I will admit – I have considered a Brazilian Blowout in the past. But never fully committed. I have done my research over the years and was always just a little nervous to go through with it. I have dealt with natural curls and frizz my entre life and the idea of having frizz free hair was always a nice thought. But – let me tell you this – since switching to naturally based hair products – I am completely in LOVE with my hair. I love the fact that I can go from curly to straight from one day to the next. I LOVE that I can walk outside on an Oklahoma Humid Day and not have hair that puffs up like a poodle! LOL But – we will compare the 2 products and you can decide which one sounds like the better option for you.
According to brazilianblowout.com a Brazilian Blowout is a “profession smoothing treatment, through the use of breakthrough bonding technologies, these customizable smoothing treatments actually improve the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle”. Sounds pretty awesome, right??
- customizable – you can keep your curls, but eliminate the frizz OR you can get smoothest, sleekest results
- no down time – you leave the salon and can immediately wash your hair or put it up in a ponytail and have no worries.
- For all hair types
- No change to curl pattern – after approximately 12 weeks, natural curl pattern returns
- No line of demarcations with new hair growth – so this is great for transitioning from Japanese straighteners, relaxers or other keratin treatments
- treatment is completed at the salon – after approx. 90 minutes at the salon, you leave with smooth, frizz-free hair – for up to 12 weeks.
How does it work EXACTLY?
It is a liquid keratin formula that bonds to your hair to create a protective layer around each strand, diminishing frizz, sealing the cuticle and provides armor against external damage. The treatment originated in Brazil, and uses ingredients from there, including camu camu, annatto seed and acai berry. According to many articles and reviews – your hair will be left hydrated, less frizzy and more resilient to heat styling and major shine!
To “SEAL” the treatment – your stylist will make a pass with a 450 degree flat iron, the more your hair is straightened, the more the stylist straightens, the straighter your hair will be – as an end result.
Is it SAFE?
The treatment does contain formaldehyde. But many articles report that it remains safe and actually there isn't any more in this than would be in your nail polish……. However – over the past several years many states OSHA programs have found dangerous levels of the chemical, including products labeled “formaldehyde Free.”
Investigators have concluded that the process of applying the solution to hair, then using a blow dryer and flatiron, aerosolized the formaldehyde, making it easy for salon workers and clients to inhale. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and scientific studies have linked it to miscarriage, stillbirth, menstrual disorders and female infertility.
Surely – the formula has changed and these have been recalled right?? WRONG! Canada has stopped the distribution of these toxic products (but Canada has much stricter laws than the US) and the California Attorney General's office has filed a lawsuit but there has been no nation-wide recall. Many salons offer this treatment to their clients. Prices range from $150 – $350 per treatment. The treatments last approximately 12 weeks – if you follow their instructions – which include ditching the sulfate shampoos and no chlorine in your hair. You can get longer if you wash less often. They say you can get approximately 36 washes – before needing another treatment – another $150-$350………
Naturally Based Hair Products
These products are actually an anti-aging, naturally/botanically based product. The chemistry behind the success is embedded in the company's Rejuveniqe Oil, a proprietary and patented blend of 11 oils from around the world, which is contained in almost all of these hair products. The product line targets the actual cause of hair loss and the aging of the hair – but the clinical results demonstrated more than just helping with re-growing hair and reversing the aging of your hair.
PRO's (including extensive clinical results)
- increase in collagen directly increasing follicle size and strength
- increased manageability and shine
- decrease in fiber breakage
- increase in hair growth
- decrease in DHT hormone that contributes to hair loss
- increase in hair volume
The key ingredients in these products include:
Rejuvenique – the blend of 11 unique, essential oils
Capixyl – helps reduce scalp inflammation, strengthens and thickens hair while stimulating natural growth
Crodasorb – Do you use sunscreen on your skin? Well, now you can also protect your hair. Crodasorb is a UV absorber that helps protect hair from sun damage.
Procataline – Helps maintain healthy levels of antioxidants in follicles to combat premature thinning while protecting color and shine.
These Products DO NOT CONTAIN:
- Harsh Salt Systems
- Harmful Colors
- Harmful Fragrances
These products are going to moisture your hair, leaving it hydrated, more manageable and so shiny – and it is just a shampoo and conditioner. This is the FIRST product on the market – designed as an ANTI-AGING hair care line! The products are preventive by helping to keep the follicles healthy and viable and in the growth stage longer, restoring by helping to restore essential moisture and nutrients lost by years of neglect, heat appliances and chemical treatments; and preserving by helping maintain longer, fuller, stronger, younger looking hair!! It isn't a treatment you have to get from your salon. And guess what, it gets better…….. these products are super concentrated!! These shampoos/conditioners contain only 40% water, compared to most other shampoo/conditioners on the market (including salon brand) that contain 80% water. So I can make a system last me 3 months…….how long does your bottle of shampoo last you?
Is it SAFE??
ABSOLUTELY!!! There is nothing harmful in these products! No that are not 100% natural, if that were the case, the shelf life would be really short and would require refrigeration. The ingredients include high-quality botanical extracts, essential oils and vitamins. They are blended with cleansing products, called surfactants and emulsifiers. The products are so safe – I've been using them on my children for months and their hair has never been healthier and more manageable!
In conclusion the choice is yours. I can tell you from experience that the hair care products I'm using, WORK – and I'm not spending $150-$350 every 12 weeks and I'm not having to keep a stylist apt every 12 weeks to even get trims. My hair doesn't even need a trim and I'm 4 months out and use heat styling on my hair at least 4 times a week. My hair hasn't been this healthy – since I was a child!
If you are open to learning more about these products – I would be happy to talk with you. I can even get you a link to find the perfect products for your hair type – since there are several different lines for specific hair issues.
Please feel free to contact me via my FB Fan Page – Love Your Hair, Again or you can send me a quick text at 405-620-4505 and I'll be happy to discuss the products with you.
I hope you found some value in this article. Until next time…..