#BrazilianBlowout has been trending on Instagram for a while now, and I’m sure it has left some of you confused. Have you ever tried the popular Brazilian Blowout treatment to get rid of frizz and obtain glossy hair? If not, you’ll definitely want to once you know more about this wonderful hair treatment. Keep reading to find out more!
What Is Brazilian Blowout?
Brazilian Blowout is a semi-permanent hair straightening method. In this treatment, liquid keratin is used to form a protective layer around each hair strand to prevent it from getting damaged. This treatment originated in Brazil, and it uses native ingredients such as camu camu, acai berry, and annatto seed to smoothen your hair by eliminating frizz. You may think that it is the same as other keratin treatments, but it differs from them in some major ways.
How Is Brazilian Blowout Different From Other Keratin Treatments?
Brazilian Blowout (also known as Brazilian keratin treatment) is done with a mild formula. It requires lesser post-treatment maintenance compared to other treatments, such as keratin treatment that makes use of formaldehyde, and the Japanese hair straightening method that involves the use of strong chemicals and requires elaborate post-treatment maintenance. However, the results of these treatments are permanent, while a Brazilian Blowout is temporary.
Want to get a Brazilian Blowout but don’t want to pay an exorbitant rate at the salon for it? Well, you can do it at home at a fraction of the cost! Read the next section to find out how.
A Step-By-Step Guide To Brazilian Blowout/Keratin Treatment
What You Need
- Clarifying shampoo
- Brazilian Keratin Treatment kit (depending on the length and volume of your hair)
- Straightening iron
- Blow dryer
- Rubber gloves
- Butterfly clips
- Mask (to cover your nose and mouth)
- Plastic bowl
- Hair brush
- Wide-toothed comb
- Shower cap
Note: If you want your Brazilian Blowout to last longer, you will need to add formaldehyde to it. Formaldehyde is not present in hair products as it has been banned due to its high chemical concentration.
Once you are ready with the supplies, follow the instructions given below.
Wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo before you start the Brazilian Blowout treatment. Do not condition your hair after shampooing it as your hair cuticles need to remain open to absorb the treatment.
Blow dry your hair completely, making sure no sections are left damp.
Detangle your tresses with a wide-toothed comb. Once your hair is free from all knots and tangles, divide it into three sections and pin them in place with the help of butterfly clips.
Pour the Brazilian Keratin Treatment solution into a plastic bowl and put on the rubber gloves. Start applying the solution to your hair, section by section. Make sure that you coat all your hair with the solution. Also, ensure that it is not dripping from anywhere and remove any excess solution.
Once you’ve applied the treatment, put on the mask to cover your nose and mouth to avoid breathing in the fumes. Blow dry your hair completely. Wait for about 10-15 minutes before proceeding to the next step. Here, it is very important to make sure that your hair has dried fully.
Brush your hair to remove all knots and tangles. Use a flat iron to straighten it, section by section. Iron each section at least 5-7 times to make sure it is poker straight. However, be careful not to burn your hair.
It’s time for you to show off your shiny, smooth, and straight tresses. Wait three to four days before washing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioning it.
A major concern for many women who want to get a Brazilian Blowout is how long they will have to spend doing it at home or getting it done at the salon. Here’s what you need to know.
How Long Does A Brazilian Blowout Take?
It takes about 60-90 minutes to do a Brazilian Blowout on hair of normal volume and length. But, the duration may vary depending on the length, volume, and texture of your hair.
How Long Does Brazilian Hair Straightening Last?
If you take good care of your hair after the treatment and avoid using shampoos that contain sulfates or chlorine, a properly done Brazilian Blowout may last up to 3-4 months. It may last even longer if you don’t wash your hair too often.
Is Brazilian Blowout Safe?
Expert hair stylists have confirmed that Brazilian Blowout is safe for any type of hair. It makes your tresses lustrous by improving its moisture levels. If you keep the formaldehyde content low and don’t flat iron your hair at a high heat setting, then Brazilian Blowout/Keratin Treatment is absolutely safe for straightening your hair.
Though Brazilian Blowout has been confirmed to be safe by many hair experts, you still need to look out for side effects and take a few precautions because of its high chemical content. Here’s what you need to know.
Side Effects Of Brazilian Blowout
- The high formaldehyde content in Brazilian Blowout can trigger nausea, headache, burning sensation, fatigue, throat ulcers, and loss of taste and smell.
- It may alter the structure of your hair, just like other chemical straightening treatments.
- Pregnant women should stay away from such treatments that contain formaldehyde because it can lead to miscarriage. It also has the potential to affect your fertility.
- Apart from formaldehyde, the other dangerous chemicals present in this treatment, such as methylene glycol, oxomethane, formalin, paraform, methylene oxide, methanal, and oxymethylene, can also affect your health adversely.
If you want silky and shiny hair without paying a visit to the salon, you need to try doing a Brazilian Blowout at home. Have any more questions about this amazing hair treatment? Post them in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you.