Healthier Alternatives to the Brazilian Blowout

A model with very straight hair.There’s a recurring nightmare some of us curly-haired ladies have: we got up an hour early to straighten our hair when an unexpected thunderstorm hit and our perfect locks ended up a frizzy mess. That’s why, when the Brazilian Blowout treatment became available in 2005, it felt like a miraculous end to out of control frizzy days.

The Brazilian Blowout is a semi-permanent hair smoothing treatment that eliminates frizz and protects hair by creating a layer of protein around each strand. For the busy woman, this was perfect. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, It has recently come to light that the Brazilian Blowout treatment contains chemicals that may cause cancer. The Daily Mail reports that stylists around the country have been complaining that the product makes them cough and has reddened the eyes of customers. The culprit? Varying levels of formaldehyde. Although it has not been banned in the United States (yet!), officials are looking into the product to see if it is an actual danger. In the meantime, Canada has issued a warning about the potential health problems that could arise from the Blowout.

The question we’re left with is: what are we going to do about the frizz? Truthfully, there is no perfect substitute for the Brazilian Blowout – after all, there’s a reason it’s been so popular. But until something a little more healthy comes along, there are a few products we can try.

Avon’s Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield Anti-Frizz Treatment – $4.10

When applied to freshly washed damp hair, this treatment creates a barrier against humidity and weighs hair down for up to three days.

Moroccan Oil – $38

This stuff is all it’s cracked up to be and more! Apply to clean damp hair and style as usual for general silkiness. But if frizz is getting the best of you, or your hair is damaged because of other hair treatments, apply a small amount (dime size) to dry hair. This product is also great for taming frizzy loose ends after your hair has been straightened. 

10 Miracle Hair Mask – $22

Apply this treatment to clean damp hair, leave it in for five minutes and then rinse out. Once you’ve dried your hair, it’s significantly softer and frizz-free.