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)
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 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.