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I feel a  bit irresponsible that I got on my soapbox about formaldehyde in hair treatments (earlier post) and didn’t actually offer any alternative options or suggestions. In the comments, Jennifer suggested using ingredients like olive oil, and she was correct! Below are links to a few natural recipes I found online. I’ll try them all over the next couple weeks and let you know how they work. Personally, I’m most intrigued by the Mayan Hair Mask…”mayan hair mask”…it just sounds exotic and sexy!

  1. Hair Care Recipes at the livestrong.com site, which, by the way, is a really interesting site about health, diet, and exercise.
  2. Recipe for Shiny Hair on Free Beauty Tips site
  3. Mayan Hair Mask also on Free Beauty Tips site. I’ll even give you the recipe here, because it’s cool and I want you to feel sexy too (if that’s possible with egg on your head…) Note: If you are allergic to egg, you shouldn’t use this topical treatment.

Mayan Hair Mask

Ancient Mayan Inca and Aztec women believed that avocados fed the skin from the inside and outside. Make sure you save the avocado pit, setting it in a place where it can dry out.

  • Mix together: 1 ripe avocado, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 small banana and 1 egg yolk.
  • Gently massage  on to hair and scalp and cover with a shower cap.
  • Leave on 1 hour and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Shampoo as usual.

I’ll keep you posted on the results…

Last night, I read an article in More magazine (for “women of style and substance” who also happen to be over the age of 40). The topic was dry hair, apparently just “like skin, our hair gets drier as we age.” The article provided a 6-week plan to get the silkiness back. Sounded like an ok thing. Week 1 was trim, then tame. The recommended method for taming was a salon Keratin treatment. The article then had a side note stating that the original keratin treatments “contained high amounts of formaldehyde, a chemical best avoided in large doses.” And instructed the reader to ask their salon if the salon offered LOW-FORMALDEHYDE Keratin treatments instead. Excuse me? LOW-formaldehyde treatments? How about NO-formaldehyde treatments?

So, I did a little reading online regarding formaldehyde…it’s in the chemicals used for processing photos, it’s used for embalming, it’s used as a finisher on fabrics, it’s also used in some capsules than surround pill medications (thus, I suppose we are ingesting some of it on occasion.)

Perhaps instead of a Keratin treatment, we should just consider getting a good trim, minimizing daily shampoo usage, covering our hair when we are in the sun for long periods and maybe even just accepting a little dryness with age.

Formaldehyde? That’s just gross!

(though now I have to investigate what is in the hair color I use to cover those “couple” grey hairs…might be just as frightening!)