What are the Four Key Differences between Keratin Treatment and Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Treatment

What is a Brazilian Blowout?

Trying to distinguish between the two treatments can be tricky. This is not helped by the fact that the names are often confused even by professional stylists. As a customer this can make choosing the most appropriate treatment for your personal needs particularly difficult. It is essential you receive the right information before you commit to any kind of smoothing or straightening treatment. A consultation at a salon with a good reputation and experienced stylists is the first and most important step to achieving the desired results.
The “Brazilian Blowout™” is in fact a brand name carrying a registered trademark. The name is also used by a company that provides professional hair smoothing products. Many salons use the name Brazilian Blowout to describe their own smoothing service, regardless the formula they use. They often use some other products instead original the Brazilian Blowout™ smoothing solution to achieve similar effects.
In this post we are discussing Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment given in a salon by utilizing original Brazilian Blowout™ products.

What both Treatments Have in Common

While both treatments make hair appear straighter, neither of these treatments is permanent such as Japanese straightening treatments or hair relaxers which are known to permanently alter the structure of the hair.

Both treatments create protein layer around the hair shaft which smoothes the cuticle and makes the hair look more beautiful.

Both smoothing treatments help fight humidity, create reflective shine, and improve hair manageability. They also cut down the time needed for everyday styling.

With both treatments you will be exposed to some level of hazardous chemicals (formaldehyde or other aldehydes) during heat application.

With either treatment you need to wash hair less frequently to prevent washing out the treatments from hair. You also need to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to maintain the results longer.

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Keratin treatments and Brazilian Blowout Treatments both achieve similar effects. However there are distinct variations that are worth mentioning to anyone considering trying them.

How Do the Two Treatments Differ?

A professional stylist will be able to recommend the most suitable treatment for your hair based on your hair type and needs. Is your hair thick, curly, frizzy, or simply difficult to control? Is excess volume an issue you wish to address?

1.Best Candidates

A keratin treatment will calm unruly hair, creating a much straighter and sleeker appearance. This is the right option for hair that is overly curly and overly voluminous. The treatment will reduce the volume and make hair far easier to manage. A keratin treatment would not be recommended for use on hair that is already straight or particularly fine or thin as it tends to further reduce the volume.
If your aim is to keep volume and movement whilst making the hair frizz-free and more manageable, then a Brazilian Blowout may be a more suitable choice. This treatment performs well with fine to medium texture, and some slight waves or curls. Brazilian Blowout can also be suitable for transitioning hair textures if a keratin treatment, relaxers, or Japanese straightening treatment has been applied previously.

2. Procedure

One of the notable differences between Brazilian Blowout and Keratin treatment is the time they take to complete.
The Brazilian blowout process only takes 1 to 2 hours in a salon. A Keratin treatment may take up to three hours to finish.
Both treatments start with preparing the hair by shampooing with a clarifying shampoo followed by a towel dry.

Keratin treatment: The hair is shampooed using a clarifying shampoo, towel dried and then blow dried thoroughly until completely dry. The product is applied section by section and evenly distributed throughout the hair. For best results a cap is placed over the head for 20-30 minutes to allow the product to soak deep into the hair shaft. The hair is then blow dried again, and flat ironed, at 450 F setting. The product should then remain on the hair for three days before washing it out at home.

Brazilian Blowout: The hair is washed with a clarifying shampoo and lightly towel dried to allow some moisture to remain. The product is then carefully applied to sections of hair. The hair is then blow dried and straightened using a straightening iron set at 450 degrees. The hair is then rinsed thoroughly to remove product and apply a deep conditioning masque. Finally, your hair will be blow dried again to achieve the final result.

3. Results on Different Types of Hair

Following a keratin treatment hair will have a much smoother, straighter appearance and reduced volume. The frizz is eliminated from your hair for up to 3 months.

After a Brazilian Blowout treatment hair will be frizz-free, but as this is a “lighter” option compared to keratin treatment it will be less straight and sleek. The wavy hair will be straighter with much of natural wave and body. The curly hair will retain its natural curls, but they will be softer, frizz-free, and easier to control. Styling the hair with straightening irons or blow drying it straight will be easier and produce better results than before.

Both treatments are customizable depending on the desired results, although the Brazilian Blowout is the most flexible. By adjusting the amount of product applied to the hair as well as the level of heat, the results can be tailored to suit the individual’s requirements.

4. Convenience

The Brazilian blowout is a more convenient option because the results are almost instant.

After a keratin treatment there are certain precautions that must be adhered to including 72-hour waiting period, to ensure the treatment works successfully. You are requested to leave the salon by keeping the product in your hair and to rinse it after three days. You also should avoid sweating, tying hair back, tucking the hair behind ears, or any style that may cause a kink to develop in the hair.

A Brazilian blowout treatment is complete when you leave the salon and your results are visible right after the service. Your hair can be washed that same day, and you can also freely style your hair. The restrictions associated with the keratin treatments do not apply to a Brazilian Blowout.

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6 thoughts on “What are the Four Key Differences between Keratin Treatment and Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Treatment

  1. hi my name is jeannie maybe you can suggest a place where i could get botox hair treatment i have done many brazilian hair treatments ,my hair is thining on top and i am sometime self -conscious may be i should stop doing brazilian treatments and dothe botox hair treatments instead i live in NY suburb queens N.Y.

  2. Keratin treatments are much better than Brazilian hair treatment because it stays in longer and it hold in the shine and keeps the frizzyiness at bay. There are people that Brazilian Blowout work for and that’s great, but if you have a complex hair situation like me, you need a higher density of a product. It’s like in you have a problem with sweating. Some are stronger than others so you have to figure out the one that works for your body. Same thing goes here, if you know that you hair is REALLY damage or gets frizzy a lot, you need a stronger smoothing therapy. Another thing is the feeling. I always feel like Brazilian hair treatments always are wearing off earlier than I expected. Keratin Complex has the perfect different types of products that can make this happen. And they have different product and smoothing treatments based on what your hair type is. Please check out and see what types of smoothing therapy will work for your hair’s situation.

  3. After my keratin treatment my hair has an orange tint. my new stylist says that with the Brazilian Blow Out you color first than do the treatment and it should be fine. Do you agree?

  4. I agree, because the treatment will lock the color. However, it would be a good idea to color slightly darker than your desired shade, because the treatment can have a mild lightening effect.

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