Makeup Wars with Keune Hair Care products – Keratin Smoothing Line

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

KEUNE Care Line Keratin Smoothing

The ladies of Makeup Wars are a varied bunch in our taste and especially with our hair. We all have different styles, lengths, textures and desires when it comes to how we like our hair. KEUNE hair care has provided each of us with a haircare line that suits our taste. What you’ll see in our posts this time are the products that Keune carries so that you can find the ones that suit your needs and your life style.

I’ve had straight hair my entire life though it’s never been that glass like straight that you see in advertisements. After an illness my hair suddenly went from straight to crazy. I lost a huge volume of hair and is it regrew it came in kinky and then settled into some funny waves that went every which way. That’s when I got serious and started having Keratin treatments. I have them about every 9 months because I want to retain my youth (obviously) and have straight, easy to care for locks.

KEUNE CARE LINE KERATIN SMOOTHING is the line I chose as it’s listed under “Smooth and Manageable” which describes what I am looking for to a tee. There are 4 products in the line and are all highly recommended if you want smooth hair and could use the benefits of keratin added to the products you use.

I have to start with how much I love the packaging of the Keratin Smoothing line. Fuchsia and charcoal look stunning together and perfect in my gray, white and black bathroom!

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

Keune Care Line Keratin Smoothing Shampoo

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SHAMPOO is a very mild shampoo that cleanses without any stripping. It’s great for both color-treated hair and for chemical treated hair. There’s no fragrance to most of the line. Here’s some information from Keune about the shampoo: “The Quat Complex protects against Hair Fiber Breakage and ensures smooth wet combing. Keratin repairs and protects the hair structure. Provitamin B5 penetrates deeply into the hair shaft and regulates the moisture balance and gives shine.”

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

Keune Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner

KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING CONDITIONER is a perfect day to day conditioner. It’s creamy and leaves my hair easy to comb and protects from breakage. It contains shea butter for extra conditioning and shine.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Serum

The KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING SERUM is where we start getting really serious! The serum is what smooths my hair and keeps it from getting frizzy. This is an amazing serum that contains active keratin and argan oil. I love this serum. I need 3 small pumps for my shoulder length hair. I rub it through then brush with my wet brush and I’m ready to go. I usually don’t have to do anything else after I messily blow dry. It keeps my hair straight throughout that process. It also protects from the heat of my dryer or my flat iron. On second day hair I’ll use one pump smooshed in my palms and run it through my hair before using a flat iron.

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Keratin Smoothing Treatment and Serum

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

Keune Smoothing Keratin Treatment

I have to really rave about the KEUNE KERATIN SMOOTHING TREATMENT. This makes my hair behave like nothing else. I end up with the softest and straightest hair on the days I use this. I use this just once a week though I know I could use it more often. With this treatment it’s best to apply it after shampooing and then bundle your hair up in a towel for 5 minutes. You can do that in the shower if you want while you are shaving and washing up. I typically use it without the towel though and just step out of the water stream to let it condition and repair my hair. This has what they call “Zipper Technology”. The Treatment is great to rebuild, repair and protect any damage you have with your hair. It’s wonderful if you plan to flat iron after blowdrying since it’s so protective.

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing hair

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune Keratin Smoothing (I need my bangs cut)

Keune is a salon sold line that’s easy to locate with their salon finder. I just put in my state and it showed 2 salons close to my home and 4 others that are within reasonable distance. I just hope they carry my choice of Keratin Smoothing.

I’m thrilled that Keune chose to work with our group of Makeup War bloggers since it introduced me to a haircare line that I wouldn’t have known about but now love. Have you tried anything from Keune? — Marcia


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Beauty starts inside – a review of NeoCell Beauty Bursts, Keratin Hair Volumizer and Eat Pretty + giveaway

Today I want to share two products with you that are award winners. Neocell’s Keratin Hair Volumizer was named the Best New Product in Delicious Living’s Beauty and Body Awards. The other product, Beauty Bursts, has won several prestigious awards, including a Best of Natural Beauty award from Better Nutrition, a Taste for Life Essentials award and the award for Best Beauty Supplement from Delicious Living. Today I’ll talk about them and at the end you’ll be able to enter a giveaway to try to win these for yourself.

I received these products from their PR company and I’ve been using them myself. I’m not a doctor (obviously) but I can tell you what I found with these and what I like about them. As with any supplement you should consult with your doctor before taking them.

