while it ISN’T formaldehyde, it does RELEASE formaldehyde when heated, which is an essential part of the process.

      I confirmed with my rep before posting, that the Light Wave formula does contain a small amount of methylene glycol. And, I have been told by GK’s technical support line, not to use it on a client who is allergic to formaldehyde. Again, this is not an issue for most adults, but it is not intended for use on children.

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  11. mahd

    There are too types of curly hair: Ones that always get tangled the other one is the beautiful curly hair any one has wanted. If it is useful, to make the person with tangled hair to be statisfied, then it’s worth the risk. But if someone with perfectly beautiful curls who makes keratine, it’s a huge mistake that they should not face.

  12. LaShaundra

    Ok so what is safe for a nine year old girl whose hair is like a sponge, literally?

  13. My husband is a hairstylist and I would say that if we, for whatever reason, thought that our child needed a keratin treatment – we would do it. The keratin system he uses has the smallest amount of formaldehyde possible in it and it is about 115% more harmful to the hairdresser than the client, regardless of age – and the only way it would be harmful to him is if he did 65 of them a week, every week for the next 15 years.

  14. Shivxo

    why is it bad and also would it be okay for a 13 year old teenager to get it done??

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