Brazilian Straightening

Hi Guys,
im a newbee to the forum. mixed (black and white) with type 3c (maybe 3b but im not sure).....lets just say lots of super thick curly hair....

ive been toying with the idea of getting a progressive blowdry aka brazilian straightening. im 21 and ive never gotten a relaxer. im just very fed up with the curls. ive learned how to care for them and i love all of the deva products (i even go to the salon in soho), but i would like to try something different. im just scared of what happens when the chemicals start to wear off and new growth comes in.

ive been considering the brazilian method over others because, to my understanding, the chemicals just kinda fade away and you dont necessarily have that horrible curly pin straight thing that other relaxers do.

im curious of anyones experiences with brazilian straightening. how was it growing back out?
-jess
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If I were you I would not get my hair chemically straightened. I had a relaxer most of my life and in all honesty your hair will never be the same again no matter what chemical you put in your hair unless you cut it off. I've heard of places that have products that say the chemical is only temporary, but it changes the chemical composition and won't change back. Why don't you try a Dominican Blow-out, you hair will be straight like it has a relaxer and it last a few weeks, and you can still have your curly hair whenever you want.
"The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable."

Hair type: 3C
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I'm getting the Coppola Keratin treatment which is similar to the Brazilian one, but it does not contain formaldehyde.

Most people will tell you not to get one, I'm not trying to influence your decision, but I've come to the conclusion that no matter what I do, I will never like my curls.

If you're in the same boat I'd be glad to share my experience with you once I get it done.. haha since we're apparently both in NY we could get the procedures together for moral support!

Check the straightening boards for more info on the procedure, or call your local salon that offers it, that's where I got all my information.
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If I were you I would not get my hair chemically straightened. I had a relaxer most of my life and in all honesty your hair will never be the same again no matter what chemical you put in your hair unless you cut it off. I've heard of places that have products that say the chemical is only temporary, but it changes the chemical composition and won't change back. Why don't you try a Dominican Blow-out, you hair will be straight like it has a relaxer and it last a few weeks, and you can still have your curly hair whenever you want.
Originally Posted by DAngelique25
i thought dominican blow outs were just getting your hair blown out with a dryer? if thats it then ive done it before and costs about 50 a shot and lasts at most three days
im saving up for a thermal straightening. i am also never happy with my hair curly. from what i have been told, the chemicals dont wear off but new growth is a problem if you dont get the touch ups,and i think that goes for the brazilian too. now, the coppala keritin does wear off and can leave very soft frizz free waves(see thread in straightening). i would love to get that one ,but as of now, it is not offered around my area. good luck.

scramm. tell us how the coppala goes, as that is what i really want. and could someone tell me the difference between thermal and brazilian. sam
Thermal Reconditioning is a technique that originated in Japan to make curly, wavy or frizzy hair, straight. The process uses both chemicals and heat to soften the bonds of the hair, reforming the bonds in a straight pattern. The end result is not only perfectly straight hair, but a glossy, smooth, and silky finish that is healthier than before the process!


The Brazilian Keratin Hair Straightening
is the latest trend which all the celebrites are using. It softens, smoothens, conditions and most important gives you gorgeous straight hair.
The difference between this hair straightening system than others is that it does not used any strong chemicals to open and close the hair cuticle in an effort to straighten it, breaking the bones of the hair shaft. Keratin is a natural repairing substance, which comprises approximately 88% of your hair. It penetrates the hair repairing internal damage and coats the hair preventing further damage.

This Brazilian Straightening System is Keratin based which is a type of protein high in sulphur and the amino acid cystine which makes it tough, elastic and insoluble. These qualities are fundamental to the strong structural role keratin often plays in nature. Keratin is a major component of horns, hooves and wool, in fact keratin is the main protective substance in our hair, skin and nails.
This type of hair straightening is not permanent but a natural treatment. Therfore when the product is gone, your hair will be back to its natural form.




Hope this info helped!!
Funny that I stumbled upon this thread. I literally JUST left another site (http://hairshow.us/index.php?id=arti...&refFrom=right) that had info on thermal hair straightening. I'm actually transitioning from relaxers (10 mos and counting! and I LOVE the journey), but curiosity made me read on. Here's what it said:
Cysteamine Sulfide

Pros: Lowest pH, least damaging. “This is a great hair re-texturizer should a client want to simply relax curls into waves, cut out frizz, or maintain the versatility to blow it straight or wear it wavy,” reports Jesse Briggs who swears by this technique. It can be overlapped with otherprocesses and used on color-treated hair. Cons: Can have slight odor. The process lasts from one to three hours and can cost hundreds of dollars depending upon hair length. 'Brazilian' Keratin Straighteners Pros: Does not chemically alter the bonds inside the hair. Provides great frizz control and silky shiny, straight hair. Cons: Time-consuming, expensive. “It’s not the keratin that makes it work,” reports Kingsley, “it’s the formaldehyde, a common chemical used in adhesives and building products, that helps it adhere to the hair shaft.” The process is demi-permanent, lasting only 3–4 months. The heat of the hot-iron and the formaldehyde seal the keratin onto the hair shaft which is responsible for the chemical off-gassing concern in the news. “I use a portable fume extractor from Sentry Air systems (www.sentryair.com) to avoid this problem."

How do I know what’s really in a product?

Many straightener companies have responded by introducing “formaldehyde- free” varieties, but beware, advise experienced stylists, they have replaced them with other “aldehydes”, ethers, and sometimes they just conform to the allowable FDA limit of .2 percent. Remember, there’s always going to be a chemical that makes it work so ask your distributor for the ingredient list if it’s not on the container. Research the ingredients yourself by ‘Googling,’ as Jesse Briggs advises, or by searching them on the Environmental Working Group’s SkinDeep database at www.ewg.org. This way you can find a chemical’s scientific classification, the material safety data sheets on it, the OSHA standards relating to it, any toxicity recorded and tested as well as what other stylists and clients have said about it as a process. Once you know what you’re using, then you can make the educated choice for your client.

How do I choose which one to use?

Well, that comes with experience agree all stylists, and education. Post this list until you understand it. “Here’s the basic way I make my decision depending on the fabric, or hair type, I’m working with,” explains Carmine Minardi. “I ask myself, ‘How much damage has this hair been through already? Is it colored?’ The less color, the more room for sodium hydroxide. If I see a single process ammonia color one or two levels, then I can use a sodium hydroxide or a thio. If the hair is very fine or delicate, damaged, or has three to four levels of lightening, I’ll choose cysteamine for its lower pH. You can only expose hair to a certain amount more before breakage is an issue.” Denise Kingsley agrees, “The secret is not in the products, it’s in the hands of who is doing it.”
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