Do you have curly, frizzy, or unruly hair you’d like to tame? Many women turn to professional hair straightening techniques to create luscious, pin-straight locks full of shine.
Depending on the look you want to achieve and your budget, you may opt for either a Japanese hair straightening, a Brazilian straightening treatment, or keratin straightening.
What’s the difference?
What is a Brazilian Hair Straightening Treatment?
A Brazilian hair straightening treatment, or Brazilian blowout, uses a formula of proteins that bond to the hair. After washing, the stylist applies the treatment, then blows the hair dry and uses a flat iron to seal in the protein.
After the treatment, the hair is washed and blown dry again for a fabulous look in about 90 minutes.
What Is a Keratin Treatment?
Like a Brazilian Blowout, keratin bonds to the hair to help repair follicles and make hair stronger, smoother, and straighter.
After shampooing the hair and applying the keratin treatment, the stylist blows out the hair and then, as with a Brazilian blowout, uses a styling iron to seal in the keratin and bond it to the hair.
With a keratin treatment, you can’t wash your hair for three days, or use clips or ponytail holders, because they could leave creases in the hair.
Sleek, Salon-Styled Hair That’s Free of Frizz
Both the Brazilian blowout and a keratin treatment minimize damage to the hair and leave strands smooth, sleek and straight.
If you color your hair, both techniques work to seal in color. And, in fact, both are more effective on color-treated hair.
But neither treatment will leave your hair pin straight after washing. You’ll still need to spend some time straightening your hair with a salon quality flat iron or straightening brush.
Achieve Different Looks With These Hair Straightening Techniques
If you opt for a wavy look, you can simply wash and go knowing your hair will stay smooth and your waves will remain frizz-free.
You could also use a curling iron or flat iron to add stylish curls or flips. Straightening treatments add versatility to your style that you may never have imagined.
Whether you opt for a pin-straight look or another style, a keratin treatment or Brazilian blowout vastly reduces the time you’ll spend styling your hair.
More About Brazilian and Keratin Hair Straightening
It should be noted that Brazilian and keratin hair straightening techniques:
- Last anywhere from two to 8 weeks, depending on your hair and the climate you live in
- Help hair to resist frizz and heat
- Strengthen and protect the hair
- Cost less than a Japanese straightening
May require a flat iron or other styling tools to achieve the look you want after you leave the salon
What Is a Japanese Hair Straightening?
If you are looking to achieve a pin-straight look with minimal maintenance every day, a Japanese hair straightening technique may be worth the investment.
Although it typically costs more than a Brazilian or keratin treatment, a Japanese straightening can last up to six months.
That’s because the technique chemically changes the composition of the hair; your hair remains straight until it grows out. New hair growth will have your natural texture.
Because a Japanese hair straightening uses sometimes-harsh chemicals to alter the hair follicles, it can cause damage to hair. If hair is already damaged, the treatment may cause breakage.
On the other hand, a Brazilian or keratin treatment actually strengthens damaged locks.
Don’t Throw Away Your Flat Iron Yet
When you look at the pin-straight results a Japanese straightening technique offers, you may be ready to banish your flat iron to the junk drawer. But don’t be hasty!
Even after a Japanese hair straightening, your hair will need a blowout and flat iron styling to maintain that shiny, just-stepped-out-of-the-salon look after washing.
Which Technique Is Best For You?
In short, whether you choose a Japanese straightening, Brazilian blowout or keratin treatment depends on:
- Your budget
- The condition of your hair
- The look you want to achieve
- How long you want the results to last
Reduce Styling Time with the Right Hair Straightening Tools
Any of the three techniques will vastly reduce styling time and make it easier to achieve frizz-free curls or a pin-straight style every day. Choosing the right hair straightening tools, such as the Karmin G3 Salon Pro flat iron, will make achieving the look you want even easier.