I had heard about the wonderful results promised by the Brazilian Blowout hair treatment, and had seen the amazing before-and-after shots on social media.
I had also heard that the Blowout is for people with normal to thick hair who have trouble taming their locks and don’t necessarily like too much volume. Now this caught my interest as my hair is the perfect candidate since it’s wavy and can be frizzy!
On the negative side, I also read that some salons have stopped offering this treatment because of the formaldehyde and other chemicals used and because of potential damage to client’s hair following the treatment. Overall though, the positive reviews seemed more balanced than the negative ones and I felt it was worth a try.
I had a black-tie family event on the horizon, so I felt it was now or never and I picked up the phone and made an appointment in Koztellos in Knocknacarra in Galway.
Overall, the process took 2 hours as I have lots of mid-length hair and the stylists paid attention to every strand. The first step was to shampoo my hair twice to remove all the product and create a base for the treatment to adhere.
Then 2 stylists worked section by section around my head applying the Brazilian Blowout formula from root to tip. The next step was to blow-dry my hair smooth, where again they paid attention to every single hair. After this came the GHD. They divided my hair into small section and the straightener was passed over each section about 4 times to seal in the treatment.
Then it was back to the sink to rinse out the formula, followed by a deep conditioning mask for about 1 minute.
The final step was a smooth blow dry.
They recommended that I stay away from chlorine because that may shortened the lifespan of the blowout; and that I should use shampoo that’s sulfate-free, and paraben-free as well as a smoothing serum to keep everything in check. I discovered the organic haircare range Insight, available from evergreen.ie and now all the family use it.
Overall, I’m happy with my hair – I feel a huge difference in terms of texture and appearance – and I can definitely say that my hair stayed frizz-free for about 8 weeks. I didn’t want straight hair. I wanted more defined curls with less frizz. That’s what this treatment did for me.
The price varies from salon to salon, but Koztellos charge €150 and I feel I got my money’s worth.
Disclaimer: The Couch has no association with any of the brands mentioned above. Clare just really wanted to ‘tame her mane’ and she thought you might be interested in hearing about her experience. If you’ve had a Brazillian Blowout or are thinking of trying one, drop a comment below we’d love to hear them.