Keratin Treatments: Are There Hidden Dangers?

Lindsey Metrus

Keratin hair treatments are beloved by anyone battling frizz or unruly locks, and its long-lasting power makes it a worthy splurge. However, SheFinds let us in on a little secret this week: Keratin treatments may not be as safe as you thought. According to Jane Meyer, a scientist and cancer researcher, the chemical by-products found in keratin treatments are bad for people as a whole, so the keratin element is included to help rebuild and nourish the hair. The chemicals are often regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but it's best to check with your salon first to find out what ingredients they use before you go ahead with the treatment. If you still want the healing benefits of keratin, we recommend OGX Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo ($8). [SheFinds]

Wondering what on earth you're going to do with that tube of black lipstick after all of the Halloween parties are over with? While the color may seem a bit—ahem—"scary" at the time, HuffingtonPost shared a few tips for how to make it work in the off-season. Makeup artist Kari Bauce suggests starting with a colorless matte lip liner to prevent the lipstick from bleeding (like Make Up Forever Lip Line Perfector, $19). Bauce suggests a flat, black lipstick (we recommend Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick, $21 in Slayer), and that if you're fair skinned, blotting will help tone down the severity of the color a bit. [HuffingtonPost]

BB Cream and CC Creams are said to have ton of skin benefits, like brightening the skin, decreasing the look of dark spots, among many others. But what if you were to only use BB Creams and CC Creams in place of your usual foundation? Wonder no more, since beauty editors over at makeup.com tried this for a month and reported on their findings. The reviews were both positive, saying that the creams allowed for a more natural look that allowed their skin to breathe. They both found their skin to be brighter and healthier as well, making us think: should we break up with our own foundations for a bit as well? For starters, we'll try the fabulous Bobbi Brown BB Cream ($20). [Makeup.com]

Chrissy Teigen is the kind of girl everyone wants to be friends with, so when she reveals a beauty secret or favorite tip, we listen up. PureWow shared a hilarious Instagram of the model and rather talented cook this week showing off her trick for preventing clip creases: playing cards. This way, when your hair is clipped back in the styling process and you want to avoid those pesky dents, just slip in a playing card et voila! Problem solved. We love alligator clips for all sorts of hair styling needs, and recommend the Salon Care Metal single Prong Curl Clips ($5).  [PureWow]

 Chances are you've been tempted to steal your partner's razor, or even your friend's when you're in a pinch. The trouble here is that this causes major sanitary issues. InStyle shared that even a quick razor borrow could lead to bacterial and fungal infections like (gasp!) warts, and even blood viruses. So the next time you reach for any razor other than your own, think again, sister. [InStyle]

We've all been in that desperate position where we scrape the sides of our mascara tubes, hoping for dear life that we'll muster up enough before we head off to our destination. While you've heard every hack there is from adding drops of saline solution to DIYing your own from Oreos (yep, that's a thing), PureWow revealed an incredibly simple tip that only involves one thing: a glass of hot water. Be sure to twist the cap of your mascara on tight, then place the tube into the hot water for a few minutes to allow for any clumps inside to "melt" into a normal formula. Easy, right? For fabulous, voluminous lashes that won't break the bank, we recommend CoverGirl Volum' Express Colossal Mascara ($7)  [PureWow]

If you're a Target fanatic like us, then you're likely already acquainted with the (rather extensive) beauty section. However, if you usually only pass through for the essentials, HuffingtonPost gave everyone a few reasons this week to linger a little longer. Within the aisles of Target's beauty section, you'll find nontoxic products like W3ll People Expressionist Mascara ($24) and K-Beauty fan favorite Laneige BB Cushion ($34). Consider yourself a Target beauty insider. [HuffingtonPost]

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