FAQ: Brazilian Blowout vs Thermal Reconditioning/Magic Perm/Japanese Straightening

Please Note: I was NOT compensated by the salon for this information or for recommending them. I paid for my treatment as any other customer would, but this is the best salon and stylist I have been to thus far and truly believe that if you are looking for a great salon that isn’t too expensive, then you’ll love them!

The Brazilian Blowout is a styling procedure that has recently blown up with women everywhere. I have been getting the Thermal Reconditioning procedure done once a year every year for the last 9 years and thought I would share with the world some a comparison FAQ between the two. Because in all honesty, I believe the Thermal Reconditioning is a much better “bang for your buck.”

How long does it take?
o Brazilian Blowout takes about 2 hours (dependent on hair)
o Thermal Reconditioning takes about 3-4 hours (dependent on hair)

How long does it last?
o Brazilian Blowout: About 2-3 months (10-12 weeks)
o Thermal Reconditioning: About 6-9 months (24-36 weeks)
 Note: I only do the procedure once a year (every 12-14 months)

How much does it cost?
o Brazilian Blowout: Could be different per salon, but usually around $200
o Thermal Reconditioning: Again, could be different per salon. It can be as high as $300-$1,000 per session (CNN Hair Studio in Suwanee, GA starts around $150 dependent on hair)

Will my hair return to its original state?
o Brazilian Blowout: Yes, after 10-12 weeks hair will revert to its original state without another treatment
o Thermal Reconditioning: Some sources say that once the hair has been straightened, it will stay that way forever if properly cared for. In my personal experience, hair will eventually revert to its original state within 10-12 months.

How soon can I wash my hair after the procedure?
o Brazilian Blowout: Immediately after the blowout
o Thermal Reconditioning: After 48 hours. Also within those hours do not pin/put up hair to prevent any “denting”

What are the results?
o Brazilian Blowout: Frizz-free, shiny hair.
o Thermal Reconditioning: straight, frizz-free, silky feeling and shiny hair.

How is the Brazilian Blowout different from Thermal Reconditioning?
o Brazilian Blowout temporarily rounds the follicle and smooths the hair cuticle
o Thermal Reconditioning physically changes the structure of the hair and uses heat to restructure the follicle.

Check out my last post to see step by step photos of my most recent Thermal Reconditioning experience

If you liked my results and you live in the Atlanta area, I HIGHLY recommend this salon and stylist!

CNN Hair Studio
940 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Suwanee, GA 30024
(678) 714-3252
Ask for Julie
Their pricing starts around $150 for the “Magic Perm” depending on hair length/thickness/texture

If you’d like to see video footage of the “Magic Perm” process, check out the video below! 🙂

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Thermal Reconditioning: Longer Lasting Alternative to the Brazilian Blowout

Hey Followers!!

So I know it’s been a while since my last blog post. Things have been busy with the move and getting settled in. This is my first post living in Atlanta, and I still have a lot to take care of. But for the most part I’m all settled in, job hunting like crazy, and spending a lot of time with my mom.

My mom’s friend is a stylist at a salon in a town near Atlanta where they do the Thermal Reconditioning/Japanese Straightening/Magic Perm/Whatever. Here is a step by step look at how the procedure goes. Please keep in mind that timing on each step is going to differ dependent on the hair length/thickness/texture, etc.

This is what my natural hair looks like. I have been getting the “Magic Perm” done once a year every year since I was 16. And although some of these companies claim that once you get it done, the “already straightened” hair stays straight forever – this isn’t true. At least in my experience over the last 9 years. Like any other perm, the texture of your natural hair comes back until you do the procedure again.

Step One:
Stylist sections off the hair and applies a protein restructuring chemical from the roots to end. This step took about 30 minutes.

Step Two:
The chemically saturated hair is wrapped in plastic and you sit under a heated dryer for about 15-20 minutes until the hair

Step Three:
The protein “restructuring” chemical is thoroughly washed out and then the hair is dried.

Step Four:
The hair was sectioned off again and flat ironed in 1 inch sections. The flat ironing restructures the hair so it’s perfectly straight. This step took about an hour and a half.

Step Five:
Hair is sectioned off again and the second chemical, the neutralizer, is applied to the hair.

Step Six:
After making sure the hair is completely saturated in the neutralizer, I sat under a heated dryer for another 15 minutes.

Step Seven:
The neutralizer is thoroughly washed out and hair is rinsed with a conditioner. Then hair is dried slightly and trimmed (if needed).

Step Eight:
Hair is again sectioned off and flat ironed in 1 inch sections

End result: Lustrous, straight, shiny, silky hair

If you liked my results and are in the Atlanta area I highly recommend this salon and stylist! Her pricing starts around $150 dependent on hair length/thickness/texture. Very reasonably priced compared to most places that start around $200-$300 and go as high as $1,000! 🙂

CNN Hair Studio
940 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Suwanee, GA 30024
(678) 714-3252
Ask for Julie

A Thermal Reconditioning/Brazilian Blowout comparison FAQs post will follow this one shortly!

If you’d like to see video footage of the “Magic Perm” process, check out the video below! 🙂