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Brazilian blowouts are semi-permanent treatments that help to tame frizz and smooth the hair cuticle for a much more manageable mane.

And, unlike relaxers or Japanese hair straightening, Brazilian blowouts do not permanently alter the hair’s texture. Brazilian blowouts are also much less intense than a professional keratin treatments. Unlike getting a Keratin treatment, after you get a Brazilian blowout you can put your newly smoothed strands in a ponytail, work out, and even wash it right away without compromising results.

One of the perks to Brazilian blowouts is that you don’t need to avoid washing it for days afterward, and from there, the treatment can last for three to six months with proper care. We gathered a few great pointers to share with you to keep you and your strands safe in this at-home effort this quarantine season.

Perform A Patch Test

Brazilian blowout solutions are not something that you can buy from any local beauty store. You will need to get this from a professional certified stylist that is in support of you doing this on your own. “These treatments contain roughly 10 percent formaldehyde,” explains Michelle Garwood of Glasshouse Salon in London, which is why these products aren’t widely available. “Formaldehyde is a cancer-causing chemical (among other things),” she warns, “and it can affect pregnant women by causing birth defects or cause fertility issues for women who wish to fall pregnant.” Aside from formaldehyde, these formulas contain a number of other strong, potentially hazerdous ingredients as well.

Wash Your Hair… Multiple Times.

To get started, you’ll need to wash your hair. Not just once, but three times. According to expert Nidia Duenas of ROIL salon, your Brazilian blowout solution works best on porous hair. “Shampooing the hair three times allows the cuticle to open up so the product can be absorbed,” she says. “Otherwise, it won’t work.”

Prep Your Strands and Environment

After you’ve thoroughly washed your hair, you’re going to take three simple steps to get you and your hair ready to move forward:

  • Gently towel dry
  • Section your hair into four quadrants: two in the front (from behind your ears forward), and two and in the back.
  • Take caution. Put your gloves on, cover your shoulders with a towel or cape, and get set up in a well-ventilated area. It might be worth wearing a face mask if you have one.

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