Posted September 08, 2018 03:15:00A woman who had straightened her hair for almost a decade to save on maintenance costs was shocked when she noticed her straightening technique was not up to scratch when she returned home to Vancouver.
Kristina Cunneen had been doing her hair straightening for nearly 10 years and noticed the straightening process was not working on her scalp.
“It was quite a long time since I had done straightening and it was getting harder and harder to do it.
I was just getting really frustrated with the straighteners that I had,” she said.
Kristi Cunnien’s straightening method doesn’t work on her hair.
(CBC News)Cunni and her partner of more than 20 years, Kim Jones, had spent years researching hair straighteners to find the best for their straight hair.
“We thought that straightening was something that was very expensive and very time consuming,” Ms Jones said.
“But when we had the opportunity to try the product out, we were like, wow, this is really not what you want.”
But it didn’t take long for the results to be spectacular.
“I actually had two straighteners and they worked really well and I have been able to keep my hair straight since,” Ms Cunna said.
While Ms Cinneen’s experience was encouraging, many women are not so lucky.
In a survey of more 100 straightening practitioners, 70 per cent said their straightening methods were not up-to-date and the majority said their clients had experienced significant health problems from using their products.
“This is not a new problem but it is definitely something that we think needs to be looked at,” Dr Jennifer Tapp, a health scientist at the University of Western Australia, said.
She said the straightener industry had a lot to learn about how it’s making hair healthy and how to ensure it doesn’t become a health risk.
“The straightening industry has really struggled in terms of understanding the complexities of hair care and how it can be done safely,” Dr Tapp said.
For many women, their straighteners have been their lifeline to health.
But Dr Topp said they were just as likely to experience a problem after straightening as before.
“That’s because their hair is not the same.
So it is a bit of a double whammy,” she explained.”
They may be able to do a lot of the straight-topping and straightening at the same time, but they’re probably not going to have the same success with that.”
Dr Tapp says many women were reluctant to try out hair straightener products.
She also noted that the health risks were higher than most people had realised.
“Most people think that straighteners are going to cleanse their hair and that’s a very important part of hair health, but it doesn.
It’s also important to realise that when you do that, it’s probably not that great a thing,” she advised.
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