I have a confession. I am obsessed with my hair. To a ridiculous level. I don’t let ANYONE touch my hair other than my prized stylist in Arizona (Izzy, I love you). Many of you may be thinking, “What’s so ridiculous about that? I go to the same stylist and have for years.” Well, it gets ridiculous when you realize that I live in Florida…exactly 2,152 miles away from said hair stylist.
I search for any and every reason to head back home in order to trim up the tresses and this is all because I received one HORRID hair cut back in college from a new butcher stylist I tried. Let’s just say when the annual 80s party that the lacrosse team threw came around, me and my bouffant bangs fit in perfectly.
Other than cutting my hair I don’t do anything else to it…no color, no relaxers, no chemical treatments, no extensions…all because I am deathly afraid of ruining my locks. This mindset started to change when I read about the Brazilian Blowout. Living in Florida the humidity does a frizzy number on my hair. I can’t step outside for more than a minute without looking like my finger was just put in an electrical socket. The press on the Brazilian Blowout can’t be ignored and I was sold on the product. I searched online to find the best salon in the area that offered the blowout and made an appointment. Congrats Sella Luca in Winter Park and stylist Katie…you are the lucky google search winners!
After sitting in the chair and apologizing to Katie for the immense amount of hair she was about to be digging into, we started the process with a wash to clarify my hair. Random side-note: why does every salon sink have to feel like a modern day torture device? Holy neck pains, batman! After she washed my hair she sectioned it and painted on the serum that would eventually seal my locks. Once that was completed she blow-dried my hair and this is what it looked like:
This is pretty much what my hair looks like after I dry it at home…frizzy, big and nowhere near ready to see the general public.
Next step in the process is to flat iron the hair which seals in the serum and coats the hair. This is what my hair looked like after she flat ironed it:
Shiny, smooth and beautiful! I’m pretty sure I gained about an inch in hair length, too! Note: your hair won’t look like this as the final product. The ironing has to be done to seal the hair but your end result won’t be flat hair. The blowout removes frizz and adds shine but leaves body!
The final step is to re-wash the hair and blow-dry/style as usual. I had to apologize (again) to Katie because I can’t IMAGINE the frustration of ironing my entire head of hair and then immediately taking me to the sink to rise it out! This is the final product, no ironing, just a regular blow dry!
AWESOME, right?! Such a huge difference from the first set of pics! As you can see the hair has its movement and body back unlike in the second set of pictures when my hair was ironed. I’m excited to really test it and go out in humidity, let my hair air dry and style my hair with its natural waves.
Here’s a combined before-and-after
Things to take note: this process took 3 loooooong hours which I’m sure can be attributed to the chewbacca amount of hair I have (thanks, mom). If it wasn’t for the wine and conversation I would have been struggling to sit still! There has also been a lot of negative press around the blowout due to high levels of chemicals that enter the air during the process. Rest assured, there is a safe alternative called the Brazilian Blowout Zero. You can find some FAQs around the process if you want to dig a littler deeper. Most salons I researched offer the process for $150-$200. Katie offered a first time special of $150 and in order to make sure the process lasts as long as possible I also purchased the special shampoo and conditioner which was an extra $75. So far, the $250 was well spent!
I’ll keep you updated with how this holds up…i’m super excited and I think Katie just may have earned my trust to try a trim with her! Shhh, don’t tell Izzy