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The Brazilian blowout has been a popular hair treatment for over a decade, and for good reason. This chemical straightening process can transform frizz-prone, unruly hair into sleek, manageable locks. But is it right for you? And what exactly does it entail?

What is a Brazilian Blowout?

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A Brazilian blowout is a salon treatment that infuses your hair with keratin, a protein that naturally occurs in hair.

The keratin bonds to the hair shaft, smoothing out the cuticle and creating a protective barrier against humidity and heat damage. This results in hair that is smoother, shinier, and more manageable, with reduced frizz and curl.

Brazilian Blowout Salons in Singapore

Here are a list of salons in Singapore that offer Brazilian Blowout services you can consider visiting.

How Does it Work?

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The Brazilian blowout process typically takes two to three hours, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Here’s a general overview of the steps involved:

  1. Hair is washed and cleansed.
  2. A keratin solution is applied to the hair.
  3. The hair is blow-dried and straightened.
  4. A neutralising solution is applied to seal the keratin.
  5. The hair is rinsed and styled.

Benefits of a Brazilian Blowout

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Most people who are considering a Brazilian Blowout do it because their hair is so damaged, it’s frizzy and no longer manageable.

A Brazilian Blowout or similar keratin treatments can help reduce frizz and curls, so that hair looks smoother, shinier, and more importantly, more manageable.

Because of the sealing result, it also helps protect the hair from heat damage.

Results can typically last for up to three months.

Things to Consider Before Getting a Brazilian Blowout

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  • It can be expensive, typically costing S$200 to S$500 or more, depending on which salon you visit.
  • Traditional Brazilian Blowout contains formaldehyde, a chemical that can cause irritation and potential health risks. However, there are many salons that offer keratin treatments similar to the traditional Brazilian Blowout that use more benign ingredients. You should check with your stylist to find out more on the treatment he/she is using on you
  • It can damage hair if not done correctly, so always go to a professional salon for your Brazilian Blowout.
  • It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Maintaining Your Brazilian Blowout

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Now that your hair is smoother and less frizzy, thanks to the Brazilian Blowout, you can continue to maintain this result.

Combining these tips will help you maximise the lifespan of your Brazilian blowout and enjoy smoother, shinier, and frizz-free hair for longer. Remember, your hair care routine after a blowout is just as important as the treatment itself!

Use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner

Sulfates are cleansing agents found in many shampoos, but they can be harsh and strip away the keratin coating applied during the Brazilian blowout treatment.

This can lead to faster fading of the smoothing effects and make your hair more prone to frizz and dryness.

Sulfate-free products, on the other hand, are gentler and help preserve the keratin layer, keeping your blowout lasting longer.

Avoid heat styling as much as possible.

Heat styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can damage the keratin bonds and break down the treatment.

While a Brazilian Blowout is supposed to help protect the hair from heat damage so occasional use is okay, minimising heat styling will help the keratin coating stay intact and maintain the smooth, straight texture of your blowout.

Deep condition your hair regularly

Brazilian blowouts can leave hair feeling slightly dry or coarse. Deep conditioning treatments add moisture and nourishment, which helps to keep your hair soft, manageable, and less prone to breakage.

Aim for a deep conditioning treatment once a week or every other week, depending on your hair type and needs.

Get regular trims to prevent split ends

Split ends can travel up the hair shaft and contribute to a frizzy, unkempt appearance. Regular trims (ideally every six to eight weeks) eliminate split ends before they can progress further and help maintain the sleek, polished look of your blowout.

Brazilian Blowout Alternatives

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If you’re concerned about the cost, chemicals, or potential damage of a Brazilian blowout, there are other options available, such as:

  • Keratin hair-smoothing treatments: These are similar to Brazilian blowouts, but they contain less formaldehyde.
  • Hair straightening perms: These can straighten your hair for a period of time, but they can also be damaging to your hair.
  • Blowouts and flat ironing: These can temporarily smooth your hair, but they won’t last as long as a Brazilian blowout – of course.