Why I Don’t Get Down With the Brazilian Blowout

Many women are saying buh bye to relaxers and spending all day in salons populated and ran by African Americans, and hello to the Brazilian Blowout. Over the past five years the method has become more and more popular. Some of the reasons fans give for loving it and leaving black salons is that it leaves hair soft and gives it plenty of movement. It can last for up to 12 weeks. Also it is more healthy for the hair than relaxers. Or is it?

First off, some claim that the Brazilian Blowout system is a “smoothing” system, not a “straightening” one like a relaxer. You can claim that all you want, but most women that partake in it do it for the straightening.

Second, though the system claims to not contain chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a September 2011 report that “during Federal OSHA investigations, air tests showed formaldehyde at levels above OSHA’s limits in salons using Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution, labeled “formaldehyde free,” and Brasil Cacau Cadiveu.

I, however, steer clear of the blowout because of the damage I have heard it has caused to the hair because of the pulling and rought handling sylists use when blowing the hair out before flat ironing it. Supposedly this has eventually caused severe damage to some women’s hair. So I will pass on the treatment and stick to my old fashioned press and curl when I want straight hair.

My motto on the method is that if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. So beware of the long-term impact anything you do to your hair will have on it as well as your total well-being.

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