If you're looking for a salon treatment that will give your hair reduced frizz and radiant shine, keratin treatments and Brazilian blowouts are hair smoothing techniques that don't cause any damage to the hair's follicle. Both treatments work by bonding protein to the outermost layer of the hair; this helps to smooth, protect and relax curly, frizzy or damaged hair. Which treatment should you choose?
The Brazilian Blowout
This treatment has been taking salons by storm due to its fast application and impressive results. The protein used in this treatment comes from a blend of amino acids. It's applied to freshly shampooed hair that's been carefully dried so that there is a small amount of moisture remaining. After the product is applied, the hair is blown dry and smoothed with a flat iron. After this process, when the hair is totally dry, a hair stylist shampoos the hair again to completely remove the product. The hair is conditioned, rinsed and dried one final time.
Like the Brazilian blowout, keratin treatments begin with shampooing and drying the hair. The keratin product is then applied to the hair, and the head is covered with a cap. The product is allowed to sit for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, a hair stylist blow dries and flat irons the hair. Notice there is no shampooing step in the salon after applying the keratin treatment. You have to wait three days after the treatment before you can shampoo your hair at home.
Why Brazilian Blowouts are Better
Brazilian blowouts are popular for a reason. They deliver smooth, shiny hair that lasts for approximately three months. However, keratin treatments last an average of three months too. The main difference is that the Brazilian blowout is a lot more convenient than keratin treatments. You don't need to let the product sit on your hair in the salon, and you can shampoo it and style it like usual the same day, compared to waiting days on end to shampoo after a keratin treatment. You also shouldn't put your hair in a ponytail or do anything to your hair that could leave a crease during those three days following the keratin application. Some hair stylists even caution against putting your hair behind your ears in those three days. If you have a Brazilian blowout, you can style your hair whichever way you choose after you leave the salon.
If smoother, shinier hair is what you're after, visit a salon to discuss the options they have available to you. A Brazilian blowout is likely to put a smile on your face.