We sent SpaGirl in the field Carolyn to Bravo for the much-touted Brazilian hair straightening process. We think her hair turned out super fab. But would she do it again? Here’s her behind-the-chair report.
Upon my arrival at Bravo Salon, my hair was nothing short of a major disaster. As a natural brunette whose motto is "bring on the bleach," my now bright blonde highlighted tresses needed some serious help. Plus, on top of all the faux blonde damage, I also have extremely wavy hair that I keep under control by a daily frying with my flat iron. Needless to say, I was quite the mess.
When I walked through the doors of Bravo, I was greeted by the salon’s owner Alicia. She sat me down for a consultation and after briefly piecing through my hair, decided that I would be the perfect candidate for a Brazilian hair straightening treatment. Before beginning the treatment, Alicia thoroughly explained what Brazilian straightening would entail, the rules I needed to follow after receiving the treatment and the safety precautions she follows during the straightening process. As a certified and highly experienced Brazilian hair straightening stylist, Alicia let me know that she uses FDA-approved straightening products and has special fans to clear the salon of any irritating fumes. She also warned me that I could not wash my hair, sweat, or put my hair in a ponytail for 4 days after the treatment was performed. So what are the perks of the Brazilian hair straightening? Completely rehabilitated softer, shinier and almost stick straight hair for 3 to 4 months. I was obviously sold.
After agreeing to the guidelines, Alicia whisked me back to the salon’s bowl area and washed my hair with a super-clarifying shampoo. After my hair was clean and towel dried, it was time to brush on the straightening solution. After the solution was applied to my entire head, Alicia dried my hair with a blow dryer. There were no fumes whatsoever and I actually liked the way the solution smelled. After my hair was completely dry, it looked so much shinier just from the clarifying shampoo and straightening solution. I could hardly wait to see the end result as Alicia ran a titanium flat iron through every strand of my hair. After she was finished, I did not even recognize my own hair. It was soft, shiny, moisturized and looked nothing like the fried mess I walked in with 2 1/2 hours earlier.
I thought it would be really hard to restrain myself from washing my hair for 4 days but because my hair stayed straight and looked so much better than before, I did not mind the wait to wash it. After 4 days, I washed, conditioned and let my hair air dry. For the first time in my life my hair did not spiral, poof or frizz! Now I am able to get away with just running a blow dryer quickly through my hair instead of round brushing and meticulously going through small sections with a flat iron to get it straight. My hair finally looks and feels healthier than ever before and I have a suspicion that my beloved flat iron may be permanently replaced by Brazilian hair straightening.