To the mommas with too much frizz and hyperactive curls: I’m about to change your life.
You may have become like I was a few months ago – resigned to the fact that your lovable curls are going to be an unmanageable mess at times. Let’s be honest – if you were really like me, they were an unmanageable mess almost every day. I don’t know if the kid life and lack of time influenced this, but I was lucky to get one day out of the month with beautiful curls, sans ponytail. I succumbed to the reality that unless I wanted to invest in straightening my hair every time, this was my hair destiny.
I had heard about the Brazilian Blowout in the past. I knew it was somewhat of a financial investment and time commitment. (Many had warned you need to invest 3+ hours in that salon for this treatment.) Without researching it further, I blew off the solution, excuse the pun. It was hard enough making a color and cut fit into my schedule, I couldn’t imagine finding time for a 3+ hour-long session. It seemed expensive, time-consuming, and not possible.
But last month something changed.
If we’re being honest, it truly was dependent on my free time. I was leaving my current position to work for a new company, and there was a couple of weeks of lag time between when I would start. All of a sudden, my schedule was wide open and free, a very strange feeling in parent life. The idea of starting a new job with a less-maintenance hairstyle was also incredibly enticing. I had some extra funds, extra time and now even had an extra reason to consider the thing that has been recommended to me for ages. I figured, why not?
And yes, as I explained, the decision was indeed enlightening. But before I go into the wondrous benefits, first, I want to explain the process a little more. Another term for a Brazilian Blowout is known as a keratin treatment. When I arrived at the salon, my stylist washed my hair, applied this keratin treatment, washed my hair again, used a blow dryer, straightened every single strand, washed my hair again, and then styled. The reason why it takes such an ungodly amount of time to administer because when I say they straighten every single strand, I mean it. My poor stylist painstakingly straightened each hair on my head to make sure the keratin is sealed in. And as a thick, curly-haired individual, this took almost four hours.
Still, the results were beyond my dreams. I simply blow dry my hair and my hair is straight, my usual frizz ball head imitating my cat’s fur absent. It is a Brazilian miracle. Unlike any previous experience, simply blow drying your hair leaves you with smooth, frizz-less, straight hair. It’s a sight to behold and frankly, I’m perplexed that it has taken me this long to achieve.
I understand that some of my curly-haired peers have better luck with their hair’s behavior, and saying goodbye to their locks isn’t necessarily a desire.
I understand that perspective greatly. But maybe there is a season (cough, cough, summer/fall) where your hair frizzes to epic proportions, thanks to our Louisiana humidity. This may be something to try once or once a year. For now, I am thankful not to have to worry about poofy hair.
It’s possible you’ve heard about the Brazilian Blowout and was waiting for a sign. This could be your sign, my friend. Try it out. If you miss the curls too much, just know that it is temporary and they will be back soon. But for the moment, I’m enjoying skipping the straighter and the curl ironer and moving on with my day. It’s the most a mom could ask for.