I just washed out my keratin treatment with the shampoo and conditioner the salon recommended, and as soon as it got wet I noticed the terrible smell. I’ve read around that this smell can last for over a year, and I’m terrified. Help?
Naw, unless you somehow over processed your hair. Go put a glass of water with a couple TBS of apple cider vinegar in your already wet hair, let it set for a couple minutes at most, then rinse and put a good hydrating deep conditioner in your hair, such as “It’s a Ten,” and let that set for a couple minutes. All will be fine. If keratin treatment had sodium hydroxide in it, or ammonium thyoglicolate in it, and if you left it in your hair too long, the smell may be due to over processing, in which case you should see a knowledgeable cosmetologist (such as one who owns her own salon).
That’s the FORMALDEHYDE – causing cancer chemical you’re smelling.
That means: it is a colorless, toxic, potentially carcinogenic, water-soluble gas, CH 2 O, having a suffocating odor, usually derived from methyl alcohol by oxidation: used chiefly in aqueous solution, as a disinfectant and preservative, and in the manufacture of various resins and plastics.