OK this is going to work! I just got 8 ounces of PROPYLENE GLYCOL off of ebay for $8.00.
Propylene glycol is a moisturizer for skin and hair and can be used like glycerin in the hair.
It is the ingredient that makes the keratin (knox gelatin) go inside the strand for the formaldehyde free
Brazilian Keratin Treatment (instead of formaldehyde making it penetrate the shaft)
However, the non formaldehyde formula will not loosen the curl MUCH. It will only elongate it & make
it more manageable.
SO, I will add about 10% propylene glycol to my Knox gelatin with shiitake mushroom water. That
would be about 2 ounces of propylene glycol to 2 cups of gelatin mixture as outlined above.
I will be collecting all my ingredients this week and probably do it this weekend coming up.
PS Incidentally, this knox gelatin/ olive oil and propylene glycol mix MAY be used as hair gel too ! So
flat ironed it and let that neutralize for 3 days, you can use any left over mix in the fridge for hair gel
if you air dry!!
How cool is that!
More technical info:
"When these keratin treatment solutions are applied to hair, the aldehydes react with cysteine found in both the keratin solution and also with the hair. This creates crosslinks between hair keratin and product keratin and holds them together in a semi-permanent fashion. The bonds do not last forever though, and are gradually broken and the keratin is washed away in the shower, which allows the hair to return to its pre-treatment state."
"The smaller polypeptides and amino acids of the hydrolyzed keratin penetrate the cuticle and help to plump the hair and fill in gaps. The larger-molecular-weight portions form a film on the surface of the hair and are held there by the crosslinks. The high-temperature flat-ironing process straightens the hair and locks in the new straighter conformation as well as seals the cuticle and the keratin film on the surface." http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/retexturizing/penetrating-the-veil-of-mystery-surrounding-keratin-treatments?page=3
Flat ironing the hair with the new softened cystein/keratin bonds is like molding water in an ice tray to give it a new form...straighter or smoother. Once the hair sets for 3-4 days the bonds become firm temporarily holding the hair in a new looser form. This will last for a few weeks to a few months. Sulfur unfortunately will help to remove the new coating and shape from the hair :(
Again, the formaldehyde free formula uses propylene glycol instead of formaldehyde to seal the product's keratin into the hair's keratin instead of formaldehyde. And those two are the only significant ingredients to make this up.
To reiterate, propylene glycol is very safe for the hair. It is found in over the counter sexual lubricantions,
Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper and other moisturizers. see:
The last step for me unfortunately is I need a good flat iron. Because there is no way my flat iron will
get any where near 400 degrees.... much less 450.
So I have shown here that all the ingredients in this home made Brazilian Keratin Treatment with NO
FORMALDEHYDE are actually VERY GOOD for the hair and can even be used on a daily basis as gel and
lube!. My only concern is whether it will actually loosen my curl any at all after I flat iron it in the
hair. I hope to know the answer to that within a week.
The ingredients are similar to those in Organix BKT. Who would have known that there is little more in
that than natural protein hair gel and moisturizing lubricant except some braggs amino acid.
Edited by LadyAradia - Aug 11 2013 at 3:25pm