Brazilian Smoothing Method

Jodie Michalak
Tame your tresses.

While the Brazilian smoothing method is a costly salon service, the results last several months and may be worth it if you suffer from dry, frizzy, flyaway locks.

About The Brazilian Smoothing Method

Straightening and smoothing services have become one of the hottest salon services for good reason. With an increase in hair color and chemical service options, most women find that a smoothing treatment helps to repair split ends without the need for a length-changing haircut.

Whether you battle frizz and frayed ends as part of your natural hair texture or are at war with chemically-damaged tresses, the Brazilian smoothing method may help repair your hair's shaft while adding a punch of hair strengthening keratin to your ends.

Manufactured by several different hair product companies, the Brazilian smoothing treatment is applied to the hair after it has been cleansed with a heavy duty clarifying shampoo. Opening the hair shaft to allow the protein to penetrate thoroughly is a vital step in the application process. Once the hair has been shampooed, your stylist will pass on conditioner and will instead lead you back to the salon chair where you will be properly draped for the keratin treatment.

Hair is sectioned to allow thorough and even application of the Brazilian treatment. Then, a distinctive smelling product is applied from scalp to ends with a color brush. After roughly 20 minutes, hair is rinsed thoroughly and then shampooed with a sodium-laureate free cleanser. Once shampooed, the hair is blown dry and followed with a straightening iron from scalp to ends. The straightening iron is yet another vital step in the success of the smoothing method. Once hair is poker straight, your stylist will explain what to expect and avoid over the following 72 hours.

What to Avoid

Once hair is set straight with the flat iron, you'll want to avoid all types of moisture for at least 72 hours. This includes rain (keep an umbrella handy!) and bathwater, so be careful how you wash as your hair is molding into shape. You'll also need to avoid tying hair up or pulling it back behind the ears. While this may pose a challenge, moving the hair shaft when it is pliable will help it conform to an unwanted style. Instead, you'll need to keep hair in the same style as it was when you left the treatment chair. While your flattened locks will temporarily lack body and movement, they'll be shiny and ready to bounce once the initial 72 hours have passed. In addition to avoiding bathwater and rain, you'll want to avoid sweating as much as possible. If it's in the middle of the summer, stay inside and keep cool, and avoid heavy exercise that could cause your scalp to sweat.

What to Expect

After you've patiently awaited 72 hours, you can cleanse your hair for the first time with a sodium-laureate free shampoo. Be sure to condition as needed and comb through hair from ends to scalp to avoid excessive pulling and breakage. Once you start styling, you'll immediately notice an increase in the shine and health of your hair. Smoothing methods are miraculous in their instant gratification, and you're sure to love the ease of styling over the course of the next few months.


While not for everyone, smoothing methods such as the Brazilian technique make everyday hair challenges and nuisances somewhat bearable. For local availability, contact area salons and inquire about this unique smoothing method. For those who suffer flyaway, frizzy and humidity wrecked locks, the smoothing method may prove to be the most worthy investment for a good hair day, every day.

Brazilian Smoothing Method