Neocell Keratin Hair Volumizer

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

 

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer are pills that you take morning and evening to help regain the shine and beauty of your hair. As I’ve aged I’ve found that the thick head of hair that was my glory isn’t quite the same. My hair has gotten thinner and takes more to make it look quite as lustrous as it used to. This supplement was created to work on your hair from the inside. It contains Vitamin C to help with collagen formation; Amla Extract, a centuries old Ayurvedic plant that is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory for strong hair growth; soluble keratin; and Super Collagen. The result is stronger and brighter hair that is helping with the thinning. Just as important as what’s in it is what’s NOT in it – soy, wheat, lactose, starch, yeast, or artificial flavors. gluten free.

ingredients

ingredients

a dose of NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

a dose of NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

While I’ve finished my bottle I found it online at places like the Vitamin Shoppe, Vita Cost and drugstore.com for under $20.

Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews

Beauty Bursts

Beauty Bursts

The other item that I’ve been using for the last few months is Beauty Bursts Soft Chews by NeoCell. These also add collagen to my life with Vitamin C and Collagen 1 & 3. In addition to helping strengthen my hair, these strengthen my nails as well. This winter has been especially hard on us. From previous experience I know that my nails become more brittle in winter but this year I’ve been using these soft chews and haven’t had breaks (where’s the wood to go knock on!!!!). They are available in two delicious flavors. As a dedicated chocoholic I prefer the Chocolate Mint ones and they also come in Fruit Punch.  Directions say to take 2 – 4 per day. I take 2 after dinner as a little snack. A 60 count bag will last me a month for under $20.

Beauty Bursts

Beauty Bursts

beauty burst informationAdding collagen to my diet through these two products is hopefully slowing down the signs of aging.

EAT PRETTYeat pretty coverFor a change of pace I have a book that I’ve been reading and have found to be a great source of information. It’s called Eat Pretty – Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out. The author, Jolene Hart is a beauty and health coach who’s been certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Eat Pretty

Eat Pretty

The author describes the beauty nutrition of the foods we eat or the foods we should eat but maybe don’t. We know why we should have green leafy vegetables for our health but do we know what they do for our looks?

She divides foods up into the seasons that they’ll be the freshest and most prevalent in. “Spring Beauty Awakening”, “Abundant Summer Beauty”, “Restore and Recharge in Autumn”, and “Glow Through the Winter”. In addition to all the reasons to eat each kind of food she has included some recipes. The MSRP is $16.95 but you can find it for less on Amazon (book or kindle).

yummy and healthy

yummy and healthy

Now that you know some of my ‘beauty secrets’ decide for yourself if you’d like to try out the two NeoCell products and enter this giveaway. It’s US only and open through March 11, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Smooth hair for the New Year with Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy 30-Day Smoothing Treatment

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Organix Brazilian line

Salon hair smoothing treatments are definitely an investment so an easy, in expensive at home treatment always interests me.  I recently tested the Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy 30-Day Smoothing Treatment ($14.99) that was sent to the BIZ, and I got terrific results for a $15 treatment.

Organix

Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy 30 Day Smoothing Treatment

I don’t think it’s fair to expect salon quality results from a product like this, but I have to say this treatment exceeded my expectations. My hair is not as super straight after washing as it is with a salon treatment. I still need to flat iron some areas, but really it’s not much and this treatment takes a lot of time out of my typical morning routine. Here is my hair before a treatment:

Before Organix 30 Day Smoothing

Before Organix 30 Day Smoothing Treatment

I have fine hair that tends to be frizzy. It has natural wave to it, although not enough to be attractive on its own. I like this treatment because it really smooths hair and eliminates frizz.   Here is my hair right after a treatment:

After my Organix 30 Day Smoothing

After my Organix 30 Day Smoothing Treatment

It certainly does make a difference! You need to plan for the time to do the treatment correctly, as altogether it takes about two hours.

Pre-Shampoo packet,

Pre-Shampoo packet, Smoothing Treatment, all sitting on gloves

First, you wash with the pre-shampoo packet. This lathers up nicely and rinses out easily, leaving hair feeling rough (which helps it pick up the keratin treatment).  After that, you let your hair dry to about 80% dryness, then apply the keratin treatment. There are gloves included, just put them on then smooth in the treatment to sections of your hair. A tip is to be sure not to use too much – too much results in greasy looking hair for two days. Let the treatment soak in for a half hour, then blow dry hair. After that, it’s flat ironing time. I section out my hair and flat iron each piece 7 times. This leaves my hair stick straight and it seals in the treatment. I always have about half a bottle of treatment left, so one box ends up being two treatments for me.

The hardest part is not washing hair for two days. Remember to plan for this…don’t do a treatment right before a big night out on the town. The perfect day for New Year’s Eve perfection would be December 29th.  I find that with my type of hair, the treatment lasts amost 4 weeks. Your results will vary based on your hair type.

