About both the Brazilian Blowout and keratin treatment, including the advantages and disadvantages of each.There are so many different kinds of smoothing and straightening hair treatments that they often get confused. If you’re ready to say goodbye to unruly, uncontrollable frizzy hair with curls and kinks, then a hair relaxing or straightening treatment will help solve your problem. It is important, however, to know exactly what you’re getting and what to expect. That’s why Richmond Hair Salon and Esthetics is here today to teach you With our expert knowledge, you can be sure that you will make the right decision.
What is a Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment, and how are they Similar?
The Brazilian Blowout and a keratin treatment are terms that are often used interchangeably, and despite their differences, there are also a few key similarities. For starters, both are considered to be temporary treatments that use proteins to coat the hair in order to provide a smoother and straighter appearance that is more manageable to style. Secondly, both types of treatments help to prevent humidity from ruining your hair so that you don’t have to worry about going out on a warm, muggy, rainy day. Third of all, the chemicals used in the Brazilian Blowout technique and keratin treatment are also very similar, although they are not identical. Beware of dangerous health-harming chemicals, such as formaldehyde, in either treatments and be sure to talk to your stylist about other possible options that are good for you and the earth. Finally, both treatments use heating tools like a blow dryer and flat iron to seal in the look so that it will last for the next few months. After the treatments wear out, they can be re-done if you so desire.
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The Pros of a Brazilian Blowout
The Brazilian Blowout is one of the most popular hair smoothing treatments that is done today and you can find many salons across the country that offer it as part of their wide array of services. This type of treatment boasts of frizz-free, easy to style hair that keeps your volume and doesn’t leave your strands lying flat against your head. Just about anybody can receive a Brazilian Blowout without causing damage to their hair because it is suitable for all hair types. It does, however, work best on fine to medium-thick hair with a relatively small amount of curls or waves.
One of the greatest benefits of the Brazilian Blowout is how quickly it is to complete in a salon. You can expect to be sitting in the chair for only about an hour and a half, which is usually how long it takes to get your hair dyed. Of course, you may wait a little shorter (or longer) depending on the length and thickness of your hair. When you first get to the salon, your hair will be shampooed and towel dried before the stylist applies the treatment to your hair. It will then be blow dried and straightened to achieve the desired look. Lastly, it will be shampooed once again to rinse out the chemicals and then blow dried once more to finish your appointment. You can walk out ready to style your new “do” however you’d like and it will last for approximately 3 months, although this may vary depending on your hair, lifestyle, and the quality of product used.
The Cons of a Brazilian Blowout
If you have extremely kinky hair, you should not expect the Brazilian Blowout treatment to straighten your curls out and make them disappear. Instead, you will simply notice that they are easier to style with heating tools and that they look sleeker and shinier. This smoothing process also doesn’t last quite as long as the traditional keratin treatment because it merely coats the hair shaft without penetrating it. The Brazilian method also tends to use more harsh chemicals that may harm your health with excessive exposure.
The Pros of a Keratin Treatment
Keratin treatments have been used for years to bring clients smooth and shiny hair. One way that this treatment stands out from the Brazilian Blowout is that it has more effective, long-lasting results. While keratin treatments are still only temporary solutions to difficult, frizzy hair, they can last for up to five months as long as you follow the proper after-care procedures. You can count on soft, smooth hair that shines and is easy to straighten, curl, and style without worry. Overall, keratin treatments do make your hair appear straighter than a Brazilian Blowout can, although it still won’t be perfect. This treatment is particularly beneficial for those with extremely curly and thick hair with lots of volume as it will turn things down a couple of notches and make it much more manageable.
The stylist will begin the keratin treatment by washing your hair and applying the chemical solutions. While the treatment may contain some harmful chemicals, it is typically considered to be a gentler alternative to the Brazilian Blowout. Once the treatment has been applied, the stylist will put a cap over your hair and leave it to set for about 30 minutes before removing it to blow dry and straighten your hair. As long as you have gone to a professional salon with trained staff, you should not receive any damages from the chemicals or heat and you’ll be able to enjoy your new, improved hair for the next few months.
The Cons of a Keratin Treatment
There are a few disadvantages of the keratin treatment over the Brazilian Blowout. For starters, it is not suitable for all hair types. Those with thin and fairly straight hair should avoid getting a keratin treatment if they want to keep whatever volume that they do have. It is appropriate, however, for just about anybody else.
The keratin treatment also has a longer processing time. You could spend up to two or three hours in the salon while receiving a keratin treatment, although it could be less or more depending on your hair and the product that the stylist is using. You will also need to avoid showering for the next three days so that you don’t rinse out the treatment before it has had time to cure. Putting your hair up, clipping it back, or anything else that may cause it to kink are also not allowed over the three day period, so it certainly requires a little lifestyle change at first, which turn many people away from the treatment altogether. Others, however, believe the first three days are worth the results that they gain afterwards.
Looking for More Information on the Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment?
If you’re not sure whether you should get the Brazilian Blowout or keratin treatment, the best thing you can do is ask the experts. Call us today with any questions that you may have or stop in to speak to one of our professional stylists to discuss which treatment is the right one for you. We will be able to help you pick the best method depending on your hair, your lifestyle, and your budget.