Brazilian hair straightening has become a popular way to turn curly, frizzy hair into sleek, luscious locks with minimum upkeep. The process seals the hair cuticle with heat and keratin. Brazilian hair straightening causes less damage than alternative treatments, like Japanese hair straightening or chemical straightening. Unlike its competitors, you can perform Brazilian hair straightening on most hair types, even hair that has been colour treated. Spending a fortune at a salon to enjoy the benefits of this treatment is now a thing of the past. In 2009, you could perform your own Brazilian hair straightening at home for less than £65.
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Things you need
- Clarifying shampoo
- Blow dryer
- Ceramic hair straightener
- Brazilian hair straightening treatment
- Hair brush
- Fine tooth comb
- Hair clips
Purchase a formaldehyde-free Brazilian hair straightening treatment. It's unlikely that you will find this at a local beauty supply store. Instead, try websites like Amazon or eBay. Popular brands include Brazilian Blowout and Marcia Teixeira.
Wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo to remove any residue from the environment or hair products.
Test an inconspicuous strip of hair following the instructions provided. If there are any adverse effects when testing the product, discontinue use immediately.
Divide you hair into horizontal sections as though you were putting it half up. The more hair you have, the more sections you will need. Clip each hair section up, leaving the section closest to the base of your neck loose.
Apply Brazilian hair straightening treatment to your hair starting with the section closest to your neck. Begin at the roots, and work your way down. Use a fine-tooth comb to evenly spread the treatment from roots to ends.
Leave the treatment on for about 15 to 20 minutes before blow-drying on high heat to seal the treatment. Brush hair as you blow-dry to ensure that it dries straight.
Divide hair as you did in Step 4.
Use a ceramic hair straightener set to its hottest setting, and straighten 1-inch sections of hair. Start with the section closest to your neck, and work your way up to the sections closest to your scalp.
Wash your hair no sooner than 48 hours after straightening. The longer you leave the treatment on, the more effective it will be.
Tips and warnings
- During the days following your treatment, keep hair as straight as possible. Do not put it in a ponytail or hair clip. Run the hair straightener through it if it starts to curl or kink.
- Should the treatment produce the desired results, contact a hair care professional for additional treatment. Brazilian hair straightening treatment contains chemicals that may react adversely with other hair treatments. It is always wise to consult a hair care professional before taking on any do-it-yourself hair treatments.
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