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Hair Straightening Safety Buenos Aires

Hair Straightening Safety Buenos Aires

Javier Aranda Hair & Makeup Design perfection has provided hair straightening treatments for clients in Capital Federal (Buenos Aires City) for many years.

In the past, Javier worked at a number of salons in Capital Federal and Buenos Aires Province that provided hair straightening treatments with slightly different methods and chemical ratios – but in all salons it was standard practice to use formaldehyde.

Even if a hair salon avoids the subject or in some cases they just plain lie, be sure, hair straighteners used by most salons in Argentina contain formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is a chemical and a carcinogenic (meaning it’s bad for you)  that should not be inhaled in large quantities over extended periods of time.

There is no safe way to use Formaldehyde in a room without ventilation that immediately extracts airborne gases and ventilates with fresh air (expensive). At room temperature and when heated, formaldehyde solution becomes a gas.

Javier’s views on hair straightening safety in Buenos Aires

I was never prepared to provide hair straightening treatments in a busy salon with poor ventilation and clients around me. It’s most unfair to both clients and colleagues.  It was and still is my opinion that hair straightening is not a treatment that should be used in a busy salon.  Its use was banned for salon use in Argentina many years ago.

Why are products that contain formaldehyde used  – because they work and they work extremely well. And, when combined with the other natural hair treatments, your curly, wavy or frizzy hair is banished for periods of up to 2-4 months. You are left with soft, silky, shiny hair that is straighter and easily managed.

I do not like risk and I am very health conscious.

I employ good safety standards at Javier Aranda Hair & Makeup Design to protect both my clients and just as importantly – me – remember I use lots of different chemicals such as bleaches every day and many thousands of times each year.

I have perfected a safe and effective balance of hair straightening and natural hair treatments that work extremely well, even on the curliest of hair (I do not provide this treatment for Afro-Caribbean hair) and my treatment protocol protect my clients.

Firstly, I use a Methylene Glycol product that combines formaldehyde with water and does not turn to gas when reaching room temperature.

I see clients at a private ‘closed door’ studio with a terrace and only one client per appointment.

On the point of safety:  In winter wrap up well, because I treat your hair on my terrace just outside my studio and you will be asked to use anti-hazard-glasses and a face-mask to stop chemical contact with your eyes and to help protect your respiratory system.  Most of the formaldehyde gas will just disappear into the atmosphere as it’s released during heat treatment.

If you are asthmatic or have a respiratory illness, skin disease or allergic skin problems, if you are trying for a baby or you are pregnant or lactating, I will not provide hair straightening treatments.

At the end of this article I will list a few clients who have recently attended my private ‘closed door’ hair salon in Recoleta, Buenos Aires for hair straightening treatments.

A little bit more about the hair straightening treatments used in Buenos Aires

Most clients request hair straightening treatments like Brazilian straightening (brand names include Brazilian Keratin Treatment and Brazilian Blowout) and Keratin Complex Hair Therapy. These treatments are not permanent and they smooth the surface of the hair but don’t permanently break the Keratin bonds, so your natural texture gradually returns.

All the Brazilian treatments contain varying amounts of formaldehyde, in addition to keratin protein. I prefer Keratin Complex Hair Therapy that states their product uses a “captured form of formaldehyde,” and that any formaldehyde gas released during the treatment is below the exposure limit set by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. (Stylists attest that it does not have the noxious odor of the Brazilian treatments, but independent testing has not demonstrated how much formaldehyde is released during use.)

After the product is applied, the hair is blow-dried, then flat ironed.  Clients with the curliest hair may need to leave the solution on the hair until you shampoo three to four days later. These treatments can be used on color-treated hair and are effective on everything from waves to tight curls. They control frizz but maintain some texture and volume.

For more information on hair straightening techniques buenos aires, including the use of naturally occurring acids (VERY VERY EXPENSIVE AND LAST JUST ONE MONTH) Contact me for more information –

Javier Aranda

Hair Art Director

011 4824-5570




Arenales 2066 between Junín and Ayacucho, Recoleta.

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