March is upon us and that means spring is here! Here in San Diego we are all ready to buy new flip flops and head back to the beach. As your picking out your polish color to get those toes flip flop ready again, don’t forget your hair!
All winter long your hair has battled the cold outdoors and dry air indoors. It’s likely your hair is feeling a bit brittle and lacking its luster. Head in to The Smoothbar to replenish your hair with moisture and shine. Our Smoothing treatments can also add an additional layer of protection to your hair as you head out for some fun in the sun!
Choose from one of our 12 smoothing treatments and a deep conditioning treatment to repair and refresh your hair for spring. Reduce frizz, shorten styling time and give your hair a boost of moisture today. Book Now!
Our clients have many questions on how to care for their Brazilian Blowout treatments at home. You spend lots of time and money on treatments to get desired results and of course you want to care for your hair properly afterwards in order to enjoy the full benefits of the Brazilian blowout.
The number one threat to your treatment is improper hair products. Some hair products can wash out your treatment where others can add too much extra protein to your hair causing more damage than before your treatment. It is essential that you invest in the proper hair care tools when getting your treatment. Always ask your stylist what products they recommend to protect your treatment and hair.
As of recently many “drug store brand” hair product lines have released sulfate free products. These products may be marketed as safe for your hair but they are not! These sulfate free products do not contain the essential nutrients to protect your hair and condition the cuticle that your treatment needs to stay in your hair. Although there is not currently a drug store brand that actually contains the correct Keratin that will benefit a smoothing treatment, some claim that they are safe. These products that are not specially formulated for your treatment may cause other kinds of protein build up and end up stripping out your treatment quickly.
Here at The Smoothbar every stylist is trained in what home care products work best for each individual Keratin and Brazilian blowout treatment. Ask your stylist to recommend a shampoo and conditioner as well as styling products and additional treatments.
It is often believed that keratin treatments are for those with very curly, frizzy hair that is difficult to manage. While these claims are true, and Keratin can make hair that is course and curly much more manageable. It can also help many other hair types repair damage and reduce frizz.
Men and woman with hair ranging from short to very long can enjoy the benefits of a keratin treatment. More than just a styling treatment, keratin helps repair your hair from heat, color and styling damage as well as protect it from natural elements like the sun and pollution.
What is Keratin and How Does it Work?
Keratin is your hair’s natural protective shield. It occurs naturally in hair strands and keratin treatments guard your hair against frizz by blocking out humidity and holding in healthy moisture. When your hair is exposed to harsh elements like heat from the sun and styling tools the natural keratin inside of your hair breaks down and causes the internal structure of your hair to become exposed.
Think of your hair like a pine cone, a young green cone is sealed tight locking in all the seeds but as it dries out it begins to open and loose its contents. Your hair works very much in the same way and by doing a Keratin treatment you’re helping to restore the Keratin in your hair that has been lost over time.
During a keratin treatment the stylist applies a high concentration of keratin in the form of a smoothing treatment to the hair so that the internal structure of the hair is penetrated by the keratin and sealed with in each strand to repair it. This process makes the hair smoother by adding strength, repelling humidity, and repairing breakage as well as damage. Hair that has been repaired with keratin will look healthier with a natural shine while giving you more manageability and less styling time.
Other types of smoothing and straightening treatments may promise the same results but they work much different. Straightening treatments break the bonds of your hair to give it its new permanent structure. This can be more damaging to your hair than beneficial. Also, some smoothing treatments not containing keratin may promise great looking hair but they do not repair your hair, rather they just coat it. Below you can see an image of how another popular smoothing treatment that does not contain keratin works vs keratin. Keratin only fills in where damage has been done and the remainder washes away. Where with other products that coat the strands of hair you can have build up issues over time that can cause more dryness, brittleness and damage.
Your local Smoothbar is equipped with high end stylist and only top of the line treatments to help you choose the right treatment for your hair repair today!
There are several differences that set the Brazilian Blowout brand apart from Keratin treatments, but first let’s cover some terminology. Brazilian Blowout is a brand name of a smoothing treatment product that has its own specialized chemical makeup. Whereas Keratin treatments are smoothing treatments that contain the protein keratin, produced my many different manufacturers. On some keratin treatments you will see keratin listed under different names, such as Juvexin. These different names refer to the variety of Keratin smoothing treatments by the name of the product or the source and method by which the keratin was derived.
Brazilian Blowout has developed its smoothing treatment by using a plant based amino acid as its active ingredient. With this the Brazilian Blowout does not contain Keratin to achieve its smoothing results. The Brazilian blowout puts a protein coating on the hair that helps reduce bulk and volume as well as curl. If you desire less density to your hair as well as up to 3 levels of curl reduction this may be the product for you. If you have used Japanese straighteners or relaxers to achieve your desired curl reduction in the past, a Brazilian blowout will offer you a great alternative.
A major down side to the Brazilian Blowout is that it does coat your hair with the protein vs penetrating and sealing your hair like keratin can. This can cause long term problems for your hair if not cared for correctly and will wash out faster than keratin. Over time your hair can become over-proteinized, if you get treatments too often or do not use the proper home care products. When your hair suffers protein overload it will feel dry and brittle. To help prevent dry brittle hair you will need to consult your stylist on what products you can and should be using. Be sure to use the proper shampoo, conditioner and styling products at all times. In the event damage does occur before or after receiving a treatment; to repair this you can get a bond rebuilding treatment in salon, such as the OLAPLEX or B3 Deep Conditioner.
Keratin treatments work differently than Brazilian Blowouts because the keratin molecule is much smaller than the amino acid protein. This allows the Keratin to penetrate the individual hair stands replenishing and repairing them from the inside out. Keratin treatments are healthy for your hair due to the keratin molecules that fortify your hair internally and externally. Keratin will also make your hair stronger as well as more manageable. Keratin treatments do wash out over time but can be made to last significantly longer than protein based treatments (Brazilian Blowout) with the proper at home care. This means being sure you are using the proper hair care products that will not strip treatment from your hair. Keratin treatments are also very customizable, this means you can keep your curls or get up to 3 levels of curl reduction. You also do not have to worry about overdoing it or timing of your treatments with Keratin because your hair will take what it needs, and the remainder will wash away.
Many people say the major difference between a Brazilian Blowout and Keratin treatment is down time, meaning the length of time until you can normally style and wash your hair again. This is no longer the case. With new keratin treatments such as the Brazilian Renewal by Keratherapy, the Pure Brazilian, and the Advanced Keratin treatment you can get a keratin treatment without the down time.