I think this is an excellent affordable option for super smooth hair. Next time you are at Ulta or the drugstore, check it out!  – Lisa

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Say Bye Bye Frizz at home with Marc Anthony

It’s been a very hot summer and which one of us doesn’t want to banish the frizz that summer humidity brings to our hair? Not everyone has the money or ability to get a professional treatment done that will help with that but if you have $11.99 then I have a tip for you:  Marc Anthony BYE.BYE.FRIZZ comes to your rescue. 30 day bye.bye.frizz is a Keratin Smoothing System to do at home. You need a few things to do this – time, a good flat iron, a blow dryer, a wide tooth comb, a paddle brush and clips. Marc Anthony provides the rest.

Inside the box you’ll find directions, a clarifying shampoo, the treatment and a plastic bag.

Here’s what you’ll do:

1)      Wash your hair well with the clarifying shampoo. If you use a lot of styling products on your hair then you’ll want to wash it twice to get it all out. Do NOT use any conditioner; only the clarifying shampoo.

2)      Comb your hair with a wide tooth comb and then blow dry it until it’s 80% dry. Now your hair isn’t going to say “hey, I’m at 60% keep going” so you just have to guess.

3)      Divide your hair into 4 sections with the clips. Now this is where I got confused. Vertically? Horizontally? So I went to the Marc Anthony website and watched this video which is extremely helpful since it taught me what I should be doing.

4)      You apply the solution using your hands and comb it through each thin section. Start with the underneath and then add more hair from the top. I moved from the sides of my head around towards the back.

5)      I wrapped my head with the plastic bag and waited 30 minutes.

6)      After that time is up it’s time to blow dry your hair again making it as smooth as can be. That’s where the paddle brush comes in. I don’t have a paddle brush but I do have one that’s semi flat so that’s what I used.

7)      Time to flat iron – this was the hardest part for me. It takes patience which I’m usually short of. The front was easy to do but the back was much more difficult because I couldn’t see what was going on. It would have been nice to have a friend (or a husband) who’d have helped with that part. When you flat iron your hair you are going to see steam. The heat of the iron (400 – 450 if possible) will seal the keratin in bye.bye.frizz into the cuticle which is how you get it straight. You want to go over each section of your hair about 5 to 6 times.

8)      Do not wash your hair for 48 hours so that the treatment can take effect. Also don’t pull back your hair if at all possible.

Here’s what I noticed during those thirty days – my hair wasn’t straight straight like it was when I had it professionally done but it was mostly frizz free and straight. The back of my head has more waves than the front does and I could still feel those waves but I didn’t really see them. I was very pleased with the results. Because of my constant hot flashes my head gets wet too and I need something like this to keep my hair from frizzing up as I cool down. It lasted for just under 4 weeks before I felt the need to straighten my hair again.

Here’s what Marc Anthony has tells us about this process: Humidity is blocked, moisture is retained, strength is restored, damage is alleviated and shine is boosted. It reduces blow drying time by laminating the hair surface. It seals in moisture and prevents additional humidity from diffusing into the cortex.

The process took me a few hours one Sunday afternoon and then I washed it out 44 hours later since I was going somewhere. I think it will take me less time the next time since it was so new that I was ultra careful. That’s why I said you need time to do this. You also have to time it if you color treat your hair. They say that you should wait two weeks before recoloring. If you color every 4 weeks that would work out since you could color, then in two weeks do the smoothing treatment, two weeks later color again, two weeks later do another smoothing treatment…

I tried the Marc Anthony bye.bye.frizz shampoo and conditioner as well as their Blow Dry Cream. There are two big no-nos with keratin smoothing – Sulfates and Sodium Chloride. The Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.99) contain neither of these. They left my hair very shiny. They are formulated with “K-Silk Complex (Hydrolyzed Silk and Keratin) and an Amino Acid Blend. The Keratin Smoothing Blow Dry Cream ($7.99) is great for however you want to wear your hair. I wear mine straight but you can put it in your hair and scrunch and diffuse to style how you want. I find these products to work beautifully on my hair but the fragrance is stronger than I like. It’s a very sweet fragrance that I can’t quite pick out but I mostly used other sulfate free products because of the scent. Without the fragrance I’d absolutely love these since the results are great.

