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Published on: 13 Nov 2016 by kathywheat
Do you have hair that is frizzy or hard to control? Do you spend hours straightening your hair only for it to be ruined when the weather is damp or humid? Frizzy or untamed hair can be the bane of our lives and cause so much frustration, especially when you have a special event and want your hair to look good. Using products like mousse and hairspray to tame frizzy hair often results in a look that is greasy, over styled and unkempt. There are better, healthier ways to have beautiful and sleek hair, however.
What is a Brazilian Blow Dry Treatment?
A Brazilian blow dry treatment is a lengthy but effective hair treatment that provides a semi-permanent solution for straight hair. The treatment is carried out at a hair salon and can take up to four hours, depending on your hair length, volume and type. It makes use of a specially formulated solution with the ingredient of keratin to coat the hair. Keratin is a natural protein found in hair and nails, and it smooths the cuticle, making hair softer, silkier and more manageable.
The keratin formula is applied to the hair in sections, saturating the length of the hair until it is fully coated. After the treatment, the hair is washed with a shampoo which is sulphate free. The hair is dried and the keratin formula is heat sealed in it. The keratin promotes sleeker and healthier looking hair, drastically reducing the need to use damaging heat appliances like straighteners.The effect of a Brazilian blow dry treatment lasts around three months, which allows previous heat damage to be repaired.
Why is it Important to Use a Protein Shampoo?
If you have paid for a Brazilian blow dry treatment then it is important to invest in a protein shampoo. Protein shampoos fill any gaps along the hair shaft and keep your hair straight and smooth longer. They also nourish the hair for protection, maintain its health and give the required aftercare for the blow dry treatment. It’s critically important to use a sulphate free shampoo after a Brazilian blow dry treatment. Sulphates strip dirt and anything else coating the hair strand, so they will strip the keratin from the blow dry treatment right off the strand. If that happens, you’ve basically thrown away the money you paid for the Brazilian blow dry treatment!
If your hair is coloured, then a sulphate free shampoo will also keep the colour vibrant and won’t strip if off. A protein shampoo that is also salt free – which is the same thing as sulphate free – is the best type of shampoo to use on hair that has had a keratin treatment. It is important to use a protein shampoo that has hydrolysed protein in it (look for ingredients like milk, wheat, collagen, silk and keratin). Hydrolysed proteins repair damage along your hair strands and any damage to the cuticles. Smooth cuticles result in smooth, soft, straight hair that doesn't tangle. In essence, a protein shampoo keeps your hair straight longer, which prolongs the time before another expensive treatment is required.
Brazilian Blow Dry Treatment Aftercare Advice
Most Brazilian blow dry treatments last for up to 100 days, so aftercare is important to make sure you get the most out of your treatment and make it last. There is no specific time when you should wash your hair after the treatment, but it is advisable to wait a few days. Avoid tying your hair up or using grips in your hair until after the first time you have washed it – this is to prevent bumps or kinks in the hair. Remember, it is essential that you avoid any shampoos or conditioners that contain sodium chloride or sulphates, as these will strip the keratin treatment from the hair shaft and the effect will be ruined. Only use a protein shampoo that is salt free or sulphate free. Also,avoid swimming in the sea, as salt water will damage the treatment. When you first wash your hair with a protein shampoo after your Brazilian blow dry treatment, rinse it for five minutes so that any residual build up from the keratin treatment is washed out.
Why Should I Try a Brazilian Blow Dry Treatment?
Most women who opt for a Brazilian blow dry treatment have regularly blow dried, straightened, curled or coloured their hair. The harsh chemicals or bleaches used in colourants are detrimental, and applying heat to the hair damages it further. The Brazilian blow dry treatment, supplemented by protein-rich shampoos, protects and nourishes your hair, reducing the need for damaging heat appliances. The keratin treatment will gradually fade over 90 days, but you will find that your hair appears much healthier in the long run after each Brazilian blow dry treatment. Using a protein shampoo is vital to lengthen the effectiveness of the treatment. A protein shampoo will ensure that your hair stays smooth, sleek and silky after treatment -- a healthy appearance that all women want!