Friday afternoon I went to get another Brazilian Blowout.

I am so happy to have smooth, sleek, wash-and-go hair back again!

Woman showing Brazilian Blowout
Woman smiling in mirror showing hair

I got one five months ago.

And then I wrote a month later with my review and thoughts.  In a nutshell, I loved it!

Side view of woman taking photo of hair

If you’re not familiar with what a Brazilian Blowout is, it’s a straightening treatment for your hair.  It’s not a bikini wax, that’s a Brazilian wax. Check the Brazilian Blowout website FAQs.

They don’t last forever, and although their site says they last about 10-12 weeks, I actually had 3 great months out of my first treatment, and then 2 more months where my hair was still straighter than it’s natural state.   But at about the 5 month marker, it wore off and I was back to wavy, kinky, and frizzy.

I wanted to get another treatment because not having to flat-iron my hair in order for it to be smooth and sleek is wonderful and a huge time-saver!

Front of woman with hair over shouldersNote: Shooting self-portraits, into the mirror, with a big DSLR, without being able to actually look through the view-finder is like taking blind stabs in the dark and you may end up with 48 shots that are actually of the dots on the ceiling.

If you do get a Brazilian Blowout or keratin treatment, it’s important to use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner which will help extend the life of your treatment.  I discussed my favorite sulfate-free shampoo + conditioner here.

Unite Shampoo and Conditioner bottlesAnd even if you don’t have a Brazilian Blowout, switching to sulfate-free shampoo + conditioner will likely help the health and integrity of your hair.  I know it did for me.

If all this hair talk is making you ready to talk less about hair, and more about food.  I gotcha.

Food lately….

I had more Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

I brought a No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Energy Bar along with me to the salon.

No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Energy Bar

And then I moved on to thinking about dessert.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (with an added-protein option)

Close up of No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

From my last post about Stinky or Not, it was interesting that many of you don’t consider yourself to be be big sweaters.   And that if you do sweat, you don’t think you’re all that stinky.  I guess we should ask your friends or significant other about that, huh. Seriously though, it was fun to hear what your fave deodorant picks were.  Many of you said definitely not “natural” deodorants.  You’d rather go with nothing than a holistic type deodorant.

And then there was Stinky Food.  Glad you liked my tips for cooking “stinky” foods like broccoli and Brussels sprouts with minimal stink factor.

Questions:

1. Do you like your hair?

I do like my hair, yes, but when it air dries on its own, and I don’t heat style it, it is puffy, wavy, and not sleek.  And for work, it doesn’t look professional that way.

There is a wavy texture to it, and it’s not really a “pretty wave”.  It’s straight-ish on the top layer with lots of bend and wave in the underneath layers.

And it’s also not a uniform wave.  I’d call it a random mish mash of straight and wavy.

There is also some frizz to it.

It all “tames down” when I heat style it but I don’t always want to heat style or want to make time to blow dry + flatiron it section by section, so having the Brazilian Blowout saves me time!

And in the long run, just my opinion, but I think that not having to heat style as frequently and being able to just wash and go will preserve the health of your hair.  Now, after putting the chemicals on it to get to that place, who knows, but just a thought.

2. Would you ever get a Brazilian Blowout treatment or a keratin treatment?

And yes, I know there is reportedly formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout treatments.  If this troubles you, don’t get one.  I always get tons of comments “alerting” me to about this.  I know. I am not the poster child for “healthy, clean, natural, or holistic living”.  I am just me, and I am sharing my life.  Chemical-laden hair treatments and all.

As with everything in life, we all have our own comfort zones and must do our own research and do what’s best for us.  Whether that’s eating meat, crossing the street against the traffic signal, getting a perm or getting a Brazilian Blowout, we all have to live our lives as we see fit.

And for me, that includes sleek hair again!

My advice for anyone who wants to get one:  yes, it will probably work with your hair, you will probably love it and wish you did it sooner; use a stylist who does lots of them or a personal recommendation from a friend, and yes, they are worth the money (I’d say on average they run in the $200-300 range, but that’s just a guess).

3. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

My Brazilian Blowout Friday afternoon and shopping Saturday afternoon.  I picked up a few goodies at the mall.  Nothing too big, but just a couple fun items. 

 

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