Blown Away… Brazilian Blowout

by jennine on August 16, 2010

brazilian blowout

For the past few years, the battle of the frizz has become an all out war (see below). My hair gets so frizzy, part of it is wavy, but for the most part, it frizzes. So much so I stare at people who have shiny locks and wish for my hair to be the same. Why not straighten my hair? Well, it never stays straightened, by the end of the day it’s back to the frizz. Curling? forget about it. My hair always assumes a wild stance no matter what you do it it.

See the FRIZZ?!?

Thanks to Christina at Profresh Style who recommended Shannon Dean at Revamp Salon, I made an appointment to get a Brazilian Blowout, which I heard worked miracles for women who battle the frizz every day. I love the waves, just not how it looks dry and frizzy. Brazilian Blowouts are different from straighteners because they still give a bit of bounce.

Going Brazilian…

Yesterday, we did a cut, color and the Brazilian. It’s recommended you color first, because coloring will strip everything out, the color was very brassy, so we just did something simple to get it looking nice. Then we did the Brazilian Blowout, it was a process, but it wasn’t as long as I thought it would be and it was painless. Then we cut, I thought I wanted a bob with bangs again, but last night when I got home, the blunt bangs didn’t work for me at all. So I just did the side sweep. What happened? I used to love my blunt bangs!

This morning, I washed out my hair, you can never really tell if you’re going to like a cut when the stylist does it, the real test is doing it yourself. Well, lo and behold, a hair dryer and my hands (not even a brush) and my hair was silky straight and shiny. Wow.

Update: Some of you asked how long it lasts…they say three months. It’ll let up on the straightness in a few weeks so the body will come back soon.

Would I do it again?

The only thing is now, I’m not used to my hair being so straight! I try to fluff it out and tousle it to get a bit more volume, but apparently it’ll take a few weeks to get that back. My hair is very fine, so I’m not surprised by how well it took to the treatment.

I’ve had my share of hair phobia, mostly because I hope that maybe, just maybe a hairdresser could make my wild hair tame. It now is clear that it wasn’t them giving me a bad cut, it was my hair and it’s natural texture. Now it’s possible to grow long without looking disgusting. So yes, I would do it again… it’s only been a day, and I can’t imagine life without the Brazilian Blowout.

Get your hair did by Shannon @ Revamp Salon 415.431.VAMP
Seriously, he’s great.

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1 meowsk August 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Your hair looks fabulous! Loving this new cut and blowout.
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2 Winona August 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm

SO gorgeous, Jennine!!


3 Ashe Mischief August 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hmmm… since my hair has been growing out (for the first time in really years), I’ve discovered this odd little kink and flip on the back of my head…. I’ve been thinking about just perming my hair to disguise it, but maybe this would be a good option for getting it more straight (like the rest of my hair) and from frizz in the humidity….
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4 jennine August 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm

oh yes, i’d say it’s a great option. the only thing is it’s not cheap, like a lot of hair treatments. i just had enough of hoping my hair would stop being so frizzy, i tried literally everything they have on the market to no avail.


5 grace August 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

it looks amazing!

I tried bangs recently after a long break without them. I had bangs almost my entire life. But this time it was terrible and i felt like it added 10 years to my face. ugh.

Do they use chemicals when they blow it out? how do they get t to stay straight after a washing?


6 jennine August 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm

haha, you know, the same thing happened to me last night, i really really did not like how the bangs looked, like they brought out my puffy eyes. the side swept isn’t so bad though.

and yes, they do use chemicals. i’m not sure exactly which ones though.


7 Emily August 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I’m so glad to read about your experience. I’m getting a Brazilian Blowout next month and I’ve been anxious about it. Like you - I’m not used to having straight hair ALL the time. I like a little variety. But my hair is so thick it’s just frizz city. The other pitfall is the price (way more than I would normally pay). But I’ve heard its amazing so I’m going to try it. Can’t wait to hear how it holds up over the next few weeks.!


