Brazilian Blowout??? Opinions?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I’ve gotten 2.  Expensive.  Lasts about 12 weeks or so. Worth it though, especially if your hair curls easy to the humidity! 

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jesssamesssa:  I had an instructor at my school that got one and her hair turned into a mess. I am not sure, but I am pretty sure the blowouts contain some of the chemicals that they use when they embalm people.

 

I know that a stylist my mom worked with got a straightener on her hair and she still curled it. I’ll text my mom and find out what it was called because it looked really good.

EDIT- She said she’s not sure the exact name, but she knows it’s Agave. It is a step down from the blowout, but it doesn’t contain formaldehyde.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I really love them, but they do use formaldehyde, and other chemicals which aren’t good for you.

I prefer rebonding or yuko process, which makes your hair straight straight straight, but it’s very expensive in the UK.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@jesssamesssa:  My best friend got it and loves it. You have to do it every few months. RIght now her hair is going back to normal, she didn’t lose her natural texture.

When you do chemical treatments like the japnese straightening, you will not get your hair back. My other friend did that and her hair is awful now.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I did one once, and I have very wavy/curly hair–  it left a mark at the base of my scalp that gets really irritated if I get hot and sweaty or if I go too long without washing my hair [ I wash my hair every other day, but last time I had the flu– it was 3 days and it itched so bad at just that one spot, my scalp was actually bleeding]

No after, but this is an example of what my hair looks like when I just let it go naturally… 

 

 

I can’t say I think it was worth it. I went to a very high end salon to have it done, paid a lot of money and wasn’t thrilled with the results. It didn’t last as long as they promised it would, and I spent a bunch of $$ in sulfate free products to make it last as long as possible. Also, that was 2 years ago and I do still have that scalp burn, which isn’t a huge deal, but it can be a bit uncomfortable. I work with horses on the weekends and being in the barn with the sweat + heat + hay for some reason really irritates that one spot.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve done it and I really liked it when I did.  I have curly wavy hair and it didn’t make it pin straight or anything like that, but when I put the effort in to blow it out it was mucccch easier than before and didn’t frizz or have excess volume.  When I let it dry naturally it would dry wavy and also frizz free.  My hair holds style very well and getting it treated did not change that aspect.  The only downsides were 1) its expensive so I really only get it done around the summer.  2) The whole process feels really toxic.  As a scientist that routinely works with some of the chemicals found in these products, I felt very exposed during the treatments.  My eyes would tear up and it burned my nose and throat when I would breathe.  Go somewhere with great ventilation. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

Pardon the long reply..

I’ve gotten the Keratin straightening treatment.  I have naturally curly, fine hair.. but a lot of it.  I’ve struggled for years trying to get my hair to do the right thing.  When I dont care about what I look like, it curls PERFECTLY… when I needed it to look nice- frizz and puff galore!  When I would blowdry it, i literally could get 3-4 blow dries in a month after a fresh haircut, and my hair would already have a ton of split ends- it really hates the heat! And, I have tried every product on the market- since I have finer hair, too much product weighs it down and makes me look like a wet rat, others crunch my hair to a crisp, and some have so much alcohol in them I think they do way too much damage than good.  

I tried my first keratin with a groupon.  The major difference between this and a brazilian blowout, is that I have to wait 2-4 days post treatment before I can wash it.  Yes, that is kind of gross, but i can still shower/stay clean but you can’t get hair wet, pull it back, pin it, wear a hat.. Brazlilians get washed out and you see immediate results… which usually means they cost more, but if you have a friend doing it, maybe she will give you a deal?  There is also formadahyde in brazilians, where as keratin is a lot more natural.

At this point, I’ve been getting 3-4 treatments a year for the last 3 years.  I’m telling you.. I love it!  Mine last really nicely for a solid 3 months, but I’ve stretched it to 5 with the right products.  You need to buy the products!! Moroccon Oil brand shampoo/condition is expensive, but a little goes a long way and you can find for good deals on amazon/ebay.  Right when I get it done, though, my hair is SO STICK STRAIGHT that it kind of looks weird.  I have a 1-2 week window where I’ll put a little puff in front with bobby pins just for volume, but all in all, it’s worth it to me.  I feel like I look a lot more professional at work with sleek hair, and my getting ready time in the morning is minimal.  Before it would take me 40 min to dry my hair nicely.  Now I put it up in a towel while I get dressed and do makeup, then literally use my fingers to “brush thru it” with the blow dryer, and it’s perfectly straight, shiny and dry in about 2 min.  The keratin also protects my hair from the heat, so I can go longer without cutting it, and it gets nice and long!  Perfect in summer for me bc the heat just makes my hair crazy.

I’m overdue to get another, and my curls are totally coming back.  I can also easily curl it with an iron for fancy events without an issue.  If your friend can do it for you, I say give it a try.  Maybe wait til after your wedding though 😀

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@Daizy914:  “When you do chemical treatments like the japnese straightening, you will not get your hair back. My other friend did that and her hair is awful now.”

Sure you’ll get it back. I did it every 3 months for almost 2 years, and my hair eventually reverted to it’s natural state every time.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m getting one this weekend! I actually also have extensions and my stylist recommended it b/c my hair is so frizzy that it’s hard for me to blow it dry smooth.  She said it is great for the extensions b/c it actually improves the length of time I can wear them. (I have tape extensions- which I LOVE btw).  I’ll keep you posted! 

NOTE- I go to a high end and reputable salon.  I would always recommend going somewhere you trust for anything drastic.  Good luck :)!

 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

I would never do it because of the health risks. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Having wavy hair myself, I’d never get one.  If you’re worried about the frizz, try looking into the curly girl method first.  It’s totally changed my hair for the better 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve had both the brazilian blowout and I’ve done the japanese chemical straightening and I loved the brazilian blowout.  Make sure you get the one with no formaldehyde–you have to do your research beforehand since some of the ones who say they’re formaldehyde free actually have formaldehyde.

After a couple months it slowly went back to my normal texture, but it was more resistant to humidity and had prettier curls while it was still effective.  At the end, my hair was healthier than it was before.

I got the japanese straightening and it was AWFUL.  It doesn’t wear off the way that brazilian blowouts do, so you just have to wait until it grows out.  I had half straight, half wavy hair for the longest time.  Terrible.  The hair at the bottom was completely fried, too.  I almost considered cutting it all off it looked so bad.  I had a friend with finer hair who did it and it burned off chunks of her hair.  I wouldn’t recommend the japanese one to anybody.

Both of them took forever, though, so I never actually went back a second time for either of them. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Rachel631:  well maybe you have stronger hair, maybe they used different chemicals, or maybe you didn’t do japanese straightening, but my friends hair is ruined from it. And she is not the only one, I know two other people whose hair is damaged.

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