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  • Brazilian Blowout. Myths, Facts & why you need it.

    Brazilian Blowout. Myths, Facts & why you need it.

    Brazilian Blowout has become a household phrase. From the stay at home moms to the career gals flaunting it down 5th Avenue. But, with the hype comes the dramatic myths. Everything from, you can get cancer from it (HARD EYE ROLL) to it makes your hair permanently straight. 

    I am here to set the record straight! By the end of this post you will be more educated & clawing your way to your local salon for your Blowout. 

    Lets get started...

    MYTH

    Brazilian Blowout is a straightening service.

    FACT

    Brazilian Blowout is actually a semi-permanent SMOOTHING service. It softens hair texture, making it more manageable and easy to style. It will not take the kink & curl out of naturally curly hair, but may relax the curl to more of a wave. Naturally wavy & otherwise lightly textured hair will see a more straightened effect.

    MYTH

    Brazilian Blowout contains formaldehyde, which can give you cancer & other long lasting health effects.

    FACT

    Brazilian Blowout contains no more formaldehyde than nail polish or any other daily cosmetics that you wear. Such as: Hair Gel, Eye lash glue, multiple types of makeup, lotions, deodorants, etc. Formaldehyde is mainly used as a preservative & with any chemical processing, there is always a chain reaction of bonding the treatment to the hair. Formaldehyde in cosmetics is used mainly to preserve the product, kill microorganisms & prevent growth of bacteria or other pathogens. 

     

    Moving on to other questions....

    Can you receive a Brazilian Blowout service if you your hair is chemically processed?

    YES! Brazilian Blowouts are great for color treated hair! It locks the color in & in cases of previous over processing, it can correct the look of damaged strands!

    What hair types work best for Brazilian Blowouts?

    ANY! According to Brazilian Blowout, being a good candidate isn't about your hair texture, its more about the condition of your hair. Fine, thick, wavy or curly. Extreme damage may be an issue for this service so consult with your stylist first!

    How does Brazilian Blowout work?

    Brazilian Blowout breaks down the current protein filaments in your hair that make up your hairs natural texture, then temporarily realigns the protein structure to create smoother & shinier hair.

    What makes Brazilian Blowouts different from other keratin treatments?

    DOWNTIME! Unlike other keratin treatments, this service does not require you to shield your hair from water, sweat or hair ties for days after leaving the salon. So you can hit the gym & the shower in the same day!

    How long does Brazilian Blowout last?

    With proper care & maintenance it can last up to 12 weeks. Proper care meaning you are using the correct shampoo & conditioner. No sulfates & no sodium chloride is a must! 

    How long will this service take?

    Depending on the thickness of your hair, it usually takes 90 mins. 

    Will I still be able to curl my hair?

    YES! You can curl, crimp & wave to your hearts desire!

    Let's recap...

    • Brazilian Blowout is a semi-permanet SMOOTHING service.
    • No Brazilian Blowout will NOT cause cancer or long term health effects.
    • All hair types are welcome including color treated hair!
    • There is zero downtime with Brazilian Blowout.
    • Brazilian Blowout will last up to 12 weeks
    • Receiving a Brazilian Blowout service will take about 90 mins depending on the thickness of your hair.
    • You can still style your hair however you want, including curls.

    If your salon doesn't offer Brazilian Blowout be sure to check their salon locator to find a salon near you!