For those of you who have not been following along, I have curly hair and a penchant for trying to look better. So back in August I got a Brazilian Blowout in the hopes that it would magically render my frizzy locks into smooth Aniston-like beachy waves.
What I got instead was hair that looked like Dora without the bangs. Flat. Straight. Flat.
The Brazilian Blowout was supposed to leave some body in my hair and leave me the option of styling it curly or straight with much less frizz or fuss than in its natural state. The “no-frizz” promise delivered but everything else was a total bust. I’ve had my straight, dead-looking hair in a ponytail since summer because there was no other option. It resisted all attempts at styling until recently and could not be coaxed into anything resembling body. It was flat, hanging there around my face, making me look older and bedraggled.
At first I thought the flatness would wear off over time and I’d get some curl back once the process started to fade. It’s billed as wearing off slowly and leaving hair to return to its natural state over 10-12 weeks. No such luck. Right now, at 14 weeks, my hair can best be described as slightly bent in spots. It’s barely wavy, not curly in the slightest. I have hopes that by next summer this will have worn off completely but I’m not holding my breath for a recovery much before then.
It’s possible that I have the one head of hair that reacts over-zealously to chemical relaxing but I don’t think that’s it. I think the woman who did this for me over-processed it. I bought the Blowout through a Living Social deal and I suspect this process is new to the salon and the stylists were not experts in doing it well yet and hadn’t had a chance to find out the long term results of their expertise. Lesson learned. I’ll never try something new in this manner again. From now on, it’s my regular stylist or no stylist at all.
Not that I’ll be doing a Brazilian Blowout again under any circumstance. Never mind how shitty my hair looks. There have been reports recently that the solution used contains formaldehyde in significant enough quantities to make stylists sick. When I was getting mine done, I wore a surgical mask and, even so, my eyes and throat were burning from the fumes. I may be crazy, but I’m not dumb enough to put embalming fluid on my head again.
I am officially declaring the Brazilian Blowout a big fail. You can try it if you want to, but I’m saying that its a recipe for bad hair achieved through the application of poison to your head, all at the low, low price of about $350. Save the bucks, buy some shoes.