30/07/2013

I dit it! I jumped on the Brazilian Blowout bandwagon

After years of despairing over my limp and damaged strands, I've decided to get matters into my hands, errr... and hand them to the nearest hairdresser who could administer a Brazilian Blowout... Yes, I've finally jumped on the bandwagon, lured by the promise of restoring my hair to health after years of battering and mis-treatments, as evidenced  by the collection of heat tools that lives in the bottom drawer of my bathroom.

At first, I was put off by some articles I read about the chemicals included in the treatment, but my exhaustion at having to blow-dry my hair in the morning at the crack of dawn every day or risk having to wear my hair in a bun all day got the better of me, and I took the jump. I got a Brazilian Blowout, albeit a special one by Nanokeratin which claims to be free of all nasties like sodium hydroxide etc. and to fill hair with lost keratin particles...

I had brought a couple of offering prospecti from transactions I had pending at work, and I did well, because this takes not one minute less than forever (and I'm only exaggerating slightly). Then again, if you think about none of the Brazilian Blowout's promise, which is to restore your hair to childhood like soft and smooth texture, it sort of makes sense that it should take a while, don't you think?

Ok, so what did happen exactly? First, I was sent to the basins for a clearing shampoo wash, followed by the application of the keratin product with a brush, strand by strand. I was then left with the gooey mixture on for a little over a half-hour, after which my hair was painstakingly blow-dried, again strand by strand: this is what takes forever. Finally, my stylist applied hair straighteners and left me with poker-straight hair, declaring she was done after about two hours in the chair (my bottom was asking for relief and my legal dox had been reviewed to within an inch of their life by then).

It was only then that I was told what could have been a deal breaker had I known at the beginning: my hair couldn't be washed or pulled up for 3-4 days!!! I have to tell you, by the end of day 3, my hair felt like it had been washed with oil. Not very glam at all! (You'll be glad to hear I did not picture that stage... thankfully)


Once washed though, it was as if I had been lent someone else's hair all together: I don't seem to need much conditioner anymore, a dime-sized drop of leave-in keratin conditioner after a sulphate-free shampoo seems to be all I need to get soft, tangle and kink-free hair in under a minute. If I want a more polished look, I give it a quick go with my Big Hair brush, but really it looks so healthy and fresh that I can go without a blowdry for days on end. Oh, and my split ends seem to have all but disappeared... Success, at last!

(The above picture is from last Saturday, two weeks after my treatment, which I'm told should last me 12 whole weeks)

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