One misconception I had is that Brazilian Blowouts permanently alter one's hair - they do not, rather, they coat each hair follicle much like a deep conditioner would. So, think of a BB as a smoothing treatment you have to maintain by using sulfate-free shampoos, as lather strips away the treatment faster. On many people, one Brazilian Blowout can last around three months. It's been about that time since my Brazilian Blowout, but before I tell you what I think, check out the before and after photos:
|Before the Brazilian Blowout treatment|
|After the Brazilian Blowout treatment|
I think the results speak for themselves! Keep in mind, if your hair is like mine, it won't stay this straight the whole time, but it does dramatically cut down flat ironing/styling time, helps your hair stay frizz-free, and imparts a wonderful shine all over. I could actually let my hair air-dry and leave the house with nice, soft waves. Love it!
The stylist washed by hair, combed in the Brazilian Blowout keratin-based treatment, blow dried my hair straight, then sealed in the treatment by flat-ironing my hair. You then wait a few days without pinning hair back or tying it up, then wash as normal (with sulfate-free shampoo of course).
Here are a few tips if you're interested in getting a Brazilian Blowout:
- Do your research. Make sure your stylist is using the actual "Brazilian Blowout" brand for best results.
- Remember that there are usually chemicals present in this treatment, namely formaldehyde. If you'd like a formaldehyde-free option, check into Keratin treatments instead.
- In regards to getting other hair services done, get the BB done prior to getting your hair cut because your usual cut may need to be adjusted (mine did) for smoother and straighter hair. In regards to color treatments, these can be done before or after the BB as long as you wait at least a week before or after the treatment.
- Care for your hair properly. As mentioned above, you should use sulfate-free shampoos (I even took it step further and made sure it was also sodium chloride-free - I recommend the Number 4 line). Chlorine and salt water can also cut down on the life of your Brazilian Blowout.
Overall, I love the way this treatment made my hair look and feel. I'll definitely be getting another treatment in the future. For more information, check out this Brazilian Blowout FAQ.