There is nothing more that most women want than smooth and silky hair. There are many options to achieve the perfect, flowing, frizz-free hair, and a number of treatments for you to consider. However, many of these treatments, which are readily available at most salons, cost a fair amount of money. In fact, you can typically expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,000 for a professional treatment. With that being said, many women are willing to pay a high price for hair that doesn’t look greasy, frizzy, or a complete mess. This post delves a little deeper into some of the hair treatments used to combat ugly looking hair.
The Brazilian blowout is still a fairly new salon treatment, aimed at smoothing out hair. Admittedly, the initial formulas that were used in the blowout technique contained formaldehyde, which was considered the best chemical to straighten and smooth hair. However, it was found that formaldehyde was quite toxic and could cause irritation for many users. With that being said, the newer formulas used nowadays typically use chemicals which aren’t as toxic. The Brazilian blowout is the perfect hair treatment for those of you who have processed, damaged, or frizzy hair.
The Brazilian blowout manages to smooth the hair by using a specific system which conditions the cuticles in their entirety, through using amino acids and keratin. The treatment sees more volume and waves added to the hair, although you shouldn’t expect it to completely straighten your hair. It must be said that the results of the treatment generally doesn’t last any longer than around three months and if you already had straight hair in the first place, it is likely to look a lot flatter afterwards. However, you do have the advantage of this being the only salon treatment that still allows you to have your hair washed and styled immediately after the treatment has been applied.
This treatment is very similar to the Brazilian blowout, in that keratin is applied to the cuticles. However, keratin does occasionally contain formaldehyde, so may not be suitable for everyone to use, but we now know that formaldehyde does a wonderful job of making hair look smooth and silky. The one advantage keratin straightening has over the Brazilian blowout is that it typically lasts for a month or two longer, but that does come at a price. The first few days after the hair salon has applied the treatment you won’t be able to wash your hair, as it is undergoing the oxidation process.
A Japanese straightening treatment provides permanent results and can be considered the complete opposite process to a perm. The treatment can be fairly harsh, so the long lasting effects are best suited to women who wish to have their hair completely straight. With that being said, once the hair starts to grow, it must be treated again to achieve permanent results for the new hair as well. However, the treatment requires the hair to undergo a lot of exposure to heat and chemicals, which can see the hairs become very brittle and extremely dry. You should also be aware that the entire treatment takes anywhere from three hours up to six hours, and you shouldn’t bend your hair for at least three or four days afterwards.
Neena Jackson, the author of this article, works with, Pink Lime Salon & Spa, leading hair salons in Vancouver. She is an avid reader and takes keen interest in painting.