Brazilian Blowout is a very popular treatment in Korean salons here in Metro Manila nowadays. Unlike regular rebonding, this hair straightening system helps to improve the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft and smoothing the cuticle. Also unlike rebonding, the result should be not too flat but smooth and sleek without the frizz. That’s exactly why I wanted to go for it.

As I mentioned in my previous “beauty” blog post, because my work location has moved farther from home, my prep routine time is cut to half. Given this, I need to fix my makeup, my outfit, and my hair twice as fast. Combing and blow drying my thick and long hair has quite become a tedious process, so I thought that the Brazilian blowout must be the perfect solution for efficiency and convenience.

Forums and blogs from various websites made me aware that the end result of the Brazilian blowout will only last for about three to four months. A concern that’s repeatedly raised is that Brazilian-style smoothing treatments contain formalin (methylene glycol), and this can possibly make sensitive individuals experience short-term symptoms such as irritated eyes or skin, headaches, or difficulty in breathing.

After reading some more comments and reviews of salons, I decided to say yes to the process nonetheless. But what convinced me even more was that my mom had experience the treatment, and she did not feel any pain. Neither did she mention anything bad out of it. To end my curiosity and take comfort in knowing that my frizzy hair will be properly treated in style without breaking the bank, I went to Petra & Pepita (Encarnacion Group of Salon) one Saturday to give it a try.

Note: Typically, salons charge PhP 5,000-10,000 for the Brazilian blowout depending on the hair length, thickness, weight and also the formula they use. So, I was just surprised that Petra & Pepita (Encarnacion Group of Salon) offers the treatment for only PhP 1,500 (normal price regardless the hair length). What a pretty good deal! Can’t miss it.

Brazilian Blowout - Before and After Shots

Review of Petra & Pepita Encarnacion Group of Salon – Brazilian Blowout (Binondo)

Ambiance: ★★★★☆

I have been to Petra & Pepita’s branch in 999 Mall and pretty much, the interior design is consistent. Decors are not really impressive, but minimalism completes a casual vibe with a mix of purple, black, and white filling in as the common theme. This spacious salon offers a wide range of beauty treatments to suit any occasion, with sections for manicure and pedicure, hair fixes, and shampoo or blowdry. A mounted television and a pile of magazines provide enough entertainment for customers.

Service: ★★★★★

Service was okay and there’s nothing to complain about. Staffs were accommodating and efficient. I like that they take time in doing their job as necessary and not in a rush to make customers feel like they’re being pushed out of the door.

The Brazillian blowout procedure was done in two hours and there was no down time. The minute I entered the salon, my hair was washed with a clarifying shampoo and towel-dried to remove excess moisture. Next, the stylist applied the salon’s solution (no brand) through my hair from roots to ends.

After 45 minutes, he used a blow-dryer to dry my hair, as the heat from the blow-dryer helps to activate the solution and increase its effectiveness. Once my hair was entirely dry, the stylist sealed the solution into the cuticles with a flat iron. Like hair rebonding, it was during this step that the effects of the Brazilian blowout started to be more apparent. With each stroke of the flat iron, my hair has become increasingly smooth. He told me not to wash my hair in the next three days.

Price for Value: ★★★★★

Affordability is undeniably a huge plus factor when choosing salons where you want to feel like a woman and not another head of hair. Based on the service and the result, I’d say that Petra & Pepita’s Brazilian blowout is tagged at a very reasonable price. PhP 1500 is considerably cheap as compared to rates of most of the salons in Manila.

I didn’t wash my hair after three days as advised, and I feel that my hair now is more manageable and shinier with bounce. For busy and working women like me, Brazillian blowout is worth a try as it’s a good way to condition the hair while sealing the cuticle as well for enhanced color and reduced frizz.

G/F Regina Garden II Building, Reina Regente Street, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Date Published: 10/26/2015

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68 Responses

  1. Marjorie

    I used to get my hair rebonded in their Tutuban branch. I like it that even when they are cheap, they get the work done. It’s only PHP1,500? That’s really cheap! I’d probably get the same treatment in their Taft branch.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, it’s a good price to pay if you want to straighten hair but not to the point that it looks too flat. Now two weeks after the treatment, I noticed that there’s less frizz and my hair has really become more manageable even without combing. 🙂

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      • Rhia

        What kind and brand of shampoo and conditioner did you used after the treatment? Where is the exact address of the saloon? Tnx for the info.

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Complete address is G/F Regina Garden II Building, Reina Regente Street, City of Manila, Metro Manila.
        Shampoo and conditioner brand is Nature’s Gate from Healthy Options.

  2. Aliza Sara

    I must say that your hair looks amazing after your treatment at this Salon! Price is super reasonable too. I wonder whats the secret solution to get your hair looking so shiny

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  3. Elizabeth O.

    This Brazilian Blowout is so in these days. I’ve never tried it, but I’m very curious! Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. Lost Voyage

    I really would like to try this hair make-over after I heard about this. But unluckily I can’t find local salons here who offer this service.

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  5. Jeypi Kyu

    I remember about 2 years ago I wanted to grow my hair and try to rebond my hair.. being a guy I just wasn’t able to do so.. haha your hair just looks amazing. 🙂

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  6. Erica

    My revirginized hair has been untouched for almost seven years and I’m so excited about that! I wish it wasn’t too straight though.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hehe. If you’re contented with your hair now, there may be no reason why you’d want it to be touched with chemicals. 😛 Anyway, Brazilian blowout is okay to try since the effect will only last for a short period of time.

