Since cutting my hair into a lob, I’ve been struggling to maintain it. A few people recommended the Brazilian Blowout so I called my hairdresser and he said that I should give it a go. Now I’ve been with my hairdresser, Tim, for more than a decade so if he says go for it, I trust him completely.
The treatment has been around for a few years but I never really considered it with my long hair. My hair is pretty straight and when its long, the weight usually holds it down well. I decided to cut my hair shorter in December before my trip to Australia and while I do love the look, the short hair has been a real mission to maintain and I’m not great with hair styling.
At my salon, Chase Hairdressing in Brackenhurst, the Brazilian Blowout is done by the wonderful Kylie Gehm. I had my hair cut and coloured by Tim before the treatment. The Brazilian apparently locks in the colour so you can do it all at the same time.
The treatment is pretty simple. It starts with a light cleanse. The product is applied, followed by a 90% finger blow dry. The stylist then blow dries the hair with a brush to smoothen it. Depending on the result you’d like, they start to iron it straight a few times to lock in the product. Kylie straightened my hair about 4 times. The entire process lasts about 90 minutes.
It’s not a pleasant feeling when the treatment is in your hair. There’s slight tingling but it’s not unbearable. I did a colour before the treatment so it also made my scalp a lot more sensitive but as I said the colour gets locked in so it’s a bonus to do them together. The blow drying can also make your eyes and nose quite sensitive to the smell of the product. The hairdresser put a plastic sheet over my eyes but the product still got to them and my nose. Sadly no pain no gain.
I heard rumours about these products containing formaldehyde and that they can damage your hair in the long run so I was a bit hesitant to do it but my salon guaranteed that the Brazilian Keratin Treatment is FDA approved.
Aftercare – Sulphate Free Shampoo
I normally do a hair treatment with my cut and colour but this time I didn’t need an additional one. As you can see below, my hair is also really shiny and healthy.
The treatment removes frizz for around 12 weeks. Aftercare involves using sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. I bought the original products from the salon.
At my salon, the treatment is R1500 but if you have it done in the week (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) it’s half price. The products are quite pricey. The shampoo and conditioner cost about R750 for both but they are a necessity.
Two Weeks Later
It’s been 2 weeks and my hair still looks great. All I need to do is blow dry it and it looks pin straight and frizz free. I’m thrilled at the lasting result and I highly recommend this treatment. Thanks Rhode and Fathima for suggesting it!
Have any of you done the Brazilian Blowout? How long did it last? Do you think it’s worth doing? I’d love to hear from you so please leave me a comment below or on social media.