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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! 

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Fave 4 Hairsprays

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Fave 4 Hairsprays

    Ok, for those of you who know me......or know anything about my passion for wedding hair, you know that I am a HAIRSPRAY.JUNKIE. So I am always looking for the new & unknown in the hairspray world. I try new brands as they come out. Some I love, some I hate. So when I saw the Fave 4 four pack. I had to try them out. 

    I wont lie, I was highly disappointed. I had read other reviews on them raving about how amazing they were & how great it was that they came out in four different "flavors". Well, ummm...No. Just No. 

    Theres four hairsprays so that means four separate reviews also since heat & hairspray go hand in hand, I will be including a "Heat Protectant Ranking" as well. 

    MY REVIEW

    First up is the Texture Takeover from Fave 4.

    Fave for dry, texturized hold, all-over volume, and weightless lift.

    This is for that teased up, messy, beach wave kind of look. But, make no mistake, you wont get that extra "OOMPH" that this spray promises. What is this good for? Spraying before curling. It will give your curls that piecey textured, bohemian look. Not so good for volume, it's too heavy. It has a mild hold.

    Scale of 1-10 for Texture Takeover. I'd give this spray a 5.  Heat Protectant ranking is a 3.

    Second, we have the Workable Wear from Fave 4.

    Fave for brushable hold, reworkable styles, braiding, twisting, & teasing

    Out of the four, I have to say this is my FAVE (haha see what I did there??) This one is GREAT for my every day work as well as building an amazing formal style for a bride. Its not too sticky, plays well with heat & also has enough hold to hold the curls Im working with. This is also great for quick every day styles such as top knots & braids. This spray has a mild hold-medium hold.

    Scale of 1-10 for the Workable Wear, Id give this spray a 7. Heat Protectant ranks a 8.

    Third, we have Style Stay from Fave 4.

    Fave for up-dos, side-sweeps, and stay-put braids

    This one has all the promises of an amazing hair spray. But, its not. It sucks. I hate it. I have never thrown out a full bottle of hairspray before....but I guess there are exceptions to everything. It says its fave for up-dos. NO. Up-dos involve heat. If you put hear anywhere near this spray it will instantly turn white & flake. Do I feel like its cute to walk around looking like I have dandruff? NO & you shouldn't either. Side sweeps? Nope. After 30 Mins in any kind of humidity this spray gives up & goes running. Leaving.....yes....flakes. If you see this hairspray...just say NO. This spray has a firm hold. 

    Scale of 1-10 for the Style Stay Id say -1. Heat Protectant ranks a -1.

    Last, but not least we have Flex Reflect from fave 4. 

    Fave for long, movable layers, bobs, curls, waves

    This is my second FAVE in the bunch. This spray is perfect for flat ironing, building up-dos & every day styling. It also has a touch of shine to it which I adore. <3 This spray is not sticky & is plays well with heat. This spray has a medium hold.

    Scale of 1-10 for Flex Reflect 9. Heat Protectant ranks 8.

    I guess 2 out of 4 isn't horrible. But, for the RAVE reviews that these sprays got I feel they were highly OVER RATED. I MIGHT invest in the Flex Reflect & Workable Wear again but, I feel like my money would be better spent on a spray I know & trust. 

    Have you used Fave 4 sprays before? What did you think?

    Check in next Friday for my review on Makeup Forever's newly formulated eyeshadow! 

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair

    Paul Mitchell is the most innovative, eco friendly, go green company that I know. They are always coming up with brilliant new color techniques & color formulas that blow my mind every time. They are a very out of the box company which I love because Im a very out of the box gal. 

    This month they released their new color wash line: Ultimate Color Repair. Now I thought when they released the Kera Triplex Conditioning Treatment that they had topped themselves, I was wrong. 

    The Ultimate Color Repair line will keep your color vibrant & shiny (59% more shiny to be exact) for up to 9 weeks. (UM, yes I said 9 weeks RED HEADS) It also helps prevent thermal damage by 86% with 88% less breakage. Uhhhhhh.......SIGN ME UP.

    Quinoa (“keen-wah”) is the magic ingredient in The Ultimate repair line. Yes, I know what you're thinking, Quinoa is a food....why would you put food on your hair? Think about it this way, when you eat healthier and drink more water do you not see a difference in your skin & how you feel? Of course you do. When you eat healthier it effects your hair as well, it just takes longer to notice. 

    Quinoa has a high amino acid content, which is the building block of protein, it delivers powerful repair and protection for longer-lasting color in the Quinoa Color-Locking System. 

    MY REVIEW

    Im gonna break this down for you by each product.

     Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo

    At first, I wont lie, I was taken back by the smell. It didn't smell like...I don't know like Shampoo normally smells. Its kind of a mix between banana boat tanning lotion & your car after a day at the beach. I like this shampoo because it lathers well enough but doesn't go to over board with the suds. Its sulfate free (hello color protection) & its got sugar cane & lemon peel extract to help keep the hair shiny & soft. Scale of 1-10 for this Shampoo I say 8.

     Ultimate Color Repair Conditioner

    Mmmmmm conditioner, my FAVORITE & of course the first thing you run out of before anything else.  I like this conditioner because it is on the heavier side. For ME, I cant get down with those super light weight conditioners. I feel like I just put air on my head & that doesn't work for me. This has the same smell as the shampoo & a little goes a long way. I love this conditioner also because its ideal for hydration & detangling (HEY, Im talking to you curly haired girls!) While at the same time it locks in color & repairs from the inside out. Included, are antioxidants which act as a UV Protectant & prevent color fade. 

    Scale of 1-10 for this conditioner,I'd say 10.

    Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue

    Last but not least, Triple Rescue....ahhhhhh yes.....let that soak in....TRIPLE Rescue. Now, know this, BEFORE you start spraying away, you HAVE TO SHAKE THIS UP. Its a dual phase spray that protect from heat that can cause colored hair to become dull. The Quinoa Color Repair Complex in this help bump up reflection so hair looks healthy, shiny & vibrant. (AGAIN. Im talking to you RED HEADS)  Dual Phase Technology-( this is my favorite part!!!) Top phase forms a heat-resistant seal to shield hair from damage and adds lustrous shine. The Bottom Phase conditions hair with Quinoa Color Repair Complex.

    While the technology is great in EVERY form. Because this spray is a bit on the "oily" side (and I use the word oily lightly  its best kept away from the root area while spraying. Otherwise you may end up looking all homeless & greasy. 

    On a scale of 1-10 I'd give Triple Rescue a 9. 

    All in all- Id day the Ultimate Color Repair System is a great route to take for winter. Paul Mitchell Sun, in all its glory is limited to summer & this is a great replacement.

    Keep an eye out for next Fridays product review. Ill be reviewing the new FAVE4 hairsprays. 

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