A Brazilian blowout treatment is a special chemical treatment that helps to repair frizz caused from damaged or color-treated hair. The blowout will give you silky, smooth, frizz-free hair because it provides you with a protective layer around the shafts (roots) of your hair. It sounds amazing, right? Don't run out to the nearest salon just yet, though. You should know a few more things about the Brazilian blowout first.
The cost of a Brazilian blowout can be pretty hefty, as the treatment lasts about 10–12 weeks. If you are at a salon that is advertising it for cheap, it probably isn't what you think it is. Move on to another salon if this is the case.
Check to be sure the salon is certified to give the Brazilian blowout. The procedure isn't something that people are taught when they train for a regular cosmetology license. This is something that is taught through a special course, and your stylist should be certified. If your stylist isn't certified, move to a different salon.
There are a number of chemicals used in most hair care products. Brazilian blowout treatments use formaldehyde, which is a preservative and a carcinogen. It should be used carefully, which is why your stylist should be certified to give this type of treatment.
When dealing with chemicals and new hair treatments, there are always risks. Ask the stylist about what risks are involved in this type of treatment, such as allergic reactions. Talk to your stylist ahead of time about his or her confidence in the treatment working for your hair type. Ask your stylist if the damage to your hair can be remedied with this treatment. You don't want to spend a a lot of money on a treatment that may not work. Don't be afraid to ask your stylist questions about your hair.
If you aren't sure that a Brazilian blowout is best for your hair or your budget, there are some other options to consider:
- Hot Oil. You may be better off having a hot oil treatment to smooth your locks.
- Defrizz. There are a number of defrizzing products on the market; ask your stylist if one of those products might work better for you.
- Keratin. Keratin-containing products protect the shaft of your hair, too.
- Trim. Getting regular haircuts every 6–8 weeks will help to control frizz from color treated hair.
- Color Break. Taking a break from coloring your hair will help as well. Try to get hair highlights as opposed to all-over color.
Talk to your stylist ahead of time before jumping into an expensive treatment for your hair. Be sure you are comfortable with your stylist and his/her abilities, and don't be afraid to ask questions—this is your hair, after all!