Brazilian Blowout vs. Keratin Treatment

brazilian blowout vs. keratin treatment
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Brazilian Blowout and Keratin treatments are two popular smoothing treatments that straighten the hair without damaging the hair follicles. Smoothing treatments concentrate on removing frizz, repairing damage, and improving the overall appearance of the hair.

What exactly is a Brazilian Blowout?

Depending on the treatment you choose you can remove up to 95% of the frizz giving your hair added shine and helps fight scalp humidity keeping your hair healthy and manageable.

However, choosing between the two treatment options is not an easy task.  Before deciding on the Brazilian Blowout or Keratin treatment, spend more time researching the application process of each product and what they can do to improve the condition of your hair.

Brazilian Blowout

A relatively new keratin based treatment; Brazilian Blowout is a smoothing option that is completed by professional hair stylists.  During the straightening process the hair is meticulously shampooed and carefully hand dried with a towel until minimal moisture remains.

The product is then lightly applied thoroughly applied to the hair starting at the roots.  Once the product is applied, the hair is blow dried and flat ironed at approximately 232 degree Centigrade (450 Fahrenheit). It is at this stage that the proteins in the product bond with the cuticles of the hair protecting them from damage.

The hair is then rinsed until the product is removed, and a layer of concentrated conditioner is applied and then rinsed after one minute before the hair is blow dried for the final time.

Keratin Treatment

Similar to Brazilian Blowout, Keratin treatments such as Keratin Complex are well-known and highly recommended by professional stylists.  The application process is extremely similar to that used by Brazilian Blowout, but there are a few important differences.

After having Keratin treatment applied to you hair, you will need to wear a cap for 20-30 minutes for the product to penetrate the hair shaft to improve results.

Next, you will need to keep the product on your hair for three days before rinsing it, and the hair will have to remain completely flat or lasting impressions, or dents, might be made in your hair.

Brazilian Blowout vs Keratin Treatment

While the application process and chemicals used are similar, there are a few things that differentiate Brazilian Blowout vs Keratin treatment.  Most Keratin products are extracted from sheep’s wool and, based on the feedback of users, the extracted proteins provide amazing results.brazilian blowout products

Keratin treatments are often preferred because of the alleged formaldehyde contained in the ingredients of the Brazilian Blowout.  However, Keratin does contain amounts of formaldehyde to aid in the bonding process.  On the other hand, the Keratin application process is however more cumbersome and requires three days while avoiding all moisture that could leave an impression on your hair.

Brazilian Blowout vs Keratin treatment is something that many women searching for the best way to keep their hair silky and smooth are interested in researching.  While both products promise amazing results, they do have their downsides.

Before making any final decision, discuss your options with your stylist and spend time reading reviews written by women with hair types and situations similar to your own.

As another resort you could also consider the Beleza Natural Hair Treatment.

Brazilian Blowout vs Keratin Treatment which product will you choose?

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9 Comments
  1. Lynda November 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Hi my stylist recently moved to a salon that uses a keratin product called dream weaver hair that states you do not have to wait 3 days before styling/shampooing. I have used the Brazilian blowout over the last few years & like my stylist but don’t want to use a keratin product. What is your experience on dream weaver keratin hair system,.

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  2. Mona January 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I havé very damaged and brittle hair because of two previous rebounding, I also have hair loss and frizz because of the breakage. Do you think keratin treatment can help me make my hair healthier?

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    • Rhonda June 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Hi, I have fine, dry hair, and just moved from CO to TX. WOW, the humidity here is unreal:(( My hair just frizzed. I just tried the Keratin Complex 3mo ago. As most, I hated the 3 day wait. Now it is out, I like Big Fluffy Hair, my hair is shoulder length, which I am trying real hard to grow out longer, Stylist I talked to about the K Complex & Brazilian, said for more big and fluffy do the K Complex. Said the Brazilian would REALLY sleek my hair down, and I would have NO volume. But recommended the Brazilian, saying, one, it had BETTER ingredient’s, two, REALLY straightening my hair, and not have the volume. My hair is dry, so I do use the mask on my hair once a week. I don’t want to look like an “onion head”,!!

      Can I ask you for your input pleaseeee :))

      One more thing, is one better for your hair than the other, repairing, or is either HARD on my hair, and cause my hair to be more damaged?

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    • Ede December 5, 2013 at 6:04 am

      I am over 50 years young, live in a tropical island w/extreme humidity year round. I’ve also had the Japanese straight perm for over 15 years! My hair was horribly daged and dried out to the core. Last July 2013 I visited my daughter in WA. Praise Gid she convinced me to get a Keratin treatment from her wonderful hairstylist! I was told the treatment would last 3-4mos.Going on mo.#5 and loving my shiny, smooth, beautiful hair! Of course I followed the hairstylist’s instructions to maintain my new hair: wash w/Moroccan Oil hydrating shampoo and conditioner, along w/Moroccan Oil Treatment ! I’d do it again but not one hair salon provides the Keratin Treatment here:-(

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  3. normangentle August 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I’ve done both treatments and have the Keratin complex right now.

    I’ve heard that Keratin is more straightening, and that’s pretty correct.

    My hair? Mixed texture, mostly fine, but super prone to being poofy and dry/big ends. Looks gorgeous and thick after a blowout–which I never get, let alone attempt myself. It has a natural wave to it and if I’m lucky, will turn into naturally loose, pretty, non-frizzy waves. IF I’m lucky.

    I liked that the keratin treatment is formaldyhede-free, but didn’t love the 3-day waiting time (went on a trip a day after I got the treatment and was gross….but that’s my fault). It also seems to smooth out the natural wave in my hair unless I use mousse, as well as hold heat styling less (although I could attribute this to using deep conditioner every day for my ends). I generally liked the Brazilian better because it cut drying time but I could also wear it wavy all the time. It lasted about 4 months, so we’ll see how long keratin lasts.

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    • Arwa May 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      I have curly smooth hair. Totally manageable with just a flat iron. I was in Dubai for a week and my family was appalled how how I touched up my hair with the flat iron every day. They “made” me go and get a brazillian blow out. I am really nervous that it might take away my hair volume. It looks thin already. Would it go away after a few showers? Will it fade away with time or does it just need to grown out?

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  4. True Keratin Dubai September 11, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I’m looking for the best Keratin treatment. Is there one you recommend? Does it depend on the type of hair you have?

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    • Alex September 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Global Keratin with Juvexin is the best! I have done 5 keratin treatments over two years. My hair is curly and super frizzy, plus I personal train and teach group exercise every day and have to wash my hair a lot. I have had three brands, Global, Rejuvinol, and some organic one. They were all done by the same stylist. The Global Keratin lasted the longest and was the smoothest, even with washing everyday. It lasted 3 months. Next I would say Rejuvinol was the second. It lasted pretty long too, but my hair was super gross and greasy for the first few days before I could wash it. After that it was good. Last the organic one I had done, I don’t know the name, SUCKED. Lasted about 4 weeks. My hair felt brittle and useless the whole time. So I went back to Global. Make sure your stylists is patient and knows what they are doing. As with any good product, it can turn out bad if the person rushes or does not take into consideration the stages each section of your hair is in if you do them multiple times.

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  5. Arwa May 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I have curly smooth hair. Totally manageable with just a flat iron. I was in Dubai for a week and my family was appalled how how I touched up my hair with the flat iron every day. They “made” me go and get a brazillian blow out. I am really nervous that it might take away my hair volume. It looks thin already. Would it go away after a few showers? Will it fade away with time or does it just need to grown out?

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