Marc Anthony has a lot of amazing products (see Lisa’s Dream Waves review) at amazing prices. They can be found at Rite Aid, Ulta, drugstore.com and others. It’s amazing to me how far we’ve come in about 10 years. When I first heard of Keratin Treatments you could only go to salons with special training and pay around $700; later new processes came out but you were still paying around $300. And now with Marc Anthony Bye.Bye.Frizz you can do it at home for the cost of a few lattes! I’m happy to say bye bye to that frizz! — Marcia

 

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Simply Smooth Xtend Magic Potion review and giveaway

Simply Smooth xtend Reparative Magic Potion

You’ve read about the Simply Smooth line previously on Beauty Info Zone when Lisa reviewed the line HERE. At the time the company offered a free (very) deluxe sample size of Simply Smooth Xtend Reparative Magic Potion to our readers. Considering I read the blog I took advantage of the freebie along with lots and lots of others.  Xtend Reparative Magic Potion is one segment of Simply Smooth’s Keratin Treatment line. The good news is that you don’t need to have a keratin treatment to get the benefits of these products. They work for anyone who wants simply smooth hair. While it won’t banish the frizz for weeks or months at a time, it will banish it for the days it’s on your hair.

When this arrived and I started using it, I totally understood why Lisa raved about Simply Smooth and Xtend Magic Potion in particular. My keratin process is almost all grown out and I’ve done some experimenting with other products. Xtend was the first one I tried and it’s going to stay in my repertoire. It is quite magical. My hair is easy to manage, has much less frizz and looks as good the day after washing as it does on the day I’ve used it. Plus I need so little on my shoulder length hair that it’s actually economical.

I decided to ask some people on a chat room called Beauty Bling what they thought of the product since quite a few people had also sent away for this when it was offered (thank you ladies for following Beauty Info Zone). Therefore I’m taking the liberty of sharing their thoughts, unedited thoughts I might add, so you can see it’s not just me. There was only one person that answered my question that wasn’t crazy about the product, of course it’s possible that others didn’t like it and didn’t answer. Check out other testimonials:

“I love the scent and it makes my hair very soft.”

“The first time I tried it, I wasn’t clear on what else I ‘needed’ when I read the directions (probably a no pain no headache moment), so I put a bit of AG straightener in my hair too. Loved the way my hair was super shiny and didn’t feel greasy or weighed down. My hair stayed straight for several days too. Yay!
The second time I used it, I was letting my naturally curly hair air dry. I was hoping to keep the frizzies away. Happily, my hair is wavy, not frizzy, and I don’t think I’ll have to do anything other than refresh my hair tomorrow with some water and scrunch. I really, really like this product!”

“I’m not a hair product person at all…I usually use nothing because they all make me break out and never seem to do much for my hair, but I’ve used this twice so far and I actually like it.”

“I used it today for the first time to do a partial blow-dry on my hair. My hair feels awesome. Very nice. Thanks again, Marcia. UPDATE: When I picked up my teenage daughter today, she asked me what I did different to my hair today. She said that it looks a lot better than usual, and that my bangs weren’t ‘weird’ the way they usually are, and that it made my highlights stand out more!”

Ya know, I think I may really like this stuff….My problem is knowing how much to use…I desperately neet a haircut so there isn’t much I can do with my hair right now but it is healthier feeling and shinier for sure….seems to add some volume as well….I pretty much think this is a keeper…”

“I think I seriously love this stuff…hair is soft and shiny..and I only had to use this 1 product..and it smells awesome…”

“I love the scent!!! I used it today and my hair feels so soft.”

“I tried this over the weekend, and it didn’t work for me. I have long thick hair, and this stuff made it harder to manage and straighten. It feels soft, but it just doesn’t work with my hair’s texture.”

 

This is how I use Magic Potion – I wash, condition and then lightly towel dry. I spritz some of the Xtend onto my hair and comb the product into my hair. Then I blow dry. Xtend Reparative Magic Potion acts not only as my styling cream but it’s also a leave in conditioner. Since it’s keratin infused it helps add shine as well as eliminates frizz. This summer my hair has known the definition of frizz first hand so using this has become essential. Plus when/if I end up with another treatment it will help extend the life of the keratin treatment. Here’s a short video if you want to see how easy it is to use.

The product is $27 for 8.5 fl. oz. which will last you forever since you need so little. Simply Smooth does what it promises to do – keeps my hair smooth and tangle free and most important frizz free. This summer hasn’t been good for people whose hair tends to frizz but Xtend Magic Potion is doing its best to change that for me. — Marcia

Now for the giveaway – Simply Smooth has generously extended the offer for the 2 oz. bottle of Xtend Magic Potion to Beauty Info Zone U.S. readers. If you think this product will work for you then you need to go to THEIR website  (Contact Us) and sign up for the website. They don’t bombard you with email. Fill in your information and in the comment box write in “I want my magic potion.” If you can tell them that Beauty Info Zone sent you, we’d appreciate that. How much better can it get? A wonderful product given to any of you who haven’t received their free bottle yet. Everyone wins!

