How does progressive brushing work, after all?

One of the capillary procedures most known to Brazilian women is the progressive brushing. What few understand is how it really works and how it is applied.

First of all, progressive brushing is a procedure that aims to smooth the hair strands; which is called progressive brushing (of Brazilian origin), since each time it is done, the hair will present better results, always smoother.

Secondly, it is important to say that not necessarily progressive brushing promises deep smoothing. It all depends on the structure of the hair in which the product will be applied! In general, the hair is more indoctrinated with the passage of time, without volume and reduced frizz. For those who have very fine hair, the hair can look ironed, since the volume and waves are completely removed. On the other hand, for those who have thicker or curly hair, the effect may be different, leaving the hairs barely more behaved, which already helps many people.

In the past, progressive brushing products had a lot of formaldehyde. However, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has determined that the products used in these procedures can now have a maximum of 0.2% of formaldehyde in its concentration, due to the risks that the chemical element brings to health. Thus, in Brazil the formaldehyde was practically completely removed from the formulas, being replaced by other permitted elements such as: carbocysteine, ammonium thioglycolate and etalonamine. Keep an eye on these names when performing the procedure at the beauty salon!

As for the way of applying the products, the first step is to wash the hair well with deep cleansing shampoos. Then, the hairdresser removes moisture from the hair, leaving it almost dry to apply the product. The product is applied wick to wick, from the root to the length where the effect is desired (there are women who want it all over the length of hair, others, prefer to have the ends free of the product for a more natural effect, so they apply the product only until the half of the length). Therefore, speak well with your hairdresser before the procedure to make your desire very clear.

With the product in the hair, the hairdresser will dry the hair and iron hair straightener. Yes, the product is not removed from the hair after application! Since it has thermoactivated properties, the dryer and iron will cause the product to act on the structure of the hair, altering its layers and sealing them for greater control. The rinse is only indicated the next day!

Progressive brushing generally lasts for 2 to 5 months (depending on the structure of the hair). It also influences in its duration the amount of washes, since the product tends to come out, little by little, the more the hairs are washed. Thus, for those who wash their hair daily, the procedure may last little; for who interleaves the washes every 2 or 3 days, the procedure tends to last longer.

It is important to emphasize the need to keep hair hydrated after the procedure of progressive brushing. As the product seals the cuticle, it is more difficult to place nutrients and emollients on the hair structure. Continuing the schedule of continuous moisturizing will make this process not become a lack for the hair!


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