I have always been against the so-called Brazilian blow-dry, especially since I read in the Daily Mail last year that Jennifer Aniston, reportedly, had to cut her hair short due to the damage it caused.
When these treatments came out there were those within the industry who were not convinced and I was one of them. A mixture of formaldehyde and keratin is applied to hair after it has been washed with a special shampoo and then straighteners are used supposedly to lock-in the treatment.
The other day I had an appointment with the amazing crimper Michael Charalambous at his new Sloane Street salon (nyumbasalon.com) and saw Brazilian model Analu Campos having the Prolab Brazilian Blow-dry. If it is good enough for a Brazilian…Perhaps this is the one to consider? After all not all treatments are made equal.
|Applying the Prolab Brazilian Blow-dry|
Not all hair is suitable and you have to trust your hairdresser implicitly before you go ahead. If you colour your hair a lot and/or it is fine, you may want to think twice about it. You can always pop into the salon to get your hair blow-dried more often.
Always go to a reputable salon such as Michael Charalambous as you will need to have an excellent consultation before you go ahead. Check the formaldehyde level. It is supposed to be not more than 0.01 per cent. Also ask how the treatment is sealed in. You may be able to forgo the straighteners or at least ask for them to be used on a low setting. Too high heat can cause damage.
If you are longing for frizz-free hair, this could be the treatment for you. I would suggest having a test first. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
By Daralyn Danns