How To Do Brazilian Straightening At Home
Whether you have curly hair or wavy hair, Brazilian straightening helps you to change your look and provides you with smooth hair for a long period of time. Unlike hair irons which comb and smooth the hair, Brazilian straightening keeps your hair straight even when you wash it; it gives semi-permanent results. In this OneHowto.com article we give you the instructions so you know how to do Brazilian straightening at home and save the money you would spend at the hairdressers.
Unlike Japanese straightening, Brazilian straightening get your hair is completely smooth without damaging the hair as this technique does not contain chemicals that can damage the health of the hair. The keratin used for this treatment is a protein that is very similar to that which our hair produces, so it does not damage your hair but complements it. Another natural hair relaxer is henna, you can discover how to use it for straightening hair in our article.
To be able to do Brazilian straightening at home you have to buy a number of products that will help you carry out the treatment at home. Notes:
- Keratin for your hair (you can buy in any supermarket)
- Smoothing shampoo
- Hair dryer
- Hair straightener
The first step is to wash your hair with a smoothing shampoo, there are many high-end brands which produce smoothing shampoos. Buy one and apply it to your hair, then rinse well and towel dry. The idea is that your hair has to be damp to begin treatment.
With damp hair, you should divide your hair into different sections to do Brazilian straightening. If you have thick hair you should divide it into more sections as, ideally, the sections have to be thin so that they can be well coated and you will obtain optimum results.
Once you have the divided your hair, it is time to apply Brazilian keratin ; it is best to start from the roots and go down to the ends. Spread the product all over so it stays wet and the effect is more durable.
When you have distributed keratin through all the hair, you must use the hair straightener for 15 or 20 minutes. The heat from this appliance, together with keratin's smoothing power make sure that you achieve a top Brazilian straightening.
After 15 or 20 minutes of straightening your hair, you should dry your hair with a hairdryer and style it with a brush for smoothing look. It is important that you dry the hair from the top of the head so that the hot air points down and contributes to the smoothing effect.
The last step to make do Brazilian straightening at home it to reuse the hair straightener. When you already have dry hair, you should go back and straighten it straighteners slowly from root to tip, patiently, strand by strand. You must straighten the same section at least three times for the desired effect.
Especially keep in mind that you cannot wash your hair until 48 hours after treatment. Otherwise, the the effect might not last.
It is also important that, during the 48 hours after smoothing, do not mess up your hair too much. The trick is to always carry a comb and smooth your hair all day. Above all you must avoid tying up your hair, as this will create a kink in your hair and can spoil the treatment.
If you see a kink appear within 48 hours of treatment, straighten it immediately. Bear in mind that Brazilian straightening is NOT permanent: its duration varies between 2 and 4 months so you need to re-do the treatment if you want straight hair.
You should know that Brazilian straightening treatments have been found to contain varying levels of formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical. Although they claim to be in small enough quantities to not cause cancer, you should be aware that it may be bad for your health to use such a treatment.
Once you have straight hair, you should consider a number of specific treatments to make it look healthy and shiny. For example, you should use a natural bristle brush for hair as it does not damage hair, it is also important to avoid two in one products and opt for buying the shampoo and conditioner separately, plus use a mask weekly. In this OneHowTo.com article we tell you how to make masks for straight hair.
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