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Simply Smooth Keratin Treatment Line by American Culture

I get pretty excited about really good hair care.  I have found that with my hair, products make a HUGE difference.  My hair has multiple personalities:  I either have limp, dull, frizzy hair, or I have thick, smooth and shiny hair with tons of body.  And it’s all completely dependent on my shampoo, conditioner, and styling products, so when I find a line that works wonders for me, I can’t wait to share.  Simply Smooth by American Culture Hair has fantastic products, and I am officially a customer for life.  Today’s review is of the basics in the Simply Smooth line, which is based on keratin.  In fact, they say Simply Smooth products are ‘texture management though the art of keratin.”
 
What is keratin and why is it so important?  Keratin naturally occurs in hair, but it can be depleted from chemical treatments and the environment, leaving your hair dull and lifeless with split ends and frizz.  Keratin gives hair fibers new health, leaving them vibrant and super shiny.  Simply Smooth uses the highest quality keratin and botanicals, and are sodium chloride free.  All of these products help to extend the life of a spa keratin treatment, although they are also really terrific just on their own.
 

Simply Smooth Xtend Shampoo

xtend keratin replenishing shampoo ($25):  I find this to be a fabulous shampoo with a light lather and a beautiful fresh scent.  It would work for all hair textures, and it seals the hair cuticle for amazing shine.  The scent is so pretty, it smells of citrus and vanilla.  Another bonus:  it’s sodium chloride free.

Simply Smooth Conditioner

 xtend keratin replenishing conditioner ($25): This is a wonderful light conditioner that works great on my oily scalp/dry ends.  It has a hydrating formula that works for all hair types, plus that same gorgeous fragrance that smells so clean and fresh.   The formula has the highest quality keratin that goes into hair fibers to seal the cuticle, hydrate, and give massive shine.

If you need more serious help with dry hair, try the deep conditioner:

Simply Smooth Xtend Deep Conditioner

 xtend keratin replenishing deep conditioner ($25):  This is a deeply penetrating yet lightweight conditioner.  It’s especially great for fine, limp hair, or chemically treated hair.  It also really helps to prolong keratin treatments.

For some real magic, you have to try the Magic Potion:

Simply Smooth xtend Reparative Magic Potion

 xtend keratin reparative magic potion ($25):  This is an absolute must have styling product.  It’s a styling cream and leave in conditioner that magically fixes every single thing – for real.  I am not kidding.  Like all the other products in this line, it works overtime to extend keratin treatments.  It works great alone or ‘cocktailed’ with other products.  Just apply it to damp hair and watch the magic happen – it repairs elasticity, smooths split ends, and provides thermal protection.  Plus it detangles, gets rid of frizz, and gives major shine.  My mom actually called me to tell me about this product – a friend of hers was using it, and my mom said it was so great it practically made her friend’s hair sparkle! 

And for an at-home salon smoothing treatment, just wait until you try the Touch of Keratin:

Simply Smooth Touch of Keratin

 Touch of Keratin ($50):  This special treatment product reduces texture and frizz, smoothing hair like crazy.  It’s great for travel or touching up a salon keratin treatment, or for special occasions.  You just spray on damp hair, blow dry, then flat-iron.  It’s a keratin filler that restores hair’s natural keratin without leaving your hair limp.  Depending on how often you shampoo, your results can last up to 30 days. 

Here’s my hair a few days after doing this treatment:

Simply Smooth Touch of Keratin hair treatment

 My hair was super soft, incredibly shiny, and smoother than smooth.  It looked like I had just gotten a salon treatment, although it didn’t last as long as the salon version does.  I wash my hair every other day, and I had noticeable results for three weeks.

I love this line.  The products work amazingly well together, and they also play well with other lines.  Every day I use these I am happy with my hair, and I am just as happy with my second day hair.  You can’t ask for anything more from your hair products.  There are quick product tip videos on the website, and you can also find a salon near you that sells the product line via the site.  It is absolutely worth checking out!!  – Lisa

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My Brazilian Blowout experience and review

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.

Brazilian Blowout before and after, similar to my hair

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: 

  1. 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.
  2. Blow dry the hair until it’s at least 2/3 dry. It can be slightly damp without a problem.
  3. 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.
  4. Once your hair is covered with the Brazilian Blowout formula the stylist then blows it totally dry using a very hot hairdryer.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.