Today I got done my first Brazillian Blowout, and I wanted to share my experience with you! I know that there are loads of speculations going around about the process and people have asked me what to expect, so I thought I’d do a little rundown on how it works.
If you don’t know what a Brazilian Blowout is: It’s basically a smoothing treatment for your hair. It doesn’t straighten it, but helps to smooth it out and make it more manageable for up to 4 months.
First of all, the process itself is very, very similar to the GKHair Keratin Treatment I got back in October. For the GKHair Treatment, your hair is washed with a special shampoo, towel dried, and then the GKHair treatment is applied to damp hair, blow dried in, and then your hair is flat ironed VERY thoroughly, and then you’re done, but you cannot wash or get your hair wet AT ALL for 48 hours. Even if you sleep and your hair gets a bit of a kink in it, you have to flat iron it out so that the kink doesn’t stay in.
For the Brazillian Blowout, the process was similar- shampoo hair, apply treatment, blowdry and flat iron treatment in- but then, the treatment is actually washed out of your hair, and then your hair is blowdried straight, and you’re done. There is no waiting period as far as how long you have to wait to wash your hair- you could go home right after getting the treatment and wash your hair if you wanted and it wouldn’t effect it. I also noticed that the amount of flat ironing to seal the treatment in was MUCH less than GKHair- and my stylist told me this was because the Brazilian Blowout has amino acids that bond to the hair, instead of keratin proteins that seal onto the hair. This is also why it can be washed out and have no waiting period to shampoo it.
Overall, I have to say I prefer the Brazillain Blowout to the GkHair Treatment. This could be for a number of reasons- the guy who did the GKHair Treatment had only been doing it for a few months, while the girl who did my Brazillian Blowout had been doing it for over 2 years. I felt like the Blowout had less irritating fumes than the Keratin Treatment, but this could also be because Brazillian Blowout reformulated their treatment to have virtually no formaldehyde in it. I know there has been a lot of controversy on the subject, so feel free to check out their website and see the changes they have made.
I also noticed that my hair felt very, very smooth directly after the treatment, which I’d imagine is because she washed the treatment out, where GKHair left the treatment in, and my hair didn’t feel soft and manageable until the 48 hour waiting period, after I had washed the product out. Nothing wrong with that, as that’s how their treatment works. I do have a feeling that the GKHair treatment lasts longer than the Brazilian Blowout will (the GKHair treatment lasted around 5 months), but I’ll have to let you know when I can start to tell that the Blowout treatment is starting to fade.
The main thing to keep in mind with these is to find the best deal. Salons can charge anywhere from $150(if you’re lucky)-$350, so you have to do a bit of research to see who is doing it for the best price. I actually got mine done for $99 because I saw a deal on Living Social back in fall of last year, which is a really great deal. Search the net, especially Living Social and Groupon, and you’re bound to see a deal pop up sooner or later!