Two months ago, I had my first Brazilian Keratin hair straightening treatment. As promised, I want to keep you all updated as to how it’s going.
Brazilian Keratin Vs. Japanese Hair Straightening
First, I still believe that Brazilian Keratin hair straightening is very different than Japanese hair straightening. If you get Brazilian Keratin, it’s very important that you realize your hair isn’t going to go pin straight like it can be with Japanese hair straightening. Your hair will definitely be extremely straight when you walk out of the salon (it’s flat ironed), but realize it’s not going to stay that way. I’ve seen some ads online that I believe are a little misleading, because they show models with pin straight hair. Maybe that happens to some types of hair, but certainly not the majority. What will happen is that your hair will feel healthier, look shinier, be straighter and you will blow dry it less, if at all. These are all good things.
Sulphate And Sodium Chloride-Free Shampoos Can Still Be Drying
I made the mistake of using an organic sulfate and sodium chloride-free shampoo that was good for my flaky scalp, but actually a little drying for my hair. I started using it prior to the Brazilian Keratin and was pleased to know that it was already free of the things I was supposed to be avoiding with my new hair. So, I kept using this shampoo.
I’ve read complaints online about how people weren’t educated about Brazilian Keratin or Brazilian Blowout shampoo alternatives. They didn’t realize they’d have to stop using their expensive shampoos that have sodium chloride or sulfates in them. After reading a little bit about these two ingredients in shampoos, you don’t want to be using anything with them anyway. The bottom line is that they are drying, harsh and will wreck your Brazilian Keratin treatment so you CAN’T use them. Be prepared to toss these shampoos or use them up beforehand.
Anyway, I switched shampoos and now alternate between my old one for flaky scalp and a new one that’s more moisturizing. The moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that I bought was recommended to me by Nicole at Stacey’z Salon (now closed), where I had my Brazilian Keratin treatment done complimentary. It’s the Kevin Murphy Luxury Wash And Rinse Duo. Kevin Murphy is a salon-only line that uses the highest quality natural ingredients. These two products are for thick, colored hair. My hair isn’t colored, but it was getting dry.
All Kevin Murphy products are paraben and sulfate-free. After 2 washes, I noticed a huge difference. I paid about $25 for the shampoo and $25 for the conditioner. I wash my hair every other day and these will probably last almost 2 months. I use less shampoo and conditioner when my hair is straight and I’m very pleased with these products so far.
A few months later I tried The Original Moroccanoil Hair Treatment in conjunction with these shampoos (I also tried the Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner) and experienced even better results.
Brazilian Keratin Bottom Line
You need to rotate in or switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner starting immediately after your Brazilian Keratin treatment. Don’t assume that all sulfate and sodium chloride-free shampoos will work. Like conventional shampoos, there is a wide variety for different types of hair.
Two months later, my hair is still straight, and I haven’t blow dried it once since having my treatment. I am mentally prepared to see the Brazilian start falling out somewhere between 3-4 months as is the nature of my hair. My Japanese hair straightening lasted 4 months, but I was able to slack on getting another until 5-6 months because it still looked OK. I figure, my total cost for Brazilian 3x a year at roughly $300 each ($900) is way less than $600 2x a year ($1200) for Japanese hair straightening (though it does last longer for me). Again, my hair is really thick so I get charged top dollar, typically.