In 2012 I had my first Brazilian blow dry also known as the Keratin Treatment. I have natural curly hair, unfortunately not the nice kind of curls that look lovely, but the frizzy bird nest kind of curls. My hair is dry and overall not in the best condition as I straighten it a lot. I heard many good things about the Keratin Treatment and after googling before and after pictures I decided to go ahead. If this would really and all I would need to do is to let my hair dry after washing it, it would certainly change my daily life. Back then in 2012 it was quite a new treatment in the UK and quite pricey. I found Jana, a passionate and great hairdresser who specialises in Keratin Treatments and hair extensions. She came regularly to my house until I left London at the end of 2014 to turn my dry and frizzy curls into shiny manageable hair.
Then I moved to Cologne in 2015. Over there the treatment is not as known as it is in the UK and only one hairdresser offers it. I phoned the owner and she quoted me 400€. That is a lot of money in Germany, but I was desperate and went ahead. 400€ spent and one hair wash later, my hair was just as before. I’ve had the treatment many times so I know what to expect and how my hair will be like. Needless to say I was not very amused, especially as I had to find an alternative. I googled online and found reviews of a DIY Brazilian Keratin Blow Dry. I tried it for the first time in October 2015, it took me a quite a while, but the results were just as amazing as when Jana did it.
I ordered the Brazilian Keratin Treatment – Home Hair Straightening Kit
on Amazon. The complete kit that you can order the first time costs £27.99 and includes all you need to get started: 30ml Pre-treatment clarifying shampoo, 100ml Keratin Treatment, one application brush, one comb and two hairclips as well as gloves and instructions. The Top Up Kit
includes the shampoo, the treatment, gloves and instructions so if you don’t need the hair clips, application brush and the comb you can order it for £24.99.
Below a picture of my hair today, just before the treatment. I haven’t had the treatment since mid December and as I usually just use normal shampoo*, I have to do the treatment every three months. My hair was back to its usual condition, very dry and hard to manage. Unfortunately, I could not get hold of the product in Switzerland and I had to wait until I saw my old boss in London who had ordered it for me. At the same time my GHD hair straightener broke and I only got the replacement last Friday. *I’ll explain this later in the post.
Before you start, make sure you have everything you need: Hair straighteners that heat up to 220°C eg. GHDs, a hair dryer, the product including instructions, a comb, hair clips and a round brush as well as the gloves.
Then, I started by washing my hair twice with the Pre-Treatment Clarifying Shampoo, I rinsed it thoroughly and let it towel dry a bit.
Then I blow-dried my hair straight on a medium heat with a round brush until it was completely dry. I have a lot of hair, so it takes me a good twenty minutes.
I then combed the hair thoroughly, each section has to be combed around five times.
It’s time to apply to the product. I put on my gloves and a surgical mask, not everyone advises you and it’s not in the instructions, but my old hairdresser Jana told me it’s better to wear one. I have a doctor in the family, so I have a big box and I always use it when I apply the treatment.
I started applying the product on my terrace, if you don’t have a terrace or balcony you should at least have a window open or use a fan. With the comb I applied the product into small sections of my hair, only avoiding the scalp. I comb out the excess and it took me almost half an hour to apply the product. After 20 Minutes I could start blow drying (away from the face) the hair on a medium heat.
Once the hair is completely dry, I used the hair straighter five times on each section. It’s important to do it so many times to seal in the treatment. This part of applying the treatment, always takes me at least one hour. I have so much hair, but knowing that for the next twelve weeks I only have to do very little with my hair after I wash it, makes it worthwhile. Look at the picture below, this is how my hair will look like without me having to straighten it at all almost three months. It’s very straight now, but once I wash it it looks more voluminous and wavy.
Ideally you should only use salt-free shampoo after the treatment for maximum results, but I only use normal shampoo for coloured hair and it usually lasts around 12 weeks. I don’t need to use any conditioner with this treatment anymore, otherwise my hair gets quite oily.
Now I can’t wash my hair for three days and it looks quite flat, but after my hair has been washed for the first time, I will share more pictures here. This product has truly changed my life. I was so conscious about my hair. No matter how long I would straighten it, after one hour it looked dry and frizzy again. Thanks to the Brazilian Keratin Blow Dry I have shiny hair even when I let my hair air dry. Before, I was unable to grow my hair past shoulder length as I had split ends and I couldn’t let it grow. Too many haircuts were needed, but now I only need to go to the hairdresser every three months and my hair is much longer now. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.
Have you tried the Brazilian Blowdry before? What did you think? Is it something you would try?