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.