Q: Hello. I’m running out of options and I’m praying you can help. In August I got my hair Japanese-straightened. OK, I should
have never done that. It killed my hair. It was falling out. My hair is lifeless and lays flat, still, almost 7 months later. Can I do
anything to make my hair not so fried - add volume? I have tried all products. My last resort is a perm? Is that ok to do with treated
and colored hair, or extensions? Please help.
A: From all the research I’ve done, you should be able to get your hair permed after having the Japanese straightening procedure done.
However, there are three different principal makers of these “Japanese Straightening” procedures, all of whom are very secretive of
their formulas. I don’t know which of the three was used on your hair, and therefore I recommend that you speak to the stylist who
performed your straightening and make sure the process they used allows for the hair to be permed afterward.
If you don’t want to return to the salon who did your straightening and you know the maker of the
straightening process used on you, try looking for another salon offering the same process by that maker and ask them about the safety of having your hair permed.
If all is well and the process used on you leaves the hair capable of sustaining a perm, you will
find that a body wave should help to give your hair more bounce and movement. These chemical straightening processes make the hair
straight and sleek by compressing the cuticle layer of the hair. Perms on the other hand, as a part of their processing, cause the
cuticle layer to swell and expand making the hair look and feel thicker while they alter the wave pattern of the hair.
Because your hair has been through such dramatic chemical changes, it is best if the stylist who
will give you the perm performs a “strand test” beforehand. This will help him/her to know exactly how long to process the perm for best
results. It also serves as a back up verification that your hair can survive a perm after the Japanese Straightening process.