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Aveda’s Answer to Brazilian Blowout

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Salons have been scrambling to find safe alternatives to Brazilian Blowout since it proved too good to be true. Aveda has its answer. The Blaine-based beauty company has created a formaldehyde-free salon treatment with tourmaline that promises to smooth hair for up to two months—even natural waves and curls. Aveda salons will begin offering Smooth Infusion Texture Smoother on Nov. 21. The service (more potent than the Smooth Infusion take-home products already on shelves) is said to cut blow-dry time and keep hair sleek even in high humidity. And for that, you can expect to pay around $150.

Brazilian Blowout wrap-up

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

The saga of the hair never ends, but my deadline has come and gone. You'll find my Brazilian Blowout review in today's St. Paul Pioneer Press. I was conscious of not wanting to make it sound like a miracle – I get so tired of reading only raves in magazines. But I hope I didn't underplay the results in the process. It did help my hair. It's more manageable, less frizzy and easier to style. Still the price is steep and even after, smooth hair still requires work. The results are limited to your ability to style your own hair. Case in point: me, in the hands of professionals, and a couple weeks later, on my own.



I heard from the Minnesota educator for Brazilian Blowout today. She points out that it takes practice for professional stylists to get the hang of applying the treatment and that can impact the results. She also said the BB is a cumulative treatment, so regular application might mean you eventually need it just twice a year. Click here to find salons in your area that offer the Brazilian Blowout. Competing protein or Keratin treatments, usually $300 and up, are widely available. And every salon will tell you why theirs is best. A couple more tips:
- Get your hair colored before the treatment. You are supposed to avoid color for two weeks after the Brazilian Blowout, and if you're due, it will be even more obvious when your hair is smoother and shinier.
- Use a sulfate-free shampoo. (Good advice, with or without a blowout.)
- Consider the Brazilian Blowout styling products. I'm really liking the Daily Smoothing Serum.
- If you dare to take your hair to the beach or a pool, a stylist told me to rub a smoothing cream through my hair on the spot to make it more manageable then, and later. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved