From: Nicolle (22.214.171.124)
In Reply to: Re: bkt respirator from les posted by bkt on August 26, 2007 at 3:49 pm:
A lot of inaccuracies in this post.
Anyway, it is sodium chloride you avoid.
The formaldehyde is a small amount in the BKT being marketed by Nadine and Marcia's company.
Unlike the Brazilian BKT, the one used in the USA has keratin which is actually the primary ingredient (check the listing of ingredients. In all packaging, the ones with the highest concentration will be the first ingredients listed on all labels including food and cosmetics and the ones that are the smallest % are toward the end).. The formaldehyde is used as a preservative. Basically the initial shampoo clarifies the hair opening the cuticle.Then you dry and put in the product and then dry again and use the hot iron to melt the keratin as a filler in your hair. You style it straight or however you want it so the formaldehyde just preserves the ingredients into your hair.
In Brazil, keratin is too expensive and is not used in a lot of formulations so then formaldehyde is the main ingredient and no keratin. So then on the ingredient listing, you'll see formaldehyde first. In the USA, it is one of the last ingredients since there is a very small %.
SLS doesn't really affect the BKT that we know of although I agree SLS (sulfates) and parabens aren't ideal ingredients. Sodium Chloride or "salt" is what eats through the protective coating on the hair to make the BKT wear off faster.
Formaldehyde is not illegal to use in USA. Formaldehyde is used in many/most household applications like carpeting, etc.. and nail polish...not illegal.
refer to this for some USA info:
In fact, I was reading a book that mentioned gum with aspartame that indicates that when that alcohol is released it causes formaldehyde in the body. In mobile homes there is also a high concentration of formaldehyed. It is a daily use thing and so even if none of us will ever get a BKT we are exposed to formaldehyde quite often actually.
I do agree that with BKT, bleach, chlorine, or any kind of harsh chemical you should wear masks and gloves as well.
Even if you're cleaning your shower/tub with bleach solution it can burn membranes and cause illness, watery eyes and mixed with the wrong chemicals is fatal.
My husband is very sensitive to even dust so he should wear masks when around it.
I don't think we should be putting chemicals full strength on our skin or inhaling them. So I agree with protection in all salon chemicals and not to take any of them lightly. Totally agreed there. Also, should have fans, ventilation systems, etc.