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  7. Pooja Kawatra

    Your hairs are looking really full of life after the treatment. Quality and texture has improved too.

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  8. phyliciamarie

    Interesting. I’m usually skeptical about treatments that are crazy cheap when compared to other salons, but yours look definitely better.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, I’m also skeptical about promotions especially those on online deals. This is why I waited to see the result on my mom first before actually deciding. 🙂

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  9. Raymond

    As it’s called brazilian, what’s brazilian in there? 😀 Haha I’m sure most girls can relate to this post. And yes, I did notice the change in the before and after photo.

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  10. Dannea

    Wow that’s really cheap. I should try that salon when I’m in the area. And let me just say you’ve got nice hair! 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, even if I have colored hair, my hair is soft and shiny. I think it’s also a huge plus that I use natural shampoo and conditioner that has far less harsh chemicals as compared to most of the products in the supermarket.

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  11. Yvonne Bertoldo

    P1,500 regardless of hair length? That is indeed a pretty good deal! Your photo after the treatment looks great! Do they have other branches that offer the same price? Thanks 🙂

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  12. Fred

    The word Brazilian conjures up something different when it comes to hair, haha! Well I can clearly see the good effect on your hair in terms of how it looks. Not washing hair for three days though sounds hard to do.

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  13. Hui Zi

    I definitely need that for my hair! Your “before and after” is really good for us to tell the immediate results of the treatment!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Whenever I search for reviews, I always need to check the before and after photos as well. I find that seeing the result on photo is better than just reading through the details.

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  14. papaleng

    Though I am not quite familiar with this Brazilian blowout, still you have said na it is offered much lower compared to other salons. Then, this is a good for ladies to try. Medyo far lang ang place.

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  15. Ryce D.

    According to the official ig acct of the brazilian blow out @bblowoutph. If the salon adviced you too not to wash your hair for thre days after the treatment, it means it’s fake.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Maybe it is fake. It’s quite telling because of the price and the products used. Regardless though, my hair became softer and smoother with less visible tangles afterwards. It’s been three months now and my hair is still okay.

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      • Vivien

        Wow! I’m planning to get my hair done din, sana same result lang sa Cut Encarnacion salon 🙂 how’s your hair now?

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Hi Vivien, it was fine until three to four months when it started to get buhaghag and a little bit wavy. I just got my hair rebonded in another salon last weekend.

  16. pauie

    WOw ! That’s so beautiful .. I will go there, probably by next week.. thanks for sharing,,

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  17. Cherisse

    Hi! How’s your hair now? Is it still straight? Ive tried Petra and Pepita’s rebonding and it worked for me. Just curious about their Keratin rebond. Do you know their differences?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Actually I’ve tried their hair rebonding (milk) with keratin about three years ago and it was great. The effect lasted long so I had super straight hair but not too stiff. I didn’t need to use the comb at all. 🙂 After a while, I had my hair permed with curls at Mary Pauline and a year later, I chopped the ends off and waited some more months before having this blow-dry treatment done.

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  18. Jea Garnica

    What if i had the brazilian blowout then i want to rebond my hair is that possible?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I know people who did that also. I think it depends on the solution / formula / chemicals used by the salon. If they’re too strong, then it may not be advisable to do both at the same time.

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  19. Mona

    have you tried immersing your treated hair in beach or pool? If yes, didn’t it get dry after? 🙂

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  20. En

    Hi! I like the result of your hair. But I was just wondering why they asked you not to wash your hair for a couple of days wherein I read about Brazilian blowout that it’s not like rebonding that you can’t wash it for a couple of days. You can actually wash your hair and that’s the difference between rebonding and Brazilian blowout. If they asked you not to wash it for a couple of days, it’s not the real thing. Here’s one of the website that I read about:

    http://www.brazilianblowout.com/about-what-is-brazilian-blowout/
    (No Down Time – leave salon and immediately wash hair, exercise, put hair in a stylish pony tail or clip without worry. )

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I have also read that article before. I think it’s also not the real thing because of the price. Anyway, I had good result and that’s all that mattered that time.

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  21. Rhuffa

    I am dissapointed in brazillian blowout of one of petra and pepita branch, particularly here in sa pablo, nagpabrazillian ako knina and the. Nishampoo ang hair ko then may inapply lang sa dulo ng hair ko na gamot,binabad ng almost an hour then blowdry at plantsa,then tapos na, ni hnd man lang plinantsa ng maayos. I wonder kung bat ganon nagpabrazillian din ako dati pero hnd ganong procedure, ung gamot sa dulo lang ng hair inapply then kahit pagplantsa hnd maayos,parang minadali. After few hours ung roots and baby hair ko balik sa pagkawavy..??

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  22. lynie almonite

    Paano po ba gamitin ang hair treatment na bigay nyo pagkatapos nyong tinreatment ang buhok ko after 2 days? Okay lang ba kung ibang brand ng shampoo ang gagamitin ko tulad ng sunsilk bago gamitin ang petra and pepita hair treatment.

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  23. lynie almonite

    Paano pa ba gamitin ang hair treatment na bigay nyo sa akin nung nagpa treatment ako sa inyo? Wala kac direction kung pano gamitin? Pwede bang gumamit ng ibang brand na shampoo like sunsilk bago gamitin ang petra and pepita hair treatment na i think conditioner ito .

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