8 Lisa August 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm

wow! your hair looks so healthy and shiny!!!
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9 Jacqueline August 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I did my first Brazilian at the start of summer and the only downside is the cost and if you add in a cut and color cost you’re definitely looking at a few $100. I got mine at a new client price of $175 but the stylist who did it normally charges $300 a session. Definitely not cheap. I would still recommend it though. I was amazed at how my frizz vanished. I have naturally wavy/curly hair with a ton of little baby hairs that frame my face in a halo of frizz ever summer but the BB made them disappear! I’m very low maintenance on hair so I loved not having to worry about anything. It was perfectly straight for a few weeks then a light wave started coming back but it was kind of limp so I had to run the flat iron over it, but the frizz stayed away until about 3 weeks ago which would have made it 11 weeks of frizz free hair.
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10 jennine August 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm

oh yeah, i almost had a heart attack, i prepared myself, but i didn’t prepare enough… that said, a lot of beauty treatments aren’t cheap, like getting a massage, a facial, and well the other brazillian… all of those aren’t cheap either, and i figure if it lasts 3 or 4 months, then it’s definately worth it, especially considering all the products i would spend money on.


11 christina of profresh style August 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

AHHH! it looks so amazing Jennine! Shannon is the shit!
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12 jennine August 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm

thanks for the tip my dear!


13 jennie going west August 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

so glad you like it! the color looks so rich and healthy :)
as for the bangs, it’s probably also a bit of shock, but they look great straight and side-swept.
see you in nyc if not sooner!


14 AlysonIsNeat August 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Your hair looks so great! I can definitely recommend some products to add some volume. My hair is straight as a board and I have to battle it to get volume.
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15 jennine August 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm

oh wow, i got the bottle of surfer spray by bumble and bumle it’s great so far, but i think you have to use it for a while… still getting the hang of that.


16 Stephanie August 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Your hair looks lovely!

I too suffer from the frizz debacle, yet my hair is fine and straight. It’s more so near my scalp that I have the frizz problem.
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17 Suzanne aka Punk Glam Queen August 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm

It looks fab! I feel your frizz pain, when I had my daughter my hair changed texture from silky pin straight to wavy frizz. Last year after reading so much about the Brazilian Blowout, i did a little sleuthing. I found a natural alternative you can do at home that worked wonders! i wrote about it here: I seriously need to do it again, today my hair is a mass of frizz so bad I think I may have scared small children!
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18 jennine August 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm

ooh thanks for the tip! i’ll give that a try, the blowouts are really expensive!


19 Suzanne aka Punk Glam Queen August 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm

You’re welcome! It’s also says it’s good for two applications but if your don’t have super thick hair you can probably get three or four! XXX S.
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20 WendyB August 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Huh? How’d you wash your hair the next day! I had to wait three days. Now that I think of it,I heard there’s two versions but I thought that was a myth!
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21 jennine August 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm

oh yeah, i heard there was two versions too…he didn’t tell me not to wash my hair for three days, which would have come up in one of our extensive converstaions about washing hair. ay ay ay, now i’m worried!


22 Suzanne aka Punk Glam Queen August 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

There are a few versions. The one I did myself says you can wash it the next day. To be safe I waited two, but it was fine the next time I did it and washed it the next day. XXX S.
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23 K-Line August 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm

SO sophisticated! Love it.
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24 bella vintage August 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm

love how it looks on you!
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25 Eli August 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm

This is what I want for my birthday, my only problem is that now that my hair is pretty long, Im sure it’s going to cost more!
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26 Eboni Ife August 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I am strongly considering getting the Brazilian blowout too. I am a california girl, and I am moving to the humid south in two weeks. I am TERRIFIED to think about trying to wear my hair straight in humid atlanta. I am pretty sure that I’ll have a full blown ‘fro in about 15 minutes…
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27 Sheryl August 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I am using the Coppola Keratin Complex shampoo and conditioner and even without the expensive $300 salon treatment I see and feel a difference. My hair just feels silkier and seems to stay better.

Humidity this summer has been a constant battle. Looking forward to Fall for both my hair and the fashion.
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28 calivintage August 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

yay, you went to shannon. i don’t know what i would do without him! it looks great!
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29 amaturecouture August 17, 2010 at 1:52 am

awesome doooooooooooo!!! change is gorgeous on you!


