In case you haven't noticed there has been a ton of buzz about Brazilian Blow Outs and safety. Much to do is going around about the potential dangers of this so-called "toxic-cocktail" - and much of it is talk talk talk. Several salons are no longer doing them and looking for safer alternatives. Of course, as someone who loves a B.B. and even had one while pregnant (!) I had to look into this a bit more.
First off, every single treatment I tried that is considered totally safe, as in formaldehyde-free, did not work. I wont name brand-names, but several of the keratin-like treatments I tried, only worked to slightly smooth the hair, and maybe only 20% and for a day or two. They did not live up to their claims what-so-ever. I don't doubt that are good for your hair, but in no way should you go in expected sleek, smooth and straight results. It aint happening.
I decided to let Liz Devin, one of LA's top stylists and Brazilian Blowout specialists (she works out of the Andy LeCompte Salon in WeHo) weigh in on this. As she is doing them, problem free, and after having her do one on my this past week, I now know why. It's called: Ventilation and a Serious Top Notch Professional only. The last blow out I had two years ago was at a very fancy shmancy salon, and the woman burned my hair so badly that Liz had to sadly chop it off, send me to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy a silk pillowcase and vow not to touch it until it totally grew in. (She also sent me to Denis for an amazing conditioning Keratin Rejuvination Treatment which helped restore it and protect it from breaking further).
Here is what Liz had to say:
When I do Brazilian keratin treatments I use four small fans. I have all of the windows open and the fans blow all the vapor out the windows. I provide masks for my clients as well as myself and my assistant. I also have two large air filters that are specifically for salon chemicals.
It is your stylist responsibility to keep you, themselves and coworkers safe by knowing what chemicals they are using and taking the necessary precautions.
When done safely, the treatments can be life changing. When not done safely and properly they can be a disaster.
Make sure your stylist has taken a class and is certified to do the treatments. Many stylist simply watch a YouTube video and buy the products online. That is not ideal.
Ask if the salon has windows for proper ventilation.
Be sure that the treatment is done near open windows and or doors.
Ask if the stylist has fans to blow the vapor away.
Ask if the stylist has any air filters specifically for salon chemicals.
These are a few guidelines for you to use in deciding who is doing their best to do Brazilian keratin treatments safely.
So that's that people. Please educate yourself on your stylist. OR, if you were me, just go to Liz and don't waste your time anywhere else. I had the best experience. The fans were blowing away - I was given a protective clear eye mask - I did not smell one thing - She was quick and amazing and my hair is straight as a bone. LOVE IT!!
THANKS LIZ!! XOXO