What’s better than an expensive pair of red high heels? Hair that behaves the way you wish it would everyday! Like kids, our hair often has a mind of it’s own. Curling this way or that; laying flat when you want volume; falling down when you need it to stay up…the story is the same for many of us! For me, I think I’ve found my answer to well-behaved hair! The Brazilian Blowout™!
This past weekend I drove an hour and a half to Santa Monica to meet with Jordana Lorraine, a certified Brazilian Blowout Specialist at Dino-Clark Salon (update: now at Phenix Salon Suites in Marina Del Rey.) Jordana gave us the details of the Brazilian Blowout recently. If you missed the article, please read it first so you have a better understanding of what I’m discussing here. Jordana suggested I come to her salon and give the Brazilian Blowout™ a try and I was excited to do so.
At the salon, Jordana gave my hair an analysis that determined the degree of curl I had. Based on the Hair Type chart on NaturallyCurly.com, I have every type of curl from 2a to 3b. The more course and dense the curl, the sooner it will return after the Brazilian Blowout™. Jordana anticipates the back of my hair, where it is most densely curled, will begin to return to it’s natural state in about 2 months. The rest of the hair will hold the treatment for up to 4 months. The treatment will be completely out of my hair in about 4 months time.
My hair in it’s natural state. I washed it and let it hair dry on my drive to visit Jordana. Three hours after washing it, it is still damp!
I didn’t add any product or attempt to style my hair. Notice the frizz and the variety of texture.
Jordana explained to me that the more porous the hair the better is absorbs the treatment and the longer the treatment will last. This is the one time that having dry, damaged hair from color processing will actually be a benefit! My highlighted hair on the top of my head (I only have a half-weave), should hold the treatment for a longer period of time than the underside, which is not highlighted.
The 11 steps to getting a Brazilian Blowout™:
- Deep cleansing with shampoo. The hair needs to be “squeaky” clean. No conditioner is used.
- Dry hair with blow drier until hair is damp.
- Paint on Brazilian Blowout product (like a color gloss would be applied), section by section.
- Blow dry hair with product on.
- Reapply product over any fuzzy ends
- Flat Iron hair, section by section
- Rinse well; no shampoo (you do the first shampoo at home)
- Apply Smoothing Serum to wet hair
- Rough Dry with fingers
- Style with brush to blend ends if desired
- Very light trim of ends since hair was cut to work with your natural texture. This step simply makes sure that your ends are even.
That’s it. The process takes about 2 hours total.
Word of Warning:
Jordana asked me if my eyes were sensitive before she began to blow dry my hair in step 4. I said no. I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong. All of the sudden I began tearing uncontrollable. The fumes from the product burned my eyes. Jordana gave me a plastic shield to stick to my forehead that helped keep the fumes from going into my eyes. I applied this just before my Twitter friend Robyn (from Girls in Tech) came in to meet me for the first time! Nice first impression, right?! But she was so sweet and didn’t laugh at all! In fact, I still struggled with tearing up and had to have my first face-to-face conversation with her with my eyes shut! Thankfully, she understands the “price” of beauty!
The shield help protect my crying eyes from the product fumes as Jordana was blow drying my hair.
Saying goodbye to Robyn. I’m done with step 6, moving onto step 7
My final look! Jordana has also had the Brazilian Blowout done!
Is the Brazilian Blowout™ worth the time and cost?
In my life, YES! “Smooth and Sleek” is the hair I’ve always dreamed of having!
While I spent plenty of time on the road that day, Jordana was worth the trip! She is professional, informative and super sweet! If you are in South California, she is worth the drive!
As for the results of my hair, I cut down my normal hair drying time by 23 minutes! I kid you not! Before my treatment I timed from when I got out of the shower until the time I could call my hair dry. It broke down to be 30 minutes of air dry and 20 minutes of blow drying. This did include blow drying and styling with a round brush to get my hair straight. If I wanted a “polished” straight look, I would have had to add another 5 minutes with the flat iron.
Today when I washed and dried my hair for the first time since the treatment, I let it air dry for 20 minutes. It took 7 minutes to blow dry. I only used my fingers to move my hair around and added the round brush at the very end to add volume to my crown. My hair is as straight as it was when I left the salon on Sunday. I am in love. I feel like my hair is Pantene ad worthy!
I haven’t had time to play with styling my hair ina variety of ways but it will take some getting used to. The hair is silky and more slippery, which may cause styles with volume to require an additional spritz of hairspray or a volumizing product before blow drying. I’d like to see how it holds a curl as well as how it dries naturally (I’m hoping for the beachy Giselle-style waves!).
This week will be a great test as we’ll be driving up the California coast on vacation. I look forward to seeing how it handles coastal humidity, which would normally turn my hair into a frizzy mess!
Care of Brazilian Blowout™:
Jordana used a great analogy, likening the BB to laminating your hair. The treatment coats the outside of your hair so you have to be careful how you care for it. Shampoos should not contain sulfate or sodium chloride. (The sodium chloride works as an exfoliant and strips the treatment from your hair) Jordana recommends using the Brazilian Blowout™ shampoo, conditioner, hair serum and deep conditioning masque to help the treatment last longer. Available in certified Brazilian Blowout salons.
Get it for less!
Jordana shared with us before that the Brazilian Blowout costs $350. However, she will give you a $50 discount when you mention A Mom in Red High Heels! That’s a generous offer! I hope you take her up on it! Thanks Jordana!
Jordana Lorraine graduated from Vidal Sassoon in 1995 and specialized in color and extensions before focusing on Brazilian Blowout™. In addition to her Brazilian Blowout™ Certification, Jordana has spent a highly unusual 4 hours with the creator of the process, during which they discussed details of the treatment and worked on a client together.
Find Jordana at Phenix Salon Suites in Marina Del Rey.
UPDATE, APRIL 2010: Brazilian Blowout™ is now free of formaldehyde and all hyde family ingredients, as shown on their website www.brazilianblowout.com. Read our report: BIG NEWS: Keratin Hair Treatment, Brazilian Blowout™ in Now HYDE-FREE!
Not ready for the commitment of a keratin treatment? Try an at home anti-frizz system for hair: Living Proof Straight Making Styling System ($34 Value)