- $115 for one keratin straightening treatment with one haircut and blowout ($285 value)
Some hair-straightening products that claim to be formaldehyde-free include aldehyde compounds, which are similar to the carcinogen formaldehyde. Side effects may include nosebleeds, headaches, vomiting, and respiratory problems, among others. Learn more about the health risks here.
La Pearl Beauty Emporium
More than three decades ago, Pearl Bailey-Anderson started styling hair in her home, and it wasn't long before two experienced beauticians—her grandmothers—convinced her it was time to open her own salon. The masterminds behind La Pearl Beauty Emporium uses their nimble fingers to shape braids, locs, and twists, and uses proteins, moisturizers, and oils to condition and smooth hair. Chic cuts and full and partial weaves let patrons go as cropped or long as they want to. La Pearl also staffs a certified hair loss professional and trichologist that offers free microscopic hair and scalp analysis.