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Has anyone tried Brazilian Blowout or any of the other hair straightening/defrizzing keratin treatments? I have the BB now and I love it, but feel guilty about the cost! If you’ve tried it, do you think it is worth it?




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      UK Girl wrote Jul 31, 2011
    • Yes I am a regular  

      I will post the does and don’t of doing this but it’s amazing and my hair looks fabulous - it’s very soft and very straight and also I have all these curly wire like hair underneath they are banished.

      I have had it done professionally at a salon around 18 months ago and I have also used a home kit ......




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      UK Girl wrote Jul 31, 2011
    • A permanent or Brazilian blow dry involves the application of a keratin solution to hair to relax waves and ease frizz. It won’t give a poker straight finish to naturally wavy hair (that’s Yuko territory), but it will make your hair much more manageable, and if you do heat straighten it, it allows you to create an incredibly sleek finish. Most importantly, it’s not damaging and actually moisturises the hair, making it a win all round. The keratin treatment originated in Brazil, and goes under many names including the Brazilian, permanent and ever-lasting blow dry to name but a few. Despite the names of the latter two, it’s neither permanent nor ever lasting  and unlike other straightening treatments, causes no damage to the hair.

      2. The process take between 1hr-2hr, depending on how much hair you have. Hair is shampooed, and left to sit with shampoo on for 5-10 mins. It’s then rinsed, towel dried, and the keratin solution is painted onto the hair and combed through. Hair is then roughly blow dried and straightened with irons in small sections to ensure that every strand is covered. The heat of the straighteners activates and seals the solution into the hair, making it an essential part of the process.

      3. If you have lots of split ends, the treatment won’t be absorbed as well in those parts of the hair, so it’s best to have the ends cut off before you have your treatment. You’ll be spending a lot, so your hair should look great: don’t hold on to damaged lengths! The trim doesn’t need to happen at the same time, so if your usual salon doesn’t offer the treatment, go for a trim and then book in for your blow dry.

      4. The process isn’t cheap. Most salons offer the treatment from £150, but for shoulder length hair, you‘re looking at closer to £200, with the cost rising for longer hair. Many salons cap the cost at around £250, but you should go in for a consultation to check.  

      5. With appropriate care, the blow dry lasts for around 3 months and unlike other hair treatments, it fades, rather than grows out, so you aren’t left with annoying frizzy roots

      6. Before you book, think about whether this treatment is right for you. If you step out of the shower and your hair dries into sleek, straight heavenliness, consider me deeply envious and go and spend your £200 on a nice new pair of shoes and a couple of cocktails instead. If you spend 30+ minutes blow drying your hair every other day, straighten your hair most days, are sporting heat-related damage, or if you try and find excuses to stay in during times of humidity or rain, then get yourself booked in. I consider this treatment to be an investment as it saves me several hours a week that used to be spent styling, it’s left my hair in better condition, and it’s stopped me from running madly to the salon to buy every product that promises miracles and never delivers! It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you can afford it and spend a lot of effort on your hair, it’s worth a try.
      Always, ALWAYS go to the salon for a consultation before having the treatment. Not only will this allow them to assess whether you have the right hair for the treatment

      7. Many salons recommend that you should wait a week after colouring your hair before having a permanent or Brazilian blow dry, so bear this in mind when booking your appointment.




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      UK Girl wrote Jul 31, 2011
    • Final advice :
      Use your SLS-free shampoo, conditioner and your usual styling products (my hairdresser assures me the only rule is to have an SLS-free shampoo and that you can keep all your normal styling products) and then properly blow dry your hair.

      This massively important otherwise it will fade your colour dramatically




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      Marya1961 wrote Aug 1, 2011
    • I would love this treatment, wish it wasn’t so expensive!




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      Linda Joyner wrote Aug 1, 2011
    • i have heard about this, but i agree with mary, it is kinda expensive... but they say it works good.... my mom used to put straightners on my hair and i love my hair straight.. cause my hair is naturally curly.... i would love to try it one time...//estaticestaticestatic




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      UK Girl wrote Aug 1, 2011
    • Try the at home kit it’s easy and you just need a really good pair of straighteners




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