30 Penny Dreadful Vintage August 17, 2010 at 2:48 am

This looks amazing. I got so sick of my frizz that I got my loooong hair cut into a pixie crop about 6 months ago. Love the brazilian but don’t think I could go long again ,having short hair is so EASY!
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31 Casey August 17, 2010 at 4:18 am

You look so beautiful, Jennine! (I love your lipstick shade you’re wearing too… what brand/color is it?) As a fellow frizzy-locks gal, this sounds like an utter dream to have frizz-free hair! My biggest problem is loosing the wave/curl though-since you said it makes your hair straight, correct? Having slightly “bed-head” locks has become a signature look for me over the years, but I do grow tired of the frizz (and constantly trying different anti-humidity/de-frizzing serums! lol.). ;)

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32 Sally August 17, 2010 at 6:18 am

Oh lady, I think it looks MARVELOUS! Even in this straighter-than-you’d like stage.
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33 fashion butter August 17, 2010 at 7:00 am

I have been wondering about these! I have curly hair and of course, since the grass is always greener, I want it to be straight. I’ll need to track this down in Athens and see what’s up! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
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34 Fajr | Stylish Thought August 17, 2010 at 7:44 am

Is this the same thing as the Keratin Brazilian straightening? I want to do something about my frizz as well, but don’t want to lose my volume… now that I see yours I may have to try it out!
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35 Les Deux - Katie August 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

I think we seriously share hair genes. I’ve got the same issues with my lackluster hair, and I’ve been considering a Brazilian Blowout for ages now, having read about it everywhere. It’s just so expensive, especially for a college student (me). But your post may have me re-considering where I invest my money this month.

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36 Marguerite August 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

LOOKS GREAT! I have the exact same problem (except compounded by a crappy cut I need to grow out)…so you were able to wash next day? I’m so used to hearing no water for 3 days. Would love to find someone in the Pasadena or Valencia area in LA to do it.


37 Liv Lundelius August 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

it looks really stunnign on this picture!
really healthy and glamourous.
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38 mimi August 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

your hear look amazing


39 Christina H August 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I want to do this, but because I have long hair and a ton of it, I can’t find any place in SF that will do it for less than $350 (that’s just the Brazilian blowout, not including haircut or color). I was quoted $450 minimum at a salon on Grant Ave. I can’t see myself blowing $500+ on my hair on one day. I guess I’ll have to live with my horrible frizz. :(


40 Nickie Frye August 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

My hair is cuckoo crazy too. I’ve finally found a way to blow dry it so it looks reasonable, but sometimes I am lazy & I just let it air dry. That’s when the party really gets started. ;) Anyway, I love your new look. xoxo
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41 Vyque August 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Ahhh, I’m currently trying to resist getting this done after deciding japanese hair straightening was too damaging… you are crushing my conviction to save money (by save money I mean buy an amusing, custom Halloween costume)
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42 Emma at Daily Clothes Fix August 18, 2010 at 12:02 am

Thanks for the review. It sounds great - I’m tempted to try it myself.
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43 Tamara August 18, 2010 at 1:22 am

Oh, frizz is my worst nightmare! I think I have the same problem…


44 Sarah Betty August 18, 2010 at 7:47 am

I love it. I would never have thought of doing this, but it could actually make a girl’s life A LOT easier with it.

Just think - no messing around in the morning. You hair just looks that beautiful.

You may have convinced me…


45 Mabel and Zora August 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

We love your Brazilian hair style.


46 ryan August 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm

It looks great on you, very sophisticated


47 Foley August 19, 2010 at 6:38 am

You look fantastique Jennine! The 1st photo should totally be your avatar :)
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48 Poochie August 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I’m scheduled to go the Saturday before Fashion Week so we can compare in person. I’m excited because I hate blowdrying my hair.


49 pretty (face) August 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I’m so happy and excited to read this, I’m getting one tomorrow! Only I hope it will last a little longer than three months because I can’t afford to get it done that often!x


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