When friends hear that I get my hair straightened they shake their head in amazement. In their mind I’m the one with straight hair so why would I want it straightened? It’s true that basically I do have straight hair but that doesn’t mean it’s the way I want it. My wants are to not have to worry about frizz, to not worry about silly kinks in my hair, and to wake up and brush my hair and be done most days. As we age our hair changes too so what is in their mind from my 20’s and 30’s isn’t what I have in my older age. Gray or white hair grows in coarser than brown hair and that coarseness can bring with it a curl or kink that wasn’t there. This is why I recently went for a Brazilian Blowout at my beauty salon.
This is probably the 6th time I’ve done a keratin process. I’ve had the Coppola Keratin done at least 3 times. I had something called Keratin Express done once and I had the original Brazilian Blowout done. All worked pretty well for the process but there were negatives with them all. The Coppola Keratin was actually terrific but it was three days of torture afterwards. You can’t get your hair wet or damp at all. That means no showers, no exercise, making sure you aren’t in the rain plus NEVER EVER pull your hair back or clip it. By the end of the third day my skin was crawling to get into a shower and wash it. Granted, it lasted well for approximately 5 – 6 months on my shoulder length hair, but the idea of going through this was again was torture.
The Keratin Express was a shorter process. You can wash it out the same day but my hairstylist recommended leaving it in at least 24 hours to let it set. Some process as above but you can wash it and leave if you want. But my hair wasn’t AS straight and it didn’t last that long.
Enter the Brazilian Blowout. Now if you are know anything about the process you’ve heard some pretty awful things in the past. I was surprised when my stylist told me that’s what she’s using from now on. But I trust her completely so when she told me about the classes she took to learn how to do it properly and about her certification I decided to go along with her recommendation.
In the past there was some controversy that Brazilian Blowout contained formaldehyde. It was really a big deal in the news and in the beauty world. Brazilian Blowout made sure their products passed all the standards and tests available to counteract the negative press they were given.
The process itself takes 90 minutes although I did have my hair tinted on the same day so I was in the salon longer. The basic steps done by my stylist are as follows:
- Wash the hair very thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo. My hair was washed 3 times to make sure that it was perfectly free of color and any products so it would accept the treatment well.
- Blow dry the hair until it’s at least 2/3 dry. It can be slightly damp without a problem.
- The stylist now applies the product in layers combing the keratin through thoroughly. This takes the most time since just a small amount of hair is done at a time.
- Once your hair is covered with the Brazilian Blowout formula the stylist then blows it totally dry using a very hot hairdryer.
- Next she/he uses a 450 degree flat iron and goes through your hair a little at a time until your hair is totally flat ironed.
- The hair is then washed twice. I waited a few minutes and then the Acai Masque was applied and I waited a few minutes for that to set.
- Last is another wash (I’m not sure if this was with or without shampoo) and a blow dry using the BB Acai Serum or Balm. That’s it. Done. (official steps are HERE)
My hair was not only perfectly straight but it was as shiny as could be. I didn’t have any need to even wash it for the next 3 days though I was able to stick it up in a ponytail and put on a shower cap to take a shower. I had my hair in a ponytail often for the next few days afterwards too since that’s how I wear my hair when I’m taking care of my grandson. He’d leave and I’d take out the elastic and my hair would fall back straight and shiny.
Now I’m washing it every few days using Brazilian Blowout Açai Styling Products. Once a week it’s recommended that instead of using the Açai conditioner that you use the Açai Masque and leave it on for 5 minutes and then wash it out. I’ve continued using my current argan oils but I’m considering buying the Açai Protective Thermal Straightening Balm to use instead. The Acai products add more keratin to your hair making the bond stronger and longer lasting.
Now for the cost… I’m sure this varies all over the country and in each salon. I paid $350 for the process which also included three full size Brazilian Blowout Acai products (shampoo, conditioner and masque).
If you live in the Detroit, Michigan area I highly recommend my stylist and salon: R Place Salon on 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, MI. The phone number is 248-553-4480 . My stylist is named Rima and I’ve sent people to her for a few years now with absolute confidence in her skills. The other stylists in the salon have also been trained to do the process too. (I received no compensation or discount for this process by the way.)
The day I had the Brazilian Blowout done it was absolutely pouring out. It made no difference at all. I was out all evening so I was in and out of the rain though I was wearing a raincoat. As I’m writing this I’ve recently come in from being in a light rain and my hair is perfect. I love how my hair looks since it’s shiny and silky. It’s so easy to take care of. I wake up and brush my hair and that’s it! I’m done. Shiny, swingy hair. I know too that it will last me at least 4 months and probably 6. Would I recommend this? A resounding YES! — Marcia
For more information and the Frequently Asked Questions please read the Brazilian Blowout website. Here’s some additional information I just learned – if you have blonde hair ask for Brazilian Blowout Free. It is a better formula for those of you with blonde hair since it won’t interfere with your color at all.