In the land of kinky-haired ladies wanting to look gorgeous, getting a Brazilian blowout is right up there, just as teeth whitening would be for a smoker.
However, you have to ask yourself how much does a Brazilian blowout cost before you hit the salon.
A Brazilian blowout is a positively life-changing hair styling method that anyone with unmanageable kinky hair should try out.
Charges for Brazilian blowouts range from $100 to $600 depending on the salon, hairdresser, the customer’s hair type, and the products used.
Brazilian Blowout versus Japanese Hair Straightening
Japanese hair straightening lasts up to 6 months compared to the Brazilian blowout’s life expectancy of just 3 months.
However, the Brazilian blowout looks more natural as the effect disappears at about the same rate that new hair grows. That means the treated hair will look the same as the new growth. With the Japanese straightening, new growth will take on the natural curly and kinky characteristics of the natural hair while the treated hair will look straight and unnatural.
Additionally, the Brazilian blowout results in hair that is straight, silky, and looks alive while the Japanese straightened hair looks stiff and dead.
Brazilian vs Keratin
A good keratin treatment will make your curly, kinky, unmanageable hair look straighter but this will come at a great cost.
First, you will pay over $300 for a keratin hair treatment. Then you will have to desist from washing your hair, making any pony tails, or using any hair pins for at least three days after styling.
The accumulated sweat and dust is likely to cause some damage to your hair and some clients have reported hair falling off when they finally washed it. You may also end up with greasy hair, stinky hair, and pimples along your hairline due to the clogging.
On the other hand, a Brazilian blowout allows you to wash your hair even the same day after treatment. You can safely and comfortably use hair pins or style your hair into a pony tail or in any other style that you want to.
Dyeing your hair can also be safely done the same day after having a Brazilian blowout. Though you may expect the cost to be more expensive, all these benefits come at the same price as the Keratin treatments.
An additional plus is that the Brazilian blowout products do not have the strong stench that is characteristic of keratin treatment products.
Brazilian Blowout and Formaldehyde
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies formaldehyde as a carcinogen though the FDA does not have any restrictions on using it in hair products.
Unfortunately, some brand names for Brazilian blowout products do contain formaldehyde. Luckily, after many tests by concerned citizens and warnings from consumer groups, most of the products that contain formaldehyde have been recalled and are no longer on sale.
What this means is that when you go to your salon and request for a Brazilian blowout, chances are that the products used will be free of formaldehyde. Always ask your stylist about the product and its contents.
You can also read online reviews of the product and visit the better business bureau site to check for consumer complaints or warnings.
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