Health & beauty
Getting the Brazilian Blowout
There are three people in the world that own me: The guy at my car dealership, my boss and my hairdresser. The first two are simply nonnegotiable (He tells me I need to get four new tires even though they're only two years old, I fork over the money and ask for the rental. She tells me to jump, I ask how high and in what shoes?), however, you may find it curious that my hairdresser decides what hairstyle I should have and I will respond with the fact that Korean hairdressers are very, very pushy.
With that said, I walked into my go-to salon in desperate need of a new do. I had a wavy perm done 11 months ago and it was only supposed to last for 7 so you can imagine how awfully dried and shapeless my hair looked. I initially wanted to get another perm to get my wavy locks back, but my hairdresser said, "Absolutely not. Your hair is too damaged, the waves won't come out well. You need to get your hair straightened -- you need the Brazilian Blowout."
So that is pretty much how I decided to get the Brazilian Blowout. Now you might be thinking, hold up, didn't that company just get sued a month ago for using harmful chemicals? The answer is yes, you are correct, they did get sued for using formaldehyde, which, in a room temperature gaseous form, can cause respiratory problems, skin reactions, headaches and is also present in cigarette smoke.
While the lawsuit, just filed in November by California Attorney General-turned-Governor-elect Jerry Brown, wiles away in the ever time-consuming law process, hundreds, thousands continue to flock to salons asking for the Brazilian Blowout. It must be noted that women, for decades, have always touted the slogan, "Beauty is pain." Personally, I know this phrase very well as it was my mother's response to my tears as a 6-year-old while she ripped out the tangles in my overly curly hair. And for the five women sitting next to me in the salon getting the blowout treatment done, I'm sure in their minds, a little formaldehyde never killed anyone.
So, despite the warning signs, I went ahead and got myself a Brazilian Blowout. And the effects are actually worth it. Here's a shot of my hair after the blowout (i'll save you from having to see my hair before the blowout -- it's not pretty). Although I must remind you that it did cost me $300 big ones, which is a hefty price to pay even for great hair. As time goes on, I'll let you know how the straightening is holding up and you can decide if it's worth getting yourself.
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