The Brazilian blowout, or what is also popularly known as the Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment (BKT), has gripped the world of hair styling with all the benefits it has to offer to those with curly, frizzy, wavy, and basically, unmanageable hair. It is believed to be a safer alternative to the traditional Japanese hair straightening method, that is known to dry out the hair and make it look limp and dead. Of course, all these benefits come at a price, and here's how much this procedure can cost.
The cost of this procedure basically depends on the length of your hair, how much of the product has to be used to straighten it out, and the condition of your hair. Thus, the price can be as low as US $150, and as high as US $600. Usually, it ranges around US $350-400 for medium length hair.
As mentioned above, the process of Brazilian keratin treatment is different from that of Japanese hair straightening method. For one, in this process, a protein called keratin that is essential to keep hair healthy and glossy, is infused into hair strands by the use of specific products.
The process begins by washing the hair with a clarifying shampoo (non-sodium), to rid the hair of any build-up. This process also helps in getting rid of any remnants of oil, shampoo, or conditioner from the scalp. After washing, a thorough hair drying process is carried out with a hair dryer. Once the hair is completely dried, it is divided into several small sections and each section is coated with a keratin hair solution. In order to ensure that this solution is absorbed by each strand of hair, the hair is placed under a dryer for about ten to fifteen minutes. Finally, with a flat iron, the hair is straightened to give it a glossy and smooth texture.
All in all, the entire procedure may last for 3-4 hours, or longer, if your hair is longer. Unlike Japanese hair straightening that is permanent until the hair grows out, this hair straightening treatment procedure lasts only for about 3-5 months. Now, the process of maintaining such hair is slightly tedious. For one, you are not permitted to wash your hair (or have it exposed to any moisture - steam, swimming pool, beach, humid environment, exercising) for a minimum of 4 days. This has gotten this treatment some negative reviews. If you want this treatment to last longer, ensure that you wash your hair with a non-sodium clarifying shampoo. No hair accessories, glasses, or placing your hair behind your ears either.
So far, there have been rave reviews of the Brazilian hair straightening treatment. In spite of minor glitches, women are loving their new hair that is so easily manageable, and natural-looking, as compared to other hair straightening techniques that make the hair look absolutely flat and lifeless.
Now everything is not as rosy as it seems, and even though the Brazilian keratin treatment reviews seem so positive, it has been found that the products used to carry out this process contain large amounts of formaldehyde, that is highly dangerous when used in the long run. This chemical is particularly dangerous for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Getting this treatment done once in a while is alright, but those of you who are wishing to get it done on a regular basis should be wary of the possible side effects of this treatment.
Whatever the cost may be, with all its reviews, whether or not it is beneficial in the long run is a cause for concern. However, there are now products that are available without formaldehyde, that make this treatment much safer. Ensure that you confirm this with your stylist, so that a Brazilian blowout gives you a gorgeous look without compromising on the health of your hair and body.