As much as naturals love, love, love their curls, sometimes, we want to see some length! I’ve known girls with hair long enough to touch the middle of their backs that rock Teenie Weenie Afros (TWAs for short). When they straighten their hair, they themselves are usually shocked at just how long it truly is.
Many naturals who want to see how much length they’ve gained are afraid to do so for fear of (dun, dun, dun) HEAT DAMAGE. Heat damage is avoidable, and much less likely to happen if you have your hair straightened professionally. There are many techniques that professional stylists use to straighten natural hair. The most interesting, to me, is the Brazilian Blowout.
The Brazilian Blowout is a hair straightening technique that can be used on any hair type, curly or otherwise. The Brazilian Blowout is unique because unlike other hair straightening methods, this one is supposed to make your hair healthier in the process. It’s also unique in the fact that the results last for weeks, even through washes, as if the hair were chemically relaxed. Miraculously, after about 12 weeks, your hair reverts to your natural curl pattern.
I know what you’re thinking, this sounds too good to be true. Well ladies, its all true! But there are a few catches to the deal….
This is not a chemical-free straightening process! Though your hair will revert to its natural state, the Brazilian Blowout uses a chemical agent to make the results last so long.
Speaking of chemical agents, the FDA said that some of the Brazilian Blowout products contain formaldehyde or chemicals that release formaldehyde gas into the air when heated. You can go online and find hundreds of horror stories about people having allergic reactions to the formaldehyde in the product. But I must say, for every negative experience, there are at least 10 positive ones.
If you really want to try a Brazilian blowout, but don’t want to use formaldehyde on you hair, there are alternative products that boast the same results, minus the formaldehyde. Kerapure claims to be a safe alternative to the Brazilian Blowout. It uses keratin proteins, naturally found in hair, to achieve similar results. There are also Brazilian Blowout products that contain less formaldehyde than most, and some labeled as formaldehyde-free!
MORAL OF THE STORY: If you are interested in a Brazilian Blowout, go to a salon to have it done, ask them if the products they use contains formaldehyde, and make sure it’s a risk you’re willing to take!