I don’t know about you guys, but I had no idea what a Brazilian blowout was until I actually got one! I’ve heard many things about it through social media, but never knew what it entailed until recently. The common misconception that people have about Brazilian blowouts is that it restores and repairs damaged hair. I learned that this is NOT true; it won’t repair any damages from previous hair treatments. What it does instead is make the hair smooth and shiny, while minimizing frizz. Since I have naturally wavy and frizzy hair, I was ecstatic to hear all the good outcomes and couldn’t wait to get one myself.
I went to The Gates Salon in San Marino where the owner Michel, gave me a consultation about the treatment. He explained what he was doing every step of the Brazilian blowout while he was giving me the treatment, and was very informative about the entire process. After asking him several questions, I’ve learned that the Brazilian Blowout isn’t for everyone. For those with damaged hair, it’s recommended that you don’t get it. Because a large amount of heat is applied to the hair, it is difficult for the hair to withstand it. The blowouts are for people with normal to thick hair who have trouble taming their locks down and don’t necessarily like too much volume. My hair is the perfect candidate for the blowout since it’s wavy and frizzy!
This is how it went down for me: first, he washed my hair with a shampoo specifically for the treatment. It’s an anti-residue shampoo which helps with the smoothing process for the hair; he did two washes with this shampoo. Then, he parted my hair in sections to apply the treatment solution. He combed it through my entire head, and once finished, he blow dried my hair while using paddle brush.There’s been a lot of discussion about if the smell is bad for you. The smell occurs when heat is applied to the hair, but the blow dry and flat-ironing is necessary to seal in the shine factor for the hair. If you want to be cautious, you can ask for a towel to cover your mouth and nose so you don’t inhale any fumes. I recommend choosing a salon that’s fairly large that has ventilation, and have them provide an air purifier; this salon was nice enough to provide one for me.
After the straightening process, my hair was rinsed with just water to further lock in the treatment. Finally, my hair was blow dried and ta-dah! The Brazilian blowout was finished and my locks were luscious and shiny.
The entire process took about two hours; of course, the time varies depending on the salon and stylist. It’s recommended to stay away from chlorine and salt water, because that may shortened the lifespan of the blowout. I have to use shampoo that’s sulfate-free, as well as a smoothing serum to keep everything in check. In addition, you can’t color your hair for about 4 weeks after the blowout; however you can color your hair prior to the blowout. Overall, I’m very happy with my hair–I feel a huge difference in terms of texture and appearance. The price varies from salon to salon, but the Gates offer their services for $250 and up (depending on hair length).
If you guys decide to get one at the Gates, tell Michel that I say ‘hi’!
Has anyone gotten the Brazilian Blowout? If so, let me know your experiences and what you do to keep your hair looking great.